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I have combination skin with "open" pores on my nose. I usually wear L'Oreal liquid foundations, and was happy with them for a while but increasingly I find they slide off, even the supposedly 16 hour one, and I'm forever blotting/powdering my nose and forehead to dull the shine then the powder can go a bit cakey in the pores on my nose. I think I might need a medium to full coverage and a matte finish, certainly something that is designed to stay on all day and nothing oily or shiny. Does it matter whether it's liquid or compact creme or powder type though? I've no experience of the compact type so I don't know if they're any better. I'd like to try Mac or Bobbi Brown but that will mean a trip to Manchester to find a shade. Anyone got any suggestions as to good non oily foundations that stay on all day and whether liquid or creme/powder compact type ones would be better for my skin type? Does the method application (fingers, sponge or brush) make a difference to longevity? At the moment I use my fingers, but I know this gives quite a sheer finish and I may need to use a sponge for a bit more coverage that will stay on all day, but I don't want to look over made up or cakey either - Please help!!! Thanks!
You sound like you have the same type of skin as me and I have recently started using estee lauder doublewear light - Its oil free and really does last all day. I've also started using la roche-posay products and they have sorted my open pores out a treat.
Should also say that over the years I have used the bobbi brown oil free liquid foundation and the cream compact and found the liquid one to be really good - but not as long lasting as the doublewear light.
Lancome Teint Idole is really nice, medium to good coverage and stays on really well. It's quite matte and doesn't get shiny very quickly.
I would invest in a foundation brush if I were you. If you use a sponge it absorbs so much of your foundation that you will end up wasting a lot of it. Also, a primer will help with the open pores and also keeping your skin matte for longer. Clinique Pore Minimiser is quite good. Also, if your skin persists in being oily then try using blotting films instead of powder. They will absorb the oil from your skin without disturbing your make up. Like you say, if you put powder on over oily skin it will just end up building up and getting cakey.