LOVE Bare Escentuals and Smashbox Halo as foundations. I have nearly ALL of the B.E. eye shadows! LOL As for the itchies- if you use B.E. and itch- switch to a SYNTHETIC BRUSH to apply your foundation. The brush make a world of difference. The animal hair brushes began to make me itch and when I switched to a softer, synthetic brush, the itchies stopped.HTH! I also like EDM original glow foundation. B.E. now has a matte foundation for those who don't like the "glow" if it makes you shine, or if you have oily skin. I love the glow! I've been a hard core B.E. user for 3 years now.