I've sampled a few shades of this & so far I like it. Have received compliments on my skin when I wear it. Will update this review in detail more later... after I do more a comprehensive analysis. continued >>
I am a Best Linen in the new colors. I have normal, cystic acne-prone skin, that is neither dry nor oily. I bought this foundation primarily because I am a long time PC user and I thought I should give her makeup a try, too. I don't know if I would call this my HG foundation because I do cheat frequently, but it is the foundation that I always come back to every time I am disappointed by another foundation.
1.) I like that this is a semi-matte foundation, so it isn't SO matte it will dry you out, but it does absorb some amount of oil. I shake it well before I squirt a small amount on the back of my hand and then blend in small sections with my ELF flat topped Powder Brush.
2.) I like that it is a light-building-to-medium coverage so my skin still shows through a little, that way I look fresh and polished; not necessarily "doll-like". (That image kinda scares me). You will need a concealer with this foundation if you need more coverage around your eyes or over blemishes.
3.) I love the high level of sunscreen, and that it protects from UVA and UVB.
4.) The finish is really beautiful, and it lasts (on me at least) for at least 6 or 7 hours if I don't wear any skincare that is too oily underneath it, but I have pretty normal skin. I do set it with a shimmery powder (ELF glow) because I like to have that extra luminosity and touch up with Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder.
I would order several and then just return what you couldn't use. PC has an excellent return policy and customer service department.
Overall, I don't have to worry about it settling into fine lines or pore, it wears beautifully, and just does it's job as a foundation. There is nothing really dramatic about it, which is why I keep coming back to it (and why I keep straying LOL!). It's just a really good foundation.
If you have oily skin and want the simplicity of sunscreen with a bit of color to even out skintone without added moisture that you usually get from TM's and BB creams, then this would be a really good option! Even better if you like to use physical sunscreens instead of chemical ones, since titanium oxide provides the sunscreen in this formula.
I use this in Best Bisque, my skin is oily & in the NC/NW 15-20 range. This is sheer enough to work with warm or cool toned girls within that range, any darker and you'd have a white cast. Formula is matte, looks nice and doesn't make pores any more noticeable. Didn't cause any breakouts or bad skin reactions either. Obviously if you have an oily t-zone, nothing is going to keep you matte all day long, so I'm not deducting a lippie for that. I did notice shine after about 2 hours.
A bit pricey, 1oz is $15. At first, you might think that it's a good deal but most people will be buying this for the sunscreen factor. That being said, to get the amount of SPF protection listed on the bottle, I believe the recommended dose is to apply 1/4 tsp. Therefore, with 6 teaspoons in 1 oz. you would only get 24 applications of SPF 25 out of this product. The price factor does play a role in my rating since I was looking for something to use as my everyday "work" foundation/sunscreen. So, I would be buying this one a month and still have to buy another foundation for nights out/important events where I want more coverage. Just something to think about if you are on a budget.
This is a solid option for sheer/light coverage and SPF protection for oily skin, keeping in mind that it won't last you a full month when used properly for SPF 25 protection and definitely not anything near medium coverage.
Would I buy this again? YES AND NO.
I would buy this again since I think it's ideal for traveling or weekend trips where I don't want my makeup bag to be cluttered and I want to save time. Honestly, I don't see myself purchasing it every month as my everyday SPF foundation.
I’d been contentedly using a mineral powder foundation for years, but decided to try a liquid foundation, as my skin changes a bit, from age.
I wanted a foundation that’s 1) made by a non-animal-testing company, 2) the right shade for NW15 me, and 3)reasonably priced, and easily available online.
I obtained samples from several different companies, read reviews, and finally decided on Best Face Forward, in Best Bisque.
Though it isn’t “perfect,” I’m pleased with it.
Paula’s Choice is cruelty-free, and readily available online
Good shade match
Goes on smoothly, and blends easily with my e.l.f. foundation brush
Evens out my skin without looking mask-like or cakey; I still need concealer over blemishes/scars, but that’s okay. Used over Hourglass primer, it gives me a “my-skin-but-better” look, and I like that.
