Ingredients in your Foundation


Long time no write eh? I was totally in a funk and uninspired to write about anything. Plus the holidays are insane (though I stopped writing before the holidays….shhh it’s in the past. We won’t talk about it anymore).

There was one thing that piqued my interest though. I saw Thataylaa’s video on the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter foundation, and in that she mentioned how the ingredients aren’t the greatest for her acne-prone skin. Now if you remember from my skincare post I was starting to look at ingredients more. What really goes on your face? She linked to one site that you can see the breakdown of each ingredient.

After that, I went one a spree on basically started looking at all these foundations and how they could be effecting my skin! I have sensitive skin and do tend to break out. What the heck am I putting on my face?!


I started making a list for my own reference, but thought that all makeup lovers (or people who just wear foundation) would be interested in this information.

Now this isn’t a “be all, end all” for wearing foundation. There are definitely exceptions to the rule. Everyone has warned me about the pore-clogging dangers of coconut oil on the face. I, luckily, haven’t had any problems with it. *as I lather my dry, winter skin with a bunch of coconut oil* However, I do notice breakouts when I use too many products with silicones in the them. Everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to different ingredients. I am more so concerned with the safety element on the list. Which is why I included what it is.

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I hope with this post you can pay more attention to what you’re putting on your skin (it’s delicate!). Living in the city, I already get exposed to the toxins in the air here. I have a full view of downtown, and smog is not pretty. I don’t exactly want to put more things on my face that aren’t doing it good (especially since I’m wearing foundation for 8 hours a day).

I have made a list of the top 5 popular foundations and their rank based on analyzing the ingredients on I have basically just added all the acne, irritating or safety-concerning ingredients on the list and then added them together to make the rank (I want to be as transparent as possible).

Ranking Name Acne Irritant Safety Ingredient causing safety concern Link
1 HUDA Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation 6 7 7 Benzyl salicylate, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde
2 Too Faced Born This Way 6 1 6 Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
3 Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation 4 3 4 Phenoxyethanol
4 Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation 2 3 6 Benzyl Benzoate
Lock-It Foundation
2 0 3 Potassium Sorbate, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone

Let me know if you like this top 5 format or if you want me to link to a Google Docs that I will update. Or if you hate this table format, let me know and I can make it a list!

Are you surprised by these? Will this change your wearing/buying habits? I’d love to know!

Peace guys. If you like this I’ll do a concealer version next…


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