This us actually a very nice solution for ladies sensitive to silicones. You should know, nearly every foundation now contains tons of silicones. They provide the slip and silky feeling that everyone is used to. This foundation will not have the silky texture because it is silicone free. It does contain silica (sand) which is not a silicone.
That being said, this foundation is lovely. I applied it with a flat top brush and the finish is one of the most natural I've tried in a long time. Soft, matte, beautiful. Others are complaining that it gets a harder film on the top layer, and I've noticed that, but rubbing it with my brush softens it up and that layer is good to go.
If you are sensitive to silicones and like a matte finish, I HIGHLY recommend this.
This is a strange kind of foundation. I quite like it but I don't think I would repurchase it as I have a lot of foundations in rotation and more I want to try out. It is dry in the pan and a bit hard to pick up on the sponge that is included. I have had better luck with just a make up wedge and then the beauty blender to smooth it out. It gives me moderated coverage but I can build it up a bit over the red patches without cakeyness. If you run your finger over the pan it does not feel smooth, almost gritty like. However, this does not translated onto the skin and does apply very smoothly. It is not greasy or dewey but not completely matte either. The color applies lighter than it looks in the pan and this is a problem for me at this point at the end of the summer. I bought color 3 and I am an NC 20. There is a definite yellow undertone. Seems dry and stiff in the pan. It lasts very well on me without setting powder. This might not work for you if you have dry skin or dry patches.
I decided to try this product on a whim, being that I couldn't find a review anywhere online, I just went for it. I hve combo skin, extremely oily forehead with a dry spots on my chin. Its difficult to find something that can control my oil and not leave my skin dehydrated. This product comes in a sleek compact, with an applicator sponge. I have a light to medium skin tone (sorry I'm not familiar with MAC color guides) and I was matched with the shade CR4. It looks decent in the pan, and has a very light texture
I moisturized my face and attempted to use my Sonia kushak flat top kabuki, but this cream was so hard I couldn't even get the product out. I ended up using the sponge, and it gave me decent coverage, but it was obvious I was wearing foundation. Also, this stuff applies really pale, I thought it would oxidize but it hasn't. Here I am, 4 hours later and my skin I so dry it hurts, I have flaky patches and my cheeks look really dry. Also it seems to have magically slid off random parts of my face. Very disappointed :( I believe this is around $35 at Ulta and for that price I was hoping it would perform better. I would suggest have an SA try this on you and then go outside, run errands.. And then see how you like this.