A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT....
I thought I'd try this out because of the PRICE and because MEHRON is a reputible name in the theater makeup business.
I ordered LT-1 and Med-4.... Lt-1 is wat to light , i mostly use this as a high lighter for certain points on my face and med-4 I use as a concealer now because it doesn't compare to my MUFE Hd foundation.
i LOVE mehron but this foundation was a fail for me... = ( boo
So, like many others here, I decided to try this because Wayne Goss' review on it. I just want to say one thing first: products used by makeup-artists aren't necessarily as good for a regular person. SO: although I love Wayne, I don't follow him blindly when it comes to foundations.
Good things stated on the package:
- great for all skin types
- have powerful anti-oxidants (means: it will oxidise instead of your skin)
- vitamin E
- aloe vera for smoothing dry skin
- no parabens
- says "for all skin types"
Ingredients seem to be good.
It comes in a pretty big tub, that will last you a long time, because you don't need much per application. This is also because the coverage is full. I was amazed after I applied this, that none of my old acne scars were visible (flat, but pretty pigmented)! It actually also covered pores (I don't have large pores, though) well without sinking into them. This IS good in a way, but it also makes the face look pretty flat and unrealistic. It would probably be a good idea to sheer this down if you don't need full coverage (see link at the end). But actually, I would not suggest anyone going as full as just using this, without sheering it out - very full coverage foundation almost always guarantees you looking like you have a mask on + make it transfer more. I prefer to not look like a doll, but an actual human ;) Sheer it down, apply over whole face, and if there's spots that needs more, apply on those without sheering down. Or apply with a sponge.
I found that this applied best with a duo-fiber brush, like MAC 187. You should stipple into the pot with the brush, then stipple a small area on your face and blend. This will not give you a lot of coverage - it will be about light, but can be built up a little. I have pretty good skin, and this method covers all of my redness and discolouration very well, you can't see the foundation on my face and it doesn't transfer this way. If you only need light coverage, I would recommend this - just please use my suggested method.
Fingers don't work great for application - the foundation melts, and then it takes quite some time before it sets, and also looks yucky in the tub when it gets solid again + difficult to apply this way. If you would like to use a sponge, check out this full coverage foundation tutorial (how to use such a foundation so it looks good):
While this is definitely long lasting, it is not transfer free if you need more than light coverage - I would say this transfers quite easily when you apply enough for medium coverage, like I neededbefore. It was pretty embarrassing wearing this in the lab at the uni - I had a lot of orange on the sleeves of my lab coat at the end of the day (they sometimes accidentally may slip over the face when I'm lifting something over my head). But nevertheless, it doesn't loose its coverage as a result. It also doesn't break up, slide off or patch during the wear time. Still, the transferring is a pretty big con for me - I would not use this for medium coverage again. I personally don't like to set this with powder, because the drydown is kinda satin/powdery, and it just doesn't look as good on me when I set it.
I have dry/normal skin, and I found that this worked the best without a moisturiser for me, so I think this may not be for oilier types of skin. What I do is just tone my skin and apply a light moisturizing lotion - I usually use Hadalabo Shirojyun Whitening Lotion.
The colours aren't that easy to figure out. You're lucky if you live neas some store that sells this, but I bought mine on ebay. In the pictures they look quite different than in reality. I got 3 shades (impulse buy?):
- Medium 1: I would say that this is the one you come closest if you suit the shade NW20 in MAC, but medium 1 is slightly darker. If applied light, you can easily get away being an NC20 and NW15
- Eurasia Japonais and Eurasia Fair: These are much darker than I expected. I don't know for sure, but I would say NC35-40, maybe...? Colours are very similar - you don't see any difference while in the pot, and when swatched, the Eurasia Japonais is a bit more yellow.
If I now were to guess my shade from the pictures, I would probably choose LT3. I'm fair with olive undertones, somewhere between NC20-15.
Bear in mind that this foundation actually does oxidise a bit - at least I didn't expect that (noob with cream foundations). So please wear it for some time if you're able to try it out in the store, and find out how it turns out on you.
When I chose my shade, I found that this blog has a pretty good review on the shades undertones, but the swatches look a little bit lighter than in real life:
I do not think I will buy this again, mostly because I want to try something else, but the transferring might be a problem for other people.
I have now put up a picture with swatches of the ones I have. As you can see, my arm is almost exactly NC15 (after oxidation!) in colour.
UPDATE: if you want a really long lasting matte bronzer without shimmer, these can also used for that. I know it's annoying to apply blush and bronzer in the morning and have them disappearing during the day. This is long lasting, and almost stains the skin, so this could definitely be used as bronzer or for contouring, used preferably with a duo-fiber brush, because these are pretty pigmented. Probably nice to use for matte highlighting too.
I ordered two colors: Eurasian Fair (EF) and Eurasion Japonaise (EJ)from a vendor on ebay. I was hopeful after reading many positive reviews and viewing youtube guru gossmakeupartist rave about it. My first impression is mixed.
Color selection: Although they have an extensive color range, it was difficult to select a color because the swatches on real skin wasn't available and the square of color they showed on their chart didn't really help. EF had a very olive undertone and was a medium color. I would say probably NC35-40 minus the yellow undertone. EJ is lighter, VERY orange and about NC30-35. The application seems to take longer than the regular liquid foundation and even though it's a cream foundation, it feels very greasy to the touch but once it sets, it's not greasy on the face. It sets to a somewhat powdery finish. There's no "glow" pigments in this foundation so you have to do a little bit of blush or bronzer to give your face some contour and dimension; worn alone, it's very flat and matte.
