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Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

What it is:An antiaging treatment foundation with SPF 30 designed to deliver instantly glowing, dewy complexion. What it is formulated to do:This original favorite is available in two shades: No. 1 & No. 2 which can be used individually or blended to create the perfect shade. No Foundation Foundation instantly diffuses imperfections, corrects skin undertones, and minimizes the appearance of fine line and pores with alpha lipoic acid. The result is the radiance and health of youthful-looking skin. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens
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Questions & Answers for Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

Question
Is it suggested to use a foundation primer before using No Foundation Foundation?
I normally use a primer before foundation I use, but haven't seen any mention of it in usage instructions for No Foundation Foundation. I really want to try this product, but want to get step by step for best results.
Thanks
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
lucky4him
(Tucson, Az.)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
i've never used a primer, and since it has spf 30 i don't even put on sunscreen moisturizer either. it is smooth and lightly creamy. try it!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mommyof5
(orange beach, AL)
answer 2
I have used a foundation primer with other products yet do not need to use one with this foundation. I do apply a mineral veil powder after applying for a finished look.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
jenfromthehood
(Mission Viejo, CA)
answer 3
No primer needed because the ingredients in No Foundation Foundation have anti-aging ingredients such as DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid, that you want on your skin - as close as possible and not blocked by a primer.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
If you've got primer at home, try it. But I don't use it and it goes on so smoothly, I've never considered buying it. Let me know!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
riverrat
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
It is very heavy & thick on the skin as it is and it adds zero color. So to add another layer under it????? Yuk.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Lynn800
(Naples, Fl)
answer 6
I would consider No Foundation Foundation to be a slightly tinted primer because it smooths out the skin and evens out skin tone. There is no need to use another primer under it.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
beautyjunkie1
(Oklahoma)
Question
Do you offer samples for this product?
I am interested in this foundation, but since I have melasma, I would like to try a sample before I purchase this product to ensure the right coverage for my skin condition.
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
2324
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Sephora has associates that will apply a small amount on your skin for you to sample. You need to go to the store for best results and feedback.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
jenfromthehood
(Mission Viejo, CA)
answer 2
This has a very sheer coverage. But offers benefits that help with discolorations.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pootc
(Saint Louis Mo)
answer 3
I have melasma on my forehead. It does not fully cover the dark parts, but helps even them out. I prefer the slight melasma to the look of too much foundation.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
freeemarie
(E, Camas, WA)
answer 4
You should look into cover fx, which is also sold at Sephora. Cover fx works amazing on melasma. You can always go to your local sephora and have a consultant demonstrate the line on you :) Good luck
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
It's great coverage. You can get a sample of any Perricone products at sephora. Try it first, please!!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
jbelley
(houston, tx)
answer 6
Samples are a great way to try new products & we include three free samples with every Sephora.com order. The sample selection is listed on our website and changes frequently, so check back often to see what we're offering. At this time we are not able to send custom samples from our warehouse. Another great way to try new products is to visit your local Sephora store. At the store, a Cast Member can make a tester for you of any products they carry. To find a store near you, check out our store locator.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Is it possible to get a sample?
I have sensitive skin and am always wary of trying new products, not knowing how my skin will react. Is it possible to get a sample of this foundation for me to try? I really feel like it might be right for me, but would rather not spend the $50 if it's going to cause problems for me.
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Tonia1234
(Duluth, MN)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, you can always get a free sample at your local Sephora.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
It has been my experience that Sephora will give you a sample of just about anything to let you give it a try. Also, if you buy it and don't like it, you can return it.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pattianne
(Richmond, VA)
answer 3
I usually have a reaction to products with sunscreen but not with this product. I have been using this product for the last two weeks and my skin looks fantastic. I strongly recommend it. Sephora is great about giving you samples to try products. Worth the trip to the store!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
rpr916
(Austin, TX)
answer 4
Can't help with samples, but my local Sephora location has always been very helpful. Shout out to the girls at Washington Square in Portland!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
riverrat
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
I totally understand where you are coming from. I have super sensitive skin and am leery of trying new products. You could go into a Sephora and ask for a sample. I haven't asked for a sample of this product, but I have asked for others and the Sephora staff has always been wonderfully accomodating.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
lilygirl11
(Costa Mesa, CA)
answer 6
Samples are a great way to try new products & we include three free samples with every Sephora.com order. The sample selection is listed on our website and changes frequently, so check back often to see what we're offering. At this time we are unable to send custom samples from our warehouse. Another great way to try new products is to visit your local Sephora store. At the store, a Cast Member can make a tester for you of any products that we carry. They can also answer questions for you and make recommendations for other products. To find a store near you, check out our store locator. Thanks!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How do I apply No Foundation Foundation?
