This foundation is wonderful! My color is trance which is a little dark for me but not that much. (I'm an NC30 in the summer) the brush is OK, but I still use my own brush, unless I want to touch up than ill use the one that comes with it. If you think the price is too much, than you might want to check out Maybellines SMOOTH mousse foundation which IMO I think its a pretty close dupe. If anything the dream smooth is a bit more hydrating. This has a satiny/dewy finish.
I was introduced to this product when I was on a mission to buy my Bare Escentuals foundation and UD Primer Potion. The sales lady said she always receive customers from MAC and Bare Escentuals switching to this foundation and loving it. I was not so sure about it and bought the BE instead. I ended up returning BE and buying this product. I have the product in 'Nirvana' but I can also use 'Dream'. It seems as though 'Dream' is not sold in as many department stores, but you can definitely find it in Sephora or on it's website.
The texture is much more smooth and I love how it just dries into powder. The brush does take a couple tries to getting use to, but once you do it is like brushing your flaws away. I love the packaging; very convenient to put in my bag. Very light and has a natural look; does not seem like you're wearing any make up. I suggest going to a store to have someone match up the color for you. This foundation is THE ONE for me and I am no longer in a search for foundation.
Firstly, I'm pretty surprised by all the negative reviews but I absolutely loved the product.
YES - the packaging could be better and the brush is absolutely useless ... they should take out the brush and put more product in the compact instead.
Either way... I've been using Mac MSF in Medium Plus for years and nothing else. So I finally decided to branch out. I tried Smashbox Tinted Moisturizer, MUFE HD Foundation etc etc. After the entire search the last thing I thought would stand out from the rest is this UD Foundation - but it's amazing. It really does set into the powder finish nicely and gives pretty good coverage. I use 'VISION' and it matches my skin tone perfectly. Without even putting any primer or moisturizer prior to applying this at SEPHORA, it gave me a nice dewy, even complexion.
Overall - I say next time you're looking for a good foundation/powder that gives you little to medium coverage, along with a healthy glow - definitely check this product out.
Definitely will buy again.
So, I've been on the constant search for the perfect foundation. I went to ULTA, expecting they'd have an inexpensive, good quality foundation that I would be able to stick to. Turns out, that brand was discontinued, to my dismay. So instead of walking straight out the door, I compromised. The lady suggest this product and I loved it at first. I tend to sweat, and it stayed on through everything! I loved this formula...until a few weeks later. I found that the packaging broke, and it didn't click together. Still didn't really bother me, so I kept using it. Unfortunately, it doesn't settle very well AT ALL. It takes at least 30 minutes for it to look like I'm not a pale vampire. It's such a waste. And I can't use the brush. That's part of the reason why it's so hard to blend. The brush is crap. If needed, use a kabuki.
Pros: Talc-free, buildable, good coverage
Cons: Horrible packaging, even worse brush, doesn't settle, hard to blend
Note: The only thing I use this for now is a DIY tinted moisturizer. Very creamy, and works well with my Clean and Clear SPF. But definitely NOT worth the 34-freaking-bucks. D:
I really wish UD would come out with a compact POWDER foundation with a matte finish (like a de-slick powder foundation)! This cream to powder is like any other cream foundation, its slick, never dries completely on your face, rubs off at the slightest touch, and doesn't even give very good coverage, its very sheer and gives a natural finish. I love the compact of course, like all UD products the packaging is great, just the foundation is not.
I love this product. I went into Sephora looking for a foundation and since i LOVE UD, i really wanted to try our the foundation. the SA found the perfect match for my skin but I hated how she applied it on my face with a sponge. it made it look cakey and super duper heavy, but i decided i'll try it anyways. it took a couple of tries to actually master using this product but once i figured it out, its amazing. I know a lot of people complain about the brush it comes with, but i love the brush. after applying the product you need to buff it out in circles, not lines or else it will streak. it does amplify dry spots but after a while, if you have oily skin like me, that dry patch goes away after a while so no biggie. a little of this product goes a long way. ive had it for over a month, using it every day, it barely looks like i touched it. the only complaint i have is probably the packaging, it's so bulky. i wish they cut down on all that excess space for the brush. the price is a tad expensive, but i will most likely repurchase when i run out and hopefully it'll be around the time UD has their friends&family discount sale. (:
I am on my third (and possibly last) compact of this product. Each compact has lasted a good 2-3 months, which is totally acceptable. I switched to this product from a cheaper one because I wanted better quality and cruelty-free. My skin is fair - I use the color Illusion. This gives great coverage and has been very useful - I use more as a concealer on blemishes, but overall this product makes my pores look HUGE (and they're quite normal, not really noticeable without makeup), which is why, along with the hefty price tag, I am looking for a new foundation. Application with the included brush is very easy, but this product also wears away by the end of the day. I also go through phases of very dry skin (although I have found a moisturizer that helps immensely) and when my skin was super dry, this foundation highlighted the dryness/flakiness. Overall, this foundation may be perfect for those with perfect skin, microscopic pores, and a fat wallet, but I think I'm done. I wanted to love this (as I love some other UD products) but it hasn't really turned out that way.
I first tried the Urban Decay tinted moisturizer but returned it for something for more coverage, The guy working at the counter recommended I try this product for fuller coverage. My skin tone is fair with a pink undertone so I bought Haze. I was excited to try this product because my friend has it and says it's "amazing". . . . .It's OKAY. My skin tends to be a little bit dry on my cheeks and oily on my forehead. This product tends to accentuate the drier spots on my face even though I use a moisturizer..which is no bueno.. I really did not like the brush that came in the compact, it left brush marks/streaks all over my face! So I just apply it with a sponge. I could see this product working better on somebody with more oily skin. Overall, this product is alright, I personally don't think its worth spending 34 $ on, and I probably won't buy this again.
Combo, ultra-sensitive, very acne-prone skin. NC15-20/pale olive, Almay Buff, Revlon CS Buff, Lancome Teint Idole Buff 2 (W), MUFE HD 117
I want to love this and yet, I just can't. Illusion matches perfectly but the effect is totally ruined because my pores look enormous, it won't smooth out and it accentuates my drier spots even after I've applied a heavy moisturizer. And no matter what I try, this stuff will not stick to my nose.
From a few feet away my skin appears almost flawless (except my nose) but closer than about 3 feet and this foundation is very, very obvious.
The packaging is cute but doesn't stand up to much. The SA at Ulta dropped the first one on the counter, less than a foot fall and still in the box and the compact busted. I grabbed a different one and it hasn't been dropped but the top lid is wiggling side to side.
I really wanted to love this product. I love Urban Decay and I was looking for something with a little more coverage than my normal tinted moisturiser. When I got home and tried it, I was a bit disappointed. I felt like the foundations sat weirdly on my face, but this could just be me being super critical. My boyfriend swears he doesnt see it (but lets face it he is probably being nice) I used the pore perfection primer before using the foundation and I have also used it without. Both times the foundation settled into my pores, seeming more concentrated in my pores than anywhere else. I'm sure it isnt the pore primer though, because I have used it with my normal tinted moisturiser and never had that problem. The other thing about this foundation is that it kinda highlighted some dry skin I wasnt aware of.
In the store, I was told that this product could be used alone as a concealer and also you can build up the coverage from light to full. Both statements are untrue!
Pretty pretty packaging but I wont be buying this again!