Wow - having read the reviews here, I feel like I'm the outlier, but I figured I should offer my review in case there's someone else out there who's in the same boat.
In a nutshell - I have acne-prone skin that I use Paula's Choice 2.5% BP on every morning, and then Tactuo (Differin/BP) at night. It keeps my skin mostly clear, but leaves it in this strange limbo-land of dry and oily. It's excessively dry in some places (around the nose and temples) thanks to the acne treatments, but because I slather on so much moisturizer to combat that, most make-up starts sliding off my face by mid-day. It's been my dilemma for years. I've done high-end foundations (EL Doublewear, MakeupForever etc etc), drugstore foundations (CG Aquasmooth and countless others), mineral foundations (Youngblood, Pur), powders (MAC), and I can't even remember what else. And yes, I've tried a dozen primers. I've never been completely satisfied with any of it. Inevitably, my "face" always start to fade and look messy six hours into my day.
Imagine my surprise when I picked up this for 4.95 at Wal-mart and... it worked. It was a totally random purchase, since I'm addicted to trying new things.
- Ivory is a perfect match for me.
- Definitely doesn't look cakey to me. I'm used to wearing heavier make-up and this stuff is light as a feather going on. Compared to Doublewear and others, this doesn't feel heavy at all. It blends nicely (I just use my fingers)
- It LASTS. Like, at the end of my work day, my "face" is still there! I still can't believe it.
- None yet (but knowing my luck, it will wind up breaking me out in an alien rash. I'll let you know if it does)
This is an inexpensive product that is kind of blowing my mind. If your skin sounds like mine, definitely give it a try!
(Also, I do use BP every day, so I don't know if it causes break outs. My BP seems to act as a barrier in general.)
I wish I could say this is my holy grail... I really thought it was! It makes your skin look flawless! While it doesn't control oil as well as I has hoped, it doesn't melt away or her splotchy either. The color matches are great - they're actually skin tone! Amazing right? Also, a little goes a long way and its so blendable. So what's the problem? I hate how my skin looks when I wash this off. Not only is it dull, but I always have little bumps. Today I had a Whitehead and that was the last straw. I won't be repurchasing and this will probably go in the trash. If you can make it work for you, I'm jealous.
Im really sorry to seem like a downer but i think it is just too thick,it was very matte and that is good considering i have very oily skin,but its so thick that you cant even apply it with a powder brush,sorrry but im just not lovin it,also btw i am a teen so it happens but it made me break out
Overall I really like the product. I have fair skin with pinky undertones, so sometimes I struggle with foundations that make me look too dark or orange-y (even the paler ones sometimes). The 100 ivory works good for my skintone (whilst adding a hint of healthy colour) and blends well.
The product is a little thicker than I would normally opt for (coverage is pretty 'full'), althought as I tend to use tinted moisturers for day use, this is heavier than what I'm used to for day-to-day (the 'mousse' in the name is a little misleading for this reason). As a result, I tend to use this as a 'going out' foundation when I can go a little heavier than normal. This also works well tapped on lightly to cover any pimples or minor flaws.
My only faults with the product is that it does tend to sink into my fine lines (probably as a result of a heavier coverage) and it does try out my ezcema around my eye areas if used more than 1 day running. I think my next foundation will be the max factor age elixir to avoid sinkage into fine lines.
That being said, women under 30 - and those with blemishes or spot prone skin who want to avoid cakey concealer; this would be a better suited foundation.
I'd be happy to go back to this again, as the colour, blendability and price make this an overall good value foundation.
