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sdkitty

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Do you wear the same foundation all the time or do you have multiples? For different occasions or just because?
I used to buy one foundation (dept store) and wear it all the time until it was gone. I wore Prescriptives for a time, then Armani for several years.
Now through all the great information on the Internet, I'm finding reviews for drugstore foundation that make me want to try different brands.
I now have Armani, ELF flawless finish and Maybelline. The ELf is a bit light and needs to be mixed with the Maybelline (dream liquid mousse) for best color match. This works fine.
However, I found some positive reviews for Wet N Wild which - like ELF - is very inexpensive and also non-cruelty. So for a few dollars I'm thinking of trying that. Not that I need it but I think it's so little money, why not try it?
On the other hand, I could go to a dept store and get color matched and just get one good foundation. But some of those "makeup artists" are better than others.
Anyone else a collector of foundations?
 

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i use one until it's gone and have been loyal to that brand about 4 years now. i have found a product that works for me and i never have skin issues like breakouts, pimples, etc. and believe it's because i don't switch up my foundation or makeup products at all. i sometimes try other foundations to experiment (like ones i see in ads or tv), but i end up tossing them out because they usually lead to a pimple, skin reaction, etc. i've learned that less experimenting with makeup foundation = clear skin. i see women in the world with really horrible skin issues, and i attribute that to too much product on their face or switching up products too often. so, a single foundation makes me happy:smile:
 
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sdkitty

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i use one until it's gone and have been loyal to that brand about 4 years now. i have found a product that works for me and i never have skin issues like breakouts, pimples, etc. and believe it's because i don't switch up my foundation or makeup products at all. i sometimes try other foundations to experiment (like ones i see in ads or tv), but i end up tossing them out because they usually lead to a pimple, skin reaction, etc. i've learned that less experimenting with makeup foundation = clear skin. i see women in the world with really horrible skin issues, and i attribute that to too much product on their face or switching up products too often. so, a single foundation makes me happy:smile:
whatever makes you happy
my skin used to be more sensitive....these days not so much
 

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Do you wear the same foundation all the time or do you have multiples? For different occasions or just because?
I used to buy one foundation (dept store) and wear it all the time until it was gone. I wore Prescriptives for a time, then Armani for several years.
Now through all the great information on the Internet, I'm finding reviews for drugstore foundation that make me want to try different brands.
I now have Armani, ELF flawless finish and Maybelline. The ELf is a bit light and needs to be mixed with the Maybelline (dream liquid mousse) for best color match. This works fine.
However, I found some positive reviews for Wet N Wild which - like ELF - is very inexpensive and also non-cruelty. So for a few dollars I'm thinking of trying that. Not that I need it but I think it's so little money, why not try it?
On the other hand, I could go to a dept store and get color matched and just get one good foundation. But some of those "makeup artists" are better than others.
Anyone else a collector of foundations?
Interesting question! I have 2 foundations in different shades for summer and winter because my skin tone can change as much as 3-4 shades once spring arrives. I sampled a few K brands - and they were dewy and lovely but they don't offer a dark enough tone for my summer skin. I am almost at the end of my Dior and not sure I would replace with the same - seemed to get stuck in the larger pores. Just tried a Chanel sample that came in the NM catalogue and it was the wrong color but felt silky to apply, didn't get stuck in pores and gave a light covering. I do collect concealer though. I have about 5 different kinds and use at least 2 at a time everyday. Different concealers for different areas (dry - under eye and oily - side of nose) and different problems likes brown spots, bruises from- ahem- fillers, break outs, dark circles. Those also get switched out for different shades when summer comes around.
 

sdkitty

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Interesting question! I have 2 foundations in different shades for summer and winter because my skin tone can change as much as 3-4 shades once spring arrives. I sampled a few K brands - and they were dewy and lovely but they don't offer a dark enough tone for my summer skin. I am almost at the end of my Dior and not sure I would replace with the same - seemed to get stuck in the larger pores. Just tried a Chanel sample that came in the NM catalogue and it was the wrong color but felt silky to apply, didn't get stuck in pores and gave a light covering. I do collect concealer though. I have about 5 different kinds and use at least 2 at a time everyday. Different concealers for different areas (dry - under eye and oily - side of nose) and different problems likes brown spots, bruises from- ahem- fillers, break outs, dark circles. Those also get switched out for different shades when summer comes around.
funny thing - I used Armani foundation for quite a while - maybe 5 years. It was so highly rated but I never really loved it that much. I do have some now that I save for days when I want a bit more coverage or I have a longer day planned.
 

