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on 12/7/2016 8:54:00 PM
More reviews by Nobodys_angel
Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Other
So i thought i'd submit a review for this new LA girl foundation since there isn't too much info available as yet.I bought this recently because the packaging was awesome and it excited me. Yeah.. impulse buy! Don't know what possessed me to buy an illuminating foundation when i have super oily skin. So anyway, i am somewhere smack in the middle of NC42 - 44. Can lean closer to either way, depending on the season. And the shade i picked was Bronze.The packaging is a classy plastic bottle that comes with a pump and a cover. Yay for hygiene! The bottle is double-walled, so you can't predict your shade by just looking at it. Please test it before buying! really!My first attempt scared me a little...it was sooo orange and seemed a bit too dark. And yes, it was super dewy. I set it with Palladio rice powder but i quickly became shiny...a greaseball really. It looked gross as the day went on. Was super bummed as i couldn't return or exchange it since i had bought it during a discounted clearance sale. Not that it was thattt cheap a discount too! But its the wastage that mostly bothers me. Besides i'm pretty sure the shades up and down were too light and too dark respectively.So anyway, I suffered with orange face through a whole work day, although i must say, it didn't look too bad in natural light.Second attempt....because i'm not a quitter! I tried it again. This time, i only used a teeny bit of my Benefit porefessional primer to dab on the cheeks where i have some scarring and nowhere else. I applied a lesser amount of the foundation and dabbed with my RT blender. It does spread easily and smoothly and i would say coverage is medium. This time i set it with my Ben Nye Neutral Set powder and the banana powder under the eye.This took away all the shine and gave it a matte finish that was beautiful. The powder also seemed to correct the orangeness of the foundation. I was actually really pleased with how smooth and flawless my skin looked! I will use it as a day to day foundation until i use up but i probably won't repurchase. Look at the cons for why!Pros:- Packaging is great. Looks on par with high end foundations with the exception of plastic instead of glass. Who cares?-Comes with a pump!-Will look great on dry-skinned ladies who want a bit of a glow-Can work for oily skinned ladies with a (very good) mattifying powder-Easy to blend and doesn't settle into pores-Applied with the RT sponge, there was no caking or creasing (I can imagine this happening if too much product is used though)-Gives a beautiful finish if you don't use too much-Lasts throughout an entire workday and doesn't oxidize.Cons-Shades lean a little too orange/red (at least the darker ones)-Not transfer proof (it even stained the wire of my earphones) - This is a deal breaker for me.-It has a fairly strong synthetic scent which I hate but it dissipates after application.-Cannot be used without a good mattifying powder for oily skinned people or you will look like a ball of grease right off the bat.-Might not work well with primers if you have oily skin
8 of 8 people found this helpful.
on 12/9/2016 7:45:00 PM
More reviews by MichelleMcC
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
I've seen a lot of You tubers Reviewing this foundation and most seem relatively positive, and I can see why. It has a nice light feel for such a full-ish coverage, and it never felt heavy or greasy as it wore. I bought "Vanilla" which was a good color match for my pale, neutral-toned skin. I dotted it on and applied it with a brush. Initially the coverage looked good. A little bit of the product goes a long way. As it dried down, however, I found that in the areas where I'd applied a heavier layer, the excess caked and looked heavy, and made me look older, and I have really clear, even skin. So next I tried using a lighter hand -- even though I had used a small amount of product the first time. It looked better, though the coverage wasn't exactly what I wanted. I tried it with a silicone-based primer, and that didn't seem to make any difference. The formula just didn't seem to sit properly on my mature combo skin. It wasn't particularly illuminating, which I liked, but wasn't matte either, which I also liked. I'm giving it a higher score because it went on nicely, didn't oxidize and the color was a good match. I think it's a really good foundation, especially for the price, even if it isn't for my type of skin.
5 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 12/9/2016 10:23:00 PM
More reviews by LilacShine9
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I bought this foundation online because of the beauty youtuber hype. I initially noticed the lightest shade (porcelain) was orange based so I ordered their white mixer to make it paler. I have slightly dry acne prone skin.The application itself was okay & almost medium coverage, but I just dislike like the formula/texture. Its too dewy, just floated on the skin, emphasized pores & lines, caked & separated in places, and just looked weird. It creased under my eyes badly even when I didn't use it alone! I couldn't wait to wash it off. I initially noticed my pores were more clogged than usual and then two days later I got several severe cystic acne spots (which I rarely get). Now I know why it was so cheap.
9 of 12 people found this helpful.
on 12/12/2016 12:03:00 AM
More reviews by bkramer947
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I have had a really positive experience with this foundation. I got it in Fair, the lightest color (I think). It looked a little too light for me and a touch too yellow when I switched it but turns out it blended beautifully and was the correct color for me. The pump and packaging are terrific. This foundation is very concentrated. I used a lot less of this than I do of some other liquid foundations. Coverage is medium to full and can be built up. The foundation wore wonderfully all day on my moderately dry skin. I applied it to well-moisturized skin, with a dewy primer underneath, which may have helped it not to apply dry-ish. All day long, this foundation looked great on my skin. No crackles, no patches, no fading. I was really happily surprised and definitely recommend this foundation. I wouldn't say it is immensely "illuminating" but it is not drying and it doesn't appear matte, either. It's perhaps a teensy-touch dewy but not at all shiny or super glowy.Dry skinned folks, give this a try! Use a light hand and see how it goes. Thumbs up from me.
