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I am a oily skin, acne prone, enlarged pores, full coverage queen. Oh and I am a teacher to 8 sweet 13-18 month old toddlers with high needs who enjoy yogurt facials and running around non-stop. That means a foundation has to be transfer proof, can’t settle into fine lines, must have medium to full coverage, can’t cause any more breakouts than I already get, and must last all day without separating or sweating off. Those are some pretty high expectations, but through a lot (and I mean A LOT) of searching and testing I have found a few gems that meet my criteria.
My favorite, highest performing foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear. This product will stay locked into place for 12+ hours. It is transfer proof, won’t break apart, and doesn’t become cakey after hours of wear. This foundation has a matte finish, is easily bendable, and medium-full coverage.
Another most used foundation is the Mabelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation. As the name states, this foundation is full coverage. It lasts through an entire work day and is transfer proof. Oils do come through, but it doesn’t separate or look cakey which is a major plus.
Similar to the Super Stay is the Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation. This is the most full coverage foundation of my collection, and feels so lightweight on the skin I can hardly believe it packs such a punch. The pigmentation is to the max, has a natural finish and is lasting. The foundation also doesn’t settle into pores or fine lines. If you love a full coverage foundation you have to try this one.
Another favorite is the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation. This formula is just as full coverage as the Jouer, but has an extremely matte finish. As the name says, this will last all night. The All Nighter is the most sweat proof, and transfer proof of all the foundations I have listed here.
A foundation that doesn’t necessarily meet all my criteria, but I feel it deserves an honorable mention is the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. This is my go-to for my rare, but lighter makeup days. This foundation feels so lightweight on the skin and has a light to medium coverage. It leaves a natural finish and will hold up through an 8 hour work day. If you are a natural makeup gal, I highly recommend trying this foundation.
Have you tried any of my most used foundations? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.