This didn't work out for me. It accentuated my dry patches quite a bit, which was disappointing because everything else about it was very nice! Good coverage, really lightweight, and easy for me to blend. Just wouldn't recommend for dryer skin types.
-Does not irritate my skin or make me break out. For me this is probably the most important thing I am looking for in a foundation after a perfect color match
-Color matches me well. I have this in Nirvana and I'm a Light in Bare Escentials, C3 in MAC Studio Fix.
-Photographs nicely. If you have the right color it doesn't look at all obvious and it does not reflect light which can give off a white cast.
-Has a very natural looking finish, not too dry, not too matte, not too thick and chalky, but has enough coverage to even out my skin tone.
-Blends easily with a good sponge like a red Sephora sponge or a Beauty Blender. I found that brushes made it streaky and while the streaks could get blended out, the sponge was faster and smoother.
-Very portable, does not make a mess like BE does
-not much product for the size of the package. The actual pan the product is in is quite shallow and it only took a month of use for me to hit the center of the pan.
-the brush that comes with it is useless. I don't know why cosmetics manufactures even bother including these cheap applicators. They could have used the space to put more product or at the very least, made the compact a lot thinner.
-Needs a good amount of primer or moisturizer beforehand or it will settle into the pores.
-Tends the melt off pretty quickly, I'd say it looks flawless for about 4-5 hours.
Cannot be applied with a brush unless you mix moisturizer or primer directly into the makeup.
Does not spread well with fingers and you are left with very uneven coverage.
Switched to Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24 hr- beautiful and lasts lasts lasts!
Just about the worst foundation I've ever tried. I got the color Nirvana which is allegedly supposed to match NC20/25; however, it i straight-up orange in the pan. On the skin, it does lighten up a bit, but not enough for me. The texture of the cream is extremely stiff and difficult to pick up on a brush, your fingers or a damp sponge. I've tried applying this on freshly moisturized skin (no primer), over a moisturizing primer and over a mattifying primer, but I cannot get an even application no matter how hard I try. It caked almost instantaneously and settled into fine lines on my forehead.
I have fair, VERY sensitive skin. It's oily in some places, very dry in others. This product being both a cream & powder keeps my combination skin perfectly balanced. Like many people with sensitive skin, I have a graveyard of 90% full foundation containers of all shapes, formulas & brands. This is the ONLY foundation that I've ever used all of. I was debating between this & Clinique's Even Better foundation. I went with Clinique because it's supposed to be perfect for sensitive skin, being dermatologist tested & what not. It broke my chin out in big painful under-the-skin bumps. Womp womp. So I ran out quickly & purchased Physician's Formula powder because it was the only thing that I thought I could really put on my skin. It didn't last long and it was very sheer, so the next day I went to Sephora & picked this up. This foundation gives excellent coverage. It's not too heavy, it doesn't look cakey, it stays ALL DAY & NIGHT! I feel that it makes your skin look perfect without looking unnatural. The brush it comes with works very well, you just have to get used to it. It needs to be buffed in circles and it'll look flawless, trust me! I find that this compact lasts about 2 months because a little goes a really REALLY long way. I only have to dip about 3-4 times during my full face application. You will still need to moisturize, because it will minimally cling to any flaking.
**ALERT! -- I have slept, yes SLEPT in this makeup (I know that's bad, but some weekends us youngin's get a little belligerent) and it had absolutely no negative effects on my skin what so ever. It also looked just as good when I woke up... can't say the same for my eye makeup or my hair, lol.
I will definitely repurchase, I just wish I could find somewhere that carried ALL the shades as I feel Illusion is a little too yellow for me.
EDIT: I bought a second compact of this because I loved it so much. However, I've realized that this is not a good everyday foundation. It's drying on my skin for some reason & shows the flakes as well. Also, I used it while I was visiting friends in NC & I got about 4 cystic acne bumps on my chin. The whole other compact went without any of that. I'm not sure if I maybe got a bad batch? Or if it was just the change in climate (which is very possible with my finicky skin). I haven't used it since we've been back in MD though, but I'll let every one know when I do (: I would still use this for going out and when I know I'm going to have pictures taken. I still love it, and it's still HG for me, but like I said, this isn't an every day product.
EDIT: I've recently used this since being back in Maryland and it looks just as good as before. No nodules or cysts since being back home. It does seem much drier than the other compact, but it still looks flawless. I'll keep it in my rotation for sure. Lasts a while when applied properly (buffed in with a light hand) and stays all day. If you've been skeptical about trying this, or have oily skin, get it. You'll love it!
EDIT: I recently tried putting MAC Studio Fix powder over top of this and it looks awesome! It makes it even more flawless. All you need is a little dusting with a big fluffy brush.
EDIT: So, I've realized that my skin has changed, or the formula has, one or the other. This just isn't working for me anymore. My skin eats it in no time and it winds up leaving my skin "crackly" looking, especially on my forehead. I'm so disappointed as these compacts run almost $40. I won't be repurchasing. continued >>
Excellent product. Love the coverage it provided, gives my normal skin a natural healthy looking glow. I love the brush that is included as it makes application easy and quick. I wouldn't recommend this product for anyone who has oily skin, as it can make you look a bit shinier. I will definitely buy this product again.
I like this makeup. It makes my skin look very smooth. It does photograph pretty well. I feel that the color is pretty good, but only because it's the winter. When the weather is warmer and I get a tan, I will have to buy something new. As it is, I already wear the darkest color that they sell. Even now, I feel that I look a bit pale when this is first applied. I also have concerns that this foundation won't last long, I've already hit the pan and I've had it about a month. I don't even use this daily. Considering that the foundation is $34, that's unacceptable.
I have really oily skin, and need plenty of coverage because of former pimple scars and no foundation has ever been right for me.. until I stumbled in Sephora Spain one day, one of the salespeople mentioned Urban Decay and I decided to give it a try. And oh gosh! It blends SO perfect with my skin. It looks natural to boot, and blends really easily while giving me maximum coverage and at the same time not be so cakey. Will definitely purchase again!
I tried this foundation a few months ago and loved the product itself but the lightest color sephora had was wayy too yellow for me. I looked like a banana compared to the rest of my skin. Not attractive! Last month I was in Macy's and was browsing around the makeup and saw that the Urban Decay section has two more shades in this foundation than Sephora does. When I first tried this I go the color Illusion which I thought was the lightest shade but found out its like the third or fourth from the lightest. It wasnt too dark for me just too yellow. The lady matched me in the color Haze witch is more pinkish. It matches absolutely perfect! I've never had a foundation match so good on my skin. Being light skinned, they're always either too light or too dark or something just goes wrong. But not with this one :] I'm in love with this foundation!! It's so smooth and creamy and lightweight, which I love. This gives me natural coverage while still covering any redness or discolorations I have. I recommend setting this with a powder or it probly won't last too long. When I set it it stays on good pretty much all day :] and being at work all day I don't have time to worry about my makeup so I'm happy this one stays on good and looks good throughout the day. I really like the look of the packaging, I just wish it was slimmer. It's so fat! But this is a great foundation and I am so happy I found one in my color :] Definately recommended.
Best of all foundations! If you want absolutely flawless skin, buy this. I have never gotten so many compliments on my "skin" not my "makeup." try it, you won't be sorry