I think this product would be great for bare-faced days. It really mattifys, perfects and softens bare skin but under or over foundation it falls a little short causing clumping, caking and smearing. I give it 3 lips bc it really performs solo but doesn't play well with other products. I wouldn't buy it again bc it's very expensive.
I bought this from Ulta with really high hopes and today I am going to return it. I tried to salvage it for other uses than what it is intended, but I just don't like it and think it makes me look worse than I did before I used it.
I bought it originally as an alternative to pressed powder touch ups on my nose mainly, but also for an overall refreshing on a long day. This is what it is advertised for, as well (main purpose).
The first time I used it, it smudged my makeup all over (despite just gently pressing a minimal amount of the product with the included sponge and not rubbing it around). It looked so horrible I attempted to press on my face again, and it completely lifted the makeup from my face. It was like a makeup remover!
I tried it again and this time, same results. It is hard to truly explain what happens, but it becomes a total mess! I tried it again yesterday while I was in a long drive-thru line at In n Out, and was so embarrassed that I took a wet wipe and removed all of my face makeup before the girl came to take my order. It is like it lifts off the makeup but not totally cleanly, so you are left with a messy, patchy mess.
I would much prefer the look of cakedup powder (which is bad) to what this creates!
I guess if you did not wear any face makeup and used it on bare skin throughout the day, or had very dry skin and NO OIL on your face to touch up, then it may be OK, but that is not how it is advertised. I tried to use it after my makeup in the morning and found it did nothing special, and tried to use it as a regular primer before makeup and had poor results (the primer is packed very solidly and hard to get out for all over primer use).
I am so disappointed, but, the results don't lie and I can't recommend this product. Stila did not deliver on this promise and it is very pricey.
I was really dissapointed that the quality of this product was so bad because while it was useable (which was only the first 24 hours) it worked great. This is a silicone and silica based semi-solid primer in a black mirrored compact that comes with a sponge. It's meant to be used as both a traditional primer and to be patted on after you apply your makeup in place of finishing powder to set foundation and control shine. You can also use this during the day to to touch up any break through shine in place of blotting papers or powder. It worked fantastic the first day. My makeup lasted all day long and using this instead of traditional powder gave a beautiful natural finish that really helped control shine for hours with no powdery look at all. The only issue I found with it initially was that you had to use a light hand because it does take off some foundation in the t-zone however not enough to make it look blotchy. Unfortunately after 24 hours this product was completely unuseable. It was the consistency of paste and impossible to to get out of the compact let alone apply. When I tried to swirl the sponge onto the the product as the directions state it just smeared chunks of the stuff around the top and came off in clumps onto the sponge. Perhaps you need to keep the plastic protector on it to keep air from drying this stuff out but lets be honest how many people are not going to lose that within a few days? There is nothing on the package stating that you need to becautious about air exposure either. Even the cheapest gel eyeliner doesn't dry out in 24 hours.
I returned this to Ulta but it did earn it's one lippie. I currently have some TimeBalm Primer that has a pretty high silica content in it. I like to mix it with bronzing lotion on "no makeup" days that don't require sunscreen because it gives a nice blurring effect on the skin. I realized I could use this product the EXACT same way both under my foundation as a regular primer and over it to set and control shine by dabbing it on with a beauty blender. It is slightly heavier than the Stila so less is best but it also doesn't disturb my foundation like the Stila did and works just as well. The best part about that is I only paid $10 for that tube from Hautelook as opposed to the $32 I spent at Ulta for the fail Stila compact.