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Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation
Hi Everyone!   Has anyone had an issues with breakouts after using the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel foundation? I've been using this foundation for roughly three weeks, and I've noticed I'm breaking out on my cheeks and t-zone. This is the only makeup I've changed lately and have kept the same skin care routine. I'm sad if it is this foundation as I really like the look and feel, but the breakouts are really starting to make me self conscious.   One another note, can anyone recommend a similar foundation in texture, coverage, etc? Thank you!
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I would try Nars pure radiant tinted moisturizer. It is very sheer like genius gel with added SPF and slightly higher coverage. I did the opposite as you - I got genius ... see post
Every foundation breaks me out?!? What's a good foundation for really sensitive skin?
Prom/Grad is coming up and I need a good foundation, problem is literally every foundation breaks me out. Tarte amazonian clay and the water foundation, Cover FX powder foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Makeup Forever HD foundation, Too Faced Born This Way, Smash box CC and BB cream. I have oily skin and I'm getting desperate. I find the hourglass immaculate foundation didn't break me out, and neither did the nars all day luminous that I can remember. But both clung to my dry patches. So I need a foundation good for hella sensitive skin that will look good during grad!
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Hi @DeniseMarie15,    If those two foundations work for you, I'd recommend addressing the dry patches like @abbzzzzzzz mentioned or you can get a hydrating primer to... see post
Help! Cakey Foundation Issues
I've been having issues with foundation sliding off my skin and looking cakey shortly after application. I have tried every mattifying primer (Becca ever-matte, MUFE mattifying, estee edit pore vanishing stick, nars pore & shine control, tarte tinted BB treatment, hourglass veil mineral, smashbox, porefessional, etc.) and nothing works. I always pat the primer in rather than rubbing it in, as well, and this does not help.   My makeup doesn't apply properly to my nose or upper lip area (slides off, looks cakey right away) no matter what I use. I've tried a beauty blender and several different types of foundation brushes.    By midday, any foundation I try pills on my cheeks, and becomes very cakey and gross everywhere on my T-zone - particularly around my nose. Shine is also a major issue.    Currently using Nars Sheer Glow foundation, but this also happens with tinted moisturizers, Lancome Teint Idole, and Smashbox BB Water. I also set with UD De-Slick.    Current skincare: Olehenriksen Oil Control Toner, Good Genes, FAB Mattifying Moisture Gel or Clinique Dramatically Different Gel, and Origins GinZing eye cream.  
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Hi @hallh,   Makeup can appear cakey on skin that is dehydrated. I'd recommend including an exfoliator to your routine and a more hydrating moisturizer. Oily skin te... see post
Hi.. I am struggling with my makeup routine! No matter what I try I can't seem to have a flawless finish with my foundation. My skin is combo of dry and oily in t zone mostly. Currently using   esteem lauder double wear. cleaning face with origins checks and balance moisturizing with jack black double duty applying makeup with a densely packed brush with a drop of boscia beauty oil   Once I apply the makeup, I can't add any other products such as concealer, contouring, brightening or illuminating creams it results in shifting my foundation and leaving it looking patchy and colour has shifted   My nose especially, I have a hard time keeping makeup on without it flaking off   Please help! Thank you
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kainlararayne / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you for your reply. I started using the oil because I thought it would help give me a boost of moisture. I am still dry and flakey in areas without the oil.  I do ... see post
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Color Help
I bought the oil free one in Bamboo Beige knowing it was too dark. It has very true olive undertones - not yellow or warm. It is very hard for me to find a true light olive color. However, I am acually fair. Right now I am tanned and this color is still 1-2 shades too dark. I thought I'd mix it with lighter foundations I own.    Would Beige Ivory be a better match? In the store it didn't seem much lighter but it did seem less olive, and I need lighter but still olive. The lightest color is only a tad too light, but it's too bright yellow...I need a more earthy green tone.    FYI, I am closest to Mac NC15 in winter and NC20 with a tan. In winter, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in 10 Beige is a good match, albeit lacking my distinct olive undertone. YSL in B10 is okay. UD in 2.0 is pretty good. All of these are a tad too yellow (as opposed to olive) and light for summer. I need very GREEN yet fair/light, which almost no one makes until you get to the light/med range.    I dont like the wear of Makeup Forever, and their supposedly light olive 117 and 120 shades look more yellow on me. Similarly, the often recommended Nars colors are too yellow. I am a neutral, slightly warm leaning, earthy yet pale olive.    Any ideas?
