Beauticontrol Secret Agent Undercover Makeup

Beauticontrol Secret Agent Undercover Makeup
BeautiControl Smooth Perfection in P1 (top) and SeBeautiControl Smooth Foundation in P1 (top right)


24 reviews

66% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate. Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl Dimethicone, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Neoheptanoate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methicone, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This is a two-part review; one about Beauticontrol itself and another about the Secret Agent Foundation (now renamed Face Perfection Foundation).

(Update: I posted two photos showing the swatches of both foundations in the same color, P1. The black squeeze tube is Smooth Perfection Foundation and the clear tube is the Secret Agent Foundation. I paid for the Smooth Perfection Foundation after I called their customer service department and asked if both foundations had the same color. I loved the color of the P1 in Secret Agent but didn't like the formula, so after some research, I decided to get the Smooth Perfection Foundation in P1. I took the time to call BeautiControl because I knew that they had a no-returns policy on color. I specifically asked their customer service rep if the colors were the same between Secret Agent and Smooth Perfection. He said yes, they were, and that they take assurance quality tests to ensure that the colors stayed the same. Pfft. So here are the swatches. Don't fall for the same trap I did or you'll find yourself out of $$$. If you complain long and hard enough, they'll refund you... if you send back the product which means YOU pay for the shipping twice. No thanks. Poor customer service!

Anyway, there are no products on my arm. No lotions or sunscreens. The Smooth Foundation in P1 is distinctly orange. :-( I also swatched the foundations on white paper to show the true colors.)

Here's the review.

1. Beauticontrol: I hate this company. They have a no-returns policy for color (which is what they call makeup, such as foundation, blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc.). They do it so that you are forced to use a "consultant". They do home parties (aka home spas), push you to do the Beauticontrol Opportunity, and so on. Even if you call them before you buy a color and verify with their people that the color is what you think it is and after you get the package and realize they lied to you or were incompetent, you're stuck with the bill. No returns, at any and all costs! In terms of trying to figure out which foundation is good for your skin type, their website does not offer that information. Apparently, all of their makeup products are good for all skin types. Pfft, and I speak from personal experience. Sure, there are some really good products, but you are pretty much stuck with the bill if you are not sure which color looks best on you---unless you use a consultant. Using a consultant presents several problems, which I will not go into here since I figure the readers are pretty smart to figure it out. Distance, time, money, "kind reminders to buy more", home spas, recruiting your family and friends, etc., etc,. etc. I have learned to avoid companies like Beauticontrol and only support companies that allow all returns, guaranteed.

2. Secret Agent Foundation has been renamed Face Perfection Foundation. I think the change was in 2014 or 2015. Paula's Choice's website Beautypedia was a little off with this foundation. It was not as full coverage as I thought it would be. It's more like medium coverage to start out with but it is easily buildable. I used it with a sponge or a brush. The sponge allowed for a more sheer finish whereas the brush allowed for a fuller/heavier coverage. I tried P1, P2, N1, and N2. Yeah, that meant that I lost (each foundation was about 23 to 27 dollars, so let's say $25 on average) at least $75 dollars when trying to find the right color. P1 was the perfect color. I wouldn't call N neutral. It was more yellow than I thought it would be. P1 did not have as much of a pinky tone. It was more like a cool neutral. It applied OK (see below), but you had to hurry because this was a liquid-to-powder finish. It has to be for it to be heavy (full coverage) and/or buildable. If it was a dewy finish, you'd never get the full coverage on account of the "slip". I wouldn't wear powder with this foundation in wrinkly areas, such as under your eyes. This foundation emphasizes wrinkles like crazy, especially when worn with powder. It wears for at least 8 hours. Once it's on, it's on. You have to use makeup remover to take it off. Also, it does not apply smoothly. It looks like it is a powder foundation, if that makes sense. It looks great from a distance, but up close, you can see the fine streaks. If your skin is dry, then you have to wear a ultra-rich cream underneath the foundation, such as CeraVe cream and healing ointment. I found that if I mixed the foundation with some little facial oil, it made the foundation orange. So, I had to use oil-free moisturizers, such as the CeraVe cream and healing ointment. If you have oily skin, you might have a better experience. I found out over time that this foundation is just too drying for my dry skin. And what vexed me is that despite all that powdery finish, it still felt tacky so I kept on applying powder, which made my wrinkles look even worse. I hate tacky skin. I am now looking into another brands as I will never deal with Beauticontrol again.

