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Finding My Perfect Foundation

Remember when I told you that one of my resolutions this year was that I wanted to find my perfect foundation? Well, the search is on.

Finding My Perfect Foundation

Now, I was naive and really thought it was going to be as simple as just finding my correct shade. Really, that is just one piece of the puzzle for me. In reality, this is more of a lifestyle change for this tinted moisturizer gal. This is making realize that it takes me more time to get ready since I have to wait for all of my layers of moisturizer & primer to “set” before I get the next layer on before I can get to the foundation, instead of just slathering on my TM. It also isn’t as forgiving about slacking skin maintenance. Since it is tends to be thicker/more opaque than my TM’s, it doesn’t do well with unexfoliated skin, no matter how many layers of potions I have put on prior.

And the variety. Oh gawd, it is freaking overwhelming. Drugstore? Department store? Matte? Illuminating? Mineral? 3in1/Multitasking? Or, finding a color match, but the product is discontinued now? Like, really, so much to choose from – this pic is just a sampling of what I am trying.

So, I’m just getting started. I’m trying to wear one at a time for a couple of weeks, but sometimes it’s just a matter of what is within arms reach, ya know?

Tell me – what foundations to I need to make sure are on my “try me” list?

*Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration and others I spent my own money on.

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  1. Nina Epstein says:

    I have been loving the colorstay whipped foundation. I do need to mix two shades to find a good match though- and it only works well for me when applied with a flat top synthetic kabuki spritzed with fix +. I dab it on all over with the brush and then softly buff it in.

    1. Paula says:

      I totally get you with the mixing two colors to get it right. And I’ll have to try applying with fix+ – I never think to add that. Thanks!

  2. Alycia Ward says:

    My current 2 faves are in your pic — the Tarte Amazonian Clay and The CoverGirl Outlast 3 in 1. I’m 48 and have always had combo skin, but even my t-zone is getting a little dryer now. Still, both of these have good coverage without looking cakey. I’ll be curious what you think. A lot of older women like the Colorstay Whipped, too — I’m tempted to try it.

  3. Ellen says:

    Guerlain Lingerie de Peau! Expensive, but SO worth it. It’s lightweight but offers great coverage, and it has SPF20!

  4. […] Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, is making good on one of her New Years’ resolutions – she is on the hunt for her perfect foundation. […]

  5. Julie says:

    I have struggled w/ this for a while now. At 42, an ex-smoker and sun lover, it was time to amp up my foundation. I went round and round w/ high end and a few drug store brands, but I have come to realize MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 is the one. I always go back to it. Always. Great coverage, hides my imperfections, looks natural, not blotchy even when I have a little dry patch and not too heavy. A very close second, and on good skin days, before my MAC, Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA is the BOMB!! These are the only 2 that I use anymore.

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