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15 November 2010 @ 06:03 pm
The apocalypse might be nigh...  
 ...since I'm actually posting two days in a row!  Maybe the start of a new trend?  We'll see.

So, it turns out there is a Sephora near me, after all!  One opened up inside a JC Penney store about half an hour from my house back in July, apparently.  Who knew?  (Thanks to Becky for sending me an IM letting me know!)  Due to this magic new store, I took my 20% off coupon and trekked there today, for the express purpose of getting new foundation.  Color matching foundation isn't really something to be attempted via online ordering, although I was giving it my all, and will now need to return the incorrect color that is even now already on the way to me in a previous order.

But I digress.

See, a couple of years ago, a fell in love with the Bare Minerals foundation.  It was this magic stuff that gave me complete coverage, evened out my complexion, and still somehow remained light, didn't cake, didn't look like I was wearing any make up, matched my skin color exactly, and still managed to call itself foundation.  I loved it.  

Except for the mess.  Traveling with it was always a nightmare.  

And the expense.  Stuff costs an arm and a leg, and you go through it rather quickly.

And then Dr. Oz did this special on make up I just happened to catch (I don't normally watch his show), and he told us how the make up industry has pretty much no regulations on it, and how make up exactly like my beloved is made of particles so tiny, people in the construction industry would be required to wear masks if they worked with anything like it, and we have no idea just what effect this will have on our lungs twenty years down the road.  (There was also this really gross segment on the amount of petroleum jelly wearers of lip gloss consume in ten years, but I don't wear lip gloss, so, whatever.)

Anyway, working as I once did in the safety office of a government research facility, there is no one more conscious of what damage long term exposure to some nameless lung harming substance can cause.  I immediately stopped using my beloved, and began the search for some alternative foundation that would not cause great puffy clouds of particulates to enter my lungs every single time I used it.  I tried Urban Decay's cream-to-powder foundation in a very cool pink compact.  Too heavy and streaky on my face.  Yuck!  I tried Tarte's pressed powder foundation.  It was, mmm, okay I guess, but looked like I was wearing make up.  I tried Smash Box liquid foundation.  It blended nicely, looked basically invisible, but left a strange kind of oily feel on my face.  As I already have oily skin tendencies, this was unhelpful.  I really, really need some form of powder on my skin, and loose powder is no longer an option for me, thanks to Dr. Oz.  

Then I stumbled across mention of Sephora's pressed mineral foundation compact, a talc-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and oil-free foundation with SPF 10.  Huh, I thought.  It meets all of my qualifications, and is also "buildable", meaning I can put it on as lightly or as heavily as I'd like.  Other than their mascara, I don't normally like most of Sephora's personal brand of make up, but I decided I wanted to try this stuff.  So to the store I went today, and what do you know - it does exactly what my old beloved BM foundation did - evens out my complexion, gives full and light coverage, looks like I'm not even wearing make up while doing its job, and yet it lacks some of the essential things I didn't like about the BM stuff - it's not nearly as messy, being a solid powder in a compact, and it's a bit less expensive, especially when you use a 20% off coupon to buy it.  

Now, I'm sure a few small puffs of particles end up in the air when I put this on, but nothing, I imagine, like what the loose powder of my BM foundation did.  So far, I am loving this stuff, and pretty much consider it the perfect foundation for me.  YMMV.
Lexcrankylex on November 17th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
I find that checking the cosmetics database (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/) either makes me feel better or terrifies me more in such instances.