In an effort to cut my beauty expenses a bit, I've decided to give up my beloved Creme de la Mer foundation and Just started using this after liking a sample I received.
So far, so good. I make sure to blend it quickly with my foundation brush and use the very minimal amount needed to provide coverage but avoid so much that it cakes up and settle into fine lines. I also make sure to use a good moisturizer underneath it.
The color (N2) is a dead-on match for my pasty winter-white skin (although I can see I'll need N3 for spring and summer months). No breakouts, good coverage and much more economical than the la Mer.
Barring any unforeseen problems with breakouts, etc., I'll definitely repurchase.
I use P1 and the color matches my skin very well. For me, there are pros and cons.
Pros: I use it when I need extra coverage when my face goes "red". Stays put once I apply it. Comes in an easy tube, which by design is quite nice.
Cons: I can't wear this in the summer at all because it looks heavy and cake-y. And it FEELS heavy and cake-y in the summer. Because it's in a tube it's hard to see how much I have left, so I'm never quite sure when I'm going to run out. Plus, I got to order it through their site, which is kind of a hassle.
So, even though I do like the product, and I have bought it several times, the 3 lippie overall rating is mainly due to the cons outweighing the pros. I will still continue to purchase and use during fall/winter months.
I purchased this foundation after reading the positive reviews on MUA and noticing this foundation made it on Paula Begoun's "Best Product" list. I purchased N1 and it was a good match for my complexion (MAC NC15 reference). I personally found the colour match was the only positive thing I have to say about this foundation as I didn't like either the formula, coverage, or durability of wear. I found the formula to be quite viscous and difficult to blend out. The coverage I would describe as medium that is impossible to build up and looks very mask-like. This foundation doesn't wear very well or long on my combination skin (oily t-zone with dry cheeks/under eyes) before it it looks cakey and settles into every pore and fine line. Personally I found this product just didn't meet any of my requirements in what I look for in a full coverage foundation. I definitely prefer using Vichy Dermablend as my go to full coverage foundation.
For a full-coverage foundation, this works just fine. It's a bit on the heavy side, with larger pigment particles. After it is set, the foundation looks a little more natural but it really accentuates fine lines and wrinkles. It is possible to use a wet sponge but although it is oil free, it does not mix with water so it is difficult to thin out. Works best with a dewy moisturizer as opposed to a matte moisturizer. The shades are limited but this probably gives one the opportunity to mix their own shade. I find a combination of Pink, Yellow and Neutral all in level 3 works for my skin tone the best.
This is a light-medium coverage liquid makeup. I use N-1 or N-2 depending on the season. Easy to apply and remove.
Oh, I wanted to love this. In fact, I thought I was in love with this until it started breaking me out. :( The truth is, I've only had one other foundation that has ever broken me out, so I have no idea what in this broke me out.
The finish is so nice that I honestly *kept wearing it* even after I was almost positive that this was the culprit for my many, many (a dozen?) new pimples. But when they kept multiplying, I threw in the towel. As soon as I quit wearing it? My new zits went away and now my skin is clear.
I'd LOVE to find a foundation as nice that didn't break my skin out. The price is pretty good, too. (You can get these on Ebay with no shipping, I've found. Can't beat it.)
I have been using this for over 4 years and I have never found a better foundation!
Pros: Lots of coverage but feels very lightweight. Lasts all day (I have oily t-zone/combo skin) Does not dull skin after a few hours like most foundations. Does not give me breakouts like drugstore brands. I converted after trying this.
Cons: Can't seem to find the right shade so I have to mix Y-3 and Y-4 together to get the right color. Y-3 is to light and Y-4 is to dark. I wish they would come up with something in between those two. Dries quickly so you have to work fast.
Tips: Take a sponge applicator and absorb with water. Sqeeze a pea sized drop of foundation and work all over face.
I have to admit that I've tried expensive foundations like Clinique, Napoleon Perdis, Becca, Paula Dorff & Estee Lauder etc... but NOTHING can compare to this! Whenever I wear this foundation people comment on how I have such flawless skin, but in reality I have really bad skin due to acne scars, reddness on cheecks and nose area. It really hides blemishes on the face as well. continued >>
bought this off Ebay for a great price in Y-3 and it has just enough yellow to make my face look less red without looking mask-like. I like it because it doesn't break me out and is lighter than the Bobbi Brown Smooth Skin foundation I usually use (in the color Natural for reference). It is a good everyday foundation for me. I use additional concealer for blemishes (Makup For Ever full-cover concealer in 8) and under the eyes (Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 2). Not bad...
This is my go-to foundation. I had no trouble finding my perfect match. It is me- only better. People stop me on the street and ask me what kind of makeup I use-NO KIDDING! I look flawless all day long. The coverage is great, but I doesn't feel like I'm wearing makeup. I'm experimenting with mineral makeup right now, but I hope that Beauticontrol doesn't stop making this stuff or change the formula.
i use the n-4 and its a perfect match.i always have a problem finding a foundation thats not to orange,pink,too dark too light as we all do.my mother uses all their products and sells sometimes so she had an arsenal of products and i love this foundation,especially during the times i am breaking out.very good coverage without feeling piled on.because i usually use bare escentuals when my skin is clear and after wearing that for couple years its uncomfortabe to wear foundation,but i just love the flawless finish of secret agent.only prob i have w/it is wearing their cell block day cream w/sunscreen.it then becomes a little slick in this florida heat.so i dont use anything under it and no dryness.