I have acne. Still. I’ll be 24 next month, and there has only been two short periods of time since I hit puberty oh-so-many years ago that I have not had a blemish on my face. There are times when I don’t break out in extremes, but I assure you — my skin always has a few zits on it.
With that said, I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect foundation for years. The problem is that when I’m not breaking out in extreme amounts, I am dealing with the inflamed scars that it leaves behind, which are usually just as hard to cover up.
I’ve tried a lot of different type of makeup with a lot of different methods. Everything is usually OKAY but never just fabulous. If you have acne, you know that there’s usually a trade-off with finding a heavy coverage foundation. It usually makes you break out more — and we’re back to square one. Light coverage foundations are for you lucky gals, who wear makeup to — what’s the saying? — “even out your skin tone.”
But to women like me and those blessed with better skin, alike, I present to you a dream foundation that truly has defied the odds of what regular foundations can do. Call it the prescription drug that’s sold over-the-counter — it is A-MAZ-ING.
My cousin, who has the most dewy, flawless skin you’ll ever find, is a foundation fiend. She loves finding that “perfect” foundation even though she could wear tinted moisturizer and be on her way. She’s well-aware of my foundation troubles and last time I saw her, she introduced me to the Graftobian makeup line. It’s not sold in drugstores, and it’s not sold in Sephora. It’s a line of stage makeup that’s frequently used in theatrical and TV productions. She had ordered their sampler palette, but none of the colors matched her so she gave it to me.
The consistency of the Gratobian Hi Def Glamour Creme foundation is smooth, light and creamy — three qualities that are usually mutually exclusive in foundations. If you were wipe your finger across, you’d never think it was a heavy coverage foundation. And yet, once it’s on, there’s nothing left to see but an “even skin tone.”
I’ve found that with another dream product, the E.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder, I have truly found the answer to my foundation problems. This setting powder is the perfect complement to the Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme nd not only sets it but also gives you a poreless, super-matte canvas for the rest of your makeup.
You’re probably thinking there’s a definite catch to these products — they must be super pricy. Again, prepare yourself to be astonished. Both products TOGETHER total a cool $25.00. The foundation pot (which comes in a very generous amount considering how much you’ll even need to use per application) runs for $19.00 and the powder for $6.00.
Now, I couldn’t just rave on and on about these products by showing you them at work. So, I took a few photos so you could judge for yourself. As they say, the proof is in the pictures. I took all these pictures with the same camera, so not one of them has the benefit of “better quality.”
You might still have some questions about both products, so I’ll try my best to answer what you’re probably wondering.
Q: Does the Graftobian foundation cause oiliness?
A: I’ve found that it makes me considerably less oily than a lot of other foundations and definitely less so from any other liquid or cream-based foundation I’ve tried. Mineral foundation has been the best contender — but again — it didn’t cover as well. I really find that the E.l.f. setting powder makes the biggest impact here to prevent oiliness.
Q: Where can I buy the products?
A: Both products are available on their company’s sites, but E.l.f. sells its products in Target and Kmart stores as well. (Target has the biggest selection.) You can buy the Graftobian foundation on other sites like Amazon or eBay, but I highly recommend you find a stage or theater makeup store who sells the product. They have a huge range of colors that vary in cool, neutral and warm undertones (another secret to why it’s so awesome), and their colors tend to be much lighter on the skin than what it looks like in the pot. I wear Buttermilk but Enchantress was a close second. Both were warm undertone-based, but the latter was a bit more reddish in overall tone. Try it on in the store first!
Q: Do they last all day?
A: These products definitely do a great job of lasting through the day or night. I use a primer before the foundation (helps a lot for it to go on smoothly!) and a setting spray to keep everything matte and set. I think think the setting spray also helps keep the oil at bay.
I’d be happy to answer any more questions you have about the products or how I use them. Just leave me a comment below, and let me know if you end up trying them!
- How to achieve naturally flawless looking skin (beautybugs.wordpress.com)
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Super Matte Loose Powder #14 ~ Sand ($26.00) (1funnyface.wordpress.com)
- Acne Blues Revisited | Acne Treatment St Joseph | Elise Marcus Salon (elisemarcussalon.com)