LORAC • Natural Performance Foundation • Foundations
|Would buy this product again.||56%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
:( I am so sad that this product does't work for me. It's wonderful that it does not contain all the junk most makeup does. So here's the deal: I bought this foundation to replace the mineral foundation I have been using for 3 years (Bare minerals, shade golden medium for ref). I have super sensitive/combo skin so I was excited to purchase this as I heard it worked great my skin type.
THE GOOD: packaging, ingredients
PROBLEMS: I have an olive/yellow undertone (medium), and it was really hard to match the colour to my skin (TOO LIGHT!, bought NP6 even when i mixed it with a shade darker, still oddly chalky light). This foundation makes my face look like an oil slick after 3 hours, even if I use a primer and setting powder. I could wipe my finger across my cheek and the foundation would come off! The price is also pretty steep.
Anyway, I don't recommend this for someone who has got combination/oily skin because of its strange texture after a few hours. Settled into lines (I'm only 21, this made me look 15 years older)! Guess it's back to the drawing board!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I am probably one of the palest chicks you would ever meet, and this foundation in NP1 (the very lightest shade) matches my skin perfectly! I have never had much luck using foundation brushes, so I simply apply with my fingers. This stuff makes my face look airbrushed! I would say it has medium coverage and will pretty much cover up any red spots on your face. I bought this at my local Ulta after it was recommended to me by a sales girl working there. I'm so glad I tried this, because it is my favorite foundation ever!! It looks very natural and blends in with my skin smoothly. It just makes my skin look almost perfect. It's also oil-free so it's less likely to clog your pores. I have acne prone skin and have not had any problems with breaking out so far. This was my first Lorac product purchase. It makes me want to go try more Lorac products!!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
So grateful for this foundation! It's literally the only one that hasn't broken me out since I became pregnant- even old favourites that hadn't before or products designed for sensitive skin. In fact, it almost seems to clear them- I've typically had 4-5 small cysts since the beginning of pregnancy and have not had a single, even small breakout since I started using this. I'm extremely pale yellow and I can blend NP1 on my jawline to make it work. That being said, I did try it years before and found it too dark- perhaps some bottles run paler than others? This current bottle has never oxidized on me. It looks very natural and stays 15 hours IF I: (a) don't put powder on top (b) shake well beforehand (c) exfoliate and use a complimentary moisturizer and (d) blend very well before it sets. Powder seems to degrade it somehow. It does stick to dry patches, but works well with moisturized skin. I'm combination with more dryness in the winter. It has a semi-matte, natural finish on me with medium coverage. Thankfully, it's transfer resistant and blotting sheets work well. I love the pump bottle and ease with travelling. If this is discontinued, my skin is in big trouble! Natural Performance seems to have lovers and haters for valid reasons. Try it yourself before discounting it, though- especially if you have very sensitive skin. I'm a big fan!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I was drawn to this item because the packaging looked nice and it looked AWESOME on my hand, BUT if you have DRY skin, this isn't for you! It emphasized my dry patches and oxidized badly..... Not for me and wasted 36.00 on it:(
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Went to Sephora in search of my perfect foundation. I told the consultant I was looking for a medium to full coverage, that I like a dewy finish, and that my major concern was that I have dry skin. She immediately went to LORAC Natural Performance Foundation. I thought she picked a color that was too dark and yellow for my skin, but in the store when I tested it it did seem to work... maybe I was just on a "I'm getting new makeup!" high. It looked okay the first day I wore it. It happened to be overcast that day. The day after that was sunny. When I saw myself in the sunlight... OMG it was awful!!! I looked like I had on a mask of orange makeup! I had worn it around for awhile before I noticed. People must have thought I was one of those crazy people with the thick, gross makeup... Anyway... poor color selection... etc. I returned it today and replaced it with UD Naked Skin. Fingers crossed that this new one is "The One".
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I got a couple samples of this and used up both. I'm glad I didn't buy this, because even though it didnt break me out and it gave good coverage, it oxidized not long after and made my face orange everytime. I tried this in NP3 btw. It was a little dark for my skin, but NP2 was too light. The color selection isn't good at all. If this wasn't so orange I would consider purchasing it but it just didn't work for me. The texture is sort of weird. It looks like there's tiny bubbles in the foundation. I applied it with a stippling brush and I found I had to blend fast other wise it would set. I don't recommend this for dry skin. It will bring out the dry areas of your face. This would be more for normal to slightly oily skin. If you're super oily, you will probably need a primer for this.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I got a very generous sample of this from one of my favorite SAs at Sephora after telling her a lot of foundations I try break me out horribly.
I've got combo/oily skin that gets oiliest in a triangle under my eyes. I also tend to break out pretty easily from foundations if they have less-than-natural ingredients.
