I have a very fair complexion, so if I don't get much sleep the dark circles and bags under my eyes are very obvious. I have some old acne scars, and a few odd brown spots on my face but generally speaking my skin isn't too bad. I bought this product out of sheer curiosity, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
-wonderful coverage, gives my skin a smooth flawless finish
-buildable coverage, you can add a bit more in areas that need some extra coverage
-does not dry skin out
-leaves my skin with a lovely dewy finish that lasts for hours
-does not settle into the very fine lines under my eyes
-not a fan of the built in brush, it's kind of gross if you think about it, a bacteria breeding ground. But the brush is quite good for blending, other than that...I still think it's gross.
-it's quite expensive for drugstore foundation
Generally speaking, I LOVE this product. I just get the foundation out onto my hand and either blend with my fingers or a separate foundation brush (that I can actually clean). I will definitely keep buying this product.
I have been using this foundation now for 2 weeks daily, i have it in the color 'sun beige', which is a tan color that seems slightly yellow to me. Its a tiny bit too dark for me at the moment, but this foundation blends so easily! I love the look. It looks very natural and 'skin' like, but still has medium to full coverage on me.
I love the consistency of this. I prefer liquid foundations that are not too runny or too creamy, this is very easy to spread. It has a dewy finish, and therefore doesn't dry too fast, you have more than enough time to blend all over your face.
The brush it came with did a good job of blending the foundation. Its a soft synthetic paddle brush. other reviewers said it broke over time, but i can't comment on this, since i have been using only 2 weeks. I use the brush to dot all over my face, then blend in small strokes.
I have oily combination skin, and this lasts a long time for a dewy finish foundation. On me, it lasts about 6 hours before i need to blot/powder. I find it to fade very well.
I have medium toned skin. This is the darkest color they had in Walgreens, so not a huge range of skin tones. I am not sure if this is a new product and they are testing it out? But the shade range is VERY small.
I find the foundation to be very pricey for a drugstore, it was $16 at my Walgreens, which I consider a lot if you can't try it on to test it out. I definitely will repurchase!
If you have dry skin, then definitely give this a try! I exchanged the visible lift serum advanced age reversing one and got this one. The serum one has a pump which is much better than the brush packaging on this. The problem i had with the serum one was that it made this slightest dry patch on my skin very visible. This product made my skin feel very hydrated and glowy. This has a wonderful dewy/luminous finish and actually gave surprisingly medium coverage. I was expecting light to maybe moderate coverage. The shade selection is okay. i'm NC30 and matched pretty well with sand beige and I don't know if it just wasn't available in my cvs, but there was only 1 shade above my shade. So the darkest shade they carry is maybe NC35? I took off 1 lippie for the bad packaging and shade seelction and also i think they give a little less than 1 fl oz.
WHY THIS PRODUCT?: I picked up this foundation about 2 weeks ago as I was looking for something that would give me a brighter finish WITHOUT glitter. I would also prefer it not to have a sunscreen in the formulation because I use a lotion with a physical spf in it already. This does have an spf of 17 (Random?!) and it is a chemical spf as well; but I have heard such good things about this product that I had to try it regardless. It was expensive for the drug store but not compared to similar quality foundations elsewhere. I rarely wear foundation but when I do I like it to look somewhat natural and improve my complexion effortlessly. This foundation is it so far! I have not been using this every day but the few times I did, I was impressed.
APPLICATION: The foundation is a nice creamy consistency with light to medium coverage and a satin finish. I am sure it can be built up to full coverage, but that is not typically how I apply my foundation. The foundation is not drying but not overly moisturizing either, very balanced. It blends easily, but does have a hint of a chemical smell. This smell is not strong and dissipates quickly unlike many foundations I have tried in the past.
DOES IT WORK? : I wore it for night out and a day at the dog park\running errands and it performed well on both occasions. It does not settle into pores or fine lines. There was minimal transfer (only if I scratched my nose) and my face still looked nice by the end of the day. I do use a primer and set lightly with a matte powder.
TO SUM IT UP: I am fair skinned with neutral-yellow undertones and am in the lightest shade but I was a little worried it would be too dark or pink. There are not a lot of choices as far as color selection and the packaging is a fail, although I really don't mind it much. I clean it with an anti-bacterial spray and use the brush attachment to dab the product around my face before blending. The foundation is great overall and it gives me the lively finish I wanted, not dewy really but silky and healthy. I only gave it a 4 because I have not used it for very long but I can see it being my go to foundation for a long time.
