Graftobian • High-Definition Glamour Color Creme Foundation • Crème
|Would buy this product again.||81%|
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly Eyes: Blue
I had been looking for a medium to full coverage foundation that matched my skin tone and had a finish that I liked. Graftobian's Creme foundation is as close to perfect as is possible. I really like the finish, which I think of as milky, and I can build the coverage to cover most of what I want to hide and still look natural. The color match is more than great -- it is close to perfect. I use Bombshell and for a point of reference in MAC I am a NW15. Finally, the price is very reasonable. I highly recommend giving this foundation a try, but keep in mind the following. There is a learning curve with this foundation. When people say a little goes a long way, they are not kidding. If you put too much on, it can look pretty bad. You may have to play around with how you apply it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I was tired of paying $42 for my foundation and figured I had nothing to lose by trying this. I was a little concerned that it might end up looking cakey, but it didn't. Flawless, smooth, perfect coverage at an amazing price. My new HG foundation.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This stuff is kind of amazing. I had unfairly high hopes for it when I bought it, but it still exceeded those expectations. The most important thing to note is how stunningly little of the product is necessary. I read reviews all the time talking about how little you need to cover your face, but I didn't think it could be possible. It totally is! Dude!
I was able to find a color for my milky skin, which is already amazing enough. I use a Sonia Kashuk flat top brush, tap it once (seriously) into the foundation, and buff it into my skin. I repeat until I've covered my whole face, taking care not to layer too much. Typically, I can't even see the product going on to the skin, I can just see imperfections disappearing. People say that sometimes and it sounds like bullshit, but I really mean it! Really!
I moisturize heavily but my skin is dry, and I have had very minimal problems with this emphasizing my dry spots. It's only an issue if I use too much, which is really really easy. If you feel like this foundation is highlighting your flaky skin or pores, use less. Way less. You'll be shocked how good it can look if you go easy, and SHOCKED how HORRIBLE it can look if you use too much.
And anyway it's really cheap. Just try it.
Update! 10/26/2010: In my quest to make the application of this foundation more fool proof while still getting a lot of coverage, I've started using it a little differently! I swipe it onto my face with my index finger, spray with M.A.C. Fix+, and buff it into the skin. This way, I can mostly avoid the problem of accidentally using too much and emphasizing my dryness. The result is seriously stunning and bright, and I've been getting a ton of compliments on my skin lately, even though I'm actually really broken out. This stuff is so amazing.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
the worst ever if you have large pores and not perfect skin do not buy it settle in every pores make your face look like a mask I bought aurora this shade is ok but the way it looks on my skin is horrible the worst spend money I will stick to revlon colorstay
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Outside of my fervent search for the perfect sunscreen, I don't think I've had higher hopes for a product. All the raves about Graftobian had me convinced that this would be the HG of foundations. I ordered three samples from Camera Ready Comestics (in Bombshell, Graceful Swan, and Ingenue, with Ingenue being the best match of the three).
To begin, the coverage is definitely not full-if you have any acne scars, patches caused by hyperpigmentation, or dark undereye cicles, I don't think that this will succesfully cover them. You'd have to really pack it on (and that of course would look very unnatural). Medium is realistically the most coverage you will achieve with this. Confirming what others have said already, you only need a small amount of product. I was definitely surprised to find that the initially small (I thought) amount I used was too much. If your skin is on the drier side (like mine), you'll need to have a *very* moistuized face before application or you won't achieve a nice finish. Although this is a creme, it's not dewy in the least. I have had such a difficult time infusing moisture into my increasingly dry facial skin. Consequently, the finish with this often ends up being slightly cakey and streaky (even though I use a damp sponge to apply it). I recently attended an outdoor wedding-we were all sweating like pigs and I felt as though my makeup was melting off. But lo and behold, I found that the perspiration had helped this to meld into my skin and for the first time, it imparted a soft, glowy effect. So I should think that it would work wonderfully on those with oilier complexions. Personally, I'll be waiting to order the full size until my sebum production is adequate enough.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought this foundation thanks to Gossmakeup and I love it!!!!I dont have the best looking skin and I really like to go for full coverage.I love Revlon colorstay but is diffiult for me to get it and it is the same price than Graftobian so I wet with Graftobian and I am glad.I apply it with the beauty blender and is fantastic,You don't use that much and i get 99%coverage, I only have to use concealer on my dark circles.I love this foundation.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
Oh Graftobian.....where have you been all my life? I have tried dozens and dozens of foundations to try to get decent coverage without looking like I have a mask on. I have run the gauntlet between Wet n Wild to Chanel, Liquids, minerals, powders, cremes, sprays......there are only a few brands I have not tried at least one foundation product from. I have 14 bottles as I write this taking up space in my bathroom, from Kevin Acouin to True Match, and while some of them were good, none of them reached HG status.
