this stuff is *amazing* i have freckles, which i don't like to really cover, because i look weird and ghostly. i just use the tiniest amount of the 20 shade, and sort of dot it in my t zone with a foundation brush. at sephora, they recommended using a sponge, but i find that the brush gives me a better application. anyhow, i spread it out with the brush, and wait for it to dry for a minute. this is give it a quick buffing with a kabuki brush, and it is FLAWLESS. i mean, i look juts like me, but with no pores, no lines, perfect porcelain skin. i really like the texture, and i can see some people don't but it's cool and refreshing, not cloggy feeling. i think it is a foundation that you have to use a very light hand with. it builds pretty well, and lasts all day for me. i set it with the mufe HD powder, which i absolutely love.
my only complaint is that yes, it smells like old lady (the smell does fade), and i'd like more hygienic packaging. but seeing as you have to give it a good shake before using it, maybe that makes a pump container unrealistic, because the product already in the pump mechanism wouldn't get properly mixed. the price is more than i'd like to pay, but you do get a lot of product for what you pay. i think it would last a year, easily.
I purchased #18 which is perfect for my summer skin tone. This leaves a nice glow on my skin, which I finish with a light brushing of my MAC Studiofix.
I find that the best form of application for this is a foundation brush. A sponge soaks up too much of the make up, and it's too runny for fingers. Overall I love this foundation!
I just had to try this after reading the great reviews and ordered #32 Alabaster Beige from hsn.com (they only offer 4 colors) because they have a great return policy. I loved the foundation because it gives sheer coverage but it looks great all day and gives my skin a nice glow/not shine. The color was a little light for me so I gave this to my daughter because it matched her perfectly. I made a special trip to the Northpark Sephora in Dallas and was able to find a better color..#2 Porcelain and it is darker and has more pink, but it matched my NC25 skin-I would have never tried it because of the name(porcelain sounds so pale). I am very happy with this foundation and I think this bottle should last me over a year-it's huge. The fragrance is a little strong but it does not bother me at all.P.S I did get a sample of #20 Ivory and it is a beautiful neutral color but it made me look very sallow.I think I could also wear #1 Soft Beige because it looked like a close match for me.
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.