Average Rating 2.5/5
Review by Allison4
I have the most complicated skin situation and have tried a ton of foundations. This is the best I've ever tried in the 14 yrs I've worn makeup. My history of foundations I've tried includes: Clinique, Maybelline, Max Factor, Cover Girl, Loreal, bare minerals, sheer cover, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clarins, Dior, Chanel, Cargo, Stila, Hourglass, YSL, Rimmel, Too Faced, DuWop, Elizabeth Arden, Pur Minerals, Fusion Beauty tinted moisturizers, Makeup Forever, Studio Gear, Benefit. AND MAC. Every single formula they make. Every. One. I cannot express the frustration I've experienced. Everything seems to break me out/give allergic reaction that end up with a steroid pack from the derm. Also, in MAC I've tried all shades from NW20-NC43. I change color constantly because I self tan regularly and sometimes lay out. I tried going pale once just to see if I could find a match. Nothing worked: NC shades were too bright/chalky/yellow, and NW were way too pink. Now, I know I do it to myself because of my tanning situation, and my face is always a little lighter than the rest of my body because of my acne cleanser, but still, I just wanted a foundation that was at least a happy medium. I happened upon Laura Mercier Silk Creme. It wss dreamy, but I'm a little oily so it rubbed off too quickly. Then one day, frustrated I went to Sephora, grabbed the LM Oil Free foundation in Golden Beige. It gives the best coverage of anything I've ever tried. Doesn't get oily. Is hands down the best color match no matter what stage of tan I am. FINALLY!!!! I use a primer bc I find I don't have to use as much foundation which I great bc it IS $42 a pop. I use Murad matte primer. If you have trouble blending, try a #130 brush from MAC, its the best to use. You can even blend it around going in little circles which helps with "filling" large pores. A flat foundation brush or sponge doesn't work as well, I fell like you don't get ideal results and it also kind of just scrapes it across the skin which can make it difficult to blend. It's better to "airbrush" it on with the #130. I use about 1&1/2 to 2 pumps, depending --right onto the face of the brush. If I'm a little darker, I'll finish it with Too Faced Amazing Face powder in Warm Honey(?), and if I'm faded a little I'll use Med/Dark Blot from MAC. Both with a fluffy powder brush. Neither make the foundation oxidize or cake or go oily. Also, this stuff has aloe in it, and it helped clear up some acne places that were hanging around not wanting to heal. Also, it photographs beautifully, no white-faced kickback from the flash in pics. Lastly, Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean foaming cleanser in the tube melts this away at night. Girls, I've spent years and $100's on foundation and this is a dream come true. If you have any of the same problems with foundations as me, I hope this helped!!!