A lot of people love the convenience of powder foundations. I get it. I do. However, don’t forget about the beauty of a liquid, or even a cream foundation!
Most of the powder foundation lovers in my world seem to do it out of convenience. When I have used it in the past, that was the main reason for me. ‘I have small needy children! I’ve 2 minutes to get out the door! I don’t care how I look but, I don’t want to scare anyone either!’
There are a few major differences between powder foundations and liquid foundations. Let’s discuss.
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Powder vs. Liquid Foundation
- Easy to blend and rarely leaves weird discolored lines on your jawline, i.e. the dreaded makeup mask.
- Easier to color match. Your chances of walking out of the store with a color you can use is much higher than if you walk into Walmart/Sephora/Ulta/wherever and randomly pickup a liquid foundation.
- Takes 2 seconds to put it on. (a MAJOR pro)
- Depending on the formula, it can leave a really nice finish with a lovely allover glow.
- Light coverage.
- Powder foundations tend to have a shorter ingredient list and you can usually find a formulation with less preservatives and chemicals then your standard liquid foundation. – Although there are definitely more and more options being introduced every day for both liquid and powder.
- Great for sensitive skin types.
- It will start to wear off after a few hours if you are at all oily, and/or touch your face a lot, frequently use a phone, have hair that sweeps across your face, etc. Basically, it’s pretty finicky and I find that though the application is quick, it is more maintenance throughout the day.
- I don’t know about you, but when I use powder foundation, it gets EVERYWHERE. I will have powder on my clothes, my counter tops, and if I ever attempt to apply it in my car…well, let me just encourage you to turn off your A/C. (lesson learned the hard way)
- Buildable coverage isn’t its strongsuit. In my experience, the more you put on, the cakier it looks. And it gets cakey quickly! Especially if you used a liquid primer, are oily, or didn’t let your moisturizer soak all the way into your skin.
- Powders tend to settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Sorry. It’s true.
- It can get a little funky as it wears if you are a combo skin type – wearing off in your oily areas earlier and potentially changing color as it absorbs the oil.
- Light coverage. (on both pro and con list!)
Alright. Now let’s talk about my favorite:
Pros and Cons of Liquid Foundations
- Lots of different formulas for skintype and coverage needs/wants.
- Provides beautiful buildable coverage. Have rosacea? A pimple? Dab a little extra right on top of what you don’t want to see anymore, blend it out, and bye Felicia.
- Gives you a smooth finish on your skin that powders just can’t give you.
- Some liquid foundations are designed to be long wearing and I can tell you that I have found a couple that are AWESOME. They don’t dry out your complexion, give beautiful coverage, and last until you decide that you are ready to take them off.
- Some formulas sit beautifully on your skin and help minimize the look of pore size and any fine lines and wrinkles.
- It’s adjustable. Purchased a heavy coverage, long wearing foundation but you don’t want to look too “made up” on a casual Saturday afternoon flea market shopping trip? Mix in a touch of your moisturizer to give you a lighter application AND an extra dose of hydration.
- Requires a darn near perfect color match, and a little TLC and some good lighting to have it looking well blended and flawless.
- Some don’t like the way it feels on your face. “Heavy” is the word I hear a lot.
- Depending on how you apply it, it can take a little time to get that “perfect” finish.
- Can stain clothing. I’ve seen perfectly good white button up shirts RUINED because of liquid foundation that simply wouldn’t come out!
Clearly, I am a fan of liquid foundation, but I don’t mind the extra application time. For me personally, I find there is nothing that gives you that flawless, smooth complexion than a full coverage liquid foundation.
Powders are great for those who have limited time, don’t need a lot of corrective coverage, and don’t like the feel of a liquid foundation.
Whatever is best for you and your lifestyle is the right choice for you!
Here is a list of some foundations I recommend.
Originally posted March 10, 2015