I was introduced to the brand because of the concealer. Fantastic product! (Okay, let's not talk about the packaging and that grotty little sponge it comes with) I was surprised this worked for my combination/mostly oily and sometimes acne-prone skin. It doesn't feel greasy and it hasn't broken me out!
I use a flat top kabuki or a beauty blender sponge to apply, and the finish is like skin-- ok, great skin. Not too matte, but not too "glowy" either. Just, even, poreless, and fresh. I don't even use a primer anymore. I just put this after my spf, and I'm good to go.
It evens out my skin tone without looking like a mask. Darker spots need concealer (their concealer is an awesome, more pigmented version of this, by the way), but this covers lighter spots well enough on its own.
In the package, it looks a lot darker than it is, no fillers here. The light shade is a little too pink for me, so I use light medium here (for ref: I use deauville from nars, I know, they look like a million shades apart, but they work, go figure). You only need a bit, and it blends out really well...like I said earlier, the finish is like skin-- or what I wish my skin was like.
Great price point for the amount and quality of product you are getting. Definitely worth checking out.
This is a difficult one:
- the colour looks scary dark in the pan (I got the colour Light), but blends quite nicely into my fair skin
- it is SO easy to use too much! The best way to apply it (for me) is to use a wet sponge and apply it VERY sparingly
- the coverage is very high but can be sheered out to some extent by using a very wet sponge and very little foundation. I rarely need a concealer with this, cause it covers everything so well.
- when used correctly it looks natural and feels like you're not wearing anything at all, which I love
- no need to set it with a powder
- staying power is okay and can be improved by using a primer
- quite pricey, but lasts you a long time!
The Big But: the packaging is SO unsanitary! This goes for every creme foundation i guess, but I just hate to go into the product again and again, whether it's with my fingers, brushes or a sponge. Grrrr...
So, I rated this 4 cause it's a good foundation, but 1 for the bad packaging. Will probably not buy again.
I fell in love with their tinted moisturiser, so that made me want to try their foundation. I was not going to go back to foundation as I found most of them just look really unnatural compared to a good tinted moisturiser. Anyway, I looked around at a few tutorials on how to apply the product properly because it is quite a strange foundation. It comes in a screw top container and is a very solid cream foundation. The consistency is like hard butter. I chose the color "light" which turned out to be perfect for me. As with most of The Balm foundations, it is a yellow based foundation. I applied it by spraying a cellulose sponge with water and then rubbing across the foundation. You only need the smallest amount of foundation to get a really great coverage. I used the normal technique of starting at the nose and blending outwards in small strokes. The finish is really dewy and natural. In outdoor lighting, it is a flattering finish and does not give that cracked, horrible look that you see with a lot of foundations. I am very, very impressed with this foundation. I took off a star because of the packaging. It's a bit ordinary, but that's just nitpicking really because the product is fantastic!
This foundation is fantastic once you get the knack of applying it (with a foundation brush). Gives really good coverage that you can customise, gives a nice dewy finish, and doesn't feel heavy on your skin. It's $50AU which is normally on the expensive side for me but you don't need heaps if you use it properly so it lasts a while.
Ooooh when applied properly, this creme foundation is quite LOVELY.
I got it because of the reviews on MUA and as always glad I did.
I first applied it with a foundation brush and the coverage was too full for me -- not natural. So I tried again with a damp stippling brush and now I love it!
I'm an NC25-27 and got this in Light Medium and it's a bit light for me but still very nice. Pretty satin finish with the stippling method. Another plus is the amount of product -- pretty generous for $28.
Like it a lot. Better then my Bobbi Brown Even Finish compact because it's more matte.
Tried it again today with even less product and a stippling brush and it's even better. I tiny tiny amount can give you medium coverage. At that rate this should last for years!
Still the best of it's kind I've tried.
Although the colors are very limited (there are four), I've found a perfect match in the light/medium shade. It's yellow undertoned but a nice change for me who usually goes for things that are neutral. I have reddish ruddy cheeks and discoloration on my over-40 skin and this little well-kept-secret makes everything look aqualine and smooth. I found out about it because I was in Sephora to buy another foundation and one of the ladies working there had the most perfect imaginable skin. So I asked her what she was wearing and she said she slapped on The Balm's Time Balm. I immediately went to the Balm area and picked out the light/medium and tried it on. I am a MAC NW20, which is a little more peachy; Creamy Natural in Maybelline, which is a little browner; Mac Face and Body in N3 and the light/medium just brightens up my complexion. It's a balm-like but stiff creme and it takes a little work to smooth over your face, but a little primer before hand is essential. Yes, I will repurchase, hope they don't discontinue this product because it's also great as an eyeshadow base, really brightening up the darkened skin around my eyes without looking like a raccoon!
