9.28.2010

♥ My Top 5: Face Products ♥

I wanted to make a My Top 5 Foundations post but then I realized that I've only tried about 5 foundations and I definitely did not like them all. If anyone has good foundation recommendations for oily skin, I'm all ears :)


So instead of my top 5 foundations, I decided to stay close to the subject and choose my top 5 face makeup products.


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus
Diorskin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in Beige 002
Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer in Linen
MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer in NC30

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
I was introduced to this foundation when I received a sample of it from Sephora a long time ago. I was amazed at how smooth and satiny it left my skin feeling, and it did a pretty good job at making my foundation last all day while decently controlling my excessively oily areas. At $52 it's not the most affordable primer on the market but when you have oily skin, you'll pay almost any price to tone down your skin's oiliness so your foundation won't slide off your face. I really love this primer, and I'm sad I only have about 10% left :(

MAC MSF Natural in Medium Plus
Oily skin + foundation - setting powder = DISASTER!
I never, never, ever forget to set my foundation with powder. If I'm going for a more natural, dewy look, then I'll just powder my T-zone but I never skip the powder all together. Without powder, my face will start to look shiny within minutes. No joke. MAC MSF Naturals add a bit more coverage to your foundation while also setting and mattifying it a bit. In the summer, assuming my skin is in decent condition, I'll skip foundation altogether and opt for concealer and MAC MSFN and then set it all with Fix+ for lighter coverage that won't melt in the heat.

Diorskin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in Beige 002
I don't want to say too much about this concealer since you can read my review on it here. I do want to add that I only use this around and under my eyes and not for blemishes since the consistency is too thin for my taste. I haven't tried it on blemishes, to be honest, but I have a pre-conceived notion that liquid concealer will just slide off my face in no time so I choose not to give it the opportunity to do so :)

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer in Linen
I heard about this from Khristine at My Fit Beauty (Definitely check her out! She's awesome!) and was immediately intrigued because I love Sonia Kashuk. I think she has really great products that are affordable as well so I definitely wanted to try this as soon as I heard about it. I had never tried tinted moisturizers before this because my skin is usually so problematic, but since it has recently started to behave itself, I decided to take the plunge. It actually has light to medium coverage, which is more than I was anticipating for a tinted moisturizer, and leaves a slightly dewy finish to the skin. The only flaw this product has is that it's only available in 4 shades (yes, four!) and Linen is the second lightest shade. Not cool, Sonia. Not cool.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC30
This is my HG concealer for covering up blemishes and redness on oily skin! It has medium to full buildable coverage and is a thick consistency. I used to use my finger to pat it on, but lately I've been favoring using my Sigma E40 to buff it into the skin, giving it lighter, more natural coverage.

What are your go-to face makeup products?


20 comments:

  1. I LOVE reading your favorites! :) thanks for mentioning me! :) and i'm really glad you like the Tinted moisturizer! im still can't believe there's only 4 shades lol..

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  2. I second Khristine's comment! I love reading about your top 5 favorite items. :]

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  3. I know Laura Mercier's Oil Free Foundation gets a lot of really good reviews and comments on it. It gives blemish coverage and conceals redness, but still lets your skin shine through. I don't personally use it since my skin is combination and sensitive. I do use her Oil Free Primer though on myself and a lot of clients.

    For a wedding I used Makeup Forever's Mat Velvet on a client who was oil prone and it was in TX during the heat at the end of May which worked well for her. One thing though it's a lighter coverage. We used lighter coverage due to that heat. Blech!!

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  4. Have you tried Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer? I actually like that and the Burberry Sheer Foundation quite a bit. I really wish MAC MSF would work for me but it caused major breakouts. Great post!

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  5. I use the MAC studio finish concealer as well :) I haven't been using it much in the summer since because of its thickness but I can see when it gets cooler I will :) It's an amazing concealer, I agree :)

    I'm really intrigued by the tinted moisturizer. This seems like something I'll def check out :)

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  6. totally agree on the oily skin + foundation - powder = disaster. even if im really really late powder MUST go on before im out the door!

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  7. ooh great post! i have the mac powder and concealer and i love them! ive been wanting to try the sonia kashuk moisturizer, thanks for the review!

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  8. Lovely post!
    I don't think I can live without MAC MSF in Medium Plus.

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  9. I use the MAC studio finish concealer as well..it's so nice...love this post.

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  10. you should deff try COVERFX POWDER FX! awesome!
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  11. I use the concealer as well. I have oily skin and nothing really works...not even MUFE Matt Velevet...actually makes it worse!

    One thing i do to prevent extreme oil is: Using plain milk of magnesia after washing my face, before moisturizer. i know, weird but it does control my extreme oily nose, cheeks, chin lol! another thing that has almost emiminated my oily skin is not a cosmetic: I began using African black soap and omg, i kid you not, i have almost ZERO oil, and my reddish flat spots (lloked like red freckles, maybe flat pipme scar??) are almost all gone. Seriously. Just wanted to share those weird but effective and CHEAP tips. and for the record, no i do not sell the soap of the milk of magnesia LOL, but if you want to try the soap, just make sure is a trusty company because there are fakes out there!

    Hope you try this and if you do, let me know if they worked or not!!!

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  12. @Khristine: Thank you for introducing me to it! :)

    @Sharon: Thanks Sharon! They've been some of my favorite posts to write :)

    @The "E" Girl: I actually have and really like the Laura Mercier Oil-Free foundation. I stopped using it a few months ago when it started getting hot but will probably start using it again soon :) I will have to check out that MUFE one. I'm actually more into lighter coverage foundations nowadays anyways. Thanks so much for your recommendations!

    @Kristie: No, I haven't tried either of those. I've read rave reviews on the LM tinted moisturizer but $42 is a bit hefty for just a tm, in my opinion. And Burberry is a bit out of my price range at the moment but I'd love to try it sometime! Shame about the MAC MSF...what is it about MAC foundations that make people break out so much, I wonder?

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  13. @Rainy Days and Lattes: If you do try it out, let me know how you like it. I was really impressed by it!

    @Miss Krimson: I've never heard of that before but thank you for the recommendation. I'll have to try it out sometime!

    @Aranza: Thank you so much for sharing your tips with me :) Both of those sound very unusual and interesting which makes me want to try them even more. If I am able to get around to trying it soon I will definitely let you know how it works for me!

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  15. Going back to an old post of yours here, how do you use the studio finish concealer to cover redness? just dab it on with your finger or do you apply it with a brush?

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  16. @Justine: I used to pat it on with my fingers then use my fingers to blend it in, but I found that this gives somewhat thick coverage that starts to separate and gets cakey after a few hours on my oily skin. Now I use my Sigma E40 (or MAC 224) and swirl it around the red areas to buff in the product. It applies less product since the brush is so fluffy, and buffing it in makes the finish really natural looking. Hope that helps!

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