So far so good! I have combo skin (although I like to refer to it as bipolar, really... it's intense!) very oily t-zone: forehead and cheeks (visible pores on my cheeks close to my nose), and dry/flakey chin. Foundations always sit awful on my nose, and they tend to rub off completely off the sides of my nose, and off my chin (but that's more my fault, cause I tend to touch my face a lot when sitting on my desk). On top of that, I have acne prone skin. I get some hormonal breakouts here and there, and I need to be extra careful with the type of products that I put on my skin cause it clogs very easily, making me break out mostly on my cheeks and sometimes forehead. For the most part, my acne is under control, nothing bad (and for reference I have light skin with yellow undertones, but not as yellow as I once thought. I don't use MAC foundations cause they break me out, so I'm not sure what my color would be but probably an NC20/25). Taking all of that into account, I'm always on the hunt for a decent-wearing buildable/medium coverage foundation that looks like skin. I really hate "makeupy" looking makeup! Some of my favourite liquid foundations are the MUFE Mat Velvet and Loreal Infallible Pro Matte, and my favourite finish is definitely the MUFE Ultra HD Foundations (both the liquid and the stick versions), but they just don't last long enough on my skin :( I use them when I don't need to wear my makeup for a long time. So I still needed something that applied easily in the morning (I'm usually in a rush to get out the door) and that still lasted decently on my skin during my typical 9 hour working days. So I getting into powder foundations: I like the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush foundation very and I haven't noticed any weird reactions, but the Light Sand is a bit too yellow on me and it oxidises a little bit. When I wear this foundation I can't use my bronzer because it'll look too dark (my favourite everyday bronzer is the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil). I can make it work using a little bit of setting powder to lighten it a little, but it's too much work for everyday use... and that's a bummer cause it's a great product (I haven't tested any of the lighter shades yet, I will repurchase in a different shade next time cause it does wear great). I also really like the the Clarins Everlasting Compact foundation (although the SPF makes it have a little bit of pinkish/grey flashback when you take pictures with flash, but I figured it was OK for everyday office makeup). I was using it consistently for about a month, and it lasts very well on my skin and it looks better as time goes on, but I started noticing some tiny bumps on my forehead and on my temples, and I had been experiencing weird bumpy breakouts on my cheeks as well. It was the only new product I was using, so I stopped completely. Along comes the Too Faced Cocoa Powder foundation... I'm LOVING it! the shade is great! (Golden Light), it has buildable coverage (from light to medium), and I'm pairing it with the Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder (using it as a primer before the foundation) so it looks super smooth and my pores look much smaller on my cheeks and my forehead looks completely texture-free! (I also use the Maybelline baby skin primer after I moisturise), and I get to use my bronzer cause the foundation matches my skin tone very well. This powder foundation doesn't cling on to dry bits, and it stays on the entire day! it wears great! I'm very realistic when it comes to the lasting power of foundations on my very oily skin, so I don't expect any foundation to last 12 hours without me needing to blot. So I don't mind being a little dewy mid-day or blotting after 4-5 hours just to keep the shine off. But this never looks greasy like some of my other foundations look. I'm very happy with it so far. I'll continue using it and will update this if something changes (fingers crossed I continue liking it!).
- About the packaging: it's just fine. A bulky compact that's sturdy (just like the Chocolate Soleil bronzers) - which is great cause I'm clumsy and tend to drop my powders on the floor sometimes.
- About the price: It's mid-range, a bit on the pricier side. I can't assess if it's great, cause I'm not sure how long the compact will last. But unless it lasts me 2 weeks (really hope it doesn't!!) I think it's worth it cause the finish and wear are very good.
- Application: I use the EcoTools bronzer brush (just a dense but soft powder brush, good for tapping and buffing in the product - never liked it for bronzer as it packs on too much product). I apply my concealer before the foundation and set with the RCMA no color powder (I don't bake). I also spot conceal if I need to (also set it with the RCMA no color powder).