ATTENTION OILY SKIN PEOPLE
SPOILER: THIS IS AN AMAZING PRODUCT!!!
I have massively oily skin, and I stay in a tropical country high in heat and humidity (Malaysia). This foundation is my holy grail now, because it's the only one out of so many that has managed to stay on my face well enough for hours on end, withstanding oil and sweat. I've tried Tarte, MAC, Fenty, Huda, Sephora, Innisfree, and all your drugstore foundations but none have ever been as great as this one. Despite having very oily skin, the foundation keeps the moisture locked in and for some reason keeps the oil at bay - I only have to blot maybe once or twice when I wear it for 8 - 10 hours.
It also keeps my face looking dewy and fresh! Yes, this is NOT a matte foundation, but it doesn't matter at all because the oil is well controlled. It also doesn't look fake or caked on like many other foundations - this looks like a natural second skin. Yes, it oxidises slightly. My main complaint about foundations is that they don't last through oil and sweat. However, I've worn this for up to 12 hours and it still stays on, although admittedly it was worn in a fairly air-conditioned environment. I've worn it through rain and sweat outdoors - after 5 hours it was still on, which was a huge shock to me.
Fenty's was the worst of the foundations I've tried - just a little upper lip sweat and it becomes incredibly patchy, moving around the face. MAC's Fluid Fix was so far the best for my skin until I tried this foundation. I sweat A LOT, especially so in the humid weather, and this foundation stayed up like a champ - even better than MAC's Fluid Fix and L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Matte (in that order). I am willing to pay RM 143 for this foundation - it is very expensive, but I don't exactly have much of a choice. Would be nice if the price was slashed further to make it more affordable for everyone else.
The downsides of this foundation is that the bottle is printed frosted glass - which makes it impossible to recycle. It would be much better if they stuck a label on a plain glass bottle instead. Another downside is that it doesn't have too many shades available, so for those with more complicated skin colours, you might have to mix. Wish it came in more shades so it's more inclusive.
Protip: To get full use of this, use IT Cosmetic's Your Skin but Better Oil-free primer. I've tested this foundation on several primers, and the best payoff was with this particular primer. It really grips the makeup well and doesn't allow it to move around. These are now my two holy grail face makeup items.
I am an NC 20 for MAC's Fluid Fix, so the shade 'Vanilla' for this foundation is great for me.
Hope this review helps!