I used the original Ideal Shade foundation a couple of years ago, and did not like it too much. Decided to give one a try as it is 'flawless'. I am glad I did. I have normal to dry skin and overall my skin condition is pretty good, no acne scar & no major sensitivity. Upon the first application, it was smooth and almost mousse like. I pumped once at the back of my hand, and applied it with a foundation brush. I moisturized my skin with my regular spf 15 face lotion. It spread like a dream, one pump is sufficient for a medium coverage for my entire face. If I need extra coverage I added a thin layer of face powder. I am NC 20 to 25 for Mac Foundation (light warm Asian skin tone) and Nude Shade in this line matched me well, I would say closer to the NC20. I can go one shade darker in the warm weather. The shade does turn slightly darker after a while, so this suits me even better, closer to NC 25. I wear NC25 all year round, and NC20 in colder months. I smell no strong fragrance and definitely more dewy than the original Ideal foundation, less matte, more natural. I have been using it for 2 weeks, no allergic reaction and still works good for my normal to dry skin. If you do have normal to combo skin, don't prep your skin with too much moisturizer prior to this foundation, otherwise it may be a bit too rich for the skin by mid-day. I won't not recommend this foundation for oily skin. Will surely repurchase another bottle, but this will surely last me a long time!