What is the best way to apply this? Am I supposed to treat this as a foundation and use a sponge? Or is this more like a moisturizer and can be spread with my fingertips? Thanks!
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Rochester, MN)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Since this product is formulated more like a serum, I've found it works well to apply a small amount to clean finger tips and apply to the skin in thin, even layers until you reach your desired coverage. This product layers very well as long as you wait for each layer to dry. Think of it like layering your skin care. Hope this helps!
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
sarahcarlisle
(Saskatoon, SK)
answer 2
i like to use my fingertips: less waste in a sponge. i just wash my hands after.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mommyof5
(orange beach, AL)
answer 3
I apply with my fingertips. I have used Sephora brushes with other foundations for an even look yet this goes on smoothly and blends nicely without the use of brushes or sponges. Also it is easier to wash your hands as opposed to keeping a brush or sponge clean.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
jenfromthehood
(Mission Viejo, CA)
answer 4
Use your fingertips.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
You can use this as a tinted moisturizer and just apply it with your fingertips. It's great because you can wear it alone or with a foundation on top, but so that it doesn't look too heavy I'd highly recommend the Bare Minerals powder foundation or just the Mineral Veil. It's hard to go wrong with the No Foundation Foundation, however you apply it.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
gazi912
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
You do not need a sponge. It's like a moisturizer. Very easy to apply!
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
brazzbabe
(Huntington Station, NY)
Question
face looks very oily after applying foundation
face is very oily looking, and i have dry skin, brown eyes, looks fine after pressed powder is applied, but why am i getting this oily look? is there a drying time for this foundation?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(bolivar, ohio)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
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answer 1
i sometimes get that look too, kind of a sheen. idk if it needs to "dry", but if i'm in a hurry, a quick puff of some pressed powder always fixes it. i find that i get more of that sheen if i've used something under No Foundation before applying.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mommyof5
(orange beach, AL)
answer 2
I apply a powder mineral veil after applying for a finished look. It does need to settle and "dry" after applying yet is worth the effort.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
jenfromthehood
(Mission Viejo, CA)
answer 3
If it's oily, you are using too much of it.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
Even at 57, I still have oily/combo skin and I've never noticed any greasy look with DrP's. Are you using a moisturizer underneath? Put that on at night instead. You really don't need to during the day. If you prefer a matte finsih, as opposed to dewy, maybe you should continue to use the powder. Or, once the foundation is set, try a light dab with an blotting tissue – you can use those all day.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
riverrat
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
I find it to be very thick on the skin....even when applying a small amount. Does absolutely nothing for the color of the skin at all. Sorry but I returned this one and I gave it a fair chance.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Lynn800
(Naples, Fl)
answer 6
If you use the No Foundation Foundation and your face still looks oily I'd recommend the Bare Minerals powder foundation followed with their Mineral Veil. It doesn't have any silica, which is what dries the skin out. You can even skip the Bare Minerals powder foundation and just use the Mineral Veil if your skin is really good and the only problem you have is the oily/shiny thing.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
gazi912
(Houston, TX)
Question
application techniques
I was given a sample of Perricone MD complexion enhancer for mild skin flaws. However, in order to acheieve the best result possible, is there a certain tool, technique you would use to evenly distribute the product? I've mainly used it for under eyes, and blemishes, but more recently, to reduce the pores in my "T" zone and cheeks. Also, is it ok to apply this over an additional moistorizer? If so, does the difference in SPF make a difference. Furthermore, is this product oil free?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
aphroditesson
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
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answer 1
Always use your fingers, this will help the product heat up and absorb into your skin faster.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
I use it over Clinique moisturizer and have never had a problem. I rub a tiny amount between my fingers to thin it out a little bit before blending it in a circular motion on my cheeks, forehead, etc. It seems a bit sticky to me when first applied but mineral makeup goes flawlessly over it if I wait a couple minutes before applying the mineral makeup.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pattianne
(Richmond, VA)
answer 3
The directions tell you to apply with your finger tips in circular motions (as if you were rubbing it into your face like a moisturizer). Like the over reviewer, I've found that this coverage alone doesn't look best, you'll definitely have to invest in some light-weight mineral powder to "set" the foundation; over wise you'll look greasy.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
melrosedr
(Los Angeles)
answer 4
