The moment I saw this I was mostly excited but I was also in a ‘Proceed with Caution’sort of mode. Most products with a similar concept have major downfalls to them. Not enough coverage. Not enough shades. Shades tones can be dramatically off. Or can make skin react because of the formulation mixed with the sun protection factor. No Bueno. But considering the positive experience I have had with La Roche-Posay, I wanted to give this a shot. With their famous Thermal Spring water as an ingredient and the high SPF, I wanted to give it a shot.
T H E C L A I M S
- Chemical filter-free
- Medium to full coverage
- Blurs imperfections such as fine lines, pores, redness and other imperfections.
- Made to be a minimal risk to those with reactive skin
- Hydrated the skin up to 24 hours
- Contains vitamins C and E
T E X T U R E ☷ This is not a liquid foundation. This is a rather thick product.I had to use a bit of extra pressure to squeeze the product out. No matter how you blend your skin out, I would recommend warming it up and smoothing out the product between your fingers first to make it more blendable.
C O V E R A G E ☷ I’ve said this before. Coverage claims are not always one hundred percent guaranteed. Some products do live up to that expectation. But most often times it depends on the condition of your skin underneath the makeup. What you use to apply. How you blend it in. What you use as a primer, if at all. For me, this product is very much medium to full coverage. Less coverage with a makeup sponge. More so with using my (clean) fingers.
F I N I S H ☷ This changed a bit for me. When using a sponge, I found my skin to have that natural finish. Borderline dewy glow. But using my fingers, it was more of a satin matte finish with a slight tack to it. Something I am not fond of. But what you use underneath could make a difference. Whether it’s nothing at all or an oil.
S H A D E ☷ I bought the lightest shade. And…*winces* It can come off light enough…in certain lightings. If you have a notable yellow tone to your skin, this will most likely work for you. But if you’re rather fair and have more of a neutral to pink undertone, you’ll want to reconsider. Because this does not adapt to people’s skin tones.
L O N G E V I T Y ