My skin is oily and tinted moisturizers tend to fail on me for that reason. This is a great product because it acts as a primer and can provide modest evening out of skin tone too. I generally hate the feeling of too much makeup and this is perfect for days when I need a little help but am too lazy to fully make myself up.
The pros: silky (due to major silicones) texture, offers just enough coverage to blur imperfections on a "no-makeup" day. The cons: Expensive. The pump, while sturdy and beautifully made, squirts out too-much product so make sure you use a light touch with it or you will waste. The biggest issue: the light is definitely not light enough for my winter-time ghostface (NC15 on a tan day). It's also way too pink for my yellow undertones so it does nothing to neutralize the blotchy redness that is the reason I wear foundation/bb cream. If you're dry like me, you definitely need to moisturize before applying this because although it has an almost greasy feel, it doesn't actually moisturize. Overall I do like this, just wish they would come out with an extralight, and I wish the undertones were warm, not pinky. Because it's so expensive, I will be returning it. :(
I was so hoping to love this after reading all the raves here and by bloggers, and loving the Sunday Riley shadow and blush I have, but it's not to be. I want something that will even out my skintone for days when I'm out running errands and such, but that is sheer enough that it won't look odd without additional makeup. I got this in medium, which was a tad dark for my light-medium skin; however, it's so sheer, it worked. What I did not like about this is that it is not, as several reviewers noted, moisturizing. At all. My skin felt dessicated just a few minutes after applying it, and looked very rough, which it isn't. I did, however, like the texture of the cream and it's ability to even out my skintone despite its sheerness. It's definitely not for dry skin, though. I think I'll try Amore Pacific's TM next in my quest. I'm returning this and will not repurchase.
The Bad: I haven't found a single moisturizer or serum I can use with this. As soon as I apply the EBTP over anything else, the pigment balls up and it's useless. Also, as others have noted, the cap pops off almost constantly, and keeping it in a makeup bag is a guarantee to have this happen. The Good: Used alone, the coverage is beautiful and yes, a dot of concealer on tougher areas and you have a flawless face. It also smells great, a little citrusy. Overall, I feel the good qualities far outweigh the not-quite-so-great and will repurchase when I run out.
I use this product alone and it evens out my complexion. The finish is like satin, not completely matte nor dewy. This imparts a glow from within when I wear this on my face. I love the concept of a "breathable" face product. The product is very light and has sheer coverage. For example, this product will not completely eliminate the redness around your nose, but it does make the redness more faint, making your face look more natural and not overly done and perfect. I like that. If you prefer a more "flawless" appearance, you can easily wear foundation or concealer above this.
For very dry skin: I would not recommend this for those with very dry skin as this product is not super moisturizing. I have normal/dry skin myself and I noticed that this product doesn't sit well on very dry areas around my mouth or nose, especially in the winter. Remember, it is a satin finish, not dewy.
The only downside I see to this product aside from the fact that it can emphasize dry skin is that the cap comes off very easily. When I dig into my bag, this product is always missing its cap.
This is one of my favourite things ever. Whenever I'm in a rush I can slap this on and just look like I have naturally gorgeous skin. No worries about streaking, caking, grease, etc. It's only a tinted primer, not a foundation, so no it's not going to cover much but it does even things out, leaves skin soft and matte, and smooths out pores and fine lines. No powder necessary. Bit of lip gloss, undereye concealer, mascara, and I'm done. Something in it even calms my overly sensitive skin down. My skin is always nice after I use it too, no congestion. <3
Like other pale mua'ers, I don't find that it's as good as my other primers for keeping foundation on. I still use Hourglass veil with foundation when I need long lasting solid coverage. This product is pretty enough on its own for every day use.
Edit: Repurchased :) continued >>
I don't like to wear heavy foundations on my face, and haven't had good luck finding a tinted moisturizer that doesn't get oily after a couple hours. Then I discovered this little gem, and fell in love. I clean my face with the SR ceramic slip cleanser, then put some sulwhasoo first care serum, sulwhasoo concentrated ginseng cream, sunscreen, and this primer, and don't get oily at all!! it is amazing! I do have to blot after some hours, but it's minimal. Coverage is just perfect for me, it blurs imperfection, makes your skin looks flawless and fresh. I do recommend it.
There's lots of hype around this product and with good reason. This stuff is AMAZING. The coverage IS very sheer, slightly less than a tinted moisturizer, it definitely evens out skin tone but won't cover imperfections. It is so lightweight yet effective at keeping my oiliness at bay without feeling mask-like or dry. It glides on like silk and makes my blush and concealer stay all day. Apparently its chock full of peptides and other good anti-aging stuff, can't really speak to that since I haven't been using it long term, but to me that's just a side bonus to an awesome product.
For reference I'm NW35 and picked up the deep. At first I thought it was too dark but it blended in seamlessly.
This doesn't replace my two bb creams but it certainly does have a place in my collection. It lightly blurs a few faint acne scars that I have and it makes my pores non-existent. A little goes a long way. No need to pack it on thick. And no need to use primer underneath. Just apply moisturizing sunscreen, this and a touch of setting powder and go about your day. Or you can go without setting powder and have that glowy look.
I use this instead of foundation. It's tinted enough to give me coverage for old acne scars and never breaks me out. It also helps keep my skin looking matte and fresh all day - so worth every penny to me. This is my third bottle and I'll never go back. I had one bottle seized by TSA (which is ridiculous because it's only 30 ml) and I actually cried.