The wear is moderate, I can go about four hours without setting it with a powder. I hesitate to set this foundation since it dries to powder finish on its own
I thought it would be the next best thing since sliced bread but not quite. The foundation is definitely not light, it's at least medium to full coverage and one can definitely feel it on the skin. I have normal skin with the slightly oily t-zone but recently have a couple dry patches due to trying out Peter Thomas Roth's Retinol PM. This foundation highlighted the dry patches noticeably. On the other hand, it gave nice coverage to the large pores.
I might purchase a color for a better match if I don't find a better foundation in the meantime.
I have waited a few months to finally write this review. I just turned 40 and need makeup now that looks great and doesn't get stuck in my creases.
Mehron HD Creme Foundation fits the bill. It doesn't get stuck in creases. It is great for my still acne prone/ combo greasy complexion. I also have very sensitive reactive skin and this Foundation works like a charm. It is a medium coverage foundation. You could build it up to a full coverage.
My skin has a nice even look and looks great in person and in photographs. I am getting compliments on my skin now and never ever did before.
Also, you can't beat the price. $9.95. It can stand up to any high end foundation and beat it.
My only complaint/con is I had to order it online and I had a challenge matching myself. So I spent another $9.95 on a color that didn't work out. I ended up using Medium 3.
I gave the packaging quality 5 lippies because I don't care about how the packaging looks, only that it's functional. I purchased this in 3 shades, a match, a highlight and a contour. The "match", which is in Eurasia Fair, is not an exact match for my skin tone or the MUFE HD shade 123 that I sent them to match for me. It's a bit darker than 123 but I can mix it with my highlight shade to create a better match. I prefer a very yellow based foundation because IMO it just looks and photographs better than my natural olivey tone. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation. I honestly feel like this looks and photographs BETTER than my beloved MUFE HD. I actually look airbrushed in photographs. It has more coverage than MUFE HD and I need to get used to using a cream foundation but I am IN LOVE. Even in person the finish is just gorgeous. I've been using it with my Milani Multi Tasking Powder which together is probably a little heavy coverage but it still looks amazing. Another foundation would really have to make me look like a Kardashian to make me stop purchasing this.
Based on the good reviews this has on the net I decided to purchase a sample from ebay to try out.Finding my right shade wasn't easy because all the colours seemed to be in the pink,neutral or orange side.I purchased lt3 (a neutral shade) and it was a tone lighter than my skin,thus I looked a bit ashy.I hate to be the minority here but I don't really like this.I expected to have a smooth almost airbrush finish but I found it pretty average-it turned out to be a regular matte finish on my skin.While it covers redness it also kinda emphasised dry patches and dried out blemishes even after moisturising.To summarise,these are the pros and cons I found:
-good staying power without getting oily
-covers redness effectively (medium to full coverage)
-takes a while to blend
-limited colour selection (all shades are on the pink,neutral or orange side)
-average matte finish than makes skin kinda dull-be carefull if you have dry skin or combination skin with dry patches
I have already bought another one. This is awesome makeup for the person who wants long wearing products. I love that it has aloe in it. It felt great on my skin. It can be applied as thin or thick as you like. The price is great and a little goes a long way. I think this will be great for traveling. So far I have applied this with a sponge but look forward to trying other ways of application. This is the best stage makeup I have tried. Better than Ben nye. However I did use the Ben nye hd powder to set it. I was so excited to find this! I am nc 25 and I have the medium 1 color. I bought it on eBay from a stage makeup store. It was 10 dollars. Also I use retinol and did not have any problems with dry spots. I did lotion with cerve and prime. Before Putting on the foundation.
Here I come to rain on the parade of gloriously favorable reviews. First gripe: it took me four purchases to come up with the right match--somewhere between L2 and L3. I have older skin that is not wrinkly but has a lot of discoloration in the eye area, redness around the nose and mild melasma under the cheekbone. Silicone-based foundations (Face Atelier, Temptu, Maybelline Dream Mousse) can give me close to perfect skin--Mehron Celebre is just okay. It's very oily although it is easy to thin it out with moisturizer or primer. Convenient little container that travels well. The look is okay and not overmade up or orangey but not my favorite look for sure.
OH MY GOD
-Blends into skin well
-Never looks cakey
-Gives skin a soft-focus effect
-Works for sheer or medium coverage
-Highlights extra-dry patches slightly
-Smells a bit like basil...
I love love love this foundation. I bought the shade Eurasia Ivory to blend with my other foundations, as a lightener. However, this color blends so well into my skin and gives me the color I want on its own. It balances out my skin and lightens it without looking unnatural.
brb marrying this foundation
UPDATE: I came to leave a glowing review of this product only to find I already had. So, obviously, I'm still loving it!
Pure Perfection in a Pot!!!!!! This stuff is HG for sure. Once I got my color right (ME2) it was love at first application. This stuff packs a lot of color into a small amount of product - so you dont have to apply layer after layer to get great coverage. (like I did with Cinema Secrets) Its amazing! Its erases redness, lasts all day with some minor blotting on the nose. Another reviewer likened this to Gerda Spillman foundation and the comparison is true, but Mehron hit the jackpot and deserves much better props than the high-end stuff. The finish is flawless and like someone else said it makes you look airbrushed. As with all cream foundations, you must be exfoliated and moisturized, and primed too if you use one. (one day i had to wake up at 5am and forgot my primer step and honestly the makeup still went on beautifully and couldnt tell that much difference!!!)
I apply with a damp sponge and smooth it on. The areas that need more coverage I dampen the sponge again, swipe a bit more product and then bounce the sponge on my face and pat the extra coverage on. So happy with this and it doesn't break me out. For less than $10 you cant go wrong.