Deciding whether or not to buy a different brand of foundation is not the worst of my problems right now. However, it gives me something on which to focus (okay, obsess over), that isn't so awful and depressing. Yet, I'm treating it as a HUGE DEAL. Because I am a freak.
Earlier this week, when I actually had a moment to breathe at work, I came across this nugget of awesomeness at the Strib: Go generic at the makeup counter too. I've been becoming more and more adventurous with store brands. I'm using Target brand body moisturizer and shower gel on the regular. I've tried their version of Cetaphil and the I'm also using their version of Cetaphil's moisturizer at night. It's all been just fine.
So, here I am, needing to buy some new foundation. I've been using Bare Minerals for a year? Two? Possibly even more than two years. I really can't remember. It works fine. It works as well as anything else I've tried over the years -- MAC, Clinique, Almay ...
The article mentioned Sephora's Mattifying Compact Foundation. It's $5 cheaper and based on the reviews, seems to be fairly similar to MAC's Studio Fix. I've used that and it worked just fine for me. I moved on to Studio Tech, because it covered better. Or something. I really can't remember. I think I even used the Moistureblend, despite my super oily skin. Mostly, I just needed to blot a bit more often with that.
After reading several pages of reviews, I figured I could give the Sephora powder foundation a shot. Oh, but wait! Ulta sent me a catalog -- they have a buy-one-get-one offer on Pur Minerals. It is a bit more difficult to find reviews on that, but I did stumble upon a site devoted entirely to reviewing mineral makeup. Of course there would be such a thing on the Interwebs.
So, again, it seems like Pur Minerals would be just as good as Bare Minerals and the Sephora foundation. Shit. I could even go back to MAC for essentially the same amount of money. Why does this have to be so difficult? Sephora seems to be the best bet for getting a color match to my notoriously hard-to-match skin tone. Pur Minerals would be cheapest in the long run. Maybe I should check the return policies for each place and let that be my guide.
What say you, dear readers? Reviews are tough for me, as I have really very oily skin and I need pretty good coverage for my god-awful skin. It's helpful, though, that some of the reviewers can compare to brands I've used before. I know I'm never going to find THE MIRACLE FOUNDATION that so many people seem to find in Bare Minerals or whatever other brand. I just want to not scare people. Is that so much to ask?