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on 4/20/2014 6:32:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Other, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Silver, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is a full coverage foundation. You may not want this as your everyday foundation due to the coverage as it may be best for special occasion, dressy, night time, soft lighting, etc. Although, if applied correctly and on the right skin with the correct color I see no reason to not use it as an everyday foundation if this is your choice/want/need. One had better NOT have dry or wrinkled skin as anything w/this much coverage will accent it and texturize anything it covers. I suppose one can cut the coverage by using a brush, sponge or mixing in a bit of moisturizer, but that defeats the purpose of this. I say one should use their fingers for best application and to retain coverage. The less amount of the product you use, the less and more natural looking the coverage. You control it. A little goes a long way so one tube should last quite long. The color range is Y=yellow based, P=pink based, N=neutral (P+Y). I would also tell you N tends to be less pink and more yellow/gold based than one would expect, especially the darker shades. I know this may be a pain, but I chose to buy N3 and P3 (anything level 3 is Medium in shade range) and use 2 parts N, one part P or equal parts, depending. Now, I certainly could of gotten by with a straight N3. I just chose to add P3 to get a perfect, dead on match. I liked this product enough to do so which is saying something in itself. I also reccomend you keep this away from the under and outer eye area as it will accent crows feet, etc. I never use anything in the outer, under eye. Concealer is kept in the inner to middle of undereye area. There is usually not any darkness in the outer eye. I don't even let powder near the outer eye and if anything I will use an emolient cream with some sheen over the outer eye area once my makeup is complete as a last step. It floats away any concealer/powder that may have landed there and gives a nice youthful look.
Primer allows longer wear and an even smoother effect. You can buy this on ebay for $13 bucks.

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on 9/9/2013 10:16:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I really wanted to like this foundation because of the finish. This is a good foundation with good coverage but I would recommend setting this with BC setting spray otherwise if your skin is a bit oily then it gets all over the place, at least for me. Without the setting spray and BC primer, I don't think this foundation sets very well. They have a nice range of colors and I used a foundation sponge to blend it. It is meant to be more of a full coverage foundation. They make other foundations that have lighter coverage. This foundation did not work on my skin because some spots are dry and some are oily. I also used the BC regeneration, tight, firm, and fill before I used this but it did not work well for my skin.

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on 2/24/2012 11:32:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Silver, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Black

In an effort to cut my beauty expenses a bit, I've decided to give up my beloved Creme de la Mer foundation and Just started using this after liking a sample I received.

So far, so good. I make sure to blend it quickly with my foundation brush and use the very minimal amount needed to provide coverage but avoid so much that it cakes up and settle into fine lines. I also make sure to use a good moisturizer underneath it.

The color (N2) is a dead-on match for my pasty winter-white skin (although I can see I'll need N3 for spring and summer months). No breakouts, good coverage and much more economical than the la Mer.

Barring any unforeseen problems with breakouts, etc., I'll definitely repurchase.

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on 2/5/2012 9:48:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I use P1 and the color matches my skin very well. For me, there are pros and cons.

Pros: I use it when I need extra coverage when my face goes "red". Stays put once I apply it. Comes in an easy tube, which by design is quite nice.

Cons: I can't wear this in the summer at all because it looks heavy and cake-y. And it FEELS heavy and cake-y in the summer. Because it's in a tube it's hard to see how much I have left, so I'm never quite sure when I'm going to run out. Plus, I got to order it through their site, which is kind of a hassle.

So, even though I do like the product, and I have bought it several times, the 3 lippie overall rating is mainly due to the cons outweighing the pros. I will still continue to purchase and use during fall/winter months.