This foundation is really nice because it does have a lot of those good ingredients that are good for your skin.
She told me this had a natural skin finish, liked to be applied with fingers, and would look like crap when first applied but would settle down to a very natural and solid medium coverage.
So the next day (today) I tried it out! I used my fingers to really blend this into my skin and it did give me a good solid medium coverage! I am currently dealing with some healing acne that is quite red and this definitely took down the redness a lot but did not FULLY cover everything, which I am fine with.
And it did look like crap when first applied. It looked very dry and ashy, which is very unusual for my more oily skin type.
But I took the SAs word to heart and wore it for the rest of the day at work.
I came home and was not impressed. It had REALLY stuck to all of my dry patches where acne was healing and looked very patchy on my cheeks and jawline. I also looked very ashy and flat.
This foundation is not quite my cup of tea, but I could see someone with super oily skin who wants a more matte look enjoying this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
This is by far the best foundation I have ever tried. I love this stuff. I was looking for a medium-full coverage foundation that wasn't too chalky or dry looking, but with a satin matte finish. I also needed something that would last me 12 hours. This is it. This foundation comes out of the pump sort of like a liquid mousse and glides on effortlessly with my foundation brush. It completely evens out my complexion and offers enough opacity to cover blemishes. The finish is a natural matte that develops into a more satin matte as the day goes by. I don't need to touch it up, but a dusting of powder later in the day perfects it all over again. I used to think there were two types of foundations: dewy ones that slide off and get greasy looking as the day progresses, and full-coverage matte foundations that look unnatural and dry. This one is neither of those things. I highly suggest you try it if you want a long-wearing, beautiful matte foundation that provides perfect coverage. I am so obsessed!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
This product was actually not bad, but Lorac didn't have a good color selection. One shade was to pink another to orange :( I had to take it back to Sephora because the color was way off. Looked so pink on my face, and then on the replacement one, the pump was broken. It would have been better if they had a better color selection because the consistency and coverage was great! Didn't seem to break me out and I have acne-prone and very oily skin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I purchased this foundation from my local Ulta during my mad hunt for the perfect shade. While I did like this foundation, I found that NP2 was too light and NP3 was too dark.
However, I love that this foundation has beneficial ingredients (as advertised, xyleine, premier olive leaf extract, and vitamin A to help protect, nourish, and soothe sensitive skin), and it is true to its name; it really does look as natural as a medium to full coverage can look. For the amount of coverage it gives me, I find this foundation has a beautiful, smooth, and semi-matte finish to it when applied with a flat-topped kabuki foundation brush. I have not tried to apply it using any other method, although I am sure a damp sponge or normal foundation brush would work equally well. It is a nice enough consistency to go on with your fingers, and I don't find that it dries too quickly, either. I am able to work with it without getting streaks.
I have light and yellow-undertoned skin and find that this foundation is more on the yellow side than many others I have used. For me, this is a good thing, although some may find it too yellow. I have splotchy redness and acne scars that I have to cover, and have to build a bit with this foundation to really cover all of it, but it does do a great job of evening my skin tone without getting too cakey. It does have a habit of clinging to dry patches, however, even before powder - so just be sure your skin is exfoliated or that you don't have an issue with it being really dry.
I also find that I look a bit oily by the end of the day, but that is inevitable with most foundations, especially if you don't want to be completely matte and have a more natural finish to your skin.
Although I didn't find my perfect match with this foundation, I was happy with the quality, the coverage, and the formula. I would have repurchased if it was a match!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
Original review: On the NP2 color.
I used Lancome's Teint Idole (non-sunscreen version) for about 10 years. The reformulated 2012 version of Teint Idole has several major problems for me and I can't use it.
I need a non-sunscreen foundation, so lately I've researched and tried most of the top-rated drugstore brands (Revlon, Maybelline, Almay, L'Oreal, Boots), as well as Nars, MUFE, Urban Decay, Too-Faced, Lorac, MAC, Clinique, and Lancome.
The Lorac Natural Performance foundation is the best that I can find for the moment, but it doesn't suit me as well as the old Lancome Teint Idole did.
I have an oily t-zone and this Lorac foundation makes my face more oily in the middle of the day than some other foundations do, even though it has no oil in it. To be fair, I don't think it claims to be oil-absorbing or especially mattifying, etc. I haven't tried it with a primer (because I didn't find that I needed to use one with the Teint Idole), but that might make a big difference to my oil situation with the Lorac, so I will consider it.
I haven't tried this makeup long enough to see if it causes me to break out, which many skincare products do, unfortunately.
I am glad that this foundation has no fragrance because I can be slightly sensitive to that too.
So far, I have only applied the Lorac with my fingers, which was fine when I was using the Teint Idole, but the finish I am getting with the Lorac is just so-so, and I think that application with a makeup brush might work out a little better -- I have bought such a brush (the high-rated Sonia Kashuk foundation brush at target for about fifteen) to give it a try.
