Easy, I use the real techniques flat top brush to apply. It has cut down a lot of time in my morning routine because it blends so well. May not be suitable for real oily skin, but I love the fact that it doesn't settle into fine lines. I will repurchase this.
I absolutely love this foundation, and it is hard for me to find one that works well for me. My color is Nirvana. I do have a lot of redness in my skintone, and it completely eliminates that problem. It hides my pores, and doesn't look cakey or cling to any parts of my face. I do, however, moisturize before I put it on and I mix in the complexion perfection brightening primer. I am a MUA, and I often sell this right off my face! Along with the concealer in MIA and the mineral powder in dream, my skin looks flawless. I do like to spray their all-nighter spray on, and it will look great after an 8 hour shift. I must admit, although it is a perfect match for me, it doesn't look great on everyone. If you have dry skin or dry patches, it will look flaky. Moisturizing helps with that problem. Also, depending how much coverage you need it may not be full enoguh. It provides wonderful medium coverage but it is not sheer, nor is it full. It is buildable to an extent, and after too much it really won't look great. If you have normal/combination skin, fairly small amount of blemishes, and redness this foundation will be great! :)
I looked into this product because I travel a lot and need a foundation that won't spill or be overly messy and complicated in application. Something I can do in my car.
I went onto YouTube and there's a fab video on makeup application with UD Surreal Skin Cream to Powder foundation that was incredibly helpful right down to the brushes to use (MAC 187 or the Sigma F80).
Here is the link to Ms. Beauty B*tch:
I also learned that Alexis Bellino of the Real Housewives of Orange County loves this product as she states on her FB and uses it in "Dream."
I am a MAC NC25 I knew that either Nirvana or Dream were the ones for me since she and I have the same coloring. So I bought both.
I bought Nirvana to mix it up and for when I have the winter paleness. Nirvana will work if you are a NC25 too. Dream is good for adding dimension and for when I have a Level 1 or Level 2 Mystic.
Everything that Ms. Beauty B*tch says on Youtube is exactly correct - use a synthetic flat-top brush or synthetic stipple brush and you won't overapply.
I have golden olive skin with lots of yellow. I am 56 years old not much wrinkles I use color 153 in MUFE and hallucination in urban decay. I like this product!!! It's a perfect match! The trick here is not to use too much!! This is supposed to be a light makeup!! If I put too much on it looks bad yuk. But a light wisk and it looks natural with an even color. So use very little. I use amazing cosmetics concealer in tan for anything I need to cover. Don't try building this and take very little on your brush!! I use it as a summer sheer foundation and it is beautiful! I would say. If you have pink undertones stay away and if you want coverage or buildable coverage. It's good stuff if you are golden and use it with a light touch.
I actually like the packaging. I never had trouble with the mirror breaking off from the compact as other reviewers have reported. If you look closely the purple has camels and other small engravings. That's a fun distraction.
For the cost the quality of the product is far from fantastic. I use Maybelline "Dream Liquid Mousse" and "Dream Smooth Mousse" for a combined grand total of about $21.00 and I am way more satisfied with that product combo than with the urban decay cream to powder foundation alone. In all honesty I don't even understand why they call it a "Cream to Powder" foundation. To me it goes on and stays on like any other standard foundation.
Major con: it rubs off easily and the applicator brush is really cheap
This review is for the color "HAZE" which is described as "very fair with pink undertones". I bought this on the Urban Decay website, sight unseen, when I was told by an Urban rep that this color would match me, when I lamented that the colors that are sold in store are not fair enough for me.
However, upon receiving it, one look at it and I could tell this was no where near fair enough for me, and not a pink undertone whatsoever. For reference, I am too fair for MAC and MUFE Face and Body #36 is a perfect match for me. I swatched this once on my cheek and it was 2 shades darker than I am and looked yellow compared to my cool undertone. So Urban needs to get a reality check. If they think for one minute this is "very fair" and "pink undertone", they need to expand their circle of test subjects to include women who are much paler so they have an accurate representation of what "very fair" looks like.