***** UPDATE 1/4/13

This is still my go to foundation. I have yet to find anything comparable that outweighs the cons yet. The formulation is wonderful. Still searching for the HG !!!!

***** UPDATE 2/22/14

I keep buying this foundation again and again. It's my every day, go to foundation. I am trying different foundations here and there and see if there is anything out there I will like better. I am adding a lippie due to the fact that I keep buying it - so that's saying something. I quite like the finish, has great staying power, and is a great medium - full coverage foundation that I so desperately need at my age. I am able to buy this off ebay now, so the hassle of buying it isn't so bad anymore ... plus it's not as expensive that way.

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on 9/16/2011 12:35:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I purchased this foundation after reading the positive reviews on MUA and noticing this foundation made it on Paula Begoun's "Best Product" list. I purchased N1 and it was a good match for my complexion (MAC NC15 reference). I personally found the colour match was the only positive thing I have to say about this foundation as I didn't like either the formula, coverage, or durability of wear. I found the formula to be quite viscous and difficult to blend out. The coverage I would describe as medium that is impossible to build up and looks very mask-like. This foundation doesn't wear very well or long on my combination skin (oily t-zone with dry cheeks/under eyes) before it it looks cakey and settles into every pore and fine line. Personally I found this product just didn't meet any of my requirements in what I look for in a full coverage foundation. I definitely prefer using Vichy Dermablend as my go to full coverage foundation.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

For a full-coverage foundation, this works just fine. It's a bit on the heavy side, with larger pigment particles. After it is set, the foundation looks a little more natural but it really accentuates fine lines and wrinkles. It is possible to use a wet sponge but although it is oil free, it does not mix with water so it is difficult to thin out. Works best with a dewy moisturizer as opposed to a matte moisturizer. The shades are limited but this probably gives one the opportunity to mix their own shade. I find a combination of Pink, Yellow and Neutral all in level 3 works for my skin tone the best.

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on 3/31/2009 5:24:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is a light-medium coverage liquid makeup. I use N-1 or N-2 depending on the season. Easy to apply and remove. Others say this is a full coverage foundation - but I did not find this so.

Update: I have been using N-2 for a few years now and I really like it for spring, fall and winter (in summer I use the Wet-Dry more and liquid foundtion less). I have dry-ish skin and this is not drying - but does not make me shiny. So easy to apply. Natural, buildable pigments. Love. This is my favorite of BC's liquid formulations, I also love the Wet/Dry powder.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

Oh, I wanted to love this. In fact, I thought I was in love with this until it started breaking me out. :( The truth is, I've only had one other foundation that has ever broken me out, so I have no idea what in this broke me out.

The finish is so nice that I honestly *kept wearing it* even after I was almost positive that this was the culprit for my many, many (a dozen?) new pimples. But when they kept multiplying, I threw in the towel. As soon as I quit wearing it? My new zits went away and now my skin is clear.

I'd LOVE to find a foundation as nice that didn't break my skin out. The price is pretty good, too. (You can get these on Ebay with no shipping, I've found. Can't beat it.)

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on 1/24/2009 11:47:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have been using this for over 4 years and I have never found a better foundation!

Pros: Lots of coverage but feels very lightweight. Lasts all day (I have oily t-zone/combo skin) Does not dull skin after a few hours like most foundations. Does not give me breakouts like drugstore brands. I converted after trying this.

Cons: Can't seem to find the right shade so I have to mix Y-3 and Y-4 together to get the right color. Y-3 is to light and Y-4 is to dark. I wish they would come up with something in between those two. Dries quickly so you have to work fast.

Tips: Take a sponge applicator and absorb with water. Sqeeze a pea sized drop of foundation and work all over face.

I have to admit that I've tried expensive foundations like Clinique, Napoleon Perdis, Becca, Paula Dorff & Estee Lauder etc... but NOTHING can compare to this! Whenever I wear this foundation people comment on how I have such flawless skin, but in reality I have really bad skin due to acne scars, reddness on cheecks and nose area. It really hides blemishes on the face as well.

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