MY SKIN I have moderate acne with combo\sensitive skin and this has not bothered me at all.In fact I like using it for blemishes because it covers them nicely and doesn't seem to make them worse at all. I don't buy into the lifting\anti-aging hype but it is SMOOTH on the skin! :)
UPDATE: I continue to use this and find that if I apply it with a wet brush or beauty blender it lasts and won't transfer.
For reference, ELDW Sand/Fresno, CS Sand Beige, Neutrogena Natural Beige.. I perfectly matched with Nude Beige (when I'm a tad pale -NC25) & Sand Beige (when I'm NC30/ "tanned").
Great foundation! It's not as drying as DW or CS. Like the other reviewers, I hate the brush!! It put me off buying this.. until I saw Kandee Johnson's video & my sis raved about it. I'm glad they changed my mind. It may be a bit pricey for a drugstore foundation (almost 20 cdn with tax) but the results are beautiful. This makes my skin look smoother and radiant, definitely not a flat lifeless canvas. Did not break me out as well! Minus one for transferring to clothes. Will repurchase. continued >>
Had to review - I've been searching for the "perfect foundation" - who isn't?
For reference, I have combo skin that gets oily in the summer but very dry in the winter (only oily in the t-zone for the most part). So I was hesitant to purchase a foundation for mature skin, thinking it would leave me a shiny greasy mess!
What I need from a foundation: to cover acne scars and give me some natural glow while still looking flawness and not heavy or cakey.
I have old acne scars to cover and I really have noticed lately that my skin is not as luminous as it used to be, very dull even thou I exfoliate regularly and take very good care of my skin. I was searching for a foundation that would give me a "glow" without the grease or sparkle mess...something that looks like my skin, only much better. Well, this does it all: covers my acne scars (the main reason I wear foundation) and give me that healthy skin look without dulling my complexion (like most foundations do).
I'm really loving this and it does NOT make my skin oily. I do prep with primer and finish it with loose powder, I think that makes the difference. The weather is warm, so even if I have to blot mid-day, that's ok b/c I'd rather have to blot oil that have a dull complexion all day.
The best way to describe this fdn. is it is like a serum + liquid fdn.
the coverage is light to medium, excellent for my dry skin. The first thing I did was using a pair of kitchen shears (the kind to cut chicken bones) to cut that damn brush off into a crew cut, problem solved.
For my NC 35 skin, I picked #172 Sand Beige and find it to be a good match. The product appears darker in the bottle than it actually showed up on the skin. This product may enable to use a lighter moisturizer in the morning. As some of you may not realize, for dry dry skin, the fdn. instead of turning orangy, will turn whitish, chalky instead. This fdn. eliminate that problem as I don't think I will wear it in the hot days though.
For Cad$10, this drug store fdn can hold up against those $50 sold in a dept. store.
For reference- I have acne prone skin that is sensitive and can be pretty oily in the warmer months. In the winter months, my skin tends to get dry, flaky patches and needs quite a bit of moisturizer to keep it quenched.
I was on the hunt for a lighter coverage foundation that would give a dewy look since my skin wasn't achieving that particular look on its own since winter had begun. Finding the reviews for this foundation rather stellar, I picked it up at my local grocery store for around $15. $15 is steep for a drugstore foundation and I was a bit worried about the 'steep' commitment I was making without having tried the product first. I picked up the lightest possible one (Classic Ivory) and it is a great match to my NC/NW 15 skintone.
I've been wearing this foundation for two months now and can honestly say that I love it and that it is a definite staple. There aren't enough good things I can say about the formula of this stuff! It is good on its own (set with powder on my T Zone) and mixed with a heavier foundation such as Estee Lauder Double Wear to give it a bit of dewiness and glow. The formula of this foundation is a thicker consistency than others I have used but that doesn't hinder its ability to blend. It blends very easily into my skin and has a light, natural looking coverage. It looks like my skin but better.
The lasting power is something that I'm still a bit weary about because, on its own, this foundation doesn't last long on my skin. It sort of 'eats' it. It doesn't fade unevenly or pool in weird places like I have had other foundations do- which is nice! Set with a powder, this foundation will last all day. The only gripe I have with this product is the packaging. The brush dispensing system needs to go! It is not hygienic and makes application tough.
All in all, a wonderful product and I will repurchase again and again.
Great foundation, goes on smoothly and looks very natural. I was expecting it to be a bit more moisturizing, but it doesn't look cakey at all, so it's not a huge problem. I am using this everyday and plan on buying it again for sure, worth the price!