My next complaint is the texture of this. This is marketed as a cream to powder, but I assure you, this is not a "to powder" product. Its more like a cream to cream. You will need a setting powder on top of this. It does not have a dry down; it stays quite squishy and soft feeling on the skin despite the formula having silica in it.
This formula has no wax in it, which is a problem. Waxes are not water soluable which means that stick foundations containing natural waxes hold up MUCH better in humid situations (or in instances where you'd be getting wet or sweating), than those that are water soluable. The base of this product is Isononyl Isononanoate. Good news, its not water soluable. Bad news, it MELTS AT SKIN'S TEMPERATURE. Add a lot of body heat to the mix, and you have a product that will slide off at the slightest bit of heat. Waxes like candellilia, on the other hand, has a melting point of 68.5 C (about 155 degrees Fahrenheit). The average skin temperature is 32 C (about 89 degrees Fahrenheit), which is not warm enough to soften up a wax based product. Beeswax is also commonly used, but its melting point is not much lower than Candellia.
In my opinion, if you want a good long lasting cream foundation, one that will withstand hot temperature and humid conditions, you're much better off buying a stick or cream foundation formulated with waxes.
Science aside, lets talk about the size of this. The pans of these are quite shallow. These only have 8 grams of product and are $34. That's an average of $4.25 per gram. By comparison, I could buy a solid stick foundation for say, $39 that has 14 grams, which is about 1.5X less per gram than the Urban Decay one (or the Smashbox one, for that matter).
This is the worst cream to powder foundation I have ever purchased. It does not blend well and you can actually still see it on the skin after extensive working. I use it with the urban decay complexion primer potion as recommended by the store purchased at. The primer does almost nothing.
Will be returning both tomorrow.
This is the only foundation that I've ever hit pan on, but considering there's not much in it, that's not so surprising. I really, really liked this, I think around my late teens or early twenties. I'm oily and acne prone and this gave great coverage. With a decent powder over it, it stayed put and didn't look too oily at the end of the day. The line runs warm and at the time the color I had was an awesome match for me. I didn't have problems with it settling in my pores and it hid discoloration very well. However, when I moved to a more humid climate, it just did not work out and I had to switch to a different one. I put that I would buy it again because I probably would if I moved somewhere cooler/less humid and if I could justify the price, though I never bought a replacement and am not planning to.
I bought this product in order to "give my skin a break". Normally I will wear a product which offers good coverage and longevity.
On first examining this compact I was impress. The hard purple packing with in build mirror and flip up container for an applicator was beautiful. Easily slipped into your handbag and quick for touch ups.
The foundation itself feels incredibly silky to the touch and initially I was very excited.
However, thats when it all went wrong; I had to put it on!!!!
Certainly you can build up good coverage and it's a dream to blend, but that's it. Literally after on afternoon out shopping, my cousin was in hysterics laughing at the state of my face. Any where I had touched, the foundation had wipe clean off, not to mention it's crusty adherence to the drier parts of my face. It look incredibly patchy and sunk right into my pores.
On my next attempt I applied a matte primer before hand hoping it would help to hold the foundation in place, sadly this was not the case!!!! Once again, after an hour or so my face looked streaky and uneven.
So yes, the compact itself was great, but as for the foundation, I would not recommend it.
I hated compacted foundations but this one! I am totally sold! I was at sephora last weekend when the Urban Decay Makeup artists were there, so one lady tried this on me and I was like... OH MY GOSH, my skin is PERFECT (it isn't without this product! :[ )
I do not like compact foundations because it is unsanitary and complicated to use, and the pan gets dirty! :( but for this foundation, I looked beyond that! My complexion was instantly brighten, pores were mininized, and after 5hours od wear, no signs of shine anywhere, no dry patches on the cheeks! Seriously, what else can I ask for?! Right!
The only cons about this product is that, it will NOT do the things I've listed on it's own! For it to reach it's full potential, I had to use the glowing primer, and the deslick spray! :/ I was sucker for the outcome, so that day my pocket was emptied! I tried the foundation on it's own, it was still very good, but about 3 hours into it, my oily Tzone became very shiny, and the facial oil petruded through the foundation, in a way the foundation started to melt! :(
Abusolutely do not like the packaging. Do not like the cheap plastic child like compact.