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on 3/8/2013 6:29:00 PM
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Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm
Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse
If, like me, you are a fan of long-wearing foundations you might love Numeric Proof Smart Skin Foundation. Numeric Proof makeup is hard to find in the US. I purchased my foundation online from Alcone Co., a professional makeup supply company. I always look for makeup that lasts on my skin, because I'm not one to stop and "freshen up" unless it's really necessary. With oily skin, "long-wear" makeup that doesn't look like a hardened clay coating on skin is difficult to come by, especially in these days where sunscreen is a necessary inconvenience. I'm not a makeup artist, but I've found that my best purchases when it comes to foundation, are always the products sold to makeup professionals. It used to be that the make-up for theater and film tended to be grease-paint stuff and clown colors, but that's not the case, at all, anymore. Personally, I don't expect my makeup to be "skin care". I have my personalized skin care for that. I want my makeup to last on my skin, and to enhance my appearance. Products that are popular with makeup artists are created to do both those things, so they are excellent choices for people who realize the benefits of "all in one" makeup are limited, and mostly sales tactics.Unfortunately the color swatches on both Alcone's website and Numeric Proof's online catalog make it virtually impossible to even imagine the actual shades of the product. Alcone has been carrying this brand for years, so I felt confident this foundation would be excellent if I could guess which color I should order. At first I purchased Smart Skin Foundation in Golden Beige FV04 for my NC35/Face Atelier-Tan/MUFE F&B #34, medium-olive skin. Usually my problem with foundations is that they wind up being too light, so I was surprised when this turned out to be too dark. (It's perfectly wearable with a "tan" but it is not a "match"). In the bottle the FV04 liquid appears to be NC40ish, but when applied on my skin it blends in quite a bit lighter. Unfortunately this particular shade is very "beige" so it's too pinkish on my skin. In many cosmetics brands, "golden" indicates a formulation for "warm" skintones, but that's not always the case. In this case, I think Golden Beige may be more flattering for "cool" undertones. (Don't take this as the last word, please, I'm guessing based on my own limited knowledge.) I can pull off FV04 when I have a tan, but it's too obvious on my natural skin shade. I loved this formulation so much I decided to try another shade, so I ordered FV09, Honey Beige. This one looks pale and almost pink under-toned in the bottle...but on my skin it's a perfect match!This is an incredibly light, "watery" liquid that instantaneously seems to become part of my skin. The concentration is incredible. A drop can cover my whole face...and I mean a tiny drip. The foundation sets in a few seconds, but it's a gentle set; not the kind that has the potential to streak. The finish is matte, and applied over bare skin, setting powder is not necessary. This does not have a "flat" finish, but there's no shimmer, glimmer, glow or other "brightening" additions to make me look like I'm sweating my brains out. The finish is sheer, but flawless. Truly "sheer" makeup usually comes in the form of greasy tinted moisturizers, but this foundation is nothing like that. It's somewhat similar to Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid Makeup, but instead of the gel consistency this feels more liquidy. The reason makeup artists use this foundation for HD work is obvious when you see it (or don't see it, actually) on skin. It's practically undetectable, yet it's impeccable, even over pores. It's coverage is medium and can easily be layered for full, yet lightweight coverage. Out of my favorite foundations, I would compare this most closely to Face Atelier as far as performance, coverage, and lasting power goes. For oily-very oily skin Numeric Proof is hands-down what I'd recommend over any other foundation I've ever tried. Face Atelier is slightely "dewy-er" and noticeably more moisturizing than Numeric Proof. When Numeric Proof sets, it's SET until you're ready to remove it. It's not forgiving if you make a mistake. Numeric Proof sets to a powder finish that may exacerbate dry or flaky spots on skin. This foundation comes in a 1.02 oz. (30 ml) bottle with a pump spout that's perfect for squirting the liquid onto a brush or a sponge. The pump does not leak like so many other HD foundation pumps! Numeric Proof is unmistakably high quality in every way, and the price is reasonable! ($32.00 at Alcone). I hope this product starts getting wider distribution in the US, because I'm sure many, many people will love this foundation.
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