Paula's Choice • Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25 • Liquid
|Would buy this product again.||49%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I've sampled a few shades of this & so far I like it. Have received compliments on my skin when I wear it. Will update this review in detail more later... after I do more a comprehensive analysis.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Green
I am a Best Linen in the new colors. I have normal, cystic acne-prone skin, that is neither dry nor oily. I bought this foundation primarily because I am a long time PC user and I thought I should give her makeup a try, too. I don't know if I would call this my HG foundation because I do cheat frequently, but it is the foundation that I always come back to every time I am disappointed by another foundation.
1.) I like that this is a semi-matte foundation, so it isn't SO matte it will dry you out, but it does absorb some amount of oil. I shake it well before I squirt a small amount on the back of my hand and then blend in small sections with my ELF flat topped Powder Brush.
2.) I like that it is a light-building-to-medium coverage so my skin still shows through a little, that way I look fresh and polished; not necessarily "doll-like". (That image kinda scares me). You will need a concealer with this foundation if you need more coverage around your eyes or over blemishes.
3.) I love the high level of sunscreen, and that it protects from UVA and UVB.
4.) The finish is really beautiful, and it lasts (on me at least) for at least 6 or 7 hours if I don't wear any skincare that is too oily underneath it, but I have pretty normal skin. I do set it with a shimmery powder (ELF glow) because I like to have that extra luminosity and touch up with Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder.
I would order several and then just return what you couldn't use. PC has an excellent return policy and customer service department.
Overall, I don't have to worry about it settling into fine lines or pore, it wears beautifully, and just does it's job as a foundation. There is nothing really dramatic about it, which is why I keep coming back to it (and why I keep straying LOL!). It's just a really good foundation.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
If you have oily skin and want the simplicity of sunscreen with a bit of color to even out skintone without added moisture that you usually get from TM's and BB creams, then this would be a really good option! Even better if you like to use physical sunscreens instead of chemical ones, since titanium oxide provides the sunscreen in this formula.
I use this in Best Bisque, my skin is oily & in the NC/NW 15-20 range. This is sheer enough to work with warm or cool toned girls within that range, any darker and you'd have a white cast. Formula is matte, looks nice and doesn't make pores any more noticeable. Didn't cause any breakouts or bad skin reactions either. Obviously if you have an oily t-zone, nothing is going to keep you matte all day long, so I'm not deducting a lippie for that. I did notice shine after about 2 hours.
A bit pricey, 1oz is $15. At first, you might think that it's a good deal but most people will be buying this for the sunscreen factor. That being said, to get the amount of SPF protection listed on the bottle, I believe the recommended dose is to apply 1/4 tsp. Therefore, with 6 teaspoons in 1 oz. you would only get 24 applications of SPF 25 out of this product. The price factor does play a role in my rating since I was looking for something to use as my everyday "work" foundation/sunscreen. So, I would be buying this one a month and still have to buy another foundation for nights out/important events where I want more coverage. Just something to think about if you are on a budget.
This is a solid option for sheer/light coverage and SPF protection for oily skin, keeping in mind that it won't last you a full month when used properly for SPF 25 protection and definitely not anything near medium coverage.
Would I buy this again? YES AND NO.
I would buy this again since I think it's ideal for traveling or weekend trips where I don't want my makeup bag to be cluttered and I want to save time. Honestly, I don't see myself purchasing it every month as my everyday SPF foundation.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I’d been contentedly using a mineral powder foundation for years, but decided to try a liquid foundation, as my skin changes a bit, from age.
I wanted a foundation that’s 1) made by a non-animal-testing company, 2) the right shade for NW15 me, and 3)reasonably priced, and easily available online.
I obtained samples from several different companies, read reviews, and finally decided on Best Face Forward, in Best Bisque.
Though it isn’t “perfect,” I’m pleased with it.
Paula’s Choice is cruelty-free, and readily available online
Good shade match
Goes on smoothly, and blends easily with my e.l.f. foundation brush
Evens out my skin without looking mask-like or cakey; I still need concealer over blemishes/scars, but that’s okay. Used over Hourglass primer, it gives me a “my-skin-but-better” look, and I like that.
Doesn't cause me to break out
No noticeable scent
Reasonably priced, at about $15
Gets oily by the end of the day, but I have *extremely* oily skin
Doesn’t cover *everything,* but I don’t really need that. It doesn't make my skin look "flawless," but my skin just *isn't* flawless.
The bottle opening is very narrow, which can make getting the product out tricky
The pros outweigh the cons, so after I use up this bottle I’ll probably re-purchase this, unless something really superior crosses my “radar.”
