What’s the best cream-to-powder foundation?

Guest Post by Lisa Frehner, Makeup Artist


As a makeup artist I am constantly trying new products to find solutions for my clients. Every client is unique and I have found that having an arsenal of many products is always the best way to approach a new setting or situation. Finding a cream-to-powder foundation makeup has been a trial, maybe even Mission Impossible; many contain ingredients I would never touch, some are so oily they slide right off your face, and some brands have picked colors that only match a select few. I needed more from a foundation, so I spent a month buying and testing several cream-to-powder foundations – of course I test everything on myself before I ever add a new line to my kit. And the good news is I’ve found a foundation I’ll never part with.

MAC Studio Tech Cream-to-Powder - $36.00

Available in 21 colors, sold everywhere

Pro: Feels hydrating

Con: Silicone based, required frequent blotting

Easy application with full coverage and without a heavy finish, however, it felt like the color oxidized throughout the day and by lunch was no longer a perfect match to my skin tone. My skin did feel hydrated, not greasy, which was nice!

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation - $56.00

Available in 7 colors, but only 3 in stock on their website - https://ybskin.com/mineral-radiance-creme-powder-foundation .

Pro: Offers refillable pans

Con: Contains mica

This foundation applied smoothly but has a chalky finish and doesn’t photograph well. I felt that the initial application was just okay but as I wore it throughout the day it wore off and even came off on my clothes. After about a week I was broken out, which often happens to me when products contain mica.

Gerda Spillmann Biofond Cream-to-Powder Foundation - $65.00

Available in 21 colors, www.GerdaSpillmann.com

Pro: Natural and high-grade ingredients

Con: Available only at high-end salons or spas, or online

Gorgeous, silky formula that truly offered sheer-to-full buildable coverage. This was easy to apply with the sponge it comes with, but a brush gave a lighter application. Super light-weight and really looks like improved skin, not makeup. Has a dewy finish but with a translucent powder looks matte and photographs well both ways.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation - $195.00

Available in 8 colors, found in department stores

Pro: Has SPF, helped control oily t-zone all day

Con: Did not offer even coverage, dried out my skin

The most expensive one I tried, this foundation was not worth the hype. Beautiful at first but after just a few minutes my dry skin was showing, the redness in my cheeks was showing and there seemed to be no coverage at all across my face.The first few days I would just touch-up because I really wanted to like this foundation but after day 4 my skin was dry, tight and uncomfortable – probably for the same reason that it seemed to help my oily t-zone throughout the day. Ultimately this didn’t work for me because it was inconsistent and required too many touch-ups.

So out of the 4 foundations I tried this summer, Biofond Foundation by Gerda Spillmann, was the only one I felt like was worth adding to my professional kit. I’ve already used it on some of my clients and they raved about how their skin looked –which is the highest compliment because they didn’t rave about their makeup, but their skin. 

Mission Accomplished.