I'm a long-time fan of MAC MSFN but was drawn to this powder based on the early glowing reviews. I can now say that I definitely prefer this to MSFN. I think the coverage is better and the shade I use (Nude) is a better match to my skin tone than the comparable choices available for MSFN. Normally I wear this over moisturizer and NARS oil-free primer, and I apply with Sephora's mineral powder brush.. When I don't use a primer I do sometimes notice a little minor build-up/creasing by the end of the day, but it's not a big deal. One thing I love about this product is that it doesn't seem to irritate my breakout-prone skin. My skin looks natural and the finish is not too matte nor shiny/glowing - just right. I will be repurchasing for sure!
My friend suggested I check out this foundation when I was looking for a new powder foundation - I'm super fair (NW15 in MAC Studio Fix powder) and I've always passed Sephora's house brand by because I've never found anything from the line that's fair enough for me. This foundation in 05 Porcelain is perfect! It looked like it would be way too yellow for me in the package, but once applied with a kabuki brush, it blends perfectly. The coverage is sheer-to-medium but builds wonderfully, and I can touch up a few times throughout the day without it getting cakey.
I took one lippie off for the packaging - despite that it's a pressed powder in a compact, the compact doesn't have a mirror, a sponge or a puff of any kind. It's pretty inconvenient to have to take the compact and a brush and have to worry about finding a mirror when I need to touch up.
+Natural skin looking satin finish
+Similar to mac msfn but (I think) without the breakouts
+Seems to have a good color selection
+Nice sturdy packaging
-Less coverage than msfn
-Gets cakey when used wet
-Escentuates dry flakey skin
-Does not control oil at all
If you like MAC MSFN but are interested in saving a few bucks, this Sephora version is $22 versus MAC's $29.
HOWEVER, the MAC version weighs in at 10 grams, and Sephora's at 7 grams. So if you break it down, MAC's is 2.90 per gram, and Sehora's is $3.14 per gram. You pay fewer dollars at Sephora, but pay more per gram, and it's likely to run out faster since it contains less. Of course, if MAC breaks you out, the Sephora version might be worth the extra pennies per gram to you.
Just a little hopefully helpful information for those, like me, who enjoy reading grocery store "price per ounce" tags. continued >>
I got this is medium and think its great! This has an amazing finish. I would compare it to "hello flawless" by benefit but at half the price. Manages to make your skin look flawless with the perfect amount of coverage with no risk of looking chalky or powdery!
I think it's really easy to get your perfect color match! Packaging is whatever but if not having a mirror or puff is gonna save me $10 i dont mind.I usually end up using my own anyway,
Why only 4 stars? The staying power is poor. I do have oily skin so I have to buy a primer for this and hope that it makes it last longer. If a primer works then I would buy again. If not, then sadly no :(
Sephora hit clear across the ball field and out of the park on this one! Especially if you like msfn, but find it a tad to pinkie-creamy cool. I loved the look and finish my light-plus msfn gave me, but hesitated to buy it a second time when I ran out because of its cooler tone. And the medium looked way too pink, and the medium-dark looked too dark. And so I shifted to the Laura Geller Balance N' Brighten just to try it. While the B&B is a decent powder, I just don't see the same lovely glow that MSFN had. Enter my recent purchase of Sephora's new microsmooth powder in Beige-25. Yep, comparable to msfn in price (it's cheaper, but doesn't contain as much product, so I tend to eyeball that as equalizing the two in terms of pricing), oil control (minimal), lovely glow, and flawless finish, but its slightly more yellow/golden color as well as its seemingly longer staying power makes it a total home run for my light-med warm skin. I hover somewhere between Mac NC20-25, CG Ageless Buff Beige, Nars TM Alaska, Boots New Ivory, Meow mmu Frisky Chartreux, so was initially torn between the Nude-15 and the Beige-25, but the 25 is perfect, just perfect. I'm happy with its simple packaging too, but I usually don't fret about such things anyway, unless it's those Physician's Formula, 8 gazillion, big ungainly compartment types that just drive me to distraction. Well done Sephora! continued >>
Just purchased this about a week ago, I had been using the NYC mosaic powder and loved it, but I had finished it and wanted to try something different. While in sephora, I asked for a powder foundation that's not powdery yet feels smooth and wouldn't cake up on my skin and this is what the young lady at sephora recommended...I'm pretty happy with this so far!!
I have this in #15 Nude and I loooove this foundation. I've worn it both in the desert and on the coast in 80% humidity, in up to 100 degree temps, and it doesn't oxidize or run at all, and stays on for hours and hours without feeling heavy. Honestly I am surprised when I wash off my makeup at the end of the day and remember that I have makeup on.
I put it on with a sponge over moisturizer and it looks really natural, matte and creamy. Super buildable (can just build a little over problem areas instead of using concealer). Doesn't transfer much so you can blow your nose without rubbing all the powder off (thank god cause I get seasonal allergies).
I don't mind the lack of mirror/sponge and the odd domed cake considering how much I like the product itself. For $22 this is a great value. I usually buy cheap drugstore brands but I will be shelling out for this product again, it's worth it.
I looooove the finish of this foundation! It gives me an almost airbrushed finish. I had been using liquid foundation before I started using this one and the Lancome Dual Finish Powder. They both provide amazing finishes, with the Sephora one providing a little more luminosity.
I have been using it with Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer and also with my Mac Prep and Prime. Both work really well and my makeup stays on for a loooong time. I use the Smashbox one when my face is feeling a bit on the drier side, and I use the Mac one when my skin is feeling normal to oily.
Also, I always use it with a wet sponge which I feel also helps it to adhere to the skin better and provides amazing coverage, with a more natural finish.
I hope this helps!
I think I'm on a streak! I checked out the review from MUA and went to the Sephora reviews and decided to give it a try. This powder is awesome! It can be used as a finishing powder if you dust it over foundation, or buffed on like a pressed mineral foundation. It looked very natural, not overly powdery and didn't congeal into an oily mess as some powders do on my nose after a few hours. I hope they never stop making this. No shimmer which is also a must for me as I am always outside and don't want to look like my 7 year old daughter did my makeup with her bonne bell! It does not come with a mirror or brush, but really, the quality of the product more than compensates for those two lacks. Will definitely re-buy.