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Attention! Paula recently reformulated this product, and the shades have REALLY improved! "Best Bisque" is now an option for very fair skin, in my opinion. I found the former version to be way too beige- it looked like a fake tan. But the new color is beautiful. I wear it with confidence, and I am very pale. It gives light, natural coverage, and its matte finish stays in check for hours. As a super pale person, it is hard to find makeup that matches your skin without looking ghastly or wan. This stuff is worth trying out! Plus- awesome sunscreen included.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Curly Eyes: Green
This foundation has nice light coverage. The reliable spf is great so there is no need to add another product to oily skin. The only drawback is, it seemed to fade a little bit as the day went on. I have only mildly oily skin. I think anyone with moderately oily skin would not like the performance of this foundation.
I like the opaque bottle is nice and the squeeze bottle works well.
Edit: I started using a mattifying primer and this wears MUCH better. I would put this foundation up against MAC Studio Sculpt without the breakout factor that MAC foundations always seem to give me.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I used to use the Barely There tint, but I ended up getting tiny pimples (I have very oily skin), and switched to this. It has to be blended quickly before it dries, but it works very well if you want sheer coverage. It does have a tendency to exaggerate any unevenness in skin texture, but after using the PC Skin Balancing products, my skin is much smoother, so it's not a problem.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Got this in Beige Linen. Color wasn't bad on me but the coverage just isn't there, it's more like a TM than a foundation on me. Back to Chanel.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
I was rather dissappointed with this. I am a big fan of Paula's product's but there's better foundations out there.It does not blend well. It looks ok once it's on but what a carry on to get it on!! I know this is for oilier skin types. Mine is combination.Maybe the other foundation all bases covered would have suited me better, but it's for dry skin and my skin is not dry.That's the thing with Paula's products. I use a lot of her formulations for dry skin and like I say my skin is not dry, and yet they work for me.For people whose skin IS dry, I can't see them being moisturising enough.I am going to try a sample of the all bases covered, but if it's anything like this one(won't blend) I won't be repurchasing that either.On a more positive note, this does offer broad spectrum sun protection(though personally I still wear sunscreen under foundation)and as with all Paula's products this is fragrance free so it does have a lot going for it. Pity it's not for me. i will review her dry skin foundation when I try it. hopefully I'll like it as I do like Paula's stuff.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I really like this foundation, I have Best Champaign Beige and I'm an NC 25 MAC or 1.5 in MAC's Matchmaster. I've had it for a while so I've had some time to go between this and a bunch of other foundations and I've come to the conclusion that this is a winner in my books!
- wonderful colour match for me, and since it is light coverage it can work for more shades than otherwise
- looks very natural on me
- the only spf you need if you apply it with that in mind, you'll need a fair amount if it's your only spf
- price! $15 is quite affordable compared to a lot of other foundations
- Need to shake it up before you use it to incorporate the product (not a big deal)
- Light coverage (may not be a bad thing but a foundation like Matchmaster from MAC covers more), if you're really oily you may need to blot or this might easily come off on you late in the day
- not a whole lot of colour options but since it's light coverage it can fit more tones
- Need to order online
If you want to even out your complexion and don't have too many major flaws to cover (you'll need concealer for bigger flaws) I would recommend checking this out. She has samples so try a few of those first. She also has phenomenal customer service and that in itself keeps me going back.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This does not break me out, but is a little drying for my acne prone skin in the winter months. It does give decent coverage, but wears off as the day progresses, which is why it doesn't merit a repurchase from me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Well...to be honest, I'm a little mixed about this product. I've been searching for a good foundation for a long time, in my case it's especially hard because I have rosacea (so the wrong product will greatly irritate my skin), I'm extraordinarily pale (more pale than my ginger boyfriend), and have acne scars from my high school years. That's a lot of problems for one foundation to handle.
The pros for this foundation:
It has never once irritated my rosacea (a blessing, and the reason I've used it more than once), the colours, though not numerous, blend well with varying skin tones. It definitely blends into the skin well, it has never been spotty for me.
EXTREMELY light coverage. I've used tinted moisturizers that had more coverage than this. If you only need light coverage to even out your skin, this could definitely work for you. But if you have pimples or scars, this just won't work.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
The only thing I like about this foundation is the packaging. I don't actually consider this a foundation, as it covers more like an ultra sheer tinted moisturizer (meaning very little coverage). It's supposedly for oily skin, but it's way to greasy for that, and has no real staying power of it's own. Don't get me wrong, it's not the greasiest, but it's nowhere near matte nor is it appropriate for oily skin. I guess I found a "color" match, but it's kind of hard to tell as it seems almost transparent to me. The price is meh, if it worked I would pay this price, but it doesn't work. I was hoping for a medium coverage foundation as was advertised, obviously this didn't deliver.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I LOVE this foundation. I don't need much coverage. I do have some very light hyperpigmentation around my jaw area and this almost covers it but it doesn't bother me that you can kind of see it. I like that you can actually see my skin underneath this. I have been using full coverage foundations for sooo long and its nice to wear something that doesn't hide my face. This last all day for me and I don't have to touch it up. I have normal to dry skin that can get a little oily in the summer and this foundation has been great!!! Its not full coverage its more sheer to a light medium coverget but its amazing to me. If you have a lot to cover don't bother with this! Oh and it doesn't break me out which is a huge plus considering almost everything breaks me out.
