Sunday, 14 April 2013

Foundations for Combo-Oily Skin

Foundations I've tried (combo-oily skin) 

I don’t wear liquid foundation every day, I usually wear powder and a bit of concealer if I need it (Rimmel stay matte powder or Mac studio fix powder and Collection concealer). If I’m going out for a special occasion, these are some of the foundations I have tried and mini reviews on each one. I wouldn't recommend these if you have dry skin. 

Mac Pro longwear: £24.00
This is a very long wearing foundation with an SPF of 10. I am in the shade NC30 in Mac. The finish of this is a beautiful satin finish. (somewhere in between dewy and matte). It really does stay on all day and is quite runny in consistency but throughout the day it can start to feel a little heavy. It does an okay job at controlling oil and the coverage is medium and buildable. 
Apologies for the pump covered in the foundation!

Mac Studio fix fluid: £20.50
This has an SPF of 15 and can cause a little flashback in photos.  It is quite thick in consistency and gives an absolutely flawless soft focused, matte finish but throughout the day I find that it oxidizes and cakes into pores which I don’t like. It is good at controlling oil, but doesn't stay fresh looking.

Estee Lauder Double wear: £27.50
This is also very long wearing and has an SPF of 10. The finish is semi-matte, full coverage, and it controls oil. The shade that I was matched with was slightly grey and I prefer the more yellow based foundations like the Mac ones but it wasn't too bad. What I don’t like about this foundation is that it accentuates my pores! 

Rimmel Stay Matte: £5.99
This is a great cheaper alternative if you have oily skin. It has a matte finish which is medium and buildable. It makes you look really flawless and the consistency is not too heavy. It feels fresh to wear, not heavy. The only downside about this is it doesn't last too long on the skin. Otherwise it’s a fantastic foundation for the price! 

Revlon Colorstay (oily-combo): £12.49
Saving the best till last, this is my favorite. It has an SPF of 6 so it looks great in photos. It is thinner in consistency to the mac ones so it doesn't feel as heavy on the skin. It stays on all day and controls oil well. It gives a matte finish which is medium to full coverage. It is also the best one I've found for minimizing the look of pores! 


  1. Great comparison post!

    Sita xx

  2. Double wear is my favourite foundation ever!

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  4. I really want to try the Revlon colour stay foundation but my skin can get quite dry so I'm not sure if it would work for me. Also hate the fact it doesn't have a pump! So inconvenient haha
    Great post x

    1. There's a version of it for dryer skin!
      Yeah if it had a pump it would be perfect :)

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  6. Heard so many things about colourstay and revlon is a great brand! Might have to try this :)