This provides nice, natural coverage and doesn't look too makeup-y. The price is high but given there's a refill it's not as bad. My main complaint is the scent. I don't mind a little scent in a product, but it literally overpowers the scent of my perfume and it's all I can smell. It takes multiple hours for it to go away, and of course if you need a touch up you're back at square one.
I'm 35 and it was about time I needed to find a foundation I could count on (sadly). So I went to Sephora and a smattering of beauty counters and read reviews and reviews. I would get color matched and bought the best sellers - MUFE, Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani, MAC, etc. I figured I only needed one good foundation, so I didn't mind spending extra on it. Well guess what happened? I broke out from trying all of these different bases. I started using Amore Pacific skincare products to help with the break outs - I read they were good for sensitive skin. I got great results! So I looked into the color cushion, which is a CRAZY $60! But I thought, I only need ONE foundation, maybe it'll last me a year? And plus, the SPF 50 is amazing. So I tried it on at a Sephora and it was a perfect color match and if I can be honest, I think the coverage is pretty good. At least, it's all I need. I have large pores (the worse thing ever) and redness with some broken capillaries on my cheeks. This covered them up just fine. I can't even tell you how great the finish is. It's like you are wearing highlighter! I can't even explain it, you have to try for yourself. I'm a NC30, give or take depending on my level of sun exposure, Laura Mercier in Sand, Estee Lauder in shade 4.0 or Cashew for comparison. The 208 in Amber Gold was a great match. It's moisturizing, and the finish it gives your skin is just too awesome. And the best part..it doesn't break me out. You gotta try this!
The finish is fantastic. But for the price, and the whole cushion thing, I don't think I'd buy it again.
I love AP products as a rule; I faithfully purchase the enzyme mask whenever I run out. That being said, I like the fragrance of that as it is subtle. Not so with the cc cream; it is very strong and if you are sensitive to fragrance pass on this one. The formula is very liquidy but does give a nice finish to the skin. I'm also not a fan of the sponge touch pad delivery; it tends to get very messy. As far as color I am NC 25 and found a good match with tan gold. The SPF combined with the lovely finish sold me on this, but I can't hack the perfumed products on my face. This will be going back to Sephora, I'm afraid.
My review will be brief as my experience with this was brief. I liked the texture and look of it well enough, even if the whole sponge thing struck me as a bit gimmicky and the 'compact' wasn't all that compact. What compelled me to return it, however, was the heavy fragrance. Obviously, this is a very subjective thing, and others may find it completely inoffensive or even pleasant. I just found it to be too strong and too synthetic. I thought the scent would wear off as the day progressed or I'd get used to it and not notice it over time-- neither happened, and instead it bothered me all day long. This one went back to Sephora, (who, btw, I learned are great about returns).
I use this compact to touch up in the afternoon. I got the 104 Tan Blush and the color blends into my skin very well. I really really like it. I love the scent. It imparts a lovely lovely glow and silky finish. It does not settle into my (rapidly multiplying) fine lines (YAY). It is very forgiving if you keep putting more and more on and doesn't begin to look muddy or thick. I would say the coverage is light to medium. Highly recommend.
WOW! It has such a beautiful finish. Silky. It gives a beautiful glow to the skin. It is slightly tacky on the skin but a little powder takes care of that without losing the glowiness.
The lasting power is not awesome but much better than I expected. The compact travels well and it is very forgiving as you keep slapping it on your face. This is new for me as I have always refused to "touch up" other than lips. The coverage is light but buildable to medium and did a pretty good job of evening out redness from rosacea. It layers great with other products and is a nice moisturizing primer for foundation. It just makes my skin overall look more beautiful and I have never felt that way about any product.
The color range is very limited (4 shades so far) and it is very expensive. I got this in 204 -Tan Gold. It is a pretty good match for my NC20 skin. It does have a strong scent, but it is lovely. This has not irritated my sensitive skin and no breakouts.
It is very expensive at $60. I was swayed by the fact that it comes with a refill. However, you still only get 1oz of product which is the standard amount of foundation you usually get. So, yikes!
Verdict: I would NOT repurchase this. I do not like having to reapply a couple of times thoughtout the day and I prefer more coverage. If the price were about half, I would consider this product for a primer or days where I don't need to be so polished. I tried this with various primer, moisturizer, powder, and setting spray combos and nothing made this last. I have combo/agining/sensitive skin and I live in a humid climate.
I bought this because I need to use a sunscreen with a very high SPF on a daily basis, regardless of whether I am in the city or on the beach. For the past few months, my regular sunscreen would "ball up" on my face when I would apply foundation over it. It didn't matter if I waited 30 minutes in between the sunscreen application and the foundation or not. The sunscreen that I use leaves an odd white-ish cast to my already pale skin. I love this product from Amore Pacific. Although the color I bought is darker than my natural skin color, it somehow still works. It goes on very sheer BUT at the same time, does give coverage to anything that needs covering up. It looks dewy on and feels amazing. What's even better is that I can apply my usual SPF and then just apply this without waiting and it doesn't ball up.
I know this product claims that it has SPF of 50, but you use such a tiny amount that I don't believe that it can give you adequate protection, hence I use it over my high SPF sunscreen.
I have been using color 104 but I believe they make lighter colors that are available, just not for the USA market.
This is the only foundation that I could find that will match my light - medium slightly olive skin tone perfectly. If you have NC20-25 skintone but a little more on the olive skin try color 104 for winter and 204 when you start getting a tan.
The coverage is medium and buildable almost enough to be full coverage. and finish is dewy and like skin but not oily looking.
You press the foundation with the sponge applicator and pat it on your face or you can use your own cosmetic sponges so your skin doesn't break out.
This foundation does have a strong perfume-like fragrance so if you are sensitive to fragrance or scents you may want to sample this first. I have sensitive skin and I did not see it reacting with my face in any negative way within the week I have tried this. I will update this if I see any reactions.
At first, I loved this CC cream, but eventually I had to return it because it made my skin break out. I really wanted to keep this cream, so I tried it several times at quite long intervals to eliminate the possibility that other factors caused the breakout. Unfortunately, I concluded that this CC cream does not agree with me.
I am not sure what ingredients caused the breakout. I am using the Time Response Foundation of A/P, which contains almost the same ingredients as the CC cream has, but the foundation does not make my skin break out. I suspect some agents in the CC cream, which the foundation does not have, but I am not sure.
Regarding the strong points of this CC cream, I mostly agree with the other reviewers. Because most cosmetic products vary depending on a user, I just want to add my experience.
* It does not accentuate fine lines.
* It is very easy to apply. I used the cosmetic sponges found at drug stores instead of the original one due to hygiene.
* The shade (104) matches with my skin tone.
* When I applied only this cream, I needed a touch-up in the afternoon.
* The coverage is light.
* It was better for me to use over the foundation as a touch-up sunscreen.
* It gave my skin a dewy look, which I liked.
* I do not like the fragrance.