Perfect face by Skin Type: Combination / Oily Skin (Foundations) (Medium to Full coverage)

Check back every now and then, since this is sort of a ‘database’; I will keep on adding as I remember/find new foundations

What’s particular about combination or oily skin is that it can present dehydration (quite severe at times), flakiness, irritation, discoloration, enlarged pores and whathave you.

It can be tricky to deal with it because it can be unpredictable: Use the wrong product and the skin will get oilier, or at times; drier.

In this part I shall focus on the foundations; from lowest minimal coverage to the highest coverage.

There are many foundations that I have omitted because they deserve their own post; Those are the foundations that can work on ANY skin type given the proper primer and application.

Since this post is mainly about combination to oily skin (and very oily skin), I have selected what I found the best (out of my stash) to resist the wear due to oiliness and also less setting in flakiness.

This Combination / Oily series will be spread in 5 sections: Sheer to Light/Med coverage, Med to Full coverage, Full coverage, Primers +concealers and powders+setting sprays.

How does the rating work?

Oil controlling from 0 to 10: In comparison to wearing only moisturizer + sunscreen, how the skin produces oiliness as the day goes by.

How do I choose the foundation?

I recommend you go and try the foundations before buying them, because all skins are different and react a different way. And a foundation might react with your skin care.

But a good starting point would be:

0 to 4: Combination skin, no big oil concerns, isn’t bothered by oil production

4 to 6: Combination skin with slightly more oil production, or a ‘tamed’ oily skin

6 to 8: Oily skin (or combination living in very hot/humid environment)

8 to 10: In need of a top performance product either for photoshoot, very hot/humid environment, studio lights etc…

Here I present you the next installment of PFBST: Medium to Full coverage foundations.

Medium buildable to Full (Can cover acne, hyperpigmentation, scars but will need some help from a concealer to achieve full coverage)

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Giorgio Armani Designer compact foundation

Finish: Natural Matte (slightly glowy in certain skin types)

Coverage: Medium (can be worked to cover pretty well all the acne)
Oil free: No ?
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 7 out 10
Comments: If you liked the designer shaping cream but it was too rich for you then this one is a brilliant alternative. It is slightly ‘drier’, sets in very fast and it has sort of a ‘semi’ powdery finish to it, while maintaining a moist feeling.
Lightest shade available: 2 (Mac NC10)

Guerlain Lingerie de peau

Finish: Fresh Matte

Coverage: Medium
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes ?
Oil controlling: 7 out 10
Comments: It is a gorgeous next-to-nothing foundation. It is barely perceptible in the skin and in terms of oil-controlling: it makes a pretty decent job at staying in place.
Lightest shade available: 01 Beige Pale (Studio sculpt NC/NW 15)

Dolce & Gabbana

Finish: Matte (or fresh matte if you have very oily skin)

Coverage: Medium (slightly less than medium coverage)
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 9 out of 10
Comments: This is heavy duty mattifying. Not in the powdery sense but it stays in there and it stays well. The skin appears matte even hours later. I must warn you thought: If you have flakiness, this will emphasize it x 10 fold.
Lightest shade available: Classic 60 (Mac micronized airbrush NC10, a hair darker)

Clinique Acne solutions

Finish: Matte

Coverage: Medium to full
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 9 out of 10
Comments: If I could find a word for this one it would be: drying. It dries the skin, which can be good or bad depending on your skin type / goals. It calms the active acne as well and the skin stays matte very very long time. It has sort of a powdery finish
Lightest shade available: Fresh Alabaster (Mac studio fix fluid NW15)

Revlon Colorstay For Combination / Oily skin

Finish: Fresh matte

Coverage: Medium
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 6 out of 10
Comments: I acquired this in hope to get a dupe for Mac studio fix fluid. In my personal opinion, they do not compare at all. This one will ‘melt’ in a bad way and if you happen to have flakiness, it will emphasize it. It is decent at oil controlling, but nothing impressive in my experience.
Lightest shade available: 110 Ivory (Mac studio fix fluid NW10)

Bare Minerals ID foundations

Finish: Glowy Matte

Coverage: Medium
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 7 out of 10
Comments: Perhaps it’s because is a powder, but it does a good job in staying on, especially if one applies a mattifying primer underneath. I love that it is not ‘matte’ but somehow glowy (gives dimension to the skin)
Lightest shade available: Fair (NC/NW 12)

