Reader Question: What is the best loose powder foundation?

Hi Liz, I have always been a silent reader of your blog (sorry for that), but your articles have always helped to consider beauty products before I use them. Thank you so much. :)

I have normal skin, but it took me a looong while to finally find foundation that works well for my skin. For a while, what worked for me was combining a Tony Moly BB cream and a Sephora loose powder foundation (that I secretly steal from my sister. Hehehe.) But of course, all good things must come to an end. I can easily purchase the BB cream, but of course Sephora is not yet available here in the Philippines (unless I have it shipped).

I read your article on foundations, and I really found it helpful. May I know what would be a good local alternative to the Sephora loose powder foundation? I would really appreciate the help. Thank you. - Cheska

Hi Cheska, thanks for always reading my blog! I always love hearing from "silent" readers since you guys usually start messaging me when you're desperate na haha. Joke. I'm always a quick email away and I'm willing to answer questions time permitting.

Since I got this email today, I thought I'd feature it. ^_^ A quick google showed that the Sephora Mineral Loose Powder Foundation may have already been discontinued. Luckily, there is a locally available alternative that's a loooot cheaper. I highly recommend the Ellana Mineral Foundation in Intensive Blend. It's just P350 for a 6 gram pot, and a blogger fave because of the high coverage and great staying power.

The shades are also tailored to fit us Filipinos too (for the full swatches and shade descriptions, click). The catch is that this must be applied carefully with a dense brush, layered thinly until you get the coverage you want. It can go on a bit heavy if you don't watch it! So layer and blend/buff it seamlessly afterwards.

Other option: go for the pressed version of this foundation at P699 for the compact. It's easier to apply, it's less messy, and you get the same effect.

I've reviewed both the loose and pressed Ellana foundation so please just click the links for the complete post. ^_^ Hope this helps, Cheska! If you guys have more questions, please feel free to email me at lizlanuzo at anytime.