Average Rating 4.3/5
Review by cksa
I really, really wanted to like this. It sounded so perfect--foundation and high protection sunscreen all rolled into one, plus a mattifying component to help me with my wealth of oil. And damn, if it didn't make my skin look freaking flawless! I just needed a tiny bit yet it covered EVERYTHING, and it lasted and lasted, but it seemed to come off fine with my then-makeup remover, Pond's Cold Cream. OK, it did make my skin look a little flat and mask-like (because the coverage was so unreal!), but some blush fixed that. I ordered this from StrawberryNet and guessed at the shade based on reviews, and it matched me pretty well (SP30, I think it was). I thought that I had finally found my perfect summertime foundation.But...you knew the but was coming!...it broke me out in about a week. Not in a major, ugly, pustacular-cystic-volcano way, but my forehead did turn into a connect-the-dots kiddy page as it became studded with tiny little bumps like whitehead pimples, except they weren't coming to head and sort of looked more rash-like (but not red, thank goodness). I discontinued use immediately, and my forehead went back to normal after a couple weeks. About a month after stopping use, I decided to try it again. Bam, the dots came back, and in about 3 days this time! So I connected the dots on my forehead to the ones in my brain, and haven't tried this foundation since. Maybe I will again--the bumps seemed to go away without any scarring--but if it happens again, I will be chucking my bottle. I use Shiseido's SPF 55 sunscreen (yes, everyone's HG that got discontinued--I'm still working through my first bottle and have a second squirreled away, and I will be VERY sad when I finally finish that second one) and I have never had a reaction to it, so I really didn't think the foundation would break me out the way it did. YMMV, of course, and I have no idea what ingredient in the foundation would make me break out while the sunscreen didn't. Ah well. Back to my minerals!