Cinema Secrets • Cinema Secrets • CrŤme
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This is a really good foundation. There is such a wide range of colours that everyone can find a match. The coverage can be built up from natural, to thick enough for stage. It's very easy to spread and blend and I find the staying power pretty good, especially on my oily skin. I have all the palettes in my professional kit, too and everyone I've used it on has loved it. A lot of people apply this with a sponge, but I use my foundation brush for everything, including this creme foundation as I find it gives a more polished finish. If too much foundation has been applied, stippling the face with a sponge fixes it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I was very excited to try this product out after reading the positive reviews it got on here. But I was quite let down, to say the least.
I ordered their 4.0oz Moisture Spray, 1.5oz Light Touch Powder, and .25oz Ultimate Foundation in 501-11. When it comes to picking out a foundation color, it is quite easy for me; I simply go with the lightest shade available and it's either light enough or it's not. I cannot imagine anyone with a skin tone other than corpse-white like myself choosing a shade via their online store because the shade is VERY different than what was displayed-- even taking into consideration their "On-screen color tends to vary when displayed on different computers" blurb. Thankfully mine still matched; it just definitely was not similar to what was pictured.
I ended up paying shipping equal to the total price of the items I purchased hoping that "2nd Day Air" meant I would get the product sooner; it still took a week.
I was thrilled when I finally received my package in the mail. Until I opened it. I did not receive my Light Touch in a professional looking shaker with labels and such as displayed on their site-- I got a clear jar with a white screw-off lid with no labels at all. Not even the company's name was on it or an ingredients list. Nothing! And on top of that, their was a dirty, sticky smudge on the lid where someone had obviously scratched a sticker off with their fingernail. And none of the products had any sort of hygienic seal on them which disturbed me. As angry as I was about that, the powder was not what I was looking forward to the most.
I'm no makeup artist, but I have been wearing it since I was a preteen so I'm pretty good at application. I took the advice of others on here and moistened my sponge with their Moisture Spray instead of trying to apply the foundation straight from the container...My skin isn't perfectly smooth by any means but this stuff magnified every single flake and dry patch by a million! I can't even apply it under my eyes because it looks like white tree bark when I do! And it clung to the tiny peach-fuzz hairs I have on my face (that all people have--I have no visible facial hair) to the point where the corners of my upper lip were starting to remind me of the Monopoly Man. I was unable to cover up pimples and scars without the makeup caking up. I could not get a smooth, even application for the life of me. It's not even worth it as a concealer in my book. Also, I have a feeling my skin would breathe more if I melted candle wax on my face than it does with this stuff.
Waxy, cakey, flakey... this stuff is horrible! And I've contacted customer support twice about returns and the condition I received my powder in and I've gotten no response. Unless you already have baby-smooth, even-toned, flawless skin, don't bother buying this. It will make you feel self conscious about flaws you didn't even know existed before this stuff touched your face.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is an extraordinary foundation. I am a PPP with neutral undertones, very light yellow and a bit of beige. I have 601-18. It's a very, very pale yellow-beige cream color. It make me look refreshed and natural. I've never had such fantastic coverage. These two shades seem to blend and complement my skin ideally. The formula is very very creamy and lightweight, yet it covers so beautifully. The coverage is full but can be made to seem sheer or medium. It lasts all day, and I never feel it sliding off or disappearing. It balances out my dry sensitive skin, too, and absorbs oil on my nose and forehead. It contains aloe vera, kaolin, vitamin e, dimethicone, beeswax, and vegetable waxes.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
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:
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I reely wanted to like idea that I don`t have to use a greace make up any more. Water activated foundation in a compact, sounds perfect. But I didn`t like it, it looked good first hour but after that it just sliped of my face. The colours I have are 506, 603, 304, and 402, the best mach for my light-medium warm skin is 402.After some research I have discovered the Kryolan Aquacolor Foundation. The best looking skin You can get this foundatipon will give it to you. It will never broke you out and they have a huge selection of colours. I am using ELO (Extra Light Olive) for the winter and LO (Light Olive) for the summer.I will not by the Cinema Secrets foundation again, I have found much better one for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
As a makeup artist,this product is amazing for photo shoots-a little goes a long way.The palette is so convienent + great for color matching.I also use this myself on occasion,it gives that airbrushed flawless looking skin.Its highly pigmented so you only need a little bit,however you do need to blend it well to prevent the "mask" look.I always get compliments when I wear this-it also lasts all day.I set it with a powder,it looks great.The only downside is that it seems to clog my pores & cause me to breakout (could possibly be the dimithicone in the product),but it does even out my ruddy skin tone.Overall I would def.recommend this product!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Black