I was browsing though You Tube and came across gossmakeupartist and his review of Graftobian Glamour Creme HD foundation. At an 11$ price point, I thought "Why not?" and placed an order. The order came in and I ran to the bathroom to try it on, as always, hope springs eternal! And I was stunned. The pigmentation is insane, there is nothing I have tried before this that can compare. I used a foundation brush and tapped it into the pot, and dotted it over my face, then blended. And I watched as my complexion evened out perfectly, all my flaws including large pores, ruddy skin and acne scars just disappeared.
Gone. But I can achieve that with most foundations if I use enough of them, Colorstay for instance has great coverage, it just also looks like I used a paint roller to apply my foundation no matter how much I blend and work it, what tools I use..I cannot make it look like skin, it always looks like a mask. Why was I so shocked at the results from Graftoian Glamour Creme? Because I only used the single tap in to the pot for my entire face. My skin looked flawless and perfect...and like MY skin, not like a mask. The foundation was pretty much undetectable, something I have never experienced before, not when I am doing my makeup, not when a pro is doing my makeup (the poor BE sales clerk who was sure that mineral makeup was going to be the answer to my prayers...she was almost in tears by the time she gave up and I had a mask several millimeters deep of mineral crud as she tried layer after layer of foundation and mineral veil, my pores the size of manhole covers....sigh....I tried to tell her!).
This is my HG foundation. It does not wear as long as Colorstay and those types of makeup, but the pigmentation density of this foundation means that even as it wears during the day there is still coverage even when it begins to wear off. It looks natural and beautiful in all lighting (Colorstay and Double Wear in direct sunlight.....shudder!), sets beautifully with powder (I used ELF HD powder, and it worked great, and now I have ordered the Graftobian powder to see how that works) and looks amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this makeup, and to have finally found my HG foundation after 25 years of searching is really a big deal because I never go out without foundation, so this was quite a moment for me.
If you are someone who has struggled to find a foundation that works well for you, please at least order a sample (mentioned in another review) for under 5 bucks and give this a try. It has not broken me out, the finish is not ultra matte, but not that shiny dewy stuff either (PhotoReady, I am talking to you!), just a perfect sheet of skin. I look forward to using it every day, it is like Photoshop in a pot, and my smile gets bigger as the flaws just fade away. Like nothing I have ever tried.
Best Foundation EVER!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I bought this stuff after watching a few reviews about it on YouTube. The first time I wore it, I didn't love it.. I was really dissapointed. I kept trying though, and eventually found the best way to apply it for my skin type (which ended up being dabbing spots on my face and patting in with a damp sponge.) I literally look like I'm not wearing any makeup at all, I love it. I, like the reviewer before me, am also kind of in the middle of the spectrum and have a hard time finding good color matches because it's usually too yellow or too pink. I am probably somewhere around NW/NC15 so I bought the nuetral 1 palette and mixing the 2 lightest shades together (bombshell and prima donna) makes the perfect match. Beautiful, beautiful coverage and I love that I can use this as a concealer too. Will deffinitely buy again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
One of the best foundations I have ever tried and believe me, I have tried (all?) most out there! I am a Mac N3 in Face and Body and neutral, so I'm hard to match in most dept. store and boutique shades, which are either too yellow or too pink for me. The Graftobian HD Creme in Broadway Star is in the middle of the neutral scheme and the second in the N2 palette, matches my skin perfectly. For reference I wear Mac Studio Fix Liquid in NW20; Maybelline Age Rewind in Creamy Natural (Light 5) and Revlon Colorstay in Nude. The Graftobian foundation melds right into my skin giving a poreless and glowy yet not oily coverage, covers all imperfections, works great as an eyeshadow primer and evens out my ruddy complexion with one layer. Lasts ALL day and night and does not break me out. Highly recommend this holy grail of creme foundations! p.s. I almost never write reviews, but my feelings are so strong for this I had to chime in!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Great foundation for normal to oily skin.
Wouldn't recommend it for dry skin.
It needs a little time to settle in and mix with the oil on your face even on normal skin. On dry skin it leaves a lot to be desired. I don't think it was formulated with dry skin in mind. It clings to dry areas.
I recommend you use it with a foundation brush rather then sponge because it absorbs too much of the product.
I apply thin layers with a foundation brush after I've moisturized any areas I think feel even slightly normal-dry. I use there own brand of moisturizer because other moisturizers I've tried it with don't work as well with this foundation.
The first time I tried this foundation I positively hated it because I tried to cut it with an unsuitable moisturizer (Origins MegaM) and the results were awful. It looked oily and greasy! So be mindful of what you cut this foundation with.
