I have searched many years for an exceptional foundation. I have found it in this one! Covers beautifully and gives me a much more youthful, brightened look. Would recommend this makeup to anyone!
I have been using this foundation for 10 years now. I have to say that it was the best foundation when I was between the ages of 20-27 years old, but now it isn't so great. I've noticed little wrinkles forming this year and this foundation has made them look more pronounced : (
I highly recommend this product to anyone between the ages of 20-27 years old, prone to acne, & needs full-coverage. Certainly NOT for ages 29 + years old because during the day, the foundation cakes and deepens into the wrinkles making them noticeable. I will discontinue buying this product since it no longer suits my skin needs.
UPDATE 8/05/2010 I am not getting good color matches at MN lately. Pink and peachy. And this foundation does not seem to be performing as well as it did before. Not the same coverage and I swear even the consistancy is different. Too bad.
UPDATE: 2/21/2010 I recently revisited this. This is better for warmer climates. Not ideal for drier skin. Also, I dread going to a Merle Norman because you can't just try the products in peace without someone pushing products on you and trying to stear you instead of just letting you explore. I still think Merle Norman has superior products so I would recommend.
I am so impressed with Merle Norman!!!! I just wanted something to cover my redeness and look great. I can't believe the color match. It is so good I can just put foundation where I need to even color and not my whole face. IThe coverage is medium but could be built up. You have lots of time to blend which is nice for a long lasting formula like this. I recommend a good moisturizer underneath as I could see where it would accent any dryness.
It takes about five minutes to do my makeup in the morning (foundation, powder, gel eye liner, mascara----in your face mmu!!!!) I live in a humid climate and I work in a body shop and this stuff stays put in 100+ degree heat. It hasn't broken me out, it doesn't smell, it doesn't turn as the day wears on, and no animal testing. I will continue to buy. The only exception might be during winter and I will check out Merle Norman's other elegant products.
I really wanted to like this product bc of all of the great reviews I heard. I have very oily skin which is just a bit acne prone. PROS: I have tried just about every long last foundation out there and I have to say this does stay put. It has somewhat of a liquidy consistency and dries to a matte finish but is still fairly easy to blend. CONS: I found this to be heavy/mask like with extremely heavy matte coverage. I am not afraid of a full coverage foundation but this made me look like a geisha, regardless of the color match. It also settled into my large pores making them look huge! It also was hard to get my blush to blend.
I think this is good for someone who really wants very matte and heavy coverage that lasts but if you want to look at all natural this is probably not for you.
This foundation is the first liquid I have used in years because I hate the look and feel of foundation. I am giving up my minerals for this foundation because it feels and looks like my skin, but better. A very nice product, if you like a natural look, and hate the feel of makeup. You will get moderate coverage.
Color me very excited here. I have tried so many foundations that I can't even remember all the names. I have drawers full. I literally have a train case half stuffed with them. I have very oily and acne prone skin. I also have the palest skin on earth with pink to red undertones so trying to find a foundation that truly looks like me has not been easy! If am lucky enough to find something that doesn't look like mud on my face, it slides off or breaks me out so I am forever wondering the damn earth here trying to find something that I can stick with! The closest I had found so far was Estee Lauder's Double Wear in ICI Shell (lightest shade). I need that kind of coverage but it looks mask like and is a tad too dark. It also gets shiny even though it's supposed to last all day. It gets shiny after just a few hours. I saw the reviews on here and decided to call Merle Norman and give it a try because usually make up that comes in a tube is the best stuff around (the consistency is usually great and it's so hygienic). I figured it would be thicker then what you get in a bottle and I liked that aspect. I bought this in their lightest shade which is now Cream (the palest Ivory was discontinued in the industry's quest to make everyone a bronze baby which is infuriating). The cream looks dark in the tube so I thought oh no...this is not going to look right but I swear to God this stuff matches me like a second skin (and that's a miracle). I am "Rose McGowan" white and this stuff spreads like silk and makes my skin look so natural! It did not make me look gold or too dark (even though it is a bit of a warm shade which surprised me). There is no demarcation line on my neck or anywhere else (though I always moisturize my neck and spread a little bit of foundation with the moisturizer to make it look more natural). I powdered down with my miracle Lola French Pink Powder and I look like a porcelain doll (that powder really makes the look...that stuff is like a white silk veil over this foundation so it works beautifully). It has a scent but it's the most luxurious musk like scent. It's like a musk perfume that has faded (not real strong but very unusually appealing and typically I hate anything even slightly scented). This stuff is so silky and the color is perfect on my super pale skin (it won't look it in the tube but trust me it works somehow). Now I've only had this on for a few hours so I don't know if it will break me out but I will edit if it does. Fabulous stuff!
I thought I had an HG with Revlon Colorstay, but ended up having huge cystic acne every time I used it more than 3 days in a row. I am 38 and don't break out much anymore, particularly like that. So, I had to start looking again....after digging through everything I could find on MUA, I decided to try a brand I hadn't used before, Merle Norman. I remember my mom using their stuff pretty religiously, way back when. So, turns out they had a studio about 2 miles from my house, who knew! Anyway, I got a nice match with the foundation, in Ivory. It goes on so smoothly and set nicely. I used it with my own MAC Blot Powder and it worked just as well as the Revlon. The only catch was I would get little spots that looked like they'd settled into my pores. No problem. After I put the foundation on, let it set a minute, i just barely pat my face with a sponge and it is all fixed now. (And note....no makeup shows up on the sponge!) THEN!!! To make things even better, per the recommendations on this site, I decided to splurge and get the matching powder foundation (no, not just powder, powder foundation) to use as a powder to set it. Like everyone has said here, it sounds like it would be too much, but it isn't! It has me set for the day. I touch up once mid-day and that's it for a beautiful, non-fake, matte finish. I love this combo and despite the ugly packaging for the powder, will continue to buy! UPDATE: 10/10/2007 I have now been told that it looks like I have a lot of makeup....maybe it was too much? Regardless, am going to try Clinique Perfectly Real, and some Fyrinnae MMU....quest continues. UPDATE 11/27/07: Well, my other tries didn't cut it. MMU just never seems to be enough for me, so now my only complaint is the price, although it really does seem to go a long way. I guess this will be HG!
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.