I have a plethora of things I'd like to cover, as well as fussy skin that really doesn't know what type it wants to be. I'm cautiously optimistic that this might be a holy Grail foundation, but I'm very picky and foundation has a way of going south on me after the weather changes or if I've had the bottle for a few months. (I don't go through foundation very quickly.)
For starters, I have combination skin that gets dry on the cheeks and somewhat oily in the t-zone, although matte-finish foundation makes me look dry and dead. I'm 44 and have enlarged pores, redness, and some lines and plenty of sebaceous hyperplasia on my forehead. My skin doesn't like matte foundation but anything too hydrating makes me look like a total crater face. I've tried so many foundations (dear reader, haven't we all?) trying to find that balance of hydration, long wear, and a natural looking finish. A tall order, for sure.
-Natural matte/satin finish
-looks smooth on dry patches/doesn't emphasize texture
-the applicator. A doefoot wand. Grrr.
I will the lightest shade FC1 and it's a perfect match. Bear in mind that I'm not super fair: I'm NW15-20. The shade range isn't abysmal, at 24 shades, but if you're very pale your SOL.
I'd say this has medium coverage in one thin layer, and balances out my redness so well I usually stop there, but it layers well when I build it up. It doesn't move around, oxidize, or disappear within a few hours, but I wouldn't say it's a longwear foundation. I probably get about six hours of really fresh-looking wear, then it starts to fade, but still looks really good for a few more hours. The most remarkable thing about it is how skin-like it looks. You truly don't see "foundation". Even though it works well on my dry patches, it's not very hydrating, so bear that in mind, my dry skinned friends.
Basically this ticks all my boxes except: that stupid doefoot applicator. Why? Why do companies think that's an efficient or sanitary way to apply makeup? Like I want to transfer bacteria, oils, and skin cells to my foundation bottle-ick! This is easily solved by wiping the applicator on my Real Techniques sponge, but it's still annoying.
All in all, I'm really infatuated with this foundation. Hopefully it's true love.