I liked this foundation at first but then my family started telling me my makeup looked so heavy. No matter how little I had on, they still said it looked like I had a ton of makeup on. This is the 8th foundation this year that Sephora has recommended to me! and all have been awful. I give up on Sephora. Also, I have oily skin but this made it so much worse. I know it said it's oil-free but definitely made it worse. It looked oily in the container before I even put it on! It never totally set either. My face always felt tacky.
Not sure what possessed me to try it but I bought Cover Girl Simply Ageless as a replacement to this and I actually love it. Everyone says my skin looks great. It covers without looking heavy. It just looks natural.
This is my holy grail foundation. I love it! It is an amazing creme foundation. I would say it it a medium coverage foundation. It covers everything I need it to cover without looking cakey. The sponge it comes with makes the foundation way too thick so I threw it away and use my fingers. It was only $28 amd comes with .75 oz which is a lot compared to other creme foundations, such as the Urban Decay Surreal Skin creme foundation that only comes with .24 oz and is around the same price. I wouldn't call this a creme to powder foundation because I have dry skin and just this alone can make my skin look a little oily. But with a good setting powder this is amazing and it lasts so long. I haven't had any breakouts from this which is awesome (: the package doesnt have a mirror but it doesn't bother me at all. Overall this is my all time favorite foundation. Its amazing! The only thing is that it can be hard to find in a sephora. My sephora doesn't carry TheBalm cosmetics so I had to drive over an hour to get it. I just wish they sold it in all sephoras. But its worth it. Such a great foundation!!
I've had this for months and I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION! I apply it with my fingers and then smooth my face with the sponge that it came with, and then use my finger again if needed to dab any extra problem blemishes or under eye circles. It's very creamy and very matte and will actually STAY ON my oily face. I don't use this every day, only days/nights I'm actually going somewhere (lol, unsuitable for my line of work- dance teacher). This past summer my face broke out so much more because of the heat and I felt like everytime I used this, my face actually got better! Strangely enough, I felt like this helped to even out my skin tone.
I haven't noticed any foundation coming off on my clothes or pillow the one time I took a mid day cat nap, but it will come off if I dab my face with tissue or lean my cellphone against my cheek. When it's cold, I have to swirl the pad of my finger on top to melt it, lol.
I have both this and the concealer in Medium, but the concealer looks a tad darker. I would definitely reccomend this to anyone wanting full coverage.
UPDATE: 23 Apr 11. I STILL LOVE THIS FOUNDATION! I'm barely reaching the bottom, and I say that this is completely good value for the money. The only problem I've found is that after dropping the case a few times, it cracked in the threads on the lid, and if I actually close it, then sometimes it gets stuck and I swear a vacuum forms and it's so hard to open! So I never fully close it, but it still works like a charm. Will totally buy again when this one runs out.
UPDATE: Jan 2013. YES! I STILL STILL LOVE THIS FOUNDATION!! Because of the price (and that it's only available online now) I dabbled with other foundations and reserved the bit that was left for special occasions. Thankfully, in 2012, I decided that I was worth spending more on and knew that cheap products was not the way to go anymore. I bought another TB and have been living it up for months. I use this daily now that I've perfected the technique, and love the coverage it supplies, love the ZERO breakouts I've had because of this, and LOVE how it makes me look. It hasn't failed me yet, not thru endless hours at the lab, school, or work, many recitals and performances, and most recently the Rose Parade. 6 miles in high heels, dancing with a dress that weighs about 15-20lbs? This foundation can handle it.
I'm a redhead with very fair, dry skin, so creme-to-powder foundations tend to settle into my skin, making me look crepe-y. Liquid foundations can make me look shiny, so I'm never happy! This is a gem. I apply it with a foundation brush and if I don't want to wear foundation (if it's daytime and I'm wearing tinted SPF moisturizer), it doubles as the best concealer EVER. A little goes a long way and it will last forever. Definitely a try before you buy and "balm" is the correct word here. I adore this product!