Best Foundations for Mature Skin ~ Year End Round-Up

Can you believe that I tried on almost 50 different foundations this year? I was on an epic search for a foundation that made my aging skin look better than it really is. I discovered that there are a few foundations that look and feel good, but that for every one of those, there are 10 that made my skin look worse! I tried on liquids, powders, BB and CC creams and tinted moisturizers in the search for my “holy grail”, and while I didn’t have a religious experience with any of them, I did find a few things that came close!

I’m going to break it all down into 4 categories (High-End Liquid, Drug Store Liquid, Powder, and BB/CC Creams & Tinted Moisturizers) and within each category list the foundations in order of best to worst. In general, the high-end liquids were far superior to the drugstore liquids, but in the powders the high-end and drugstore were more comparable. I came to the conclusion that BB and CC creams are just not made for mature skin… until I found the winner in that category.

If you like full coverage or have super dry skin, these foundations may not work for you. I like a foundation that’s sheer to medium coverage, matte to satin finish (nothing shiny or dewey), hides my pores without having to use primer, controls oily t-zone, doesn’t settle into lines & wrinkles, stays put, and looks good ALL day! It’s a tall order, I know, but as it turns out, it is achievable (and without breaking the bank)!!

The best foundations I found from each category are:

Best High-End Liquid:ELIFM

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Runner Up High-End Liquid:

Channel Vitalumiere Aqua

Armani Designer Lift

Armani Maestro

Just Didn’t Work for Me High-End Liquid:

IT Cosmetics IT-O2 Liquid Oxygen Foundation

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Supreme Silicone Free Liquid Foundation

Paula’s Choice Best Face Forward Foundation

Paula’s Choice Resist Instant Smoothing AA Found

Hourglass Immaculate Foundation

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup

Best Drugstore Liquid:Neutrogena

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup

Runner-Up Drugstore Liquid:

Almay Smart Shade Anti-Aging Makeup

Just Didn’t Work for Me Drugstore Liquid:

Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup

L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup

Revlon Nearly Naked

Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation

Best Powder:IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation

Runner Up Powder:

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

Pretty Good Powders:

Laura Gellar Balance N Brighten

Id bareMinerals Matte Loose Powder Foundation in Medium

Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder

Almay Wake Up Hydrating Make Up

Just Didn’t Work for Me Powders:

Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage Powder Compact in Light Medium

Mac Studio Fix Powder

Physicians Formula CoverTox 10 Wrinkle Formula face Powder in Translucent Medium

Best BB/CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer:CC Cream Tubes

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

Runner Up BB/CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer:

Pur Minerals CC Cream

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Compact

Pretty Good BB/CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer:

Clarins UV Plus High Protection Tint

Paula’s Choice Barely There Tinted Moisturizer

Just Didn’t Work for Me BB/CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer:

Chantecaille Just Skin

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer

L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream

Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector

Dr. Jart Rejuvenating BB+ Cream

DiorSkin Nude BB Cream

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer

Rachel K CC Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment


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