I bought this foundation recently and have word in three times so far. It can be tricky to find - Sephora does not stock it, even though they have the stick and powder foundations from the Sun Protection line, and Macy's (at least the one I visited in Boston) doesn't carry all the shades.
I have been looking for a foundation with a high SPF & UVA protection that wears all day, matches my skin tone, and doesn't break me out. So far, so good.
The sun protection of this foundation is excellent. Because it can go on a little dry, I have been applying a separate sunscreen, on dry areas on my face beforehand - you could also use a moisturizer or a primer. If you have dry skin you should prep, but this foundation doesn't go on excessively dry.
I was concerned about the color match after reading some of the other reviews. I bough SP-10, the lightest shade. I have fair skin (MUFE 115) with some acne scarring. SP-10 matches acceptably. It is probably a touch too yellow, especially by the end of the day when it has oxidized, but it's really not bad. The coverage is really nice - it doesn't completely obscure your skin, and gives a very attractive soft matte finish. It sets rather quickly as you apply it, so it's best to go section by section. Even though the finish is matte, it seemed to lessen the appearance of fine lines - definitely a plus.
As for break outs, it may be too soon to say, but I've had no problems as yet. The foundation feels light and "dry" to wear, not clammy, greasy or tight like some of the foundations that have broken me out in the past (I'm looking at you, L'Oreal Infallible and Almay Line Smoothing MU).
Overall I am very happy with this foundation (HG? we'll see...). It's a challenge to find a foundation with sunscreen that doesn't ruin acne-prone skin; this one looks like a winner. A final note about the price - $32 is not cheap, but it is within the range for this quality, and in the long term it will be worth it for the greater sun protection.
This could very well end up as my summer HG foundation. LOVE the even coverage, color, packaging, long-lasting wear, high SPF42 (can leave out applying sunblock) and quick and easy application. To me this is like Clarins UV Plus SPF40 (a favorite of mine) with some foundation thrown in - similar consistancy and packaging. The finish is matt but not a dry/aging matt - there is still a certain amount of dewiness and for me a little powder on my t-zone is still needed. I do have trouble finding foundation light enough in color but the SP30, the lightest warm color worked perfectly on my cool toned skin and toned down the pinkiness. The SP20 and SP10 were the lightest cool colors but too pink. Wish I had discovered this years ago.
It provides shocking coverage for a foundation with sunscreen. It goes on very light and smooth; however, it broke me out. I have a sensitive-dry skin and after the day I used it, I got a few bumps. So I returned it right back. The price is pretty harsh for a small bottle.
Yep, this is HG right here, finally!!! It lasts all day, no matter what in the hell I'm doing, sweating, being an oil slick or doing any intense activity, it just keeps on going! It may not look as good as first applied but its still on and keeping red acne scars all covered up. I'm realllllly oily and it still makes me mad, but this foundation doesn't melt off even after a hardcore workout. I do have to frequently blot though, just like with other foundations but the advantage of this foundation is that when I blot, the foundation isen't blotted away, its still on no matter how much I blot throughout the day. Yeaaa! Love the coverage as well, its full coverage with one layer, covers scars really well. There is a heavy fragrance to this though, not a bad smell but still a bit odd that its there. Love that its high spf, no need to layer more crud on my face. No breakouts either! Sometimes I have some dry spots on my face, yet when I put this foundation on without moisturizer, it doesn't accentuate any of those spots. The first time I wore this I put loads of moisturizer on because I though it would show dry spots but that was a mistake, I was a complete oil slick that day. No need for moisturizer if your oily, jaaaa! I actually thought their color selection is pretty good, but I'm fair-medium and yellow toned and 50 worked out great but so did 40 and 60. Not a good selection for dark skinned women. I use jojoba oil to get this off, takes every trace of it off no matter how sad I am to see it go. Anyway this is HG and I am ending the search here and now.
