I had been running out of my previous foundation (Prescriptives Virtual Youth) and ordered it at Nordstroms when they didn't have my color in stock---sadly it never came after two weeks. So when I had to go to my cousin's Bar Mitzvah in Texas I popped into Sephora to buy a new foundation.
The color selections are great and I was able to find something that perfectly matched my skin. Since I have dry skin, I'm used to using more moisturizing foundations, but for the most part I really like this one. It blends well and looks good on the majority of my skin--except for the especially dry parts (in between my eyebrows and around my nose and my chin) where it looks flaky, despite using moisturizer and primer. If you have dry skin everywhere, it probably won't be the best foundation to use unless you moisturize really well. Even though this is fairly expensive for the amount you get, a little bit goes a long way. To apply it I put a small amount on the back of my hand, dip in my foundation brush and blend.
I really like that it is easy/hygienic to dispense, but once I start running low it might be a problem. I will probably repurchase, but will also look for another more moisturizing foundation for days when my skin is really dry/flaky.
I truly believe that Alexandra de Markoff's Soft Velvet oil-free makeup, is the overall best foundation ever made for oily skin, but it is no longer available. I always looked my best using that foundation and now reserve it for use on occasions when I need to look flawless. Over the years since the line was discontinued, I've tried oil-free foundations by MAC, Bobbi Brown, the mineral stuff, yadda, yadda. None were as good. I found the Bobbi Brown most satisfactory, but the color match wasn't exactly right, so I had to do a lot of hairline blending, and the coverage wasn't nearly as good, so it took work to get a satisfactory result. De Markoff's product is effortless in both color and coverage.
I have one unopened bottle of my treasured Soft Velvet left, so I went to Sephora last week determined to find something better than what I had been using as a substitute. The gal I spoke to actually understood what I was talking about when I pulled out my last bottle of Soft Velvet as she had worked in NYC years ago selling the product. She walked me right over to the MUFE section and suggested a color that isn't exactly what my old one is, but it's very close and blends evenly.
I've used it maybe 4 times since, and I like it. It blends easily, it feels like there's a silicone base, and I get decent coverage, and it doesn't settle into the 11 lines between my eyebrows or any of the fine wrinkles on my 55+ face. The texture is natural. I don't know how it will perform in the summer here in Florida, but I guess time will tell.
So far, I would purchase it again and would recommend that anyone with oily skin give it a chance. I've been pleasantly surprised.
I wanted to love this product--went on smoothly but after a few hours, it became thick and oily and sat on the skin.
the color (no.15 alabaster) matched me perfectly, unfortunately it was no match for my super oily skin. it sunk in to my pores and looked blotchy rather quickly. maybe i'll try it again in the future, but for now, it's out.
This is nothing special. It is not worth the $44 I spent. I have spent less for the same quality. The coverage is okay, not great. I had to really build it up to get the coverage I need. It suppose to be med-full coverage which in my opinion this not. This really reminds me of a drug store brand.
I had high hopes for this foundation b/c I've been wearing EDM for awhile and even though I like it, I wanted to get back into liquid foundation for when I go out and I want that polished look. So I bought this from Sephora for 2 weeks and at first I liked it, gives good coverage, the tube is hygienic and easy to pour out the amount that U need. HOWEVER, I find that when I step out to the natural light, the foundation turns my face kinda powdery looking and pink, and I have a yellow undertone so it looks like I had a reaction or something; sadly I took it back to Sephora :( I really wanted to like this product b/c after breaking out sooo badly from MAC Studio Fix, I didn't wanna try liquid foundation again but b/c this makeup had sooo much hype I thought it'd be my HG too, too bad it didn't work for me, back to more searching.
I bought this 3 times and tried to love it, but it's just not happening and finally time to throw in the towel. Here's where the crux is - I love, love, LOVE Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra and Chanel's Vitalumiere, and those tend to run a bit on the thinner side - not quite watery, but close. So why did I even get this and try to make it work? Because are we ever *entirely* satisfied with the things we already have? I believe I can hear a resounding "NO!" from the congregation! Anyway, back to the product - I am terribly, terribly oily, so I thought I'd try this, since it has "matte" in the name; but the older I get, the more I understand the whole "less is more" concept. I'm 43 now, and although I am still grossly oily and have ginormous pores, it's not entirely the best idea to slap a mattifying foundation on your face. This one just looked too dry and almost chalky - that's really the best word I can think of. Whereas the Teint Idole Ultra kind of buffs out and gives a thin veil of luminescence, the Mat Velvet + kind of drags and ends up looking too dry, just not matte. It's, yet again, in my Sephora bag waiting to make its way back to the store, for once and for all (hopefully! LOL).
P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!
After reading all these positive reviews about this foundation, i went and grab myself one!and i have to agree with other who find this foundation long-lasting!It didn't broke me out, and it covers all my acne scars perfectly, Even though i have to layer on a little of this foundation too cover up (i was too lazy to use concealer) it cover up nicely and my face still look really natural despite all those layering!!!The color matched me perfectly and didnt gave me that oily shiny look on my face.
After trying some samples and playing around the house with this foundation, I think I'm going to love it. I havent purchased a full size bottle just yet, but I plan on doing so since I love the end result. It gives me a semi-matte/satin look and so far it doesnt separate on my oily t-zone. It provides medium build-able to full coverage, but dries pretty quick, so I would recommend blending and applying in sections. The use of a primer is also recommended, it does tend to be a drying foundation and I have Normal to oily combo skin. I use the LORAC Aquaprime foundation primer and I love the cooling effect and the product itself. but those together and the full coverage MUFE concealer look awesome. (the MUFE Full Coverage Concealer is drying as well so I use Bobbi Browns Hydrating Eye Cream underneath)
Combo Skin- Normal to Oily
Foundation Shades for reference:
MUFE- Mat Velvet + #30 Porcelain (MUFE Full Coverage Concealer shade # 4 Flesh)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid- NW20
Laura Mercier- Oil Free Foundation- Warm Ivory
Bobbi Brown Foundation- Warm Sand 2.5
CHANEL- Soft Bisque 2.5
Estee Lauder Double Wear- Fresco 2N2
I will update once I have purchased the full size bottle and have worn it for a min. of 2 weeks, and then I will give my full on review and decide if it is trash and a waist of money or if it can join the ranks of HG Status along with my EL Double Wear. And as many of you ladies can agree, we dont give out that judgment unless it is a truly amazing product!! (Especially when it comes our beauty arsenal.)
I tried a generous sample of this from Sephora a few months ago, and I liked the finish and the lasting power, but it broke me out. Not big, deep, vicious pimples, but the little bitty ones I generally only get from products my skin disagrees with. I kept waiting a while and trying it again, and it was obvious that this was the culprit. Also, even though I liked the way it looked, I felt like it took a lot to get the coverage I wanted, which surprised me since I had heard this was pretty heavy stuff. I think it's worth trying a sample of, but I personally obviously wouldn't purchase.