I was hesitant to buy this at first given all the rather negative reviews- mainly due to wear time and excessive oil issues. As someone with dry skin, however, I shouldn’t have been alarmed. I would say that this is not for oily skin but you should be able to get away with it on normal skin, normal leaning dry, and dry skin.
Shade OO is perfect for my pale, neutral skin. In fact I think it’s the best shade match I’ve ever had in foundation as it blends so well with the shade of my neck.
Usage: I scoop out with the metal scoop and put it on the back of my hand and then go about throwing on mascara, combing my brows, etc. sometimes I’ll moisturize ahead of time but not always. If I do moisturize I try not to use anything emollient like an oil. I like cerave because it drys down to a matte skin like state once it’s rubbed in. I also use Glossier sunscreen beneath this.
After a couple moments on my hand the blob, usually the size of a M&M gets warm and liquidy. I think this is a very important step in the process. I dot it on my face from here and blend out with a large buffing brush. It blends like a dream at this point because the heat has had time to activate the oils. It spreads well and on first layer it does cover a good deal of redness and small issues. I usually take a little on my finger and pat it over larger blemishes a couple times.
I get about 4-6 hours out of this before I can see its worn off my pimples. That is usually the only part that’s worn off by that time. What I’ll usually do is just use my fingers to dot and blend back over the zit. Sometimes it works well, other times not. That’s the only negative I’ve found to this is that it will uncover your zits pretty quickly but, to be fair, it’ll keep the rest of your face looking pretty marvelous.
Overall I am very impressed by this foundation and glad I have skin that works with it!
I’ve attached a couple photos to show wear after a 4 hour day out in the pouring rain, running from store to car, grocery shopping, eating, etc. nothing terribly strenuous but the weather.
Update 12/10- My favorite way of using this foundation is the Wayne Goss Tips for skin like foundation tutorial.
I take two pumps of cetaphil to moisturize and then a pump and a half of squalene and rub it into the skin. Super moisturizing and leaves the skin glowing beneath makeup. Then, I take only a small amount of the foundation and a contour of some sort ( Top is Chanel #21 cream blush). You just dot it along the face really messy, hit your cheeks, chin and forehead with the bronzer cream, and then stipple it all together. At the end you take a single ply tissue to draw out excess oil, powder chin and forehead, and voila the most incredible foundation. Hit it with a beauty blender for an extra dose of skin like goodness.
Somehow this has gotten better at staying on my acne, I don’t know how, but it’s adhering better. I think it might be the weather changing - it’s colder here now- even with the oils on my face.