i use CS foundation on myself and on my clients. i personally use 306 as foundation and 303 around the eye area and 603 to conceal redness around my nose. this is just a beautiful brand...it has everyone's shade whether one is red or yellow or pink or neutral. i have combo skin and i haven't experienced any breakouts even if it's creamy. although, my t-zone is really problematic, CS foundation is by far the best that i've tried and used. even my husband, who is a director/cinematographer, (who has also been a very cooperative guinea pig letting me try on him different foundation brands), thinks that CS is a good product - provided you don't use too much and blend very well. as for some reviews that mention the product settling on lines, i must say that age and/or skincare routine has something to do with it. realistically speaking, there's not one product that can totally erase fine lines especially around the eye area...lines are fine, ladies...there are more important things to care about like healthy lifestyle and meaningful friendships and relationships. anyway, the oil-free foundation primer is a fab partner to the foundation and i reco that you purchase it as well. for those with very oily skin, an alternative to the creamy foundation is the dual active foundation - can be used wet (dewy look) or dry (matte finish)...but if you're already oily, use it dry. please remember that in makeup, use only a little bit and just build if you need to...and blend, blend, blend.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is probably the best foundation for me! I have some acne scars that I wanted to cover up, and the 300 series (301 and 302) totally matches and evens out my skin tone, and completely covers up the acne scars. I have tried Cover girl, MAC, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Neutrogena, Avon foundation, L'oreal, Shiseido and a lot more and none of them came close to my light-yellow Asian skin tone, or the coverage I wanted. Either it was to beige or too yellow/orange (considering I had help from a MA), too light, too cakey or oxidizes after a few hours. I was getting frustrated. Then I saw a review for Cinema Secrets cosmetics (by accident, as I was searching for other foundations) and I was intrigued. I've never seen a cosmetic line with so much good reviews. Learning that they actually use this make up on celebrities made me more curious, and since I was desperate to find the right foundation, I thought I'd try it. What with it being so inexpensive, what's the harm in trying? and I found it! I found my HG!! I've been using this foundation for three weeks now. I'm getting second-looks from guys and some acquaintances from church (I'm in a choir) lol! and I've been complemented on how my skin looks by so many people, it's amazing! I couldn't believe it at first. I mean, don't get my wrong, I like my skin without make up, but it's just so uneven, pink on some parts and light-yellow on others, and some brown spots from my dried-up acne, and like I said, this evens out my skin tone perfectly. All in all, this is the foundation for me! I'm so happy and contented with this product, my search for the right foundation is finally over!
UPDATE 04/12/08: It has been 4 months since I reviewed this product, and I must say, it still is the best foundation for me. Best color match for my skin tone, and best coverage. Although I don't recommend this to people who have severely dry and severely oily skin. I have recently used benzoyl peroxide to get rid of my seasonal acne (that's what I call it because it makes my skin/acne worse whenever the season changes, usually from winter to spring and vice versa) and it turned my skin severely dry for almost a week, and it hasn't been easy covering it up with this foundation. It accentuated the dry spots, making my skin look so dehydrated and old. You'll need to put a moisturizer on before applying this foundation. But the problem for me is that I break out more if I put on moisturizer before this product. I never had a problem with this foundation before using the bp. So I stopped using the bp, and, probably to compensate for the moisture lost, my face became severely oily. I tried to cover up the dried up acne scars, but then my oily face would not hold the foundation (also, It tends to feel heavy specially if you have oily skin). So what I do is I apply the mineral veil I bought from bare minerals after I apply the foundation, and it really helps! It lasts all day. I didn't do this before because, like I said, I didn't have any problem like this before the bp. This is still a great product for me, the color match is phenomenal - disappears onto my skin, and doesn't make me look fake.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Other, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I have used this foundation for years, since it was first introduced. I used to live near their store and was taught how to use it by Maurice, the owner and inventor. Every time I try something else,
I go right back to it. You can easily regulate the coverage and it lasts all day. This is the only product that I will never change (again). The large size seems to last forever too.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This is BY FAR the best foundation on the market!! I have used it for about 6 years now, first learned about it in esthetician school. Drove 2 hrs to Burbank to purchase and have ordered by phone ever since. Its only $25ish for a large pot, worth every penny. My 15 year old daughter uses it as well as my 65 year old mother. Everyone who comments on my skin is advised to buy it. Once you find your color then just call and have it shipped, much easier!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
As of now, this is my second day using this foundation. I also purchased the spray moisturiser with this (recommended). It really helps the coverage to thin out a bit, so that it is buildable and not mask like. If you want a foundation that covers EVERYTHING, but is applied lightly, then this is for you. If it does not break me out it could be a HG! I will update with 5 stars if it does not clog my pores. My skin looks fresh and dewy, like it did when I was 20!
