I have a lot of acne scars from a previous breakout from MAC that i really want to cover. This noon I ran to Sephora to get the Make Up Forever Matte something Foundation and had it color tested on me. I didn't like the coverage so another SA intervened and gave me this. She tried it on me together with the Givenchy Mister Matte primer and Teint Couture. After putting my make up I was kinda happy about it but I was sure it's gonna melt off like the previous products I tried like YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, Chanel Matte Lumiere and Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage. Oh boy was I mistaken! I did errands and at 9PM i was still "matte"! Not only did it cover my imperfections but it was true to its name. So happy I found my holy grail! I can say this is by far the best foundation I have ever tried! The only reason I gave it 4 lippies is because it is expensive but the packaging is a simple plastic unlike YSL in that luxurious, pretty bottle.
I really like this foundation, comes closest to my HG foundation up to date ( I'm really picky). In the summer, I'm normally between NC 25-NC 30 so I got number 5 honey which matches my skin. It is definitely matte and wears for a long time. My only complaint is that although the packaging is cute, I'm starting to have problem with the bottle squirting the product all over the place. I will repurchase soon.
This foundation is great I love that the consistency is a liquid and not thick like other matte foundations. This is more of a medium to full coverage foundation and it leaves a nice glowing without the shine finish. It's just amazing it looks flawless on I'm very happy with this product and recommend it to everyone except if you're allergic to fragrances or if you think you have sensitive skin don't try this because the fragrance might bother your skin. Other than that this lasts all day long I didn't need to touch up or blot at all. I'm really pleased love this.
my friend gave me this foundation as she did not like it. i was a fan but would not rush out and buy it again although i would in the future if i fancied a change from my smashbox 15 hour which is my hg.
the product was quite runny in consistency and the pump made it a difficult to dispense. due to the design of the packaging it also got pretty messy and there was no way to get the remainder of the product out when nearing the bottom of the container.
other than that the product was really nice. it blended beautifully and stayed put all day long without becoming shiny on my oily t zone. it din't dry out my chin which can be an issue for me.
it minimised my pores and did not make my skin break out. it felt luxurious on my skin with a velvety texture.
great product but the packaging, although it looks good, let's it down practicality wise.
Love it due to staying power. Stays on way longer than chanel's vitalumiere aqua and even chanel's perfection lumiere. Bare in mind I have super oily skin. It provides a satin finish (not as matte as perfection lumiere, much more than vitalumiere aqua which is dewy) but this is not a dewy foundation. I am amazed with staying power so I will buy this again even though the coverage isn't quite what I need as I have large pores in my t-zone. Therefore, I use this all over and for extra cover add some perfection lumiere to my nose and cheeks. I love perfection lumiere but the staying power isn't great on me. With this even though I am still oily by midday the foundation is on my face still unlike with the chanel which would slide off especially if I blot my face. This stays pretty much put. I do have to dust on powder to get it completely matte (I don't need to with perfection lumiere). Lastly, I don't like that I can't control the squirt with the pump. I have to squirt out the full pump as opposed to half a pump at a time. Other than that I love the packaging. A bottle of this lasts me 6 months used pretty much every day. On me sand is too light and beige a bit dark and I have fair skin but with a slight tan atm. The average fair skinned person without a tan is sand. With a significant tan i'd say beige. This is scented but it isn't strong and you can't smell it once applied. SPF 20 (titanium dioxide).
I decided to try this product because I heard it was good for oily skin. I also heard the same thing about Teint Couture Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation. I tested both on the same day and found them to be extremely similar, so I will be writing one review for both.
Eclat Matissime (also known as Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance, whew!) has SPF 20, PA++ and Teint Couture has SPF 20, broad spectrum. I'm glad the SPF isn't as low as others (like 15... or 8!) but my rule of thumb is never to rely on foundation for sun protection.
Eclat Matissime comes with 1 oz. of product and costs $51, whereas Teint Couture comes with 0.8 oz. and costs $49. (Seriously, Teint Couture? Smh.)
The first thing I noticed was that the shade selections weren't in my favor because the colors for both foundations seem to have mostly pink or beige undertones. Still, I went with 4 Mat Beige for Matissime and Elegant Beige 4 for Teint Couture because they looked like okay matches, though they were the wrong undertone and also a bit on the light side. (Since I was more interested in trying out the formulas, I didn't mind that I wasn't getting a great match.)
As for how the colors compare to each other, they look very similar swatched and are pretty much identical on the face. I wore one on each side without any issues.
When Test Day came around, I saw that the shades weren't quite the matches I thought they would be. Upon first application, they definitely looked like they would be better suited for an NC20. And then after a minute or two, the foundations deepened -- darker, and more beige. For reference, I don't usually find that I have an issue with foundations oxidizing on me. However, these two definitely changed color, so much so that I feel they would be better suited for an NW25. If you get a chance to swatch instore, give the product a minute to dry down and judge the shade then.
As for consistency, both formulas feel the same: not thick, but more on the thick side than the runny side. Still, the formulas feel pretty thin, as if they have a lot of alcohol in them. (I'll get to more on this later.) The consistency of the foundations allows them to blend in very easily, and also dry down quickly (and actually dry down).
Coverage was a positive, as both offer up to medium. I have a good amount of post-acne hyperpigmentation but I find that I am comfortable skipping the concealer when I use these products, even if they don't cover stubborn scars. One layer offers light coverage, but it is easy to build (or sheer out) the formulas, and I never looked cakey.
