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
I stumbled on this product somewhere - I was using Cinema Secrets and needed to re-order the Graftobian oxygen cream I had purchased and found this line of foundation comig in a palette.
I am using neutral palette #1, I am sort of ruddy fair, pink in my skin, but not ultra fair, and finding I am mostly using Glamour Girl, with a little Sweet Heart mixed in. The colors on the left are light for me, I use them for the area around my eyes and lids. I don't like to look too pasty and these two shades make me look even toned without being mask-ish.
It is good coverage - medium to heavy. I first put on the oxygen cream, (great stuff too), then some primer (i use sally hansen or the 24 mineral one), and then I spray my foundation brush with cinema secrets moisture spray, and then DAB the brush into the pans and dab it on the skin, pressing in not swiping, as another poster mentioned.
Then I will use a smaller brush to go over any blemishes.
I put some creamy blush on sometimes or bronzer, then mineral veil powder - voila!! I am dewy and looks so natural yet my redness is covered well. (I really liked CS but could never find just the right color.)
No pore clogging so far (used it about a month), no breakouts, fairly easy to remove, unfortunately does contain parabens - unlike CS - but I am hoping I will absorb less of them by using the non paraben containing primers!
And what a steal. I would like to try some other colors too ! I love this stuff.
I actually bought this about 6 - 8 months ago and have been using it ever since then. This is hands down one of the best foundations I've ever tried.
It provides medium to full coverage and can even be sheered down to a light coverage if mixed with moisturizer or blended out with a damp sponge and VERY little product. It looks very natural when applied, not overly dewy or overly matte, the texture of this foundation is very similar to that of one's natural skin. The color selection is so much more realistic to people's actual skintones instead of being too yellow, too orange, etc. If you apply it and it looks too orange, chances are you're neutral or cool undertoned and/or you're using a shade that's too dark for you.
The lasting power is decent when paired with a primer and setting powder. I use Ben Nye's Neutral Set Powder to set and Smashbox's Primer in Light before application of the foundation and this trio makes for a FLAWLESS face that looks natural and NOT cakey.
Some people say that they can't achieve full coverage with this foundation, and I've found that this has to do with application methods and not the product itself. This product definitely isn't the easiest of foundations to apply but it is definitely worth learning.
I apply it using my Cover FX 160 brush and I prefer this method over all other ones I've tried. I didn't like the application using a damp sponge, but that's just personal preference. If you need a light coverage, and not full or medium, the sponge method probably would work better. I apply a nice thin layer of the foundation over my face and go back over problem areas with this same brush or a concealer brush (depending on how large the problem area is) using a patting motion (NOT SWIPING). The KEY for better coverage with this type of foundation is patting it into problem areas, not swiping it, swiping it will only sheer out the application of the foundation and will result in a lighter coverage.
Overall, this is my favorite foundation to date. I also own RCMA's creme foundation and I like both of them about the same. The only time I prefer RCMA over Graftobian is on warmer days because the consistency of RCMA is a little drier and not as creamy as Graftobian's.
For reference, I'm in the NC30 - NC35 Range. At this moment I'd probably be considered an NC33 and I use a mix of "Buttermilk" and "Desert Sand". "Buttermilk" (2/3) and "Desert Sand" (1/3).
Overall, this IS a true HD foundation. =] It looks GREAT in the daylight, in photos (with OR without flash), at night, etc. It looks perfect in all lighting situations. =D It's also VERY affordable compared to alot of high end HD foundations out there. I HIGHLY recommend this product.