This is my HG foundation. BUT... I can't use it alone to get the coverage I want. I still have it 5 lippies because it's still amazing! Even if I feel oily and I blot and oil comes off I never LOOK oily which is amazing. No other "matte" foundation has done that for me. I love this stuff I have it in 3 colors so I can wear it all year long and highlight with it. Will never stop using it.
I live in hope that one day I'll find something as good as this for half the price ($78 AU) but until then I'll repurchase because this is the only foundation I've ever used that my skin doesn't take as a challenge and grease off.
I got colour matched to Shell, which is a good fit. This product needs a brush to apply IMHO, I'm even considering buying one of the Hourglass ones, because you really need to buff this in to get it to spread out to as thin a layer as possible. It can be built up but I've found that can look a bit cakey. It dries down quickly to a powder finish. You don't need too much either, a spot the size of a 5c piece (or a US penny) will easily cover your whole face. I've found the best way to do it is to use half of that amount, dot it over one cheek and blend the dots and then repeat for the other cheek and forehead, meeting over your nose. Don't leave it unblended for two long because it dries out and you'll end up with little dot outlines LOL... It offers pretty good coverage- not completely opaque, but it evens out all the hyper pigmentation around my mouth and the redness I have in other areas and it doesn't look mask like.
After about an hour my skin's natural oiliness neutralises the powder finish a bit and it just looks like I have perfect skin, and that's basically how it stays for another 8 or so hours. Really hot weather impacts its wear, but not by as much as any other foundation I've tried- it won't look as pristine, but it won't wear off and need reapplication like everything else does on me. It (understandably) works well with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, they help prevent it looking too matte.
I wouldn't suggest this at all for people with dry skin- it will emphasise any and all dryness. But for my oily skin it works really well, and should last because I only use a little bit. I'd also probably suggest a sample first if you have a lot of acne scarring- it really needs to be buffed in on my (relatively minor) acne scarred areas or it can look a bit weird.
The packaging is chic, though it's annoying that you can't tell without opening the bottle how much is left. The pump nozzle is really tiny too, which is good so you don't over dispense, but it can get a bit blocked if you don't clean it.
The claims about it actually improving your skin through wear were in my experience (gasp!) true. I wear a full face of makeup maybe four days a week and I found my acne before 'that time of the month' was lessened after using this- maybe one zit rather than four or five. I haven't changed any other aspect of my makeup or skincare routines.
So yeah, cringey price but otherwise the best foundation product I've used. And I will repurchase the second I run out.
HOLY GRAIL ALERT!!!
I have not read ALL the reviews but I feel as if people are expecting this foundation to be something that it is not. This foundation is best for those of you with oily, acne prone skin, You don't have to have that type of skin but it's just best suited for those. It's a medium to full coverage MATTIFYING oil free foundation with a powder finish. There's clay in it (I forget what kind) that soaks up oil and it does not contain SPF so it's perfect for flash photography (you will not get the white overcast when taking pictures). I believe it comes in 16 shades so there must be a shade for everyone.
I got color matched at Sephora and took home a sample. I have medium tan skin with yellow undertones (Revlon ColorStay in Toast, GA Luminous Silk #8, MAC MatchMaster 5) so when they gave me Honey, I thought it would be too light at first. BUT OH MY GOODNESS WHEN I FIRST APPLIED IT I WANTED TO JUMP UP AND DOWN FOR JOY! It's difficult to match brown skinned girls but this was beyond perfect. I apply it with a flat top synthetic and sometimes the BeautyBlender (they don't recommend a sponge though). One layer cover almost all my blemishes and discoloration. I dab on a second layer to problem areas. I don't have to powder until maybe 6 hours later, I put on the Veil Primer on my t-zone and my face is flawless after. It's best to moisturize any dry patches before applying this because it can cling to dry skin. I cannot stop raving about this product and cannot go without it. The price is steep ($55) but a little goes a long way. I will definitely repurchase!
