Full Coverage Foundation Comparisons, Reviews, and Ingredients

The Foundation Wars - Medium and Full Coverage

(Face side-by-side comparisons are labeled "right" and "left" as they appear in the picture, not the actual side of my face. In other words, left side of picture, not left side of face (which would be the right side of the picture.)

The Winners - Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Lauder DW and MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof foundation tied for awesome, Inglot 39YSM, and Stila All Day Foundation (which comes with concealer, a foundation brush and a spatula for $44) are also fantastic deals. All of the above are permanent additions in my kit.

Product Price Per Ounce in cost order.
Note: Not all bottles come in 1 oz size - these prices are I've prorated all prices out to 1 ounce. Bold selections are my favorite products in the group.
  1. $14.95 - L'Oreal Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup 
  2. $18.00 - Inglot YSM Cream Foundation
  3. $22.50 - Kryolan Liquid Camouflage Foundation
  4. $24.00 - Inglot AMC Cream Foundation
  5. $37.95 - MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation
  6. $38.00 - Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid
  7. $39.00 - Dermablend Cover Creme
  8. $44.00 - Stila Stay All Day Foundation (comes with concealer, brush and spatula!)
  9. $47.00 - Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation
  10. $65.76 - Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
  11. $85.80 - Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation

Dermablend Cover Creme Full Coverage Foundation Chroma 1/2 vs. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX05

Summary: Dermablend Cover Creme was drier, and set faster, but creased before I was even done applying the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer to the other side of my face. Dermablend also settled into my pores very quickly, even with primer underneath. Dermablend also didn't hold up as well, even in the less than half an hour I had it on. It was already fading and getting "patchy". The Kevyn Aucoin side just kept looking better and better.

From Dermablend's Website:
The ultimate full coverage cream foundation. Whether it’s a news anchor’s scar or a volleyball player’s vitiligo, cover creme provides reliable, flawless, and full camouflage in a velvety smooth finish.

The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer felt better, went on more evenly, and looked better over time. One caveat - it's very easy to over powder and end up looking cakey. I had to blend down the powder that I applied because it was just too much. It took very little for me to set SSE.

NOTE: I had to amend this review to note that the half of my face that had the KA SSE on it looked better, after removing it) than it did before I put the makeup on - smoother and brighter. Apparently the formulation really agrees with my skin!

From Kevyn Aucoin's page on Sephora's Website:
A waterproof makeup enhancer for the face that provides sheer and complete coverage and hydrates the skin.

Cover all your bases with The Sensual Skin Enhancer. This all-in-one, waterproof formula delivers complete coverage when used as a concealer, highlighter, an allover foundation, or to contour your features. Infused with jojoba and honey, it works to hydrate the skin, and it is formulated with minerals that support the skin and is sweat proof and transfer resistant for full coverage and long-lasting wear.

Full Coverage Foundations: Dermablend Cover Creme in Chroma 1/2 (left) vs. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX05 (right)

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX05 (left) vs. Dermablend Chroma 1/2 (right). Set with Dermablend Setting Powder. It's hard to see in the picture because the light is a little uneven, but the Kevyn Aucoin actually covered better and the Dermablend was already starting to crease under my eyes (after setting powder.)

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX05 - with lipstick and mascara, but no setting powder. The picture doesn't really do it justice since the light in front of me was quite blue, and the light behind me was very yellow. I was just impressed at how smooth it looked with almost no effort and no setting powder.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid 1C1 Cool Bone vs. MAC Pro Longwear NW20

Summary: These were equally comfortable and wore equally well. The Lauder is a slightly better color for me right now coming out of winter. In about a month, I will probably switch to the MAC Pro Longwear. As Lauder owns MAC, I shouldn't be surprised that these performed so similarly. Priced out per ounce they are about the same price, so go with the brand that has the best color for you.

Lauder Double Wear Description:
Long-wearing makeup with 15-hour staying power. Looks flawless and natural. Lasts through heat, humidity, non-stop activity. Won't change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. 

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation:
A tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 24 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

Estee Lauder Double Wear 1C1 Cool Bone (top) vs MAC Pro Longwear NW20(bottom)

MAC Pro Longwear NW20 (left) was just a little darker than the. Lauder Double Wear Liquid 1C1 Cool Bone (right). MAC Prep+Prime powder to set.

