11.20.2013

Made to Last.

When you have combination skin, or oily skin for that matter, it can often be a struggle finding ways to make your foundation last all day. My main problem area, as far as midday shine and foundation/concealer breakdown are concerned, is my t-zone, so when I found out I had a particularly long day of work scheduled last week, I made it into an opportunity to try something new.

I always use foundation primer on long days anyway, even if I'm planning on wearing a long-lasting foundation, like the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (Shell). The velvety finish of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, in particular, creates the perfect base to allow Hourglass Immaculate's soft powder finish to glide on effortlessly. I usually get a solid 8 hours of wear time with this combo alone, but seeing as how I was looking for my makeup to last an extra few hours on this particular day, I knew my usual go-to pairing wouldn't cut it. At this point, I was faced with a conundrum - Do I go one step further and powder a powder-finish foundation? After all, how much is too much?

So, yeah. I ended up reaching for the powder in the end - Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation (#120 Neutral Ivory) to be exact. (Tip: Gently blot all over after applying your foundation, but before powdering, to soak up any excess oil from your moisturizer and foundation. This will help powder to apply more smoothly and wear longer.) I opted for just a light dusting of powder with a fluffy brush in an attempt to avoid cake-face, and as I brought the brush up to my face, I thought, "This could be a huge mistake." Thank goodness it wasn't. The powder set my foundation beautifully and added additional coverage to create the most flawless, natural, full-coverage complexion I've seen on myself in a very long time. And this may surprise you (it did me), but when I took a peek at my skin up-close in the mirror, it was smooth, poreless, and perfect. No cake in sight. 

Intermittent restroom breaks throughout the day yielded reactions that became progressively more surprised each time I looked in the mirror and realized I still didn't need to blot. Brilliant. I took one last, good look at my makeup that night before taking it all off, and it actually pained me to see it go. So, does this mean that sometimes more is actually more? Who knew.


25 comments:

  1. Great tips Tiffany! I wish I knew these when I had oily skin about 10 years ago haha! Now, I'm pretty normal to dry.

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  2. These products sound like exactly what I am looking for! Thanks for sharing, loved this post! :)

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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  3. I really like MUFE HD & Hard Candy Sheer Envy primers and Tarte Smooth Operator powder to make my face last.

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  4. Hey Tiffany, thanks for sharing the experience! I was pleasantly surprised recently when I set my powder foundation (Chanel Vitalumiere Douceur) with a powder (Guerlain Crazy Meteorites compact). It actually ended up not looking powdery as I had imagined, and together they stay matte for longer and last better! So yeah, who would have thought? Sometimes more is more ;)

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  5. LOVE the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation! I need to check out that MUFE powder for the summer time perhaps :)

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  6. Fabulous post, Tiffany! I've heard the tip to blot after foundation before but never actually tried it; you reminded me that I definitely should! I wasn't a fan of this Smashbox primer in the past but maybe I should give it another chance :)

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  7. Got this foundation in my Sephora loves basket! So tempted!!

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

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  8. i have been looking for a good powder foundation, but didn't know where to start.. i'd love to try that MUFE one though! x


    morerebe.com

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  9. I love the hourglass primer, its kind of amazing, and works really well. During the summer (when my oily skin gets even worse) I use Becca Ever Matte, its a savior.

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  10. That's what I do too! I blot before and after foundation :-)
    Lately, I've been using just a makeup base, concealer and powder. I wouldn't have used the base if I didn't want to use up something. LOL!

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  11. hmm i'll have to check some of these out. with my combo-oily skin i'm still trying to find a primer/makeup routine that will keep the oils at bay for longer than 4 hrs. i've been suing the becca mattifying primer but i'm honestly less than impressed. maybe i should dig out the smashbox primer samples i have since it has worked so well for you. i always forget i have those...

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  12. Thanks, Tracy! My skin used to be crazy oily back in the day; luckily, it's starting to calm down a bit now that I'm getting older :)

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  13. So glad you found the post helpful, Natalie! :)

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  14. I've never tried those primers, but I think I have a deluxe sample of the Tarte powder. I should give it a try sometime!

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  15. Hey Sunny! Your combo sounds really nice (Chanel + Guerlain? Yes, please!), and I'm glad you see where I'm coming from with the "more is more" thing ;) I still really want to try a Guerlain Meteorites sometime!

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  16. Yay, I'm happy you love the Hourglass foundation too! It's just so fantastic for oilier skin types. You should definitely look into the MUFE powder sometime...I was really, really surprised by how nice it pairs with the Hourglass :)

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  17. Thanks, Monika! I can't remember where I originally heard about the blotting tip, but it works! I know people either love or hate the Smashbox primer. I love it, but I generally love silicone-based products. I love the smoothness!

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  18. Let me know what you think, Stacey! :)

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  19. It's a really good powder foundation! I use it on it's own just over a bit of concealer a lot of days too, and it gives light to medium coverage. I was between this one and the new Laura Mercier one, but I'm glad I went with the MUFE :)

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  20. I remember loving the Hourglass primer too, back when I still had a bottle :) I agree with you that it's pretty amazing. I have a deluxe sample of the BECCA one, and I also like that one for really oily areas, although I prefer the Smashbox over it because I like the smooth feeling from the silicone. Loved hearing about your favorites, Natalie!

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  21. The blotting thing just works, doesn't it? And what are you trying to use up??

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  22. I've tried the BECCA primer and although I like it, I still find the Smashbox works better for me, both at controlling oil and helping my foundation to apply more smoothly. I just prefer the Smashbox in general because I like the silicone feeling, but I know some people despise it!


    Let me know what you think once you try your samples. I hope they work out better for you than the BECCA!

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  23. i recently bought this foundation to try out and am having a hard time determining my shade! i've purchased shell but i think it's too light. I noticed that you used to use shell and are now using ivory. can you give me a little more insight into the two shades?

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  24. Oops, sorry! That was a mistake on my part. I have the shade Shell, not Ivory. I don't know why I thought it was called Ivory. That's a bummer you're having a tough time finding a shade match. Do you live near a Sephora? I generally get samples of foundations before buying, not only to test the foundation itself, but also to test the shade. I had a sample of the shade Nude once, and it's a bit darker than Shell, so you might want to test that one out. I'd probably try to get samples of Ivory, Nude and Light Beige if Shell is too light. Beauty Professor has some swatches here, in case that's more helpful. http://www.beautyprofessor.net/2013/05/hourglass-immaculate-liquid-powder.html Good luck!

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  25. I'm trying to at least put a dent to my L'Oreal Magique base. That's what it's called right? I forgot. LOL! I'm trying to make it work, but if it doesn't, then I guess I'll have to chuck it out >_<

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