I'm between NC25-NC30 in MAC SFF, with Combination skin (oily t-zone, dry everywhere else). I have long work/school days and I need to have my makeup last all day! Thankfully, this is the perfect foundation for that! There are a wide variety of shades although currently I have to mix Fresh Beige (250) and Warm Golden (310) to match me perfectly. Usually I'm Warm Golden most of the year. I find that a buffing brush works the best when blending this out. A stippling brush works well too but since this is a heavier foundation, it can tend to look cakey if not blended in thoroughly. Not sure if it lasts 24 hours like it claims on the bottle, but it definitely lasts allllll dayyyyy loooongggggg! This is the only foundation that keeps my oily t-zone under control for most of the day. Not to mention, the coverage and finish is flawless and matte. So all-in-all, this is my favorite foundation of all time. I love it better than any other drugstore or high end foundation because this stuff works wonders! Full coverage, beautiful finish, long lasting, shade matching, what more could a makeup lover ask for?? ...maybe a pump. But that's not such a huge deal. LOVE THIS FOUNDATION!
This is a heavy foundation with poor blendability. It dries very quickly and it felt like a mask on my skin. I was expecting it to be amazing considering the reviews but would only recommend for an event or photos. It's way to heavy for daily wear. I also felt my skin looked very lackluster and dull while wearing this foundation.
I have the 24 hour formula for combination/oily skin
When I first used this, i was amazed. I have big trouble finding good foundations that last on my oily skin, and this was the one. It lasted all day, it kept the shine at bay, not oily feeling at all when touching the skin and no breakouts (i have sensitive acne prone skin).
But after almost finish one bottled, i realized i'm not completely satisfied with it.
Even though i have oily skin, i find that really mate foundations look unatural and makes skin appear "dead", also it enphasises textured skin, which is something i have. So, i realized i'm looking for a more natural look, this foundation just looks too obvious (and i'm really careful with the application in terms of tools, quantity and blending). I like it more after a few hours when my oils start to appear on my skin because it looks more natural.
I also notice that after a few hours, it starts to look patchy and somewhat dry. You can only tell in a short distance, but i'm really self concious about that especially at sun light.
I tried mixing it to my moituriser but it doesn't did anything, it looses it's staying power and coverage, and i don't really like the way it looks after a few hours... :-/
I was feeling sad because i really liked the staying power and oil control of this foundation, but after some research i realized many people had the same issues , and they were saying that the normal to dry skin formula worked better for them because it's more natural looking, more blendable and it's also oil free and no alcohol... it has oil control, besides the hydrating properties and almost the same lasting power, so i was excited to try and decided to give it a go.. i'll be updating this review as soon as i try the N/D formula ;)
NOTE: for those who are worried about this foundation to break you out, just make sure you are completely removing it at night. That's probably the reason why so many people have issues with this product. Use an oil based makeup remover, because it dissolves the foundation and remove it from the skin. Then you can follow up with a regular cleanser just to make sure it's completely removed. You can also use EVOO (that's what i use) - it's very effective at removing colorstay and also my eyemakeup, then i use my regular cleanser, and no breakouts so far after 3 months using this foundation daily! ;)
UPDATE: i bought a second bottle of this foundation while i was in love with it and to make sure i wasn't wasting it, i tried many different ways to apply it, so i could use it in a satisfatory way to me. I tried with my fingers and i loved the finish. It's still matte but meanwhile the texture of my skin has improved due to some treatments i'm using, so it looked sooo natural, it blended perfectly with my skin.
I'm not sure what i was doing wrong with the previous application (if the technique - i was using a flat top kabuki brush - the quantity or the application) but i like much better this way. i'm very happy i found a way this works for me because this foundation is still on my top favourite:) and i'm changing my initial review...
Although i changed my review, i prefer the normal to dry one. it's easier to blend, it looks more natural and has a more natural finish. So, i prefer that as my everyday foundadion, because with the oily combination one you can always see it in person :-/ it's better for nightime...
Nice full coverage foundation that can survive my oily skin!
Price: $17 CAD
Finish: flat matte
Oil-Control: all day
It dries real fast so you have to work in smaller sections. Has a strong paint / mild nail polish smell. Thankfully, the awful smells evaporates and never broke me out.
Despite being a liquid foundation, it feels heavy. Use a light hand for it can look a bit cakey.
Stays matte for the entire day with a good primer underneath, and good 6h without primer as well.
I love this foundation, although I like a bottle that you can pump out the foundation but, I won't complain about that. I have very oily skin and I find this tones it down, even without powder I feel I can wear this for a day coverage just around the house. For some reason it doesn't stay on my skin. I have used a primer also and that helps a little. It doesn't have a strong smell like some foundations. It blends awesome with a Mac foundation blending brush. I think it's the 182 or 189 I don't know. I know Mac discontinued this brush but it's the one with the white on the end of the brush. Anyways, I love his foundation and have been buying it for 3 years in between getting the makeup forever HD foundation when I can't get to a sephora. I recommend this foundation to anyone with oily skin. It's great!
I have yet I find a foundation that I love as much as this! It stays on my face all day! No lines, no nothing! Best coverage ever! Even my MAC doesn't hold a candle to this. For oily skin, it's a must! Or even just combo skin!
I loved this product when I first got it. I took about 1/2 a pea sized amount with a damp sponge and it gave me perfect medium coverage. By mid afternoon I would use a blotting paper because I have slightly oily skin, but then the foundation would look perfect again.Never faded or settled into fine lines. Unfortunately, after 2-3 weeks of consistent use, I noticed extremely clogged pores and breakouts on places that I do not normally get them, such as my cheeks. I was using an oil cleanser to remove my makeup and then my regular cleanser. This stuff is difficult to remove, but the oil cleanser helps a lot. I continued to finish the bottle thinking that it was a temporary hormonal issue, but I had to stop using it though because of the terrible breakouts. I stopped using it about 1 1/2 weeks ago and already see an improvement in my skin, which is completely wrecked now. Disappointed because I loved the look it gave my skin.
I just got this foundation & i have to say i love it it stays on all day & goes on smoothly. continued >>
Context: medium to dark Indian skin color with yellow undertones
- Matches my skin color perfectly. Rarely do foundation lines match the skin tones of minorities this well
- Medium to full coverage
- Lasts for hours
- Matte to slight shined finish
- One of the cheaper foundations on the market considering you receive a full ounce in a bottle
- I find the packaging very convenient. I prefer using my fingers to apply foundation and just flip the bottle with my finger over the opening. And when the foundation was nearing its end I just left the bottle upside down on my dresser and was able to use every last drop of foundation.
- Has never broken me out or caused any skin problems
I've seen SOOO many raving reviews on this product & I can see why it was received so well but it didn't work for me. It went on with a greasy feel n my skin is combination def dnt need the oily feel. But once I let it sit it did dry to a matte smooth finish. My only problem with this foundation is the color selection Im a nc 42/44 in Mac & revlon in 2013 is still doing the pink undertones n the darker shades when most women of color have yellow undertones I used toast which was pinkish brown :( then golden caramel the shade lighter n it was still too pink :/ if u can find your color that's great but yellow toned ppl stay away continued >>