A Comparison of Foundations

comparison of foundations

Comparisons of Foundations

I am a makeup girl truth be told. Does this mean I don’t love myself without makeup? Definitely not. But I truly feel more put together with the addition of a couple makeup products. To me it’s not much different than going out in public naked (okay, it’s a little different, but I’m trying to make a point). My point being, I love my body–faults & all, but I prefer to be seen with it covered. Just as I prefer to wear makeup most days. Foundation is definitely an item that can really make or break someone’s look. If the foundation doesn’t blend in well, is flaky or just the wrong color, then a person’s face can appear unnatural.

Thus when Raul E. New York approached me to sample some of their mineral based makeup, I thought it’d be a good chance to do a comparison of foundations. I’d tried a mineral powder foundation in the past, but really did not like the results on my skin. However Raul’s foundation is a liquid. Since I’m very familiar with liquid foundations and use the same products in other brands, I thought this would be appropos. There’s also a special offer below if you’re interested.

Mineral Makeup

Have you read about mineral makeup before? There’s a great article by SheKnows that I’ll link to here regarding the benefits of mineral makeup. Sure, the post is from 2008, but I figure the information is still the same. I also found a great pros and cons article on mineral makeup from WebMD here. Basically mineral makeup is meant to be more natural with less additives, thus better for our skin. Truth be told though, the Raul E. New York foundation does have other ingredients in it to make it liquid and to include sunscreen.

Onto the Comparison

I thought it only fair to compare this foundation to similarly priced non mineral foundations. Luckily I had 2 already in my possession. These are the ones I have used regularly along with a drugstore brand that gets some usage too (I didn’t include that one in this testing). Being the biology based person that I am, I decided to wear the Raul E. New York foundation on the left half of my face and the other ones on the right half of my face on different days. Some other data is I always use a foundation brush, I took the pictures in the same mirror and tried to do it about the same time of day (about half way through). I also tried to go light on other makeup and I purposely left off the lipstick. Here’s the results:

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In both pictures above, I have the Raul E. New York foundation (Porcelain) on the left half of my face and the Lancome (Porcelain 40C) foundation on the right half.

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In the pictures above, I have the Raul E. New York Foundation (Porcelain) on the left side of my face and the Laura Mercier (Porcelain) foundation on the right side.


Let’s talk about the pictures. Obviously I couldn’t get the lighting exactly the same in all the pictures (although I tried very hard). If the coloring looks different, it’s not the foundations, it’s the camera, lighting and my inability to even things out perfectly. But what (I hope) you can see from these pictures, is the fact that you don’t see a difference from one side of my face to the other. Both foundations that I wore these days blended in nicely and didn’t flake or look splotchy. In fact at the end of the day, I would ask my husband which side looked better, and it was basically a tie. There really was no difference between these 3 foundations.

Let me also address the subject of the foundation primer. I only have one in my possession right now and it is Laura Mercier primer. After my post about comparing makeup for the face (here), I really don’t use it on a regular basis. Maybe it’s just my skin, or how I perceive it, but I have a hard time telling a difference when I use it or not. But I wanted to see if the Raul E. New York foundation would wear any different with or without my primer.

The last information I should include, in case you’re interested, is the shades or colors of these foundations. My complexion is quite fair (I know these pictures somehow make me look tan, but I’m not and I don’t use a tanner at all). In fact, my skin is fairly see through (my step dad used to call me “road map” because you could see my veins so easily). And the funny thing is that for all three brands, the same name pops up—porcelain.

Of course, since everyone’s skin is distinct, and your environment can make a difference, I’m not here to say one foundation is better than another. But if you’re looking for an alternative to what you are using now, I might suggest giving Raul E. New York makeup a try. Naturally the company has even extended an offer to my readers: a free gift of a Raul E New York Mineral Matte Shadow (any color choice while supplies last) with the purchase of the mineral liquid foundation. Use code:  ThanksJodie at checkout (this is a $24 value—now that’s my idea of a nice freebie!!).

