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The first thing you're likely to notice about Tom Ford's Traceless Foundation SPF 15 is the price, a jaw-dropping $80, which leads to the question, "Is it worth it?" The answer: Absolutely not!
This liquid foundation starts off on the right foot, but things quickly go downhill from there. It blends easily and provides light to medium coverage that evens out skin tone. It's also emollient enough to feel moisturizing on dry skin, but doesn't have the heaviness of some moisturizing foundations - definitely a good thing!
Now for the major problems: This foundation never truly dries down, so your face looks shiny, almost greasy and damp, the whole time you're wearing it. Also, while this claims to provide broad spectrum sun protection, the only active sunscreen ingredient is octinoxate, which beautifully protects against the sun's UVB rays, but doesn't provide enough UVA protection on its own, leaving your skin vulnerable to sun damage. For a sunscreen to provide true broad-spectrum protection, it must contain ingredients that provide protection against the entire UVA spectrum as well. See More Info for details. The SPF 15 rating also leaves much to be desired - at $80, they could have offered at least an SPF 25 or 30, something that would benefit your skin far more than the fancy packaging.
This foundation also contains lavender, a potential skin irritant whose fragrance components can cause cell death, making this one to avoid. You can find foundations that provide adequate sun protection while also providing other skin-beneficial ingredients on our list of Best Foundations With Sunscreen.
- Blends easily, and evens out skin tone with light to medium coverage.
- Feels moisturizing on dry skin.
- Finish is shiny, almost greasy, from start to finish.
- Does not provide sufficient UVA spectrum protection.
- Contains lavender, a potential skin irritant.
- Has only an SPF 15 rating.
This foundation does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun's entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. The sun's UVB rays are what cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun's silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging), UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active" to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).