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#1 lottie9

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

I'm turning 40 before too long and I've decided that I need to get some really good foundation/ powder/ etc. I've been alternating between Clinique and Revlon, which are fine, but I think I need something finer quality. I have quite sensitive combination skin that tends to redness. I'm looking for something to give me that dewy polished look, not too heavy.

I've asked a few friends and been recommended MAC, Chantecaille and Becca.

I was thinking that I would go in to a department store and get a full show-and-tell done to buy the initial products, but ideally want something that is easily available online for a lower price.

Any recommendations for what brand, what to ask for or where to go?

#2 Ally'smum

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:54 AM

I would go to Mecca Cosmetica (or any other makeup shop) rather than a department store, you want someone who is not just selling one brand, unless you want to try all the brands in succession?

Maybe read a few beauty blogs as well for inspiration?

#3 Apageintime

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:01 AM

I too would avoid the department stores and instead try to find a private makeup artist to help you. The department stores will only try and sell you their brand, whereas a private consultant will try and find whats right for you.

I second MAC though, its great stuff.

#4 carriesshoes

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:01 AM

I'm a MAC girl, as they have such a great colour range for foundations and also a great range and variation in foundation products.

It's really a bit of trial and error.  I still use Rimmel mascara and clarins beauty flash balm.  So you need to check out a few counters and try things on.  Don't make any decisions straight away - give it the day and see how it wears on you... does it melt off quickly, make you skin feel clogged the next day, give you a rash etc?  These products can be costly, so you don't want to be buying things you don't like.

#5 LB_K

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

I'm going to go completely against what other people are saying and say:

I would not choose Mac, Mac's clientele are younger girls in their 20s who like to wear heavier makeup. I was told by a Mac makeup artist that Mac is made for photographic makeup and this is why it is thicker (and why younger girls love it). I changed from Mac to Chanel and will never look back. Chanel has such a good coverage but is still so natural. I have heard Giorgio Armani (available in David Jones) is similar and have also heard good reports of NARS (which is sold in Mecca).


#6 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:43 PM

I can't go past Napolean Perdis for foundation.  I use the camera finish powder and it is flawless without looking heavy.  
I'd also go to a place like Mecca Cosemetica and book in for a session.  They can try different makeup and see which one you like the best.


#7 twinboys

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

MAC is over priced and over rated makeup!
Check out Illamasqua ,Burberry or Chanel in a dept. Store.
Or try Inglot which are stand alone stores.
Do not get sucked into a primer - but if you are prone to oiliness do look at a mattifier.
Nars foundation is not great but their blushes and Laguna bronzer is great!
Walk straight past Napolean - rebranded cheap makeup that is sold to the unaware public!

Edited by twinboys, 19 November 2012 - 09:50 PM.


#8 lizzzard

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

I'll probably just be confusing things here, but my vote goes to Lancome for foundation - I find it provides great coverage with a natural, dewey finish.

#9 kristin5

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:59 PM

I turned 40 earlier this year, so am a similar age, and last year was diagnosed with Rosacea. Upon diagnosis, i changed my foundation from maybelline/revlon/covergirl to Clinique Almost Powder. It is light (but still gives good coverage) and easy to apply. I tried it in a department store first, but now buy online (Strawberrynet).

#10 bunny2

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:02 PM

The foundation I like at the moment is bobbi brown skin foundation. Light (but buildable) and natural.

I like Mecca Cosmetica too. Great products and staff. Prices aren't cheap though, same goes for bobbi brown make up. Great products though.

For a cheaper range I have heard that bourjois healthy mix foundation is good. I haven't personally tried it though. I have tried Revlon foundation and it is good. I personally couldn't get an exact colour match which is why I stopped using it but the formulation is good.



#11 Lisags

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:04 PM

I'd suggest Chanel.  If you go to Myer or David Jones, you can book in for a consult with a beauty therapist and go through with them what you want.  Once you have what you want, you can buy off of Strawberrynet.

#12 Sal78

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:41 PM

Pola...a  lot of beauticians/make up artists use Pola and u can't buy it in dept stores.

most of my make up and skincare are not sold in oz but they r not expensive either.

#13 DarkestNight

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:50 PM

I'd avoid MAC as you've got sensitive skin. A lot of people react to the foundations and break out, myself included.

Chanel, Guerlain, Lancome, Estee Lauder all have lovely foundations. Definitely try before you buy and get samples if you can!

Also try makeupalley.com they have a great section with makeup reviews so you can check out what people think before you buy as well. And I also recommend Strawberrynet. You'll save heaps!




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