This week for our styling project we’ll be showing each of us in a maxi skirt!!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I don’t believe there is a woman on the face of the earth, no matter how beautiful, who doesn’t look better with the right makeup, properly applied. I am a makeup junkie, but only drugstore or higher-end stuff I find when trolling the many TJ Maxxes and Marshalls I have access to. I have enough makeup for a small country and would have to live another century to use it all up. It’s an addiction – I love playing with it. I love how it transforms how I look and, hence, how I feel. I could watch makeover shows till the end of time! (Oh how I miss Stacey and Clinton. I wish they’d bring WNTW back, even with new hosts. It’s in my top 5 favorite shows of all time.)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Did you know that I was a WNTW junkie??? Even my husband used to watch them with me (when he didn’t fall asleep—-ha ha) and it was a great learning for him too!!!
      How could women not realize that makeup can make them look better? I mean, there are days, that I don’t put it on, but it’s usually only when I’m not going out in public. Or if I am going out in public—then at least I’ll put on some bright lipstick—it’s a great focal point!!!

  • Yes it is A-OK to be thankful for make-up. Whatever makes us feel beautiful and in some parts, makeup is a luxury. So be thankful you have the means to splurge on it and have the ability to apply it correctly to enhance your features. These are the blessings of life that I find truly a beautiful thing. BTW, you are one brave woman to bare it all!!!! Proud of you and thankful for your insight each week.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for verbalizing how I feel Michelle.
      I’ve read some articles that we shouldn’t need makeup to feel beautiful and I understand that concept. However, it really does make me feel more put together!

  • Mother Daughter

    I use foundation in the winter only and I do use Lancome. I also like a primer but forget to use it about half the time. lol Good comparison Jodie, I have never tried any of the mineral makeups.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I used primer for years religiously—but after my comparison, I’m not even sure I need to (at least for now)!!

  • I stopped trying a good foundation! I neverbuse it because my skin is very sensitive, even Clinique foundation is to much!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are so lucky to have great skin without it Nancy!! Your skin always looks great in your pictures!

  • Interesting comparison. It can be challenging to find a foundation that works for you. And things change as we age… It seems you found three foundations that work well for you!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!
      It’s so true that things change over time—I think that’s why it’s good to not get into a rut with your makeup!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I’m not sure why but a couple of my recent comments don’t show up and I’m being prompted to supply a password when i try to post obe…Has something changed in your blog that I need to adapt to?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Not that I know of, but sometimes when there is an update of the wordpress site—it can change things—-ugh!
      Have you noticed it on any other sites?

  • Judy Gramith

    This is perhaps the most difficult topic to tackle since our individual facial skin is so unique. Foundation is one area where there is no one size fits all and as we age I truly believe it becomes more crucial to find the best one for your particular needs .
    I used and liked the ease of the mineral foundation until my skin began to become predictably dryer so now I’m actually getting into some of the stick foundations which are sort of a happy medium for humid summer days. In the winter I’ll go back to a liquid because I like the extra moisture in the dry months.
    As I’ve aged my face feels like a less is more deal. It’s always been paint by number but now they’re more MY numbers!!!! I sort of enjoy experimenting with problem solving..

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really think you’re so right Jude! What works great for one person, isn’t always good for another—in more than one topic!
      When you have the time, it’s fun to try to find the best for you, but it can also be so frustrating!!

  • Nice job comparing foundations! I couldn’t see a difference, either. Looking forward to seeing you style maxi skirts!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!

  • I’m no expert when it comes to foundations, Jodie, I’ve never worn any, but I do feel that the Lancome suits you best. The Raul appears to be a smidge harsh and the Mercier, too yellow an undertone 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m so jealous you don’t have to wear foundation Sheela!! But that’s the curse of fabulous skin, eh? One less makeup item to play with!!
      Thanks for your great eyes on this project!

  • I enjoyed reading your thoughts on these different kinds of foundations and your testing of them. I have used Bare Minerals for years and simply cannot wear a liquid foundation anymore as I don’t care for how it feels on my skin. I prefer wearing a primer with my mineral foundation because it seems to wear longer and more evenly in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is amazing the variety there is out there for makeup nowadays!! I almost think finding what works best for you can be such a process—fun, if you have the time, but I could see how frustrating it’d be for others!!

