Silicone-free liquid foundations: an updated list

Monday, April 11, 2011

I realized that we haven’t updated this list, so here we go again! This list contains only liquid foundations (no cremes, powders, or tinted moisturizers), and runs approximately from the least to the most expensive. As usual, feel free to let me know in the comments if you’ve found any others.

Ingredients for all products can be found in the title line of each link. Just hover your mouse over the price to see it!

Additionally, if you would like to share our list of silicone-free liquid foundations, please link directly to this post. It takes quite a few hours of work to create a post like this one, and I would greatly appreciate it if you could refrain from replicating any or all of the content — thank you!

Physician’s Formula Sun Shield Liquid Foundation SPF 15, $5.95.

CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup, $6.99. *Not all shades are silicone-free

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 15. $13.95.

Marcelle True Radiance Make-up SPF 15, $14.95. Discontinued

Almay Pure Blends Makeup SPF 15, $15.69.

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Liquid Foundation SPF 15, $22.95.

FACE Stockholm Liquid Foundation, $36.00.

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Makeup, $36.95.

Living Nature Foundation, $37.00.

100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation SPF 20, $41.00.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Suprême Foundation, $42.00.

Zuii Organics Flora Liquid Foundation, $44.95.

Nvey Eco Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation, $45.00.

More silicone-free beauty…

  • Silicone-free category on theNotice {here}
  • Silicone-free creme foundations {here}
  • Silicone-free moisturizers {part one} {part two}

PLEASE NOTE: I am working on updating this list, but it won’t be for some time now! Here are a few foundations that are missing from this list:

  • Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation, $35.00.
  • Kett Hydro Foundation, $30.00.
  • Bourjois Bio Détox Foundation, $17.00.
  • Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation, $27.00.
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29 Responses to “Silicone-free liquid foundations: an updated list”

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  2. Vijaya, on April 11th, 2011 at 9:53 pm said:

    Ooh, what a neat list. A friend of mine has a really hard time finding good, silicone free liquid foundations.

  3. WendyD, on April 22nd, 2011 at 9:01 pm said:

    Are any of these full-coverage, anyone know? :) I'm starting to kind of hate on CoverFX (creme).

  4. Goodness, none of these brands can be found in Singapore. X'(
    My recent post Eyeshadow Tutorial for Asian Eyes Part 4 – Defining the Contour Area

  5. Thank you so much for this!!! I have been needing a list of silicone free makeup and it is difficult to find the information and also the foundations! I really appreciate this!

  6. WendyD, on March 28th, 2012 at 3:55 pm said:

    Another one: Kett Hydro. I think a lot of air brush foundations are cone-free, or at least low-cone, and can be applied with a stippling brush or damp sponge.

    A local retailor carries this, so I'll have to check it out next time I'm downtown.

  7. Thanks, lovely!! I'll note it down for the next time the 'cone-free foundations list gets updated ;o)

  8. angela, on May 10th, 2012 at 8:59 pm said:

    I checked out the Almay you have listed and it had a ton of silicones, same with the cover girl- not sure which shade is silicone free but i looked at at least five shades. I love that you dedicate posts to silicone free stuff, I am always on the hunt!

  9. Hi, Angela! Are you sure you had the right Almay foundation? I checked the ingredients on two different sites (here and here), and both of the lists are 'cone-free.

    Drugstore.com lists the Covergirl ingredients (here) as being 'cone free, too; I just checked the first five or six shades, but all of them seem to be clear. Perhaps a reformulation? :/

  10. What about Stila Illuminating Foundation? An older one but still around and hopefully not messed with anytime soon.

  11. The Stila Illuminating Foundadtion contains simethicone, I'm afraid! :)

  12. about the 100% pure brand, I was reading on paula's choice website and other websites (http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-skin-care-reviews/by-brand/100-pure?sort=none&direction=asc&pageNumber=1&pageSize=25&brand=100-pure)

    that they don't follow "follow regulatory guidelines for ingredient lists; several products contain irritating natural ingredients that hurt skin's ability to look and act younger; jar packaging allows the natural ingredients to break down and become ineffective from repeated exposure to air and light."

    I'm not sure about this claim but I know some of the websites I read they said similar things. I was wondering if this was true or not, because I'm thinking of purchasing their foundation since its all natural …but i'm worried that it might breakout my skin :'[

  13. sorry this is my first time commenting on a blog. did my other question get in because it wasn't showing up after? ahhaha. confused o.o also thanks for the list on the other hand.

  14. Are they actually any brands that the Paula's Choice website supports, anymore? I don't mean to be a cynic, but having just now gone through a good dozen brand reviews on their site, I haven't found a single positive (or even halfway passable) review.

    I think it's great that you're doing your reading on beauty brands, and I honestly think more people should follow suit — just because something is marketed as natural doesn't mean it really is. But that said, I'm not a huge fan of Paula's Choice. At the end of the day, they're all about their bottom line, and I personally find many of their critiques to be ridiculous. Just a few examples: shaming Biotherm for "redundancy" for offering many options to consumers, Clarins for "an overabundance of average moisturizers," (why are they "average"? Just because they're not Paula's Choice?), Caudalie for being "mundane," etc.

    I'm sure you must have come across it already, but I find Skin Deep to be a great resource when it comes to ingredient toxicity! Give it a read; let me know if that's helpful :)

  15. For the 100% Pure in particular, I haven't tried the foundation myself, so I can't speak toward it. I do have the tinted moisturizer, though, and I find I rarely reach for it — I've heard good things about the Zuii, Laura Mercier, and FACE Stockholm foundations, though. Good luck on your 'cone-free hunt! :)

    (As for the Paula's Choice scares, I wouldn't worry terribly. Everything in their foundation is safe to use, and the pump-top packaging is the most hygienic way you could possibly deliver this type of product, short of a tamper-proof air-locked container. I would even recommend it for sensitive skin — my only concern would be the fairly high titanium dioxide/zinc oxide content, which can break some people out based on individual sensitivities.)