That said, if applied too heavily, fine lines, pores and wrinkles can be a bit obvious. The trick is to dilute your sponge, build up the coverage and blend well. I am still learning.
The effect of this foundation is incredible when you get it right!
Update 12/1/2007Ė I have learned my lesson! No more 4 or 5 star reviews and "possible HG's" till I have used the product consistently for at least a month! This foundation is a 4 star concealer. 1 star taken off because it does settle into lines after a few hours. The coverage is fantastic though. It is too time consuming and greasy for me to use as a foundation though. This may be good for special occasions, so I'll keep it just in case, but I have just discovered Everyday Minerals, which does a much better job without the greasiness and the hassle, and it lasts all day and does not settle into lines! For now the product is shelved.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I bought this in 506-15 and the color was a good match. But two things turned me off on this as a foundation. First off, even applied with a damp sponge, it was very heavy...almost theatrical in its coverage. I felt like it wore very thick on my skin, despite my very light hand. It hid my skin too much. Secondly, I found myself getting bad clogged pores on my nose...something that never happens. I will keep this as a concealer because it's nice in that department. As a foundation though, it was a no-go.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I purchased this after reading the reviews here, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! It has taken me a few times to really perfect my application in order to achieve the look I am going for, but I've finally found it, and I am thrilled! The coverage is great--not too heavy, but covers up quite a bit. I prefer to use a foundation brush to apply, spritz it with water, then blend on my face! I haven't had any problems with breaking out (which is unusual, as I have acne prone skin). The only thing negative I will say is that occasionally it will make my face look a bit oily instead of dewy. I usually just use blotting papers to take care of that, so it's not really a big negative! Overall, I totally love it! :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
HG foundation! love this stuff
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
One of my favorite foundations (much happier with this than MAC!)....i have combo skin and this is one of the few foundations that does not oxidize on me or make me oily...on my current C4 skin (mmm w/ yellow undertones) and I use shade #303-66A......i only use a lil amount with my lancome foundation brush....gives medium coverage....and i set this with a bit of translucent powder and a spritz of my Graftobian setting spray...this definitely rivals w/ my graftobian hi-def creme foundation...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
This is really a nice foundation. I decided to buy it because I think Holly from the Girls Next Door face makeup looks so great and I heard that she uses this foundation. I ordered online and got the smallest containers as I was not sure what colors would look the best on me. I got a good idea from other reviewers about what color would look best on me. I am Mac NC30/NC35 and have dark hair and hazel eyes and olive skin so I decided on the 300 series. I also have dry-normal skin.
