Before applying the foundation, I moisturized my whole face and neck and used my Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion on the right side of my face (left in the photos). I didn’t notice any huge differences between it and the left side after application but after 8 hours the side with primer did look a bit smoother while the other side seemed to have a rougher texture and had oxidized more.
It is recommended that you blend the foundation with your fingers, but since I just wanted sheer to light coverage (to make the noticeably too dark shade less noticeable when compared with the rest of my body), I used my Beauty Blender, making sure to blend it down my neck. It was very lightweight feeling, easily blendable, and evened out my skintone nicely. Also, it is fragrance-free, no chemical smells here. You do need to use a decent amount of product for your whole face, but since it is matte I would be careful building it up with too much as it can make it look a bit cakey and feel heavy. Using a brush, you could probably get it to a medium coverage, but I don’t think you could get a full coverage look.
I read several reviews where people mentioned poor wear time. Maybe they had dry skin because I wore this for over 8 hours in very hot LA weather and it held up nicely. Perhaps it helped that I just applied a light layer, but I didn’t notice any splotchiness or oiliness. I did notice that by the end of the day, it had oxidized around the corners of my nose and on some of the drier patches on my cheeks and chin. I definitely would not recommend this to someone who had all over dry skin. If I had just oily skin and not combo, I feel like this would’ve been perfect since it does seem to control oil very well even on the hottest days.
Overall, I liked this foundation well enough. I think I still prefer the Dewy + Smooth version as I just prefer a dewy finish over matte, but it’s quite good for the price especially if you have dry skin.
Below is me wearing it under makeup.
Good for oily skin
Cakes up around the nose
Not good for dry skin