Knocking on wood here, but it's possible that I've found my HG foundation. I've used mineral foundations for quite a few years, and there have always been things I wasn't 100% happy with about them, but I still preferred them to liquid. I love, love, love Shiseido's spf 55 cream, though, so I thought it was worth trying the foundation version. So far, I'm thrilled. It feels even lighter than my minerals on, not much different than the sunscreen, but it's still decent coverage without having to pile it on. It's pretty matte (which I like), but not in a too-flat way. My skin tends to not be an oil slick on its own but turns into an oil slick when I wear foundation; I've had this stuff on for about 7 hours now and I could use a blot, but it's still there, still providing coverage, and still looks good. I'm an NC15ish, and I got SP10. I know some NCs have said that shade is too pink, but I'm more warm-neutral than extremely yellow undertoned. This is the most I've ever spent on a foundation, but a little goes a long way (even on my pretty awful skin), and as long as it doesn't break me out, I'll repurchase for sure.
Update 2/14: A week later, I'm just loving this stuff more and more. I can't believe it's possible for something with such good coverage to feel so weightless on. No breakouts, and while I know they can take a while to surface, I tend to at least get tiny bumps within a few days if a product is going to cause me trouble.
Update 3/6: Yup, definitely HG status. I would know by now for sure if this stuff was going to break me out, and it hasn't. I just keep loving it more and more. It's everything I never thought I'd find in a foundation. I will add, though, that it will accentuate flakes if you don't moisturize first...but don't all foundations do that? This is as close to foundation perfection as I think I'll ever come.
This came close to being my HG> Except, none of the colors work well for me! That's why I took a couple of lippies off. I am extremely fair, being a natural redhead. I loved that it lasted so well. Gave great coverage and a super high SPF. And it looked like skin. But, I am very light with yellow undertones. SP10, to pink, SP30, right tone, but to dark. Wish it were 2-3 shades lighter. I will use this in summer, when going boating or to the beach. Otherwise will stick to Covergirl Olay Simply Ageless. I agree, Shiseido color selection, leaves something to be desired. Should they add a color that works for me, I'd definitely use it, all the time. It is drying, but I use a good moisture base before I apply, and don't let the moisture absorb, before I apply it. I apply with finger, sponge soaks up way to much product.
I am postively SHOCKED that I haven't reviewed this! This is, without a doubt, my go-to summer foundation. I love the fact that it has high SPF, not to mention wonderful staying power. I remember being so disappointed when they discontinued Almay's *original* Amazing Lasting foundation, but this has more than replaced it. Can go on a bit too dry (as others have mentioned) but as someone whose face becomes an oil-slick in the Texas heat, this is perfect.
This is the gold standard of spf foundations, but it would be worth using even without it's great protection. With it's high percentage of minerals, it is a true liquid-mineral foundation. Gives full coverage, but the finish is shockingly natural for the pigment density. Yet somehow, my skin still feels like it can breathe, and never any breakouts, even after leaving it on all day and night.
This will not do well for you if you have any flaking or dry issues, they will be accented! Fantastic makeup for clubbing, swimming, shagging, as it will not sweat off or run. It does buff off a bit if you say, blow your nose, but in an o.k. way, not exposing too many secrets.
Plan to use cold-cream or oil to remove this completely.
I purchased this a few months ago, but cant use it as it's too dark for me now. I knew this when buying, but fell in love with it instore, so figured I would wear it in summer when I goot up a notch or two. Retails for $50 AU which I think is rather cheap for a department store foundation.
I have this in the lighest shade but it is a tad too orange and dark for me. I have worn this out though before when i put bronzer on my body and it blended seamlessly for me. This really does last through anything and is waterproof. No need to sugarcoat it, I had sex in this. The room was warm, there was sweat, I showered afterward - my makeup was still pretty much intact afterward. I cant wait till summer to be able to wear this and just blot the oil off my face with no reisude from the foundation.
Is medium coverage and layers to full coverage beautifully. It does appear heavy or caked on when layered as the actual foundation appears very fresh and skin like.
I use a washclosh with cleanser to remove it as normal cleanser requires a few washes until there is no trace of it. I have oily, acne prone skin and it does not cause blackheads or white heads. I mix half and half sometimes with a really pale foundation to wear on long days - no acne!
Packaging is hygenic and the cap is good as there is no spillage, however cannot see how much is left.
Provides good coverage...gives my face a subtly whiter sheen but curiously my Asian husband likes my Asian skin lighter. I like this a lot because, though my oil-producing T-zone eventually seeps through anything I put on my face, this makeup holds up just a bit better than other foundations. Not the mention the high SPF factor!