i have waited a whole two months to review this. i got this product purely because it has been compared to Nars sheer glow which i haven't tried yet as i never bother with sheer foundations. i am NC15-NC20 in MAC foundations, chanel pro lumiere 10 mixed with 20, revlon colorstay buff, MAFE face and body 20, guerlain foundations in #1 beige pale and i got this foundation in buff. unfortunately, it is too peachy golden toned and it makes me looked slightly tanned. i don't want to look like a ghost but i don't want to look tan either. texture wise, it is really runny which makes the application very easy--almost like spreading a moisturizer. in normal weather it is fine but in those hot summer days i absolutely stay away from it as it will melt off. i have dry skin so i like the dewy finish. however, it is quite translucent on my face that it doesn't cover anything. well i honestly don't have any skin problems such as acne, scaring or pores. all i have is uneven skin tone and a red nose. when i use it i have to use quite a bit of concealer even correcter to get rid of the redness. powdering is a must with this foundation even though i never have any dramatic oil production. it just doesn't stay long.
i am not disappointed or surprised by this foundation. it is designed to be sheer and be moisturizing so it consequently doesn't stay as long as a oil-free water resistant long wearing foundation does. i won't give a bad rating for something that it isn't supposed to do. however, the shades runs peachy and rosy. i have noticed oxidation after 2,3 hours even though i powder it quite heavily.
i won't recommend this foundation on its own but i do like to mix my other foundation with it as it sheers out my other opaque, pigmented, and drying foundation. i have been mixing it with shiseido sun protection liquid foundation and revlon colorstay. i found it works the best with CS. the combination of the two stays on for a good 8 hours and give a nice smooth satin finish and the color isn't as ashy as CS and less peachy than purely itself.
i would recommend it only if you have a lot of thick drying foundation and you have trouble applying it. i am sure you will enjoy mixing them with this foundation.
I bought this with the idea that it was a good dupe for the NARS sheer glow but at a much better price. The reviews I heard were absolutely right!! This liquid foundation is a perfect daytime foundation! I have combo skin and it stays well most of the day for me over a primer and set with a powder. The finish is satiny and natural. I can't even feel it on my face! The SPF is also a plus because we all know how sun damage can destroy our skin and age us prematurely. This foundation is packed with anti-oxidants that protect my skin against free radicals. I adore this and am so glad I bought this foundation! Again, a recommendation from the gorgeous, Goldenappleoferis! Thanks doll! I highly recommend this foundation as a great daytime foundation. It's great for all skin types, imo..especially those of us with sensitive skin. ;-)
- Mad Madam Jess
I'm going to start by saying that this foundation offers light coverage, so if you're looking for lots of coverage LOOK ELSEWHERE.
I've been using this foundation daily for about a week and I have to say that I'm actually very pleased with it -- more than I ever have been with any other foundation that I've tried (and I've tried many, both high end and cheapie), which is quite something. The color match is perfect, and as a very fair, neutral toned lady this means a lot. Perfect matches are hard to find. I have gotten a single pimple since I've started using it, but it's probably because of the time of the month. Overall, I find that this foundation does not mess with the quality and texture of my skin. I don't know if it's improving anything, but I'm not breaking out or getting dry patches, so that's nice. I do have sensitive skin, too.
The packaging is lame. It comes in a glass bottle which makes me kind of nervous if I have to take it somewhere, and the cap comes off to reveal nothing but a hole. I apply it with a foundation brush which I can get in the hole if I tip the bottle slightly. With a brush, I get very even, light coverage. My boyfriend does not like a very made up look, so this is great for me. I get to cover my redness and blotches, he gets to see my freckles! I always apply a loose powder over my face (I use Stript Mineral Veil), so I'm not sure how good the staying power is on its own. I will say that under my translucent powder it stays on all day, but then again, the powder I use is AWESOME.
Bottom line: not a good foundation if you're looking for heavy coverage or a matte finish, but great if you're just looking for something light to even your skin tone a bit and let your natural beauty shine through.
