I have used this foundation in shade W1-2 (Porcelain/Light Ivory) consistently through a particularly hot summer and a particularly cold winter, so I have a pretty good idea of the wear of this foundation. After wearing it for such a long time, my opinion is strictly ... ehhhhh.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of this foundation. It matches my skin perfectly (bless L'Oreal for realizing that not all pale girls have pink undertones); its light-medium-but-buildable coverage covers my acne scarring very well with two layers; it doesn't emphasize the dry, flaky patches on my cheeks (in fact, it feels quite moisturizing); and it still manages to look like I'm not actually wearing any foundation.
It's the wear where this loses points, and major points at that. It'll last me maybe three hours before I need to blot/re-powder. I don't generally mind doing this - and being a student, I have lots of opportunities to touch up - but even three hours is pushing it in that by then my t-zone looks far oilier than it even does without makeup. As expected, wear time is much better in winter than in summer, both with cold weather and drier skin. In summer in was practically melting off me, so I do not recommend it for summer use.
Probably the worst issue for me is that this never really... dries. I can powder it all I want, but the foundation never seems to set to the extent that I want it to. As such, transferring is a constant concern, and I have to be veeerryyy careful not to touch my face lest I get foundation on my fingers.
As much as I've gone on about its worse points, I like this foundation enough that I'll try my best to finish the bottle. I definitely won't repurchase though - I've heard too many good things about Revlon Colorstay to resist moving on to that.
I think I mainly bought this for the hell of it. Lol plus it had a pump (which is rare that a drugstore foundation has a pump). Okay but anyway, I have very oily skin. Therefore, this is NOT what you want if you have oily skin. It made me look so damn oily and shiny within 3 hours of wearing it. Even if I touched up, you can just see how oily I was. It'd be a better foundation for someone who has normal or dry skin.
I'm not really a fondation person but I had heard Jacylin Hill Rave about it so what the hell right! When i first got it i right away saw that it was meduim to full coverage! You get so much in one bottle! Cons are that it creases and it enhances dry skin!
OK, so I have combination skin, definitely leaning toward dry. I LOVE my Nars Sheer Glow foundation, and was looking for a less-expensive alternative to it. I've seen several online sources say that Lumi is a decent dupe for Sheer Glow, so I decided to give it a try.
First of all, let me say that I use Smashbox primer, and when I use it with the Nars Sheer Glow + Nars pressed powder, I get ALL DAY staying power with no need for touch ups. I applied the Lumi in the exact same way. Moisturizer, Smashbox primer, Lumi foundation, + Nars pressed powder. OIly by lunchtime. and I have dry skin. and no matter how I apply the foundation (brush or sponge blender), it's still shiny. Also, it never really feels "set" even with the powder. I suppose this is the "lumi" quality, but for me it just looks like I need to powder my face. The Nars gives a glow wtihout the shine, and it lasts all day.
For some, this foundation might work. But sadly, it doesn't work for me. I think I will return it to Ulta....It was $12, which isn't bad, but it's too much for me to keep something that doesn't work.
I will say that the packaging and pump are very nice, for a drugstore brand.
For me there is nothing bad to say about this foundation. It has medium coverage and provides a healthy glow for my skin. Easily blended, not cakey, and comes with a pump! A little pricey for the drugstore, but still much more reasonable i than nars sheer glow etc. If you have really oily skin, this won't be the foundation for you. But if you have normal or dry skin looking for a subtle dewy finish, I would definitely recommend this.
-large shade selection
-attractive packaging (with pump!)
-not suitable for oily skin
-expensive for a drugstore foundation
So I have moderate acne, and I use to use the Lieole Beyond the Solution BB cream and wanted something with full coverage, I went out to the store and bought this worst mistake ever. The foundation gets oily after a couple hours, and no matter how I apply it (fingers, beauty blender, sponge brush, makeup brush) it felt so cakey and i would only apply one thin layer. The color shade was also off, I got the soft ivory and it was brownish on my skin. It made my acne worse then it was, I went back to my bb cream it made my acne much better than the foundation. Would not buy it again.
I bought this product to compare against Lancome's Teint Miracle, as I work for the company and had been hearing that our customers were considering it a more downmarket alternative. For reference, I have dry, fair-medium skin with very slight cool undertones. I wear our Teint Idole foundation in the shade 210 Buff N, as I generally prefer a neutral foundation as opposed to cool. I am not typically a brand snob, and despite working for one company I use things ranging from MAC all the way down to yes, L'Oreal.
True Match Lumi has the same sun protection as Miracle, spf 15 via Octinoxate 3%. It is marketed as a light-medium coverage foundation, more geared towards dryer or dull complexions, with a luminous finish. Miracle is by description similar, medium coverage, buildable, with a subtle pearlescent particle to help deflect light and give skin a healthy glow.
For a drugstore foundation, the packaging is nice, with a glass bottle and hygienic pump. When I was initially choosing a shade, I skipped the neutrals as they all appeared to be slightly orangey in the store. I ended up getting C3, creamy natural, which at first application seemed to match fairly well, but obviously not how I was used to since I typically wear neutrals. Within an hour or so of application it had oxidized and was now way too dark, and also had a distinct orange cast to it. It didn't seem wear too badly, but the color was awful.
I exchanged it today for a different shade, and this time took my bottle of Idole with me, and much to my surprise the only shade that ended up being anywhere near similar in person was W1-2, Ivory. I have NEVER worn Ivory in my life, nor have I ever been a warm. This threw up a red flag again right away. Still I got it and went home to try it again.
Application same as before, applied with a damp beauty blender over freshly cleansed (exfoliated) skin with moisturizer. The first layer went on very sheer, but it was also the kind of sheer that sticks to every little dry spot and looks very streaky and fake. I gave it some dry down time and decided to give it a second layer to see what happened. Coverage build up slightly, but it caked up, streaked and would not blend at all. Even with moisturizer and a freshly scrubbed skin underneath it accentuated every tiny remaining bit of dryness on my nose, cheeks and chin. It was just sitting on top of my skin as a very visible, cakey mess. I mentioned that I wear Idole earlier, for this exact comparison point. Teint Idole is a matte finish, full coverage, long wearing foundation. I have DRY skin, but wear it for its longevity and finish, and I can wear two layers of that foundation without it looking anywhere near as bad as this one did.
In my personal opinion, those who are considering this as a cheaper alternative to Teint Miracle may be disappointed. While it's coverage level is similar, it does not have near the same finish on drier skin types and in my experience any added luminosity was negated by the total inability of this formula to blend or apply evenly without streaking. It honestly makes me quite sad that this product performed as poorly as it did, since L'Oreal is our parent company.
For starters the packaging is an A+ because not only the pump but the bottle is so pretty and 'classy' looking! Now for the application part, I do have very dry, dull skin and always lean towards a luminous primer as well (Ex. that gal by benefit). This foundation didn't seep into my dry patches, very blendable, great coverage for girls with the occasional breakouts. I apply this with my stippling brush or beauty blender. My new holy grail foundation right next to the L'oreal True Match!
This has been a struggle for me cause the overall coverage is really light for me, so it does not cover up my acne scars. also its very watery so it does not stay on my skin for the whole day. But as I mix it up with other thicker foundations I'm using, it went really well.
I actually like mine a lot. My only complaint however is that it does get a little shiny. It makes my skin look flawless though. It really depends on how you apply it though. Fingers, no. Beauty blender, better. Stippling brush would be the best option. If you go to YouTube, there are plenty of beautiful women that can show you how to actually apply the product. It truly is a great product. Just carry some blotting sheets and powder. Boom. Problem solved. My shade is probably a few shades under medium.