i may not be a pro w/ matte foundations, i never use them, but this was awful (for me). not sure why i tried it because i rarely seem to like clinique foundations, but their line is one of the only that boasts being hypoallergenic all around, so that's appealing to me. regardless, this stuff just kind of scared me into not trying another matte type of foundation. it seems to have pretty good coverage, but i have a couple acne scars and so i put on a light, second layer in those areas. mind you i didn't wait more than 4 seconds to build, and i ended up with patches where i tried to get more coverage. gross. no other foundation i've tried has done this. i was only testing it out (thank god i wasn't going out) so i proceeded w/ my normal make-up routine which includes translucent powder and some blush and it still just looked icky. will not repurchase.
I've only been using this for a little under a week, so I'm hesitant to really review it. But one thing I HAVE to say is that when I use this, I have to powder my face once or twice a day, tops. I have fairly oily skin with minor breakouts every so often and if I'm on top of it, I usually have to re-apply powder every hour or so due to the oilies (and that's when using powder mineral make-up). With this, honestly, if i put powder on too often, I find I look too matte. We all need a little 'dewiness' here an there, just to keep things natural, but seriously, 'too dry' wasn't in my vocabulary before. I'm pretty amazed. It's gotta be doing something right...hopefully things will stay positive with this one. Also, regarding coverage I'm really used to using mineral make-up, which i find, after several trials of different brands, doesn't cover much. So for me this is a little heavier than a regular tinted moisturizer, which is a good thing. Evens me out w/ o having to put on 3+ layers. But then again, for those who are used to regular foundations (i.e. liquids, minerals that do cover, etc.), I could see how this is viewed as mild to moderate coverage. EDIT 1.9.07: So after a week or so of use, one morning this came out orange on my face. Actually my cheeks were fine, but when I applied it to my forehead that morning, orange! I don't wake up long before I leave for work, so I basically had a tan face all day. Sucks, but good to know. I stopped using it, but it was great at oil control and if it weren't for the weird 'unstableness,' I'd keep using it.
ok, i don't know what it is, but i can't get this stuff to look right on me. it's funny too cause i've been actually using it for a little over a year. one day i just noticed that i look old and gray! so strange! i've tried both light and med. beige, which both look like they accomodate yellow tones, but on my face they make me look like i'm trying to be caucasian! and please, no offense to anyone out there either :) but i'm mexican/arab and my skin is on the lighter side with olive/ yellow tones. so already i know that the tan and deeper shades are way too dark for me, yet these ones are ghostly when i put them on. also, i've noticed it from the start (but have been in denial) that this stuff highlights lines i never knew i had! i'm 28 w/ oily skin, so i really don't have many lines and creases, but with this stuff you can see EVERYTHING. and pores?! forget it! they're craters, lol. i'm only laughing cause i don't take this stuff too seriously...but really, i think i'll stop trying with BE. not to sound dramatic, but nearly every time i wear it, i wanna run & hide midway thru the day cause i feel so hideous!
i can't say i've seen dramatic results with this product in terms of color change, but it's a nice oil-free moisturizer overall in my opinion. i have an oily t-zone and a fair, olive complexion and decided to try the medium/ tan for the face. i've been using it for about 4 days now, and like i said, no dramatic "tan" but i do feel it's evening out my skin tone. that's a good thing cause i tend to have some redness around my nose and such. after having used the jergens body moisturizer i developed a pretty deep glow, but unfortunately my face has not caught up, even after several days. i'm not too worried cause i feel like my face is naturally a little lighter than the rest of me. plus, no breakouts so far and i feel i am acne prone much of the time. i do like the more even skin tone so i may re-purchase. edit 5.18.06: i really think this product has dried out my skin more than moisturize it, and i have oily skin for the most part. i swear after 6 days of use, my skin is a strange and different texture. like there's a thin, dry layer covering everything. i won't repurchase.
i've been a loyal purpose gentle cleanser user for at least 5 years now. in my opinion, it's a great cleanser for anyone who's not into sanding off their sensitive skin with exfoliator's and such. it's nothing fancy and it's very gentle. i recommend it to anyone who enjoys a simple face routine.
i've been using this cream for over two years now. i think it's a great, basic cream that really absorbs well and leaves skin healthy looking. i have combo skin and rosacea and i can't say any breakouts i have are a result of this product. it's a good moisturizer for my sensitive skin.
proactiv...where do i start? i've been using this since 2000, for god knows what reasons. i think i've simply been too afraid to change my regimen and that has outweighed my will to do so! i have combination skin, oily t-zone, dry outer areas and have occasional breakouts. and every once in a while i'll get a cystic pimple on my chin, etc. although i don't remember being this oily before proactiv, but i'm 26, so i'm sure hormonal *womanly* changes factor in there somewhere. i think proactiv cleared me up for a bit, but it's been so inconsistent, that who knows if it was the product or not. i've gone thru everything...from once a day, to twice a day, to back to once a day. i've tried using this every which way and i'm always diligent about following the steps perfectly. proactiv DOES NOT prevent breakouts and as far as i'm concerned 85% of the time i've been on it, i have still had recurrent acne. now i'm not necessarily blaming proactiv, although i can see how it can be harsh, but it definitely does not help acne. and it hardly clears up existing acne. come to think of it, before proactiv i never had pimples on my cheeks, now it's a regular occurence. the bottom line is whatever the cause of my acne, proactiv does nothing. i'm now in the process of changing my regimen and so far there's a lot of queen helene in the picture, great products!
this stuff is pretty wonderful. aside from all the great things it does when you use it as a nightly or semi-nightly mask, it shrinks pimples so well! i put it directly on pimples as a spot treatment and the next morning they're five times more improved than without using it. great stuff!!
this product is wonderful for me so far. i've been using it for about two weeks at night and it just makes me feel good using something so simple and classic. it really feels like a quality cleanser and this is after i started hoarding other higher-end products in search of a good cleanser. i have an oily t-zone with rare to moderate break-outs (mainly hormonal) and so far i think i can say the cold cream has not made me break out at all. love this stuff.
this product is tough for me. it's really a love/ hate thing. i love how it goes on, the powder/ brush thing is simple and it does add luminosity to the face. but for girls of any ethnic origin that results in yellow/ olive tones, it's no good. i was very disappointed in the colors. it's like we're not accounted for and it's very upsetting. i've tried blending different shades, using one only, etc. and nothing looks good. i've even given it a rest and tried again and as soon as i step into natural light i look like a seven-year-old girl who's experimenting with her mother's make-up and hasn't got a clue. it's seriously embarassing.
i am a recent recruit to the world of foundation and i gotta say this is the best i've found so far (after months of trial and error). it can be sheer coverage or moderate/ full depending on what you want that day, but i wouldn't say it's ever as sheer as a tinted moisturizer, for example. it goes on pretty soft and silky and it's the best color match i've found so far for my arab/ mexican impossible-to-match skin tone. i'm a #30 and i think i love it.