Good question – this applies to all foundation products. DrP's works great when dotted on with fingers and blended quickly. I also use a dampened foundation brush or cosmetic sponge sometimes. Practice is important with any makeup product.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
riverrat
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
Yes, this product is oil free and contains an SPF of 30. I always wear a moisturizer under my makeup and tend to use products from the Perricone line because they work with my skin. What I would do is wait about 5-10 minutes for your moisturizer to soak into your skin before applying the No Foundation Foundation. That way your skin is properly hydrated and ready to accept this product. You could use a 'foundation' brush to apply it, but I use my fingers to apply this and it goes on beautifully.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
lilygirl11
(Costa Mesa, CA)
answer 6
Hi! I've been using this product, and I use it all over my face, including eyelids, although I do NOT recommend this if you are not used to the ingredients used in this product like DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid. If you're using it for a concealer and you have only slight discoloration, my best advice is to just use it all over your face and neck. I only use my fingers and only one pump since that is enough for me to apply all over my own face and neck. If you want more concealing in spots, you can use a sponge to dab it on the troublesome spots only, or, if you have more serious discolorations, you can try putting on an actual concealer that matches your skin tone (and always dab on the concealer AFTER you put on the foundation, otherwise the concealer will only get spread around and not do what its made to do), you can either use one finger or a sponge and dab the area before lightly stroking the edges outward so that it blends with the foundation and prevent it from looking like you put concealer on. =) This is not an oil free product, but just remember that just because you have oily skin does NOT mean that you have to avoid all products that have oils in them. In fact, when you over strip your face of oils, this sends the message out to your glands to actually produce MORE oils. An oily skin is not a bad thing in of itself. I remember when I was much younger and I was soooo jealous of all the other girls who had porcelain perfect skin, with no oily residue, but as the years go by this is actually the exact skin type that ages faster because its OILS that help keep your face naturally moisturized and wrinkle-free! But to get back to the point, no, this product is not oil-free, but that does not necessarily mean it will break you out. Tea tree oil, for example, is a natural remedy for acne. In this particular foundation Dr. Perricone does have some natural oils in it, but - for me at least - they have not made me break out or become oilier than normal. And whatever oils you do develop as the day wears on you can either use one of those oil blotting papers (I personally like the ones that have rice powder one them), or use a tissue. NEVER use a compact because you are only transferring the oils and bacteria that are on your face onto the pressed powder, thus contaminating it. I just carry around a travel size pack of tissues in my purse for this reason (its cheap too!). If you want a little extra coverage, then a light pressed powder can be added on to give your face the more "finished" looked (and this will also help you blend the concealer with the foundation better). I hope I answered your questions. If not please feel free to contact me. If you would like to see a photo of me wearing this foundation just let me know and I can upload my image here also so you can see the results on my own face. Hope you have a great day! =)
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
lotusblossom69
(Charlotte, NC)
Question
Do all of his products have that fish-like smell to them?
I have used one of his products and it has a distinctive fish smell to it.
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
Krishinck
(Larkspur, CA)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I think this is one of the more smelly ones.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
glitterbubble
answer 2
Yes, most of his products will have DMAE which have that fishy smell. There is a moisturizer that he makes that smells like roses (Face Finishing Moisturizer) because it was developed to go over his other skincare - so the smell is less fishy.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I use several of DrP's products and I've never noticed a fishy smell.
Do you feed your cats tuna a lot?
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
riverrat
(Portland, OR)
answer 4
I have noticed his products have become less "fishy" smelling over time; not sure whether he has changed his formula or I have grown accustomed to it. Nonetheless, my Perricone products could smell like rotten eggs and I would still spend a good chunk of my paycheck to buy them!

I have grown up with MANY skin-related issues: congestion, dullness, dry flaky spots, and some of the worst breakouts in grade school history. Now that I am using this stuff, my skin looks amazing and I get compliments on the daily! And I've tried EVERYTHING.

This is not even addressing the No Foundation Foundation, which I haven't used yet; apologies for the digression. But I'd be willing to bet a bottle of Face Firming Activator that the stuff does more than it claims to do.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
ddiii
(oakland, ca)
answer 5
The No Foundation Foundation does not have a particular scent; whatever there is, it dissipates immediately after application. (I also use the Face Finishing Moisturizer, which does have an odd scent; this foundation has none in comparison.)
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
kiie
(Somewhere CA)
answer 6
I've never encountered a product by Perricone with a "fishy" smell.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
lalaloveit
(Memhphis, Tennessee)
Question
Recommended to use a primer with this product? Yes? No?
