elf Power Grip Primer + Niacinamide

:e.l.f. Power Grip Primer + 4% Niacinamide

Milabu Rating

(4.1)

Performance Rating

(4.1)
Shiseido Primer

:Shiseido Synchro Skin Primer

Milabu Rating

(4.3)

Performance Rating

(4.7)
L'oreal True Match Nude Tinted Serum

:L’Oreal True Match Tinted Serum

Milabu Rating

(4.4)

Performance Rating

(4.6)
ILIA super serum skin tint reviews

:ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint

Milabu Rating

(4.3)

Performance Rating

(4.2)
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L'oreal true match Super Blendable Foundation Dupe

:L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation

Milabu Rating

(3.9)

Performance Rating

(4.2)
Too Faced Born This Way Natural Foundation

:Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Milabu Rating

(3.9)

Performance Rating

(4)
Merit The Minimalist Review

:MERIT The Minimalist Complexion Stick

Milabu Rating

(3.8)

Performance Rating

(3.9)
Rare Beauty Eye Brightener Concealer

:Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener

Milabu Rating

(3.7)

Performance Rating

(4.3)
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Maybelline Super Stay Active Concealer

:Maybelline SuperStay Active Wear Concealer

Milabu Rating

(3.6)

Performance Rating

(3.6)
Kosas Revealer Concealer Review

:Kosas Revealer Concealer

Milabu Rating

(4.2)

Performance Rating

(4.3)
ILIA Bronzer Dupe

:ILIA NightLite Bronzing Powder

Milabu Rating

(4.5)

Performance Rating

(4.5)
Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Bronzer

:Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Bronzer

Milabu Rating

(4.5)

Performance Rating

(4.4)
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Almay Healthy Hue Blush

:Almay Healthy Hue Blush

Milabu Rating

(4.3)

Performance Rating

(4.4)
Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush review

:Tower 28 BeachPlease Lip + Cheek

Milabu Rating

(4.5)

Performance Rating

(4.6)

:Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

Milabu Rating

(3.9)

Performance Rating

(4.4)
Huda Beauty Setting Powder

:Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder

Milabu Rating

(4.4)

Performance Rating

(4.6)
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What Is Non Comedogenic Makeup?

In simplest of terms, non comedogenic makeup means a product is formulated without pore clogging ingredients. These products are safer for acne prone skin to use without the worry of a breakout(s) or congested pores. There’s over 100 potentially comedogenic ingredients. Some of the more widely used ones are cetyl alcohol, coconut oil (often labeled coconut alkanes and cocos nucifera), lanolin, mineral oil, soy/soybean oil (also labeled under soja/soya), sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, wheat germ oil, and various PEGS.

If you struggle with Acne you maybe forced to use more makeup, which in turn cay make the situation even worse. We have searched through many (if not all) makeup products, read through the ingredients and claims. We believe we have founds some of the best acne safe makeup products. Let us and the readers know if you have other makeup products that do not break you out.

Non comedogenic VS other buzzwords.

Buzzwords like acne safe makeup, sensitive skin, non acnegenic, oil free, nontoxic makeup, and clean makeup are often tossed around alongside non comedogenic. These terms can coexist, but, all of these do not mean the same thing. Just because a product is labeled one of these buzzwords doesn’t mean it’s non comedogenic – and vice versa. Nontoxic or clean makeup isn’t always non comedogenic. A lot of times, clean brands use things like coconut alkanes, soybean oil, and grape seed oil in their formulas.

Another thing to note is just because something is or isn’t labeled ‘non comedogenic’ doesn’t meant it will or will not break you out. Everyone’s skin reacts to ingredients differently, so what might give someone a break out, might not give you break you out. Generally, more sensitive skin types should follow a non comedogenic makeup routine, especially if you are acne prone. Sometimes brands don’t claim their products as non comedogenic, but others do. At Milabu Co., we follow the brand’s claims as to whether they’re non comedogenic or not.

Non comedogenic brands.

Some brands have committed to formulating all of their products to be non comedogenic. One of our favorites is Tower 28, who takes pride in their sensitive skin friendly formulas with being allergy and dermatologist tested, plus fragrance free, gluten free, and, of course, non comedogenic.

Now, let’s build a non comedogenic makeup routine. In each category below you’ll find both a cheap and pro/grade option. We’ve tried to include at least one clean option in each category as well.


FACE PRIMER

DRUGSTORE OPTION

elf Power Grip Primer + Niacinamide
elf
Power Grip Primer + Niacinamide
MILABU RATING
(4.1)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.1)

HIGHLIGHTS

elf Power Grip Primer + Niacinamide is a gel formula with a sticky texture to even skin tone and brighten the complexion while gripping makeup. Its formula contains 4% niacinamide, which works to even skin tone and brighten the look of dullness. When using this Power Grip primer, your skin will have a dewy and glowing finish that keeps makeup in place all day long.

