I have been looking for a full coverage foundation, especially for Winter when I have a lot of things to hide: dry patches, more redness on the cheeks that prevents me from wearing some blush colors... And I thought this could be the one. Bummer.
- extremely covering, you don't even need concealer, I have never seen that before
- same nice packaging as the light foundation (used to be the black packaging but they're now transitioning to the transparent one, so you might get one or the other for now).
- same nice smell too
- so thick it's hard to apply, even with a brush, even on top of a primer
- you feel it on your skin since it's quite heavy
- flat matte, althoug you can solve that by using either the Illamasqua Satin Primer or a highlighter
- made every imperfection on my skin more visible, not in terms of colors of course, but well in terms of texture since it's so thick, which didn't look natural nor pretty at all
- some people have reported it not being water or sweat resistant, but since my face doesn't sweat easily, I couldn't tell
Would I repurchase?
No, I am actually selling the product I have after only 2 attempts at making it work (once without primer, once with satin primer). I would say it's not a foundation for everybody because applying it is tricky and you need some experience to blend it correctly, I guess. But what turned me off the most is the aspect on my skin. From a distance it does look flawless but looking close, all flaws are very visible and I think this would only make my dry patches more wearable in Winter time.
I got shade 135 for this one, since I intended to wear it in Winter mostly, but I should have gotten 125 because 135 is very yellow. More yellow than an NC15 or NC20 - beware.
I give it 1 out of 5 stars for the coverage, but it's too hard to make it work.
So that's a product I really wanted to love but ended up not liking at all, unfortunately.