I use Meow Cosmetics nowadays because I can find an even better shade match with them and I think Meow keeps my skin matte for longer and makes my pores look smaller than Tikei.
Tikei is a small Swedish brand with mineral makeup. They sell foundations, primer, veil, blush, bronzers, concealers, eyeshadows, lipgloss and their own synthetic brushes. Their products are not tested on animals, vegan and they don't have Bismuth Oxychloride (ingredient that can cause itch, irritation and redness) in them like Bare Minerals do.
Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides
MY SHADE and MY SKIN:
My skin is pale (NC05-NC10) and at the moment my skin is in the best condition it has ever been (occasional whiteheads, very little discoloration) - I have used this foundation for years - even when I had acne. Read on.
This is the only foundation EVER that had my shade, and I have been looking everywhere. I can get away with MAC's new shade NW10 in Studio Fix Fluid, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ in 15 and all Shiseido foundations in O00 or I00. In this foundation I use P1, which is the next lightest (!) shade.
Obviously I'm paler than most, AND I have warm undertones, and since almost all brands that cater pale skin make too pink shades (BEHOLD, Bobbi Brown, one must not be pink only because they're pale!) it's very hard for me to find foundations that both match my skin tone and work well. I have found it!
Whatever you want it to be - sheer to full. When I had acne, every foundation made the acne worse - except this one. The acne even cleared up a little when I used this. Also, this alone covered it all. Of course I had to use more than I would of a full coverage concealer, but it DID cover it all AND made the acne better.
Now I use a lot less of this foundation than I did before, and it covers everything I want it to cover (redness) and still let the good things show through (freckles, birthmarks).
So, I would NEVER hope that a foundation would ACTUALLY look like skin - that's just too much to hope for, I thought. Both when I had acne and now when my skin is good, nothing really looks like skin - you can always tell it's there, no matter how much/little I use... EXCEPT this foundation. No one would ever suspect I had makeup on, and the ONLY time someone, during my acne period, told me my skin looked good was when I had this on. I smiled for the rest of the day.
This is certainly not matte in itself, but you can make it matte with a mattifying powder. A dewy/natural finish, I would say.
Most foundations look shiny and flaky and cakey on me after a few hours, and I usually have to blot after 3 hours. The only thing that actually lasts and looks the same on me all day is MAC Pro Longwear concealer. This one doesn't last all day and all night like the MAC PL concealer, but it still lasts longer than most (liquid) foundations and looks great and natural even after several hours. The oil control is not the best when used alone, but with their primer and some powder on top, this lasts better than most other foundations I have tried (even with primer and powder).
This foundation has 40 different shades, yes you heard me right 40 shades. The shades are divided in 8 different shades (light to dark) and 5 different undetones. Here is the list of undertones, from the coolest to the warmest:
ROSE (R): Cool/pink undertone
COOL (C): Cool/pink undertone, but more neutral than R
PEACH (P): Neutral, slight cool/pink undertone
NEUTRAL (N): Neutral, slight warm/yellow undertone
WARM (W): Warm/yellow undertone
I have not seen their darkest shades, but I'm paler than almost ALL brands foundations and I'm the second lightest here, so that says alot about how light their shades go.
19 dollars, which is cheap here in Sweden. We have the same unholy prices as Australia, and a foundation that costs 8 dollars in the US costs 25 dollars here. So, yeah.
This is what I always come back to, year after year, acne or not. I love that this is so fast and easy to use, has the best finish that never accentuates dry flakes. This saved my DRY skin that all foundations would eff up, this saved my ACNE and my wallet. This makes the angels cry and is worth it's own weight in gold and fairy tears.