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Published on: 26 Jul 2012 by crissy78

Showdown! Battle of the Best Long Lasting Foundation Makeup

Anyone who keeps tabs on my blog already knows that I am in constant search of the newest & best products for oily skin. In the ongoing battle against oil, I am always excited to find new foundations that claim to be water resistant and long lasting.


The Facts:

Facial oil dissolves makeup very quickly. The only types of foundation to withstand oily conditions are specially formulated water-resistant, long wearing varieties. While there is a plethora of excellent long lasting lipstick, eye shadow & mascara on drugstore shelves, there is yet to be a quality drugstore foundation. Good foundation comes with a fairly hefty price tag. Although it’s bothersome that oily skin is so high-maintenance, selecting a superb foundation should be your main focus. Your complexion sets the stage for your entire look, so never skimp on foundation! Here is a comparison introducing 3 of the best long lasting foundations money can buy.


Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

Sold at Sephora ($34)


Developed by famous Tattoo Artist, Kat Von D, this foundation is designed to provide impeccable coverage, even over tattoos. If it can hide a tattoo, it can certainly camouflage any skin imperfections such as acne, freckling & hyper-pigmentation. The best part is, you don’t need to waste time layering it on, as you would with “buildable coverage” foundations. If you find the consistency to be a bit heavy, try applying it with a damp cosmetic sponge. This makeup comes in a large variety of shades – I would suggest visiting your local Sephora to obtain a few samples so you get an exact color match.


What it promises:

  • 24 Hour Wear

  • Transfer Resistance

  • Oil Absorbency

Buy this if you are looking for:

  • Medium to heavy coverage

  • Have combination or oily skin

My Results:

Throughout my work day, I did have to use a few oil blotting sheets. This makeup was not as oil absorbent as I had hoped. However, I didn’t need to wear concealer underneath because it provided great coverage. The foundation lasted all day long and was just barely starting to look patchy after 9 hours. As for 24 hour wear? No- at least not on oily skin. A 10-12 hour claim would be more realistic.


Do not use colored powder to touch-up over this foundation more than once a day! As I discovered, colored powder really clings to this makeup and looks cakey. I would suggest alternating blotter sheets and re-powdering with a clear powder such as the Mattify Ultra Powder. For the best results, make sure you have blotted the oil off your face before using the Mattify Ultra. This will give you a fresh look with no caked-on areas.



Sene Gence Make Sense Foundation

Sold Online$45)



Make Sense Foundation Makeup is something I found while searching blogs for celebrity makeup – since they always seem to have flawless skin. The company also has a semi permanent lip stick called Lip Sense, which is hugely popular with celebrities. (I have ordered some to test out, but that’s another review for another day.) The makeup is created by Make Sense Foundation which is actually an organization that donates funds to women and children in need.


What it promises:

  • SPF 15

  • Oil Free

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Water Resistant


Buy this if you are looking for:

  • Light to medium coverage

  • Have dry or combination skin.

My Results:

This really isn’t a great foundation for exceedingly oily skin. Even though I used my stand-by Mattify Ultra powder underneath and over it, I still had to blot 5 times during the day. This is marketed as “oil free makeup”, but not as “oil absorbent makeup” – and there is a big difference. Although the product does not contain oil, it does not have any ingredients to absorb oil. Therefore, this foundation would work best for dry or combination skin types. On my oily skin, this makeup felt sticky all day long. Also, the coverage was not nearly enough to hide my freckling and small acne scars.


Apply concealer first, to hide dark or red blemishes. Apply the Make Sense Foundation using a brush or sponge, for the most even applicaton. You may need to apply a second layer of foundation if the first layer is too sheer.



Estee Lauder Double Wear Max Cover

Sold at department stores or online ($34)


A top pick by dermatologists for hiding acne, scarring, pigmentation & veins, this remarkably light weight & easy to apply foundation provides so much coverage that you don’t need to layer concealer underneath.

What it promises:

  • 12 hour staying power

  • Non-Transferable

  • Non-Acnegenic

  • SPF 15

Buy this if you are looking for:

  • Medium to heavy coverage

  • Have oily or very oily skin

My Results:

This has been my favorite foundation for the past 2 years. It is remarkably light weight, easy to apply and provides so much coverage that you don’t need to layer concealer underneath. It lasts for 10-12 hours without looking streaky or patchy, even on very oily skin. Touch-ups are a breeze over this foundation. I only need to blot and re-powder once or twice throughout the day.


You don’t need any fancy tools (brushes, sponges, etc) to get a perfect looking complexion with this makeup. Application with your finger tips works just fine, and actually allows for much better blending than a brush. It provides amazing coverage! If you feel like this foundation is a bit too thick for your preference, try using a damp cosmetic sponge to apply.


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