Sticking to that ‘cone-free diet: silicone-free creme foundations

Note: if you’re suffering from a massive case of deja vu, don’t fret – you’re (probably) not going crazy!  This post is seeing the front page for a second time due to a few edits and additions.

Last year, I started putting together lists of silicone-free products – moisturizers with SPF (part one and two) and liquid foundations (just one part). It’s time to go back to that lovely, compulsive state of mind, in which Rae frantically searches the internet for silicone-free products, in order to bring you today’s post: silicone-free creme foundations.

The following foundations are all available somewhere in North America, are silicone-free (no -cone or -xane ingredients), and are solid cremes in pan or stick form. The list does not contain powders, liquids, concealers, tinted moisturizers, mousses, correctors, etc, etc, etc. If you know of a foundation that I missed, or if I missed a ‘cone in any of the foundations below, please let me know in the comments!

ETA: a few more! Becca Stick Foundation, Avon Ideal Shade Cream-to-Powder Foundation SPF 15, Mally Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation, theBalm timeBalm Foundation, and MUFE Pan Stick Foundation. Thanks to all of our lovely readers for help adding to this list!

& A few more cream foundations made for the theatre, which I’ve tracked down online – I know it can be a pain to find these, so I wanted to include some links! Please keep in mind that I have NOT bought from any of these sites, so I can’t recommend any one over another.

  • Ben Nye Creme Foundation (only some shades – be sure to double check!) {STM, FXW, MM}
  • RCMA Color Process Foundation. {MM, CRC, HN, FXW}
  • Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme Foundation. {MM, Graftobian, CRC}
  • Graftobian Theatrical Creme Foundation. {GG, Graftobian}
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    • Aww, thanks love :)

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  • WendyD

    I think I love you.

    I've wanted to try cream for a while, but I have no idea how one would go about applying it – I've felt the CoverFX one, and it's so THICK!

    • LOL! It's okay, I can be hard to resist :p

      Imo, a good creme will sheer out once it comes into contact with the heat of your skin – so it should feel less thick once it's on and has been blended in. Just stroke it onto your face (I like to go with a sweep across the forehead, one down the nose, one on the chin, and dots on the apples of the cheeks if needed) and blend out :)

  • rachelle

    i was sooooo bummed with the new 'some kind a gorgeous lite'…. super sheer :/. good for good-skin days, i guess.

    • Aww, that's really unfortunate! :( I'll keep that in mind; thanks for letting us know!

    • WendyD

      I went to Sephora to look for foundations today as well, and I was told this is super sheer as well. I'll be looking into the CoverFX one; my location doesn't carry it. The sales associate also confirmed that they're no longer carrying the MUFE one.

      • I can't remember where you are, but if you're in Canada – Shopper's Beauty Boutiques sometimes carry CoverFX :)

        • WendyD

          Yup, I love Sephora's return policy though :) I'm not sure how generous Shopper's return policy is. I've felt the consistency of the CoverFX, and it's insanely thick and pasty, almost like cold butter. I'd love for a SA to show me how to apply this.

          • Ah, good point! Same here.

            I'll have to go check out the CoverFX again sometime; see if I can post some tips for you ;)

  • Donna

    YES, you are awesome! Thanks so much for doing all this research for us, there are many of us out here that cannot use silicones because it ruins our skin, and I'm one of them. So the blogs you write with silicone-free products are extremely useful to me and I appreciate them! Loved your last list of liquid foundations with no cones that I commented on, and love this one! Thanks so much for your help!

    • Haha, I'm glad you think so! :p

      But honestly – I am SO happy that the silicone-free posts are helpful to you. It was really hard for me to get started with my 'cone diet because I found there wasn't much information on it online, so creating a resource for going silicone-free was really important to me. I hope you find our future posts to be just as helpful! :)

  • WendyD

    I got the CoverFX! It's super thick in the pan, but it applies strangely well with a kabuki. It looks pretty natural on, and feels much lighter than a liquid (but heavier than minerals). My skin looks nice – I can't stop peeking at the mirror! I

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  • Kahani

    I'm sorry but why would you list foundations with Dimethicone (a Silicone) so high on the list? Nobara for example has , <a href =""&gt; Dimethicone as its FIRST ingredient .

