Review: Mineral Makeup and Liquid Foundation for Combination Skin

From left to right: Laura Mercier, Pur Minerals Split Pan (Mineral Glow and Mineral Light - sorry I actually no longer have any Pur Minerals 4-in-1 pressed powders left!), Make Up For Ever Face and Body foundation, NARS Shere Glow
From left to right: Laura Mercier, Pur Minerals Split Pan (Mineral Glow and Mineral Light - sorry I actually no longer have any Pur Minerals 4-in-1 pressed powders left!), Make Up For Ever Face and Body foundation, NARS Shere Glow

My skin

For many years, I have been trying to find the holy grail (HG) foundation for many years. For me, the holy grail foundation had to meet the following criteria:

  • the colour must match me perfectly
  • it cannot cause breakouts
  • and it can't make me greasy

And although I don't think I've found the HG foundation yet, I've found some foundations that are pretty close and that I use quite often. I like to use a mineral makeup for everyday use (work, non-special occasions) and a liquid foundation for days I need more coverage.
Because no foundation will suit every single person, let me give you some background on what type of skin I have so that you can decide for yourself if these are foundations that you should try too.

  • larger pores on the cheek areas around my nose
  • some breakouts, mostly small bumps on my forehead and around my nose
  • combination skin, with a VERY oily nose and forehead and normal skin for the cheek area
  • redness around my jawline

Laura Mercier Mineral Makeup SPF 15 in "Real Sand", NARS Sheer Glow in "Deauville", and Make Up For Ever Face and Body foundation in "Ivory 20"
Laura Mercier Mineral Makeup SPF 15 in "Real Sand", NARS Sheer Glow in "Deauville", and Make Up For Ever Face and Body foundation in "Ivory 20"

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

This is my favourite mineral makeup foundation at the moment. It's not perfect, but it's way better than the other mineral foundations I've tried (Everyday Minerals, Bare Escentuals, Pur Minerals).

This does not break me out and it provides a light to medium coverage. The colour matches me pretty well as you can see from my swatch (you can barely see the difference!) Unlike Everyday Minerals and Bare Escentuals, it does not accentuate my pores.

The two bad things about this foundation that I wish I could change is the lack of heavier coverage.  Piling this stuff on just makes everything look cakey. The other con to LM's mineral makeup is that it's a loose powder, so it's not great for travelling or for your lungs!

I also used Pur Minerals for a few years as my go-to mineral makeup foundation, but the coverage was very minimal, it gets used up very quickly, and after a few hours, it vanishes from my skin. I really liked the fact that it was a pressed powder though.

TIP: If you mineral makeup looks a bit cakey on your face, try spraying your face with a fine mist of water or MAC Fix+. It works really well and your skin will look glowy without the oily!

NARS Sheer Glow

I know there are a lot of raves about this foundation, but I'm sorry, I DO NOT like this foundation. First of all, it's a bottle and there is no pump so I have to pour it out and second, it really accentuates my pores!! I really wanted to like it too cause everyone seems like to like it so much, but I've tried mixing it with other foundations and moisturizers, I've tried priming my face beforehand, and I've tried setting it with MAC Fix+ (basically a setting spray) and nothing works. It doesn't seem to break me out, but it feels very heavy on my skin. I know it works well on some people, so if you have smaller pores than me...feel free to try it out!

Make Up For Ever Face and Body

This is my favourite liquid foundation at the moment. It doesn't break me out and the colour matches me pretty well (but not exactly). The coverage is quite light, but it's buildable so if you want to wear this as an everyday foundation, it looks pretty natural. If you want heavier coverage, you just need to add more layers (I need about three or four layers for special occasions!). 

The consistency of this product is a bit odd though. You definitely have to shake it well before you use it. It has almost a jelly-like consistency. 

About Me

Elaine Li is always on the hunt for that perfect foundation. Read her other articles to check out some of her other favourite makeup products!

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5 comments

-Bria 5 years ago

Thanks, this was very helpful :)


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aurorastone 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC Author

@-Bria Glad you found it helpful =)


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DM's Here4YOU 5 years ago

Thank you so much for this hub! I have been looking for a good mineral foundation. hopefully it will cover my redness lol. Thank you again!!! :)


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aurorastone 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC Author

It's been a lot of trial and error for me to find a good mineral foundation, so I'm glad you liked this hub!


BritneyS 4 years ago

I have combination skin, that is usually under the duress of nature's wrath. My skin would be dry one day, oily the next, and acne prone in between. Over the years, I have accumulated a plethora of facial products that have all seen the same fate:(collecting dust in a box at the back of my closet). I am now on the verge of thirty, and am starting to see the ravages of age. I had just about had it with my skin until I tried the Olive Night Creme from Made from Earth. After only one application, the stress on my face began to disappear. I don't know how it worked, but it worked. My skin is now moisturized without being oily or blotchy, and I haven't had a breakout since. My personal life has even improved. I swear, that this is a face cream from God!

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