One of the best foundations I have ever tried and believe me, I have tried (all?) most out there! I am a Mac N3 in Face and Body and neutral, so I'm hard to match in most dept. store and boutique shades, which are either too yellow or too pink for me. The Graftobian HD Creme in Broadway Star is in the middle of the neutral scheme and the second in the N2 palette, matches my skin perfectly. For reference I wear Mac Studio Fix Liquid in NW20; Maybelline Age Rewind in Creamy Natural (Light 5) and Revlon Colorstay in Nude. The Graftobian foundation melds right into my skin giving a poreless and glowy yet not oily coverage, covers all imperfections, works great as an eyeshadow primer and evens out my ruddy complexion with one layer. Lasts ALL day and night and does not break me out. Highly recommend this holy grail of creme foundations! p.s. I almost never write reviews, but my feelings are so strong for this I had to chime in!
Great foundation for normal to oily skin.
Wouldn't recommend it for dry skin.
It needs a little time to settle in and mix with the oil on your face even on normal skin. On dry skin it leaves a lot to be desired. I don't think it was formulated with dry skin in mind. It clings to dry areas.
I recommend you use it with a foundation brush rather then sponge because it absorbs too much of the product.
I apply thin layers with a foundation brush after I've moisturized any areas I think feel even slightly normal-dry. I use there own brand of moisturizer because other moisturizers I've tried it with don't work as well with this foundation.
The first time I tried this foundation I positively hated it because I tried to cut it with an unsuitable moisturizer (Origins MegaM) and the results were awful. It looked oily and greasy! So be mindful of what you cut this foundation with.
The foundation itself is very easily spreadable and thin but pigmented. to me it has a medium to full coverage but it does not feel heavy at all like most mainstream foundations.It has a dry feeling on your skin. Which I think has something to do with its demi-matte finish. After a few hours the finish is more natural yet not dewy because the oils on your face start to come through.
The palette packaging is annoying. There is a space for a spatula but it doesn't come with one.Which would be useful.
I love the colour range though, as I have all 3 super palettes. I'm never for a loss for the right colour. I can use Warm: Graceful Swan, Ingenue, Neutral: Bombshell, Prima Donna.
Graceful swan is the best match to my very white neck and Bombshell + Graceful swan or Ingenue + Bombshell (more in the summer). I'm between a mac ncw 15-20. I love this foundation in the summer.
Overall I think this is a pretty good foundation if you are looking for a natural finish and have normal-oily skin or oily skin and a demi-matte natural finish. It doesn't look shiny or dewy however if you have more specific skin needs i.e your skin is dry or your skin is extremely oil and foundation melts off your face you will need to keep searching.
Finally...my HG foundation, and it's no more expensive than drug-store brands. My skin is dry and my skin tone is hard to match (I'm very pale, yellow undertones. I ended up with Bombshell, a neutral shade). I ordered samples from Paintandpowderstore.com, but several sites carry the full-size product. The samples were a little expensive - $3.99 each - but worth it to find an exact match. The foundation itself is very creamy and leaves a natural-looking finish. A very small amount is needed for complete coverage; stipple it on and sheer it out with a damp sponge for a barely-there finish, or add additional layers for more coverage. This miracle foundation costs $11.00 at paintandpowderstore.com, but I saw it for $9.00 somewhere else online,,,I don't recall where. If you've tried everything and still haven't found your HG foundation, give Graftobian a try. At $3.99 for a sample, it's worth the risk!
Packaging is practical and with a clear lid you can see the colour inside. I have this in the Warm #1 palette (the one with 5 shades) that includes Graceful Swan, Ingenue, Vixen, Temptress, and Enchantress.
I got this by recommendation of a youtube guru "gossmakeupartist" and if you have not checked him out, you should. He's one of the best honest gurus out there.
This creme foundation is indeed very creamy, glides on like butter, no fragrance whatsoever that could make you feel sick, and no spf, no fuss, and it doubles up as concealer because it is highly pigmented. It's awesome!!
The great thing about this palette is that I can mix and match the shades whenever I need it, so you can highlight your face using this palette too. You can also mix a darker shade during summer. Very versatile. I'd definitely repurchase.
For reference, I'm around Revlon Photoready 008, Hourglass Veil Foundation in No. 2, MAC probably around NC25-30, and I can mix Ingenue, Vixen and Temptress, but normally Vixen and Temptress themselves work fine.
I love it :) Even though it's not super good for my oily skin I manage to thin it down and I get that matte look for photographs. It photographs amazingly. I am still playing around with thinners from RMCA - Graftobian airbrush thinner - MAC face&Body mixing medium to see what thins it the best.
Graftobian even though it's not as good as it could be for oily skin, I still like it. It covers amazingly and I think the price for it is great. I have the warmer and neutral palette and I love it. I personally love it more than I like MAC foundation...
I have to get the correcting palette. :)
I have been using this for maybe 4 months now and i really love it. Gives great flawless coverage and can be applied more sheerly if thats what you're after too. Like another reviewer i use Sonia Kashuk Flat top brush in circular motions. I honestly dont see why i would stop using this seeing how i am happy with the colour, coverage, and price. It also seems like it will last a while since i use it every day and have only made a slight dent. For reference i bought sunrise flush and prima donna - both match and I am about NW20.
this is truly an amazing palette to have especially if you are doing makeup for more than yourself. It comes with varies shades from light to dark and a little pink and corrector for those things yo like to hide. I have this in #1, #2 and warm #1, I really like how this product blend easily into the skin and you finish off with a setting powder, the result is an amazing canvas for dramatic or neutral radiant finish. The pictures comes out lookin like you have flawless skin with a little glow without any highlighting products. I think this is great, my first time working with this product and I realy love it, I use this on the entire bridal party and everyone look fab. love love love
This is the world's best foundation...hands down! I've been using MUFE Hi Def, and loved that product, but read the reviews here and ordered two samples. The blend of these two colors for my skin is as perfect as can possibly be, so I ordered full sizes. I'm normal/dry skin, and this foundation stays put and perfect for day into night. I'm a convert...most likely will never change! I also ordered the blender sponge, which I highly recommend. With a blend of two shades, you can adjust for summer/winter coloring.
The key with this foundation is apply with a slightly damp sponge: flawless finish, will last all day!
I am a bit lighter than NC15, and use this in 'Graceful Swan'. This foundation is amazing. All my other foundations (and there are quite a few) are now gathering dust in my drawer, as this is the only one I reach for. I put this on with a beauty blender sponge, and find I can get any coverage from sheer (most of the time) to full (when my skin reacted to something and looked like I had acid thrown on my face. It does a really good job of toning down red and hiding dark patches, even when sheered out. It looks amazingly natural, even when I pack it on. I normally use the RCMA no color powder to set this, for a very natural finish, or the Smashbox Halo powder if I want a little more glow. I totally recommend this.
- looks perfect after you put it on
- will work great for dry or normal skin
- might work for slightly oily ladies if they use primers and oil control powders or setting sprays
- extensive shades from fairest to darkest
- pro makeup artists use it
- can be sheer or full coverage depending on how you apply
- oily so it's not good for long wear if you have oily skin
- not as good as revlon colorstay and almay clear complexion in terms of long wear for oily skin
- has lanolin and petrolatum
ps I am nc37-40 and enchantress is a perfect match