Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Review

Perricone Foundation Color

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is billed as a high performing anti-aging treatment foundation that’s supposed to leave you looking dewy and polished. The formula boasts Perricone’s superstar ingredients: Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE, and Vitamin Ester C. It claims it firms, lifts, covers and smooths lines and wrinkles. It’s also got a broad spectrum SPF 30 rating to make sure you’re protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation comes in two shades that are made to “adapt” to most skin tones and it retails for $55 per oz. Having super-sensitive skin, I wanted to sample this before buying. I’d seen mixed reviews of the product but I wanted to give it a try for myself because as we know skincare products are rarely one size fits all.

Perricone Foundation Texture

I sampled the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation in the color N1 Fair. It looked really dark in the pot and “adaptable” foundations are rarely light enough for me. I found the texture really surprising. It’s a mousse gel hybrid that reminds me a little of the Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation. The scent is a little medicinal and citrusy but it doesn’t stick around after you apply it.

Perricone photo coverage

One layer in indirect mid-day sun! Excuse my air drying hair!

Applying this foundation is very easy to mess up. You need to dot on the foundation and let it warm up on your face for about 15 seconds. I used 5 small dots total; one for each section of the face. Once the foundation was warmed I spread it out and then pressed it in using only blending strokes to feather the edges. This resulted in one light layer all over the face. It looks terrible at first. You don’t look much different except a bit too dewey. I had prepped my skin fully with serum and moisturizer before I applied so that may have added to the slightly shiny effect and a longer dry down period. Once about 30 minutes had gone by it really became one with my face. It filled in pores without looking like Spackle. My redness was evened out without being fully masked but I only used the amount you saw on my finger. I was surprised how well it tackled the under-eye area. My circles were greatly diminished! It also didn’t cling to the blonde peach fuzz on the sides of my face. The color match was actually excellent. You can build it up a little bit but I’d really suggest spot concealing instead of adding too much more. I’ve been able to get away with two thin layers but I haven’t tried for more. This stuff actually wore like iron. I put it on at 8 am and it still looked very good at 10 pm. No patchiness and it never got too oily. I will say it’s not transfer-proof but it’s not going to come off at the slightest touch or brush of fabric. The sun protection was on par with my beloved NARS Tinted Moisturizer. I was out in full sun for two hours between 2 pm and 4 pm with not even the slightest burn. I also took a power walk with husband at 6 pm for 30 minutes without any foundation migrating with a touch of sweat. Even at 6 pm I can still get pink from sun exposure but I was fine! As for the skincare benefits I’ve only been using it occasionally but my pores appear more refined. Even though this has a sunscreen component and some silicone in it, I haven’t had clogs or breakouts. It’s also fairly soothing on Rosacea. I didn’t have any dry flaky spots when I tried it, so I can’t say if it will cling to dry patches. My husband asked me if I’d done something to my face when he came home for lunch. He didn’t ask me what foundation I was wearing, he just said my skin looked really nice. That is a pretty ringing endorsement because he knows exactly what I look like without makeup and will compliment my foundation when I wear it.

The Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is getting a very solid B+ rating. Here is a quick breakdown of the pro’s and con’s:


1. Shade selection is poor. Dark tones are not represented.

2. Application isn’t as easy as my lazy ass would like. I was looking for something I could slap on in 1 minute before work. This takes about 3 minutes to smooth on properly and it didn’t set right away.


1. When applied correctly you get great coverage with a real skin look

2. There are noticeable skincare benefits

3. The sunscreen is actually very protective

4. Oily types may not even need a separate day lotion or cream

I hope this review has given you something to think about! It’s an expensive product so please try it before you buy. I know it won’t work for everyone but if you fall within the shade range offered it could be the perfect sheer coverage treatment product for you!

Have you tried the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation? Have another treatment foundation you’d like to talk about? Let us know in the comments below!


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      Erin says


      The medium shade might work for you if you top it with a colored setting powder or mix it with a liquid bronzer. Coincidentally, they just came out with one!

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    3 minutes? That is light speed fast! Seriously, that’s still a pretty quick application :-) I love all the skin-loving benefits it has and that the finish is so natural-looking, that’s always a huuuge plus.

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      Erin says

      I know it’s not as finicky as some foundations but I need a 5 minute face that’s more then just foundation and hastily applied gloss! You should really give it a try though!


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