this foundation is one of my favorites, it is definitely long wear medium to full coverage, doesn't make my skin feel suffocated. this foundation gives this really nice sheen to the skin which looks amazing for special occasions, definitely recommend this product!!
I really love this foundation but I broke out in bumps that hurt under the skin.
This foundation is so wonderful but makes me so irritated that I can't use it for everyday use.
I was recommended this at Sephora for something that would be more full coverage and look great in pictures. I dont really need full coverage and usually stick to medium coverage foundations, but I was kind of curious to try this. Anyway, when I tried the sample I got, I was a little skeptical because so far nothing has been able to keep me matte like the Hourglass Immaculate foundation I like to use while looking just as good. It went on with a kabuki brush very easily and was easily built for a full coverage. I needed only a tiny bit of concealer to finish off. It matched my skin color extremely well and had a natural skin tone looking finish. But the real test was when I went out for about 6 or so hours and realized that my makeup didn't look shiny or dewy and that I didnt have to blot the whole six hours (usually Ill have to blot within a few hours with practically every foundation I've used, even after oil control primers and setting powders.) It looked practically the same as when I put it on and kept me completely matte.
After about two days of using the sample and noticing that not only did it seem to work well for my skin but really did look INCREDIBLE in photos, I decided that I loved it so much that I went out and bought a full bottle from Sephora. I used it for about 5 more days, but realized that I was starting to break out. I usually start to naturally break out if I don't wash my face twice a day or when my sensitive skin doesn't agree with a new product. Although, when I do break out, it's usually not too bad- maybe one to three tiny blemishes scattered on my face (probably because I do a lot to prevent break outs and take care of my skin.) But I noticed that I had at least seven or more blemishes on my face after a few days using this foundation, some a lot bigger than Im used to. This is the only new product Ive been using in months, so it didnt take much to figure out what the cause of my sudden breakouts were. I was so upset and still am though because this literally is the best foundation that Ive tried, otherwise. I love the look it gives my skin, how it keeps me matte for so long, how awesome it looks in pictures, etc. But I guess it doesnt agree with my skin for every day use which is a total bummer.
Ive seen some other reviews on here saying that it broke other people out as well, so Im wondering if it's something in the ingredients. So I'd probably recommend that people with acne prone or sensitive skin stay away from this, at least for use every day. I suppose if you dont really have a problem with acne or sensitivity, you could try this and see how it fairs. Like I said, besides breaking me out, it's a great foundation. Im still so aggravated that it doesnt agree with my skin that much!
I bought this product in shade 1.2 and found it perfect for my skin tone. I didn't intend to b this item but whilst on my lunch break from college I stumbled across it at my local debenhams counter and as it had just been relaxed I found it impossible not to buy it ! I bought this foundation just before Christmas and used it a lot yet there's still quite a bit of product left. I think you get exactly what you pay for and I think this is an amazing foundation. This is my go to foundation if I can't decide what else to use. Like all of my foundations I use Smash Box photo finish primer (purple one) and found that this foundation lasted around 8 hours unlike the 15 it claims to. I also found that it doesn't stay in place properly in warmer weather. I love the packaging on this product as you can see exactly how much you have left and the pump is really useful. The coverage is great, it helps to conceal smaller spots and give you a lovely even skin tone. I will defiantly be re purchasing this foundation !
Considering the price and the reviews, I was kind of expecting a miracle. Alas, it didnt come close to meeting my expectations. The color seemed to match perfectly in the store but when I put it all over my face...YUCK! It was completely orange! When I returned it the SA laughed and said she understood b/c all of the Smashbox foundations look orange. The coverage was ok but nothing compared to my usual Double Wear. Will not buy again.
By far the best foundation I have ever used! I bought this purely on the reviews alone, and couldn't be happier. I am light/medium and got the 2nd lightest shade there was, as I read that this does oxidise.
The first time I applied this I did freak out.... It seemed to settle into my pores around my nose and was extremely difficult to blend. I fixed that problem by using a non-latex sponge rather than my usual foundation brush- it made a huge difference. Either way, I find this foundation can look patchy straight after you apply, but somehow it fixes itself using the warmth of the skin and evens out. I look much better after having it on for at least half an hour.
