DESCRIPTION OF ME ~ Light yellowy/olive complexion with a tendency to get redness on my cheeks and around my nose. MAC C2/NC25. Large pores, oily and prone to blackheads and occasional acne. I am also sensitive and if I use chemical sunscreens, silica or bismuth my cheeks can react instantly by becoming inflamed and bumpy, which can turn into dermatitis. Mid-thirties, some sun damage, (melasma) and fine creases on my forehead.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION~Liquid physical block sun protection foundation makeup, water/sweat proof, claims high sunscreen, SPF 42 PA+++ I got mine at www.neobeauty.com for $31 US plus $8 to ship to Canada
PACKAGING~Unique squeeze tube with a serperate compact for the sponge, which is included.
CONSISTENCY/TEXTURE~Thin, silky liquid foundation.
APPLICATION~I use a Taklon foundation brush not the sponge included. It is very blendable, quite lovely really. I had plenty of time to spread it, work it in and blend.
FINISH~ Matte and feels really smooth and velvety.
COVERAGE~It has light to medium coverage, I still needed concealer in some spots but it looked natural thatís what Iím after.
STAYING POWER~Lasts really well, didnít get greasy or cakey as the day wore on. It wears a lot like Revlon ColorStay but with less coverage.
SCENT~It smells like flowers and lot of them, like something Avon would come up with, seriously. This and their Perfect Wear (long lasting transfer resistant) foundation smell identical to me.
COLOR~I am a MAC NC20/25 in the winter and I ordered SP30 which is quite yellow, I think I need more olive, SP40 (the swatch at Neobeauty) looks more olivey but I havenít tried it. SP30 works for me though, I like the extra warmth especially in the winter.
OVERALL~I love this foundation, the shade is great (even though not right on), the consistency is fabulous, it lasts and has great SPF. It could be my staple but after two days of using this, I will never use it again. Itís the scent, I canít handle it. I applied this foundation yesterday morning, avoiding my eyes. I could smell the fragrance in it and an hour into my day, my eyes were killing me-stinging, watery and puffy. I washed it off when I got home from running errands all morning. Today, I used it again I am staying home today so thought it would be a good test considering my eyes felt well when I woke up. Now, half way through the day they are stinging and puffy again. Also, around my nose is feeling itchy, which is usually what a lot of fragrance does to me. I never ever use a fragranced facial product but was willing to try this foundation based on the reviews and SPF value. I would, however, recommend this to anyone who isnít sensitive to and/or enjoys a fragranced foundation. It really is fabulous in every other way.
See shades and foundation description at Neobeauty http://neobeauty.com/shsunprlifos.html
Update: So I lied, I did try it again. I had the most stressful month while writing this review initially and my skin and eyes were freaking out because of it. So, I tried again and it's not as irritating as the first try. The shade is off a tad so I add a bit of Revlon Colorstay in Sand Beige. It doesn't look as natural as my staple, Revlon Colorstay, but it is so good for sun protection how can you go wrong?
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