Silicone-free creme foundations: an updated list

EDIT 14/08/17: This silicone-free foundation list has been updated!! Check out the most current version here.

It’s taken me longer than I would have liked, but at long last: here is a new, updated version of theNotice’s creme-based silicone-free foundation list. It includes every creme silicone-free foundation I could find (both solids and balms), but if you know of one I’ve missed, please leave me a comment — I’m sure I’ve missed many from international and indie brands! (Note: due to the volume of what’s available and the nature of shopping online, please only suggest indie brands/Etsy sellers if you can personally vouch for the brand/product!)

At the moment, I’m also working on updating my list of ‘cone-free liquid and powder foundations, and will tackle moisturizers once that’s done. (These lists take a lot of time to compile, so my apologies that they’re not updated more frequently. You may only see 20 products on a list, but I’ve likely gone through the ingredients of 5x that number to find the ‘cone-free ones!)

If you have any suggestions or requests for future lists, again, please let me know! (For instance: do you like this format? Is there another product category that you’d really like to see a list for?)

See more silicone-free beauty products here, and check out my silicone-free foundation lists here

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($44) { Sephora | Nordstrom }

Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted BalmBobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm ($54)
Sephora | Nordstrom }
Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick ($28) { Sephora | Nordstrom }
Cover FX Total Cover
Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation ($42) { Sephora }
Elizabeth Arden Flawless FinishElizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup ($36.50) { Dillard’s | Macy’s } Iman Creme to Powder foundationIman Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation ($16) { | Walgreen’s }
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Makeup ($48) { Nordstrom }
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer CompactLaura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($45) { Sephora | Nordstrom | Space NK } Mally Beauty Ultimate PerformanceMally Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation ($40) { Ulta | }
MUFE Pan StickMake Up For Ever Pan Stick Foundation ($32) { AlconeCo } Max Factor Pan StikMax Factor Pan Stik Foundation ($9.93) { Amazon | Boots | } Nvey Eco Creme Deluxe FoundationNvey Eco Cream Deluxe Flawless Finish Foundation ($30) { Ulta }
theBalm timeBalm FoundationtheBalm timeBalm Foundation ($28) { Nordstrom | }


Plus: here’s a list of theatre foundations that meet the bill. I’m a huge advocate for theatre makeup if you can sample it before buying (the shade selection is typically enormous, with plenty of colour adjusters), and many of their creme products are formulated without silicones. The price is always great, too — you use so little with all of these, and they’re usually less than $15 each!

To note, I haven’t shopped at any of these sites, but have heard great things about Beautylish, Camera Ready Cosmetics (CRC), and Alcone.

  • RCMA Makeup Color Process Foundation ($18) – Beautylish
  • Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme Foundation ($15.50) – CRC
  • Graftobian Theatrical Creme Foundation ($9.49) – CRC
  • Mehron Celebré Pro HD Foundation ($13.95) – AlconeCo
  • Kett Fixx Creme Compact Makeup ($15-30) – AlconeCoCRC – refillsKett
  • Viseart Teint Magistral Foundation ($42) – MuseBeauty
  • Ben Nye MediaPro HD Sheer Foundation ($22) – CRC
  • Joe Blasco Ultrabase Foundation ($27) – CRC
  • Kryolan Ultra Foundation 9002 ($13.50) CRC
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  • Alison

    This is fantastic, Rae, thank you! <3 I know that this isn't a frequently covered topic in beauty blogs, and I'm sure many people would find this very useful.

    I'm strangely intrigued by the concept of using theater makeup. Something about it just appeals to me for some unknown reason.

    • Um, because it's AWESOME and SUPER INTENSE, maybe? :P

      But seriously, theatre makeup can be such a good option, especially for non-white skintones. There are so many shades (including colour-adjustors and "fantasy" shades); it would be easy to custom-blend yourself the perfect colour. Plus, because most theatre foundations are only $10-20, you can buy two or three of them to get the mix just right (or adjust it through the year.)

      • Alison

        So it suits my personality. *shines*

        I kid, I kid! It does sound like a good option plus its kind of… I don't know, its nice to know we're not all buying from the same brand, too. Occasionally I feel like beauty blogger hype results in us… getting a lot of the same things, as odd as that might sound.

        I like the idea of it, too, because there's that costume element there. I think that generally I don't like makeup that's very visible (I'm a classic, minimalistic dresser and I like maybe some violet, plum or smoky eyeliner…) but sometimes its fun to just let your alter ego out, so I'm suddenly curious what theatre makeup might have to offer…

        Hah, you must be the version of me with your close friends and family, huh? XD People tell them that I'm constantly selling them things, especially beauty things just about every time they get brought up. One lady I just had a casual conversation with told me I could probably sell her bottled air. (Although… oxygen treatments…)

        • Nope, I totally get that. Some exciting new product finally gets past the embargo date, and suddenly — BAM, it's on every single beauty blog out there. Which can be cool, because it gives you a lot of different viewpoints to read, but at the same time: kind of bleh. -.- Like, put something NEW on my radar, already!

