Foundation with Benefits. Do you Need One?

Tue, 29 January 2013 3:23PM

When it comes to the deal-breakers in life – M&Ms, Valentine’s Day cards and stylists for Justin Bieber – the more the better.

But if we’re chewing the fat over foundations, are more ingredients for everyone? Is it not okay to just have fuss-free coverage that just, um, covers, rather than anti-ages, lifts, eliminates oils, reduces pigmentation and juggles fire sticks?

Personally, a simple SPF in my foundation is just fine thankyouverymuch (although, natch, my main sunscreen is my new SPF50+ lotion). But that’s just me. I love the simplicity of my slap.

But how’s about I get my head out of my own arsenal of beauty for one millisecond to think about the rest of you? Those suffering from dryness, extreme oiliness, blemishes, and the grip of gravity… I’m talking to you.

There is no denying that treatment foundations are a huge trend and a huge success. From pharmacy to luxe, every brand worth their weight in pigment offers a foundation that can meet every need. Most recently, BB creams have created a storm with their 5-plus-fold prowess (SPF, hydration, pigmentation correction, coverage, vitamins, etc) and we all know that CC creams are just around the corner.

So if you are one of the 99.84% of the population (by my off-the-top-of-my-head estimates) who does prefer a foundation with benefits, what are some things you should consider first?

Well, in my quest to help others before I help myself (to more pancakes this morning), here’s what I discovered:

  • You can get your skincare kicks from skincare. If you are suffering from dryness, oiliness or general ageing, choose a skincare range developed directly for your concern before even thinking about the foundation you should be using. Get to the root of the problem from the ground up, so that you leave nothing to chance. And even on those days you go foundation-free, you are confident your skin is still being adequately cared for.
  • Don’t jump the beauty gun and start too early with treatment foundations. Youthful skin should be allowed to breathe and there is nothing more distressing (okay, for me at least) than seeing a young pup suffocating her skin in an ill-fitted foundation. Eek. I am no Cate Blanchett in the skin stakes, but looking after my skin since my early 20s (with skincare, SPF, sleep, sans offspring) meant that I didn’t have to wear foundation until two years ago. Before then, I was worked a deft hand at concealer and a dusting of bronzer. And it worked. My skin appeared even-toned but light and age-appropriate.
  • If you have problem skin, your foundation could be the actual problem. For example, don’t self-diagnose your blemish-control coverage. You don’t know what other perfumes and ingredients are in the product that may actually be aggravating the oiliness of your skin. Always have your foundation ‘fitted’ on counter. Brands like Clinique are great for this, as they have a cavalcade of options at some really reasonable prices. And they’re history is steeped in dermatology, so you know they take skincare benefits seriously.
  • Be careful about what you put over, and under, your treatment foundation. Like a fabulous LBD, your choice of underwear and overcoat can completely sully the end result. Same goes for treatment foundation. If you apply a primer underneath you are effectively creating a barrier between your foundation and the skin, making it harder for them to work. If you pop powder foundation over your treatment choice, again, you are working against any hydrating or radiance properties it may offer.

The bottom line is if you have problem or reactive skin, get expert advice – from skincare through to treatment foundation – to ensure the combination you are using on your complexion is beneficial.

Here’s some trusty brands you could try:

La Prairie Cellular Treatment Foundation Cream Finish, $120, David Jones

Do: Use this if you are after rich plant extracts and antioxidants to combat age.

Don’t: Set with a powder over the top. This creamy coverage dries with an ultra-fine powder finish so it’s covered in one step.

Shu Uemura Face Architect Remodelling Cream Foundation, $74, selected David Jones

Do: Choose this if you have a hard-to-match complexion shade.

Don’t: Over-moisturise beforehand as this product contains depsea water for extra hydration already.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup, $50, department stores

Do: Choose this if you want to treat your blemishes and maintain radiance, rather than cover them with a cakey foundation.

