This is not a bad foundation (I mean I tried worse!) but there is still scope for improvement...
NOTE: I'm reviewing the european version in a glass, pump bottle, after the product's been reformulated AGAIN in mid 2019. The European version has chemical sunscreen in spf17 but I never trust sunscreen in makeup so I would wear a layer of sunscreen underneath anyway. So bear in mind, all my foundations reviews are based on that.
I have two shades 2W and 3W, my skin is light to medium and has neutral and olive undertones. 2W is at least 2 tones too light (I look like a ghost when I apply it), 3W is two tones too dark and very orange looking (so L'Oreal claims that this foundation matches 98% of skin tones is boll*** because it simply does not), mixed 2:1 these colours give me about my correct shade. I apply about 1/2 pump of product (the pump in the packaging is VERY GOOD, they did well here - the glass packaging, well designed pump, very pleasant to handle and doses the right amount of product each time) with my Real Techniques orange sponge (need to review that one, it is excellent!) which simply makes every foundation look better. Even this one. My skin is combination (slightly oilier T zone, dehydrated cheeks, no major issue with texture, my skin is in a good nick atm).
This makes me look like I'm wearing LOADS of makeup! There are golden specks floating in the foundation and these are visible on the skin but instead giving glow, these just look weird and distribute randomly. Silicones seem to evaporate and leave a powdery layer on top of skin with a waxy glossy layer underneath. It looks dry and caked on the skin. Bear in mind that I would only apply 1/2 pump of this product very very sheerly - I cannot imagine applying this in the amounts that some YTbers use! I would not use powder on top either (it looks very matte on me when first applied), I would just blot as the day progresses.
Where do people see glow in this, I don't know. It gathers in my smile lines on the sides of my mouth and makes the surface of the skin dehydrated and flat. No light bounces off it, despite these golden flecks.
I have to blot this pretty much every 3 hours, otherwise I look like a greasy mess - when blotted goes flat matte again, this time without a weird, waxy layer on top. It gathers in pores too ( so called 'polka dot face' syndrome) and does not cover much, the coverage is medium at most. Which I don't mind especially that i cannot find my correct shade anyway!
This is supposedly a dupe of Armani's Luminous Silk, if so, thank God it was only about £10 (I bough it when Boots had 3 for 2 offer). I will try to make it work with perhaps some silicone base and report back. So far, 2 lippies and that is mainly to appreciate the packaging...