I used this foundation for my wedding, layered on top of Aveda's Inner Light Tinted Moisturizer. It looked beautiful for my wedding.... pics turned out great! My skin is definitely a lot worse now than it was then, and I'm a lot whiter (i must confess, i went to the beds to tan), so I moved on to other brands/lines of foundation (as it was difficult for me to find a match for my pale skin).... but it was an ok foundation for the most part. Just ok.
This product looked very nice on me. It has good, natural-looking coverage in a very flattering shade (Aster). Unfortunately, it made me itch and break out (pimples) a little. I have to say, though, that every foundation I have tried except for Jane Iredale's old formulation irritates my skin and/or makes me break out, so I can't judge it too harshly for giving me a bad reaction. I think it's worth a try for those whose skin isn't as finicky as mine.
I am a neutral-toned, natural redhead with rosacea and very oily skin. This is the only foundation I have ever found that is a good color match, that doesn't turn orange. (Supposedly redheads have a more acidic body chemistry--so everything oxidizes on us.)
This doesn't sink into my pores. It doesn't itch. It lasts about six hours before it needs touching up. It also doesn't break me out.
However, you have to know how to apply it. Applied dry, it makes my skin very dry. Applied with a dampened and then squeezed out sponge, it creates a light, non-drying film that looks airbrushed. (I think it's got oil in it that when mixed with water, creates an oil and water emulsion which keeps some of the moisture next to the skin.)
I have tried tons of other foundations, but this is the only one that I would ever repurchase. It's awesome
Edit: Wow, do I not want to be writing this: Something in this makes me break out. I actually have an acne scar I didn't have before I started using this, and I'm 38!--it's kind of strange; I think it causes breakouts, but then they don't get very bad because the other minerals in this have a healing effect. The overall consequence is that it leaves you slightly broken out all the time. Try Neutrogena pressed mineral powder instead.
My favorite foundation ever!
I have very oily/acne prone skin, and since I started using this, it takes me a lot longer to get oily and has improved my acne. It goes on like nothing and has, in my opinion, a great coverage. However, I would NOT reccommend using the sponge applicator that comes with it. I use a kabuki brush from BE, and it works great!
It's a little pricey for how fast I go through it (maybe one every month/month and a half), but for how much I love it, I don't mind shelling out the cash.
You can buy a seperate compact to keep the foundation in, but it's not even worth it. I just keep it in the little plastic box and it works great for me.
(Also - if you ever need a primer under this and aren't sure what to use (because it's a powder foundation), use BE's Prime Time. A combination of these two, and you won't see shine for the entire day/night).
UPDATE: I decided to try some other foundations and have as of yet found NOTHING that compares to this, high end or drugstore. This is my HG and the best foundation I have found for oily skin and still the coverage is the best.
I bought this on recommendation when I decided that the color discrepancy with my beloved MUFE Duo Mat was just too much to take (the lightest shade was just too pink/orange for my very neutral, pale skin). So far, I like it. The lightest shade, cream, is a perfect match, it goes on very smoothly, and it feels like nothing on my face. At first, I was concerned that it didn't have enough coverage as I was applying it, but when I finished and walked outside to look at the result in natural light, I was pleased to find that it provides a true lighter-medium coverage. So far, it has not turned orange, sunk into fine lines or pores. I will report back if it does. I have found that it does go shiny a little faster than the other powder foundations I have tried (excluding Studio Fix and mark. Powder Buff). This may be due to the spf, so I guess it's a trade-off depending on your priorities. If you have any considerable dark spots or redness, you will need an additional concealer, but overall, this is a good product. However, I don't foresee buying this again due to the considerable price for a fairly small pan of product (and the fact that you have to buy the compact separately. I appreciate that this is in an effort to reduce waste, but it makes an already expensive foundation even pricier). I also would have liked a little more coverage; at least it looked natural. So far, I prefer this product to the mark. Powder Buff, but may continue to purchase Powder Buff because of how expensive this stuff is.
After my fifth or so time wearing it, I did notice some breakouts on my face, but I'm not certain if I can attribute them to this foundation.
I love this foundation. It makes my skin look even and smooth. I like that it has spf and that it doesn't give me blemishes. This is a great foundation for oily or combo skin. For other skin types I reccomend any of the other Aveda foundations because the company makes such great products and their philosophy is honorable..
I am very satisfied with this foundation... It is one of the best ones I've ever used (and I used A LOT... Hundreds of dollars spent.. You know the drill). I bought this after BE stopped working for me (sigh). I usually HATE the cream/powder foundations b/c I find them too heavy and oily, but this one is a lot more like a powder with a punch! It is dry, so I dont recommend it for those with flakies (even if you think you might not have any, this foundation might bring them out!). But for those of us with oily/combination skin, this is fantastic! I do have to switch to a liquid foundation during the grueling Minnesota winter months b/c my skin gets too dry, but if it is hotter than 20 degrees F, Im all over this. The packaging is GREAT! I love how compact it is, and that I can store more than one shade along with a blush. It is also very environmentally friendly =) Some advice: do not use it with the sponge! After a year of battling with the darn thing, I switched to a dense concealer brush and it works great. This way, it doesnt go on too heavy, and you can build up the coverage. I think I might try a buki brush soon..
This is def. my HG of all foundations (started out w/ Dual Base Minus Oil but that was discontinued & this took it's place) but always come back to this. The coverage is beautiful and matte yet looks creamy perfect and lasts all day on me...it also photographs very well, always gets me compliments in my FOTD pics on my "perfect skin" which is far from the truth. ;)
My only gripe about this is the darn price! $21 a pop for each re-fill and I go thru them fast! At the moment it's too $$ for me but found a nice replacement in Mark Powder Buff which is only $8. But I would def. buy this all the time if not for the price. And I love the smell!
I tried this foundation on a bit of a whim and am very glad I did. I have very pale (NW10) skin that is extremely hard to match (most products are too dark or pink/yellow, and my skin delights in turning nearly all foundations that might match a lovely shade of orange almost immediately), and need a product with good coverage. Not only is the lightest shade a perfect match, I found that this foundation covers beautifully when applied in light layers (first with a damp sponge, and then lightly dusted on with a dry sponge), and the finish is quite natural. The finish is soft and matte and I find it controls oil quite well, and best of all, the color stays true all day. I will repurchase.
I love this. I didn't get oily today.
My skin feels great. It looks good. Covers well...barely needed concealer. I think it'll last five months. Trying to switch to more natural stuff. This did the job.
UPDATE: only lasting over two months. this product goes fast. taking a lippie off. Wouldn't buy again, too much on my bank account. ):