I really love his foundation because coverage is amazing and gives you an air brushed look. However it is a really think cream an texture and is quite annoying and difficult to apply to the face. That's only thing I really have to complain about. I got it at a great deal because it was on sale!
I love this foundations full coverage and pale white shades but its VERY drying. It looks extremely cakey on its own, i have to mix it with Macs studio sculpt foundation & a moisturizing BB cream to make it wearable. continued >>
I have been using Estée L Double Wear fresco mixed with shell for the past fifteen years. They have changed the colours and formulation so I am in the market for a new foundation. I like medium to full coverage in paler colours with pink undertones. The lady at Illamasqua gave me 120. Colour seemed fine. I can't express how disappointed I am with this foundation! Yes, it's very highly pigmented and extremely full coverage but it has no staying power. My skin is fair, freckly, pinkish and combination. I've never loved the tone of my skin but its in very good condition. I applied it after moisturiser and primer as I would with any foundation. I didn't find it difficult to blend and liked the effect initially. However, after one hour, yes one hour! the product was breaking down on my skin, becoming patchy and oxidising. It fell into all of the fine lines around my eyes and mouth and looked horrendous on my nose. As disappointed as I am with EL for messing with double wear it still out performs this by a million percent. Just remember that full coverage doesn't necessarily mean it is durable. This certainly is not.
I've been looking for a heavy coverage foundation for a little while now, and that's definitely what I got with this. On the first use, I fell in love. My skin had never looked so perfect! I haven't experienced any of the application issues mentioned here (drying out too quickly, difficulty in blending) - I use a tiny amount of product and apply with a brush and it works just fine. Before this I used MAC Studio Fix, but I need MUCH MUCH less of this product, so while it's about the same price I expect it to last a lot longer. I bought this online, which I've never done before with foundation, so I was a little worried about the colour. I'm NW15 and bought 120 in this. I think it might be a little lighter than NW15, but luckily my face is a little darker than my neck anyway so when I wear this it actually matches the rest of my skin.
By the end of the day this does start to wear off, especially on the oilier parts of my skin, but it's got much more staying power than my old Studio Fix. The other thing is, if you've got any dry or flaky parts it will make them more noticeable, but I find if I just remember to exfoliate regularly that problem is kept at bay. I use it every day (I have blotchy skin which I'm self-conscious about and this just covers it so perfectly) and haven't had any break-outs or anything so far. All in all I'm super happy with this foundation.
EDIT: Not sure why, but this has started to wear off more quickly. I have a bad habit of touching my face so that could explain it. Also I've worked out that on hot days it doesn't cope too well, which I'm really sad about because I really want to love it completely. I will keep using it and just touching up over the day, though I had hoped I wouldn't have to do that. Still prefer it to Studio Fix.
This is a very thick foundation - they say to only use it when you're going out to a party or on a special occasion. I gives a very good coverage, you definitely don't need to put concealer on as well. The only thing I find with this foundation is that there is quite a big difference between the shades. I bought shade 115 but that was too light, so I asked for the one the next darkest shade, and that made me look too dark; there was quite an obvious difference between my face and my neck. I don't suffer from acne but I do get a few spots quite often, so this foundation was very good for me because it gives you a very thick coverage. As long as you take it off every night, your skin won't suffer. It will last you a good 6 months as you don't need to use that much of it.
Fantastic foundation. I bought the colour 200 and did not need to put a concealer underneath. I suffer with rosacea and broken capillaries my face is so sensitive that even when I touch it, it can hurt. This goes on smooth with full coverage causes no break-outs, my skin loves it. Highly recommend this foundation if you are unfortunate enough to have problems with your skin like me. The coverage is full and flawless. Would give it a 10/10 if I could. My skin colour is light medium with redness. Give it a go, some people may find this a bit too thick, but it spreads easily and lasts all day.
Holy moly this stuff is thick and pigmented! I only need a very small amount to achieve full coverage. This stuff is very heavy, and I really don't reach for it very often because of that. I've used it with a pump of my moisturizer (Clinique DDMG) to sheer it out, and it does work well like that.
I bought this years ago while looking for a foundation for my very pale skin, and the lighest shade (Not White, I don't recall the shade name and it's not on the bottle) worked for my warm toned, very pale skin.
I still use this occasionally, but over the years, I've learned to HATE heavy feeling products on my skin.
I recently bought this foundation after seeing a few online tutorials of it being used by all women of different shades. I have started to think in terms of general product reviews. So I got a mixed reviews and decided to gamble...I won't say I am hugely disappointed because the product in general was good. The packaging is OK, considering the product is thick consistency. The price is what I would expect for this brand which is close to MAC pricing for the same amount. The way it went on was wonderful, never before have I experienced a quick drying foundation that I did not have to set with powder. It went on like a dream. I did not experience any blotchy patches. I used this after my Clarisonic Mia, toner, sunscreen and moisturiser, followed by primer. I did note that this foundation did seem to highlight a few of my blemishes. The real problem was the products color. What is described online as being neutral is actually warm tone. This foundation was so orange on me, to noticeable to be worn in public. I am on the neutral side with a hint of yellow in the under eye, cheek area. Sadly to say, I had to put this up for swap.
This is a REALLY full coverage foundation, however it leaves you looking oily and easily falls off your face, it couldn't stay on for more than 2 hours without something needing blending or having to put some sort of powder on or oder for it to stay.
The lady that put this on me give me a really light shade which I bought for some reason! It makes you look flawless for about 10 minutes, as soon as I got to the toilet after it had started to look patchy on my chin around my dry skin.
It's so sheer that it makes you look very oily unless powdered down,
So you end up looking totally matte from all the powder anyway so defeats the point of the foundation
I wouldn't buy this again, not a nice foundation for me.
The worst foundation I have ever used, and I normally get on great with long-wearing, full-coverage foundations! The formula is far too thick, near enough impossible to blend properly on skin either with fingers or a brush and it did NOTHING to help control the oil around my T-Zone. I noticed, to my horror that 2 hours after application it would be sliding around my face in an oily mess. So glad I never paid full price for this awful foundation, after 3 uses it ended up in the bin!