Talk about coverups! Here's latest for your face


June 09, 1994|By Paula Begoun | Paula Begoun,Special to The Sun

Several new foundations are on the market that may pique your interest. Origins has a new group of foundations called Original Skin ($12.50 for 1 ounce). Clever name, although it is hardly accurate. This stuff doesn't look like original skin, it looks like foundation -- a nice foundation, but foundation nevertheless.

The salesperson told me Original Skin would make my skin look like a baby's bottom and let it breathe like it does without foundation. Even though I thought Original Skin was pretty good and worth checking out, it did not make my skin look like a baby's bottom, and it did not feel any different nor was it any less opaque than other foundations. It also did not hide tiny lines (foundation almost always makes lines look more prominent). Don't expect anything unique in terms of ingredients either. Besides some plant extracts and a small amount of plant oils, this is just a standard foundation.

Original Skin comes in three different formulas: Some Coverage, More Coverage, and Most Coverage. These names are surprisingly accurate. The Original Skin Some Coverage is more of a liquid and does go on somewhat sheer; the More Coverage provides more coverage, and the Most Coverage ups the coverage another notch. Obviously, the coverage is relative to the other foundations in this line, so you have to test each to see if you are really getting the type of coverage you want. All are quite good for someone with normal to oily skin (although the salespeople will tell you that all skin types can use them), but they are not very emollient or moisturizing and they do not contain a sunscreen.

The color names are the same for each foundation type and there are some good colors here, including some great shades for women of color, but there are some very pink, rose, orange, and ash-colored foundations as well. Be careful and you should do fine. Even though the names of the foundationsare identical, the actual colors can be slightly different for each foundation type.

By the way, Origins also has some new under-eye concealer colors. The concealer itself is OK, but the Tan is too rose and the Bronze is too peach. The only new color to consider is the Dark shade, a good neutral tone.

Lancome's Maquidouceur

Lancome's new Maquidouceur foundation ($35 for 1 ounce) is a great addition to an already impressive group of foundations. It is no secret that I like Lancome's foundations; their color choices and textures are some of the best around. Did they need to add this new one? Well, probably not, but it is kind of a balance between their Maquivelour and Maqui Eclat, although not radically different. Still, if you have normal to dry skin, this foundation feels great and goes on beautifully. The fluffy formula has a light feel and provides medium coverage. It blends on well and there is a good color selection for all skin tones including women of color.

One word of caution: Lancome is into color striping these days, which means it test which color is good for you by striping three or four colors on the side of your face and then seeing which one "disappears" into the skin. That sounds good, but what often happens is the color that disappears can match the ruddy, ashy, or sallow tones in your skin, which is not the best idea.

This means you would be blending a color all over your face that enhances the skin tones you should be toning down.

My recommendation is to always choose the most neutral-colored foundation, with a minimal amount of pink, peach, yellow, or ash. The best way to check this out is in daylight. What seems to blend into the skin in the department store light can look fairly rosy, ashy, or peachy in daylight.

Clinique's Soft Finish

Clinique is another department store cosmetics line that has a good selection of foundations (although there are virtually no color choices for women of color). The only exception is its Pore Minimizer, which is mostly pure alcohol and talc that doesn't close pores, has a chalky finish, and leaves a path of irritation on the face.) But this discussion was about Clinique's new Soft Finish Makeup ($15 for 1 ounce) which is a product to consider checking out. This is a good light foundation that has a smooth even texture. It blends on easily and would be good for someone with normal to dry skin. How does it compare to Clinique's Balanced Makeup? Well, it's similar but perhaps slightly sheerer, but only slightly. Both are good options for someone with normal to dry skin.

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