This powder gives great coverage and touches up great! I just bought a kabuki brush at the suggestion of my consultant and it gives it a velvety finish.
I've been wearing MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 for a while now and really do love it. However, I became curious about all the buzz surrounding mineral foundations and sampled a few lines. There were things I liked and disliked about each one I tried. The thing I ADORED in every case though was the ease of application a powder provides. It goes on faster and is easier to blend in my opinion. I'd always been a liquid gal and never thought powder would provide the coverage I desire, but I was wrong. Since I wasn't completely sold on any of the mineral foundations but 100% sold on powder form - with the help of MUA reviews - I set out to find "the one". Honestly, I would have NEVER set foot in a Merle Norman Studio if not for the reviews posted here. I'd tried MN products in the past and was never blown away. I had come to think of the line as "less-than". I don't know if perhaps MN has changed their formulations or if instead my tastes are changing as I approach 40, but WOW! I'm in love with this foundation as well as many of their other color products. This foundation goes on easily, provides a nice medium to semi-full matte coverage, lasts for hours and the color Cameo was a spot on match for me. The price - at $29 - is a bit steep in my opinion, but I have no problem paying it considering my satisfaction with the results. Plus, because this is both a foundation and powder in one there is no longer a need for my MAC Blot Powder. I'm dropping it and my SFF for this ... that speaks volumes. My one complaint - no sunscreen. For me this is not a deal breaker because my moisturizer has me covered in the department.
I bought this Ultra powder foundation today at the Merle Norman store. I find it to give a very nice polished flawless finish, while still looking quite natural. I bought it in Chiffon, a rather light cool color. It's a good match for me, although the Neutral, one shade darker would work also. This foundation is probably formulated for oilier skins but if you have drier skin, just moisturize well first before applying it. I don't like liquid foundation right now. I guess I've gotten so used to mineral makeup, liquids feel too heavy. Ultra gives better coverage than the mineral makeup I currently use. It's nice to have options. I love Merle Norman! It can definately hold it's own to any highend department store brand. I used to think of it as a store where you went to buy heavy in your face pancake makeup. Not anymore!!!
Great coverage, easy to use, really liked the product
Really good powder foundation for oily skin. This keeps my oily skin looking matte a lot longer than any other powder foundation I have tried. I am light PPP with yellow/neutral undertones, and I usually wear the lightest shade in any foundation line. Not Merle Norman though. I originally bought this in the color "Fair", and that was too light on me. "Fair" is only for the whitest of white skins. If you look like Snow White, then go with the color "Fair". If your PPP but have have yellow/warm undertones in your skin like me, then you will want to go with the next shade up which is called "Cameo". I returned the "Fair" and purchased the "Cameo", and the color match is perfect. For reference, I also wear CoverGirl Classic Ivory liquid foundation, NARS Deauville Liquid foundation, and NARS Mont Blanc powder foundation). I am giving this 5 lippies because it is a wonderful powder foundation for oily or combo skin (or anyone who gets a shiny t-zone by mid-day) - it keeps the oilies away for a long time. Although I am not sure how well this would work on those with dry skin though, as it contains talc (which is probably a big part of why it absorbs oil so well). Anyway, it suits me just fine and I am very happy with it.:)
I really like this product. I just went back to Merle Norman after years away and I am currently using the lasting foundation with this on top. It looks so fresh and polished I can hardly believe its my face ! I also havn't had any problems with this and my oh so sensitve skin. Yay!
This is absolutely the best foundation--and it is powder. It takes me less than a minute to put it on. The color is awesome. The coverage is awesome.
I used Mac for years and I always had zits.
And I am almost 30, I switched to MN powder foundation and they are gone.
I will never another.
I very seldom write reviews since everyone knows how great SM amd VL are but I just had to mention this one. I very seldom wear powder foundation, I can tell when someone has it on (especially BE) and I don't care for the shiny or too powdery look. This product is the perfect mix. Not too dry, never gets that sweaty look to it, and the color selection is better than most. I put this on after sunscreen and I'm good to go the whole day. No need to even blot. I get my eyebrows done at MN and my SA is so great that she actually let me use the store copies of both the liquids and the powders till I found what I liked. I cannot recommend this enough. The liquid (HC?) is good to but there's really no need for it in the summer. I have yet to use them both for a special night out but with summmer here and all the graduations/weddigs, etc in full swing I'm sure I'll be experlmenting with them both. Also found a great blush, pink spmething, but that's for another review.
Used this as a backup when my MAC compact broke. It's alright, but the salesgirl neglected to tell me that this was a foundation (I do not wear foundation or "makeup" 6 days out of the week, just powder). While it did keep me from looking oily, it felt thick and cakey on my skin. My cheeks and forehead also broke out and it was difficult to blend. I am quite fair and we had a difficult time finding a skintone that matched mine. The packaging is nice and sleek, although I wish there weren't vents on the sponge section so that icky things from my purse didn't get in on my sponge. For people who desire medium to heavy coverage it might work better, but if you prefer a more natural look or hate the feel of makeup on your skin this definitely isn't for you.
I started using this as my setting powder over Luxiva Lasting Foundation. it is great. I apply it using a loose powder brush when putting over my foundation. It sounds like it would be a lot of make up & heavy but it looks very natural. I am oily & using this combo keeps me from shining even late in the day. Also the powder foundation is nice to have around as a back up for touch-ups or to use alone as your foundation when you don't feel like wearing as much make up.