Move over BB and CC Creams…The new Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is kickin ass in it's own right.

No Foundation Foundation is a foundation that helps to minimize pores and wrinkles. Over 40 beauties, can I get an amen?

I have just finished week 2 of using the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

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I am always looking for a fabulous foundation. Now that I am getting a little older, I want a foundation that looks like I’m not wearing anything on my skin.

Overall my skin is decent. I do suffer from redness and slight areas of hyper-pigmentation. I also am looking for a foundation that will keep me looking youthful and fresh.

Shoot, I am looking for anything that I call “hope in a bottle” …:P

In my professional opinion, the more makeup you wear, the older it can make you look..and I don’t know about you, but I’m not trying to look older. I also hate to feel like I am wearing anything on my skin. Despite being a makeup artist, my goal is to look like myself, but better. I personally use makeup to enhance, not cover up.

I also personally dislike foundations with chemical sunscreen because of my sensitive, rosacea proned skin. So if all of this sounds like you…keep reading.

Perricone MD claims that this foundation will:

  • Restore Skin’s Inner Radiance and color of youth.
  • Help firm and minimize your wrinkles and pores with a broad spectrum mineral spf 30.
  • Gives you a dewy, glowy finish.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid: Delivers powerful antiaging benefits and smooths skin's surface.
  • Vitamin C Ester: Corrects skin undertones and provides a natural dewy finish.
  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: Protects skin with a non-chemical sunscreen
  • Provides a range of optical diffusers that counteract red, yellow, and blue undertones. 


The packaging is really very simple…and I personally find beauty in simplicity.

I am not a fan of over complicated, hard to use packaging that falls apart after two uses and this packaging is perfection.

The 1 ounce / 30 ml jar is glass with a black pump top. Easy to disperse and never clogs (at the time of this writing). Once you get down to the end, you can remove the pump and remove any product at the bottom.

*Frustrated with getting that last drop of foundation out? If you haven't seen the The Spatty YOU MUST GET ONE NOW! Best invention ever for foundations! Brilliant. Give me 12 please!

I like the glass packaging because it feels luxurious in your hand, yet sturdy. The pump itself disperses the right amount of product..not too much, not too little. The formula itself is rather thin, but not watery thin. So the pump, glass packaging & functionality is #winning.


  • The texture of this foundation is fabulous, mostly because of the very high concentration of silicones…. It feels very slippery, almost a little too much.
  • If you are dry & dehydrated to the point your skin may feel like an Iguana, you will absolutely love this foundation.
  • Menopausal skin? Order some right now.
  • If your skin is more combination to normal or even on the oily side, you may find this texture too slippery for your skin.

I did not use this foundation with a primer. Because of the high levels of silicone in this formula, I really didn't see a need for my skin tone. Depending on your skin, you can use a primer with it, but I would stay away from silicone based primers as it may add too much slip, resulting in sheering out the pigment in the foundation too much..which means you won't see any on your skin..then you will dislike it.

The foundation itself did a beautiful job going on and smoothing out the skin. If you want your face primer to do other jobs, such as fill in fine lines and wrinkles or mattify your skin, choosing a mattifying primer with this foundation would be ok. Just remember that less is more and you don’t need a lot with this foundation.

The only downfall of this foundation is that it’s rather sticky.

While it’s not the worst thing in the world, I didn’t care for the texture of the foundation without adding little powder on the skin…which sucks because I don’t personally like to wear powder because I don’t like to see noticeable texture to my skin. Which kind of kills the “no-makeup-makeup” look for me.

The foundation itself never really “dries down” as much as I had hoped, but overall, the stickiness wasn’t a deal breaker for me…except when my hubby wanted to kiss my cheek or when my hair would blow sometimes it would stick to my face. It’s not sticky like a gloss is sticky, but depending on your skin type, the dry down on your particular skin tone will vary. I am a super dry and dehydrated skin type.

Overall, I liked how it gave my skin a radiant and youthful color and glow… and youthful always trumps sticky…(however it would have gotten all stars had it not been sticky.) and I love that it didn’t feel heavy on my skin.


The foundation itself did have a pretty decent amount of pigment for a “no foundation” foundation. It had just enough to do a nice pass over the skin, but allowed you to build on it to get a really beautiful complexion. This is one pump. Enough for your whole face. 

The foundation color I have here is Light/Medium. I usually fall into a Fair/Light category but I had just come back from vacation and had some color in my skin when I purchased.

