I really tried to like this. But the shades were limited and the texture wasn't great. I used this as an overall foundation and then to spot cover acne. It covered the acne, but the color deepens a lot as you apply more, but it doesn't darken until later. I got to work and my friend asked me "what happened?" I looked in the mirror and it looked like I had a disease!!! Dark brown muddy spots wherever I had tried to conceal something. (I had to go home to redo my makeup) When I add more of my LM foundation, it just gives more coverage of the same color. Too bad the ML didn't do this, because it really lasted. Returning this one. The customer service at ML is the best even thought this didn't work for me.
I have been stealing my mom's MN lasting foundation for the past few weeks so I figured it deserves a review. Its become really hot in the south and my other products just aren't cutting it anymore. This makeup is made out of a lot of silicone. So much that it feels like putting on a primer, so that step could be nixed if you use one. It is very thin and blendable. There is no need to use powder either which sounds really wild. I have nixed powder and just go to bronzer.One negative is that I wish the color selection was better though. I like yellow-based makeup and doubt they carry a color I really like. It's ok because my face stays matte for a long time.
I just love this stuff! My skin tends to get really oily and I've never found a foundation that lasts all day, so my mom suggested this because it's what she wore when she was younger. I got this foundation and it's AMAZING!! My skin doesn't get oily anymore and looks flawless all day, especially if I apply it with a foundation brush and use Merle Norman's powder over it. Love it.
This foundation does indeed LAST on the skin. Even if your skin is dry you can use it with excellent results provided you start with a richer moisturizer. The only problem is the lack of good colors as this foundation changes when it dries and sets (TENDS to darken and pinken). If you prefer a matte foundation that has longevity along with a huge selection of peach, orange and pink beiges than this is the one for you. Does not beat Estee Lauder Double Wear whos colors have improved and widened but then knowing Estee they'll proably discontinue it.
It's a really good foundation. The shade I bought is slightly darker than I thought it would be, but it's still a good match.
I apply it with a foundation brush, as it has a siliconey, a bit greasy feeling about it, but it's definitely not greasy once on my face. It covers well, i'd say medium to full coverage on me, and it looks matte in the beginning, then it becomes a little dewy, not greasy-looking.
All in all, a good foundation, I might try the powder version next.
Merle Norman Luxiva Lasting Foundation does just what it says it will do, it lasts all day. This formula is designed for oily skin. My skin is combination so I always apply moisturizer to the drier areas and there are no problems. I don't even have to use powder unless I want to and there is no shiny breakthrough throughout the day. I wear the lightest color Ivory and the color stays true. It's rather expensive but it lasts a long time. A little goes a long way. One of my favorite things about this foundation is that it hides my large pores and makes my skin look smooth and rather flawless. My least favorite is that I have to really work to get it off at night. I've used Revlon's Colorstay and Estee Lauder's Double Wear, which are the same type of formula but this one is by far my favorite.
i had this foundation a month before I used it for the first time. This weekend I wore it and could not believe how great it made my skin look! I usually wear total finish compact but I tried this with the luxiva powder foundation and used it as a powder..my face looked almost flawless. I purchased it in ivory...the only bad thing I can say is it was a little pricier than most of the merle norman foundations at $27.50 but you get what you pay for and I NEVER wear a liquid whereas this is more of a cream..its great if you wear a shirt with a color..it wont rub off!
This is a really good liquid foundation, blends very well, and it is even better when applied with the MN foudation brush. I am also fond of the tube it comes in. Seems to keep it fresh longer since the unused product isnt exposed to air, like pots and compacts. If your skin isn't too oily, you can probably go without a powder.
I've only used it for 2 days so I can't comment on its long term performance/breakouts.
The foundation has a light, siliconey feeling upon application, it's easy to spread and blend, and the finish is matte,powdery. I think it's mandatory to use a moisturizer beforehand, otherwise it might look cakey.
I was expecting a bit more coverage, I could only build up to a medium coverage, but I was afraid to pile up more for fear it would become mask-like.
It does keep oilies at bay longer than my EL Double Wear foundation for example, but I think EL provides better coverage than MN.
It has some fragrance to it, but it's so light it disappears very fast.
Overall I like this foundation, I wish it covered a bit better but I know it's gonna be excellent on those days when my skin isn't broken out and it's not too much I need to cover.
Good Stuff! I tried my mom's tube of this foundation because I wanted to see if it was truly long lasting on my very oily t-zone. Most foundations make me oily in about 4-5 hours. But this one kept me matte all day long. I didn't touch up at all during the day! When I first spread this on my face it was very thin in texture and I wondered if it would cover. It covers excellent but feels light as a feather and dries to a matte finish. The color is Alabaster Beige which is a bit too yellow for me, so soon Iam going to buy my own tube that matches me perfectly. I think this foundation is what they use in movies. Actors do need a foundation that needs little touch up and makes them look fawless, right?
I have been wanting to try some of MN other products. I heard their skin care line is good too!