I have run out of my very expensive Chanel makeup, and I thought I would try a drugstore cream foundation to see if I could save about $40. I bought this in the lightest shade, and it literally made me look like I was dead. I am very pale, but it totally washed me out and made all the pores and hairs on my skin look very obvious. It was so terrible that I got up and washed it off my face. I applied this with a damp Beauty Blender sponge, and from what I have read, this sponge makes EVERYTHING look good. I threw this foundation in the garbage.
Chanel makeup makes my skin look healthy, perfect and glowing. This was just horrible compared to Tient Innocence. The extra money is worth it.
I'm not the most experienced makeup user and prefer to go without if I can help it but lately my skin has been a complete mess (think it's hormones). I ran out of my favorite Prescriptives foundation makeup about a year ago (back when I wasn't using makeup very much at all as my skin was nice and clear) but given my poor sleeping habits, stress and hormones I've been breaking out every week.
I've recently been trying to find a convenient quick fix makeup at my nearby drugstore, since Prescriptives is going out of business. I bought this product along with a few others on a bit of a whim. I liked the packaging from the outside as it is a small compact and didn't look like a hassle for makeup on the go. Upon opening it however, it's a little awkward switching from the foam pad storage space to the makeup palette.
At first I thought this product was working pretty well, but I guess I was just being hasty. I've used it really quickly before I go to my sailing class where I'm not super concerned with looking pretty and just want to cover up acne/blemishes and dark spots. It doesn't give great coverage, but it has sufficed for the occasion. I was trying it out more thoroughly though yesterday and found upon closer inspection that it falls into the lines and creases of every pore and gives my skin a very dried out appearance, despite that I'd just slathered it in moisturizer. It is hard to work with a concealer with it as the makeup smears and then gathers if you aren't careful with the foam pad (I've been using the L'oreal True Match concealer tube, which also doesn't give me great coverage). It tends to sit kind of heavily on the skin, and if you have dry patches on your skin it collects around them and highlights their appearance.
The color is pretty close, but my skin tone is tricky to match. It's a bit too pale and maybe cooler than I should go with for my coloring (I picked out C2 as the C3 looked too dark compared with my skin.).
I have to say that for the price (about $11) I am pretty disappointed with the results.
I was so excited when I found the liquid L'Oreal True Match in W6-- it was the first foundation I'd ever found that actually matched my skin. (Before, I've always had to color-correct with bronzers, powders, mixing foundations, etc...) Sadly, the liquid foundation lasted all of two hours on me, so I returned it.
I picked up the compact foundation in the same shade, hoping it would perform better than its liquid counterpart. The shade isn't quite as exactly-right as the liquid (it's a little ashier on me, less warm-toned), but it's still a lot closer than any product I've ever used before. And it lasts much longer than the liquid, carrying me through most of a typical day at work before I need to touch up. I'm not sure how well it'll hold up in the summer, but I guess we'll see. I do love the fact that it's a cream, meaning it's easy to carry around with me, pack for travel, etc, and it makes less of a mess (I am notorious for spilling liquid makeup.)
The only downside is that I've found that I have to apply extremely sparingly, which means I don't have a lot of wiggle room as far as the type of coverage I want. Anything more than a light layer with a stippling brush, and the whole thing ends up looking cakey. Forget using the included sponge-- it smears a thick layer of product on the skin that feels heavy and looks unnatural. And exfoliation is a must-- this will highlight any dry patches or flaky skin.
Overall, it's an okay product. It does last a while on my oily skin, and it's the best color match I've found (I do wish it was exactly the shade of the liquid W6, but I'm not gonna complain too hard.) I'll definitely use it until I run out, but I don't think I'll repurchase-- I'm keeping an eye out for a similar product in a similar shade that isn't so finicky.
At first I liked this product, the color n4 matched my skin perfectly and the coverage and finish were very nice. After 3 days of using the product my skin broke out like crazy, which rarely happens. If you have normal to combination skin I would avoid this product. Thumbs down, on this product.
So I bought this thinking it was a powder haha I didnt really read as you can see but I was in a rush and I just ran out of my foundation and my usual shade was out of stock ! so I bought this and surprisingly I really like it !! The color range is awesome, Im in N2 and in MAC Im in NC20 and it matches really well ! The finish is really natural and it covers really well, I would say its a medium leaning towards full coverage. The lasting power is pretty good,my skin is pretty oily and I didnt have to blot until 5 or 6 hours of wear ! And a GREAT point is it didnt break me out .
This is my go-to foundation! I wear C1 most of the year and have C2 on hand for the summer months when I get a little more color. [C1 and C2 are often sold out at my local pharmacies and discount stores, so there are obviously lots of us fair/cool-toned women out there]
The great thing about this line is it's offered in shades of Neutral, Cool and Warm. Lots of choices especially for American women who can be multi-ethnic, mult-racial ect.
No makeup so far- from the pricier lines such as Chanel, Guerlain, Dior....down to the dept. store classic lines such as Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Lancome, Clinique......None of those foundations have given me an exact skintone match as this one does in C1! Now that says something for the creative makeup artists and chemists at L'Oreal!
The formula has medium coverage and is easily applied by fingertips,
sponge (included) or a makeup brush. It's fragrance free and non-irritating. No greasiness nor dryness.
The other products in this line - such as the concealer and powder are also true to color and easy to apply. All are very reasonably priced!
I have been using this product along with the True Match liquid foundation for a few months. I use a large powder brush to apply the powder and it sets smoothly.
This was so horrible! It made me break out, which never happens, and it made my skin look super dry and cakey. Ick!
I have to use the darkest shade in "cool", which is really odd because I actually have warm undertones, but whatever. All the warm undertone ones make me look ashy. I like it on days I remember to put on moisturizer under it, because if I don't then the corners of my mouth and areas around my eyebrows look cakey. Sometimes I probably layer it too thick which makes it more difficult to successfully blend but I'll blame myself for being heavy handed on it. Overall I like it, it's a good substitute for if you don't Sephora money to spend on makeup (which I never seem to anymore). I just wish they had more of a selection for darker skin tone individuals.
I am a C-2/C-3, which I blend together and stuff back into the compact as a mix of these two compacts is the perfect match to my skin. I LOVE this foundation!
Living in Phoenix, it is dry here and this brand and type works for me perfectly. I have yet to try it in a very humid atmosphere, but for the desert it is wonderful.
It never looks heavy, it looks natural, it stays on, it blends well.
It is the best I have ever found.
I'm in my later 60's and do have good skin, but this foundation doesn't run into any deep lines around my mouth or eyes at all. Of course, I also take a sponge and blend it well, also, but I can tell you it looks great--and I constantly get compliments on how good my skin is from everyone from young girls to other older women.
Try it...you might love this foundation, too.