color match: 4/5
i have a preconceived dislike of high end foundations. there are plenty of great options at the drug store (covergirl outlast 3-in-1, i’m lookin at you!), but i wanted to give one a try. recently, i’d heard a ton of people raving about this foundation. so, one day at sephora, i made the jump and decided to give this one a go.
first of all, i am amazed that for once in my life (actually 2nd time) i was not the lightest color in the range. i am the color cream ivory, which is a warmer ivory, with subtle golden undertones. the match to my skin is fabulous, though it may be too light for me come summer as it’s already a touch lighter than the covergirl outlast i usually wear.
the foundation is listed as a “luminous” finish foundation. i have combo/oily skin, so i was a little concerned that “luminous” would translate into “greaseball.”
the first time i wore this foundation, i did so without a primer (i was traveling and didn’t have one on me). that was a mistake. by midday, my skin looked patchy and oily. i had to use a blotting paper, which is something i never have to do with my covergirl foundation.
feeling disappointed, i went to the local drug store and picked up the loreal miracleblur primer/stuff in hopes that priming my skin would help. and, to my delighted surprised, it makes all the difference. the second day, this primer lasted all day and maintained a glowy look without looking oily.
as far as coverage goes, this is more of a medium coverage and i definitely found myself needing to conceal my under-eye circles. the beautiful dewy finish is definitely worth a little bit extra work, though!
overall, i am quite happy with my purchase. $45 is steel for a foundation (especially compared to the $7-12 i usually spend). not sure if i would repurchase, but i will definitely enjoy using this while it lasts.