First let me say I'm reviewing this as a concealer. I would NOT recommend using it for fndtn (it's extremely highly pigmented and thick...tho the MA did say if you mix w/ moist it could work but I haven't tried that). That said...what a wonderful concealer product! Great coverage, use only the tiniest amt first put on your hand than dab onto brush and blend in, then pat with ring finger. I mean TINY amt. Luckily I got a nice lesson on how to apply this at the Henri Bendel counter (thanks Craig!). The pot will likely last me 10 years (not kidding, as you use soooo little). I caution using it directly under eyes, as if you over apply, it's creepy. But, great for covering pimples, redness, and under eye circles. Lasts all day and not drying.
I bought this product from Craig at Henri Bendel expecting to be able to use it as a foundation or concealer. (My color is SX-07, which is a light neutral beige tilting toward the yellow side.) For a year, I used it as a concealer only, and it works great for that. You need just a tiny tiny amount to cover most flaws. Last week, I dared to use it as foundation, using a tiny amount and blending with a damp sponge. Well, as a foundation....it's a fantastic concealer. No way will I ever use this as foundation again; it's just too dense and masklike. So I paid $42 for concealer, basically. If you're shooting for a theatrical look or need something for a professional photo shoot, this might work as a foundation, but not for normal everyday civilian use.
THIS PRODUCT IS AMAZING! I have tried foundations from lines such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Christian Dior, Trucco, Lancome, Lorac and Laura Mercier just to name a few. I purchased this relatively expensive product and was blown away by its performance. I have this in SX11, and the shade matches perfectly. There is no way to go wrong with this product, unless you use too much! This will meld with your skin and make all of the other products you apply look better and it covers everything. It can be used as a concealer, foundation,eye and lip base, or if mixed with moisturizer or luminizer, it can be used as a beautiful and effective tinted moisturizer. Just use a little and blend. My only regret is that I wasted my money on those other products.
i bought the shade SX-11 (golden yellow undertone) about a month ago at henri bendel NYC. it is a little too golden for me when i tried using it with a wet sponge as a foundation - DEFINITLEY DID NOT WORK as a foundation for me - smudges everywhere (onto my clothes even) and melted throughout the day with a nasty masky feel. however, it is the PERFECT INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH CONCEALER i have ever tried. blends PERFECTLY (strange that it was too yellow as a foundation) with my MAKE UP FOR EVER MATTE VELVET OIL FREE FOUNDATION shade 4. my face SERIOUSLY looked flawless under natural sun light after blending it on tough spots over a thin layer of foundation. i was really upset in the beginning after paying $42 + tax for that tiny jar but am now over joyed to have found the perfect concealer - and knowing that it will last AT LEAST a year since it's super concentrated (i take a tiny little out with my concealer brush and dot it onto the back of my hand to "dump out" the excess amount, then blend the remaining onto my spots). really love this stuff now.
They say good things come in small packages (well, maybe with the exception of diamonds) and KA's SSE is definitely one such item. I got this from a swap and I'm loving every tiny little ounce of it... and I do mean tiny! It is perhaps the smallest full-sized foundation on the market.
Initially, I didnt buy the whole 'one pin head size will suffice for the entire face' recommendation until I try it myself. It's really a gorgoues foundation that blends into nothingness (very natural) yet covers every tiny little flaw (dark eye circles, dullness, redness, you name it). After using this for 2 weeks, I sold/swapped away all my Chanel foundations (about all 6 of them); even (my previous HG of HG foundation) VLWC pale in comparison to this. I agree with the other mua-ers suggestions that a well moisturized face is a must (otherwise the foundation just wont glide). I also use a damp sponge to blend in as it can get flaky around the nose and hairline. It tends to shine a little after a few hours (in a good way tho, as Im not a fan of the dry matte look). Overall, this is a definite keeper for me. In fact, I'm really happy with the tiny size as it's so portable and cute. Will definitely recommend to anyone and will repurchase. I wear SX03 (chanel #10; NC 20; Stila 20 watts; LSF #2; VLWC Soft Beige; Revlon Buff; Shiseido I00; and CD 001. continued >>
I bought this product when e6 was going out of business, so I didn't feel guilty about spending so much on foundation. I bought two shades to mix together to match my skin.
This foundation looks great on on well moisturized skin and I foundation it stays put well through the day. a little goes along way. I only the amount that would equal the head of a pin for my whole entire face. if you are dry anywhere, it will draw attention to it, but foundation isn't meant to be a fix all or a substitute for moisturizer. And a tip for oily or combo skins...if you are over stripping your face of it's natural oils, it will produce even more oil. Alot of people think they are oily when they are really surface dehydrated from over stripping. if you have thick skin texture that kind of reminds you of an orang epeel, then you mostly like have an oily skin type. if you don't then you probably need to adjust your skin care regime (lay off the oil-free and oil stripping cleansers) and you will see a DECREASE in the oiliness!
Beware of this product!! This is my first review but the terror that is currently my skin can be solely attributed to this...I normally don't break out but my olive skin has some hyperpigmentation that needs to be covered up...so i put three tiny dots on my forehead and two on each cheekbone( as it is extremely concentrated, tiny means tiny!). The next day, I woke up with huge cysts on the exact places where I had put the dots! A great disappointment because the coverage is superb and the color selection is fantastic. So if you have combination skin prone to sensitivity, please get something else (though I have no good recommendations yet) and save yourself a month of skin agggravation.
I wanted this as a foundation but found it too thick. So I use it as an undereye concealer instead.
After smoothing out a dab of eye serum, I will just dab this SSE twice under my eyes and blend.
I have combination skin and oily lids, so I don't expect this thing to last the entire day, but it does have an acceptable staying power (about half a day).
I still use it as a foundation once a while, but I always make sure that my face is moisturised and prep with a primer before applying. continued >>
SX-06 (Light yellow beige), SX-05 (Light neutral beige), SX-08 (Medium golden beige). I used it with a damp sponge and loved it. SX-08 is my match right now (Asian, slightly tan). I mix in a little SX-05 on my hand as an eyeshadow base. You really can't use too much...it will look terrible and cakey because of the amount of pigment and it's texture. I set it with loose powder and a puff. But it lasted all day (7am-12am....17 hours...wow) and looked natural. I have oily skin and live in a humid climate so I was surprised. I also never touch up my makeup during the day. It works better on smooth skin that isn't flaky or broken out. So I'd invest in some good skincare before trying this if you have major skin issues.
This is my second review and I'm still loving this concealer/foundation! By far the best I've evr tried IMO. I have really oily skin and this does wonders for me in terms of staying power and not turning yellow like other concealers have done. I use it w/o moisturizer in the summer cause my skin is oily anyway and in the winter I mix in a little Clarins lotus oil to get a smoother application. I had it for almost two years now and I barley half way through the tiny tub! I thik this would work in favor of oily skinned gals more due to the thickness of the product. All you need is a pin drop and it'll make you a flawless beauty!