Estee Lauder Double Wear 1C1 Cool Bone (left) vs MAC Pro Longwear NW20 (right)

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation SF03 vs. Stila Stay All Day in Bare

Summary: The KA Sensual Foundation felt amazing - very silky, and a little bit slippy so if that's not your thing, skip it. If I let it set and applied a very thin layer of setting powder before applying another layer, then I could build coverage. Otherwise it's a very sheer foundation for my tastes. Also, without primer, it sank into my pores.  About KA Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation, from the website:  

Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation is a luxurious yet lightweight serum foundation that provides gorgeous, luminous coverage with a "no-makeup" feel. Buildable and longwearing, smooth it on for glowing skin that lasts throughout the day. Time-released pigments ensure you're covered for hours, from 6-8, with an oil-free radiance. Infused with powerful algae extracts to halt the loss of firmness and elasticity, so it treats your skin as it wears. Made in Italy.

The Stila Stay All Day foundation was more matte, more creamy and built up a bit more coverage. It stayed true to color, blended beautifully and did not sink into pores. What a winner! From the website: 
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer is an oil-free, high definition and high performance foundation. It has a unique oxygen technology that keeps skin hydrated and nourished. Stila’s foundation stays all day and delivers a flawless finish.

Kevyn Aucoin SF03 (left) vs Stila Stay all Day in Bare (right) (samples from, a service and website I very highly recommend!

Stila Stay all Day in Bare (left) vs. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Foundation SF03 (right). It's tough to see the difference but I have 2 layers of the KA foundation to get the same coverage that Stila gave in 1 layer.

Inglot AMC Cream Foundation LC100 vs Inglot YSM Cream Foundation in 39YSM
(no face side-by-side comparison.)

Summary: The AMC Cream Foundation LC100 was very silky, buildable and though it was a little dark for my complexion right now, in about a month it will probably be perfect. The color was extremely natural and flattering other than that. It's a little sheerer than I want right now, but it feels beautiful on the skin.

From Camera Ready Cosmetics Website about Inglot AMC Cream Foundation:
Let the real you shine through with the Inglot AMC Cream Foundation. With twenty-five shades spanning skin tones from fair to deep dark brown, this foundation provides a subtle, yet buildable coverage that conceals unsightly blemishes and scars while bringing out a natural and dewy finish. A distinct blend of vitamin E, peptides, and special polyesters keeps your skin moisturizer and illuminated. Can be used in an airbrush machine.

The YSM Cream Foundation 39YSM was thicker and needed much less effort to build coverage. It was a slightly yellower tone than the LC100 once it sat on my skin a few minutes.  It sets beautifully and looks very even and smooth.

From Camera Ready Cosmetics Website about Inglot YSM Foundation:
A long lasting, lightweight foundation with mattifying agents. Provides a smooth, natural looking matte finish whilst leaving the skin radiant and comfortably plumped up. Hypoallergenic.

Inglot LC 100 (left) vs Inglot 39 YSM (right)

Lancome Teint Idole Liquid 140 Invoire (N) vs. L'Oreal Infallible Liquid Classic Ivory 603
(See the full review here: I am including the picture from the previous post just for reference in comparison with the others here.

Foundation only - Lancome on the left, and L'Oreal on the right.

Bonus Review: Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Fluid in Alabaster
Summary: While this is a liquid (and I am wearing it sheer below), this is buildable to a very full coverage foundation. I am not wearing any concealer below, only using an additional drop or two of foundation to lighten up my circles. It sets well with any clear setting powder, though they sell one specifically for use with Dermacolor Camouflage Fluid. I don't actually care for the powder too much, which casts very white - though I may just be spoiled by Laura Mercier's setting powder.

The formulation isn't luxurious, but it matches me well, does the job and stays put.

From the Kryolan website:
Dermacolor Camouflage Fluid is a new, innovative camouflage preparation in a class of its own. Use a little sponge or your finger to apply it sparingly, with uniform distribution over a wide circle on the skin. Then allow to dry. That’s all you need for successful camouflage – that does not necessarily need powdering and is extremely waterproof. Dermacolor Camouflage Fluid is primarily designed as an outstanding all-weather foundation, and for concealing somewhat larger areas of skin. The large share of vitamin E ensures a comfortable feeling on your skin.