Doesn't cause me to break out
No noticeable scent
Reasonably priced, at about $15
Gets oily by the end of the day, but I have *extremely* oily skin
Doesn’t cover *everything,* but I don’t really need that. It doesn't make my skin look "flawless," but my skin just *isn't* flawless.
The bottle opening is very narrow, which can make getting the product out tricky
The pros outweigh the cons, so after I use up this bottle I’ll probably re-purchase this, unless something really superior crosses my “radar.”
Attention! Paula recently reformulated this product, and the shades have REALLY improved! "Best Bisque" is now an option for very fair skin, in my opinion. I found the former version to be way too beige- it looked like a fake tan. But the new color is beautiful. I wear it with confidence, and I am very pale. It gives light, natural coverage, and its matte finish stays in check for hours. As a super pale person, it is hard to find makeup that matches your skin without looking ghastly or wan. This stuff is worth trying out! Plus- awesome sunscreen included.
This foundation has nice light coverage. The reliable spf is great so there is no need to add another product to oily skin. The only drawback is, it seemed to fade a little bit as the day went on. I have only mildly oily skin. I think anyone with moderately oily skin would not like the performance of this foundation.
I like the opaque bottle is nice and the squeeze bottle works well.
Edit: I started using a mattifying primer and this wears MUCH better. I would put this foundation up against MAC Studio Sculpt without the breakout factor that MAC foundations always seem to give me.
I used to use the Barely There tint, but I ended up getting tiny pimples (I have very oily skin), and switched to this. It has to be blended quickly before it dries, but it works very well if you want sheer coverage. It does have a tendency to exaggerate any unevenness in skin texture, but after using the PC Skin Balancing products, my skin is much smoother, so it's not a problem.
Got this in Beige Linen. Color wasn't bad on me but the coverage just isn't there, it's more like a TM than a foundation on me. Back to Chanel.
I was rather dissappointed with this. I am a big fan of Paula's product's but there's better foundations out there.It does not blend well. It looks ok once it's on but what a carry on to get it on!! I know this is for oilier skin types. Mine is combination.Maybe the other foundation all bases covered would have suited me better, but it's for dry skin and my skin is not dry.That's the thing with Paula's products. I use a lot of her formulations for dry skin and like I say my skin is not dry, and yet they work for me.For people whose skin IS dry, I can't see them being moisturising enough.I am going to try a sample of the all bases covered, but if it's anything like this one(won't blend) I won't be repurchasing that either.On a more positive note, this does offer broad spectrum sun protection(though personally I still wear sunscreen under foundation)and as with all Paula's products this is fragrance free so it does have a lot going for it. Pity it's not for me. i will review her dry skin foundation when I try it. hopefully I'll like it as I do like Paula's stuff.
I really like this foundation, I have Best Champaign Beige and I'm an NC 25 MAC or 1.5 in MAC's Matchmaster. I've had it for a while so I've had some time to go between this and a bunch of other foundations and I've come to the conclusion that this is a winner in my books!
- wonderful colour match for me, and since it is light coverage it can work for more shades than otherwise
- looks very natural on me
- the only spf you need if you apply it with that in mind, you'll need a fair amount if it's your only spf
- price! $15 is quite affordable compared to a lot of other foundations
- Need to shake it up before you use it to incorporate the product (not a big deal)
- Light coverage (may not be a bad thing but a foundation like Matchmaster from MAC covers more), if you're really oily you may need to blot or this might easily come off on you late in the day
- not a whole lot of colour options but since it's light coverage it can fit more tones
- Need to order online
If you want to even out your complexion and don't have too many major flaws to cover (you'll need concealer for bigger flaws) I would recommend checking this out. She has samples so try a few of those first. She also has phenomenal customer service and that in itself keeps me going back.