I bought this foundation, in the shade light vanilla, after hearing it compared to the chanel vitalumiere aqua and thinking I would give it a go. The colour first of all, although better than most drugstore foundations, is a little too dark for my annoyingly fair skin. But colour aside the foundation really impressed me. It claims to be packed full of exotic fruits and if the smells anything to go by I'd say it is! It smells lovely and although scented hasn't broke me out which would usually happen as my skin is pretty sensitive. The foundation goes on like a dream and leaves a dewy but not shiny finish, which is perfect for my mostly dry, sometimes oily skin. If you are extremely oily definitely use a powder or setting spray, however I do find it surprisingly long lasting even in hotter weather. Priced at £9.99 it's not the cheapest of drugstore foundations but is very reasonable and has quickly become one of my favourite drugstore foundations.
I am slightly lighter than MAC's NC35 and I use the shade 54 in this ofundation.
Shade 54 is slightly darker than me, but it's not noticeable. It's quite warm too.
53 is slightly too light. To find the perfect match, I could mix those two, but I'm honestly not bothered. 54 works well enough.
The consistency is very creamy and smooth. It blends EXTREMELY well, and does not flake over dry parts at all.
This is a medium coverage foundation that is really buildable. It covers bumpy, red blemishes really well. It can also be sheered out for light coverage, just to even out your skin tone.
This works EXTREMELY well as concealer - it has good coverage and will not rub off throughout the day.
This has no shimmer/glitter, and dries to a natural finish. It is not exactly dewy to the point where it looks oily, but it's not matte either. The claims are right - it looks glowy. I set this with the Mac Prep + Prime Translucent Finishing Pressed Powder, and it is slightly matte. However, it wears off throughout the day to give me a slightly dewy, natural finish that looks good.
This foundation claims to last 16 hours. I have worn this for that long, and it doesn't melt off my face or cake up after 16 hours, but it doesn't look like what it did when it first applied either. The staying power is quite average, but it can pull through. I do notice that it is more obvious that I'm wearing foundation afterwards though.
I first applied this to blemished, bumpy areas with a stippling brush and setting powder with a powder puff, and it looked terrible. After trial and error, i found that you had to pat it on blemishes with your fingers, and then set it with powder and a powder brush. That made it look flawless. I use a stippling brush to the rest of my face. The trick is finding the right application method.
The reason why I picked this up was because it was supposed to be good for your skin. I first used it when I was on vacation in a much drier climate (versus my humid hometown), and my face cleared up almost completely within 2 weeks. This could be the weather, but it may also be because of the foundation. I am in love.
This smells amazing. It smells fruity, like tropical apricots. Its scent is really faint and can only be detected during the application. Once it's on your face, the scent disappears.
The packaging is a plastic bottle with a pump mechanism. The pump mechanism does not operate with a 'straw' like object - instead, the coil at the bottom slowly pushes the entire foundation up the bottle so you don't waste ANY product. 10 out of 10.
This costed me the equivalent of US$26 at a drugstore in the city I live in. It's not exactly cheap, but not extremely pricey either.
Overall, I am very happy with this product. My only complaint is that I wished there were more foundation shades - 54 is a little too warm toned for my cool to neutral skin tone. Otherwise, this is holy grail material.
color match - okay, too warm
texture/consistency - creamy, buildable, extremely blendable, smooth
coverage - medium coverage
finish - natural, not matte but not dewy.
longevity - lasts 6 hours looking good but can wear without rubbing off for 16 hours.
application - using my hands and setting with powder brush on blemishes, stippling brush on other areas
ingredients - supposedly beneficial
scent - fruity
I have the healthy mix serum foundation which i love so thought I would buy this one and give it a go it's more matte and has more coverage than the healthy mix serum foundation I love this foundation it blends seamlessly into me skin gives me a dewy flawless glow however great for the summer weather I have really oily skin and it actually does the trick keeping my skin moisturised but not shiny it's amazing
This works well on my oily skin and looks very natural. My skin looks fresh and dewy after applying. The coverage is medium, just enough for me. This foundation is easy to blend in to the skin and dries very quickly. It smells lightly fruity when you first apply, but once it's on your skin the smell disappears. I have already repurchased this product once, and I plan to keep buying it. Its colour range is good, and its lighter shades match my skin very well. The packaging is well designed, as you can get every last drop of foundation and nothing is wasted. The best drugstore foundation I've tried.
