I personally do not view this as a foundation. It seems to fall somewhere between a tinted primer and a tinted moisturizer, but is better than either of those on their own. I am a N1 in MAC and I'm able to use the shade Radiant. The color looks extreamly dark but it sheers out since you need so little product. The gel is very moisturizing but doesn't leave an overly dewy feel or look to the skin, just a natural finish. I use this on my "no makeup" days or as a primer under light foundations when I need more coverage. The gel seems to blur imperfections and even out skin tone. By no means does it make them go away but it does make them look better. For the most part my skin is problem free but I do get the odd patch of spots here and there so I just add concealer over top the gel on those days. Since my skin care routine has a SPF (Mary Kay TimeWise Miricale set normal/dry) I don't mind that it doesn't have an SPF. I find it makes it more versatile for me since I can use it day or night with no white cast from flash cameras. Over all for me, this product is great! I will repurchase.
WHO WOULD LIKE IT:
-Those with minor to no skin problems
-Those who like sheer coverage
-Beides as a primer
-Mature skin types
-very dry, dry, normal, and combination skin
WHO WOULD NOT LIKE IT:
-Those who like anything above sheer to sheer/light coverage
-Those who want SPF in all face products
-Those with oily to very oily skin
I am 44 years old and have uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation and acne scars with typically 1-2 blemishes 50% of the time. My mature skin needs coverage. I use this as a primer under Make Up Forever HD foundation. What a great combination for me. I am so pleased with the results. If I had less troubled skin I would wear it alone. It would make a great foundation for someone who needs minimal coverage. Love it, but agree with a previous review that says it would be helpful to have a clear bottle.
This is a very, very sheer foundation (more like a tinted primer). I only use it on its own when my skin is behaving; otherwise it's just not enough coverage. However, when my skin is already looking good then this product is great for just evening out my skin tone and blurring tiny blemishes and fine lines. It's super lightweight and non greasy too. It's a nice "my skin but better" type product that's good for everyday use.
I recommend trying it over your Spf to help mask the greasy shine that sun protection leaves behind.
I returned the Luminous shade because it had dimethicone.. I believe the clear one is without dimethicone
Ok, so there are certain hyped up products out there that for some reason I just get sick if hearing about and ultimately set out to debunk the buzz...I don't know why...I just do! :). This was one of those products. On the search for a good working high end primer, this stuff kept popping up almost every time...it seemed over glamorized and trumped up, however people seem to either love or hate it. I wasn't even willing to try it at first, so you can imagine my discern when I received one of my hauls one day...and inside the box, a teeny sample tube of this stuff was smiling at me from inside as to say nah nah na-na nahhhh! I had not chosen this as a sample, so I was like, ok karma, I get it! I tossed it in a makeup pouch and forgot about it. ::FFwd to a few weeks later:: I'm up one night bored and decide to play makeup (don't lie, you've alllll done it!). I was running low on my primer of the moment and didn't want to waste it on a late night makeup experiment, so I went digging thru my bag of primers to find one that'd do. That blasted tube of Perfekt was the first thing that fell out...so I figured I'd try it. Also, the sample was in the shade "radiant" which looked scarily dark brown. It blended out on my hand pretty light though, so I proceeded to apply it like a bronzing primer...on my nose, out to the apples of my cheeks, under my eyes, and on my forehead. I used a colorless primer in the other areas and let the two dry. I used my Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation, and as it dried I noticed a "glow" that wasn't there previously. I'd been having problems with that foundation making my face look somewhat dull, especially around my eye area, but this time it looked radiant and glowy...hmmmmmm I thought...maybe because I exfoliated earlier that night? I applied the rest of my makeup, then my son got up sick so I had to dash to the local 24-hour Walmart. While there (under the horrible savage fluorescent lights even) I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror and was stunned at how soft and radiant my foundation still looked. I love Chanel foundations, but the LL ALWAYS seemed to go flat on me after a bit no matter what I wore over/under it. This particular night, that did not happen. Th days and weeks following I tweaked and played and obsessed trying to get my LL to look that good again and then I remembered using the Perfekt. I got it out, used it agin, and boom! Glowy, healthy looking face with no dull foundation. I was so shocked!! Needless to say, I begrudgingly moved my Perfekt to permanent status in my makeup bag and the rest is history. Again, note, I do not use this on my entire face! I use Korres anti-aging primer with this product. Ok now that I'm done blabbing, my actual review:
-I am VERY fair, and the Perfekt gel in the shade "Radiant" is an excellent under foundation bronzing primer for me.