Laura Mercier Mineral powder

Finish: Glowy Matte

Coverage: Medium
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 7 out of 10
Comments: Again, like the Bare Minerals, it’s probably due to its powder texture that it stays on so well on combination/oily skins. I find it slightly less ‘glowy’ than the BM. So if BM was too illuminating for you, you might want to try this one. Again, it is a ‘neutral’ foundation: you can wear it on normal skin types or oilier skin types; what will make the difference is how you prep your skin beforehand. This also looks beautiful on top of LM tinted moisturizer.
Lightest shade available: Porcelain (Mac NC10, perhaps slightly darker, just a tad)

Full to Medium coverage (Those will cover pretty much anything and everything if you put a bit of work in them. Some will cover at first swipe)

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Shu Uemura Nobara cream

Finish: Fresh Matte

Coverage: Full
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen:
Oil controlling: 7-8 out of 10
Comments: This is a nice foundation that even some drier skin types can pull it off. But when tested on combination/oily skin, it lasts on so well (especially considering it is full coverage). It also has a very light feel to it and oddly enough…when applied properly, it looks like second skin (similar to Guerlain lingerie foundation)
Lightest shade available: 584 (NW12-13)

SKII cellumination

Finish: Fresh Matte (slightly satin)

Coverage: Medium to full (easily buildable with a dry sponge by pressing)
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 7 out of 10
Comments: Similar to Nobara cream foundation, but lighter and more moisturizing / luminizing. I nearly finished mine (that is how much I love this one). I love how dimensional my skin looks when I wear this foundation.
Lightest shade available: 310 (NC/NW 10)

Suqqu Frame Fix cream foundation

Finish: Satin Matte ?

Coverage: Full
Oil free: ? Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 7-8 out of 10
Comments: If you use a moisturizing primer before, it will hold well for a combination skin. If you use a mattifying primer before: it will hold amazing on a hot humid day and on an oily skin. This is my personal HG of foundation. I can wear it on all seasons (at my driest and at my oiliest). Skin looks beautifully dimensional. It is not powdery matte but rather a crossover between guerlain lingerie de peau, mac studio fix fluid and giorgio armani designer shaping cream. It supposedly has built-in primer AND setting powder. I still use primer beforehand and sometimes a setting powder if I want a more matte finish. When it fades, it fades beautifully, almost imperceptible. Only complaint that I have is that they don’t make paler shades. It is not my 100% match, but I am willing to overlook that fact for all the other brilliant features.
PS: In case you didn’t hear enough from this foundation, they do make one that is ‘targeted’ for oily skin types. Haven’t tried it, but I heard good about it.
Lightest shade available: 001 (lightest, very yellow undertone), 101 (Neutral, NC/NW 13), 201 (pink undertone)

Dior Capture Totale

Finish: Satin Matte ?

Coverage: Medium to full (very easy to get full)
Oil free: No ?
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 6 out of 10
Comments: Very lifting, very radiant, very beautiful. This is my go-to foundation if I have a client  (+45 years) who needs a firming foundation that will bring back ‘life’ to the skin yet still has combination / oily skin. It is not targeted for that skin type, but I have found it looks beautiful and it doesn’t settle in wrinkles and lines (or pores) like some more ‘mattifying’ foundations do.
Lightest shade available: Ivory (NW 13-14)

MAC Studio Fix fluid

Finish: Fresh Matte

Coverage: Medium to full (very easy to achieve full)
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 8 out of 10
Comments: Many may hate it, but I have found this one to really resist heat and oil production. It has a gorgeous finish, beautiful to photograph, yet feels very light on. I used to ‘hate’ mac studio fix fluid until I found a way to apply it and set it that completely changed my view on this one.
Lightest shade available: NW 10 (bit darker than Mac full coverage NW10)

Giorgio Armani Lasting UV foundation

Finish: Fresh Matte

Coverage: Medium (but more coverage than a conventional ‘medium’)
Oil free: Yes
Sunscreen: Yes
Oil controlling: 7 out of 10
Comments: It has a more ‘fresh’ finish than Mac studio fix fluid, it feels even lighter and has less coverage. I love it because it looks better as time passes.
Lightest shade available: 2 (Mac NC10)

As a final comment, I must add that the MOST beautiful and well performing foundations (in my opinion) that I have come across are from Japan, especially for oilier skins. (Oh, and I love Armani foundations 😉 )

PS: Be on the lookout for a Suqqu foundation review on youtube – this week!

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