I admit I am impressed with some of the items from this company. In the past I've used department store brands like Estee Lauder, smashbox, and Shiseido, and drugstore lines like L'Oreal and Neutrogena. I never ended up using them for more than several weeks (except for the L'Oreal pressed powder which I've been using for the last 5 yrs or so. Anyways, glad I kept an open mind and tried this makeup b/c it's great!!!
This comes in two shades, fair and medium. They used to have other shades as well but I think this is all that is manufactured now. I am asian with light to medium coloring and the medium works for me. There are two shades with most of the (huge) compact consisting of the darker shade.
I moisturize well prior to application. I use my fingers to apply. I actually just dot over any area that needs evening out like blemishes or marks and then lightly tap it out. Using a sponge has resulted in too heavy an application for me. Very little goes a long way and gives an exceptionally natural look. It does last all day, and does not change color. And it even looks natural in the sunlight! I can't believe I love it so much b/c I was expecting junk TV makeup, b/c that's what tends to be hawked on TV.
My skin has actually been less broken-out since using this. While it may sound greasy, it is not at all greasy looking or greasy feeling. This has been the only makeup I've tried that does not make me feel like I'm wearing makeup from the time applied 'til the end of the day. I'm amazed.
It has an SPF of 25 via titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and octinoxate. That last is a chemical sunscreen and has caused me to blister in the past (ironically when the area that has the sunscreen is exposed to the sun). Not fun. My experiences has swayed me to be very very wary of chemical sunsceens. I was ready to return this at the first signs of the blisters, but so far so good. I am taking this on vacation next month (hopefully it will be very sunny) and will update if this causes problems.
So in summary, this has been a nice surpise. Great natural coverage, long lasting, not greasy. Apply sparingly. Good value. Very glad I bought it. If it passes the final test of the no-reaction with direct sun exposure, then I will definitely buy again. This was about $23.50 plus s&h, not exactly cheap to sample (I bought this as a single item b/c I wasn't sure about the SCA makeup quality) but so far the BEST makeup I have ever tried.
3/28/11 - no problems with sun exposure. just two complaints - wish they had more color options (I have to blend the two colors in the compact myself) and wish there was a smaller size available. For travel I transfer some into a smaller container.
In summary, great makeup, color can be limited, excellent value. Would definitely buy again.