Extra Benefits: Vegan; Cruelty Free; Non comedogenic; Free of phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, and hydroquinone.

PROGRADE/LUXURY OPTION

Shiseido Primer
Shiseido
Synchro Skin Soft Blurring Primer
MILABU RATING
(4.3)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.7)

HIGHLIGHTS

Shiseido Synchro Skin Soft Blurring Primer has a lot to offer. It conceals visible pores, controls oil, and blurs imperfections with its unique liquid to powder, water based formula. Boasting 8 hours of hydration, it also absorbs oil instantly and throughout the day with the help of mattifying powders and sebum catch powder.

Extra Benefits: Non comedogenic; Safe for sensitive skin; Dermatologist tested


SKIN TINT

DRUGSTORE OPTION

L'oreal True Match Nude Tinted Serum
L’oreal
True Match Nude Tinted Serum
MILABU RATING
(4.4)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.6)

HIGHLIGHTS

A Milabu 2022 favorite, the L’Oreal True Match Serum blends the benefits of skincare and makeup in one bottle. It contains 1% hyaluronic ever to hydrate and smooth skin over time. The coverage claims sheer, lightweight, but we find it provides a solid medium coverage while still feeling lightweight. And it has a stunning radiant, never oily, finish.

Extra Benefits: Non comedogenic; Safe for sensitive skin; Dermatologist tested; Vegan

PROGRADE/LUXURY OPTION

ILIA super serum skin tint
ILIA
Super Serum Skin Tint
MILABU RATING
(4.3)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.2)

HIGHLIGHTS

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint is a unique complexion product with big benefits. Featuring SPF 40 along with niacinamide, squalane, and hyaluronic acid, it helps visibly improve skin with every wear – plus more! The skin tint provides light, dewy coverage that blurs the look of pores, lines, and redness.

Extra Benefits: Clean formula; Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Free of gluten, silicone, fragrance, chemical sunscreen, and oil


LIQUID FOUNDATION

DRUGSTORE OPTION

Loreal true match Super Blendable Foundation Dupe
L’Oreal
True Match Super-Blendable Foundation
MILABU RATING
(3.9)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.2)

HIGHLIGHTS

L’Oreal True Match Foundation has been revamped to a vegan, non comedogenic formula. If you previously loved this foundation, it still has the same hydrating formula and natural looking results. The medium coverage hides most imperfections with exaggerating texture and bumps, or becoming excessively oily.

Extra Benefits: Vegan; Suitable for sensitive skin; Non comedogenic; Free of alcohol, oil, and fragrance

PROGRADE/LUXURY OPTION

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Foundation
Too Faced
Born This Way Natural Foundation
MILABU RATING
(3.9)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4)

HIGHLIGHTS

If you’re looking for a more full coverage foundation, both formulas of Too Faced Born This Way are non comedogenic. Whether you want matte or natural, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation offers an undetectable long wear. Its features skincare benefits of coconut water to replenish moisture, alpine rose to empower skin’s health, and hyaluronic acid for smoother skin.

Extra Benefits: Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Free of oil


CREAM FOUNDATION

PROGRADE/LUXURY OPTION

MERIT
The Minimalist Complexion Stick
MILABU RATING
(3.8)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(3.9)

HIGHLIGHTS

MERIT Beauty is a brand that really takes ‘clean beauty’ to the next level. Their products are formulated to EU standards and alongside an aesthetician to ensure any potentially acne-triggering ingredients are left out. MERIT Minimalist Complexion Stick is a flexible product, able to be used as a spot concealer or all-over foundation. It provides light to medium coverage with minimal settling and creasing, while not exaggerating any texture + imperfections.

Extra Benefits: Clean formula; Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Recyclable packaging; Formulated to EU standards; Free of parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrance, soy, and 1300+ other ingredients


EYE BRIGHTENER

PROGRADE/LUXURY OPTION

Rare Beauty Eye Brightener Concealer
Rare Beauty
Under Eye Brightener Concealer
MILABU RATING
(3.7)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.3)

HIGHLIGHTS

Want instantly brighter under eyes? Look no further than the Rare Beauty Under Eye Brightener. This lightweight formula wears well alone or under concealer for a more radiant, awake look. It self sets for no creasing, caking, or settling into fine lines. Plus, it’s infused with white peony and vitamin E to hydrate skin.

Extra Benefits: Cool-tip metal applicator; Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested; Suitable for sensitive skin; Free of parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitatae, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarbon, triclosan, synthetic frraagrance


CONCEALER

DRUGSTORE OPTION

Maybelline Super Stay Active Concealer
Maybelline
Super Stay Active Concealer
MILABU RATING
(3.6)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(3.6)

HIGHLIGHTS

Maybelline Super Stay Active Wear Concealer boasts a 30 hour wear time with a lightweight feel and breathable coverage. It claims a full coverage, but we find it’s more of a buildable light to medium coverage. Still, it’s soft matte finish aids in hiding imperfections & dark circles.