The foundation itself is very easily spreadable and thin but pigmented. to me it has a medium to full coverage but it does not feel heavy at all like most mainstream foundations.It has a dry feeling on your skin. Which I think has something to do with its demi-matte finish. After a few hours the finish is more natural yet not dewy because the oils on your face start to come through.
The palette packaging is annoying. There is a space for a spatula but it doesn't come with one.Which would be useful.
I love the colour range though, as I have all 3 super palettes. I'm never for a loss for the right colour. I can use Warm: Graceful Swan, Ingenue, Neutral: Bombshell, Prima Donna.
Graceful swan is the best match to my very white neck and Bombshell + Graceful swan or Ingenue + Bombshell (more in the summer). I'm between a mac ncw 15-20. I love this foundation in the summer.
Overall I think this is a pretty good foundation if you are looking for a natural finish and have normal-oily skin or oily skin and a demi-matte natural finish. It doesn't look shiny or dewy however if you have more specific skin needs i.e your skin is dry or your skin is extremely oil and foundation melts off your face you will need to keep searching.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Finally...my HG foundation, and it's no more expensive than drug-store brands. My skin is dry and my skin tone is hard to match (I'm very pale, yellow undertones. I ended up with Bombshell, a neutral shade). I ordered samples from Paintandpowderstore.com, but several sites carry the full-size product. The samples were a little expensive - $3.99 each - but worth it to find an exact match. The foundation itself is very creamy and leaves a natural-looking finish. A very small amount is needed for complete coverage; stipple it on and sheer it out with a damp sponge for a barely-there finish, or add additional layers for more coverage. This miracle foundation costs $11.00 at paintandpowderstore.com, but I saw it for $9.00 somewhere else online,,,I don't recall where. If you've tried everything and still haven't found your HG foundation, give Graftobian a try. At $3.99 for a sample, it's worth the risk!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Packaging is practical and with a clear lid you can see the colour inside. I have this in the Warm #1 palette (the one with 5 shades) that includes Graceful Swan, Ingenue, Vixen, Temptress, and Enchantress.
I got this by recommendation of a youtube guru "gossmakeupartist" and if you have not checked him out, you should. He's one of the best honest gurus out there.
This creme foundation is indeed very creamy, glides on like butter, no fragrance whatsoever that could make you feel sick, and no spf, no fuss, and it doubles up as concealer because it is highly pigmented. It's awesome!!
The great thing about this palette is that I can mix and match the shades whenever I need it, so you can highlight your face using this palette too. You can also mix a darker shade during summer. Very versatile. I'd definitely repurchase.
For reference, I'm around Revlon Photoready 008, Hourglass Veil Foundation in No. 2, MAC probably around NC25-30, and I can mix Ingenue, Vixen and Temptress, but normally Vixen and Temptress themselves work fine.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I love it :) Even though it's not super good for my oily skin I manage to thin it down and I get that matte look for photographs. It photographs amazingly. I am still playing around with thinners from RMCA - Graftobian airbrush thinner - MAC face&Body mixing medium to see what thins it the best.
Graftobian even though it's not as good as it could be for oily skin, I still like it. It covers amazingly and I think the price for it is great. I have the warmer and neutral palette and I love it. I personally love it more than I like MAC foundation...
I have to get the correcting palette. :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have been using this for maybe 4 months now and i really love it. Gives great flawless coverage and can be applied more sheerly if thats what you're after too. Like another reviewer i use Sonia Kashuk Flat top brush in circular motions. I honestly dont see why i would stop using this seeing how i am happy with the colour, coverage, and price. It also seems like it will last a while since i use it every day and have only made a slight dent. For reference i bought sunrise flush and prima donna - both match and I am about NW20.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Medium Eyes: Brown
this is truly an amazing palette to have especially if you are doing makeup for more than yourself. It comes with varies shades from light to dark and a little pink and corrector for those things yo like to hide. I have this in #1, #2 and warm #1, I really like how this product blend easily into the skin and you finish off with a setting powder, the result is an amazing canvas for dramatic or neutral radiant finish. The pictures comes out lookin like you have flawless skin with a little glow without any highlighting products. I think this is great, my first time working with this product and I realy love it, I use this on the entire bridal party and everyone look fab. love love love
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
This is the world's best foundation...hands down! I've been using MUFE Hi Def, and loved that product, but read the reviews here and ordered two samples. The blend of these two colors for my skin is as perfect as can possibly be, so I ordered full sizes. I'm normal/dry skin, and this foundation stays put and perfect for day into night. I'm a convert...most likely will never change! I also ordered the blender sponge, which I highly recommend. With a blend of two shades, you can adjust for summer/winter coloring.