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I use two different ones. I use makeup forever hd liquid on nights out/dinner. During the week, I'll just use bare minerals powder. I found that wearing the liquid everyday was: costly because the liquid ran out a lot faster, and it was way too heavy on my face for everyday wear. I have sensitive skin so when I found a face product that worked, I stuck to it. I'll use mascara, blush, eyeliner, etc. from the drugstore but figured out early on that I could never find the right foundation color for my skin and it didn't react correctly with drugstore products.
 
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Right now my rotation is Bobbi Brown liquid foundation on the weekdays, Chanel Vita foundation on weekends, and when summer is in full force, I'll wear my Stila tinted moisturizer. I bought the Bobbi Brown and Chanel foundations at the same time, at the beginning of the year, because after test-driving them, I still couldn't decide. Now that I've been wearing them a few months, I have found that the Chanel makes my skin look better so I "save" this pricey makeup for the weekends!
 
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Ghettoe

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i use one until it's gone and have been loyal to that brand about 4 years now. i have found a product that works for me and i never have skin issues like breakouts, pimples, etc. and believe it's because i don't switch up my foundation or makeup products at all. i sometimes try other foundations to experiment (like ones i see in ads or tv), but i end up tossing them out because they usually lead to a pimple, skin reaction, etc. i've learned that less experimenting with makeup foundation = clear skin. i see women in the world with really horrible skin issues, and i attribute that to too much product on their face or switching up products too often. so, a single foundation makes me happy:smile:
At least you've been lucky enough to find the one. For me, it's an ongoing experience. If I could just find a medium to light satin foundation that has enough dark shades to give me a good color match and also no fragrance, I would be happy. I tend to make almost any foundation work simply by knowing my skin more so than liking the foundation.
 
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ccbaggirl89

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At least you've been lucky enough to find the one. For me, it's an ongoing experience. If I could just find a medium to light satin foundation that has enough dark shades to give me a good color match and also no fragrance, I would be happy. I tend to make almost any foundation work simply by knowing my skin more so than liking the foundation.
well, it was through trial and error, of course. i went through many drugstore and luxury brands before i found one that works for my skin. i'm american, but actually use korean products exclusively, i found that korean women have a skin type similar to mine and that american products lag behind korean skin product innovations. now i read foundation ingredients too, b/c i know what works on my skin (it appears my oily skin loves mineral oil as a main ingredient, which i never would have guessed)
 

Ghettoe

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well, it was through trial and error, of course. i went through many drugstore and luxury brands before i found one that works for my skin. i'm american, but actually use korean products exclusively, i found that korean women have a skin type similar to mine and that american products lag behind korean skin product innovations. now i read foundation ingredients too, b/c i know what works on my skin (it appears my oily skin loves mineral oil as a main ingredient, which i never would have guessed)
I've heard a lot of Korean products getting praised although for me, I notice the ingredients for some of their stuff aren't any different (I'm such a skeptic so I root out the science blogs like, is a 9 step skincare routine really necessary? Layering toners 7 times??), but even the really innovative stuff simply has absolutely no shades for anyone darker than a peach. Should you luck out and find that rare dark shade, then it's just so dewy. I've heard that's the preference but to me, it looks SO oily. I hope I just get there with a light weight, satin finish. The trials are still on.
 
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sdkitty

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I recently purchased ELF Flawless Finish foundation. I know a lot of you who use dept store products might think this is junk but it's quite nice. Paulas Choice gave it a very positive review and it has sunscreen. The color was a bit light so I mixed it two parts ELF with one pump of a darker shade of Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse. I was very pleased with the color and the finish. Maybe I was just having a good day yesterday but I thought it looked flawless.
 

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I don't believe in having a ton of foundations, at the most I'd want to have three. I'd rather have a good tinted moisturizer with SPF for very minimal makeup days, a luminious foundation for daily wear and a more matte foundation for nights out. My skin is super dry so the super flawless foundations often dry me out even more.
 
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I have Sephora basically on my vanity. My go-to foundations for everyday right now are the NYX Total Control Drops, Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I want to try the new Cover Girl Vitalist. I swatched it today and the finish seemed flawless and really good for everyday wear.
 
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I have Sephora basically on my vanity. My go-to foundations for everyday right now are the NYX Total Control Drops, Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I want to try the new Cover Girl Vitalist. I swatched it today and the finish seemed flawless and really good for everyday wear.
I'm the same way. I think I have something like 20+ foundations open right now. I like to switch it up depending on my mood, event, the weather, etc.

When it's hot here (2/3 of the year) I prefer something mattifying so I don't have to touch up as often. For those days I switch between UD Naked Skin, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, Bobbi Brown BB cream or Bare Minerals if I want a slightly lighter coverage.

For drugstore, I'd really recommend giving Rimmel Lasting Finish a try. It's cheap, but it is medium to full coverage, longwearing, and an extremely natural, satin finish. It is probably my favorite drugstore foundation. I also really like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint.