ISO a new foundation


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Okay, Specktra peeps, I have a minor conundrum. I'm in search of a new foundation (or two?). I have several that I'm interested in, but I have no idea where I want to start.

I have combination skin that's acne-prone with enlarged pores across the center of my face. Generally speaking, my preference is medium coverage with a satin or natural finish, though as you can see, I'm open to going outside those parameters.

These are the contenders:
  • Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation (medium coverage, natural finish) -
  • CYO Long Wearing Lifeproof Foundation (medium/buildable to full coverage, natural finish) - I've been intrigued by this since Youtuber thataylaa talked about it in a first impressions video a while back ago. Like me, she has face texture issues (in her case, visible pores and acne scarring). Seems a lot of other people like this as well?
  • Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover (buildable to any coverage level, radiant finish) - Don't see this talked about a lot, but I am very curious about it.
  • Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid (medium-to-full coverage, radiant finish) -
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Seems to have more coverage than most tinted moisturizers; I tried the wrong shade of this before.
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid (full coverage, matte finish) - Am I one of the only people on the planet who has never tried SFF? I think I have this down mainly for the curiosity factor.
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation (medium coverage, natural finish) - I have used this before and like it. It's just that there are so many other foundations I want to try!
  • Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation (full coverage, matte finish) - I'm generally hesitant about matte foundations since others I've tried have oxidized on me, but I keep coming back to this one for some reason.
  • NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (full coverage, natural finish) - Been wanting to try this for ages, even before they brought it out in Siberia.
  • Natasha Denona Foundation X+ (full coverage, natural finish)
  • PUR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer (medium-to-full coverage, finish unknown)
  • Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation (medium coverage, natural finish)
  • Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation (buildable coverage, luminous finish)
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation (medium coverage, natural finish)
  • Stellar Limitless Foundation (medium coverage, radiant finish) - Another foundation I don't see talked about that much.
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (medium coverage, natural finish)

Have any of you (especially ones with a similar skintype to me) tried any of the above foundations, and what did you think of them? Do you have any other suggestions?


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Definitely NO on the Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid
it is very creamy and moisturizing and finish is glowy


New User
I would also consider Rodan+Fields Radiant Defense perfecting liquid. I have similar skin and this is what I use. It's not "foundation" but has a lot of benefits foundations don't—it's lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic (won't clog pores), non-acnegenic (won't cause breakouts).


Staff member
I ended up ordering the Milk foundation. My still going back to it was likely what sealed it for me.


Staff member
Blind buy. I don’t live near a Sephora (or Ulta, or any counters), so can’t swatch or get samples of anything (and not every company offers minis to purchase). At least I can return it if it doesn’t work for me.


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it's awful. It is thick heavy blends not so easily, oxydizes, just looks so heavy on skin. I got it for free but honestly would never buy it. It reminds me of MAC studio sculpt if you have tried that one but like worse version of it

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