I actually kind of like this product, especially for the price, but won't be buying it again because I have reason to believe my recent spate of cystic acne is related to using this product.
If you don't have skin like mine (i.e. sensitive, acne-prone), then this *might* work for you.
The pros: The price (~$10) can't be beat. The packaging is good and you get a decent amount of product bang for your buck. The coverage is quite good and you can build for additional spot coverage. Lasts fairly well, though I did have to reapply mid-day.
The cons: Unfortunately as I said, I have identified this as the culprit for recent cystic acne outbreaks. The color selection leaves something to be desired; I never quite felt the color was an exact match. It faded when I blotted and I needed to reapply during the day.
I have this in buff, I believe, and it works alright with my skin tone. I'm Asian, so drugstore foundations are hard to match me. I have this compact for when I'm out running errands and stay mostly at home. I don't have the money to waste my good foundations on these days.
I do love full coverage, and this is definitely buildable. I use it with a wet sponge (damp sponge), and swipe it over the powder, then swipe it onto my face. If I feel like I have too much makeup is a little powdery, then I will spray my Mac fix+ onto a stippling brush and stipple over my face for a more natural look. This powder foundation give more oil control than the Palladio Wet/Dry foundation. I still need to blot, but the other one turns me into an oil slick. I recommend this if you can find a color that's right for you!
HOrrible! I loved the superstay liquid foundation and thought maybe this powder would go well with it, but no. it was terrible! first of all, the packaging looks like you would get a lot, and when u open it all you get is a small little square and the rest is just cheap plastic! I was so mad when I opened it! It was hard to get my kabuki brush in there and it came out looking cakey and dried out my skin right away! I hate it! I will stick to my Revlon CS powder
This is a really affordable product which first drew me to it. I have alot of acne/acne scars and redness so I was realllyyy skeptical about the coverage/staying power. It surprised me and covers very well, and it lasts a long time! I work 10 hour days so around the 8 hour mark I may need to reapply over some of the acne marks but otherwise it lasts a long time. I agree about previous reviews that it can get cakey so I just makesure to moisturize beforehand and apply a pearly blush and bronzer so it doesnt look flat.
This is my first powder foundation, and I bought it on advice from the good folks at MUA. I do think that it is quite a nice powder for how often I choose to use one (not that often). I have to be very careful to how much of this I use, because it can look cakey and heavy. It is a little drying as well, but applying a moisturizer before application really helps. All in all, a good powder foundation, but not good enough for me to pass over my liquids. It wins if I want something really quick.
This is a repeat purchase for me (check my Rimmel foundation review for my skin type). I do not use this by itself however, I use a liquid foundation and use this on top.
Likes: coverage, helps foundation underneath stay on longer, Natural Beige is decent match.
Dislikes: can get patchy around nose area, SPF (don't like SPF in my makeup!), packaging. I can't carry this around in my large purses by itelf and need to stick it in a side pocket or makeup bag. If it jostles around, the powder is fragile and can break up and leave a big mess.
I've used this product daily for nearly 5 years to set my liquid foundation... I've tried other things but always end up going back to this because the staying power and shine control are far better than anything else I've tried from the drugstore. Plus, the coverage is great. My two problems with this product are the cheap packaging and the fact that you don't get a whole lot of powder in the compact. The quality makes up for it though, as it's been my go to powder for so long.
*YEARS LATER UPDATE*
This was indeed my saving grace in high school when I was full of acne and short on cash. Now that I've had the means to try other products, I reallize how badly this oxidized on me compared to other things. It takes A LOT for me to change a staple part of my face routine, and the orange tone this created was one of those things. From this, I moved onto MAC Studio Fix for a few years and most recently CARGO Blu-Ray. I am sticking with the Blu-Ray for now because of the buttery texture and stay-matte finish. It's fun to look at these old reviews, though. I would recommend this to someone on a budget because it has good coverage and decent staying power. As for me, I won't repurchase.
My first and current powder foundation. I haven't felt an overwhelming need to look for another.
However, if you plan on using it over a liquid foundation, this powder seems to still cover well, but it is very easy to go overboard. The best way I have found to avoid looking too "cakey" is to use a kabuki brush.. That is my only problem with it. Other than that I love this product. It has always served me well.
I can't say how many times I have dropped the case and the powder didn't break apart. It also keeps oily zones from getting too shiny throughout the day.
This is a great foundation, does not break me out, provides buildable coverage, I apply with a kabuki brush. Its great!
I have come to the realization that liquid foundation will likely never work on my oily skin.The longest I've had liquid foundation last on my skin is probably about 3 hours. Then it oxidizes, wears off, etc. I have a lot of trouble with acne, especially because it takes forever to heal completely. I get a lot of scarring, and need a foundation with good coverage. The only foundation that has ever given me decent results is CG's pressed mineral powder foundation.
Since that's been discontinued, I decided to try this Maybelline foundation. I'm not completely sold on it, partially because the Buff color is too orangey on me. It doesn't look terrible, but it's not the right color. The product seems decent. The coverage is not as good as I had hoped, but it's better than liquid foundation. It also stays put pretty well. I've had to reapply to my T-zones after a few hours, but that's about it. I will buy this again in a different color, but my concern is that none of them will be right. I am never the lightest color in any line of makeup, and it seems the only color lighter than Buff is Ivory. I'm afraid of going a shade darker, because it might be even more orangey.
All in all, this is a decent product for oily skin, and I plan on trying a different shade, and updating this review later. For now, it gets 3 lippies from me.