I've been using this product for a few months now. First I use a light moisturizer, followed by the 'no foundation foundation, and finish with a mineral powder. I've used silcone primers in the past with foundations and LOVE the way they make my skin super smooth. My question is: Will using a silcone primer prevent the active ingredients in this product from absorbing into my skin?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
JLSNJ
(NJ)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes. the purpose of the silicone is to sit on top of your skin and block the makeup etc from settling into the pores and wrinkles. I have tried the primers over this and it seems to work ok, just not as smooth. You want to "lock" the good stuff next to your skin.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
dramamama4
(Syracuse, NY)
answer 2
I would not use a primer because the ingredients that benefit your skin help to do what a primer does.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pootc
(Saint Louis Mo)
answer 3
It depends on the ingredients in the moisturizer or primer. If the product is non-comedogenic (soaks in, doesn't lay on surface), that's probably fine. But this product has so many ingredients that are beneficial, I'm not sure you need an "undercoat."
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
riverrat
(Portland, OR)
answer 4
I sure hope using a primer doesn't nullify the great ingredients, because I use one too. I skip the morning moisturizer and just use Laura Mercier oil-free primer and add a very small amount of concealer over the foundation. I think it looks better without powder on top.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
upthere
(Washington)
answer 5
I don't know that you would need a primer, since the foundation has a similar texture and in a way does the same thing plus more.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
mommavan
(Rapid City, SD)
answer 6
The translucent powders will not affect the ingredients in the foundation to work because the powder sits on your skin on top of the foundation - which is directly on your skin. Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Can this be used as a primer?
If I use powder over this, do I have to use primer before this?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
tiffanyan
(San Francisco, CA)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use a primer BEFORE this. It seems to make it go on more smoothly and last longer. Today, I used Loreal Professional
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
amoratans
(Beaumont, TX)
answer 2
I don't think it can be used as a primer, not that kind of consistency. I do put powder over it without using a primer first and the result isn't too bad.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
glitterbubble
answer 3
No, you don't need a primer and yes you can use loose powder over it. There are anti-aging benefits and antioxidants, so you don't want to use a primer to block this from working on your skin.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
prepskinb4makeup
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
no, i just moisturize
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
tbonita
(NJ)
answer 5
I sometimes do and sometimes don't use primer over this product before my mineral makeup. Try it both ways to see which is better for you. It doesn't cause breakouts for me if I use both--and my skin looks super smooth!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
pattianne
(Richmond, VA)
answer 6
I wouldn't recommend a primer before you use the "No Foundation Foundation." This liquid coverage acts more like a tinted moisturizer than your typical foundation, hence the name (No Foundation, Foundation).
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
melrosedr
(Los Angeles)
Question
I'm having trouble applying veil after this
I like this product, but I prefer a more matte finish. But when I put mineral veil over it, it feels like it's kind of tugging or pulling. Or like it's getting stuck and bouncing across my skin. It never feels all the way dry, so is it that I should wait longer to apply veil, or this product just isn't right for my skin's texture?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
bethny
(florence, sc)
on No Foundation Foundation
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use mineral veil with this sometimes and have found that it's important to make sure the foundation has dried completely before applying any powder-like product.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
sandycape
(Yarmouthport, MA)
answer 2
Try mixing your mineral veil foundation with this product and apply them as a blend. That's what I do, and it works for me, using an Estee Lauder liquid foundation.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
makeupmimi
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 3
This product is more dewy and I find that if I use a small amount of the no foundation and pat it in well then I am able to dust a very light amount of mineral powder over it without a problem. I then mist my face with Caudalie Grape Water (any fine mist water would work) and this sets it nicely. I find using less product works best! Hope this is helpful :)
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
pinks
(PA)
answer 4
LIke you, I prefer a matte finish. I found the formulation much too shiny for my skin. When I tried putting a very light dusting of powder over the top, it felt like a mask and made my skin feel extremely dry, even after several hours post-application. I finally just removed it and my skin felt instantly better.
Maybe others have had better luck with this product than I have.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
rlkeith
(Cedar Rapids, IA)
answer 5
I would use it as a primer first. Let it absorb for at least 10 minutes. What I usually do is put this on first,then do my other makeup & my powder the very last thing.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
heatierae
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 6
I think it is not for you. It will never be matte and I believe it is too dark when worn alone. It never really "dries" either. It is actually more of a sunscreen and remains sticky; as in my hair gets stuck in it. I mix it with another pure sunscreen and that is the only way it works for me, color wise. I do feel 'protected' though.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
gabby46
(Seattle, WA)
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