Average Rating 4.1/5
Review by isshevital
Well, I used this for about a week before returning it to Sephora. I really wanted to like it, but couldn't stand my face being so shiny. The thing is, most foundation looks kind of bad to me when I first put it on, because I hate the way I look with a perfectly matte face. But then within 45 minutes the makeup starts to soak up oil from my face and I look great to myself (until 3-5 hrs later when I have to blot, of course). Well, with this foundation, I skip the window of looking a little sick/dead, and immediately start off with a nice glowy radiance. The effect is really stunning, I have to say. I look 3 or 4 years younger than my 21 years, and like I've just gotten back from a long, restful vacation in paradise. Or something. Unfortunately it only takes about an hour for my face to start feeling oily and gross and looking greasy. Theoretically I could fight this with blotting and powdering, but I'd rather find a foundation with a finish that better suits my skin type. Really though, this is a wonderful product and other oily-skinned girls might find ways for it to work for them. Otherwise, I found that Tarte smooth operator had very similar coverage, and took my oily-ness and turned it into a nice, healthy glow that didn't need to be touched up with blotting until about 6 hours. Unfortunately it made me break out, but it may or may not have that effect on others. According to cosDNA, this foundation has only one comedogenic ingredient (butylene glycol) in it, which is almost unheard of for any foundation, high-end or drugstore. To boot, butylene glycol only has a rating of 1, with 0 being non-comedogenic and 5 being extremely comedogenic. In fact, when I bought this product, I was dealing with a mild breakout from the smooth operator, and my breakout subsided despite wearing F&B every day. Pros: -Wonderful, glowy, doll-like skin (almost like highlighter and foundation in one) -Won't clog pores -Nice amount of coverage, somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and your standard medium coverage foundation -38 dollars isn't cheap, but that's for 1.7 oz (whereas most HE foundations are similarly priced for 1 oz) Cons: -Gel texture makes application with fingers the only feasible option, which I find to be a little time-consuming and tedious compared to using a brush or sponge -Sorta limited color selection. I found shade 20 to be just a little too light, but 32 was waaaaaay too dark -Dewy finish = hot mess on my oily-combo skin after just 1 hour :( EDIT: Well ladies, after a long-overdue skincare overhaul, I am now able to use this! I was the typical case of someone who thought they had oily skin because I didn't moisturize or exfoliate properly, so my skin was a hot mess! I do still have to break out the blotting sheets after 5 or 6 hours, but I don't consider that to be a hassle or a deal breaker. Always remember: skincare first, makeup second! AHA, BHA, and/or mandelic acid does so much more to control oil than any primer or powder could ever dream to! Oh, and one last thing--other reviewers have mentioned it already, but I found that warming this up between my fingers before applying makes the finish less shiny. You can feel the texture change as you rub it between your fingers, it gets slightly thicker and almost tacky. I apply it thinly and really rub it into my skin, just like if it was a skincare product (as a previous reviewer also mentioned.) Hope that helps!