Paula's Choice • All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 25 • Liquid
|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red Eyes: Green
Quite disappointed with this foundation. I purchased a sample size in light cream. It appears heavy and thick in texture, but I found using either my fingers, sponge, or brush that the outcome is very very very sheer! It really did nothing to correct or conceal any skin discolourations, but it left my skin feeling hydrated & dewy, not dry. The only use I have for this is to use it as a base (instead of regular moisturizer) for my studio fix powder, it worked quite well. I do like that it has SPF, I think for me that is the only pro for me. If you are looking for a very sheer moisturizing product, I would recommend it. But for me I require a lot more coverage, therefore am grateful I trialed a sample size first before wasting my money.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
Pros: no breakouts, moisturizing without shine or dewy finish, non chemical sunscreen, great colors for pale folks, tube packaging.
Cons: sheer finish, more tinted moisturizer than foundation,not much buildability. You will need a good concealer if you have anything to hide. No colors for other than pale to medium skins, for shame.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I've been on a quest to find a perfect foundation recently and got this along with some skincare items while placing my order with PC. I'm NC 15 and ordered it in Light Cream. Now, I have used some samples of this foundation when it first came out a few years ago and I remember it being quite decent. Well, this time around I found this product almost disastrous. I'm on Retin-A so my skin is quite dry and sensitive, and still very prone to breakouts. This has made my face a greasy mess. It accentuated every single dry patch (even the ones I never knew I had) and at the same time made me a shiny discoball by 9 am (!). Blotting barely helped because I would have had to blot every hour - oilies reappeared almost immediately. I have NEVER had oily skin but having experienced this foundation I can now understand the frustrations of other oilier-skinned gals on this board. So at least this has been educational :). I'm surprised that other reviewers found the coverage to be matte. I wonder if I got a bad batch or something?
Giving it 2 stars for a good color match and broad-spectrum sun protection. It also serves as a decent undereye concealer, and this is how I'm planning to use it up.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Doesn't oxidize. No pinkness!!! Titanium and zinc sunprotection is the best!!! Nice matte finish!! Love it, now if it would last 12 hours it would be 5 stars......
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I love alot of Paulas products but foundation is not one of them. I prefer a fuller coverage so I got a sample of this in Wheat, which I think is close to NC25. I should have gone one shade darker but for winter this would be ok colour-wise.
Now, after i applied it, I didnt even feel like i needed to powder as it sets to a matte finish. But this is NOT full coverage. I would say it borders on medium, I applied two layers in order to cover some of my natural cheek redness. And as for blemishes or any other really bad things you may have on your face, you'd need a separate concealer on top of this.
I suspect most girls would like the coverage this gives, but with a name like "all bases covered" I simply expect more coverage. I wouldnt buy this again simply because I shouldnt have to apply 2 coats of foundation in order to get the coverage I want. In this case, its just not the right foundation for me. Although it feels beautiful once it sets and gives the skin a lovely satin matte finish and doesnt look dry. So I think its a great foundation but just not good enough for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Paula's products are FABULOUS! This is my 3rd favorite foundation of Paula's, with her "Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF20" being my absolute all time fav, and her "Best Base Forward" being my #2! This provides medium-full natural matte coverage, that looks truly fresh, natural, and lasts all day on my very oily skin. I actually think this foundation is appropriate for oily/combo skin, since on my oily skin it looks nice and matte, and does not contain any chemical sunscreen (only mineral), which tend to cause more oiliness and breakouts. A dream to blend, and even very fair skinned gals will get a match. Also, Paula's shades are hands down, the most natural looking you will find! Highly recommend this if you want fuller coverage!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I have used every foundation in the world. I have used Armani, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Shiseido, Prescriptives, Mally, Clinique, Bare Escentuals, Makeup Forever. You name it I have used it and this is a fantastic foundation. You'd think because it is cheap that it would rival drugstore brands, but it is not so! This rivals Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in texture which I think is one of the best feeling foundations available, but it covers as well and it lasts all day. I have used Estee Lauders Double Wear foundation and although it lasts all day it is impossible to take off. THis lasts all day and actually comes off. I use her Cleanser to take off my makeup which I also love. I love Paula's products. I use Sand and my equal in Mac is N25.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I didn't have high hopes for this foundation, considering the so-so reviews and the lower price tag. Amazingly, this is actually one of the BEST foundations I've ever tried. The lightest shade, "Light Cream", matches my skin better than any makeup I've ever tried. It blends in effortlessly, covers beautifully (one reviewer below mentioned an airbrushed effect, which is a great description), never cakes, is totally buildable and NEVER makes me break out (a miracle within itself!). It's also nice and moisturizing, which is perfect for when my skin is feeling a little parched. My only complaint and reason for taking away one lippy is that it doesn't last as long as I'd like.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