Edit**** I ordered a large size of this and it oxidizes horribly!!!! It looks great at first but several hours later I looked in the mirror and my face was a dark orangey tan color YUCK!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
Love this, love this, love this! I have very pale skin and the the palest shade in the range, Best Bisque matches perfectly and makes my face (which is a little sun damaged) look fantastic. It is quite sheer however. Since I can remember I've used Bobbi Brown and Christian Dior foundations however, for the price, colour match and consistency, this wins hands down. For reference I have an oily T-zone with large pores and normal to dry cheeks.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have heard of Paula's product and read her book about 20 years ago. It sounded great however I never tried before.
I ordered some of her face makeups about month ago. And I fell love with this foundation. It blends like a dream, goes on light, and covers amazingly. It stars very sheer and is buildble. After blending, the foundation just melt into the skin beautifully and never brings out dry patches on the face. The foundation gives a matte finish and felt very comfortable on the skin.
It does not add any oil to my face. On a hot and humid summer day, I would need just one touch-up after lunch. It does not enlarge my pores but to hide them well.
I will reorder a full size product (Champange beige is my color).
Edit: this one does not last as long as CS from Revlon. It gets oily after 4-5 hours. I definitely need multiple touch-ups in the afternoon. I was turning into a greasy ball without touch-ups. The foundation does give a very nice coverage while gives a very natural finish. But CS from Revlon beat this one for staying power and oil-control. I may try this again in the cooler weather.
Edit: come back to this one in the fall when it is a lot cooler. The foundation is just great. No more greasy. It gives a wonderful finish and lasted more than 6 hrs. Works better than Revlon age-defying liquid make-up. Definitely reorder.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I normally like Paula's products but, not this one. In her own book she said this makeup gives "sheer to medium buildable coverage." I did not find it buildable or medium coverage. I found it to be NEXT TO NOTHING in the coverage department. It is watery and thin. The lightest shade will not work because Paula is fixed on the notion of using "neutrals." Neutrals look muddy on someone like me who has a cool complexion. I will not buy this again. The product separates and is difficult to apply. The only good thing about it is the 8% titanium dixoide and I could get that from a sunscreen. If you want any level of coverage, don't buy this. The review in Paula's book is misleading. Color options are limited and those with cool complexions are just out of luck.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
First, Paula needs to expand the colors of this product. In this day and age, such a sharply limited range sends the wrong message. This line should embrace more diversity.
I think one of the reasons it's not better reviewed here is that she sells it as "foundation," which leads to certain expectations about coverage. In fact, it's very sheer - I'd call it a tinted moisturizer in any other line. It's basically a lightly colored sunscreen that will even out some blotching.
But it doesn't actually "cover" anything - you'll need a serious concealer for that here.
But unlike most tinted moisturizers, it's not greasy and has nice satin or semi-matte finish, very natural looking. If she made more colors, many people could wear this and give a nice "Look Ma - no makeup!" impression.
It has a nice glide over her HydraLight moisturizer and the heavier Skin Recovery SPF 15 as well. I found it lasted about 5 hours over HydraLight in normal office conditions, but somewhat longer over Skin Recovery.
I enjoyed wearing it over both products, and in fact it would be my staple spring-summer SPF color product if she only made a color that matched my Light Cool skintone nicely. But she doesn't, alas.
Come summer I could try making do with the Champagne Beige - but it's really too dark for me, while the Linen has the wrong undertone. Pity.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I've been wearing this for a while now and am very pleased with it. I have a little scarring and while this is doesn't provide full, matte coverage, it blends nicely, evens out my skin tone, does not exacerbate my mild acne, and looks very natural.
Most importantly, Best Champagne Beige is an excellent match for my LLL skin, and I've tried most of the liquid foundations out there (NB -- I'm Alima N3, Cover Girl TruBlend Classic Beige and nothing at all in MAC, Clinique, Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, etc., sadly). Whenever I'm tempted by foundations at Sephora, I'm forced to admit that nothing matches my skin as well as Best Face Forward.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This is the worst foundation I have ever purchased. It separates, even after shaking it thoroughly, is impossible to apply, blend. Sent it back. It's strange that the Cosmetics Cop puts her name on such an inferior product and then expects to maintain her credibility. Definitely gets a frown-face poor rating :(