Based on the glowing reviews here, I hunted down a Sephora while I was out of town, since there are none where I live. I needed a color match and didn't want to rely on Sephora's swatches. I wound up being matched to #1 Soft Beige. Just an FYI...the color is NOTHING like the swatches online. Weird. Anyway, I was so excited to try this. Sadly, I am a bit less than enthusiastic. The color match is spot on perfect. No problem there. However, after I first applied it with a damp sponge, I realized first and foremost, it gives very minimal coverage. Spreads very easily and blends well, although it has a very strange smell. It doesn't linger, so again, no problem. After application, I was super shiny. I thought it would dry down, but it never really did completely. I remained shiny and oily. I tried it with a dry sponge. Same look. I tried it with a different underneath moisturizer. Same look. Too oily for my oily skin. Although I dislike mask-like coverage, I do need a light to medium coverage on many days. Even when I tried to build this up, it didn't do much in terms of coverage. I wish I had the lovefest others have with this. I spent a bundle on it and wanted it to end my search for the foundation HG. I will get some pressed powder next and see if that helps. Loose powder didn't even seem to "set" this foundation. Unless I can get this to work better with a pressed powder, I won't repurchase. ****UPDATE**** 9/24/08 I just can't handle this stuff. As much as I do like the light coverage & excellent color match, it just makes me SO GREASY no matter what I try to alleviate it.
After reading all the reviews on this, i ordered it... i got it in the mail yesterday....I dont know why this foundation gets such great reviews!! Its horrible!! Even if it was good...Im not sure if i could stand the nasty smell plus theres no coverage at all!!! yuck, i had to wash it off my face after alittle while because it felt gross...
Can't believe I forgot to review this. I love the product itself although am not a huge fan of its packaging. I love the texture of it against my skin. Cooling and calming, almost like painting my face. Its bottle is cute and very solid. However, having to pour it out on the sponge everytime is troublesome and chances are I will pour out too much. IMO, this is not really cover anything if you have a big flaw, but it will help you to have an even-skin tone. Only thing that I don't like about this is its packaging. I have to toss mine out after while coz somehow the texture changed. Will repurchase but definitely have to do something with the bottle.
I purchased this in shade 20 in late winter when my skin was patchy from cold weather and Retin-A. My skin is fair with some redness, and this shade is a perfect match. It has no ss, but applies very well over my Sofina Lucent.
As others have said, this foundation really gives an incredible natural look and it holds up under heat and humidity when followed by a light dusting of loose powder to set (I like Besame). I am realizing this has become my go-to when I want to look my best and I've been wearing it more frequently in that it it has a very light feel. If you do tend toward oily breakthrough, I suggest blotting papers as this formula will not control oil at all. Update to address the coverage: F&B will blend general redness and darkness around the eyes while still looking natural. Blemishes need a separate concealer. I like MUFE Lift.
I have not found this to cause breakouts or clogs (and I am prone/have combo skin that is extra oily in the summer/dry in winter); that said, I believe that removing it with a cleansing oil is essential considering its stay-put quality.
One special plus for this particular foundation is that it never emphasizes flakes or dryness. Highly recommend for those who use treatments that may cause dryness/flakes.
I did give the packaging quality a three for the heavy glass bottle with a large opening. You really have to use a new q-tip or be very careful about dispensing.
Update: I need to use my Sofina Lucent sunscreen as a primer under this or I get *very* oily and even less coverage.
I have only used this with the base primer first and it is fantastic. The consistency is unlike that of any foundation I have used and I have used them all. It is gel like and upon first glance I freaked out a bit but it applied like a dream. At first I used my foundation brush and decided to try with my fingers and it went on just as well. I know mat coverage is coming back in and although a prefer a more dewy look, this is a nice balance of the two. It never leaves my face looking oily as some have...and I do not have oily skin. If a full coverage is desired, you just wait for a few seconds until first layer is dry before layering on top. The foundation lets my skin look like skin, never cakey, and the color match was amazing. I also have their amazing concealer palate (fantastic as well) and base primer in the blueish purplish color. It makes my face look amazing...I am not exactly sure how this color helps my face but it does. I am impressed.
Cannot see what the hype is over this foundation. Its definetly LIGHT coverage, dosent cover any redness and the consistancy is just weird and watery! I tried layering the product but could not get any coverage and an hour or two later looked terrible!
Thank god i on;y got a sample of this and didnt fork out for a full bottle.
wow...my search has ended..this makeup rocks! I use #20 and #32...they both work for me..it stays put...over MAC Prep + Prime w/ SPF...nothing is better...like a liquid skin...I adore it!! Call the company and they will send you a nice sample.
I heard of this product based on my teacher's reccomendation for my makeup class. Then of course went straight on MUA to make sure.
My skin is very dry/oily, alot of acne scarring and redness on my chin, nose, and cheeks. #38(lightest shade) is a perfect match for me. I need only a bit of concealer to cover the obvious scars, then I use a small amount with my 187 and it covers beautifully. The amazing thing I noticed, is that even though it covers all my other rednesses, it still manages to allow the redness of my cheeks to show through!
I always get compliments on my complexion, and people are surprised to hear that its my foundation. "But it looks so natural and non-cakey!" they say. yay!
I just got this as a sample today at Sephora..I am NC35 (I think) and the SA color matched me perfectly for #6.
It seemed to be a bit light, and after 5 minutes, it matched like magic! She told me to apply with my fingers, but I will try it with the 187 brush if I decide to purchase...
It is neither too matte or dewy, and it feels wonderful! I was looking for something that took the place of my very matte Double Perfect Foundation Powder from Chanel, and I got it...
***Update: I like this foundation as it doesn't make me break out, and my DH says it totally matches my skin and doesn't make my pores look huge or anything make-upeey. ***But I have to use alot for the coverage I want..:-(
Wow! I am so seriously in love with this foundation. I bought it based on the reviews and I'm sooo glad I did. A bit pricier than MAC, but I figured I could always return it. It seemed like most other PPPs were buying the shade #2, but it looked a bit pink for me so I went with #20 (ivory.. apparently the numbers mean nothing) and it was perfect for me! Like other reviewers, I find the bottle to be annoying and wish it had a pump. Other than that, there is nothing to complain about! I apply this foundation with my Smashbox 13 brush. The coverage is light, but very buildable. The finish is very fresh looking. I don't really like my face to look "matte", but I know that's a personal preference. I top this off with EA flawless face loose powder, and its about as good as my skin gets. It also looks very natural. The first makeup where people compliment my *skin* and not my *makeup*. Total HG status. Very close to a perfect, airbrush finish.