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Best compact foundation with NO sunscreen or talc??
Every cream compact foundation I used to use has either been discontinued or reformulated and I am lost, currently using Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup to Go as it's the least annoying of the liquid foundation and cushion compacts I have already tried and tossed but it would be better if it was just a solid cream instead of annoying liquid.   I am seeking a non-drying cream compact foundation with no sunscreen or talc, is this now totally impossible?
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bobbi brown comparable foundations?
hello, was wondering if anyone had some recommendations for a liquid foundation that was similar to bobbi browns skin finish, but more matte? preferably with very pale shades, I'm warm ivory in bb color. 
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someone responded!! i am going to try it, i will report back lol. thank you! see post
what foundations compare to bobbi brown skin finish?
i love the texture and its the one foundation that I've had a good shade match with (warm ivory) but i get so SHINY. i set with powder and UD all nighter... i want something similar but maybe matte? matte ish? i really like that its a natural foundation, looks a lot like skin imo.
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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spring and summer fountain/tinted moisturizer
so i'm sort of new to makeup and I have trouble making my light coverage foundation not look cakey. I set it and it still settles into fine lines so I'm wanting to try a tinted moisturizer or a different light foundation to see if its easier to apply and just to use in summer and spring for something light. If i get it a little bit darker then my skin tone now will it look okay to use it now and in the summer or will it look bad? or is there something else i should do? also is there any recommendations for good products? 
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If the price isn't an issue - get both!   But if you are trying to be economical, get the lighter shade and then just warm it up with a little bronzer :D see post
Lancome Jewels
I recently received these Lancome products from Influenster to review for free and I am super excited. Already own the Bienfait Spf 50 and I love it. The Visionaire Crescendo smells great. I am on day one of Phase 1 and my skin feels significantly softer. The Matte Shaker is super soft and pigmented. There is no taste to it, which is a good thing, and it lasts very long.
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
congrats @vickyevelyn on being picked to receive a voxbox. I love the bienfait too!! I add it to my foundation when I want to sheer it out.    I gotta say, the only th... see post
I just started using BB creams and obsessed with it!
So all these years I have been using foundations, to name a few Nars, Kat Von D, and Lancome. But I was recently introduced to BB creams. (I know I'm late to the game lol) The foundations I've used over the years were quite pricey and heavy leaving my skin with clogged pores and breaking out with acne. Now that I use BB creams I save money and my skin looks better than ever. I just started exploring the varieties of BB creams, so far I've used Maybelline BB Fresh and NYX BB. The Maybelline has the best shade of color for my skin tone but the NYX has better texture but not the best shades. Any recommendations with BB creams? What's your favorite? Why? 
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @BocaBeauty I really love the Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Cream SPF 30  because it has the SPF that I need, and the finish is gorgeous! I use the foundation usuall... see post
DRUGSTORE Q - Maybelline age rewind concealer UK NUDE shade - Australian/US shade equivalent?
I have the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in the shade 'Nude, which the UK stocks 2 shades - Light and Nude. Now in Australia, there are 3 shades to choose from '110 - Fair', '120 - Light' and '130 - Medium'.    I know 110 is too light, but cannot tell if 120 or 130 would match my original UK 'Nude' shade.   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
hi @ANR2020    sorry you haven't gotten an answer yet - were you able to find a match? see post
Favorite products and methods for hiding super dark hickeys on pale skin?