Extra Benefits: Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Free of parabens

PROGRADE/LUXURY OPTION

Kosas concealer
Kosas
Revealer Concealer
MILABU RATING
(4.2)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.3)

HIGHLIGHTS

A lightweight, brightening concealer, Kosas Revealer Concealer, easily covers unwanted blemishes, redness, and dark circles with its medium to full coverage formula. It works as a concealer, eye cream, and spot treatment all in one with ingredients like caffeine, arnica, and peptides. It has an average of wear time of 6-8 hours with minimal settling, creasing, or exaggerating tetxture/imperfections.

Extra Benefits: Clean formula; Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Free of parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, PPG, phenoxyethanol, aluminum, dimethicone, phthalates, talc, BHA/BHT, PEGs, and petrolatum


BRONZER

POWDER OPTION

ILIA Bronzer Dupe
ILIA
NightLite Bronzing Powder
MILABU RATING
(4.5)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.5)

HIGHLIGHTS

ILIA NightLite Bronzing Powder is the best powder bronzer in clean beauty. Not only are the ingredients great for skin, but its performance is unmatched. It subtly sculpts while warming up the complexion. The formula is easy to apply, long wearing, and doesn’t accentuate any texture/settle into any lines or pores.

Extra Benefits: Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Hypoallergenic; Dermatologists tested; Free of talc, parabens, gluten, and fragrance

CREAM OPTION

Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Bronzer
Rare Beauty
Warm Wishes Bronzer
MILABU RATING
(4.5)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.4)

HIGHLIGHTS

Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Bronzer gives a sun kissed bronze without the glow and shimmer. This cream to powder formula that is easy to blend with a brush, sponge, or fingers. Warm Wishes won’t give you that chiseled, sculpted look, as this is definitely your true bronzer, hence its name!

Extra Benefits: Cruelty free; Vegan; Non comedogenic; Free of parabens


BLUSH

DRUGSTORE OPTION

Almay Healthy Hue Blush
Almay
Healthy Hue Blush
MILABU RATING
(4.3)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.4)

HIGHLIGHTS

It may look bright and bold in the packaging, but Almay Healthy Hue Blush is actually one of the most user friendly drugstore powder blush formulas. It’s buildable with a seamless application, giving a lit-from-within healthy cheek glow.

Extra Benefits: Cruelty free; Cleanly formulated; Non comedogenic; Recyclable packaging; Free of talc, parabens, phthalates, SLS, mineral oil, DMDM hydantoin, formaldehyde, and triclosan

CREAM OPTION

Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush
Tower 28
Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek
MILABU RATING
(4.5)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.6)

HIGHLIGHTS

While the entire Tower 28 brand is non comedogenic, one of our favorite products is the BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Balm. The emollient formula is easy to apply, buildable, and has a decent wear time. Safe for cheeks and lips, you can easily create a monochromatic look.

Extra Benefits: Non comedogenic; Dermatologically tested; Safe for sensitive skin; Free of silicones, fragrance, talc, gluten, and parabens


SETTING POWDER

DRUGSTORE OPTION

Coty
Airspun Loose Face Powder
MILABU RATING
(3.9)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.4)

HIGHLIGHTS

Coty Airspun an industry veteran. It’s been around since 1935, but recently got a formula revamp to make it talc free. The fan favorite setting powder has a lightweight formula, smoothing finish, and long lasting wear. You can use it to set, bake, or touch up throughout the day.

Extra Benefits: Vegan; Dermatologically tested; Non comedogenic; Free of talc

PROGRADE/LUXURY OPTION

Huda Beauty Setting Powder
Huda Beauty
Easy Bake Loose Powder
MILABU RATING
(4.4)

PERFORMANCE RATING
(4.6)

HIGHLIGHTS

It’s all in the name – Huda Beauty Easy Bake is the best baking powder. Easy Bake Powder is inspired by Huda’s belief that baking is the key to flawless, long-lasting, melt-proof makeup. It has a luminous finish that controls shine throughout the day without making you look too matte or too shiny. Plus, its 8 shades make it suitable for all skin tones (and there’s even a pink shade for brightening!).

Extra Benefits: Non comedogenic; Free of parabens


What Are Milabu Picks?

Milabu Picks are makeup products that lead the industry in their price categories (i.e. value, pro-grade, luxury) and product type. These products are reviewed and chosen by the Milabu team on a yearly basis. Many of these makeup products exceed the industry standard favorites, and some of them are, to this day, the industry standard leading the makeup industry.

Edited by Maddie

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