Sheer Foundation Makeup – My Top 5 Picks

January 29, 2010 by Anna   | Filed under Hair & Makeup

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Sheer foundation makeup has been around for awhile. Ever since Bare Escentuals invaded late night infomercials, people just can't seem to get enough. Now you see mineral makeup everywhere. If you haven't jumped on the Bare Escentuals bandwagon, you may be considering other brands that you trust. That is understandable. I must be honest, I've been using Bare Escentuals for years now and it kind of makes my face itchy. This could be from the hair on the brush that irritates my skin or from me buffing my face too hard, but I haven't changed brands because I'm comfortable with what I know. Even if it makes me itch. (IMPORTANT TIP: It is not recommended to be comfortable with something that makes you ITCH, specifically in private areas.) I just feel like I want a makeup that makes my skin look crazy flawless. Bare Escentuals is great for everyday, but what about on those special occasions where you want to look like a porcelain doll? I need a foundation to use in addition to my loose powder makeup. So I start searching for other sheer foundation makeup and found that there are a ton of other highly rated products that I have been missing out on. Here are the top 5 products that really caught my attention:

Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Compact Foundation#1 Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup (7.2 Star Rating)
Buy it on Amazon for only $15
Ok, so the reason why this caught my eye is because Neutrogena products have never let me down before. I only dabbled in their face wash, but their whole basis is improving your skin. Lot of other foundations clog your pores causing more acne. With this skin clearing sheer foundation, it actually works with your skin and covers up your blemishes. People have given this product a 7.2 star out of 10 star rating, but I figure with the price tag of only $15.00, it's worth a shot!

 

MAC Studio Mist Foundation#2 MAC Studio Mist Foundation (8.3 Star Rating)
Buy it on Amazon for only $16.50
Call me a label whore, but everyone and anyone swears by MAC makeup. MAC Studio Mist Foundation just sounds professional! It's an aerosol foundation that you spray on without all the extra equipment that is required with airbrush makeup. People have reviewed that it provides lightweight medium coverage and you'll probably need to touch up once or twice throughout the day. The downside is that it dries a little too quickly, so you may still need a makeup sponge to control the areas that you really want to cover. I would highly advise that if you want to try this sheer foundation aerosol can, look on ebay. It's pretty cheap, you can find it for about $17.

Avon PERSONAL MATCH Natural Liquid Foundation#3 Avon PERSONAL MATCH Natural Liquid Foundation (9.8 Star Rating)
Avon is another brand that has never let me down. I like them because they're cheap and everytime someone gives me an Avon catalog, I buy something on every page and my total will be like $10. So I found that they had a personal match natural liquid foundation that got rave reviews. The upside, very breathable sheer foundation makeup that is lightweight and makes your skin look natural and healthy. The downside, unless you're at a physical location that Avon has, how can you determine a personal color match? But with the price tag of under $10 and on ebay you can buy a lot of the foundation and try out different colors, it's a win win situation.

Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid#4 Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation(10 Star Rating)
Buy it from eBay starting from $24.95
Now this foundation caught my eye because the reviews were raving and I don't think they ever got less than 10 star rating. People who never normally use foundation tried out this product and just fell absolutely in love. I can relate because I'm not normally a foundation wearer myself, so it's nice that I found reviews I could relate to. This foundation doesn't dry up, it goes on evenly and smoothly and is light and natural. Shu Uemura is also a very reputable brand, so I will probably eventually buckle down and spend the $55 to try out this product out. Try eBay for a little discount. You can easily find the foundation for about $42.

Borghese Hydro-Mineral Creme Finish Makeup#5 Borghese Hydro-Mineral Creme Finish Makeup (10 Star Rating)
Buy it on Amazon for $10.99
Ok, so I'm interested in trying this because it contains no animal, vegetable or mineral oil. That to me says, "Will not clog my pores". I've read consistent reviews that it is lightweight, natural, long wearing and great for sensitive skin types. It's a higher end product without the super high end price tag. A tube will cost you about $34 on borghese.com, but I found it on Amazon for average price of around $15. I've even seen it as low as $7.99. Worth a shot! That is all I have to say.

If you’ve tried other sheer foundation makeup that you absolutely love, feel free to chime in!

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