packaging is horrible, too hard to squeeze out the product, the sponge is like rock.
This is one of the best foundations you can get for oily/very oily skin! The fantastic matte finish and great coverage reminds me a lot of CG's Stay Fabulous foundation, but that one unfortunately breaks me out, whereas this one does not! I like the updated bottle, that allows you the option of using the sponge or popping it off and using it like a regular squeeze tube foundation. I am about an NC20 and "Buff Beige" is a perfect match. The shades must run light in this though, because I consider myself pretty pale. Using the sponge included gives me lighter coverage than squeezing it out onto a separate sponge/brush. I usually just stipple it on, and it blends easily and gives medium-full coverage! I have tried like a hundred different liquid foundations, and very, very few have a true matte finish, so when I find one that actually does, I'm thrilled! A little expensive for a drugstore foundation at $11.99, but well worth it for the quality. Would repurchase!
I just bought this tonight, so this is my first impression- it's not great. The packaging is bizarre- it's a very thick plastic tube with a tough sponge applicator on top. The sponge isn't soft, it's pretty firm. You can twist off the sponge and squeeze out the product onto your hand. I did half of my face with the sponge, half with my fingers. The sponge was not easy to use. It is round so I couldn't get it into the corners near my eyes, and you needed a lot of product with the sponge. It didn't look good when applied with my fingers, either. It is ridiculously thick. It's potentially full coverage, but you need to load it on. It was just too thick. With one layer, the finish was pretty natural, but with anymore than that it became cakey. I'd skip this one..
It makes me very cakey. It is so hard to apply because of the sponge.
The color was too light for me. I don't completely hate it but I just wouldn't purchase this again.
The results of this foundation can vary from day to day. If you use this on moisturised skin, a good primer, and good application, you can achieve a smooth, natural finish. The finish of this foundation is matte but natural looking. Through out the day, instead of feeling cakey and oily, it felt light with a nice glow. (It was warm that day too.) Overall, I like this product, you just have to know how to apply it properly.
Products I used:
- Olay complete moisturiser
- Hard Candy primer
- Elf Powder Brush to apply foundation (in dabbing motions, not rubbing)
- Elf High Definition primer (APPLYED VERY LIGHTLY WITH A BIG FLUFFY BRUSH)
This foundation will make you less break out than the normal drugstore foundations,however, after i start to using this i wanted to stop using foundation. This product is good, but it gives you medium to full coverage and i m not sure if its what i want cause i cant smile as i want when i wear this one, because it is almost like a mask. it is a little bit heavy for me. I have acne problems, but usually i dont have many active ones, instead of this i have marks (hyperpigmentation) , so i need to even out my skin tone. And another dissapointing thing is i really didnt think that a mineral foundation can have paraben and didnt check the ingredients list, but it has! so ladies be careful if you are sensitive about it.
Dont be fooled by this product claiming to not cause break outs...although is not as bad as other foundations i have tried it does cause some break outs....However the coverage is the best i have ever gotten from a drug store foundation.....It is that amazing....either way i had to sacrifice coverage in order for my face to completely heal....I tried mineral make up thinking it wouldnt affect my face and Everyday Minerals broke me out horribly....I finally found a mineral make up that doesnt irritate my skin at all and covereage is wonderful since i no longer have frequent break outs! I would suggest Meow Cosmetics for people with sensative skin like me....
I so wanted this to work. But it didn't...this foundation did not sit well on my skin. It went on ok, but after few hours, it was separating and cakey. It was very noticable and not attractive. It also made my skin look dry in areas; odd, since I have oily skin. I am glad that I bought this foundation on a major sale, otherwise I would be really annoyed!
I've been using this product for around 6 years so I figured it's probably time I review it.
Currently I wear very minimal makeup and so I only wear this under my eyes and over blemishes if needed. However when I first received this as a gift at 17 I wore heavier full face makeup and wore this on my entire face. It's definitely a full coverage foundation and does a good job of covering any imperfections without causing acne or irritation on my sensitive skin underneath my eyes. I always wear the physicians formula loose powder over my foundation which is necessary to prevent an oily appearance and to set it in place. Overall it's a good low priced product that works well for people with acne or sensitive skin but it can look cakey if it's applied everywhere because it's full coverage and needs to be paired with a powder.
Ugh. I wanted to like this but I just couldn't make it work. I have acne-prone skin so I have to look for foundations that are supposed to be good for your skin so this one sounded good. The problem was that it sank into my pores SOOO bad. I do have rather big pores but other foundations have never been so bad with them. I tried 3 different makeup bases/primers before putting this on to see if that would help, and it didn't. Neither did moisturizer, toner, or mixing this foundation with my other foundations. Nothing worked. It even made the pores on the very sides of my face stand out, I don't even notice pores there when I don't use foundation. Also, they only carry this foundation in a few select places, and in the places they do carry it, they often only have 1 or 2 shades. When you do find a place that carries a few different shades, they label the shades weirdly and it's hard to tell which shades are lighter or darker from just looking at the packaging.
Update: I now have one of those beauty blender sponge "dupes" and it's the only way I can wear this foundation. When I use the sponge (damp) it actually blends in and doesn't look cakey. So now that I have a way to apply it that actually works, I like it a lot better.