I purchased 302 and 303. 302 is a little bit light so I use it as a concealor. 303 matches my skin perfectly. You can also blend colors together if needed. I use mainly 303. I used a sponge to get the product out and it goes on very smoothly and has superior coverage. It will hide about any acne scar pigmentation/ or problem on your face that you have. I really liked taking my sponge and using my Evian water spray to mist the sponge and then dip it onto the product and apply. When applying it this way it seems to go on a little lighter (not as heavy) and is easier to apply (not that the other way is not good I just prefer this way). But eithier way you apply it really is a superior product to most foundations on the market. The only other one that compares is my Prescriptives Flawless foundation so I go back and forth but even the Prescriptives foundation wont cover acne scars quite like this. I highly reccomend Cinema Secrets foundation it will probably be the best that you ever buy.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I have been wanting to try this foundation for over a year after I found out Holly Madison (hugh hefners girlfriend) uses it, and her skin looks flawless. It did not dissapoint! I ordered palette #7 as I did not know what shade to go with. The 2nd. lightest shade matches my skin perfectly. I plan to use the others during summer when my skin gets slightly darker. I also am ordering the #300 series as well now for it's yellow base. This stuff is like a second skin, it covers beautifully without looking too heavy. It's great applied straight as a concealer. I spray the C.S moisturespray on a sponge to apply it as a foundation. It stays put all day, doesn't rub off, controls oil, and looks amazing in photo's. I can rave enough about this stuff! It seems pricey, but you use such a little amount that it goes a long way. My foundation search is over!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
This is by FAR the best foundation ever made!! Has excellent coverage which is buildable to full or even sheer to medium. I dont need to use any primer or moisturizer or anything before putting this on (Maybe because my skin is normal anyways so its pretty good) But this is my HG!!! PLEASE DONT EVER STOP MAKING THIS BECAUSE I DONT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT IT!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Other
I LOVE THIS!!! I have a drawer full of high end foundations, yet Iím always purchasing new foundations hoping they will be my HG. Well, I found it and itís cheap! I purchased a pallet a few weeks ago and found itís so heavily pigmented; you donít have to apply a lot in order to have ďheavyĒ coverage. Therefore, you have great coverage while using just a fraction the amount than what you would normally use with other products. This foundation does double-duty as a concealer as well. If applied correctly, it does a great job of hiding my dark under eye circles which are caused by tiny bluish/purple blood vessels. I also have horrible post acne marks and this product really does the trick at covering them! Best of all, my VERY acne-prone skin has not broken out since using this product!
After moisturizing, I blend in a cheek stain (a mixture of BeneFitís Benetint and Glamazon or Loracís Sheer wash). Then, I mix a small amount of loracís oil free luminizer with an oil controlling primer (Pro Activís sheer finish mattifying gel). I apply this mixture to my face to minimize shine and pores. The luminizer gives my face a wonderful glow when applied under foundation. Sometimes, I also add a small amount of Physicians Formulaís green concealer to the mixture, creating a greenish primer that works well at toning down any redness from acne. Next, I spritz my foundation brush several times with Cinema Secretís moisturizing spray. After that, I dip the brush in the foundation and start blending on my skin. When Iím done applying the foundation, I use a concealer brush to apply more foundation to blemishes. Next, I lightly tap the areas where I applied extra foundation to blend. I continue doing this until I have a flawless face. Then, I apply the lighter colored foundation to my under eye circles, using Bare Mineralsí concealer brush. After this, I spritz my entire face with the moisture spray. After the spray dries, I apply a powder blush/bronzer and Cinema Secretís powder which is finely milled and isnít heavy at all. Last, I spritz my face to set the whole look.
I wish this company would consider making a blush pallet and a makeup primer.
UPDATE: This stuff is great during the winter, but slides right off my oily skin in the summer.
With the combination of using differin and the effects of dry winter air, my skin is dry. Because of this I decided to use this foundation again. My application method has changed since my hyperpigmentation has faded significantly. I spritz my face with aloe and use my fingers to apply a thin layer of foundation. I finished with Nars loose powder and blush. The results were flawless as usual but the makeup disappeared within a few hours. Because this foundation melts into my skin beautifully and takes so little time to effortlessly apply with great results, Iíll keep it on hand for times when I need to run out the door in a moments notice. I just wonít use it when I know I have a long day ahead of me.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
someone was nice enough to post these ingredients on the makeup board and i thought since i was looking for them, someone else might be as well so here they are
Capriylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Carnauba, Candelilla Cera, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopherol, Parfum and may contain a list of oxides and dioxides (usual color stuff)
i believe that i'll skip this one due to the dimethicone.