The light ones are no problems but I can't seem to cover the darker ones completely
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Popping in to second the  Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer! It's amazing.   A scarf or turtleneck work well too. ;) see post
What's your favorite full face make up remover?
Just curious. 
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I double cleanse with Neutorgena's Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. The first time I just massage it around my face with my fingers, after that I go in with my Foreo Luna Mi... see post
Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation
I am having such a difficult time choosing between shade 28 (Bisque Taupe) and 29 (Bisque Golden) in Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation.  I have neutral skin.  I received samples from Sephora and am wearing 34 (beige medium) in the photo below (pink shirt).  I thought it looked great on me but thought it was slightly too dark.  I also self tan all the time so I know the 34 color probably would not match me when the tan starts to fade.   I am very thrown off on which color to get because i normally go for yellow toned foundation but 34 is peached toned.  I have also inserted a photo of me wearing my normal yellow toned Chanel perfection lumiere foundation in beige 30.  Unfortunately there are no Sephoras near me so I am unable to get color matched... But, What Do You Think?
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Hi ayyshanay,    If the shade 34 was slightly too dark but the undertone worked for you, I would recommend using the shade 29.    Also, if you know you will be s... see post
Gel foundation
I recently came across Chantecaille and their "Future Skin" oil-free gel foundation. I have tried liquids, creams, and everything in between.... but never gel. How do gel formulations compare to a traditional liquid or cream? 
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Gel formulas (be it in a cosmetic or skin care sense) tend to absorb quicker than liquids and creams, making them very ideal for someone who may find the later two formu... see post
Best Summer Foundation
I live in DC. It gets very hot and humid here.  What is the best summer foundation that is sweat proof and doesn't get cakey or goopy?   Thanks in advance!
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Nars Sheer Glow is my favorite for warmer weather!! see post
hello all. Kindly asking what is the matching shade for MAC NW45 in Kat Von D Lock it Foundation?
Hi @Blessedchild,     I suggest trying out the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in the shade  Deep 67 Cool - deep cinnamon with cool undertone.   see post
PRO MAKEUP-Color corrector and BB Cream
Hola a todas!! Quick question; PRO MAKEUP-have no idea what so ever--- Can I use color corrector (mexican-medium color skin) with BB cream?? Thinking about buying TARTE... if you have any other suggestions please help me!!
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Hi @MelySZ,   I think this depends on what kind of color corrector you plan on using. Some come in shades like green or lavender, which might show through a BB cream... see post
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hr - swatches?0
I have looked high and low for swatches that might compare Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hr liquid in 160 Ivoire W to 100 Ivoire N. I can't find any. I swatched 100 N in store about a year ago and it was too pink-toned for my warm undertones. There wasn't a 160 W to swatch in store at the time. Does anyone know if the 160 W is much darker than the 100 N? It's so hard to find matches for my fair, yellow-toned complexion. I swear, most fair foundations are for cool undertones. For reference, my ColorIQ is 3Y03 and the best match I've found is MUFE Ultra HD Stick in 117/Y225. I'm so sad that one didn't work for me because it was so easy to blend, a perfect match, but it would just stay super sticky on my face all day. Anyway, thank you for any help!
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Thank you! I do believe I swatched the 140 N and remember it being too pink for me. see post
Skincare/Make up after Laser Damage
Hey guys - I recently had fraxel laser to correct some acne scars but now my skin texture is damaged with large pores that looks like an orange peel. I am trying to recover my skin, so if anybody had this problem and fixed , please let me know what products you used.   Also, what is the best primer/foundation to hide the pores? My current foundation makes it look blotchy/patcy and makes the pores more visible. Please help this gal in distress!!!   Thanks!!!
