Best foundation for 40 something skin that gives a nice youthful "dewy" look?

(35 Posts)
shineybright Tue 22-Nov-11 18:32:37

I usually use Cliniques 'Almost makeup' which I love as it's nice and light and natural looking. I need something for the evening with a little more coverage but don't want it to look cakey . I've got reasonable skin which tends to be dry , oh and some lovely large open pores around the T zone. I want something that is fresh looking. I've heard good things about Chanel vitalumiere - anyone know if it's all it's cracked up to be? Thanks ladies , please advise in an orderly queue!

novelsituation Tue 22-Nov-11 18:56:12

I do like Vitalumiere, but my absolute favourite is Georgio Armani Lasting Finish. Knocks a few years off!

shineybright Tue 22-Nov-11 18:59:45

Thanks novel sounds pricey but if it does what it says on the tin I'm sold!

TracyK Tue 22-Nov-11 19:14:52

I like Bobbi Brown illuminating foundation. am also liking Garnier BB cream underneath it.

ameliagrey Tue 22-Nov-11 19:34:49

If you like vlinique have you tried their repair wear make up? ( not the new one with added serum.) I loved it but then they stopped making it in pale shdaes. it gives full coverage but you need to use just a tiny bit and blend well.

I am currently using Clarins extra firming foundation which has a dewy -ish finish and medium coverage (I am mid 50s), and I want to try the new Laura Mercier moisturising foundation, just launched.

I don't like Chanel as all the colours are too dark/yellow for my skin.

ameliagrey Tue 22-Nov-11 19:35:26

vlinique= Clinique

bare escentuals for me.

ggirl Tue 22-Nov-11 19:59:34

bare escentuals for me as well
you need to get matched at Bare escentuals counter as it can be a bit tricky
it's the only foundation that actually lasts on me and I've tried loads of top brands
bte i have combo skin and am 49yrs but it suits all skin types , i use the matte version

Cybbo Tue 22-Nov-11 20:00:22


But the nearest thing IS Bare Minerals

moragbellingham Tue 22-Nov-11 20:21:08

I used to wear the Clinique almost make up but found I needed more coverage I as agedwink
Diorskin nude is good for coverage for evening but am liking the Garnier BB at the moment.
Maybelline eraser one is good also, as is My Face MyMix stuff from Boots.

moragbellingham Tue 22-Nov-11 20:21:40

Chanel vitalumiere was too yellow for me but I liked the effect/texture.

moragbellingham Tue 22-Nov-11 20:23:13

Have you tried the Liz Earle tinted moisturiser? Nice and dewy but not enough coverage for me. Ask for a sample at JL.

DesperatelyChasingBloodyDog Tue 22-Nov-11 20:34:52

Mix your usual foundation with some MAC Strobe Cream.

Gillybobs Tue 22-Nov-11 20:35:28

Estee Lauder Futurist is lovely for 40+ skin, good coverage and really nice dewy finish. Liz Earle is quoted in her book as wearing it and she knows her stuff

Gillybobs Tue 22-Nov-11 20:39:46

Reviews for EL Futurist here are great

Frog253 Tue 22-Nov-11 20:59:32

Hum, went to a BM concession today and was v. disappointed. Face felt dry afterwards and it looked like there was powder on it. In no way was my face dewy or youthful. Dh didn't think the colour match was good either. Took it off at home and went back to my usual Nivea tinted moisturiser.
Was looking forward to having my face done today as well sad.

Msarsebiscuit Tue 22-Nov-11 21:37:51

I'm a bit of a foundation whore but at the moment I'm alternating Make Up Forever HD and Ilamasqua Skin Base, the latter is pretty dewy, is in a huuuuuuge range of shades and I'm pretty impressed.

misspentangle Tue 22-Nov-11 21:47:12

Another vote for MAC strobe cream. You will glow. grin (but not in a shiny way).

