For reference: I’m 51 years old, have dry skin that is light/medium with neutral undertones. I have surface redness on cheeks and chin, one annoying line on my forehead on the right side, and sun damage dark spots that are fading with the help of my skincare routine. I purchased the shade Light FB 4.5 which is described as light with a neutral undertone. I have been testing this foundation out for one week now and have the following thoughts...
My experience with this foundation is solid medium coverage on the first pass and does a good job covering my surface redness and the fading sun damage and freckles on my skin. I think you can build it up to full but would look terrible on my dry skin as this has a matte finish. To combat the matte finish and further exaggerate my already dry skin I make sure to use a little more of my holy grail Egyptian Magic balm underneath. For me, this step is key. I do not generally like using a brush to apply foundation, it irritates my skin, increases the redness and can accentuate or lift up any dry flaky skin I have. This is especially true after using a rather strong retinol product the night before, like DE A-Passioni (which was a HUGE mistake for me and one I didn’t make twice).
On properly prepped skin I had a more natural/satin finish (my preference) and did not experience any transfer while wearing it either. The brush (included) does a great job of spreading and buffing in the foundation balm however I did find myself tapping some of it in with my fingers to warm it up and help it smooth out and not look streaky or patchy on certain areas on my face. If I do feel it is a bit too dry or matte while wearing, I use a hydrating mist and my skin looks immediately more radiant.
Do not rely on Sephora’s descriptions to shade match. Do yourself a favour and go to the KA site where the undertone is also listed next to the shade. Additionally, Sephora’s site says this is for normal, combination and oily skin types whereas KA’s site pretty much says it’s for all skin types which I think is true as long as you prep your skin according to your own skin’s needs. Oily types will likely need to powder and may need to blot during the day. Dry types may find a hydrating mist helps along with an emollient moisturizer underneath. Definitely give it a try if you are interested, it’s a nice foundation.