Its a very thin, almost watery consistency, and feels very light on application. The best thing about this foundation is that it looks completely natural and is so buildable. I can make this a light foundation that completely looks like I am wearing no makeup or build it to a full coverage when I need to, and it doesn't look patchy or streaky at all.
The packaging is ideal and very hygienic, and the colour was perfect for me as I have yellow undertones- it matched my skin seamlessly.
The only criticism I have is that it is nowhere near as hydrating as the lady at Mecca claimed. I think they want to differentiate this product from most other long wearing foundations which dry the skin out and flake away. Although i could never call this 'hydrating', it definitely won't dry your skin out.
I also found that you need a perfect base for this product. I recommend a good exfoliation before use because it does latch onto dry skin- not a good look. I used clarins hydraquench underneath this with a bit of revlon photoready primer and I was good to go.
Overall, an amazing foundation if you know how to use it best. Probably wouldn't recommend this to first time makeup users though, they may find it difficult to blend and make even.
So I came across this foundation on MUA and I was getting tired of my old foundation (ELDW). I wanted to try something new. Hence, I instantly purchased this foundation after reading some rave reviews. I must say, I really DO like this foundation compared to ELDW. The consistency is creamier and more blendable- which I love. I'm normally between NC30-35 and the shad the I bought was 2.3 and the match was perfect. The color is very yellow-based which is OK, since I have yellowish undertones. The foundation comes in a nice glass bottle with a PUMP- yes, a pump. YAY!!! Easy to dispense and doesnt create any mess. I use my ELF Powder Brush to apply and it creates a really nice, airbrush finish. Again, because this foundation is creamy, its very easy to blend. Whitin a few minutes, the foudation just melts into your skin and you really don't feel a thing. Very light and I never looked cakey. The staying power was great. I live in the South so the heat and humidy can be troublesome but with this, it stayed on for about 8 hours and it looked great. I use a cleanser oil to remove since it can be a little tricky. So why the 2 star rating? Well sadly, after a week of loving this foundation, I came home and discovered some breakouts. For me, these breakouts were the painful, under-the-skin ones. Not one, but five cropped up. At first, I was in denial thinking that maybe I was just stressed but nope, I thought about it and the only thing I changed in my routine was this foundation. So sad. Everything about this formula is wonderful, even the perfect color match. I would recommend this to friends bu for me, it just didnt work out. =(
I wear NC20 foundations most of the time to tone down the redness in my cheeks which can get pretty flushed especially in warm weather (I'm actually a NW20). I have this foundation in 1.2. This foudation is medium coverage but I think it can go to full if you use more than a pump.
I can wear this foundation without any primer and it will stay on for at least 10 hours through some dabbing and wiping (even a little eye rubbing). After that, the redness in my cheeks will start to show a little as it fades. However, it just looks like I have blusher on so that's no biggie. The finish is neither dewey nor matte and it doesn't emphasize lines once it has set. I usually press on loose powder and brush off the excess to give it a more soft-focused look. Maybe it's because I only use one pump for my entire face but it does not cover my pigmentation. Does better with dark circles though (really minimizes them).
I'm giving it 5 lippies because it does last a long time (even in hot humid weather) and it doesn't give my skin the tight feeling I get from long-wearing foundations like Revlon Colorstay. In fact, I often forget I have it on. My skin is dry combination and I've only experienced a little shine on my nose at the end of the day which is a bonus for me!
Got a sample of this to take home from Sephora and tried it once--it broke me out within that first day! It went on fine, felt alright through the day, however the real test is by the end of the day when my skin is incredibly oily. By that time, this foundation was still good coverage, however it felt itchy/tingly on my face, and when I removed it with cold cream and then washed my face off, it was more broken out and my current breakouts were even more irritated. This is how I know when foundations are a no-go for me! So sad this didn't work, but in some ways I'm glad because I wouldn't want to pay that price for something I'd use everyday. Nonetheless, it was a nice texture for oily skin types, and the color choice is awful because even the lightest shade is a bit too yellow and dark, which can look to orange in natural light on my pale skin.
This product is amazing for full coverage if that's what you're looking for. I'm giving it four lippies because it is amazing for that. Unfortunately, it was just not for me. I felt like I was wearing a mask, and that's not the look I'm going for. Trying chanel next. I do rec though if you want a long-wearing even-looking full coverage foundation.