    Again, I hope that helps! :)

  16. ahh i see, that helps a lot and clears up my paranoia… lol. thank you for the reply and advice! :)

  17. No problem :) Good luck with your 'cone-free foundation hunt!

  18. I found that Juice Beauty has a liquid foundation that's silicone free. they also have a tinted moisturizer w/spf silicone free non-nano zinc oxide (safest sunscreen ingredient and non nano doesn't penetrate the skin though that depends on the color though)

  19. Thanks for the heads up on the foundation, Lola! I'll keep it in mind — this list is due in for an update (it's almost two years old!), and I'm sure Juice Beauty isn't the only brand to have come out with something exciting in the meantime ;)

  20. Also for your updated list:
    1) GOSH – natural touch foundation
    2) The Balm Cream – Time Balm Foundation
    3) Mally Beauty – Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation

    As you can see, I've also been on the hunt for silicone free base products. Looking forward to your updated list!

  21. Also for your updated list:
    1) GOSH – natural touch foundation
    2) The Balm Cream – Time Balm Foundation
    3) Mally Beauty – Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation

    As you can see, I've also been on the hunt for silicone free base products. Looking forward to your updated list!

  22. This is excellent, Ali — thanks so much for lettine me know about these! I'll be sure to add them to the new list (once I finally get around to putting it together :p)

  23. This is excellent, Ali — thanks so much for lettine me know about these! I'll be sure to add them to the new list (once I finally get around to putting it together :p)

  24. Another one I've recently found which is pretty amazing (price-wiser too haha): makeup forever face and body foundation

  25. Great to hear you've been able to wear F&B, Ali! It has a 'xane in it, though — some of our readers have problems with them, too, so both silicones & siloxanes are off the list :)

  26. Christine, on January 28th, 2014 at 6:20 am said:

    I am curious if you have done any research on the different types of silicones. Such as water soluble compared to non water soluble. My skin is crazy sensitive to almost every silicone based product. Even hair products will cause a break out for me. However I can wear Vichy Dermablend foundation with no problems at all. It has dimethicone but for some reason this formula I can wear. My only issue is their color selection, it's less than ideal. Still searching… Ugh

  27. Hi, Christine! I have, but I'm afraid I'm not brave enough to test them — when I break out from silicones, it's BAD. Typically, though, people who are sensitive to 'cones are more affected by non-water-soluble ones, and the higher the concentration the worse it is. I find the type of product makes a difference, too — I can wear powder blushes that contain 'cones without any problems, for instance, but liquid or aerosolized products will break me out even if the silicones are listed farther down on the ingredients list.

    Is it the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation that you're wearing; the one in the squeeze tube? With the amount and variety of silicones in that one (lots!), I would almost want to say that your skin is responding to something else — either a more specific type of silicone or something different altogether. The other option, of course, is tolerance: i.e. your skin is fine with the amount of silicone in your foundation, but adding an additional product with silicones pushes it over its limit & you break out.

    Anyhow — sorry to talk your ear off ;) If you're on the market for a new foundation that's completely silicone-free, I have heard (and seen!) great things about the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15, theBalm timeBalm foundation, and Nvey Eco's Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation :) The first is great for oily to normal skintypes, the second for normal-range skin, and the last for skin that's on the drier side.

  28. Hi Rae. U might just be my last hope for beautiful skin. :) my skin can't tolerate silicones as well (liquid form, but powder my skin seems to play nice). So I've tried Laura mercier, it was great for first few mths, I had zits here & there still but less. At that time I was certain my skin was just purging and was getting better. Lately, I break out with cystic acne (heavily on my chin) just within 24 -48 hr of using the foundation. I guess my skin has its threshold. I suspect that my skin can't tolerate the silica in it (another form of silicone) though I've read such is not possible since it's not silicone as per se. However, I've once tried a mineral loose powder before with all are safe ingredients except it has silica in it & it broke me out. So I was convinced that silica was part of my problem. So.. Help! I need a new foundation but can't seem to find a single one that omits these 2 culprits completely. I live in Asia, that makes matter worst since not many silicone free foundations are available here in boutiques or even over the counters. Getting things online such a hassle- no international shipping service, difficult to select the right shade and many of the companies heavy on d claims but seem reluctant to list completely their ingredients for consumers to peruse. Whatever it is, thanks a bunch! Appreciate ur help.

  29. Hi Rosa,

    I'm not sure what you've been reading, but silica is definitely not another form of silicone! I've seen a few sites online that say that it is (which makes it easy to get confused), but chemically, the two are very different — silicones are a viscous fluid that is water- and oil- insoluble (one of the reasons why it breaks people out; it's very difficult to get out of your pores once it's there, and often locks bacteria into them), while silica is a naturally-occurring mineral that is simply refined into spheres for cosmetic use. So, I can reassure you that it is not the silica that's breaking out out, but perhaps it's something hormonal or in your skincare? Both are common culprits for cystic acne, and sensitivities can arise at any time or with a buildup over time, meaning that something you've used for some time could be causing a problem now.

    As for what to do, I'd recommend switching to a foundation that's as simple as possible, and then going from there. If you try a mineral powder foundation (pick something without bismuth oxychloride and lauryl lysine) and you're still breaking out, look into your skincare and haircare next!

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