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Hi, sumdoll!   First thing first, SPF is crucial at this time. After any laser or clinical treatment, protection from UV rays and environmental aggressors will ensure ... see post
What's your liquid/BB/CC/powder foundation shades?: 2Y07 edition :)
Despite the Color IQ, which has helped tremendously, I (and many others) still find it slightly difficult to really get a good color selection sometimes. The Color IQ probably doesn't take into account the fact that some of us are in between foundation shades nor the fact that foundations simply oxidize sometimes.   I thought I'd make a list of foundations and powders that I have used and sampled that have matched me fairly well. I'll continue to update this list alphabetically if you, BTers, who have the same skin tone as I do come up with more shades from other lines, because I can only try and use so many foundations (and some brands are just difficult to access.)   In MAC terms, I'm between NC25-NC30 . NC27 if such a thing existed   (*L - Liquid, P - Powder, BB and CC- self-explanatory ) -Becca Ever Matte (L): Olive -Becca Luminous Skin (L): Camel -Benefit Some Kinda Gorgeous (P): Light -Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even (L): 3.5 Warm Beige -Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (L): 3.5 Warm Beige - Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (L): Mix 51 and 53 -Burberry Sheer Luminous (L):  05 -Burberry Velvet (L): 203 -Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (L): B30 -Chantecaille Future Skin (L): Cream - Chantecaille Just Skin (L): Glow -Diorskin Airflash (Aerosol): 021 -Diorskin Forever (L): 021 -Diorskin Nude (L): 021 -Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy: 100 -Estee Lauder Double Wear (L): 2W1 Sand - Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (L): 2N1 Desert Beige -Fairydrops Candy Bar (BB): Mix of Light Ochre and Ochre -Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk (L): Mix of 4.5 and 5.5 - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (L): 5.75 - Giorgio Armanin Maestro (L): Mix of 4.5 and 6.5 -Guerlain Lingerie de  Peau (BB): Mix of Light and Medium -Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (L): Mix of 02 and 03 -Guerlain Parure de Lumiere (L): Mix of 02 and 03 -Guerlain Pressed Meteorites (P): 02 -Hourglass Immaculate (L): Nude -Jouer luminizing tint (L): golden -Jouer moisture matte (L): nude -Kat Von D Lock It (P): 52 -Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo (L): 52 -Koh Gen Do Aqua (L): Mix of OC-2 and BE-1 -Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation (L): 123 -Koh Gen Do Triple Lighting (P): OC-2 -Lancome Teint Idole 24H (L): 250W -Laura Mercier Creme Smooth: Sunny Beige - Laura Mercier Silk Creme (L): Medium Ivory -Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (L): Nude -Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless (L): 5 - Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (L): 2 -LORAC Porefection (P): PF3 -Marc Jacobs Genius Gel (L): 32 - Marc Jacobs Perfection (P): 300 -Missha Perfect Cover (BB): Mix of 21 and 27 -MUFE Face and Body (L): 32 -MUFE HD (L): 140 -MUFE Mat + Velvet (L): 40 -NARS Sheer Glow (L): Punjab - Revlon Colorstay Whipped: 320 -Revlon Photoready (L): Nude -Peter Thomas Roth (CC): Light-Medium - SK II Facial Treatment Cream: 420 -Smashbox Camera Ready (BB): Light -Smashbox Camera Ready (CC): Light -Stila One Step (L): Tone - Tarte Amazonian Clay (L): Light-Medium Honey (Peach/Neutral undertone) or Light-Medium Sand (Yellow undertone) - Tarte Maracuja Miracle (L): Light-Medium - Urban Decay Naked (L): 3.0 for warmer tones; Mix 3.5 and 4.0 for neutral tones -YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat (L): B40 -YSL Top Secrets BB Cream (L): Mix of Light and Medium -YSL Youth Liberator Serum (L): Mix of BR40 and B30       (***Updated 12/5/2013***)
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Did anyone try the CLINQUE beyond perfecting foundation? If so what shade? see post
Estee Lauder Double Wear Flashback???
