I’m Going To Miss You, Powder Foundation!

by Melissa R.
powder foundatin vs liquid for women in their 40s

I’m not going to lie, I’m going to miss my powder foundation. It’s been a faithful friend for years, but it’s time for us to part ways. Don’t get me wrong, I love liquid foundations too – they’re so versatile and look great on so many skin types – but there’s just something about powder that can’t be replaced. Maybe it’s the simplicity of it, but whatever the reason, I’ll definitely miss it! Follow along as I say goodbye to my old friend and welcome in a new liquid foundation regime…

When My Foundation Relationship Began

When I first started wearing makeup, the thought of putting liquid foundation on my face was scary so I just stayed as far away from it as possible. I think it stemmed from my sister’s best friend who wore liquid foundation faithfully, there were only 2 problems:

  1. The shade did not match her light skin tone
  2. There was always a line between her jaw and her neck

Now I’m not saying this to get any digs in, I really liked her, and if I’m being honest, I used to wonder why she was wearing any makeup at all. I mean, her skin was perfect for a teenager, and it was at a time when I was suffering from mild acne and literally got my compact out the minute I got out of the shower. There was no primer back in the 80’s, at least none that I knew of. Let’s be honest, I was washing my hair with V05! I know they’ve come a long way since then, so this is not a knock against the brand, but my beauty routine was pretty simple.

The Tale of Two Foundations

In my earlier 20’s, I had graduated from Cover Girl compacts to Clinique compact foundation, matte beige to be exact. I actually loved wearing my matte Clinique foundation. It covered any flaws that I had, and I found the perfect shade for my skin tone. It was the first time in my life when people began telling me how nice my skin and makeup looked. That was reason enough for me to keep wearing it considering the fact that acne was still a thorn in my side.

I wore Clinique for probably 20 years or so until it became more and more difficult to find the shade that I had been wearing since I was probably 21 or 22.  As of the time of this writing, the product is still scarce, so if you find it and want to try it out, don’t wait. During those times of complete distress, I was forced to find other foundations until I could find my Clinique shade. That’s when I discovered Bare Minerals, the loose powder foundation. Once I tried Bare Minerals, the change was easy after I figured out what brush to use and how to apply the foundation properly. Click here to read the post where I talked about the first time every applying it! This is when I began incorporating Mineral Veil powder into my routine and I thought I was some kind of make-up expert!

Truth be told, I have never been (and I’m still a rookie) a make-up expert. I know how to apply foundation, bronzer, eyeliner, mascara, and mineral veil powder (well, kinda!). I’m still working on eyeshadow. For some reason, this product gets me every time, so most days I avoid it like the plague. As for lipstick, I cannot find a shade that suits me, so I wear nude or simply get my lip-gloss out. Yes, I have purchased new lip-gloss since the 80’s!

So Why I am Moving to a Liquid Foundation?

I put my makeup on today, and I forgot the primer. Since I really had nowhere to be other than making my 5th trip to the grocery store this week (it’s Tuesday), I decided to just go with it. I mean, who has time to go back and wash their face, apply the serums and moisturizers, allow everything to dry, then apply the primer, let that dry, and finally re-apply your make-up? Well, if I’m being honest, I do. I had the time today, but I chose to skip it.

This was the moment of truth. The moment that I realized how much my 48-year-old face NEEDS the primer. My makeup was sinking into every crevice on my face, even ones I never knew existed. I don’t want to have to rely on ONE PRODUCT for my makeup to be more presentable. Heaven forbid I go away and forget to take my primer with me. What if I run out? I’d rather go without makeup at all than have my face look like that thing that was staring at me in the mirror this morning.

I mean after all, I just posted a before and after photo of my results from using DRMTLGY and my face looked 99% better in the after photo with a bare, make-up free face, and that’s saying alot!

Next Up in the Rotation

In the coming days, only because I’m too lazy to apply makeup 3 or 4 times in one day, I will be trying out the following foundations:

If you’re reading this post and the products listed above are linking to something, it’s because I finally got around to trying out that particular foundation and want to share my thoughts with you, so go ahead and click on them if you too are trying to find the perfect foundation.

These are foundations that I have purchased for no reason other than people told me about them or I saw reviews online. I hope they’re still good! Just kidding, some have never been opened, and the others I purchased pretty recent as I had planned on trying them out anyway. Full transparency, Cover Girl Olay Simply Ageless is one that I have been going back and forth with for some time now, but I’m still going to include it in my reviews because I may ask my readers which foundation I should wear on a daily basis. Any time I would run out of my Bare Minerals, it would be my go-to foundation. Let’s see how it compares to the rest.

The worst part is, I just ordered Laura Geller, Baked, Balance & Glow powder!! I’m going to have to use this one occasionally, I can’t see letting it just sit. Maybe I’ll do a side-by-side of all of the foundations and see if you can pick out the one that’s powder. That might be fun. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so you will get updates when I post something new.

Stay tuned…

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Until next time, Stay Happy, Stay Healty, Stay Beautiful.





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