I love this foundation!! I recently switched from a bareminerals online only knock-off and i am so glad i did. I was looking for a medium to buildable coverage and long wearing foundation that wasnt too heavy since i am used to wearing powder and didnt want to feel like i had an oil slick on my face, esp. after spending time in the coastal NC heat. This foundation is everything i was looking for and more. it has pretty decent coverage although i do use a powder concealer on some darker blemishes but for the most part it evens my skin tone perfectly and gives the "flaweless" look. I wear creamy beige and it perfectly matches my skin tone but i do have to wear bronzer to get my face to match my chest. a big pro for this foundation in my opinion is that it does not have spf in it since i do lay out and tan on the beach i still want my face to be able to tan which cant happen with spf. I was also worried that after time in the sun or sweating a lot my face would be very oily and surprisingly enough, this foundation causes my face to be less oily than while wearing powder-i was able to spend a good amount of time in the sun and NC humidity and didnt even have to blot with oil-control sheets afterwards!! I stays on for me pretty well too, doesnt rub or wear off easily and appears to be at least water resistant.
additionally, i do have a good amount of acne to begin with, nothing major but enough to make me concerned about more breakouts and i am very happy to report that after a week i still have no signs of a breakout and my skin has improved if anything!
I apply this with my fingers but i did try a stipling method with a sponge that didn't work out too well. It does dry a little quickly so it works best to do one area at a time, one dab of makeup at a time with the extra in my palm. I do wear it over a matifying base (I use boots no. 7 from target) which i highly reccomend and it deffinitely has to be set with a translucent powder, esp. if you have combination-oily skin like me.
the packaging is wonderful and looks like a much higher end product than just $13 (i was looking at bobbi brown and other dept. store brands before i found this one). The pump is great and dispenses the perfect ammount with maybe a little extra to build coverage over blemishes.
I am very sad that this appears to be being discontinued as it is no longer carried in my ulta or drugstores anymore but im am going to order a few extra and see how long i can make it last!!
Though I haven't succumbed fully to the "all-natural" trend, I do try to be conscious of the ingredients in my makeup and hair products. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty is one of a growing number of beauty lines that uses the "natural" tag to draw in a more conscious consumer while only addressing one of their major concerns. One look at the ingredient list of this foundation reveals a whole host of silicones and other additives which may have a comedogenic effect. Nevertheless, I'm always looking for a cheaper alternative to my Cargo Oil-Free foundation, so I gave this product a try. The website offers a $2 coupon, which came in handy because this foundation is $13 at my local CVS store.
I was immediately impressed by the packaging. This foundation comes in a thick glass bottle with a pump, comparable to department-store products. The frosted glass makes it a little bit difficult to determine an exact color match; when choosing between two, I found that holding the bottom of the bottle up to my skin gave me the best idea of the real color. The color range seems to be fairly broad, though the store I bought mine from only had the light-to-medium shades available. I was pleasantly surprised to find an exact match in Ecru Beige. (I usually have terrible luck with finding the right color in drugstore foundations. )
The consistency can best be described as a whipped-liquid. (When it comes out of the pump, it actually stands up on its own instead of pooling.) The coverage is light-to-medium, so definitely expect to use a concealer on any imperfections, because this won't cover them. I've tried it by itself and over Tarte Clean Slate, and have found that it definitely wears better over primer. It applies just as well with a brush as a sponge. Sadly, it's not very buildable. If I apply more than one layer, it starts to look caked on. Also, though fragrance isn't listed on the ingredients, this does actually have a bit of an odor. I wouldn't call it unpleasant (maybe a bit plastic-y), but if you're sensitive to smells this might not be for you.
The wearability is where I knocked of a lippie. With as many silicones as this stuff has, and when layered over a primer and set with powder, I would expect it to last a little bit longer. I'd say this only lasted about 4 hours on me before it started wearing off. And if you live in a hot or humid climate, this stuff will completely melt in an hour or two, and settle into any and all fine lines. I'm going to try a few more things to see if I can get it to stay in place longer, because this really is a good foundation, though definitely not HG status.
In short, this is a perfectly good foundation for the price, and the bottle alone makes it worth the extra few bucks for me. (I wonder if I can reuse it once I'm done with the foundation?) If you're concerned about using more natural products, then this probably isn't for you; however, if parabens are the only things you're worried about, then this is a pretty good bet.
I bought this foundation at the local Rite Aid based on the great reviews here. I got it in the lightest shade they make because, let's face it, I'm a pale-faced Scandinavian girl and it's downright difficult to find super-pale shades that suit me. I was thrilled when I found the color matched my skin perfectly--score one for me. Unfortunately, I'm also an oily-faced girl as well and this stuff just slips right off of me before I even know what's happened. I'm still gonna give this product a good review because the shade, texture, and ingredients are all top-notch but this foundation, IMO, is better suited for more normal-to-dry-skinned girls who can wear their makeup a bit longer.