I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION.
I bought this on a whim and I'm so glad that I did! I'm a HE foundation girl all the way, but this has truly taken HG status in my book.
The coverage is medium-buildable but it's amazing - I have a face full of freckles, and this pretty much covers them without looking mask-like at all. It makes me look very glowy and natural, like I have perfect, blemish free skin. I use the matching concealer with it which is great too.
The finish is glowy, without looking greasy or too unnatural. The price is great, for what it is - I think it's about £10-11. Pixiwoo (n/a) state that this is a great dupe for the now discontinued Chanel Pro Lumiere.
The packaging is AMAZING. It comes with a pump, and has a system whereby the more you pump, the foundation is pushed up FROM THE BOTTOM - leaving nothing left in the bottle when you've finished it, You really can use all of the product.
I'd def buy this again - infact - I already have!
P.s. Only downfall (that doesn't affect me) is the shade selection. If you have skin darker than tan, you won't find a shade for you :(
This is a great foundation for an amazing price! Here is my breakdown of why I love it:
Finish: Satin (natural-looking)
Long-wearing?: Not bad! Probably not as long-wearing as, say, ELDWL or Lancome TIU24, but it does a great job nevertheless. On my oily/combo skin, it will last about 8 hours looking good, but a bit of shine tends to come through, so I'll need to blot a couple of times. However, this foundation does not try to be hardcore-long-wearing like the other two, so I can't put it down for that.
Shades: This is usually the hardest part for me, being extremely pale and warm-toned (lighter than NC15). Shade 51 is slightly too dark for me, but it is close enough to suit me well if I take it down the neck and blend out so that it isn't noticeable.
Packaging etc: The pump is really annoying. Maybe I just got a dud, but sometimes it doesn't pump out anything, and sometimes it pumps out too much.
Extra bits: Doesn't emphasize flakiness much (on me), looks like healthy skin, never cakey.
This has a good shade range if you have fair skin with yellow undertones. It will be great if you have normal combination or oily skin. It was very drying on my skin and it sat on top in a very noticable manner.
First time buying foundation as have never really needed it before. Have been using 2-3x weekly for about a month now. I am using #52 (vanilla).
Good experiences: nearly perfect match for skintone, smells amazing, don't really need much, semi-matte so very realistic looking skin (for natural looks), doesn't reflect horribly in photos, blends really nicely with fingers (such a good texture that you don't really need a brush), does not oxidise, relatively good lasting power
Problems: I would prefer a glass bottle rather than plastic (given others in their range that are glass), this is quite expensive in Australia ($32 for 30ml even at target), would not suit anyone looking for full coverage, I could see this becoming a little cakey if the skin isn't properly moisturised beforehand, although it lasts I don't know if it would really do a whole '16 hours'
I can't really comment on the range of shades as I found the colour I picked suitable. I did find that #52 does seem to send towards being slightly more yellow-toned than pink-toned.
And whilst I would buy again, I would be interested in something of the same quality, but cheaper. Although I doubt that I would easily find the great scent and texture that this has.
I have this in 52, it matches my nc25 skin well. Its a good everyday foundation with demi-matte finish. It lasts 5 or so hours on my normal/dry skin. The scent is nice and fruity, but disappears once you apply it. The best application for me is with the real techniques stippling brush.,,it looks beautifully airbrushed. Its def medium coverage but buildable, but can look cakey it you apply to much. Its hard to get a hold of in US, luckily I was able to swap for it.
I love this foundation. The color I have is #51 light vanilla which is matched with my skin, It looks completely natural and stayed beautifully on my skin about 4-5 hours. It has a light coverage, so highly recommend for u guys who have quite perfect skin.
However, I dont like its smell. As written on the packaging, it has fruit therapy. But when I tried, there was only the chemical smell. Luckily, it doesn't stay long on my skin.