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.
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.