I have been testing this for a couple months now and now purchased a full size bottle. I am wearing 2.1 shade and am NW20-25. I find this foundation lasts on my face all day but i do wear a mattifying Asian spf underneath. This is a build able foundation. I apply it with my fingers and a little bit goes a long way. It is not heavy feeling going on and does not get heavy feeling as time goes on, if that makes since. It does just as good of a job controlling my oilies as EL DW perhaps even better. I do have to blot about once a day and summer it will probably be a couple times but the foundation does not budge and I just reapply a bit of MAC Blot over the top in my oily t-zone area. It is also unscented and the bottle comes with a lovely pump. You have control of how much comes out which is a plus too. I would get sampled to find your correct shade before you purchase if you can. It took the SA 3 different sample shades till I finally figured it out myself.
I've had this product for a few months now. When I first got a sample, I loved it. I then went through a period where I hated it. It didn't seem to offer the coverage I wanted and looked blotchy. However, I now think I've perfected the application and really enjoy the product.
What I've found works best is to use a sponge and apply one pump all over the face first. At this point, the coverage looks terrible but you have a base to work with. I then use a stippling brush and use another pump over the areas I need extra coverage, using a light stippling/slightly circular motion to blend. The second layer doesn't look cakey but it is somewhat sticky when you're done. I set with a very light swirl of MAC Skinfinish Natural and the feel and look is amazing!
The colour selection for this foundation is great for yellow undertones. I found several shades that I could make work for my skin depending on level of tan and none of them looked pinky at all. For reference, I usually use Shiseido's Sun Protection Foundation and am SP 60/70. while I love that foundation, the colour selection just doesn't work for me and the closest match is too pinky and looks like a mask because of it. With the Studio Skin, I am able to find a colour that looks just like my bare skin but better.
Overall, if you haven't been impressed with the coverage, I recommend you try out some different ways of layering and set with a powder applied with a light hand.
My initial thoughts on this product was that i is so similar to MAC's pro longwear, even the smell of it. However, it covers less than pro longwear. That being said, it is a light to medium coverage foundation. If you try to add more, it will definitely look cakey. I use the color 2.2 because it is very yellow based and I am currently an NC37-40. It's very sticky but it dries super fast, so you have to work with it right away. I set the product with a powder because of the stickiness it leaves behind. Oh and the product really stays on your skin! When I wash on my makeup, first with a regular cleanser, then with the clarisonic, usually im not left with any makeup on my brush, but I still see some of this foundation on it if I use this foundation that day. Overall, a 3 because the coverage is so-so.
For reference I am NC35 in Prolongwear, Tawny in ELDW, 310 + 330 in Revlon Colorstay and #55 in Bourjois Healthy Mix. In this, I got this in no 2.3. I have very very oily skin and live in a hot and humid weather. The reason why I include my skin coloring is because when trying out new Foundation I tend to rely on MUA and see how the fondation matches my skin twins so as to no buy the wrong shade. SAs are not very reliable. Well, what can I say? I agree with another reviewer down below that this is actually the exact replica of Prolongwear, except more expensive and it doesnt oxidize.
The texture is somewhat thick but the funny part is that it only evens out the skin tone and does not cover or even blur acne marks whatsoever when first layered. You have to at least use a full 3 pumps before you get at least a medium coverage (this claimed to already be in the medium-full coverage zone). The good part is that even after 3 full pump of layering, it does not get cakey and retains its natural satiny finish, which is actually great as this actually look like skin. So, for me this is actually a sheer-medium coverage foundation.The good part is also that after 3 pumps, it still feels lightweight and airy. It doesnt feel dry on my skin, its rather hydrating w/o being oily.
I still get oily after the 6 hours but hey even my much-loved ELDW does that on me. The longevity is comparable to MAC Prolongwear. It lasts at least 12 hours on me and then it started to get splotchy.It doesnt really control my oilies well, i get quite oily by mid day. and i need to blot more so than eldw or prolongwear or rev cs.
For me the 2.3 matches me well albeit being a tiny bit slightly darker then I'd like on my olive asian skin. Bear in mind I like a foundation color that brightens my face (not lighten like you have cement paste on) and not make me look dark and muddy- its really a personal preference, this does not fall into the foundation category of brightening on me but doesnt make me look dirty either. Doesnt oxidize on my very very oily skin, stays true to color throughout the day.
I have not noticed any transfer on my clothes or when sweating, my sweat has not turned orange.I find this foundation is best applied using hands.
all in all a pretty decent foundation
It's hard for me to find a foundation that has a good balance of yellow and beige in it without any orange. This foundation however is perfection in a bottle -It has the right undertones for my winter skin, doesn't accentuate my dry spots, controls the oil on my nose, feels comfortable on, doesn't break me out. And since alot of powders and other foundations lean orange on me, I can easily adjust it for summer. One of the best foundation finds. HG status in my books. It's an expensive foundation but when hunting for a perfect shade is exhausting, price becomes less of an issue.
Now there's no really huge negatives with this foundations, except that oil control isn't perfect. Better? Yes, but not perfect.
Ok now to the list of positives!
-BEAUTIFUL coverage, seriously this stuff is SOO expensive but you need so little of this stuff. As long as you spread it around really well you get great coverage and bang for your buck! Medium to full coverage for certain!
-I love that the foundations are yellowish, as it help match really well with my golden undertones
-Packaging, the pump is super efficient and I love the glass bottle
-Lasts way longer on my face than any foundation i've tried!
However, this stuff is REALLY REALLY similar to prolongwear. And prolongwear is cheaper.
This is the second high-end foundation product that I have purchased. I love that this foundation comes with a pump, I adore the texture, and I love how little product you need for a full face. However, I had to give this line 4 lippies because there isn't a shade fair enough for us very pale ladies! I have extremely fair skin with pink undertones, and this foundation is a tad too dark and a bit too yellow for my complexion. I still purchased it and it is the foundation I am currently using, and I will continue to use it until I find a suitable foundation line with a shade that suits me. Will change this to 5 lippies if they introduce even lighter shades.
I am in love with this foundation! The coverage is very buildable and no matter how much you build it up it never looks cakey. It is oil free and the texture sort of reminds me of a gel but not really haha its hard to explain; nonetheless, i love it. I prefer to use a wet beauty blender sponge for this foundation because the texture is a little thicker and it tends to dry fairly quickly. It looks great all day. Will be repurchasing!
Great great product. Probably needs a little more coverage for some of my blemishes but it really makes you look awsome in pictures. Lasts long too. I use this with the beautyblender for a seamless look. If you have oily skin like mine, you really should set with powder, and have an oil blotter because this won't control shine. This is the most expensive foundation i bought so far, but it's worth it.
UPDATE: 7/12/12 - less one lippie
Been using this for some time now. In natural light, this looks too orange, a little bit dark and does not match the color of my neck and shoulder. But in photos, the color match is great, not orange, not dark, not too light either.
Still on the lookout for HG foundation, something that will look good on photos as well as actual and will control oil effectively. Will try Estee Lauder DW next.
For reference: I'm suing shade 2.2, MAC NC 25
6/9/2013: The foundation color looks more orange now. Maybe it oxidized in the bottle?
I have tried many different liquid Foundations and this is my fav! I'm a fan of full coverage foundations and this is the 1st liquid foundation that has come veryyyyy close to full coverage. I wear 4.2 (Mac nw45) I am oily and this foundation has Hydrating qualities so I was very scared to tried but I did and I am pleased with the results. Did not make me any oiler than I am. Price 42 :s but it is worth it :)