I think I'm in love with this thing! This foundation has been milled to a fine fine powder and provides exceptional coverage that lasts all day while still feeling light. (That previous line totally almost makes me sound like a sales ad, but it's soo true!) I first picked up this powder over 3 months ago on vacation when I was running low on my old foundation. I was flip flopping between the Laura Mercier powder foundation and trying new things. The LM was almost but not quite perfect. None of the new things I tried ever worked out that well on my combination/acne prone medium toned skin that had it's share of acne scars. However, I desperately needed something while on vacay, but the outlet I happened to be at didn't have LM. It did have a Company Cosmetics (Estee Lauder, Prescriptive, Origins, etc) and a Lancome store. Although usually a little more than the LM foundation, the outlet discount made it the same price. I think what makes the difference is the density of the color. With one light swipe of the brush, I get enough coverage to lighten or hide most of my acne scars and imperfections without having to apply too much product. The color can be a little flat (but still much better than the chalky look of other mineral foundations), but easily remedied with a little bronzer highlights. Since I can apply so little for maximum coverage, it feels like I'm not wearing anything and my skin can breath. Other benefits of the color density are that it's quicker to apply (do not need to layer) and that I use less product. I bought this almost three months ago, use it almost daily, and still have close to half the container left.
This used to be my HG of foundations. I still like the LM, but my HG is now the Lancome powder foundation. I first discovered LM a few years back when looking for makeup for my destination wedding. Due to the heat and humidity of my destination, I wanted something that felt light, provided good coverage, and wasn't going to run once the humidity hit my face. LM fit the bill and had the added bonus of the SPF 15. The color selection was good and didn't look chalky the way Bare Escentuals does, and the powder seemed to almost adapt a little to my underlying skin tone. The only two drawbacks of this foundation are 1) the powder starts to mix with my oily/acne prone skin later in the day and will leave a residue on my phone 2) the price
Super disappointed in this powder foundation, which makes me sad since I used to love Origins products. I had been using Laura Mercier's powder foundation, but wanted something cheaper. At $10 less, I had high hopes that I had found a replacement. I found out quickly why it was $10 less: 1) Bad packaging. It took some serious effort to remove the plastic film covering the opening. It was practically glued on, and I ended up having to use a razor to scrap it off. 2) The powder is much coarser than other powder foundations, even after using a brush to break it up. An even application was near impossible with the coarseness of the powder 3) The coverage is minimal - even multiple layers of application provided barely any coverage. Your skin has to be almost blemish free for this to provide that "flawless" finish. In addition, the multiple layers requires using more product. 4) There's just less product in this container than with other powder foundations that I've used. Overall, this product lasted me 2 months compared to the average of 3 months with similar items and provided less coverage.