This stuff is crap for me! Oh, my lord. I was embarrassed by this. Foundations like this are the reason I don't like testing foundations for the first time in public.
Packaging: It's in a pump bottle. I like that. I hate glass bottles with the big opening. I either like squeeze tubes or pump bottles. Less mess, more control. That's a plus for this product.
Application: Easy to mess up at first. I didn't realize how thick and full coverage it would be, so I globbed a lot on. I also stalled a bit in blending, so it left a big chunk of this foundation on my cheek. This was my bad, be careful with that! You only need a tiny bit, and this is coming from someone with redness. SHAKE THE BOTTLE. Yes, I know to shake the bottle, so that wasn't why this foundation didn't work for me. After I figured out not to use much, application was fairly easy. I use the Real Techniques stippling brush for every foundation, because it's an amazing brush that always provides a flawless finish. This foundation did have a GREAT finish. Even with setting powder, it looked natural, even in the sunlight. I did use primer on half my face and no primer on the other side. Results were the same.
Lasting power: Oh. My. Gosh. What a disaster. 3 hours and I was a greasy mess. Not only was I a greaseball, the foundation faded dramatically. I didn't even look like I had foundation on, save for my pores not being noticeable. My face looked as red as it does with no makeup on. When I washed my face, hardly any foundation rinsed out into the sink water. It's like it vanished into thin air. With my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, it does get shiny throughout the day, but it doesn't fade at all. I still have the coverage, I just look shiny in my t-zone. Easy enough to fix with blotting sheets and MAC Blot Powder. Something like this is unfixable, though. When I looked in the mirror, I was like, "Did I look like this all day?" Mortified.
And to those saying, "Oh, you just didn't apply it right! You have to do this, this, this, and that!" Uhm, no. 16 bucks is pricier than a lot of other drug store foundations that aren't nearly as disastrous as this one. I shouldn't have to have a million super secret techniques to get a foundation to work. I have a good moisturizer, primer, and setting powder. If a foundation can't work with that and giving the bottle a shake, it just doesn't work. Time to check out another one.
The color section for this is great, and I like the pump. Decent medium coverage, but tends to look "makeup-ey". Never had any issues with it breaking me out. If there were any dry spots, I feel like this stuff would make it more obvious.
This foundation has a great coverage, but is very oily and over about 2 weeks of using this i got so many spots so i have stopped using it.(maybe im eating too many sweets..:L)
But Its very easy to put on, quite pricy, but just a fairly normal foundation, i think.
i have a love and hate relationship with this foundation. once you put it on you feel like it has the best coverage and is very light weight .. then a few hours later its like your worst enemy (sinks into skin and looks oily & cakey) I usually don't use a lot of moisturizers too just to reduce the shine but it just feels very gross and smudges in a way that you just have to wash your face in the end
This is the only foundation I've ever used which matches my super pale skin however after about an hour and a half it oxidized and went orange): i have really oily skin and after about and hour my face was already coated in grease and no amount of blotting papers or powder could salvage it so I literally ended up taking it off with wet tissues in the school bathroom cause it looked so horrible. it doesnt last at all and fades within 2 hours and is completely gone within 3. You can feel its thick heavy texture slipping and sliding across my face throughout the day. oh yeah did i mention it broke me out?
I purchased this on a whim as I had completely ran out of my usual shu uemura foundation, applied with a foundation brush sparingly I was surprised to see it left my complexion completely flawless! I used it sparingly and I didn't even have to use concealer.
Fast-forward a couple of hours, I look the mirror and my face is GREASY! the foundation has completely melted off my face leaving a horrible shine behind. Very disappointed as I initially thought I had found my HG foundation.
To be fair my skin tends to be on the oily side and I didn't use any powder on top. I will keep this foundation for emergencies paired with lots of powder!
All in all a decent foundation, good coverage but not for my skin type.
I wanted to love this foundation.
The best thing is the coverage, it's really good, just as good as MAC studio fix fluid.
It goes on thin, it's quite liquidy- but you can layer it so it gives you that really flawless doll like look.
I had a Clinique SA say my skin looks 'perfect' while I had this on, she was flabbergasted I was looking at acne products.
Right now I am suffering a few breakouts and the last thing I would consider my skin being is anywhere near nice - let alone perfect!
This also lasts pretty well in humidity and through hard work outs. I have a very physically demanding job and this stays put through my shift!
Here is the bad.. I use the palest color (classic ivory) and it matches my skin very well until about an hour or so after I apply I've noticed my skin takes on an orange cast. This totally oxidizes on me :( I don't know if other shades would do this but it looks very obvious since I'm very pale.
Now after using it for about a week my pores are getting a bit clogged, they are larger and I have a few new little bumps..dam I wish this was oil free!
I really liked this but I'm going back to colorstay which doesn't clog my pores and also stays on all day.
If you're looking for coverage this could be for you. Excellent quality foundation at a great price. I was afraid this wouldn't work for me after reading reviews, I was imagining something cakey and drying on my very dry, sensitive skin but it turns out I LOVE it! I am nc10-15 with freckles and occasional redness. I use classic ivory, which is a beautiful cream color, not too orange or beige.
This stuff goes on easily and dries quickly, and leaves a natural, not too-matte or too-greasy finish. I don't think this is for someone who wants a luminous, tinted moisturizer look, it's more for coverage and creating an even base. I apply with a damp sponge. It covers my redness and uneven tone beautifully and stays looking good.
HG, hope they don't discontinue...
Here in Canada,I guess they discontinued the lighter shades.There was only the Classic Ivory and it was wayyyyy to white on me and I then tried the Nude Beige and it was wayyyy to dark on me:((I am NC 15 in MAC.I did like this foundation thou,even the one and only day I wore it.My hubby said my face was to dark(darker then my neck,arms,etc)so I took it back.I bought this shade on my own thinking it would match me..lol!Just goes to show,we are not always right,picking out foundations for ourselves.I do not tan,I just burn,so my face is pretty much the same color all year round.But what I wanted to say was,this foundation was awesome and stayed on me for 14 hours..then I just HAD to wash it off and go to bed..lol!So if I had stayed up any longer,the foundation would have stayed until I washed it off.This review ladies,is for the 18 hour one..sorry,I forgot to mention that.
I'm a red head with fair, combo, acne-prone skin.
I used Soft Ivory 602.
:):) This product lasted me a whole year!
:):) It does not break me out.
:):) It does last all day.
:):) Easily applies with just fingers
:):) If I accidentally wear it to bed, it's not greasy in the morning; actually looks good
:):) Never cakey
:):) Washes off pretty easily
:):( It's a little dewy. I wish it was more matte, but works well with a powder
:):( It feels greasy, but doesn't look greasy
:):( Is lighter than my skin tone, but most I've tried were too dark
:):( Definitely has a fragrence; it's okay; not overpowering
:):( When my skin is too dry I need to moisturize first, which adds to my oilyness; doesn't moisturize on its own
:):( It usually covers my acne
:(:( The pump mouth is always clogged; needs cleaned out with every use
:(:( Clear cap gets really messy
:(:( My pink skin still shows through it, unless I use two 'coats'
:(:( Does rub off when I blow my nose or accidentally get on my clothes