As a foundation, this product is terrible. I used it on my whole face and it was cakey and didn't blend well at all. But I use it in small amounts as a concealer and it works wonderfully. I'm C1 and it work great for little areas of discoloration or small blemishes. I gave it two stars since it's not good for its intended purposes, but I would repurchase as a concealer any day.
Do you like cake? If so, this is for you. As you desperately scramble for coverage it builds up and dries out your skin giving you a nice, corpsy glow. This is great for faking your own death or looking ill to skip school. Unfortunately, it wont break you out and make you look diseased, so it's usefulness ends there. No but seriously, that's the only reason this gets 2 lippies. I break out easily and this did not give me any kind of bumps or redness. It dries powdery, maybe a little TOO powdery. And maybe it was just me, but it seemed to suck the moisture out of my skin. Don't waste your money!
EDIT!!! : The aforementioned statement was me trying this with the wrong undertones, but the right shade. Turns out I actually fit better with a neutral shade. I thought with my olive-y skin I would be warm toned, but I was dead wrong. That's why I looked like a corpse. This is actually pretty good with the right undertones. Still drying but good coverage and a wide range to choose from. Sorry about my rant. Just remember to moisturize beforehand.
I'm surprised there are so many dislikes for this product. I can see the point about not putting this over flakies or dry skin. Exfoliating first is a must with this, but I am amazed at how fast I can put my foundation on (which at times is a huge plus!) I have used Revlon's ColorStay for years and have to say that this rivals it as a more natural looking, yet great coverage make up.
I use a sponge and literally have my foundation done in less than a minute. I love that about this product! It also doesn't feel very heavy on my skin and the colour is a great match for me.
This foundation was awful. It transferred the first two hours I wore it and couldn't wear powder because of it's extreme cakeyness. Very heavy as well.It's also a little pricey for drugstore. With the money I spent I could have gotten a much better drugstore foundation.
(originally gave it a 3)
I use True Match liquid and powder, so thought I would try the compact.
I don't like using it alone as a foundation - on my bare skin, even with primer, it is just too oily and sits on my skin rather than sets, even after mattefying powder.
However, I do like carrying it around in my purse to touch up the liquid foundation base during the late afternoon hours, as this makeup tends to not have the lasting power I would like (my only complaint about True Match, which is my HG drugstore foundation at the moment). However, because the oil is a huge factor, I tend to throw on some mattefying powder before and after applying the compact as a touch up, and I don't use the sponge, I use a MAC brush (109?) to blend the compact foundation in as concealor on my acne scars and nose crease redness that peep out after True Match starts its afternoon fade. That being said, I love that it matches my foundation perfectly. However, the compact is so oily, and the powder is so powdery (haha), I wish they could combine these products so I didn't have to carry around both. Basically, I want the Maybelline PureStay Pressed Powder, but in that color. HA! Hope this helps someone making that decision.
**EDIT** (changed from a 3 to a 5)
So I ran out of the house late one day and literally just wiped this on my face while stopped at lights, and dusted it off with Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I had a stressful day at work, then spent an hour sweating at the trainers, only to try and put myself together to have dinner with my boyfriends parents. Much to my surprise, the compact makeup withstood the "sweat/gym" test better than the liquid foundation - without primer!!!!! whaaaaat????
Not sure this is my HG foundation, but N2 is a dead ringer for my skin tone, and for the days I am running late (90% of the time), this may be my go to for now.
**EDIT** (changed from a 5 to a 4)
my skin tone has changed to W1/N1 mix. still like cream foundations, but this is not my favorite. it's good, however, when in a bind.
After much debate, I have decided that although this foundation doesn't work on me, I can see it looking fabulous on someone else.
I have really dry skin with lots of dry patches and this foundation only makes them worse. It definitely highlights all the flakiness on my chin, around my nose, etc. However, on my cheeks where it isn't dry, it looks AMAZING.
The coverage is great, the finish is flawless. I have tried it in N5, W3, W4, and W5 and none of them have really been a good match for me. In my experience, cream foundations really photograph poorly if it's not a good match for your skin tone. Liquid is a little more forgiving.
I'm currently trying out other creme foundations, and I've found that this one does blend really nicely. If you just run your finger around it, it feels very smooth.
So, if you can find your skin color and you don't have dry patches, this foundation is for you!
I love this stuff and hate it at the same time. I'm so pale to the point it's annoying so this is literally the lightest drug store foundation you can get, and possibly in more expensive stores like Sephora. I have it in C1 alabaster, I bought the cream for the reason that the liquid was sold out of this colour. I have the liquid foundation in N1 which I find has a much better constancy. The cream sits on the skin ok, but doesn't blend very well and slides off of the skin and forms patches later in the day. I blend with clean, damp sponges over top of high quality primers and pat powder to set, so I don't really like this for that reason.
I also would NOT recommend this for people with dry/combination skin. This product sits on top of dry patches and makes them look a lot worse than they are. I've had times where I didn't even know I had some flaky/dry areas but I knew when I put this stuff on because it makes it VERY apparent. So BAD for dry/combination skin.
If you're going to get L'Oreal's True match, go with the Liquid and the powder foundation, both of which are great. I actually accidentally bought this because I thought it was the powder version which was great, but again this entire line is NOT good for people with dry skin.
I love it just because it's so light and it's so hard to find foundations lines that are this light. But I usually have to mix C1 and N1 because C1 is too pink for me, and N1 is too dark.
I have mixed feelings about this.
When I first bought it, my face was very dry. It's been getting oiler lately and now it's time (summer/warm weather) for the heavy-duty spf 70, so I need something more matte.
This seems to fit the bill. I get okay, medium coverage out of it. I really do need something with heavy-duty coverage to disguise my acne scars/redness, but I haven't been able to find a drugstore foundation that will do it. This is better than the other six foundations I have lying around. Oh, if only the PF tinted moisturizer was more matte.
I use this in W1 like the liquid. I find that this compact's shade is a little lighter than the liquid, which I love. The coverage is much more sheer than the liquid. I use it on days that I don't need as much coverage. It is very creamy and does not break me out. My only gripe is that it comes with a sponge. I wish it came with that roller thing the roller foundation comes with because that one doesn't come light enough for me.
This stuff is awful! Thankfully CVS took it back, and I exchanged it for the True Match powder, which I love. This made my pores look bigger, settled into every line, and accentuated my dry areas. This is also a cream type make-up, which I wasn't really expecting.