I don't use liquid foundation daily, usually it's just concealer and loose powder after moisturizer and sunscreen. My skin is clear so coverage is not a concern. I'd put foundation on when I have more time and want to be a little bit more made up. What always bothers me is the bridge of my nose always gets shiny (just shine but not oily-oily) a few hours after I applied make up (with or without foundation). I want a nice matte/powdered look that will stay that way throughout the day without having to touch up with powder or blotting paper mid-morning so I thought this foundation sounds perfect.
I tried it 4 times this past week, the weather has been cold around 26F. My skin is normal to dry this time of year. The Shell color matches perfectly. The finish is matte with medium coverage. I used a brush to apply and found it to be a bit drying. One day I used it over the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer, it glided on easier but my nose got greasy within hours and the foundation caked around the sides of my nose--totally gross! This never happened to me before. The times I used it without a primer, it stayed on okay but not totally matte past 3 hours and my nose got some sheen. I also used loose powder to set the foundation so I don't know what else I could have done. My Armani Luminous Silk Foundation delivers similar results. This one is supposed to be mattifying but I'm not seeing a difference. It's an okay foundation but nothing special.
I don't understand, there is no way you can reaply this foundation, how can you manage being so perfect doing your makeup? Sometime you need to clean your eyes or something, there's no way you can clean because if you reapply the foundation it'll get horrible! You have to wash your face immediately and reapply all over again, that is bad bad bad. Too expensive if it actually was 5 bucks.
I am giving this 4 lippies because it pretty much "does what it says", but there are other liquid powder foundations with better finishes for equal or less money. For me it was simply not a good fit.
That being said - I have combination skin and got this in "Natural" which matched very nicely (yellow/olive skin, NC25 in MAC, BB in Beige, GA Luminous Silk in 5). It was easy to apply, very silky and did not streak and dried quickly. The good stuff ends there for me. It left me with a dry finish that looked very dull and lifeless.
On me this was WAY too matte. I want to look radiant, healthy - this gave me the opposite. It looked old-fashioned, too powdery and unattractive. I felt like I had aged just by applying this. Also the powder-like finish seemed a bit mask-like on my skin, did not feel heavy but looked heavy, like when you apply too much powder. The worst part is that after an hour it dried up on patches of dry skin I didn't even know I had (and I applied heavy cream before this stuff so .. ) For those with oilier skin, I think the natural oils may compensate for the dryness this foundation causes, because while it looked ok in my t-zone, it was no good anywhere else.
HOWEVER - this does *not* claim to be a luminous product so I will not downgrade it, it did what it's supposed to do. This is liquid powder and likely will not be suitable for any skin types except the oiliest. I ended up returning this because it was too drying for my skin type and I recommend asking for a sample before purchasing so that you can wear it for a few hours at least to see if it works for you.
I had mixed feelings about this foundation until I finally settled on 'no'. Way too expensive for what it delivered. Settled into lines around my eyes in a dreadfully obvious way yet looked flawless around the rest of my face. One day I felt I didn't need a setting powder yet the next day looked quite oily! This foundation is confused...
This is a great foundation since my face is somewhat oily.
I apply this and don't have to touch up my face all day. It is so relieving knowing that after I put it on in the morning, I am good to go!
The pump made me angry because I figured for how expensive the product is at least they could attach a good pump!
Hands down, the absolute best foundation for my extremely oily skin with rosacea. It does not irritate me at all and lasts all day. I do top this with MAC blot powder and blot maybe once during the day. I don't know that I will ever use anything else after using this. I have tried every single primer out there and just about every foundation formulated for oily skin and this is the only one that works for me. I know that there have been complaints about the pump clogging, but I find a toothpick remedies that quite well. I do use this with their primer as well and it applies like a dream. The only thing I would complain about is the price. It's quite expensive and if you purchase the primer and foundation together...it's more than $100 USD. No matter the cost, this makes me look flawless and I love it. My search for the perfect foundation for my oily skin has FINALLY ended.
I love this foundation! It works really well on my oily, acne-prone skin. I like that it actually looks like skin after it's applied, and stays put all day. This is the only foundation that controls my greasy t-zone, and I find that I don't need to blot my face that often (once during the day). Even after I blot, the coverage & finish still look great. The biggest con about this foundation, as other reviewers have said, is that it sticks to dry patches. Also, if you build it up too much, it looks really cakey