Don’t: Use facial oil beforehand. This product is oil-free which is one of the benefits towards making headway on nixing blemishes.


Do you use a treatment foundation?

Which ones work for you?

Have you had any adverse reactions?

Either to Justin Biebers fashion sense or a foundation?

ecb xx


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  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 04:12pm

    I use Dr Lewinns foundation as it has hydrating properties and is good for anti-ageing. I didnt know that using a primer underneath was ruining this feature. So thanks.

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 04:27pm

    I personally don’t mind if my make doesn’t have SPF as I figure the effects are negligible anyway. I always use moisturiser with SPF, so if my foundation doesn’t have it, it’s fine. Also, it means I can wear the foundation at night without worrying about looking washed out in photos.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 05:43pm

    Have never tried a treatment foundation before love the idea! Like the sound of all of them.

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 06:16pm

    I 95% of the time use mineral foundation usually ones with added vits like A,C,E – between the vits and the zinc and the purity on the skin I suppose thats a form of treatment foundation, then when I do whip out foundation I just go for a high performer with an amazing finish as I don’t care about the skin benefits as its just for occasional use

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 09:22pm

    I like to go minimal when I can but I went to work without any makeup recently and I was asked by many people if I was feeling unwell because I am so pale! lol! I wasn’t too offended but they felt a little silly when I said that I wasn’t wearing any makeup and that I am naturally very pale :)

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 12:56am

    The clinique liquid make up sounds nice. Ive only ever tried the usually foundations never a beneficial one. Definitely something im interested in trying for the first time soon.

  • Posted by: Linda-1341075684 Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 01:34am

    Rather than foundation, I’m currently using a Hanskin Collagen treatment BB cream and really liking it. It feels beautiful on my skin & has numerous anti-aging benefits. I’ve tried a sample of Dr Lewinns, that seemed like a great product too – interestingly it came with a matching primer!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 06:58am

    I use Bobbi browns skin foundation daily, it doesn’t really have any benefits, little SPF, but it feels good on (not clogged or oily) and lasts all day.
    I intermittently use primer, although some of those do have some good benefits too.

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 09:25am

    I’m not a big fan of foundation but I’m loving BB creams. They’re so light and comfortable to wear which is most important for me.

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 12:49pm

    I wear BB Cream pretty much every day. Mainly because I like the light finish which is long-lasting and it feels comfortable on my skin. SPF and anti-pigmentation ingredients are a bonus. I do still apply a separate SPF beforehand though because I don’t apply enough BB Cream to get the protection I need.

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 02:30pm

    I do use a foundation with an added SPF 15 but thats all. I have tried the Clinique Anti Blemish Foundation but broke out more! I dont know why…. I dont think I really need a foundation with added benefits as you can get them from food, water, and facial moisturisers and serums.

  • Posted by: Kelly Evans // Wed, 30 January 2013 02:32pm

    I’m already on the BB cream band wagon – I use the Rimmel one. If I decide to wear a foundation (which is if I’m going out at night) I wear Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation which is a “gel” based product full of vitmains and blends really well – great for oily skins :)

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 11:48am

    I’ve never used a treatment foundation as have always had normal skin, but if that ever changes I will definitely look at a foundation which can combat other problems.

  • Posted by: melany Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:51pm

    I’ve never tried a treatment foundation but I’ve heard great things about Dermalogica’s one.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 05:06pm

    i would love to try clinique liquid makeup

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 06:10pm

    thanks for the great advice!

  • Posted by: Daria Master Fan // Sun, 24 February 2013 11:00am

    I don’t really have a treatment foundation, I like the BB cream for an even, flawless complexion.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 2 June 2013 01:59pm

    I have not used any of these products or a treatment foundation. Sound interesting.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 14 July 2013 05:28pm

    I want to start using treatment foundations :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 1 November 2014 10:45pm

    A foundation with benefits of course I need one.

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