Within every beauty buff’s life, there always seems to be an endless transition from foundation to foundation without ever finding the “holy grail.”
To be completely honest, though I consider myself a full coverage kinda gal, I’ve been secretly yearning to stray away from the caked-on look for quite some time now. I had been a MAC Studio Fix Fluid user since last June, so my brand loyalty was quite fierce and, given the perfect color match and the fact that it covered all of my imperfections, I was hesitant to switch to another brand.
I am so glad I did. I have pretty clear skin all year long with the exception of “that time of the month,” so I’m not really sure why I opted for full coverage in the first place. I also am a diehard fan of the dewy look, yet I could never achieve it myself with SFF because it was too matte. That said, I did some research as to what reviewers considered to be the best dewy/natural foundation, and this came guns-blazing out on top of all the lists. I took a look at Lancome’s website to figure out my shade, but then figured it would be best to just go to Sephora and look for myself.
I originally tried Buff 4(C), but it was far too yellow on my pale skin, which is ironic because it’s supposed to be a cool shade, not a warm one. I wore that for a good 8 hours, and I saw the horrid line of demarcation less than 30 minutes after application, when the foundation had set. That said, the finish was phenomenal – my skin truly did have a “lit from within” glow, and looked so incredibly natural. I decided right then that I simply had to find the correct shade and make sure the finish would be consistent across multiple applications. I went back to Sephora, exchanged Buff 4(C) for Ivoire 2(C), and voila, perfect match! Now I have that perfect glow, and natural finish all with the benefits of a correct shade match .
This is definitely a medium coverage product – it covers your imperfections quite well yet still looks sheer – perfect for a natural look. I am currently using this in the dead of winter, but my skin doesn’t really change with the seasons so I probably won’t have an issue with this in the summer when it’s humid and all that jazz. Please remember that a little goes a long way, and even the most sheer/natural looking foundations can look cakey when too much product is used.
I also have to sing the praises of the bottle and lasting time – I use maybe one or two pumps of this and my entire face, neck, and collarbone are covered – which is excellent considering it took me maybe three or four pumps of SFF to do the same job. The bottle in and of itself is great because you can see how much product you’re using, as opposed to the SFF which is actually so heavy that it coats the interior of the bottle and makes it so you cant see how much product you have left. The glass casing of this foundation is so beautiful, and I almost wouldn’t mind having it sitting next to my perfume bottles. It’s a little expensive ($40 with tax), but you honestly get what you pay for because it lasts for SO long and is SO high-performing.
As long as they keep making this (and as long as I continue to have normal, clear skin), I will always repurchase this – it has great coverage, looks natural, and lasts FOREVER.
It’s been a little over three months since I started using this and I have to say, it’s just phenomenal. My skin breaks out even less than it already did, I always look glowing, and the color match is still perfect. I use like 2 pumps when I use this and I’m maybe a fourth of the way through the bottle – very economical and highly recommended!