The Best in Foundation: Make Up For Ever, Peter Thomas Roth, Tarte, Oh My!

Even when my skin is clear (knock on wood), I still feel naked without even a dab of foundation to even my skin tone.  I’m guilty of having 2,3,10 different foundations in my possession, ready to battle my skin’s mood that day.  I’ve classified my favorites in three basic categories, guaranteed to work with any skin type.
Best Powder Foundation: Make Up For Ever Pro Finish

MAKE UP FOR EVER - Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation
No matter how you apply (dry or wet), your skin will thank you
This is pretty much the holy grail in foundation. It gives you the option for heavy matte coverage (apply dry) or sheer (apply wet).  I’m always skeptical of powder foundation because they tend to be drying and call attention to your facial lines.  I prefer my lines to take a backseat, thanks.  But MUFE does it again, giving us the coverage we need without making us look like a special effects artist applied our makeup.  I have medium skin tone, with pink undertones. I selected the natural beige (color above) and it’s a perfect match.  When I first applied, the color looked a little dark, but somehow it adjusts with your own skin tone and makes you look flawless. If a matte finish is not your thing, definitely try damp.  And the best part, your skin doesn’t feel dry, even in these cold winter months. Warning: fine lines will disappear.  Where they go, we don’t know.  But good riddance.
The iron for your skin: wrinkles go buh-bye
Usually when I hear lightweight foundation, I have little faith it will be able to do anything to improve my skin.  Cover redness? Ok, I’m sure.  Hide pimples? Good luck. Mask my fine lines? Don’t insult me with your lies. But I’m typing with my foot in my mouth right now.  A little awkward for the office, I suppose.  I tried PTR because the name is Un-Wrinkle Foundation.  Sure, it’s a little pricey at $45.  But not only does it promise  flawless skin, it helps treat the skin with anti-aging peptides.  It classifies itself as a “deep wrinkle facial expression treatment foundation.”  Music to my ears.  So here’s the verdict: it really covers your lines and evens out your skin tone.  It’s not drying, but it’s also not oily as many liquid foundations tend to be. For those that like heavy coverage, this may not be for you. For bigger skin issues like zits, it really won’t cover much.  You would have to layer it on.  But on the bright side, you honestly don’t feel like you have any foundation on.  For days that my skin looks fairly decent and I want to have a polished finish, this is definitely my go-to. And it conditions my face while I’m going about my daily tasks, like watching the Kardashians. Now that’s service. (Note: For heavier liquid coverage, try Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid makeup, which I reviewed here.)
This foundation stays true to its name: 12 hours indeed
  J & I are both big fans of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay.  J reviewed it here, so I won’t go on and on about it, too much. But like J, I agree that this is the best in terms of matte coverage.  You may have noticed a trend here, but a good judge of foundation is whether or not it plays nice with facial lines. If you haven’t met me, you may think I’m a 60 something year old woman sun-bathing in Florida with prune-like face (half that description sounds nice), based on how often I talk about lines.  I have a few lines, not a ton, but still need to be considerate of them.  For such a heavy foundation, it doesn’t dry your skin out.  Any imperfections that were once visible on your face, are long gone.  The best part: it lasts as long as they say it does.  Really.  When was the last time that happened?  Go get, even just for a special occasion that leaves you with some pretty awesome photos.
So, there you have it.  The best in foundation. With one exception – Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Fusion Foundation.  With all the buzz around it, we must try.  Wink, wink, Mr. Armani.
~C
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