This product is just amazing. Before i found this i used Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Light, which i liked but did make me quite oily by the end of the day. I visited a friend and she insisted that i try her foundation (Rimmel Stay Matte) in True Ivory. At first, i was doubtful because i had never had much luck with foundations, they either would melt off after a few hours, break me out or just feel 'icky'. The best foundation i had tried before this was Rimmel Wake Me Up, but that broke me out after a few weeks of using. This foundation goes on wonderfully with my Napoleon foundation brush, and as it's so thick, you only need the tiniest bit and just buff it into your skin as much as you can before putting more on, its very easy to overdo and turn out cakey. True Ivory fits me perfectly, though my neck is paler than my face so i have to blend it pretty well, though what i find works well is using my BB Cream on my neck. The first time i used it, we hung around the house for a few hours, went to the shops, walked around a while and went home, then went out to dinner later that night, no touch up needed after 10 hours, and it gets fairly warm where i am in Australia (and humid!) I wore it every day for the last week of holidays, then the first few weeks of school and it always lasted perfectly, not even shiny at the end of a long day. I dont use moisturser, primer, setting powder or anything like that, just wash my face, then foundation, eye makeup etc. This foundation has only broken me out once, when i wore it to school and forgot to bring makeup wipes for our game. I'm in the Girls Rugby Union team at school and we catch a bus directly from school to the venue. So after an hour of rugby, which is a pretty full on game, running around sweating, and having my face mashed into the ground, understandably, i broke out a bit the next morning, but i can't really complain about that. Apart from that, no issues. It hardly even feels like im wearing foundation, it doesn't get heavy or sticky at all and it doesnt even have that gross makeup smell that you get sometimes after a few hours. Just a really great foundation
I really liked this product and it really gave me a photoshop, matte finish that looked and felt smooth with medium to heavy coverage. There were just some problems that bothered me. The biggest was that it broke my acne out 100%. I am acne prone, but lately my skin has been glowing for some reason and I've been almost acne free with a clear complexion. When I used this product, by the end of the day I already had pimples coming in and the more I used it (four times to make sure), the more aggressive my pimples became. It took two weeks without using this to return to how I was before, and still now I'm working to get rid of a pimple or two. Thing is, I understand that it just wasn't compatible to my skin. It could be a great product, but it just wasn't compatible to the pores on my face and it clogged it all up, which is a real shame because this product was GREAT for oily skin (like mines). This isn't a product for dry skin. If you have dry skin, avoid this because it will sit on your skin and cake up and dry up. I know this because whenever I use cleansing pads to help my acne my skin dries up, and when I used this product the day after it was horrible and it just made my acne worse. So avoid this if you have dry skin, but give it a chance if you have oily skin. Your skin might be compatible with it and you might not break out. Every foundation is different and every skin type is different, so just goes with what works for you.
This is a thick foundation, so use it lightly. Don't pack this one on or build it up. Less is more here, or else it will cake up and it'll be obvious you're wearing a lot of makeup. Other than that, it's a real shame this product wasn't for me because I love Rimmel London products. Though their match perfection liquid foundation worked fine with me and I love it (I'm using it daily with no breakouts).
I would like to note I am extremely pale and excessively oily. I ran out of foundation and without any time to go to Ulta I quickly picked this up at CVS. At first I was so impressed with the color and the finish. However it wasn't long before I was chronically breaking out in large whiteheads especially on the sides of my nose, not to mention how blocked my pores were getting. Since I had family in town I was indulging more than normal so I thought this was the reason. Until no amount of sleep, diet, taking care of my skin etc. would make a difference. When I finally realized and stopped using the product my skin began to clear up again. I advise using with caution if you are acneic.
This would be an okay option if it didn't slide around so much. Initially I enjoyed the smooth texture and slightly more thick consistency and it was fine for the first hour. Then it just started to slide off my skin and if i even touched my nose my makeup would just completely come off onto my fingers. It didn't help that it made my breakouts worse and my nose was super oily after using it.
I like it. But the only thing I don't like is that it makes you feel like you have too much make up on. And the product is very thick. And when it says shine control it basically is saying thick foundation.
doesn't break me out
Doesn't stay matte (I only really get oily on my forehead, but it gets greasy on the apples of my cheeks even though this place never usually gets oily!)
'Shifts' on my skin (but every product seems to shift on my skin)
Leaves me looking like an oil slick after a couple hours, even in the middle of winter!
Clings to dry skin patches
I've been using this product for about four months now.
I have acne-prone skin which can turn into cystic acne along my jawline.
I've put up with this product for a while now since I'm lazy, and only now after writing the pro's and cons have i realised how bad it actually is!
AVOID IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN. It cakes up around dry skin and makes it more prominent. However the overall coverage it good, and I guess you could use it as a spot concealer.
But tbh it's a quick and easy foundation for everyday use and if youre not that fussy or too lazy to go looking for a better foundation like me.