The key with this foundation is apply with a slightly damp sponge: flawless finish, will last all day!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I am a bit lighter than NC15, and use this in 'Graceful Swan'. This foundation is amazing. All my other foundations (and there are quite a few) are now gathering dust in my drawer, as this is the only one I reach for. I put this on with a beauty blender sponge, and find I can get any coverage from sheer (most of the time) to full (when my skin reacted to something and looked like I had acid thrown on my face. It does a really good job of toning down red and hiding dark patches, even when sheered out. It looks amazingly natural, even when I pack it on. I normally use the RCMA no color powder to set this, for a very natural finish, or the Smashbox Halo powder if I want a little more glow. I totally recommend this.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
- looks perfect after you put it on
- will work great for dry or normal skin
- might work for slightly oily ladies if they use primers and oil control powders or setting sprays
- extensive shades from fairest to darkest
- pro makeup artists use it
- can be sheer or full coverage depending on how you apply
- oily so it's not good for long wear if you have oily skin
- not as good as revlon colorstay and almay clear complexion in terms of long wear for oily skin
- has lanolin and petrolatum
ps I am nc37-40 and enchantress is a perfect match
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I stumbled on this product somewhere - I was using Cinema Secrets and needed to re-order the Graftobian oxygen cream I had purchased and found this line of foundation comig in a palette.
I am using neutral palette #1, I am sort of ruddy fair, pink in my skin, but not ultra fair, and finding I am mostly using Glamour Girl, with a little Sweet Heart mixed in. The colors on the left are light for me, I use them for the area around my eyes and lids. I don't like to look too pasty and these two shades make me look even toned without being mask-ish.
It is good coverage - medium to heavy. I first put on the oxygen cream, (great stuff too), then some primer (i use sally hansen or the 24 mineral one), and then I spray my foundation brush with cinema secrets moisture spray, and then DAB the brush into the pans and dab it on the skin, pressing in not swiping, as another poster mentioned.
Then I will use a smaller brush to go over any blemishes.
I put some creamy blush on sometimes or bronzer, then mineral veil powder - voila!! I am dewy and looks so natural yet my redness is covered well. (I really liked CS but could never find just the right color.)
No pore clogging so far (used it about a month), no breakouts, fairly easy to remove, unfortunately does contain parabens - unlike CS - but I am hoping I will absorb less of them by using the non paraben containing primers!
And what a steal. I would like to try some other colors too ! I love this stuff.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I actually bought this about 6 - 8 months ago and have been using it ever since then. This is hands down one of the best foundations I've ever tried.
It provides medium to full coverage and can even be sheered down to a light coverage if mixed with moisturizer or blended out with a damp sponge and VERY little product. It looks very natural when applied, not overly dewy or overly matte, the texture of this foundation is very similar to that of one's natural skin. The color selection is so much more realistic to people's actual skintones instead of being too yellow, too orange, etc. If you apply it and it looks too orange, chances are you're neutral or cool undertoned and/or you're using a shade that's too dark for you.
The lasting power is decent when paired with a primer and setting powder. I use Ben Nye's Neutral Set Powder to set and Smashbox's Primer in Light before application of the foundation and this trio makes for a FLAWLESS face that looks natural and NOT cakey.
Some people say that they can't achieve full coverage with this foundation, and I've found that this has to do with application methods and not the product itself. This product definitely isn't the easiest of foundations to apply but it is definitely worth learning.
I apply it using my Cover FX 160 brush and I prefer this method over all other ones I've tried. I didn't like the application using a damp sponge, but that's just personal preference. If you need a light coverage, and not full or medium, the sponge method probably would work better. I apply a nice thin layer of the foundation over my face and go back over problem areas with this same brush or a concealer brush (depending on how large the problem area is) using a patting motion (NOT SWIPING). The KEY for better coverage with this type of foundation is patting it into problem areas, not swiping it, swiping it will only sheer out the application of the foundation and will result in a lighter coverage.
Overall, this is my favorite foundation to date. I also own RCMA's creme foundation and I like both of them about the same. The only time I prefer RCMA over Graftobian is on warmer days because the consistency of RCMA is a little drier and not as creamy as Graftobian's.
For reference, I'm in the NC30 - NC35 Range. At this moment I'd probably be considered an NC33 and I use a mix of "Buttermilk" and "Desert Sand". "Buttermilk" (2/3) and "Desert Sand" (1/3).
Overall, this IS a true HD foundation. =] It looks GREAT in the daylight, in photos (with OR without flash), at night, etc. It looks perfect in all lighting situations. =D It's also VERY affordable compared to alot of high end HD foundations out there. I HIGHLY recommend this product.