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What part of your routine do you rely on to control excess oil?

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  1. What foundation is best for oily skin, in your opinion? I’m using Laura Mercier Silk creme with MAC mineralize powder on top and Estee Lauder double wear concealer – but I’m really unhappy with how my skin looks with this makeup on, it’s really badly accentuating my pores and I get oily within about 90 minutes.

    Posted by LJ | May 23, 2012, 1:41 pm
    • Well before I give you suggestions, can you tell me does your skin look “bad” immediately after you apply it? Or is it after a few hours? How long?

      What do you apply underneath the silk creme foundation?

      Do you use this during the day or evening?

      Are you using a glycolic acid product?

      How much coverage do you like?

      How do you apply your foundation?


      Posted by John | May 23, 2012, 3:16 pm
      • I’d say it doesn’t look great straight away, as I said, it’s noticably bad after 90 minutes.

        I use Paula’s choice normalising cleanser and targeted blemish toner morning and evening, and I use Paula’s chouce beta hydroxy acid gel at night.

        Underneath silk creme I use Paula’s choice shine stopper.

        I apply it in the morning and that has to last me all day, I don’t reapply unless I’m going out somewhere.

        I haven’t got even skin tone do I do think I need full coverage, and I apply my foundation with the MAC 118 I think, you know the ‘Skunk’ brush πŸ™‚


        Posted by LJ | May 23, 2012, 3:54 pm
        • Hi there!

          Well since you’re using the PC Shine Stopper underneath and you want something a bit more full coverage, I’d recommend the new Lancome Teint Idole 24H foundation! And for powder, from personal experience, because the foundation is already so full coverage, I really like the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder to set that.

          I personally use the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer instead of the PC Stopper as a primer; I’m not a fan of the latter’s texture, but it should work fine. So with the above mentioned combo, it’s a full coverage liquid + a sheer but mattifying powder.

          If you want something more of a like a light-medium coverage foundation and a more medium-buildable coverage powder, I really like the Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid makeup + the Estee Lauder Double Wear Power Makeup. In the end, both combinations will give you full coverage.

          I too, have dealt away with the LM Silk Creme because it takes too much work to maintain lol. Get samples of the liquid at least and let me know what you think! If applied correctly, the Lancome foundation is absolutely fantastic and wears forever, while giving a nice satin-matte finish.

          Posted by John | May 23, 2012, 6:57 pm
          • This is absolutely fantastic, thank you so much! I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve used them!

            Just as a side note, do you think a concealer would be necessary as well as the Lancome Teint Idole?

            Thank you again!

            Posted by LJ | May 24, 2012, 6:46 am
            • You’re very welcome! I’m glad I could be of some help. Concealer for the face isn’t necessary because it’s so full coverage already. But if you aren’t comfortable with putting something with alcohol around your eyes and/or you want a more pink/peach/salmon colored product to neutralize any dark undereye circles, then go with a separate undereye concealer. πŸ™‚

              Posted by John | May 24, 2012, 8:30 pm
  2. My derm told me to use Retin-A on just my nose every night and that would eventually help control my oil. I hope it works!

    Posted by AwwRITE! | May 22, 2012, 7:48 am
    • Hi there!

      If you only have breakouts on your nose, that’s fine. Yes Retin-A has some oil-controlling abilities, but not as much as say Accutane, which is an oral retinoid. But let us know how this works out for you!

      Posted by John | May 22, 2012, 8:34 am
      • Sorry it took me so long to reply! I actually was on Accutaine twice (around 1998 and then again around 2003) because nothing else (oral antibiotics, Retin-A) seemed to work. Each time it really gave me remarkable results, but the acne would always return a few years after discontinuing the Accutaine. I’ve been using Retin-A for about 4 months now (this time around) and it does seem to be keeping my acne in check (along with a prescription sulfur cleanser). I have not noticed a significant decrease in oil on my nose though. Pity. I’m still looking for a really great powder. I think I’ll look into the ones you suggested above.

        Posted by AwwRITE | August 30, 2012, 11:00 am
  3. I find powder works the best.. but I have yet to find a pressed powder that is very fine but also matte without making it look obvious that I’m wearing makeup. :/ I just bought MAC blot so I will give that one a try, CoverFX has been the one I used previously. I’m willing to buy high-end if it would control oil without looking cakey at all. Any recommendations John?

    Posted by mildlyaddictive | May 10, 2012, 12:14 am
    • For a pressed powder, which is more expensive per ounce than loose powders, but more travel-friendly, I personally love the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder. It gives a good amount of product for the price, and really just extends the longevity of anything I’m wearing underneath it. However, keep in mind that this is truly sheer; you will not get much coverage from it.

      The Lancome Translucence Pressed Powder is also excellent. It has a slightly larger color range, gives slightly more coverage than the BB, but is slightly less long-wearing.

      Both of these look matte, but not chalky. They have smooth, but not overly powdery textures: you won’t get any of that powder buildup when you swipe a brush across the surface!

      Keep in mind that, unlike liquid foundations, I’ve only tried about 15 powders (which isn’t a lot). So my recommendation is less wide in scope than if I were to suggest a liquid foundation. But the two mentioned are the best I’ve encountered for keeping my oils at bay.

      Posted by John | May 10, 2012, 11:09 am
      • Thank you for your suggestions! These were actually 2 I had been wondering about. I have a couple loose powders I like (SettingFX and Dior) but don’t find them particularly matte, although they do look wonderful on the skin! Bobbi Brown, Lancome and Dior seem to make my favorite face products, although Bobbi Brown is the only one with shades that are actually light enough πŸ˜‰ I am so fair I add MAC F&B white to most others, so translucent powders are a good thing in that case!

        Posted by mildlyaddictive | May 10, 2012, 11:35 am
  4. I swear by MAC blot but I also use oil blotting film before I touch up my powder to avoid cakiness.

    Posted by Kristin | May 8, 2012, 11:17 pm
    • That sounds smart! I personally don’t like the MAC Blot powder; I just feel like there are more refined pressed powders that sit more nicely on the skin. But if it works for you that’s great! Plus, the fact that MAC is one of the less expensive high-end brands, is even better! πŸ™‚

      Posted by John | May 9, 2012, 6:31 am

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