9 of 10 people found this helpful.
on 12/13/2016 11:21:00 AM
More reviews by AprilSantiano
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I don't understand the negative reviews this foundation is getting.First off, this is an amazing foundation for normal-dry skin. I would say it has a very high end finish to it that is comparable to GA Luminous Silk but better.I have an NC20 -25 shade and I find that the shade 'Fair' suits me quite well. It is so blendable and it doesn't set quite fast so you can take your time buffing this on your skin. I have only used my beauty blender for the application.It has a luminous glow but not extremely dewy on my dry skin. I would normally set this powder and the lasting power is quite good 8+ hours.I believe a great makeup application starts with a good skin care. This is a must have and I ordered another one as a back-up! A worthy investment!
9 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 1/14/2017 12:06:00 PM
More reviews by ThePinkLion
Skin: Other, Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Other
I really really really wanted to like this foundation, the claims of a fuller coverage with an illuminating finish (for a drugstore price) sounded like a dream come true for my extremely dry skin. Pros: - Good coverage, I would say medium-full (leaning more towards full)- Packaging is amazing, it's sleek and the pump dispenses the perfect amount of product - AffordableCons:- Not long wearing, within a few hours the foundation had separated badly on my forehead, chin and around my nose- Horrible for dry skin, this emphasized every dry patch of skin on my face. The longer I had it on the more flaky and crusty it started to look- Smell was awful, very synthetic and plastic-y- This did not have the "illuminating" effect that it claims, with a light dusting of translucent powder it settled to more of a demi-matte finish than the dewy/glowly/healthy finish I was hoping for- Not good for sensitive skin, this made me break out and my skin felt irritated within minutes of putting it onOverall this foundation just looked cakey and unflattering on my dry skin. It caused me to break out and irritated my sensitive skin. I could see this possibly working for someone with a different skin type but for me it's a no-go.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 1/29/2017 1:47:00 AM
More reviews by jiabg93
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I bought this product because Tati and Lustrelux's opinion about it were good. Also, because it seemed interesting. So, I checked online to see what my shade was and thankfully, there were swatches on it and I believe both Tati and Lustrelux mentioned that the shade Fair would fit people who are of the shade NC20 in MAC. Now, for the review:Pros:- has a very sleek packaging, and doesn't look as cheap as other drugstore foundations- comes in a pump- comes in 16 shades- blendability is amazing- has a medium to full coverage, as it says on the packaging, which allows you add layers- lasts all day on the skin (granted that you set it in powder and apply some setting spray)- looks like skinCons:- dries a bit slower than most foundations- transfers quite a bit even after setting- became itchy in a few areas on my face (but I didn't really mind it)- kind of creased around the noseAll in all, I think this is a good foundation, despite all the cons and I definitely would recommend this foundation for anyone who has dry to combination skin. I don't recommend this to anyone who has oily skin since it would most probably make you look like a grease-ball. Also, it's good to bring blotting paper and/or powder around with you in case you use this foundation to prevent from looking too oily.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 2/3/2017 10:33:00 AM
More reviews by janickaseverova
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
Such a great long lasting foundation for combination skin! Looks like your skin but better if you only use 1 pump. Even lasts through a rain for me. Love the low price nad that it has a pump. I have the shade Fair, which is great match for my NC20 skintone, you don't see good affordable foundations with yellow undertones that often. Totally gong to repurchase when I run out of it, my new HG foundation.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 2/5/2017 12:00:00 PM
More reviews by rtunggono
Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Relaxed, Medium
I am so in love with this product ! It is very high coverage so if you don't like high coverage kind of foundation you won't like this one because it shows that you are wearing foundation.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 2/12/2017 9:51:00 AM
More reviews by damycordero
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I used to only use high end foundations, as in really high end like YSL, Chantecaille and Armani but I have been dabbling in drugstore and affordable brands and making new discoveries. I really enjoy this foundation. I bought the color fair which isn't fair at all, it almost looks orangey in the bottle. That shade is a good match for my NC25 skin. I did read a prior review that it is an NC20, but I think this foundation is in the middle of NC20 and NC25 simply because NC20 would be too light for me. While it looks slightly orange in the bottle it translates well on my skin. This foundation has a decent amount of coverage and is layerable. It is lightweight and fluid and feels almost imperceptible on the skin. It has a bit of luminosity on my combo/mature skin and doesn't emphasize pores or fine lines. I do set this very lightly with a powder. Generally, powders and I don't mix well but the Photo Focus powder by Wet n Wild doesn't cake or age me and it plays well with this foundation. The lasting power of this foundation is pretty good, even on my oily spots. It also doesn't break me out. I like that they sell a pure white color to mix in their foundation because very fair skin tones will need it. It is an excellent value.
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