As compared to many of the samples I got at Sephora, which were mainly light-to-medium coverage foundations and I didn't feel them on my skin during the day, I can feel the Lorac on my face - like a bit of a "mask" - even though it doesn't *look* like a mask to other people.
Most of the foundations I've tried these past 2 months have settled into the larger pores on my nose with something of a "polka-dot" effect, but this foundation doesn't do that, which is a relief.
The twisting Lorac bottle cap is a nice, efficient design, and the pump keeps the product hygenic.
I don't have to worry about appearing in a lot of photographs, and I probably wouldn't choose an everyday makeup based on the "photo-ready" sort of claim anyway, but since I have to find a foundation that doesn't have an spf due to my skin sensitivity, it's nice to know that that no-sunscreen makeup looks more natural in photos than makeup which has chemical sunscreens in it (apparently in photos it can make a person look ghostly or ill).
My conclusion after trying this makeup out for a period of time:
Color match and stability:
I was surprised to see in the car's rear-view mirror one day that the NP2 looked way too light for me in very strong, direct sunlight (even though it had looked good in my indoor lighting at home).
My nose pores had the polka-dot effect where the foundation that filled them (as a natural byproduct of the application process) looked much lighter than the foundation on the surface of my skin.
However, one good thing about the NP2 shade is that it did not turn orange-y as time went on.
I ordered the NP3 shade to see if that would be better than the NP2.
The NP3 matched my skin perfectly when it went on and I was really pleased with the color match.
Sadly, after two hours on, it started to get orange-y. After five or so hours, my face looked noticably darker than my neck. A relative volunteered to me that I looked orange!
On other internet review sites, some buyers of this makeup have complained that it turned orange-y on them. I had thought that since the NP2 didn't do that to me, that I wouldn't have to worry about the NP3 doing that, but I was wrong.
-Mixing NP2 and NP3
I tried mixing the two shades together and then applying, but the result wasn't a match to my skin, and looked really yellow on.
The range of colors in this line is limited, so I've already run out of color options.
Texture of liquid and ease of application:
This foundation as it comes out of the bottle and goes on the face with fingers is thick, heavy, dry, very quick-to-dry, hard to apply, hard to blend.
I have read so many reviews of this foundation where users said that it was easy to apply, that they could easily moderate the amount of coverage, even that they found it moisturizing, but I sure didn't.
It is much harder to apply than the old-formula Teint Idole, which had a lovely texture and could be blended easily.
Effect on skin:
This foundation is oil-free and matte, and that is great. I have combination-oily skin, so I am used to foundations getting shiny, rubbing off a little, etc. However, this foundation stuck to my skin and dried out my skin like nobody's business. After a few hours, everywhere but my nose (which was shiny as usual), the skin on my face looked drier than when I had put the foundation on, which I've never seen before in a foundation. I had dry patches and flakes in several large areas of my face, which I'm not used to. It started to look a bit cakey/chalky, and was making me look older and more tired.
Also, the NP3 color irritated my eyes a small amount - they burned/stung a little bit the whole time the foundation was on, and this was repeated during subsequent applications. The NP2 color didn't do that.
Obviously, this foundation is not for me. I'm changing my rating from 4 stars to 2 stars.
I had no idea that finding a decent foundation in the 21st Century would be so hard.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I have searched high and low for a good foundation for me. I have combo skin, break out at the drop of a hat, get clogged pores super easy. I don't like a foundation to look like foundation, I really like a natural look. And I'm so hard to match for some reason, I'm pale/golden and i wear NP2. This foundation is an answer to prayer because I've wasted so much money on other products and never found anything I loved. It matches me perfectly, is so natural and actually makes my skin look better. I wear spf 50 underneath and i wind up with a glowy look after I buff just a little of this in with my ecotools buff brush. You can use a tiny amount for a light coverage or more for a medium/full coverage. It lasts on me all day, I set it with Laura Mercier transluscent setting powder. It's super easy to blend. I hate wearing foundation but this doesn't feel like you have anything on your face and I look so pretty with it on. I hope they never discontinue!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is my almost HG foundation. I can honestly say that this is the only foundation I have used that does not break me out (I suffer from adult cystic acne). If the coverage was a bit better then I would crown this as my saving grace of foundation and give it 5 lippies. However, my hyperpigmentation shows through and I always have to use concealer with it. Also, it is extremely important for me to set this with powder (I have been using Gabriel cosmetics powder foundation as a setting powder and they compliment each other nicely). My skin is very very fair, and NP 1 is perfect for me. I'd love if the coverage was a bit better, but who knows, maybe it would break me out then!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is a pretty good foundation, with great medium coverage, and an excellent color match for those of us in the ultra-fair category. Most of the time, even the lightest shade of a foundation is way too dark for me, but with this one- NP1 is a pretty decent shade. I almost thought this would be my HG, but I knocked off one lippy because it can get just a tad cakey, and it's not as long-lasting as I need- within a few hours some of the redness in my cheeks becomes visible again. It doesn't oxidize though, which is great. I will keep looking for my HG, but in the meantime will keep using this, because overall this is a great foundation to try if you're a PPP looking for a liquid foundation with medium coverage that won't make you look orange.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I really really really like this foundation! the only reason why i dont love it is because its a bit too light for me since its summer and i tan easily. The coverage is good enough to cover my acne scares and it holds off the oil for good while too. and most importantly NO BREAKOUTS so far! :)