-does add a softness to skin and allows foundation to glide on easily.
-comes in a "to go" size and a full size product. (The To-go size has lasted me forever and is much cheaper).
-comes in tinted and colorless versions
-blends very well, kept my foundation fresh and glowy for a good 8 hours.
-a little goes a long wayyyyyyy
-feels light on the skin...not masky at all
-full size bottle is a bit pricey considering there are higher end, better performing products available for less.
-did nothing to minimize look of pores or fine lines.
-is silicone based (which could actually be a pro, depending on whether silicone primers are your thing....they just don't seem to suit my skin when used on my entire face)
-I could see this product possibly becoming an oil slick on someone with oily skin.
Will I repurchase?...still deciding. I may try some other bronzing primers before I make up my mind.
This is a weird product. It provides zero coverage on face but has a silky and matte texture which I love on my skin. I think this could be a great choice if you have skin that has almost no imperfections and you're not looking for any coverage. If you need a foundation to hide blemishes, redness etc, skip this.
I received this foundation(?) in a sample pack from Sephora and I was very unimpressed. I was really excited to try this out since I have recently just went paraben free and dumped most of my makeup and have been using mineral powder. I like the minerals but I crave that moist dewy look you can get from a great liquid foundation. This was not a liquid but more of a cream which needed to be patted on to the face not spread with fingers or used with a sponge which I found made it difficult to get the products everywhere evenly. There was absolutely no coverage with this. I ended up needing to put my mineral foundation on top of this. I did have a slight glow on my natural highlight points (top of brows and cheek bones), but it felt really greasy not dewy. I suppose this product could work for someone with perfect skin who has no imperfections to cover just pores to even out. I unfortunately am not one of those women :(
This just unfortunately does not work on me at all. I like bronzing products specially in winter because my face gets pale again very easily while my limbs and body don't. I tried using it as a foundation or a primer, but they did not went well. The greasy feeling is just horrible despite the fact I am ok with silicon face products. It feels oily and it doesn't do anything for my skin. It has no coverage and it does not even provide a slight tint of colour. So, no, I do not like it at all.
Alright so my skin is pretty greasy and acne prone. I've tried so many different types of powders and foundations over the years and I've almost all the time broken out from them.
One day while roaming around I found this product, I had a heartattack though once I saw the price tag and had to test it first. So one of the ladies at the counter applied it to my skin and I fell in love.
My color is Luminous since I am quite fair skinned and it matches perfectly. Since my skin is oily though I need to use a primer with it or it just slips and slides. So oily skinned girls I would recommend a primer if you decide to use this foundation. Also ever since using this product my acne hasn't acted up at all. It is so light and it doesn't clog my pores like all those other foundations.
A little goes along way and I usually put it where I need the most coverage and spread the excess on the rest of my face. I've already gone through around three tubes of it. Everytime I wear it, I always get complements about how my skin looks. I'm still in love enough to keep dishing out the money for sure.
When Smashbox discontinued their Photofinish bronze primer that I used for foundation I was forced to look elsewhere for a simular product. So I purchased this foundation in the hopes of getting something close to that. I got the color Radiance and I have to say it is fantastic. A little goes a long way. I use a little concealer over it for imperfections and some mineral powder to set (although I may be able to skip that step, but haven't tired that yet.)
Where I live it reaches 110 degrees most of the summer. I usually have to reapply other foundations mid-afternoon if I sweat or even take a nap. This product not only gives you the most amazing finish, is undectable and true to color, makes you look healthy and fresh, but it also lasts the entire day without a touchup. I did yard work, took a nap, and sweated in the heat of the day and it lasted until the following morning when I fell asleep without washing it off. No pimples either. This is the only foundatin that actually looks better and better as the day goes on.
I just can't say enough good things about this. I purchased another one in Rich which has a tan color. I will mix the two and see what that looks like. Don't rub onto face like traditional foundations. This one you warm on your fingers and pat and lightly smooth. Most foundations actually make you look greasy or mask like no matter how little you use or how well you blend. It always feels like a layer of product is always sitting on your face. This product just disappers and feels like nothing. Like skin. It feels touchable and soft. I will not be using anything else. I'm sold. I don't mind the price because it is a multitasker with primer, foundation, powder, and concealer all in one plus I only have to use it once a day instead of twice which will more than pay for itself in the long run. If you haven't tried it yet you are missing out. Best of the Best and this is forty-six years of failed foundation attempts talking here. Now I'm grateful Smashbox discontinued their primer or I would have never tried this. HG