AndiMac Tue 22-Nov-11 22:31:01

Garnier BB for me too.

shineybright Tue 22-Nov-11 22:53:02

Thanks everyone . Going to John Lewis tomorrow , guess I'm going to be pretty busy! Will check out your suggestions , muchos gracias!

sfxmum Tue 22-Nov-11 22:56:22

I seldom use full coverage foundation generally just Bobbi Brown tinted balm
but Chantecaille is pretty good

chipstick10 Tue 22-Nov-11 23:15:15

Bobbi Brown foundation applied with mac brush 187 for a lovely air brushed look

Millie1 Tue 22-Nov-11 23:22:09

I like By Terry .... need a new one and not sure I'll get to Space NK so am reading with interest.

echt Wed 23-Nov-11 07:02:37

Lancome Teint Renergie Lift. It lifts nothing, of course, but lovely dewy look.

Bucharest Wed 23-Nov-11 07:13:26

I tried loads of samples over the summer (am 46) Vitalumiere (on the back of allthe rave reviews on here)I found it slimey and slippy on my skin. A Lancome one, er, photogenic something or other, recommended by Getorf, was OK, but now't special. I had a dip in my Mum's Clinique laser wear thingy and it seemed quite nice, but not luminous enough. (I know what I'm looking for, I just can't find it lol) A sample of a new Clarins one felt icky and in the end I went back to my Clarins Instant Smooth which I've been using since it came out.

I still think there is something out there, (possibly the By Terry, but budget won't quite run to that!)

ameliagrey Wed 23-Nov-11 09:13:39

you've got to be careful with luminous if you are older- it can really highlight the lines if you have any!

I think the sales talk is for " satin" finish if you want something that covers but i s not matte.

I thought EL Futurist was being discontinued? I had amake over with them not long ago and they wouldn't use that onme as they said (I think) they couldn't get the shade range at the moment.

Charbon Wed 23-Nov-11 09:18:27

Bare Escentuals foundation is the wonder product you need. Especially on top of their primer (also a wonder product.)

Lovely natural look, enough coverage and the only foundation I've used that takes years off you and makes you look healthy.

valiumredhead Wed 23-Nov-11 09:22:21

I agree with Bare Minerals BUT orange ladies ime aren't good at colour matching - get some tester pots and try them at home. I am a completely different colour than the orange lady insisted I was in Debenhams.

Charbon Wed 23-Nov-11 09:28:12

I agree with you Valium. While I was on a business trip to the States, I was lucky enough to have a Bare Escentuals employee find my colour and show me how to use their products. She was absolutely brilliant and worlds apart from the 'consultants' in our stores over here.

valiumredhead Wed 23-Nov-11 09:32:26

Now I have found my proper colour I am hooked!

SimoneD Wed 23-Nov-11 10:57:57

I really wouldnt look any further the Vitalumiere. Ive been using it for a few years now and wouldnt use anything else, I love it. Its light but still covers pores and makes skin look really smooth and gives that dewy look that youre after. I tried bare escentuals on the back of all the rave reviews just out of interest and absolutely hated it. Found it cakey, stripped all the colour out of my face and made me look about 5 years older!

BeattieBow Wed 23-Nov-11 11:04:34

I agree with bare escentuals - I've recently become a convert to this. It lasts all day and I don't go shiny with it.

Vitelumiere makes me look greasy and oily (but I have a tendency to that anyway, which it sounds as though you don't).

I also like Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser.

I also quite like the dior stuff (can't remember what it's called) but it is a heavier foundation and I could definitely feel it on my skin.

sprogger Wed 23-Nov-11 11:08:49

I've been a heavy LM tinted moisturiser user for years and I also own a bunch of Lili Lolo minerals, but I've recently tried Bourjois 10 Hours Sleep foundation on the recommendation of cult make-up guru Lisa Eldridge. She was the make up artist on 10 Years Younger and has some good tips.

CuriousCrissyRock4QueenMama Wed 23-Nov-11 14:27:44

I was thinking of trying bourjois. I don't usually wear much foundation. Am 43 but had acne for years and am just happy to have clear skin! But am at a school reunion on Saturday so need to look as good as possible wink

shineybright Wed 23-Nov-11 21:59:57

So basically that narrows the choice down to about 8! Samples here I come ... Oh, today got LMercier face primer and it's lovely! Tightens skin slightly and my usual Clinique almost makeup looks better.grin

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