Speaking of cakey, I was pleased with the finish of these foundations, as it was smooth and flawless, and never made me look too made-up. Personally, I thought both were on the satin-matte side, but I did see what people refer to as an "inner glow" when speaking about Eclat Matissime. Except I thought it looked more like an "inner shine." I wasn't oily when I was applying my make-up, but I did see a shine under the foundation, as if I had on a strong SPF moisturizer underneath. This wasn't anything that bothered me, however. I just thought I'd mention it because I remember seeing some people saying this was a dewy foundation for oily skin, but I don't really see that.
Back to the consistency of the foundations: Liked I mentioned, they are thick but feel thin, as if the formulas have a lot of alcohol. And they do.
I immediately realized this when I started spreading the foundations around my face. I actually remember thinking to myself, "Wow, this blends in so quickly. Reminds me of--"
Yeah. Reminds me of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, which has tons of alcohol in it :(
Now, I just to want to clear up a few things. First, the two Givenchy foundations are not as thin as the Chanel VA, though Eclat Matissime does instruct you to shake the bottle. Second, I know some people have no issues with alcohol, whatever their skin type. Third, I know alcohol comes in various forms, moisturizing and otherwise, but my skin has trouble with straight-up alcohol. That is, "alcohol," "denatured alcohol," "SD alcohol," etc. -- particularly when it shows up high on the ingredient list.
Upon realizing what I had just applied, I quickly pulled up the ingredients for both foundations and lo and behold: le alcohol, fourth on the lists. Not long after, I began to feel the effects of tight, uncomfortable skin, which I have experienced one too many times with an alcohol-laden formula.
As for oil control and lasting power, the foundations did an okay job (I did use primer and powder). Oil control not quite as well, since my T-zone got shiny pretty quickly -- after less than an hour. The rest of my face, especially the outer areas, did better, staying matte for longer. Lasting power, though, was superior. Even though my T-zone got oily rather soon, my make-up lasted all right, fading after about five hours. I was disappointed with the lasting power, but I did appreciate that the foundations did not fade patchy/cakey/some other unattractive way.
Overall, I won't be purchasing these foundations because they are not suitable for my skin -- too much alcohol for my dehydration, and not enough oil control for my oiliness. I wouldn't recommend either for someone with true oily skin, as the lasting power and oil control are poor. I feel that someone with combination skin would fare better, and especially someone who is not sensitive to alcohol.
Again, just to be clear, my issues with alcohol are just that -- my issues :)
I am 15 and have normal teenage skin. When it comes to foundations I am extremly picky! I have minor breakouts that i pick all the time (can't help myself) and therefore become red so this covers redness very well in my opinion. I have normaly dry skin but when I apply foundation in general l get a little oily so my face looks nice and dewy which I like, and have also experienced with this foundation (if you have extremly dry skin mouisturize before-I don't). In the winter shade 2 is perfect, now that it is summer shade 5 also matches me very well. The fregrance is nice and doesn't make me breakout. Looks very natural and it stays on the whole entire day without a primer or setting powder. The only bad thing I have noticed with the first one I bought is that the pump broke after a while but with my second one I don't have that problem. Hope this helps!
perfect foundation! I have it in number 4 and I'm NC25, just perfect. That lit from within w/o the greasy UD Naked, Chanel Vita., Dior Nude or the cakeiness. Now this is pretty sheer, you could layer it up but I'd rather have a sheer fdtn for sheer fdt, med for med, etc. But I do believe you should wear as little coveage as you can get away with or guys say we wear "fakeup". It looks bad, a lot of fdtn, so this is really great. For all skin types but if you are really dry then you will need a seperate mositurizer. I tried them all, the "lit from w/i" i.e. YSL TE, and the above and this was the best - too bad it gets very little love on MUA as I am picky and could not be happier.
PS: i always go back to this as it stays on like iron with HG primer and a spritz of skindivinia spray. I'm so tired of m/u sliding off.
I have normal to combination skin with few blemishes, just some skin redness and unevenness on the cheeks. I got this in shade 4 (NC25) and it's a good match. I like the natural finish it leaves, not extremely mat, but definitely not dewey either. It can feel a bit tight when I first apply it in the morning, but settles nicely into my face and is very long lasting on me. I do not need to powder this foundation to set it. Coverage is sheer to medium. I usually apply 2 layers, leaving the first to set before reapplying on the cheeks to cover redness. It layers well to increase coverage and you never get a mask look. I wouldn't recommend this for people requiring a lot of coverage however as two layers gives me a medium finish. One downside is that I use up a lot of product compared to other foundations where one layer is usually enough. The packaging is convenient for travelling, but you cannot see how much you've used up, and the pump dispenses a strange amount. I always end up wasting half a pump, because I need 1 and a half pumps for my face. I would consider repurchasing as I have never found another foundation with the same finish. It is expensive for a foundation but if I ever find it on sale I would get a back up.
Not sure why the reviews are not higher for this, but it is marketed, maybe incorrectly, to oily skin types and that type of skin is hard to please, what with breakouts, etc. I have dry skin, oil breaks through in about four hours. This is perfect, just perfect. I was using Guer. Lingerie but the colors were so off, I found my perfect match with 04 here. AND it truly is sheer to medium, not med to full as stated by some. I would not buy it if it were not sheer, so if you have a lot to hide would not try this. Worth every cent.
UPDATE: this wears like soft iron! ten hours later, but with HG primer, and this stuff looks totally freshly applied. Could not be happier, too bad this is not getting the love on the blogs it should.