This is my other favorite liquid foundation. It's the only one I've gotten compliments/questions about what I am wearing. It stays well on me, even with my oily skin. I wear the lightest shade and it is perfect (classic ivory). It's not a matte finish, more soft and dewy. I didn't think I was going to repurchase, but now that I'm out, I'm missing it and want to get more! This is a really great basic foundation. Highly recommend it. And it's got SPF 20 in it (my Revlon colorstay is SPF15 and I don't know how much my EDM is because it's just naturally in it) which is a great bonus!
edit: still like it, it doesn't wear particularly long but I have found it applies best with a sponge (as opposed to a brush or fingers)
I have tried a lot of foundations and I am actually very impressed with this one! The 2 things that I want in a foundation are: 1. natural looking medium coverage 2. that it does not make my face feel oily.
I have combo-oily skin and sometimes foundations can make me feel like an oil slick after a few hours. I would rather wear no foundation then have that feeling.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin looks natural and I don't even have to touch up with powder during the day! I have been using Mark (by Avon) mattenifficant pressed powder to set this it when I apply in the mornings. I think there is only one formulation so I don't know if it would work for people with dry skin.
The consistency is a little thick. I think I may try to blend with a foundation brush. I have been using my fingers to apply. It easily floats over my larger pres and really does look very natural. I prefer a medium coverage but I can see that it is buildable for a full coverage if you prefer. My color is #60 Natural Beige. I am MAC NC25.
Best of all this product is always on sale. I bought some Neutrogena products at ULTA on sale for buy 2 get 1 free. So it probably cost about $10.
EDIT: Dang, I think this was making me break out... :P
EDIT: This made me break out. Too bad because I did like it a lot.
I was in need of a new foundation and was looking for something that didn't feel heavy but covered redness well. I decided to buy into the hype and I got this at CVS for 13.99.
Price: For drugstore foundation this is the average price were I live, but I think that 14 bucks for a drugstore foundation is a steep price.
Packaging: Horrid plain and simple! First off when I bough this non of the bottles were sealed, which could be a potential for disaster. This has no pump, or any sort of device to get the product out of the bottle. The opening for this bottle is larger than most foundations so when I poured it out, WAY TO much product came out. I found that this spilled worst than Revlon color stay.
Product: I found the product itself to be average. I am very pale and I found that 001 Classic Ivory matched my skin pretty well . The foundation is very thick, when I first put this on I felt like I was rubbing glue on my face, but once it settled it didn't feel heavy. The coverage for this was very full, it looked like I was wearing a mask on my face. This might be nice if you are getting this for a special event but for every day I felt like this was to high a coverage. I put my foundation on at about 6 in the morning and over a primer this lasted well and didn't seem to fade, but by itself I started to feel oily around 4 or 5.
All in all to me this foundation didn't seem special or worth all the hype I have heard, it isn't a bad foundation but I didn't feel like it was amazing either. I ended up retuning it after trying it a few times because I have 2 or 3 other foundations that could do the same thing and I wanted something different.
This is by far my favorite drugstore foundation. I love studio fix fluid from mac but it is for a full coverage and not so much for everyday use. I love this one as a daily foundation. I have very sensitive skin and this never breaks me out. It has a satin finish. Great color selection. Medium to buildable coverage. Very affordable. The only thing is I wish it came with a pump. Overall excellent foundation for that dewy (not oily) look.
im not a big liquid foundation person, i use mac studio tech foundation and its my all time favorite. one of my friends uses this foundaiton and her skin looks amazing, so i thought id try it. its not a bad foundation it just looks extremely oily on my skin. and i have dry/normal skin. i wasnt happy with that. it looked good on my skin if i set it with a good setting powder, but nothing special. and if i went out a couple hours later the oily look would come back, so id have to keep reapplying powder.i did like the sheer coverage of this foundation but this foundation would probly be perfect if it wasnt so oily on my skin. im really happy with my mac studio tech so im kinda bummed i payed 13 dollars for a foundation that didnt work to well & i didnt even need. continued >>
I am really liking this foundation! Lately I have tried almost all of the drugstore brands and this is my favorite. Although I don't like the wide top bottle so much everything else about it is great. Moderate coverage, staying power, doesn't oxidize on me and a perfect color match (#70 Fresh Beige) for my olive skin. I use the HD #55 foundation brush and Prime Time or Age Rewind Primer first.
This product is awful! I bought it because I like the claim that it would be good for the skin and I'm a sucker for their advertising but I was so disappointed by this foundation. It didn't break me out yet (I've been using it for only a couple days) like Revlon CS and Photoready did which is good, but this oxidized so quickly!! It would apply nice but within a couple hours I looked like an oompa loompa.