I wanted to like this product. The packaging is nice, the color selection could be better and it is a little pricey for a drugstore brand. It went on nicely but it doesn't last all day. I also have somewhat oily skin and even if I use a primer my skin ends up greasy with this. I went out the other night and in all the pictures my skin looked like a grease ball. I ended up throwing this away. Oh well...back to the drawing board with finding a good foundation.
I like the product. I just wonder what harmful ingredients are in it. Does anyone know?
It didn't work for me. Did I get a bad (old) product? I don't know. It went on smoothly in the store (ULTA has testers) but when I tried to use it at home it dried really quickly and that made it difficult to blend. I didn't like the way it felt on my face. It is a medium to full coverage. I love having a pump but this one squirts out too much product.
I can never get a foundation with enough of a neutral undertone to compliment my fair skin. I fluctuate between MAC's studiofix powder in NC20 in the summer and NC15 during colder months and STILL it isn't a natural enough match for me ::sad face::
I apply with either a non-latex sponge or MAC's foundation brush no. 190 and have dare I say, professional looking results! I have a few acne scars and PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) from more recent breakouts that cover up nicely when i use a concealer brush with just a tiny amount of the same foundation after applying it all over as a base.
I used to have dry skin with an oily surface, but since starting on MaxClarity my skin has been parched! I recommend using a good moisturizer regardless of your skintype. It helps to emulsify the foundation better for a more seamless and poreless look. I use Alba's oil-free moisturizer and it's fabulous! Set with Sally Hansen neutralizing powder, although I don't recommend using the given applicator. Use a natural bristle powder brush and voila! Remember that application is everything. The best quality foundation is worthless if it isn't applied correctly. DON'T USE YOUR FINGERS, please! I can't stress how awful it is for your face and how jeopardizing it is for the final result.
Hope you find this helpful ladies and some gents ;)
This is a truly great drug store liquid foundation. I haven't touched a liquid foundation for over two years because of acne and sensitive skin issues. After reading the great reviews, I finally decided to try this is Ecru Beige, which ended up being a perfect match for my skin tone, and I'm very pleased with this purchase. Even though the bottle was frosted, I felt that the color I selected was very versatile with true NEUTRAL undertones that could blend with many tonal variations of this specific shade. I can't say the other colors are like this, but Ecru Beige certainly is. My skin is near translucent with just the tiniest amount of pigment and therefore appears quite ruddy. This color blends in perfectly and is not at all gray or pink like a lot of foundations made for fair skin, which is good because I think neutral or yellow undertones look most natural on me. It actually blends in seamlessly while diminishing the ruddiness- no green or blue primer needed. I thought it livened up the skin and was more flattering than pink or ash based colors.
The most fabulous thing about this product is the formula- a brilliant silicone emulsion using noncomedogenic ingredients and skin-friendly oils like jojoba. The result of this formula is that it doesn't break me out like everything else does. I can honestly say that this product does not aggravate my skin when I am maintaining it with a vigilant skincare routine and properly washing my makeup off at night (I wash my face with my mild cleanser twice to ensure product is removed).
The packaging of this foundation is also excellent; it's a pump dispenser that is very hygienic and makes getting the right amount of products out easy. I feel that this foundation is quite comparable to higher end department store products and in my opinion is one of the nicest drugstore foundations out there today. The coverage is what I would consider medium, but building the product a bit doesn't cause caking on me. It also works fantastically with my cream concealer and/or my mineral powder when a heavier layer is needed. This gives me a mild matte finish that is still luminous and natural looking but works with my large-pored, oily skin.
Although this is not a long-wear foundation, I'm quite surprised and pleased with how long this stuff lasts, even on my oily skin. I normally experience very minimal oil breakthrough throughout the day when I set it with a powder. This makeup seems to work with my skin whether it is on the oilier or dryer side that particular day. It does rub off and fade a bit after several hours, but that is to be expected.
I really love this liquid foundation. I will definitely keep repurchasing as this is an HG product.
I don't like the texture of this stuff at all. It's very odd and doesn't blend out well. Wouldn't repurchase. One of the worst foundations I've tried.
Well i love this foundation i usually use covergirl or almay only becuase they were easy to find. had been trying to get to a cvs forever but finally did moved closer to one. picked it up for $12.99 it is really great makeup my skin actually looks alot nicer ! the cover is slightly minnimal but is that not carmindy's campaign of very little makeup girls. one trouble i had with this i was that it is hard to see the shade your buying the container is frosted so just look at the coresponding powder shades next to them or course.