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Back to Bases: Flawless Foundations

These new foundations feature high-performing mineral ingredients and smooth formulations that minimize imperfections to guarantee a flawless finish.

Appeared In
Special Issue
Beauty Inc issue 12/12/2008

These new foundations feature high-performing mineral ingredients and smooth formulations that minimize imperfections to guarantee a flawless finish.

From left to right:
LANCOME

Ageless Minerale Powder Foundation and Makeup Brush
This ultrafine powder contains bismuth oxychloride, mica, alumina, aloe, vitamin E and absolutely no talc. ($36 for the powder, $45 for the brush; Lancôme counters)

CHANEL
Lift Lumiere
Available in nine shades, silicone powders deflect light from wrinkles and botanicals protect collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid and camellia oil add hydration. ($65; Chanel counters)

CLASSIFIED
Aero Minerale Makeup Mist
Stand back! To be used 12 inches from your face, this spray-on, oil-free mineral foundation can be layered with a sponge. Its pigments diffuse light, imparting a gentle glow. ($14.95; Duane Reade)

MAYBELLINE
Dream Liquid Mousse
Light and airy, this comes in a dozen shades—from porcelain to cocoa—and combines weightless texture with complete coverage. ($9.79; mass retailers)

DIOR
Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup
A multitasker containing the semiprecious stone rhodolite to aid cell turnover, a flax derivative to combat UVA rays and a silk derivative to restore moisture. ($42; Dior counters)

CLARINS
Super Restorative Foundation True Lift SPF 15
Targeted to mature complexions, this has amino acid–coated color pigments plus silicone derivatives to plump fine lines and antioxidants to lubricate collagen fibers. ($56; Clarins counters)

COVER GIRL & OLAY
Simply Ageless Foundation
This oil-free antiager uses Olay Regenerist serum to improve skin texture. Creamy in the jar, it becomes a liquid when it touches the skin, allowing for easy blending. ($16.88; mass retailers)