I got a sample at sephora, enough to last a whole week, so here is my review: this is HEAVY coverage....Like theater/cinema coverage. When i go onstage i use Ben Nye creme foundation, and this is about the same time of coverage (and quality!) I don't recommand it if you're looking for a day-to-day look and you don't have major acne or scars to hide. I actually tried it on my forearm (i have a color tattoo on it) and it COVERED it completely! I was amazed!!
So anyway, this is way too heavy for me, but it is an excellent foundation for girls (and guys) who need coverage. There are not that many tones to choose from, but mine was good (I'm a MUFE N125, pretty common skintone i guess.
It is expensive (41$CA) but it is worth the price, just make sure you try it on first. It's so creamy and thick!
I wanted to love this product so much. All of the wonderful reviews I read online, all of the incredible pictures I saw of people covering up their acne and hyperpigmentation...it seemed like a dream.
But it was not meant to be.
The first problem I had was finding a colour match - Light 42 was pale enough, but too cool toned for me. Light 44 was too dark and far too yellow. I have read that some people combine the two shades to get a good colour, but it would cost me $68 to buy both foundations and mix them, which is just WAY too much money.
My second problem was that, no matter how I applied it, it was cakey on me. I tried all of the tricks. All of the brushes in my arsenal, all of the sponges, beauty blenders, etc. Nothing worked, I always looked like I had a face full of makeup.
My third problem was my pores. They're a bit large, I'll grant you, but I tried EVERY SINGLE PRIMER I have access to and they didn't help with this at all. I had a face full of small dots of foundation.
And my fourth problem - this just didn't cover my hyperpigmentation like I expected it to. Many people said that they didn't need concealer with this foundation, but I found that it was still very necessary.
The positives of this foundation? well, it didn't break me out, at all. And it really did last all day. So there's that.
I typically use CS or ELDW, but tried this because of all the reviews. TBH, I'm not in love. I really like the coverage, the pump, the consistency, but I think this turns ashy on me and makes my skin look really dull. Comparatively, Colorstay is cheaper and looks much better. Returning this.
This is , as everyone has said, a very concentrated foundation. And I think that is where maybe a lot of people run into their problems - perhaps using too much. It takes such a small amount to do the whole face.
I find it wears all day if I use my L'Oreal magic base, but not just any primer will do.
I love the coverage of this, but it does take a bit of time and patience to blend it in.
I use my fingers and just a small dot at a time.
Perhaps others don't want to take that much time, but the result is so worth it to me, I don't have to use concealer or powder so it saves time that way.
My sister likes hers more sheer so she mixes it half and half with her tinted moisturizer - and then uses it full strength just over her redness.
I just had a perm done today, and those who have hair processes as water intensive as a perm know how you pretty much can give up on your makeup for the most part, especially the foundation - but this stayed through all of it and looked fresh! amazing base.
I recommend you try to get matched in store unless someone describes their match perfectly with your complexion.
I'm a neutral light medium - and the 52 is just right for me. It's about a MAC N 25.
This foundation is amazing. Seriously. You need the smallest amount and it covers so flawlessly and easily. It just smooths over my skin and gives instant perfection. I usually don't even need concealer, and my skin is far from perfect. I cannot get over how beautiful this foundation is. It's a flawless, velvety matte finish and really does last all day long. I am very oily and I usually have to powder/blot my skin after about 7-9 hours, but the makeup doesn't look worn or cakey when I do so, it looks instantly refreshed. Even though it is full coverage it does not feel heavy at all. I wear this to work, to go out at night, anywhere I want to look flawless. It's an everyday/any occasion foundation for me. I am getting married next year and I so far this is my top pick for what I will wear on my wedding day. I just haven't been able to test how this looks in pictures yet.
I do like to use my Smashbox Photo Finish Light primer with this foundation because I think it makes my foundation look even more flawless, but you can easily do without.
I think the fact that you need so little of this foundation at a time and that you don't really need a concealer also makes this foundation a great value for the money. It is $34 at Sephora and worth every penny. Everyone needs to go try this foundation!
I must preface by stating that I am an avid fan of Revlon Colorstay, and that is my HG foundation. However Lock-it has tied HG status with the Colorstay as far as I'm concerned. I have very oily, acne prone, and uneven skin tone. Both foundations cover blemishes and discolorations wonderfully, and I would consider them to be full coverage. I would highly advise exfoliation and moisturizing prior to applying either (especially in the winter months) because they will dry to a cashmere like finish and can easily look flaky if you don't properly prep your skin. Lock-it seems to be more prone to do that, as it does seem to dry a lot faster. I typically don't use a primer per se, I have tried probably a dozen primers and have had no success with anything (high end or drug store)...so I've given up on that and just continued to use Proactive Daily Oil Control underneath my foundation. I've found that true primers seem to make the oil situation worse...and quicker. Both the Colorstay and the Lock-it have about the same longevity with the matte finish before starting to get shiny. Both foundations also take well to a finishing powder to set the makeup and mattify. The package for Lock-it is significantly better and way more hygienic than Colorstay. The main difference is the price...in some areas it might be like a 25 dollar difference.
I realize this review is more of a comparison than anything. I did this because, these two foundations are so similar in quality and performance, that I would hate for someone to spend all the money for the high end foundation when the cheaper one would have worked just as well (with a few minor differences in drying time and packaging..big deal).
I absolutely love this stuff, and it's not too bad pf a price! I used this on my wedding day and it looked flawless, but I will say that it doesn't stay matte ALL day like it claims..but I will deal with that to have the amazing coverage. One bad thing: If you live in a VERY humid climate, this stuff will NOT dry on your face - it will just sit on top without completely blending out. I took this on my honeymoon to Mexico and tried wearing it one evening out...it NEVER set up like it did on my wedding day. Other than that - it's awesome!
First off, the packaging of this foundation is too cute and the pump is really lovely and sanitary and you can easily control how much comes out.:) Now, if you are using this foundation everyday, I recommend you apply it very lightly or with a beauty blender or just in a way thaf sheers it out. It is VERY full coverage, yet really smooth and not too cakey. Most people don't need full coverage on a daily basis so sheering it out and adding concealer where needed makes this look flawlees! If you have lots of acne or acne scarring you can apply with a brush for more coverage, just make sure to pay extra attention to removing it at night so it won't clog your pores. I would not repurchase because there is not a good color selection for me. There just isn't my shade.:/ but if you can find it in your shade, definitely check it out! The price is also good for an highend foundation! The matte finish is also nice for oily skinned people.:)
My skin is an oily mess. I am hyperthyroid so this condition has left me with a lot of acne, rosacea and unwanted excess oils on my skin. I give the foundation 5 start on the pigmentation side, that is lovely it covers everything and you need a minimal amount of concealer. Regarding the oily side hmmmm.. I highly doubt that I will ever find a product that will help me in this area until my health problem is resolved. One thing I will say is that it definitely last longer than any other foundations that I have tried. This one among estee lauder double wear and my covergirl outlast foundation are the ones that I always reach for including my Mac Studio Fix Powder when I need a little extra coverage. I would repurchase even if it does not make me look completely matte or controls my oils for more than 4-6 hours. For reference I am a Mac NC37-NC40 I use the Studio Fix Powder in C4, M54 or M56 works out for me. The lighter shade in the winter and darker mixed with the lighter one in the summer.