Not for people with oily skin. My skin's not even totally oily but using this product makes your face shiny and really oily at the end of the day. You should definitely use a powder finish product after applying this. Also, it doesn't cover my pimple scars or dark spots. If you have dry skin and is looking for a foundation that doesn't cake up, maybe this product will work for you.
This foundation is definitely made for people with dry skin. I honestly love this foundation because I have dry skin and foundations are usually too heavy and make me look cakey, but this one was perfect. It gives a nice natural finish. The finish is somewhat "oily", but in a good way for people with dry skin. It makes the face look hydrated and heathy.
Preface: On the hunt for perfect foundation. I have fair, dry-combination skin, with a few red marks in my cheek/nose area. Other than that, I do not need a full-coverage product, just something that evens, covers where it needs to, and sinks into my skin correctly.
Ick. I would just like to say it - this foundation is ick. I had really high hopes for this when a salesperson at Sephora recommended this for me - the color seemed to match flawlessly when applied in-store, so I nabbed a sample and figured I'd try it out at home. The results were just terrible; I can honestly say that thus far, this is the worst foundation I have ever tested (out of a lot!). From the moment I put it on, the foundation didn't even pretend to sink/blend into my skin, it just sat on top in a noticeable spot, refusing to blend regardless of how hard I tried. I would like to add that I was using smashbox's primer beneath, still to no avail. It looked fake and awful, and I couldn't even fake it - I had to wash it completely off my face - which is something I've never had to do before.
But like I said, I had high hopes, and wished it to be user error. So I tried again. And again: with Benefit's primer (made for it!), without primer completely, blending with a brush, blending with my finger, blending with small amounts of lotion. Every time, it would sit noticeably atop my skin, in an epic fail.
Verdict: Do not waste your money. This foundation is utterly disappointing.
I bought this product because Lisa Eldridge did say that it is almost invisible to the naked eye (just like the Healthy Mix Foundation--that is not available in Canada unfortunately...so for now I'll stick to this).
I had the color Toasted Beige and it was great but a bit to dark...either way I used it for a good year until I used up 2/3 of the bottle then I got me the Beige which was almost perfect on my skin. It was odd because I bought the Toasted Beige from Shoppers Drugmart (our version of Boots)....and it looked amazing on camera (0 flashbacks, just good lookin skin), then I bought the Beige one from Sephora and it did slightly flashed back (then again I am overly picky about that).
So I'm not sure if the slight flash back (which is barely visible) was due to the fact that it was a lighter color or because Sephora's version claims that it has SPF 25, while Shoppers Drugmart doesn't say anything about SPF on their version.
Pro: -barely if any flashbacks on cameras
(I'm picky about this and so far this is the one foundation that looked best on Flash)
-almost invisible to the naked eye, even up very close
(perfect for guys like me who don't wanna look like we wear makeup)
-lasts a good 6-8 hours on my combination to oily skin
-blends easily with both my Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation Brush or fingers
-does not cake even if layered over already powdered skin (during touch ups)
-liquidy/watery (it can be a con to some) but this helped it apply better
(I tried Illumasqua's Skin Base and that thing was THICK!)
Cons: -even though the pump is great, the cap tends to come off often
(I wind up with a messy toiletry bag)
-I have combo/oily skin...and this leaves a dewy finish so I do have to powder up
(paired up with my Milk of Magnesia or a good oil control primer its alright)
(*It DOES NOT make your skin oilier, just has a dewy finish that's easily dealt with)
-the inconsistency of SPF being there with Sephora's version and no SPF on Shoppers Drugmart's
Foundations I've tried: Chanel's Perfection Lumiere, YSL Touche Eclat , MUFE HD , MUFE Matte Velvet, MUFE Face & Body, Shisiedo Perfect Refining, Illumasqua Skin Base, Dior Skin Nude, Dior Airflash Spray, Clinique's Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer, NARS Sheer Glow, Clinique Stay Matte, Clinique Perfectly Real, Estee Lauder Double Wear
***Still looking for THE ONE foundation that'd look invisible but evens my skin tone, controls my oil, does not flash back on camera, stays on all day, does not oxidize, and looks good under harsh lighting
i hate it i said i loved it but i regret that now it turned orange during the day and never set even after powder i wore it for a week and thought it was nice but then i realized it was awful id go with Maybelline fit me which is my holy grail foundation and ive never said that before plus its only 5 dollars!!!
What a waste of money this is. I've had better budget brand foundations. Terrible oil and shine control, watery consistency, and no staying power even with primer and setting powder. Pores and imperfections were not covered at all but all caked around my eyebrows??? So disappointed with benefit......again!!!!
I have this in "I'm So Money, Honey", which is a good fit for my NC30 skin. I like that it has a pump, but that's about all I like. A super watery formula that's more light coverage than medium, though it can be built up a bit. It covers redness around my nose okay, but it doesn't cover dark circles or acne scars. Looks pretty good over my pores, but has horrible oil control, even with a primer, powder, AND setting spray. Would probably work well for dry/normal skin people looking for a light coverage foundation that feels very natural and airy, but still not worth the price IMO.
this foundation is just so extremely dissapointing.
i can find better drugstore foundations than this. this foundation is literally trash. its better wearing nothing than spreading this on your face.
Having post acne scars and acne prone skin, i was looking for a product that would be breathable, but also provide coverage.
this foundation had very little coverage, and i had to layer it on for it to actually hide my scars.
then, about an hour or two later, i look in the mirror again and i see that my scars are visible once again.
I broke out so bad around my chin area from using this. I got around 30+ pimples around my chin and jawline because of this foundation. The product itself was so orange as well and i really regret buying it.
it made my face look very oily, and not even dewy, just oil-slicked, like i just sprayed PAM all over my face. :(
i love benefit, and the design of the packages, but this foundation was just really horrible.
subtle floral smell
broke me out (badly)
face looked oily
a little pricy
not enough coverage
if you have acne-prone skin and are looking for some coverage, save yourself the trouble and dont buy this product.
Hated this foundation! What a waste of money, no coverage, not long lasting and gave an orange look to the skin. I will definitely not purchase this product again!
I wanted to buy a cheaper replacement for my Sisley foundation. Hello Flawless in Ivory seemed to be perfect; the right shade and coverage, not oily but not drying. Immediately after application my skin looked simply healthy and flawless. Unfortunately after a whole day of wearing it started to break me out.
I will give it one more try in winter when my skin actually requires more nourishing creams and foundations, but during the hotter months this product is not convenient for my skin.