Favorite Cruelty-free Foundations for Summer: Part 3 mattifying/acne control

Welcome to part 3 of my summer foundation series!  My skin has been acting up a bit, so I thought it would be a good time to share these.  As before, for each product, I used one pump’s worth for my entire face and blended it in with my hands.

My skin has always been quite oily, and I’ve battled breakouts since my late pre-teens.  Even though I’m now in my late 30’s, the battle continues.  I can only hope that the silver lining here will be that the oiliness will keep some wrinkles at bay.  Oddly enough, I still find myself drawn to more luminous or at least natural/satin finish base products.  But, some days, a lady just needs some extra help.  So, without further ado, here are a few picks for mattifying bases, a couple of which even provide some spot treatment in the form of salicylic acid.

First up, you guessed it, it’s an Hourglass product.  I’m just completely hooked on this brand for all things facial.  This one truly lives up to it’s name, Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Oil-Free (as always with this brand, my shade is shell).  It really does dry to a powder-like feel and that feeling is not lost, even after wandering around a dog shelter in the heat for an hour.


Left to Right: Bare, Hourglass Liquid Powder Foundation
Left to Right: Bare, Hourglass Liquid Powder Foundation

Next, we proceed toward the other end of the spectrum, $-wise, to E.L.F.’s Acne Fighting Foundation (my shade is Porcelain).  This is also quite mattifying.  While the following is true for all of these, more on that later, I think you really need to have done a solid job of exfoliating and moisturizing before you apply this one.  It will show if you haven’t.


Left to Right: Bare, E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation
Left to Right: Bare, E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation

Finally, my most recently tried, the Cover Fx Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment BB Gel, which also has salicylic acid.  Now, my shade turns out to be N-Light, which appears disturbingly orange in the tube.  But, as you work it into the skin, it seems to blend out to a more appropriate flesh-tone.   I’d say this was the least overtly mattifying of the 3, but it did a nice job of keeping me from getting too oily over the course of the day.


Left to Right: Bare, Cover Fx BB Gel
Left to Right: Bare, Cover Fx BB Gel

A few thoughts…

  • As far as I can tell, none of these products contain SPF, so you’ll need to get it elsewhere, perhaps from your moisturizer….
  • On that front, I quickly noted that I needed to have done my due diligence on the exfoliating and moisturizing fronts.  All of these mattifying products will cling to (hence spotlight) any and every dry bit on your face
  • Speaking of spotlights, if you’re going for luminosity, you’ll have to add that back in with a highlighter anywhere you’d like some glow.  These products take their job as mattifyers very seriously
  • I prefer to use a mineral powder concealer on my face to cover any particularly red spots.  I just feel like, consistency-wise, it sits better over these drier formulations.  My current fave is the E.L.F Mineral Blemish Powder


Well, I hope this series has been helpful!  Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any requests re: what you’d like next to see featured 🙂

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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