The Best Affordable Makeup Products for Sensitive Skin
Raise your hand if you struggle with acne or have sensitive skin! I have struggled with acne and eczema on my face for years. I discovered that my skin is highly allergic to Talc. The ingredient that is in most makeup products. My skin would break out in cystic acne and eczema around my nose and chin would spread like wildfire. I was self-conscious, paranoid about how my skin looked, and frustrated that I could not find affordable makeup products that did not contain talc. Over the years, I have tried different products with a range of prices. Within this last year, I have found my go-to makeup products that are leaving my face clear and beautiful.
What is Talc?
Talc is a mineral clay that is in most makeup products because it helps absorb oil. It can also be found in baby powders, some food products, and other personal care products.
There have been multiple studies on talc and if it is safe or not. These studies have covered rashes and acne, to if the mineral can cause cancer. I definitely recommend researching it for yourself.
For more information on what talc is and composed of visit, the FDA website
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless liquid foundation
I love love love this foundation! There are 40 different shades to choose from, it wears for hours, and a little goes a long way. I have combination skin and the matte finish makes my skin look natural.
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 foundation and concealer
I saw great reviews for this foundation from Jaclyn Hill and Tati on youtube. It has more of a mouse/whip texture, smells great, and the coverage lasts all day. I have noticed that some days my makeup looks cakey. This is probably a user error in the application or it could be the foundation. Who knows? 🙂
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte is my favorite out of the two but both are great affordable options.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
I love the application! It is so easy. It is a sheer finish so I have to build up under my eyes. It’s great for contour but makes concealing small blemishes difficult because the applicator is large. Overall, I’m enjoying it and making my makeup routine faster.
Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Conceal Makeup
This concealer covers well and lasts forever. It has been my go-to. My dislike is that it can smear easily if you do not set it right away. A little goes a long way with this stuff. Make sure you build up instead of starting off with a heavy amount. I’ve made that mistake many times.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Pressed Powder
This is the only bronzer I have found that does not contain talc. It goes on well and lasts the majority of the day. It goes on matte and light. I do not recommend this bronzer if you want a shimmer or natural glow.
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Highlighter | Finishing Powder
Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter
I am not a huge user of highlighters but I do enjoy using them for special occasions. This one is easy to apply, light on the skin and has long-lasting wear. From what I read, it does not have the same consistency as the Butter Bronzer. I can’t speak to that because the bronzer contains talc. But I thought I should state it for those who have used the butter bronzer.
NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish
This is my most recent makeup investment. I never believed in finishing/setting powders or sprays until I tried this translucent powder. My undereye makeup and the makeup on my chin would always be smeared or gone by the time I got home from work. It was so frustrating having to reapply makeup at night before going out. This powder is invincible when applied, it makes my skin look and feel smooth and all my makeup stays in one place all day long.
There is a compact finishing powder that is not messy but it contains talc. So again, read the ingredients before purchasing.
Last thing you need to know about Talc
If you are struggling with acne, redness, or eczema on your face, I highly recommend looking at the ingredients in your makeup. Test out talc-free makeup products and see if it makes a difference in your skin
Remember to read the labels on all makeup products before purchasing. There have been times when I used a product for years and then it randomly made me break out. Turns out they added talc to it.
What are some of your favorite makeup products?
My sister is a professional makeup artist and she has definitely mentioned some of these brands! Great post!
Love the affordability of these products!!!
Thank you for sharing!
Busy stay home mom of 4 kids and needing to find me new makeup that is affordable due to sensitive skin and allergies.
Any recommendations on eye liner or mascara for sensitive eyes???
Also though I was suggested to try products with more natural ingredients due to my skin sensitivities and allergies.
These are more pricey products but
have you ever tried the brands IT or Tarte?
For pricier options, I use IT Cosmetics CC cream for foundation and Tarte tape shape concealer. They do not irritate my skin, have great coverage, and last a long time.
Hi Vera! I’m so glad you found these products helpful. I personally use Lancome big monsieur mascara but I’m not sure if it is good for sensitive eyes.