The Light to Medium isn’t really that light as I think it falls more medium than “Light.”

Pro Tip | If you are fair with slight pink undertone, the fair to light is somewhat beige, but I do find it a little too yellow for those of you who are super fair. (But not as yellow as most other foundations on the market.) So with that said, if you stipple the foundation well, and add a little pink finishing powder, you should be ok for the Fair/Light finish.


This foundation really does blend out beautifully. But it can also blend it too much that it disappears if you aren’t careful.

I found a ton of success using my Stipple Foundation brush with this product as well as the Beauty Blender Sponge. 

The product goes on perfectly with a “stippling” motion more so than a traditional foundation brush. However I did notice the Beauty Blender soaked in more of the product than got on my face, so I can’t really give it 2 thumbs up for that reason alone.

I even tried wetting the Beauty Blender but it didnt’ work as well as my stipple brush.

I did use my fingers on occasion and some days I used other brushes as well. At the end of the day, stippling this foundation gives nearly perfect results.

When in doubt, stipple it out! :P

Overall, the foundation blends beautifully, mostly because of the silicones…high marks.

Unfortunately we haven’t had many sunny days in Chicago the last several days, so it was hard to do a “sunlight” test. I will update with one once our mother star returns.


Here are some shot in my sunroom where the light is pretty good. As you see, no noticeable texture and it really smooths out the skin ever so softly.

As mentioned before, the foundation itself is sticky, especially if you build the layers, but nothing a little loose powder won’t fix. However if you are going for the no makeup-makeup look, use powder sparingly.

Gals over 40, you are gonna LOVE this foundation.

with the Dr. Perricone foundation only. covers the hyperpigmentation but still looks like skin.

With a little powder and blush


Bare Skin: NO makeup. As you see i have some hyperpigmentation.

Up close with better light. I still see my skin. if you like seeing your skin, you will love this foundaton.

Up close with better light. I still see my skin. if you like seeing your skin, you will love this foundaton.


As you see, it evened out my slight redness and hyper-pigmentation on the skin. The skin looks smooth and even. While I did have a light loose powder on the skin, it wasn’t heavy at all. And my skin looked fresh and lasted for hours.

When I didn’t powder on the skin, the foundation only lasted about 4-6 hours. So a light dusting of powder on the skin is a good idea for some of you when you want some longevity with this foundation.

I also re-applied foundation to the skin, on top of the foundation and powder and it didn’t cake. Which means it’s great to keep in your makeup bag that you take to work.

I did use this on a client under airbrush and it was beautiful. However with the high level of Zinc Oxide, careful that you don’t use it in flash situations. I used this on a day at the beach shoot and got great results. Will post photo once I get them back.

If you are a gal who airbrushes at home, try layering this Perricone No Foundation Foundation under your Temptu Airbrush for a night on the town. Beautiful, glowing results.

Video says you can add bronzer to warm up the foundation for darker skin tones, but I didn’t test that so I can’t speak to that. I will get gal pal Andie Cumber on it and update the review.

*No Chemical Sunscreen! WOO HOO!


Zinc Oxide (12.2%), Titanium Dioxide (3.2%), Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate,Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Cyclomethicone, Peg 100 Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Mica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethyl Mea (DMAE), Tribehenin, Polyacrylamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Lecithin, Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), PEG-8, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 2, PEG 10 Rapeseed Sterol, Teprenone, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Plankton Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, C13-14 Isopara_N, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 72122, CI 72123, CI 72124), Citric Acid, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Limonene, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Linalool, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Coriandrum Sativum.

Overall I absolutely love this serum foundation. It was what I had hoped Bare Minerals would have done with their serum foundation but didn’t.



  • Dry, dehydrated skin tones
  • Gals with decent skin who only need a little coverage
  • Gals who love the no makeup-makeup look
  • Normal to dry skin tones
  • Gals over 40
  • Gals who want something to wear out for errands, shopping, etc.
  • Gals who want to wear something on a first date.


  • Super oily skin tones.
  • Gals who are allergic to Zinc.
  • Gals who want more coverage in a foundation
  • Gals who want a chemical sunscreen foundation
  • Gals who don’t like sticky foundation
  • Gals who have noticeable texture issues such as orange peel skin or acne scarring.


In the end, is it “Hope in a Bottle?” Well I don’t know about that, but I don’t think it’s gonna hurt.

Do I think it’s worth the $55 price point? YEP!

Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on the Perricone No Foundation Foundation.