Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation [On Our Makeup Bag]

What It Is:
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation
Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Foundation and tinted moisturizers are the key to a polished makeup look. I know a lot of makeup newbies who are scared of looking too made-up and avoid foundation at all costs, but fear not! Gone are the days of heavy, cakey makeup; now brands are focused on natural, effortless finishes that make your skin look its best!
Perricone MD is a cosmetic and skincare brand founded by Dr. Nicholas Perricone (of the Perricone Prescription). His No Foundation Foundation has a pretty big list of promises, so I’m just going to let him do the talking. “Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation offers translucent coverage allowing the natural health and glow of skin to shine through while protecting the complexion against damaging UV rays. It works to correct skin undertones and offers all-day moisture, providing an even, dewy finish. A dose of specially treated pigments, blended with light diffusing mica, instantly soften the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores, creating a flawlessly radiant look.” With all those benefits, I was mighty excited about giving this a go!
How To Use It:
This doesn’t come with a recommended application method, but I stuck to my old faithful method of clean fingers! Since this is much thinner than normal foundations and even some moisturizers, I don’t think a brush would distribute the product very well. Easy peasy!


(blended out; note the change in tone of my skin)


(wearing Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation)

CC Rating: B+

My first impression of No Foundation Foundation was that it wasn’t totally translucent; it gave a bit of warmth to my pale skin, similar to Origins VitaZing. However, I didn’t have a problem with this and it didn’t look unnatural. No Foundation Foundation has a dewy finish, which honestly isn’t my favorite because of my oily skin. To solve this problem, I just topped it with a tiny bit of translucent powder and shine was gone. I was concerned about getting shiny through the day, but it turns out that was unfounded; I stayed fairly matte and noticed less shine than usual! Bonus!
As far as the claims, this definitely helped to even out my skin tone and create a flawless look. I don’t have many wrinkles or lines, so I can’t speak to the light-diffusing pigments working their magic on those, but my pores were reduced. Overall, it improved the look of my skin, which is what we want from a base product!
Something that stood out to me was that this only comes in one shade, and while it claims to be translucent, it isn’t truly translucent. Women of a wide skintone range could pull this off, but I can imagine those on either end of the spectrum won’t be able to use this product. Right now, I’m quite tanned and I’m even concerned about being able to use this once I return to my former state of paleness.
If you’re looking for a product that helps you look natural, yet polished, this is a great pick! You can pick up Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation at Sephora for $55.
[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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