17 January 2013

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

"No make up make up" or "no foundation foundation" - many girls, including myself, have the aspiration to just look like you've rolled out of bed looking shit hot. But let's face it, most of us want something on there anyway to fake it ;) Perricone MD formulated a foundation for just that, and I had a chance to give it a whirl - the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.


So some basic facts first. This product only comes in one shade (alarm bells? Mine too) as it has shade adaptation technology, and it's meant to add a glow to your skin to make you look naturally lovely and healthy. In theory, that's great because that's what we want right? But as it always seems to come down to with products like this on the market - you've got to have the basics to make these things work.

What I mean by that is that you have to already have pretty damn good skin - which we all know, I don't. I have acne scarring, and more so now that my cheeks which had never seen a spot in their lives, have decided to break out as well. If you have freckles you like to cover (God knows why, they're so cute!), or said acne scars the No Foundation Foundation will do absolutely 0. Below a tinted moisturiser, it's more like Germolene - you see the pink, but once you rub it in, it's not that pink anymore.. sad times.


What the No Foundation Foundation definitely does do though, is add glow. I'm not quite sure how it does it, but it adds a healthy tinge of warmth and a strange sort of pearlescent glow which you may or may not be able to see in the swatch above - it's just not completely flat and has that kind of light reflecting property without being glittery. It's also good for minor minor discolourations (i.e. just to even out your skin a little bit) and it also has the great properties of being paraben-free and with SPF30. On areas where I have no problems i.e. tops of my cheeks - this product is fab. 

But it seems me and NFF were not meant to be. Afterall, I do have horrible acne scarring and this foundation does have the texture for a dry skinned gal (although the brand website says it's suitable for all skintypes, I'm quite skeptical!) - it feels like it has a bit of oil in it that leaves you with a dewy finish, and while I'm sure it will nourish the parched my skin is oiled up as it is.

At £47, it's not my kinda thing. For a person with a scarred up face, I do like my share of low coverage and do embrace my skin from time to time - but this is just a step too dangerous for the poor people who would have to look upon me that day! The Perricone MD No Founation Foundation is something I'd recommend to someone with near perfect skin, or people who want a tint in their SPF and usually don't wear foundation. I would also recommend giving it a sniff and a shade check before you purchase - the smell is slightly odd.. For girls, like myself, who are far from the finish line in terms of our skin woes - it's probably best to wait until you run through that ribbon!


What low coverage base do you enjoy?

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28 comments:

  1. Great post! This looks like a really nice product! :) ♥
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah I just wish I had the skin to make it work! :)

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  2. I actually bought this a few months back due to a friend's recommendation. It was "okay." While it does leave the face dewy looking, it made my face look alittle too dewy and shiny. Plus, if any powder is applied on top, it adds a cakey effect. The color does blend in nicely, however, and matched my olive skin tone almost perfectly which surprised me. But I think for the price, it isn't a "must have."

    Great review!

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    1. Ahh yeah I know what you mean about the powder! I completely agree with everything you said, glad I wasn't the only one! :)

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  3. You are such a good writer. I was really intrigued about the foundation but it really looks too futuristic for any of us gals. We always buy foundations based on shades, formulation and intensity and while it may be old fashioned, it's still the best way to get it done :)

    Glad you had at least got to try it though!

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    1. Aww thank you so much that means a lot :) That's really true, you can't kid yourself I suppose! ;)

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  4. My sis recently bought this for me and like you i dont love it just because it really doesnt cover much.. But i do really like the glow it gives.. Wish it provided more coverage though

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    1. Yeah exactly! If it had more coverage it would be so stunning!

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  5. I saw that in liberty's the other day and it smelt like fish! Not something I'd want to rub all over my face on a daily bases! x

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  6. Oof - I don't think I could pay that much for something that only added a bit of a glow. Concept is a winner, though!

    xo,
    Lela - www.LelaLONDON.com

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  7. This sounds to me to be a lot like Origins VitaZing - do you think it's a similar product?

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    1. I think VitaZing has more coverage to be honest, but you're right, they're very similar!

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  8. I'm wary of foundations that tout themselves for all skin types - just not possible. I like to have light to medium coverage so I think this NFF would not work for me. For tinted moisturizers, I like the one from NARS but it only suits my oily skin in colder weather. In summer, it becomes a hot mess. As for humid conditions, I love Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua!

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    1. Oh I do love a bit of Chanel VLA myself ;) I haven't tried the NARS tinted moisturisers nor the Laura Mercier ones - I need to catch up! :)

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  9. Wish I had near perfect skin haha cause this does sound brilliant, but I need something with a more full coverage!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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    1. Hahaha yeah I wish I didn't need that coverage!

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  10. I could probably go for this as my skin is bein super nice at the moment. However, the price and the fact that its 'dewy' really puts me off. Plus there's no tellin when my skin will decide to start playing havoc again! Thanks for the review though :) I may reccomend it I my mum, sounds perfect for her! xo

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    1. Ahh yeah, mums seem to have skin that's settled down and pretty - if only ey! :)

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  11. this looks intereting :)

    she was never before more independent beauty blog by she.is.the.one

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  12. Would you say its quite similar to a bb cream? I don't think its for me

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  13. I'm currently using Almay's tinted moisturizers, majority of foundation brands are extremely "heavy" on my skin. I am intrigued by this product I will conduct further research, thanks!

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  15. I often look for make up foundations online and buy my beauty supply online too!

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