such an amazing foundation. I have fair/medium skin color and wheat is a perfect color for me. I top it with Laura Mercier's loose powder and my skin almost looks airbrushed.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This really works well for me. It doesn't give super duper coverage, but it's enough for me and I don't have that great of skin. When you first put it on it doesn't blend all that well (b/c of the sunscreen, I think) but then it just melts in your skin. I follow it up with Laura Mercier's mineral m/u and my skin looks great. The color choices are minimal but very neutral. I think you would have a hard time finding the right color if you were more than a medium skintone.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I love this product and I was surprised to read all the variations people have had using it. I have fair to medium skin (NC30) and have been using Wheat during the winter. I have normal skin that tends toward the dry side and it is fairly clear. I normally don't use foundation on my entire face, but I swipe a stripe down my nose, around my nostrils and lips and on my forehead. Blended out it makes my skin look luminous and even! It's really incredible the difference it makes! The coverage is on the lighter end of medium; even though when it first comes out it feels thicker, once it is blended out it will be a sheerer wash of cover. It is definitely a foundation though: I use it to even my skin tone and now as a concealer under my eyes. I admit, the undereye circles aren't too bad, but they are noticable without this product. The finish is satiny and glow-y -definitely not for anyone prone to oiliness. The shades all seem beautiful and truly neutral (it's almost impossible for me to use any drug store foundations because they are all so pink!) although my only complaint is that they are fairly light. As it gets sunnier I am not sure that the darkest shade (Fawn) will be dark enough. The SPF is nice, but I feel like it makes the foundation tinge to white a little bit (likely more noticeable in flash photography), which is probably why she has stayed away from creating darker shades. Although it's only available on her website, the price isn't too bad (less than $15) and if you can catch a break with a shipping promotion or discount, it's even better. Also, I've had success with almost all of her products -especially the BHA lotion and liquid when I had "trouble" skin. I have tried her tinted moisturizer and it is definitely what it is: sheer, but it also has a good selection of (light) colors if a TM is what you are looking for. Hope this helps :)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I have to agree with others on the representation of colors for the foundation. I am fair, freckled and over 50, yet both of my choices were WAY too light. The first "Sand", one step up from the lightest color looks like what I thought my coloring is but was ghastly looking. The next color up,"Wheat" and one color away from the darkest offered , made me look almost as sickly as the first.
The sample policy is great, the quick attention to orders and returns is also great.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This foundation has the potential to be great because of the physical sunscreen and the great color choices but Paula left a great deal to be desired in the "coverage" area! I did not get any coverage from this! This is not medium coverage. I am not even sure it is sheer coverage, perhaps it is actually a tinted moisturizer in reality. I was impressed with the color. I used nude and found it to be very natural looking although it did not cover any flaws. I will not repurchase. I even tried applying twice as much as normal to get more coverage and I wound up with a big messy, smeary face. This is just not going to cover anything.Packaging is good and price was good too. The high percent of titanium dioxide was great but it's not enough to make me buy this again. Unless you have perfect skin, dont try this.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Wow! This foundation is awesome--good coverage, excellent moisturization, very natural-looking. At first I didn't like this foundation, because I had gotten the 2nd lightest color (with most foundations that is right for me). It was too light and I looked a bit vampire-ish. In fact, someone asked me if I was ill! Then I tried the color Sand, and what a difference that made! It says that Sand if for light-to-medium or medium skin tones. Well, I am pretty pale and it's winter here, so there is no way I'm a medium skin tone. But I digress. If you have dry skin like me, this may work for you. Just get a couple different sample colors and remember that this foundation runs pale.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I said that I would buy this product again, but I'm not sure. I might find something I like better. My HG foundation still eludes me (but maybe I'm asking too much?)...
PROS: feels very nice on the skin, very natural coverage, doesn't sink into fine lines or make dry patches more obvious, SPF 15.
CONS: slight sunscreen sheen, not much color range, goes on very thick and white due to the titanium oxide, poor staying power.
I haven't tried it with powder yet (I stay away from powder mostly, due to my extremely dry skin) and that would probably help it stay better. I will say that this is the most natural-looking foundation I have ever tried. I doubt I will ever find my HG, which would include the qualities of considerable moisturization, natural but flawless coverage, and excellent staying power. For now this will do, but the quest continues...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Coverage is light even with layering, and I think I'm allergic to it too. But it's not bad because it does provide a bit more coverage than other Paula's Choice foundations yet still disappear into your skin.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
What struck me the most about this foundation is how heavy it is while providing so little coverage. It's thick and almost stifling on, yet I never needed to use so much concealor. The colors are good, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. Also, I think for what she charges for shipping, Paula's products take far too long to arrive. I suspect she's making up for her competitive pricing and her return policy by padding her shipping and handling charges.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Love love love this foundation. I have very dry skin and want medium to full coverage. This product is buildable so use as much or as little as you want. Get samples on her website to try first. I got wheat and sand and have gone with wheat all over and a little sand color under the eyes. My fine limes have disappeared with Paula's products!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I wish I have something nice to say about all Paul's foundation. Why? The color is pasty, rather chalky & un-natural looking, not that it looks pink or peachy, but just don't look natural overall. The only time I will wear her foundation is in a candle-lit setting. The texture is pasty, like a sunscreen. yuccck!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love this foundation, the coverage is perfect for me and leaves a dewy soft finish. I don't find it to be masky although it comes out thick.
I purchased the color "nude" and found it to be perfect. One thing I really like is that over the course of the day it doesn't settle into fine lines, it keeps the skin looking very radiant.