This product can be an easy way to completely ruin a great face of makeup. Listen to the bad reviews here - not all of them are because people are applying it wrong.
Yes, trying to rub it in or smooth it across your skin, or using too much will ruin your makeup every time. However even lightly patting on a very small amount supremely delicately can STILL ruin your makeup sometimes.
I have such frustration with this product because once in a while, I try it, and it works beautifully ... but most of the time I decide to give it another try, and it just ruins everything. I don't know if this is because it's a poor product, or because it's just not suited to my skin-type (combination dry/oily, sensitive, sometimes prone to breakouts) After patting it lightly over my makeup, I can look at my fingers and see that it's just taking the makeup off my face. I have to wash my hands afterwards. It can completely ruin the texture of makeup, making it look uneven and blotchy.
However, despite all of this, occasionally it does do what I want it to. I really don't think I'm doing anything differently on the times when it does work .. just freak chance, or maybe variations in my skin?
Never use this 5 minutes before running out the door when you've just spent a half hour on your makeup. This is only safe to try if you've got plenty of time to re-do everything if it ruins it.
The only "safe" use I've found for this is that on bare skin it can give a bit of a dewy look, so I figure I'll use up the tube on low-or-no makeup days. Even that application is only viable for those with dry skin, as I think if you have oily skin, it'll probably just look more shiny.
This stuff really has me puzzled. I have had it over a year now, and when I first got it I used it incorrectly and YUCK! Last week I picked it up out of the drawer and tried again. I used it over my powder foundation and patted it gently over my nose, cheek, and chin area. I love it now! You just have to use a tiny bit of it, and now I carry it in my MU bag in my purse for use during the day also. I don't think I will repurchase again though, because a little water in a spray bottle (fine mist only) will do the same thing, or even a moisturizer or oil free gel will do the same thing for no $.
this does a good job for me in the winter time when my skin gets dry. i use LM's secret brightening powder under my eyes, and it can get dry and wrinkly looking. if i dab this on after, the dryness goes away. i don't have any problems with smearing of makeup either... of course i don't rub it, but just dab and pat. it's also very helpful when the skin around my mouth area gets dry.
of course, i could probably get the same effect with a little eye cream or other moisturizer. the best thing about secret finish is the packaging, as the tube allows for the tiniest amount to come out, because you only need the tiniest amount. that means the tube will last you a loooong time (i've had mine for 3 years now!) but still, the price is ridiculously expensive for the small amount. i would still buy this again just because i am an LM addict and must have every single one of her flawless face products.
i have to say, i read these reviews up and down before i bought this stuff. the descriptions of it being a midday makeup freshener, a dewy-look-provider, an eye-opener (when applied to lids), and a line-diffuser... were all really appealing. i wanted to give it a chance and make sure i used it properly before i wrote it off as a useless product. unfortunately, it did that to itself -- it did nothing but smear my makeup. i'd have to agree with the reviewer who described it as an "overpriced moisturizer." (except that i'm not even sure it moisturized.)
who knows, maybe it'll work for some people -- i mean, there *are* some positive reviews here. it certainly didn't work for me.
eh...this product is just okay in my opinion. I think there are other things that can do the same job for a lot less $.
This is definately NOT for liquid foundation! It will just rub off the makeup underneath where you put it on.
This finish is for finishing mineral or powder makeup. I just rub a dab between my fingers and *pat* it on my cheeks and above my temples to hilight.
I think it is too expensive to repurchase since I'm not overly delighted with it. continued >>
I love love love this stuff. When my primer, tinted moisturizer, mineral makeup, bronzer and blush are in place, I rub a little of this on the ends of my fingers and gently pat it on my face to give it a wonderful glow and set everything. I also may use it during the day to freshen up my look.
I didn't think I'd like this product but I do. It helps to set makeup and instead of a final dry powdered look...a more dewey natural look.
It is rather expensive and there may be other products out there that can do this job for less money. But I still like this product.
I think the formulation is a bit standard, but very effective.
It gives a bright and dewy finish that can brighten up the eye area on its own and highlight area or just make your foundation less matte.
Put some on the fingers, spread and just dab it on lightly with a pitter patter motion of the fingers - don't rub it in.
I wear mineral powder foundation, which if you aren't careful, can leave the juciest young skin looking crepey and powdery. I've been setting it with a mister to get it to look like skin, but this is much nicer. If you have a problem with crepey makeup or want to set your foundation without the powdery fuzzed out look. I much prefer dewy.
Im probably one of the few who actually likes this. I dont like looking powdery, but I still like what powder does to set my makeup. I just use a drop of this, pat between my fingers and pat on my face, and it gets rid of the powdery look. And surprisingly, it keeps my nose from getting as oily (because my blotting sheet didnt pick up nearly as much oil). Also, it really does give my skin a natural look.. its strange, I use everything by LM for my foundation, and after the secret finish, it looks as if Im not wearing any foundation, but yet I look like I have perfect skin. I think this was precisely what she was getting at when creating her line... Anyway, when used correctly it works and is worth the money, although its expensive. I would repurchase.