  • donnaduck

    Too funny, Jodi- Before I scrolled down and read what you wrote, I kept looking from one side of your face to the other, one foundation from one to the other, and I got so frustrated! I even said, out loud, “I don’t see a bit of difference from one side of her face to the other!!” And then I read further and saw that YOU didn’t either!!! LOL! And that’s so great that you did this comparison- I’m always SO hesitant in buying foundation and truly, I’ll probably never pay big bucks for any. Too much of a risk I won’t be happy with it and would feel I wasted my money. I do the drugstore route (although not cheap in my opinion!), but have been wanting to try the elf brand from Target. Love elf’s prices! Thanks to your reader’s response, I will give that a go! I do wear foundation year round, but mostly to even out my skin tone’s redness, and maybe try a little to cover up so many sun-damaged spots. Sunscreen on the body was NOT preached to us in the 1960’s or early 70’s when I laid out in the sun for HOURS!! (Insert Rod Stewart’s song here- “Ooh La La”, and think about wishing I knew then what I know now!!)

    Anyway, thank you for the post, Jodi! And keep that porcelain skin porcelain- when you’re in your 80’s, you’ll look SO much younger!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m laughing while reading your comment, Donna! Because I really thought I’d be able to see some differences with the three products—at least some kind of this is better because of this, or not as good kind of thing! But nothing. Maybe it’s my skin? Or because of the environment here in Denver? It really makes me wish I’d included the Covergirl foundation I also have as part of this, to see if there was a difference between that one. But maybe I’ll do some more of these…it was a great experiment!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    This is a great post on this subject. Other than shading differences you mentioned, I can’t tell any difference. It is wonderful to read a review of mineral make-up on midlife skin, so kudos for that! I tried bare minerals foundation liquid makeup recently and ended up taking it back. I can’t use powder minerals because my skin is DRY (and it is usually dry here in Nor Cal) and the powder settles into those “fine lines.” As much as I love your fashion posts, I would love to see more of your reviews of make-up 🙂 Keep up the great work, Jodie!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri for your opinion on this! It’s nice to know you like these reviews of makeup, because I always wonder if I’m getting off track! But since it’s something I use daily, and many women do too—I thought it’s a nice change!

  • Thanks for this review and authentic pics, Jodie! I am always looking for the perfect foundation, that covers without smothering! And you have gorgeous skin. xo


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Patti!!

  • Catherine Urbanski

    This is a great post and I’m loving you even more because you kept it real and posted photos of yourself in “real” lighting. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that. A blogger with no smoke and mirrors is one that I find endearing!
    Now for the foundation. (I’m sorry if this is a long comment, but I can’t help myself). I steer clear of it during the summer months because my skin color changes due to freckles (the curse of fair skin), which are now being confused with age spots AND my bit of a tan–whether sprayed on or natural.
    I have a ton of foundations and have gone from high end to low end. I cannot wear Lancome foundation (and I love Lancome products) because I just find their foundations oxodize on me. Many leave me pasty and I tried mineral years ago. It didn’t work for me. The one brand that I find works is, surprisingly, elf brand. At six bucks it is my go-to winter foundation!
    I’m going to perhaps revisit mineral foundation, though, by checking out the Raul E. brand.
    Thanks for a truly great and informative post. At 61 years old, I really appreciate it!
    My three minute summer face: https://atypical60.com/2016/07/05/back-in-the-dazur-groove-sing-it-loud/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I love long comments, Catherine!!
      I still end up using foundations all summer long, but there’s very little humidity here, so I’m sure that’s a huge factor!
      And I’m just now having fun trying all different brands!! I used to stick with whatever was working, which is fine, but who knows? Maybe there’s a better one out there! And for some reason, I think that maybe a little change is good for my skin??
      Thanks for your thoughts—I love reading them!

  • Sounds like a nice foundation and you really can’t see the difference between that one and the much more popular and expensive brands. Great review. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!