Okay you guys... I've gotten a lot of great advice on these forums for my wedding day makeup on 9/16/17, including the recommendation to use EL Double Wear.....   But I was just in Sephora and a gal that worked there told me it has horrible flashback. Anyone have any insight or experience with this?!   She recommended the Lancome foundation but it is SO expensive!!! Thank you!
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I recently got a sample of the double wear foundation to try for flashback and I haven't had any issues. I paired it with the LM setting powder. see post
Setting spray for creasing?
Hi, I'm sort of new to this makeup thing. But I have found myself in complete love with It Cosmetics' Bye Bye Pores collection. I am looking for a setting spray that would hydrate my dry skin that occasionally peels under my foundation and settles into my fine lines. Without foundation my fine lines are virtually invisible. I am thinking about Ibuki's Quick Fix Mist or Glamglow's Glowsetter. However, I am open to other options. I just want one that would help my face to not look like a dehydrated leather purse... Please Help!
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Hi Hismommee13,   Have you tried Cover FX Illuminating setting spray?Since you do mention having dry skin, this setting spray would probably work very well for you as ... see post
Desperately need foundation recommendations.
Post pregnancy my skin changed dramatically. My once normal/oily skin is now dry, textured, oily, flakey. My skin care routine is currently :   Oil cleanse with Fresh Seaberry - Cleanse with Philosophy Purity - Nighttime I use Good Genes and Origins overnight mask or Clinique moisturizer in the day.  I exfoliate 3 times a week with Exfolikate treatment.  Everyday I don't use ExfoliKate I use a Boscia peel gel. I drink tons of water.     Heres my issue: I can't find a foundation that sits on my skin nicely and leaves me fit to exit the house! My Dr.Jart BB Cream, a go to for years, curdles on my skin now. Rainforest of the Sea clings to dry patches, MUFE WAterblend just moves around without drying down.  Please help!    I use the TooFaced Hangover Rx primer and it feels amazing on my skin, but it seems no matter how smooth and hydrated my skin feels, the makeup doesn't lay down nicely. What am I doing wrong?     I also can't use a brush to apply, as it lifts dry skin; and I can't use products with Aloe as a key ingredient.    
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Great skincare advice here! I'll also add that Dr. Jart's Ceramidin cream helped with my dry patches. For foundation, if your primer is working well, maybe try Cover FX'... see post
Beauty Blender
Until today, I never knew that there was a difference in the beauty blenders other than the colors. 😩😩😩
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@Babypeachist yeah I saw it listed there too, but I was hoping Sephora was going to carry them.  I don't NEED anymore but if I see them in the store, I most likely will ... see post
Clinique Super balanced foundation colors?
I'm really interested in getting some of this foundation and I find the colors hard to decifier. Any help? Sorry for goofy pic! Lol I felt it was my best skin tone I had on my iPad.  
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BEAUTY PRO shadeofgrey / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks so much. Yeah my closest store that even sells clinique is 2 hours away, closest sephora 8. I kinda live in the middle of nowhere. I think I am slightly golden, I... see post
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover
Does anyone know the shade lighter than 127=Y335 in this foundation? Thanks!
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rhhayes / FRESH FACE / replied
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Which shade in Armani luminous foundation am I?
I wear stila stay all day foundation and concealer in beige and Laura Mercier candleglow foundation in golden. I've tried the armani foundation in 5.5 which is a little too dark for me. Can anyone suggest a good match? 
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Hi @ZSahar,   I would maybe try 5.25. Shade 5 is two shades lighter than 5.5 and any shade lower than that would be too light.   Best, Mali     see post
  Does anyone know if Tarte will be releasing a new limited edition blush palette this Spring 2017?
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Hi BexN07,   We do not currently have plans to launch additional tarte items at this time (that I'm aware of ;) ), but please continue to stay tuned for updates as w... see post