    • Ack! Thanks for pointing that out, Kahani – I'll take that one off the list right now.

      I do check and double-check each and every item that goes into this post, but it's all too easy to stumble across misinformed resources on the internet (as I'm sure you know already!) The list I had found doesn't contain any silicones, so perhaps it was mislabeled?

      Thanks again :)

  • WendyD

    I believe Avon's is also silicone free:

    • Ah! Lovely lovely; thanks for the heads-up :) Will add it later!

  • WendyD

    Iman's Second to None Cream-to-Powder:
    Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isohexyl Caprate, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Nylon 12, Mycrocrystalline Wax, PPG 12/SMDI Copolymer, Kaolin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Silica, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, May Contain (+/-):, Talc, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarine Blue Violet (CI 77007)

    • Brilliant, thank you! Iman is US-only iirc; I always forget to check their products when it comes to features like this one >.<

  • carmen

    Thanks for this post, its brilliant and really helpful for those of us who have finally worked out silicones were the cause of our skin problems. However, I've got really oily skin too so need a foundation that not only is silicone (xane) free but also oil free. I went through all the foundations/powders on your list and none of them were oil free. I've hunted throughout the internet for one for days (available to buy in UK) but no success. If its oil free its got dimethicone and if its silicone free then its mostly oil based and no suitable for oily skins. Eeek! If by any chance you find one please post it! Many thanks

  • I took a trip to Ottawa this winter and this post has saved my skin! I was worried about my skin drying out, so I rushed out and bought a tube after reading your review!

    I also checked out Nivea in Canada and it appears from the ingredients, that the Canadian formula is very close to the German one. I never realized that Nivea in Canada differed from the US version as well. I devoted a post to it:… Thanks for writing about this wonderful cream. :D
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  • Hope

    Some Kind of Gorgeous has silicone in it. In fact, phenyl trimethicone is the first ingredient…? A word to the wise, any ingredient ending in "-methicone" or "-silixane" is a silicone.

    • Thanks for pointing that out, Hope. I do check the ingredient lists for all of the items in these posts, but sometimes I'll come across the wrong info – Sephora listed ingredients for a lot less of their products when I first put this post together (back in 2010), and I've run into the problem of misinformation from other sites (blogs, shops, etc.)

      Anyhow – will remove it now!

  • Hope

    Thanks! It's great to see someone even attempting to list silicone-free products. I get terrible cystic acne that is kept at bay UNLESS I use products with -cones. Ugh! It's hard to find makeup and moisturizers and even treatments that don't have silicone. A lot more places list ingredients now than ever before, though. CosDNA is a good place if Sephora/Make Up Alley don't list the ingredients. Keep up the good work – it's a hard list to compile!

    • Yes! Ingredients are slowly making their way onto the internet, which is brilliant. I'm not sure if you've gone through them or not (you probably have, in which case, sorry for the repetition!), but there are tags for silicone-free product reviews (mainly skincare, haircare, base products, and anything that could conceivably be used on the cheeks) and 'cone-free product lists on theNotice, in case that's helpful :)

      Good luck with your 'cone-free regimen, Hope! I know what a pain in the butt it can be to adere to :(

  • Leigh

    Hello, you seem very, very knowledgeable, and I really do hope you can help me!! I am allergic to sooo many things, and I can't stand a lot of smells (I am allergic to fragrance, but fragrance-free does not always mean odor-free). I can't seem to find a foundation, moisturizer, or hand lotion :(. I have tried to research and have tried so many things, and I am just at a loss. I'm allergic to fragrance, malc, talc, silicones, and SPF. Do you have any ideas of some products? thank-you so much.