Review of Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation by stephani99
My only real complaint about this is unfortunately a big one and one I see mentioned repeatedly with MK foundations - the lousy shade selection, especially for pale gals like me. I'm pale but on the warm-yellow side; just enough that nearly every manufacturer still considers me Ivory. This, in the Ivory 200 shade (I was color-matched in person and I guess the lighting was different there, e.g. not natural), is beige. It's a pale beige, but still, it's darker than you normally think of Ivory so don't buy it sight unseen. That aside, it's a great foundation so I hate to dock it by two, but the shade selection is just too limited. The lighter Ivory 100 in this formula is too pink and the next shade down after the Ivory 200 is too dark *sigh*
Because I need to be more tan to faithfully use it, it's my summer foundation only and works beautifully then! I need very little (we're talking pea-sized amount) for good coverage and it blends well using just fingers; in fact, I find that the best way to apply it for some reason. I don't need a setting powder and it lasts most of the day with minimal touch-ups. It covers well as mentioned above, looks natural (color aside, I'm talking finish here) and I don't experience breakouts. It doesn't settle into fine lines or look cakey, and has no SPF so it photographs well. It's just not the right shade for me during the fall and winter when I'm at my palest but for summer when I self-tan my face to match the rest of me, it's perfect. And it would be the perfect foundation for my combo-dry skin year-round if they would work on their shade selections and realize most of us, even the palest, can be yellow-toned (or at the very least something other than pink or beige, neutral even?). I adore MK skin care and it's made a huge difference in my life - now if they could just do the foundation shade in this one a bit better I'd be on the MK boat for life.
UPDATE: I am also using MK's Mineral Powder Foundation in shade Ivory 2 now and it's wonderful (reviewed separately). I still like this one but only when I'm the right shade to use it which unfortunately, is only about half the year if that, where I live.