Sensitive Skin Fails – Powder Foundations (Too Faced and L’Oreal)

Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Complexion Powder in Butterscotch
Too Faced Born This Way Powder Foundation Butterscotch
L'oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige Swatch
L’Oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige

These two powders are great powder foundation options for dry skin (in my experience), they just didn’t work out because I also have sensitive skin. If not for the reactions I had, I would have continued to use these products so I wanted to give them a mention.

Too Faced has a 25% off friends and family sale going on now through September 30, 2021 at 11:59 PST (promo code is TFBESTIE). So if you have your eye on this or any other Too Faced items, now is a good time to get them.

I do want to make it clear that these are not dupes or alternatives to one another. I do think they perform differently. I am only grouping them together because they both caused skin irritation and didn’t work out for me.

Also, while I do have dry skin, I don’t typically have any trouble using powder foundations. I do use a heavy oil-based moisturizer and my daily serum has both dimethicone and glycerin high on its ingredients list. So that likely contributes to being able to make them work.

Too Faced Born This Way Pressed Powder Foundation, $39.00 (20 shades)

Too Faced Born This Way Powder Foundation Butterscotch Swatch
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Complexion Powder in Butterscotch
Too Faced Born This Way Powder Foundation Butterscotch Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Too Faced Born This Way Powder Foundation Butterscotch

I am disappointed that the Too Faced Born This Way Pressed Powder Foundation caused me to breakout because the formula is beautiful. I didn’t find it to look dry and I agree with the brand’s claim that it blurs imperfections. I was able to build this up to get a nice medium coverage without accentuating any texture. I do wish there was another shade in between this (butterscotch) and Warm Sand (which is one shade lighter), but that is a problem I’m used to having. I think if this hadn’t caused a breakout, I would have purchased Warm Sand to use instead.

When I initially looked at the shades to do this post, I thought that there were 24 shades and now there are only 20 available on the Too Faced website. I’m not sure if some of the shades have sold out because of the friends and family sale or if this product may be on the way to being discontinued. The shade selection seems to be pretty limited on the Sephora and Ulta websites as well. If you have any idea if it is being discontinued, let me know.

L’Oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation, $11.99 (Target, 16 shades)

L'oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige Swatch
L’oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige
L'oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
L’oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige

I did really like the L’Oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation for a setting powder on the larger areas of the face. It did not work out for me in the under eye area; it looked dry and crepey. Unfortunately, I got eye redness and irritation from setting concealer with it the first time I used it. The next time I tested it all over the face as a setting powder, I had pimples the next day. Since this line was specifically created to cater to mature skin, I hope my under eye issue was the concealer I paired it with (MAC Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette) and not the formula.

If I didn’t experience breakouts or irritation, I likely would have preferred using the Too Faced Powder Foundation. I never had the chance to try the L’Oreal Creamy Powder Foundation out as a stand alone foundation. But, if you are looking for higher coverage, I would suggest looking into the Too Faced Born This Way Pressed Powder Foundation out of these two options.


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7 thoughts on “Sensitive Skin Fails – Powder Foundations (Too Faced and L’Oreal)

  1. Answering the question posed at the end, I love shopping online but I have the worst luck shade matching myself for powder foundations. Most of the time the products I want aren’t available in-store in my town anyway, so I can’t go in to shade match. The only one I bought that matched me was from Clinique but I keep forgetting to use it. I’m not even sure if it’ll match me anymore. I should try it again. haha.

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    1. Yes, it is a struggle. Plus they always darken once applied, so it is hard to know how much lighter to go than what you are seeing in the pan. Clinique definitely has some hidden gems. If you do decide to give it another try, let me know how it works out for you.

      On another note. Did you order the Pat Mcgrath Holiday palette? I decided to pass on it, but I’m excited to see everyone’s thoughts.

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      1. Sure! I’ll definitely let you know. And I skipped the palette. The color story didn’t appeal to me and I feel like I can dupe all the shades from my other PML palettes, and I don’t even have that many of them. I think the only item I will get is the highlighter, but I’m still debating since it’s so expensive. I took a chance on Hourglass and ordered Universe Unlocked as well as Volume 3. Plus some of the MAC Tempting Fate collection, which is partly why I’m not completely certain if I want to splurge again. But knowing me… I probably will get that PML highlighter lol.

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        1. I hear ya, I was considering one of the blush palettes but I don’t want repeat shades. I guess I’ll find out when they are released unless someone has already been able to find out what shades are in them. That hourglass volume 3 does look good, I hope they won’t end up disappointing people yet again. Looks like MAC pulled some people back in with that tempting fate collection. Some of their holiday collection is already up on the Belk website and I’m not crazy about the packaging. I’m hoping to find something I want once they start releasing the sets with single highlights in them.

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          1. Ah, the packaging totally got me haha. I even wanted the brush that was part of the collection, but not for $35. That’s Japanese brush prices without the quality lol. I don’t have the Universe Unlocked yet (got it from Ulta) but I do have Volume 3 and I’m so surprised it actually works! It’s still lighter than the promo pictures but I’m pretty pleased with it. And for Pat’s Blushes, the lighter trio (Galactic Sun) has Divine Rose, Desert Orchid, and Golden Nectar as the highlighter. The darker one (Amber Allure) has Lovestruck, Paradise Venus, and Venus Nectar as the highlighter. This is according to Trendmood. I’m tempted by the idea of giving my sister my single of Paradise Venus and getting the Amber Allure trio for myself, but I want to see videos of the packaging first and find out what size each blush is in the trio compared to the singles before I make that decision. Or I could try my luck hoping I can get it on sale somewhere and if I don’t get it, it’s fine since Lovestruck is a berry blush anyway and I’m a bit particular about berry ones. lol.

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            1. I thought the same thing about the brush. There really should be a price drop for higher-end synthetic brushes. Glad to hear that hourglass is working out. Thanks for the info! I guess I will be passing on the blush palettes.

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