I gave up on liquid foundations many years ago and my half-hearted attempts to reacquaint myself with them have invariably met with disappointment. If they don't give me breakouts, they make me look old. Usually both. And then I made friends with a (relatively) new product from Lorac.

Natural Performance Foundation
($35) is lovely. It is oil (and paraben) free, so it is feather light and not at all greasy. There are no streaks or smears, just a really good even cover. Best of all, it just looks like my skin only much better (the shade I use is NP3). This foundation is aimed at those with sensitive skin and I have had no adverse reactions at all.

Rounding out the usual silicones are vitamin A, olive leaf extract and papaya leaf extract. Papaya should be used more often in cosmetics. It has an enzyme called papain, which is good for stings and irritated skin. It is also a powerful pain killer (there is a story that it was injected into Harrison Ford's back when he was treated for a slipped disc on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom).

I was also amused to see that it contains disteardimonium hectorite, a clay that I got to know only recently in Kaeline's new face mask. And as far as I can work out, there isn't anything amongst the rest of the ingredients to worry about.

Ingredients in Lorac Natural Performance Foundation:

(Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Pentylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate, Zinc Oxide, thylhexylglycerin, Methicone, Disodium Edta, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Retinyl Palmitate, Xylitol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract (Citrus Limonum), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (Carica Papaya). May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxide (Ci 77492), Iron Oxide (C77491), Iron Oxide (Ci 77499)