I have tried so many foundations, trying to cover sun damage on my face without looking like I have a mask on. The light deflecting properties of this foundation are great, I would say equal to higher end high def foundations like Smashbox. It covers the darker patches, or not so much covers, but deflects light away. I apply with the ELF angled foundation brush. The Shell color matches me perfectly. It is buildable from medium to full coverage. The Revlon Photo Ready Color Correcting Primer works excellently with this foundation also. I only give it a four because I haven't found anything PERFECT yet, LOL
When I first applied this (with a Real Techniques stippling brush) it looked amazing! Really natural, beautiful, flawless finish. I could barely tell I was wearing foundation. And the lightest colour (001 Ivory) was a perfect match - actually light enough for my very pale skin. I was so impressed. BUT...it only lasted about 3 hours. I have combination skin, with some normal to dry areas and some oily areas (like my chin). It completely broke down, looked patchy, and wore off any oily areas in less than 3 hours, and I'm really not even that oily. I had lightly powdered it with translucent powder and that didn't help the wear time at all. I was shocked at how poorly it stayed on and pretty disappointed. I loved how this foundation initially looked but it's just not practical for daily wear. MAYBE if you had extremely dry skin all over it might last longer? but normal to even slightly oily skin, don't bother.
I used the same foundation for 7 years before I decided to try this one. If you rub it on your hand, you may see lots of glitter in it, but once it goes on your face, you don't notice it at all. The color does look lighter than it does in the bottle. Buy a shade or two darker than you think you'd need. Nude is probably the right shade for someone who's not pasty white but is still pretty light. Remember this has SPF in it so it will look lighter put on. This lasts a long time and doesn't feel as sticky or gross as my last foundation. It makes my skin look really good and covers pretty well, including zits. It doesn't break up the way other foundations might when they are exposed to oil, but it does fade. It lasts at least 6 hours though which is good for a foundation. The price is dramatically lower than when it originally came out. I haven't noticed it breaking me out any more than I break out on my own. In fact, I think my skin has improved since switching from my last foundation. The only reason I would ever buy another foundation now that wasn't this brand is if this one went off the market. Love it!!!
This is one product that I keep repurchasing. I love the finish and the bit of sparkle in the foundation I have it in Ivory and Mocha I mix the two to get my perfect skin color. I found that I cannot wear a sunscreen under this foundation but it works great with my moisturizer. Love the this foundation and it is very affortable on a budget
At first I really hated this foundation, it just didn't work with my dry skin. It would make my face look cakey no matter how little I put and it was just no so I left it a lone for a while and finished out my smash box bb cream. I tried going back to it but I still had the same problem so I gave up on it. But then I started using grapeseed oil as a cleanser and my face felt so much nice so I took the photo ready and put the smallest amount of foundation on each section of my face. Results was as nice semi matte/dewy finish, not cakey at all. It doesn't really cover pimples that well but it does cover redness and evens out your skin tone. Seems to last a decent amount of time. This is nice for more hydrated skin but if you're on the drier side I'd say pass this one.
I bought this hoping it would be as good as the colorstay which is my HG foundation however it is completely different as it doesn't have a matte finish and the coverage isn't good apart from that the glitter is awful like you can see it on your skin with bright lights and especially in the sun ergh but if you don't look a super matte finish this would be good the coverage is buildable it just wasn't for I got this in vanilla I'm pretty fair but too light for me
I tried this in the lightest colour. And it was still too dark for me.
Also was not impressed by the fact that it doesn't last long, and for me it went patchy which was odd. Wouldn't buy it again, mostly because they just don't have my shade, but it did apply nicely.
I've had my hands on this foundation for at least two years, and have tried this in Shell, Nude and Natural Beige (I'm NC20-25 --not sure if NC or NW, but I look better in yellow toned fndt, Nars Deuville).
Colour-wise, Nude was the best fit for me, though Natural Beige was nice too for the summer. My skin is normal-oily.
When paired with the right moisturizer, this product works really for me but if I layer it on top of a zinc oxide containing sunscreen, it's a disaster. My pores look clogged, the finish is splotchy...yuck. However, over LRP anthelios SPF 15 or LRP hydraphase UV SPF 30 ( Canadian version), it looks amazing with a nice soft focus finish. The color is perfect for me and I've received several compliments from my husband and perfect strangers on how great my skin looks.
Coverage is medium to sheer but definitely enough to cancel any redness or unwanted pigmentation.
Skin must be really well exfoliated otherwise the product accentuates flakes but that's par for the course for most foundations.
My skin leans toward oiliness but now that I'm in my early 40s, I like moisture. This doesn't cause my skin to be greasy nor does it dry it out.
Overall, thumbs up and I will repurchase!
Love love love it! By far my favorite foundation. It matches my skin tone perfectly, and leaves a nice smooth finish without looking cakey. I like the packaging and the pump. I was a little concerned when people said it was "glittery" but honestly it's a slight shimmer that is hardly noticeable noticeable. Perhaps because I have dry skin, it helps prevent my skin from looking dull therefore no one has ever noticed. I also only use one pump which give just enough coverage. I've gotten nothing but compliments with people telling me my skin is looking fantastic. The only downside I have is I have very dry skin and it sticks to my dry cheeks, but I have yet to find a foundation that didn't.
Absolutely love it! I don't mind the sparkles, I actually don't think they are noticeable. I like how this foundation gives you a dewy finish without actually making your skin look oily or become oily. I feel like this foundation has a lot of coverage for a natural skin look. This is the first drugstore foundation to match my skin perfectly. Didn't break me out, didn't make me oily, would use it everyday but I don't need to. Definitely repurchasing it!