This foundation, in my opinion, Is REALLY light coverage... Which is unfortunate because the color matched my skin tone PERFECTLY (which never happens for me). The coverage was just all wrong. I have redness and some faded acne scars, but the foundation didn't even cover up faded almost gone scars. Definitely not worth the price for such light coverage ... Unless if you have blemish/red/scar free skin and you're just wearing foundation to wear it, not cause you need it, I wouldn't recommend.
Right to begin, i was very hesitant about purchasing this foundation because the nearest counter is too far away so i had to get it on-line but the shade matched which was a number 9. I have combination/oily skin, once a month ance prone
1)Love the packaging
2)The staying power of the foundation is wonderful, of course with primer and setting powder all i need to do is blot but still controls my oils better than expected, i would say more than 8 hour wear.
3)Gives the skin an amazing inner glow and brightens the complexion
4)Its not heavy but not very light (medium in terms of feel)
5) easy to apply and doesnt transfer to my hands and clothes as easily as other foundations ive tried.
1) you have to do like nearly 7 to 8 pumps to get considerable coverage and i still conceal areas of discolouration...( so basically u have to have near enough perfect skin for you to use less)
2)The price is a little bit unreasonable because of how much of this foundation you have to use to get a medium coverage.
And that is it for me to be honest, with all that said the pros out-way the cons because i love it and i would repurchase... it makes my skin look amazing and it is now in my top 3 foundations :)
My tips to make this foundation last and look great:
1) apply mac fix plus spray with brush to moisturised skin, then apply your normal primer on top.
2) apply the foundation and conceal areas that you need to and set with ben nye banana powder
I really like this. Light to medium coverage. I got number 4 and I am NC25-NC30. This foundation looks really natural on the skin, which is what I like. I add a light dusting of the Halo powder to set it and amp up the coverage just a bit the the two work so well together. I love that it has SPF and a pump. My only gripe is that it doesn't last very long and doesn't do touch-ups very well.
I initially tried this out at Ulta in shade 10, because I was excited to see that Smashbox actually had a foundation in my color. This color works, but I could not help but notice that in natural light, it's a bit grayish. For reference I am an NW50/55 in MAC products, and have a neutral brown undertone, that's a bit golden in the inner parts of my face.
I initially blended this in with my fingers, which is my least preferred method, but in sunk in seamlessly to a nice satiny finish. I have since also tried a flat foundation brush, Beauty Blender, and my fingers with finger application appearing to be the best option.
The coverage is very, very minimal and light so if you're an individual with a great deal of areas you wish to camouflage, then skip over this foundation. It dried down to a satin, very skin like finish and would be an ideal foundation for a 'no-makeup' look.
I had high hopes for this, but after 4-5 hours of wear I found myself to get extremely oily. I do have combination skin, but this made my skin appear excessively oily I also noticed that any tool aided application did not result in even coverage. It was patchy and somewhat difficult to work with. I assume this might have been due to trying to add more than one layer of coverage.
This comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which is pretty standard and I believe is about $42 at Ulta and Sephora. For the same amount of money, and much more superior coverage, I'll stick with NARS Sheer Glow.
Love it. Medium to full coverage which I prefer to thin out a little with a touch of moisturiser. Sits beautifully all day without settling into lines.
Tried this because it is supposed to be the replacement for Smashbox' Tinted Moisturizer. I can see why they think so ... but it's not at all.
Have #3 which as close as I could get to "Light" in the TM. #2 is very pink and #4 is just too dark.
Although this is a VERY lightweight foundation ... and goes on very much like a tinted moisturizer, it did not cover as well as the TM. There is a slight greasy feel to the product and I don't see oily-skinned gals being pleased with this.
It has a dewy finish, but greasy looking dewy as opposed to natural dewy. And it managed to settle in my fine lines.
Any true coverage that it had disappeared after a few hours ... but any color/coverage that was left oxidized a lot. The yellow/neutral cast of #3 turned orange.
Also tried using the Halo powder over it ... not worth it. May as well just use the Halo powder over moisturizer.
So if you loved Smashbox' TM like I did (one of the few TMs that didn't break me out) you might be disappointed in this product.
Can't help wondering why they discontinued the TM ...
Not thrilled with this product at all. I received it as a sample from sephora. Was excited to try, but sadly, it did not cover my hyperpigmentation. Very light coverage for my needs. Also, it did not stay on even with a primer and got very cakey in fine lines. Will not be purchasing.
I'll pass...way too sheer and the color is way off and very orange. I stopped using MAC to get away from orange foundation. I only wore it for an hour so I can't comment on how it last or if it breaks me out. It does feel very nice on the skin though, so if you can get a good color match and do not mind a very sheer foundation give it a try. As for me, I'll be sticking with the Smashbox Studio Skin. Been using it for about a month and it's fantastic! :-)
Here is another foundation that I LOVE for the way it makes my skin look like flawless real skin but makes me cry by having sodium chloride (major pore clogger) in its ingredients. It feels like nothing is on my skin, which is usually very oily. But having this on makes my skin feel & look normal. It blurs my large pores, doesn't cover up all my hyperpigmentation from past acne & sun, but makes it a lot better.
It feels and performs just like UD Naked Fndn, which I also LOVED, but also contains sodium chloride and broke me out. Revlon's Nearly Naked Fndn also contains soduim chloride and does the EXACT same thing. I know everybody's skin is different and lots of things can break people out aside from and including the foundation, but if you read the reviews for any foundation/BB with sodium chloride as an ingredient (check out Stila BB creams as well), there are higher than usual numbers of people who say the product broke them out. (Look at the ratings of 2 or 1 lippies.) Why oh why do companies include well-known pore-clogging ingredients like sodium chloride or algae extract (ex: Dr. Brandt BB) in their foundations?????
I ordered this online. I normally wear NARS Sheer Glow, but I wanted to try this new product after reading about what all it was suppose to do. I initially order shade 8, but it was too dark. I finally got shade 7, and I really do like this foundation. It's extremely lightweight. Although the coverage is light, it is definitely buildable. I'm not a fan of full coverage foundations, so this is perfect for me. I've applied this with a Sonia Kashuk flat top foundation brush, Real Techniques stippling brush, and with my fingers. I definitely prefer the look of this with my fingers the best! This foundation does have SPF in it, and I'm normally not a fan of foundations with SPF. However, it doesn't flashback, so that's a huge plus! Sweep a little bit of MAC Mineralized SkinFinsh Natural on top and I'm ready to go.
Bottom line, I'll definitely repurchase this whenever I run out!
(For reference I range between NARS Sheer Glow in Syracuse and Tahoe).