Average Rating 4.3/5
Review by abfabjeanius
I haven't decided if I should be glad that I sauntered over to the SKII counter at Bloomie's on 59th, or if, for my wallet's sake, if I should simply have just stayed away! I've been intrigued by this foundation since its launch, but was too afraid of the hefty price tag to dare to try it. However, on Friday afternoon, without the sensibility of a shopping partner, I plunked down the $150 and got this foundation!
For reference, I am an NC20 in MAC, Stila 30 Watts, Estee Lauder Linen, and I was matched with the color OP-3, which is probably one of the most flawless matches that I have seen in a while.
As other reviewers have described, there is a slight learning curve to learning to use this product. You must hold it at 4-inches from your face -- any closer, and it has a tendency to go on clumpy -- any further, and you're just dispersing foundation into the air. I use the "droplet" function to put a couple of drops around my nose before I go to the "on" functiion to mist my face. I do my face in sections -- forehead first, then right cheek, then nose/chin, and then left cheek. I've been using up-and-down motions, which has worked pretty well.
The mist is very, very light on the face, and the particles come out very fine. Compared to aerosol sprays like DiorFlash and Era, the mist of the SKII hardly feels like anything -- just an ever-so-slight breeze on the face. Because of this, the coverage is buildable, and you can do several layers without any sort of cakiness. Due to the ion technology employed by the SKII machine, the mist also doesn't get all over the hair and eyebrows or clothes (as the Dior always did). I was wearing a white dress shirt when I applied this foundation this morning, and my shirt is perfectly white and unmarred.
To this end, you have to make sure your face is evenly and throughly moisturized for the best effect. I think the ions make the foundation attracted to moisture, so it helps to apply a light lotion first.
As for the actual quality of the foundation, it is sheer and lightweight, yet miraculously evens out the complexion. Obviously, for dark circles and blemishes, I still use a concealer beforehand, but this foundation does a good job at evening everything out. It also has a dewy finish, which I personally like (I think it makes the skin look more natural), although those who are used to super-matte might find it hard to get used to. It has an imperceptible finish -- just looks like my skin is really nice, not that I'm wearing foundation.
I've only been using this since Friday, but I really love it. I think this will be my HG. It's quick to apply (about 1 minute), and I don't have to worry about getting my hands dirty or having to use a sponge/brush. My only complaint is the price, but if I continue to have good results with this, then I will continue to use it!
I highly recommend to anyone looking for a sheer foundation!