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I love the consistency of this foundation, it's perfect for buffing into the skin and gives great coverage. The color looked a bit orange when I swatched at Ulta, but definitely looked right (skin tone) when I got home and applied in natural daylight. Also got the Porefection powder to go along with this and I really like the two together. NP5 in the foundation and light medium in the powder.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
This is probably one of the only foundations I've found so far that doesn't break my skin out. It's Medium to Full Coverage, great for sensitive skin, wears all day and looks flawless.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
Just goes to show that what works for one person may not work for so many others. I bought this foundation THEN read the reviews, and almost got scared into returning it without even trying it out (lol). I have combo skin that lately has been acting up because I don't react well to an ingredient in a new product I was using. It wasn't so bad at first but i accepted that at this point now my bb cream no longer offers enough coverage. I selected this foundation because the display boasted Free of Parabens! And Ideal for Sensitive Skin! And- even better- Medium to Full Coverage! I paid almost $40 after tax, which is not the most I'd spend on a foundation but also more than usual. Anyway, I was concerned the dry patches on my healing bumps would be obvious and that I'd turn super orange but neither happened!!
I was torn between shades 3 and 4 but settled on 4 because it's basically summer here now and I tan pretty easily. Shade 3 just seemed so pinky on me, which is weird because the line is overwhelmingly yellow based. Anyway despite feeling like I made a dumb decision, 4 blended beautifully with my skin and did not oxidize even after 12 hours of wear. I was able to increase the coverage by patting a bit more on any redness, but it still didn't camoflage totally. I put on a dab of Vichy Dermablend (which I use as concealer) and that made the spots invisible. I set with a teeny bit of loose powder over the Vichy and on my T-zone and I looked great- natural, not cakey, and even-toned. I didn't experience the tugging some other reviewers mentioned but maybe that's because I applied it more like I would my bb (force of habit)- dotting on in spots then patting out the spots with my fingertip until even. One pump worked for my whole face, save for the tiny splurt I added to my red spots.
The packaging is pretty nice, and I experienced no problems with my pump. I like the plastic even though some say it's cheap. For me I like that it is light-weight.
My spots at the end of the day were less angry-looking and I wasn't itchy or anything like makeup tends to make me on humid days. In 85 degree weather and running around at my retail job during a Memorial Day sale I'd say none melted off, which is seriously impressive! If you have combo skin, sensitive skin, yellow undertones and like natural finishes (and don't mind using additional concealer on really dark spots) try this foundation out.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
My go-to foundation. I use NP2 for my light skin tone.
Provides medium coverage
Stays fairly matte after I set with loose powder
Great for sensitive and breakout-prone skin
A bit difficult to blend
The twist-up dispenser, while sanitary, is awkward and gets clogged
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
Ok I'm torn about this product although i didn't rate it all that high doesn't mean it won't work for you, i've got finicky skin. Lets go over what i love and hate about this product.
Twist, self locking pump awesome idea .... if it worked well it kinda "splurts" out the makeup which for what almost $40 (think that's how much it was can't remember exactly) it should work properly maybe mine was defective i don't know.
Texture is really nice this for me was a little more "wet" of a foundation than what i'm use to wearing, i'd say medium consistency.
I one of those that applies foundation with my fingers so you may get different results if you apply with makeup brushes. Liked the coverage for me it was almost medium coverage. Got it in the lightest shade NP1 i think is what it's called, which is very fair i probably should have gone one up for my skin tone.
Made my skin look flawless with a natural / satin finish, really really like the finish on this makeup here's where it goes wrong for me i could not get this to set to save my life tried everything i could think of, tried a different face lotion, tried with primer without primer, loose powder, pressed powder just couldn't get this stuff to stay put!
For me that in it's self was a deal breaker, although confirmed by the fact that within serveral hours after application this would settle into every furrow line in my forehead and tiny crowsfeet by my eyes come on i'm only 29 it's not like i'm a wrinkled mess.
Perhaps this sets better with a different application technic (i'm not willing to change mine).