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Re: Foundation?
Mar 31, 2006
hi Linda, I am 55 and went through the same thing as you trying to find something...I bought everything...drugstore lines, and a high end line (Smashbox)...for me the only thing in liquid makeup that did halfway decent was Jane Stay Calm Foundation...very inexpensive line, but very highly rated elsewhere by high end users who compare it equal to or better than their high end products...go figure. The Jane line used to be carried in practically every drug discount center; for some odd reason it isn't any longer...getting harder and harder to find. Jane pressed powders are WONDERFUL for us aging gals as it doesn't seep into fine lines or cake like many do.....NYC pressed powders are also good, and again its a cheap line....just goes to show that while you usually get what you pay for...not so in all cases!!! For liquid foundation the Jane Stay Calm is all I will wear---it is not heavy/cakey yet somehow manages to give good coverage. The Jane Concealor is also a great product as is some, not all, of their eyeshadows. However, for foundation one that I like best of all is what I wear the most, Bare Escentuals Mineral Makeup (there are other lines of the dry mineral makeup I just haven't used them so can't comment on how they are...the BE is great quality and lasts well). It has great diversity in that you can apply it lightly for very sheer or applied in layers can achieve full coverage where you need it. Most of all, it lasts all day and the health of my skin has improved DRAMATICALLY with it since it is a dry makeup it does not clog pores. The downside, yes unfortunately there always is one, is it is a little higher maintenance in the beginning while learning a new technique of applying dry mineral makeup and you must acquire and maintain quality brushes. With mineral makeup it is very critical to wash brushes regularly or a buildup accumulates on the fibers and will result in too much product being applied and look cakey. If others reading this post are experiencing a cakey look with mineral makeup, wash your brushes and you will likely see a dramatic difference! Definitely, like all makeups, you can get it too thick and have to finesse a light touch with it and learn to layer and build to reach preferred coverage level. Not hard; but there is an initial learning curve since most of us for years have worked only with liquid or cream foundation bases. Trust me, if I can learn to do it, ANYONE can;)

When it comes to foundations it is important, I think, to know the poster's age as what works great at 20, 30, or even 40, regrettably doesn't work the same near and after 50:( It is a struggle, at least for me it has been. I have had great luck, finally, transitioning to a natural eye and found good products that don't cake and settle in fine lines on and around lid...Physician Formula Quads in Classic Nude and Canyon Classics....very neutral soft matte colors that I discovered elsewhere is great also for multi-tasking with shading and contouring cheekbones and nose areas....WONDERFUL stuff and goes on sale frequently;)

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