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Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation

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Review by ddha

rated 5 of 5 on 11/2/2008 6:19:00 PM More reviews by ddha

Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue

This review is for the Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation which is a cream foundation. It is not for the Dual Action foundation, which is a wet/dry foundation. I absolutely love this foundation! The coverage is amazing. It's buildable, but never looks like a mask. It leaves my skin glowy and even. Although it is a cream foundation it's not heavy. I feel that my skin can breathe throughout the day. It doesn't sit in my pores, but provides an airbrushed sort of appearance. The first time I used this I was amazed how bright and glowy my skin appeared, compared to other foundations I have used. I am fair with freckles and this foundation allows my freckles to show through - depending on application of course. The foundation comes in a little pot and can be purchased in two sizes - a small pot or a larger pot. It is a cream, but cannot be compared to other cream foundations that I have tried. It has a different feel. It almost feels like a stick of butter that has been left out on the counter. It is not hard or extremely dry in texture, which would make it difficult to apply. It does not dry to a powder finish. To apply, I dot on the foundation with my finger or the SK foundation brush and then use my MAC 187 to buff it in or use the SK peep. I have had horrible breakouts with other foundations (LM, some MAC, CG), but have never had a problem with this product. Interestingly, I asked whether I could return this product if I had a reaction or a break-out. The SA said yes, but that I likely would not have a reaction. She said these products are used on cancer patients. I don't know if this is fact, however, but thought I would add it in. At the end of this review I included the ingredients. I am very impressed with the shade selection as well. I live in Los Angeles, so I was able to go into the Cinema Secrets store in Burbank to get color-matched. In the summer, I use 401 - 71, which is close to NC 15. In the winter, I am lighter than NC 15 (around NC 10) and use 601-18 or mix 401-71 and 601-18. I am fair and most other foundations tend to be too pink, too yellow, or too dark. The 400 series has neutral to slight yellow undertones. The Cinema Secrets website states that the 401-71 is a "delicate light mixture of pink and yellow. Can be used on light skin tones of either pink or yellow to balance them out." I don't have strong yellow or pink undertones, but am more neutral - I see both yellow and pink in my skin. The 601-18 is very neutral as well. Here's a link to the foundation descriptions. The foundations are in series based on undertone. And for the record - no affilation. The 100 Series has red undertones for darker skin-tones. The 200 Series has darker Olive tones. The 300 Series is yellow based for mostly Asian skin-tones. The 400 Series is for beige skin tones and is a mix of yellow and pink. The 500 Series has pink undertones. The 600 Series are very pale and usually used as concealers, highlighters, or to neutralize red-tones (Although as noted above, in the winter I use the 600 series for foundation). Also, I have to say the staff at the Burbank store is amazing. It took them about 5 seconds to match me. It's not a department store like atmosphere - more of a theatrical shop, but if you're in the area and have a chance, definitely stop in. It's always a fun way to spend an afternoon (especially around Halloween :) So, in sum . . . . Overall Rating: 5. I love this. Great shade selection. Perfect, buildable foundation. Provides a nice diffused look. Does not sit in your pores, but actually eliminates them. Also good for covering scars and past break-out marks. Easy to apply. Good lasting power. No clogged pores. No break-outs. Nice texture. I also use this around my eyes and does not sit in fine lines. And a big plus, it doesn't stain clothing. Supposedly, it doesn't sweat-off or transfer, but I've never had that issue with foundations. Price: 2. Compared to other foundations, this product is cheap. You can purchase a small round pot or a larger pot. The small pot is $12.50 for 1/4 oz. The larger pot is $20 for 1/2 oz. I purchased the small pot and it is tiny. It's the size of an eyeshadow (maybe a large eyeshadow). However, it is very condensed and I've had it for a year and haven't even used half of it. I use foundation about 5 times a week. So, honestly this is amazing. I do use a lighter hand with foundation application, however. So, depending on application it could last a shorter time for you. Packaging Quality: 5. The foundation is packaged in a small, black, screw-top, hard plastic pot. It's simple. There are no sparkles or fancy colors. It's not something to sit on your vanity. However, I can actually get to the product. It's easy to open and close with a simple screw top. It won't open in my purse or luggage when traveling. It's very hard plastic, so it won't break when dropped or crushed up against other products in my luggage. It's sensible and smart. I can see how much is left. And I can get to the product at the bottom of the tin without trying to cut open the package or other maneauvers to get at that last bit (hey UDPP, I'm talking to you). Fancy packaging is okay, but in the end I just want a product that I can use easily. And I am willing to give up a few sparkles for a lower price point anyday. For that, I give it a 5. Would you buy this product again: In a second. About me: 31, fair (lighter side of NC 15 in summer, NC 10 in winter), freckles, normal skin that can get dry in areas, some large pores. Ingredients: Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Carnauba Candelillia Cera, Dimethicone Kaolin Aloe Barbadensis Tocopherol, Parfum. May contain: Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 36 CI 12085, Red 7 CI 45850:1, Carmine CI 75470, Yellow 5CI 19140:

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