Kryolan Camouflage Liquid in Alabaster (with setting powder, mascara and bronzer.)

INGREDIENTS (subject to change without notice, so please check product package for most up-to-date list.)

Dermablend Cover Creme (1oz - $39):
Active: Titanium dioxide 3%. Inactive:Mineral Oil, Talc, Beeswax, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearyl Stearate, Kaolin, Magnesium Carbonate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Allantoin, Microcrystalline Wax, Lauroyl Lysine; May Contain Titanium Dioxide, Barium Sulfate, Iron Oxides.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (0.63 oz - $48):
Mineral Oil, Polybutene, Diethylhexyl Succinate & Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Magnesium Carbonate, Calcium Carbonate, Honey, Simmondsia & Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Beeswax, Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin & Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891). 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup (1.0 oz - $38): Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyltrisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Tetramethyl Hexyphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide.

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (0.85 oz - $33): Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PPF-12/SMDI Copolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Caffeine, Triethyl Citrate, Methicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polysilicone 11, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Zinc Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)].

Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation (0.68oz - $65) - dimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, isododecane, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, phenyl trimethicone, isohexadecane, PEG-10 dimethicone, disteardimonium hectorite, polybutene, acrylates/polytrimethyl-siloxymethacrylate copolymer, alaria esculenta extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cyclopentasiloxane, propylene carbonate, hydrogen dimethicone, methicone, talc, fragrance. May contain (+/-): iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) titanium dioxide (CI 77891).

Stila Stay All Day Foundation (1.0 oz - $44 - comes with brush, spatula and matching concealer in retail package.)(Water (Aqua); Cyclopentasiloxane; Butylene Glycol; Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate; Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone; Dimethicone; Magnesium Chloride; Potassium Chloride; Sodium Chloride; Zinc Chloride; Lysine; Panax Ginseng Root Extract; Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract; Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract; Camelia Oleifera leaf Extract; Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract; Phytantriol; Montmorillonite; Illite; Kaolin; Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate; Retinyl Palmitate; Tocophery Acetate; Tocopherol; Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate; Aluminum Hydroxide; Stearic Acid; Triethoxycaprylylsilane; Boron Nitride; Glycerin; Palmitic Acid; Dextrin Palmitate; Sodium Hyaluronate; Sodium Dehydroacetate; Disodium EDTA; Phenoxyethanol; Caprylyl Glycol; Hexylene Glycol. May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Zinc Oxide (CI 77947); Iron Oxides (CI 77491; CI 77492; CI 77499).  (Concealer (not included in this review post) ingredients: Concealer: Ingredients: Isostearyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Isostearyl Behenate, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina, Kaolin, Ozokerite, Dimethicone, Polyamide-5, Silica, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Behenate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, May Contain (+/_) Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).)



Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup Octinoxate Sunscreen Braod Spectrum SPF 15
Wear & Comfort, Retouch Free, Divine Perfection 1oz - $47)
Ingredients: Active: Octinoxate 3% Inactive: Aqua / Water / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Isododecane, Dimethicone, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane Silica, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Paraffin, Cyclomethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dipropylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir/ Ultramarines, Iron Oxides / Titanium Dioxide]
L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Makeup 18 HR - 1oz - $14.95): Active: Titanium Dioxide (1.75%), Other: Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxy Methacrylate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, PTFE, Nylon-12, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Isostearyl Diglyceryl Succinate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylene Carbonate, Magnesium Gluconate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide
Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Fluid 1oz - $22.50): Aqua (Water), Talc, Propylene Glycol, Cocoglycerides, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Stearic Acid, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Aminomethyl Propanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Magnesium Myristate, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance) and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (nano), Red 36 CI 12085, Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77289, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 7 Lake CI 15850, Carmine CI 75470, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Red 40 Lake CI 16035, Yellow 6 Lake CI 15985, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Red 22 Lake CI 45380, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Red 28 Lake CI 45410, Mica] (EU seulement/only: CI 77120, CI 74160, CI 73015, CI 58000, CI 77266) May contain carmine as a color additive.

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