The only positive thing about this, IMO, is the packaging. Pump is hygenic and cap closes well to prevent spills. The negatives were that I did not find a color match at all. I have a lot of yellow in my undertone and this foundation is mostly beige and pink bases. It also made my skin greasy after a half hour. It just felt like plain old drugstore foundation on my skin :/ really not worth the 50 something bucks. Thank god sephora has a great return policy!
After hearing all the great buzz on this foundation, I decided to head in to Sephora and try it out myself.
Usually, I'm pretty picky on my foundations, since most have not given me my desired result. All the raves on youtube on this foundation really influenced me into buying it. So, I did.
First and foremost, I have to say that the color selection was quite impressive. The seemingly never-ending color ranges and tonal values caught my attention. I quickly asked to get color matched, and tried the foundation out immediately right infront of the model mirror at Sephora. (My shade is #123)
Honestly, I thought the foundation looked fantastic on my skin. The blend-ability of the product was great and after the full application, I felt like a movie star. I was finally happy to see a flawless look on unfortunate dry skin.
Well Ladies and Gentlemen, those Model mirrors did do the trick, since it tricked me into believing that my skin looked fantastic. Once I stepped outside, the flakiness on my cheeks was apparent (And this was even when I moisturized well, applied HD Elixir, and a bit of HD #6 primer) Also, my pores became more visible than usual, and the product just made my skin look dull and "Cakey". I became sad knowing that I returned my wonderful Nars Sheer Glow for such a horrible experience in a bottle.
This will be returned immediately to Sephora, and will re-purchase my Nars Sheer Glow in Stromboli.
All in all, this product was over-rated and definitely not recommended for those with dry skin.
This foundation is so fabulous! It is lightweight, covers just enough, and leaves a flawless finish. I use it with a damp sponge to apply...and it absolutely disappears ....leaving all the blotches, splotches and ruddiness behind.
It's my absolute favorite...not sure what would cause me to try anything else!
PROS: Sort of matte, but not a true matte. Very natural finish on me (until hours pass.) They have a pretty good range of colors with cool, warm and neutral (beige) bases that will help a lot of people find a match (even though I really didn't). Those who don't like to contaminate the makeup with the fingers will like that this comes in a pump. A little goes a long, long way for me because I don't want heavy coverage, so this cold last forever. ;-) Medium to full coverage depending on how you apply.
CONS: Made big pores worse. Can show off dry patches in my combination skin (have to use my moisturizer right before on those spots.). I would say you need to use a light hand in application (use your fingers instead of a brush) or it ends up cakey. You can blend afterward with a great blending brush like Sephora's #55 airbrush (or some name like that). I'm N15, leaning to NC, with ruddy patches & tried 115 which was a bit too pink, and 118 was a good match but too dark. 117 (yellow base) was a bit too yellow. I suggest looking at the colors on Sephora's website before shopping in store so you can narrow down which ones to try, based on your base tone (cool or warm.)
APPLICATION TIPS: If you're concerned about this settling in pores, you can pat Magic Perfecting Base by L'oreal into pores first (and make sure to let it "set" for at least a minute).
ALTERNATES: If you're looking for something a lot less heavy but not as long-lasting, you can try Diorskin Nude. If you're looking for something very similar to this, check out my review for MAC's Pro Longwear foundation. If you're looking for something better in big pores/wrinkles and much cheaper, try L'oreal's Visible Lift Age-Reversing Makeup.
REMOVAL TIPS: If you are prone to clogging, you may want to remove this with a cleansing oil before using your regular cleanser.
*****FYI, It shows this in the pic. with the HD powder and brush which the foundation does NOT come with.****** continued >>
I went in Sephora knowing exactly what I wanted...a medium coverage foundation that matched my yellow-toned skin and would control my oil..not too much to ask for right? Well the lady assisted me in what was supposed to be the end all in my foundation search. Alas I am sad to say I am utterly dissapointed. The coverage was infact medium and buildable, however it would not cover any of the raised pimples on my face. Strange. For the women who have smooth skin and suffer from just redness and discoloration this might work well. For me it was a miss, since the pimples are what I want to cover the most! The finish was incredible. Looked just like true skin. The color matched perfectly at first, then after a few hours it would oxidize more then any other foundation I've ever used. Then after about 4 hours I was an oil slick and the makeup had just melted right off my face. I tried both with and without a primer with the same results. Very sad to have to return this because I loved the finish and the pump bottle so much
This foundation looked amazing for the 4 hours I wore it and walked around the mall in it. So I went back and got it. Mind you I then got a break out/rash the next day. The coverage was ok and in indoor lighting the shade worked ok. But outside my face looked like an orange mask. The only positive thing I have to say about this is because of the orange cast it helped my under eye circles out a bit. I guess the texture was nice too. I took it back to sephora. I've been using photoready instead. While not perfect for the $9 I paid for it, it will do for now. The quest for HG foundation continues.
Bought this foundation because I wanted to see what all the hype was all about. But sadly, it was just a hype. It doesn't last on me and I broke out after using it. It's so expensive too. I wanted to like this because it does look great and I loved the finish.
This foundation and NARS Sheer Glow are not, I repeat NOT, worth the hype or the high price tag. Yes, they are both the only foundations that I have a found a perfect match for my yellow-olive complexion but both made me breakout. MUFE HD also disappeared on me after 4 hours and pooled in my pores making them more noticeable. Since I have oily skin, I purchased MUFE primer and powder to go with it and it STILL disappeared and pooled on me! The coverage was light to medium and I could still see my acne scars after I applied this with a MAC 187 brush. Right now, I have an almost full bottle of #127 collecting dust on my makeup vanity.
I bought this foundation because I was told it was first of all my "right" colour, and second for oily skin. Both things were not true at all. I'm super fair, NW15 is too dark for me in the winter but if I really tan I'm around NW15-NW20. The Sephora lady gave me the lightest shade in 115. THIS IS ORANGE ON FAIR SKINNED PEOPLE O.O!!!!! Even if I mixed it with my super light foundations, it would transform into a orange-paste :( On the possitive side of things, the packaging IS LOVE. I loveeeee the pump, the cap, close's very nicely! Also it didin't exactly keep my oily skin at bay but...in my case im very oily so not much can be done for that. I wouldint mind this product as much if I were more tanned and had some extra cash. Doesnt please me too much to spend 50$ on a bottle of foundation.
I hated this foundation. It was SO liquidy and didn't even last longer than 3 hours. I have blemishes on my cheeks and the foundation couldn't cover it up for shiz! Returned. Never again. So disgusting.