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Non-mineral foundation for medium skin with pink undertones?

Started 1357939167.44 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1358109242.957 by gammachi1

Can anyone recommend a foundation that's non-mineral with decent coverage and pink undertones?

My 50+ skin is still oily and I have pore issues, and cannot wear primers w/o breaking out my skin. The mineral base foundations no longer look good on me and they "flake" off and end up on my eyeglasses as the day goes on.


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harls3211357941184.78810 PostsRegistered 7/11/2006

Are you looking for something without silicones? Are you looking for a liquid or powder form?

KatCat11357942115.68318219 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

You may want to try Origins Stay Tuned. It's especially excellent for oily skin and they have alot of shades. $23. The shade Buffy may work for you but do a CHAT and find out what has more pink undertones. Good luck.

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MrsSweeeti­eBear1357942547.381326 PostsRegistered 11/6/2012

I've been a happy mineral foundation user since about 1999. But I've recently (last couple of years) discovered a liquid that I love. At first I was alternating and still happy with my minerals. Lately though I've been reaching for this liquid more and more. I'm 63 if that matters.

I'll tell you the brand but it's not all that easy to find a place to buy it. It's also not as inexpensive as some of the drugstore brands that I've seen discussed here recently. It's Dermacia and I get it on eBay. I wear #4, Beige though it would probably be too yellow for you. Sorry I don't have a better more appropriate recommendation for you.

I'd actually like to find a drugstore brand that costs less that would compare to my beloved Dermacia!

Sammycat11357943360.94310554 PostsRegistered 9/30/2005

Thanks ladies for your quick responses. I'm definitely done with powders or minerals. No matter how lightly I apply them, they give my skin a "crepe" sort of appearance that's aging. I'll check out your ideas!

Silicones are a problem too -- I found that out with so many primers. It gave my skin a smooth look, but the ferocious break outs afterward were not worth the smoothness.

MrsSweeeti­eBear1357953406.4871326 PostsRegistered 11/6/2012

You are nice to come back and comment, Sammycat. I don't know that we helped you much yet. Hopefully other posters with more and better experience with what you are looking for will chime in.

Makeup Add­ict1357957381.1938987 PostsRegistered 12/27/2006
Makeup Forever and UD Naked foundations are my HGs I have fair skin with pink undertones.

KateChopin1357966264.354563 PostsRegistered 1/17/2010

Well, I tried Mally's Pore Perfection foundation and it made my skin look so dry when it isn't. Plus, the brush shed like crazy! I like Bobbi Brown Long Lasting #4---I would not have picked it out---looked too yellow in bottle, but the salesperson matched my skin for me. The brush is expensive but I love the matte but not dry finish it gives me. Might want to try it. Good luck!

AnnikaC1357970257.6071028 PostsRegistered 4/26/2011

I'm 53, and have many of the same skin issues that you describe. I've been using EL Doublewear for years now, and am very happy with it. I work long hours, and even with my oily skin, it stays on and it stays true to shade. Hope that helps! I use the shade Ivory Beige.

Sammycat11357972114.1310554 PostsRegistered 9/30/2005
Thanks to the posters who gave even more ideas...I'm looking into each one of them!

MarLoCat1357977606.4932925 PostsRegistered 9/30/2012

Fit Me by Maybelline - Just tried this & it's great! Usually I buy more expensive brands but, this is very lightweight & covers with a No-Makeup on feel.

This shade is for light skin pink-undertone

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desertDi1357983634.05317469 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

L'Oreal True Match. They have many shades in the "cool" category, which you need because of your pink tone.

Zcat1357992876.132700 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010Florida

Hi, Sammycat1. I'm 44 with the same issues -- oily t-zone, large pores, heavy silicones in primers cause me to break out... In the last year I have found a couple of products that you might be interested in:

Murad mattifier with SPF 15 - This is the best matte moisturizer with SPF for me. It doesn't look shiny like so many SPFs, and it has the least glow of everything else I have tried (and I have looked at everything from high end to low end). And it does keep my skin looking matte.

Estee Lauder Invisible Liquid Makeup -- This is a light-weight makeup that goes on watery, so it doesn't look cakey. It has a matte finish too, and it seems to help with oil control. However, the colors are limited. The 3NC1 is not truly cool enough for me, but it is so thin that it blends well.

I like a no-makeup look, and this combination makes it look like I have naturally great skin.

Good luck. BTW -- have you started using retinol? I used ResQ for several years, and I gradually started using Skinceuticals 1.0. My skin peeled for a while, but two months later the texture and tone have noticeable improved. Oh, and my skin is not as oily.

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maestra1358005590.9878817 PostsRegistered 3/13/2008
On 1/11/2013 makeup addict said: Makeup Forever and UD Naked foundations are my HGs I have fair skin with pink undertones.

This would be my rec. also. Try #'s 135 and up for medium skin. I have the same coloring and use Koh Gen Doh (Sephora)-PK 3. Good luck.

KatCat11358006183.64718219 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011
On 1/12/2013 Desertdi said:

L'Oreal True Match. They have many shades in the "cool" category, which you need because of your pink tone.

You are so right. It's a great foundation for the price. It's the first one I purchased when I started wearing foundation (liquid) and it's nice to have a choice between warm, neutral and cool and then select the depth of color.

Sammycat11358010865.32310554 PostsRegistered 9/30/2005

Again...many, many thanks ladies. I'm heading out today to check out the drugstore suggestions then off to a major "compare and contrast" mission. You've given me a lot of great recommendations -- thank you!

DivaNurse1358011586.78134 PostsRegistered 4/30/2011

Have you tried revlon color stay? I used 240 med beige for years...it really is great coverage. Now I switched to Josie Marans tinted spf 40 with her matchmaker serum foundation on top....same great coverage as color stay, but a much lighter healthy feeling...lasts forever, my skin loves it!!!!

gammachi11358109242.95723 PostsRegistered 12/11/2012

Have you looked at MAC? They have many, many shades to pick from, and they have "cool" and "warm" shades for each color. The Face and Body foundation is water based and is water resistant, so it stays on all day. It is light to medium coverage, though.

dry, sensitive skin, fair complexion

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