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Tried & Tested, Best Foundations for Oily Skin | A Tale of an Oily Skin Gal

September 25, 2014

The tale of an oily skin gal continues...

So I got my primers sorted out.  While I have tried a lot of foundations that worked great in terms of coverage and finish, most are just lacking in the longevity department.  Now I really need them to work with me, not just for those 15 hour days.  But for crying out loud, you gotta be able to last till 5PM, is that too much to ask for?  Apparently so, at least up till last year.

It seems like the Goddess of Staying Power is on my side this year.  I managed to find, not one, not two, not three, but four foundations that offers great wear for oily skin.  YES!

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation SPF18 (CA $64 / US $40)

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I have always fancy a foundation with a matte finish, a smooth matte.  The problem is, there is none out there that won't cling onto dry spot.  Somehow they manage to find a dry spot on my oily face.  And most of them are just thick and heavy.  No, not this foundation.

YSL says that this foundation "feels like feather, stays like ink".  This description is pretty damn accurate.  It is a true matte but it doesn't feel like anything.  I like the medium and buildable coverage that it gives.  It hides just enough to look natural.  The matte finish & the coverage actually last for an 8 hour work day.

I won't say I was shine-less throughout the day (nothing a little blotting paper can't handle), but I was definitely way less oily.  I was used to see shine 4 hours in but not with this bad boy (or girl); it keeps me matte for over 5 hours, it's very impressive.

The only thing though, it has a pretty noticeable scent when you put it on.  It goes away, and I don't notice it after I blended the foundation out, but some people might be sensitive to it.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (CA $59 / US $48)


I saw this in store, picked it up without thinking much about it other than "ya, it feels quite smooth" when I tested it out on my hand.  Not knowing what to expect, I applied it on.  The finish was demi-matte and natural looking, which is similar to the Marc Jacob Genius Gel Foundation or Jouette Matte Moisture Tint.

But what really wowed me was when I check the mirror after about 4-5 hours in, zero shine... "What? That's odd, very odd," I thought to myself.  I remember that I was so excited I texted a friend that she need

After a long day at work, the foundation stayed with me.  Clearly, this was the best impulse buy of the year.  Even thought the coverage is described as natural looking, it doesn't mean it won't cover your imperfection up, where I can get by without concealer.

Any bonus point?  Yep, the squeeze tube is awesome, no mess and gives you great control on how much you wanna use.

REVLON ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin (CA $19.99 / US $12.99)

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Okay, the other ones I mentioned in this post might be a bit pricey, but don't you worry, Revlon got you covered my friend.  Of course, I have to include the cult favourite, Revlon ColorStay!

When I first got really into makeup, Revlon ColorStay was all the rage, but weirdly I never hopped on the hype train.

"Dear past Rica, why haven't you tried this foundation 5 years ago already?"  I really wanna know because I finally tried it this year and it is just as good as everyone says.

It gives medium coverage and it stays on quite well.  It's not the longest lasting foundation on my oily skin, but definitely one of the best, if not the best, at the drugstore (it also beat so many other high end ones).  It's great that it comes in so many shades, more accessible to everyone.  It's shame that there's no pump with this bottle, just a wide open mouth.  I'm able to look away because of what it could do.

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum (CA $68 / US $55)

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We have heard a lot about all the "No Makeup Makeup", where you attempt to make your makeup look as au naturalle as it gets.  Now Perricone MD has created a line of "No Makeup Makeup" products, including their No Foundation Foundation Serum.

This foundation serum provides the most natural coverage and a rather light one among all the ones I mentioned here.  It is also THE BEST at oil control.  One day I forgot to wear a primer because I was too sleepy in the morning, typical me.  But that doesn't stop this elixir working its magic, it still keep the oil at bay.

Too bad I don't have somewhat good skin because the coverage is really light and it will not really work for me when I have bad breakouts.  But I certainly appreciate it when I have better skin day and I would just add concealer.

So... 2014 was a great year for foundation.  What have you discovered this year?

Until next time,


x Rica


*Disclosure: Some products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration.  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.

31 comments

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Revlon ColorStay!!! HAHA! I finished my bottom recently, so I'll need to get another!

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  2. I'm kinda interested in the Perricone MD one, I heard lots about the brand! However, I wonder if it will work for dry skin like me! =.=''

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  3. I don't think I'll be out for a while LOL

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  4. I got mine using my Sephora points... they might still have those deluxe sample :D

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  5. Colorstay doesn't work for me. I use Mat Velvet+ and Clinique Acne solutions. I think these are the best.

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  6. Ooh, love the soft, shimmery eyes. Very pretty! xo

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  7. Great picks! ColourStay has been my all-time favourite foundation for ages and I recently sampled the new YSL and was ultra impressed! xo

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  8. Great round up! I totally wanna try the Laura Mercier foundation and the Perricone MD one.

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  9. Oh ya, I heard Mat Velvet+ is great (I spied that there's a new matte formula now). Now I gotta get the samples of both of these foundations at Sephora :D

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  10. Right? the YSL one was so good! ColorStay is just very impressive. I wonder how I just never tried it haha

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  11. Thanks Arianne! You gotta try them both and see which one you like better. I bet the Perricone MD one will work great on you since you have good skin :P

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  12. I've never tried Colorstay, but you just convinced me to pick some up and try it!

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  13. Remember to wait for sale.. ALWAYS! x

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  14. I got scared for a second because of the CA prices before the US prices!! Thanks for the review

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  15. Haha, try have to actually pay that much more here! It kinda sucks :/... And you're welcome :D

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  16. Oh no! Now I feel like a jerk. I hope the conversion rate helps somewhat.

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  17. No, it's ok! I was just kidding :P... And ya... us Canadians have been complaining for years but doesn't seem like it's gonna change any time soon. That's why we like to cross the border and shop. So much savings even at regular price!

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  18. I would love to try Revlon !

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  19. Great post! Revlon colorstay is the best!

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  20. thanks for this! i def need to try these out for my skin!

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  21. I want to try new YSL foundation :)

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  22. What application did you use to apply the Laura Mercier? A beauty blender or a foundation brush?

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  23. I usually use a beauty blender, which I think it's probably the best way to apply. But sometimes I would use a brush too, and my pick is either a flat top brush or a stippling brush :)

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  24. I'm definitely considering getting the Revlon foundation... But I have combo skin, what do you think?

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  26. Thank you soo much for this review on foundations :) and for Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation I couldn't agree more. In my opinion they are No. 1

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  27. From one oily girl to another... THANK YOU!!!!

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  28. I think it would work. It's not drying, not tight, so combo should be ok. Are you towards combo oily?

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  29. You're welcome! I was wearing it today, someone is was saying it melts on my skin and looks poreless... so great to hear since I'm not poreless lol

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  30. You're very welcome :D. I hope you find the perfect foundation for it

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  31. Thank you thank you!!! I have been trying to find a foundation that I like that will work for my oily oily skin. I am definitely either ordering these or one anyway. This is one reason I like review posts so much. They help to cut down on the aggravation of having to try so many products and they definitely help with the cost. Thanks so much. Oh I read your review on primers also. I had decided that primers, at least silicone ones, do not work on my skin. But now I know what to try and how to apply it. Thanks again.

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