          In real life, I'm really minimalistic, too. (Apparently to the point that my friends used to have debates about whether or not I wore makeup or just woke up contoured and long-lashed, hah! Definitely the former.) But the thing that's cool about GOOD theatre makeup is that it can go both ways — there's the fake blood and bright green foundations, but the fleshtoned foundations will sheer out to nigh invisible levels, too.

          • Alison

            It's true. I think its only natural that bloggers know each other and network (and that's great, seriously. I'd love to have a beauty blog, but I'm just not healthy enough yet), but it does become a thing when someone gives something a good review, suddenly every beauty blogger gets one.

            Yes, exactly! Exactly.

            I remember seeing a Fashion Blogger review the makeup she liked best, and it was actually very refreshing because I got to see new products!

            XD I'm the subject of that kind of debate too. Actually it gets to the point where I'm the one that older ladies refer to when they say "See? She looks wonderful without makeup!". Uh…

            Yes. Yes I do. XD

            *nods along* think that sounds perfect. I agree, I think if something's good enough to be worn on stage under hot lighting, there definitely has to be some applications in real life. You've piqued my curiosity. I'll definitely fish around when I finally have a good day.

            You know, if I'm not going on some kind of Chubby Stick related frenzy as a result of long term built up makeup flailing over theNotice. :P

  • If you could make a list for silicone-free primers, that would be awesome.
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  • I luuuuurve Bobbi Brown's new Skin Foundation Stick! And now I know that it's silicone-free too, hurrah!
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    • Oooh, you're the second person to tell me that this week! I might need to give this one a try!

  • Wow so much work Rae! Great list, I was starting to consider Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick for fall and now will definitely give it a second look! :)
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    • Let me know how it goes, Hélène! :)

      (Seriously, let me know — I'm really curious!)

  • This is a great round up. What did you use to create the products layout with all the products and links? Is that a widget? If so it's awesome!
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    • No, I made it with my bare hands and tears :'(

      (WordPress kept reformatting the darn thing on me whenever I saved, which was NOT a fun adventure — but it was worth it just for this comment.) :D

  • Jaa

    Bookmarked! This is very helpful, Rae! I also think that you should do a list of silicone-free primers, too!

  • I've ordered from Camera Ready Cosmetics before, I highly recommend this website!

    I use the Graftobian Hi Def Foundation all the time to clean up my brows, but haven't tried it as a foundation yet! And the Mehron foundation is pretty good too and photograph beautifully.
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    • Thanks for the info, Crystal! They sound like they run a pretty awesome site.

      Will be keeping an eye out for that Mehron foundation in the future! You're the second person to mention it to me ;)

  • Gail

    Very nice. Any chance you could do something similar for alcohol-free foundations? They are getting very difficult to find. Thank you!

  • Leigh K.

    Thank-you so much for this updated list, Rae! You have no idea how helpful it is! Did you really like the Cover RX foundation? It's the best one I see, for myself, as in allergic to mica and fragrance, as-well-as silicone. Also, what do you think is the best way to apply liquid foundation? Do you prefer to use a brush? If so, which do you recommend? Thank-you again soooo much! :)

    • Hi Leigh! I liked the Cover RX creme foundation enough, but it's not my favourite. The coverage can be a little patchy, and I find it looks a lot more noticeable than my favourite foundations (Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer and the new Rodial Airbrush Make-Up, both of which I've reviewed recently).

      If it's the only one that works for you ingredients-wise, though, it's definitely not a bad foundation–just not perfect! I'd recommend applying it overtop a silicone-free primer (Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a great one, and Korres do some as well) and then blending in with a damp makeup sponge if you have any problems with the patchiness :)

      • Leigh

        Thank-you sooo much, Rae! That information is so helpful! Thank-you for helping all of us with silicone allergies! True Angel! 😇

      • Leigh

        I have been using Laura Mercier Oil-Free Suprême foundation, but it has been discontinued, as you probably know already. I tried it from your first list 😊!, and I had tried everything before that! It was a little dark on me, as I have very fair skin, but a lady at Sephora helped me make it work (the color). I do have some left, but I have no idea how long foundation lasts. I do hate it has been discontinued 😔. I saw a lot of comments about the Bobbi Brown Stick foundation. Have you tried that one? If so, which did you prefer better, the Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation or the Cover RX foundation? Also, do you think a foundation brush is better than a foundation sponge? Thank-you again, so much Rae! You are so knowledgeable, and I just want to thank-you for your awesome blogs and advice! You have no idea how much you help a lot of people, including myself! 😊 A lot of bloggers put a links to your website for reference!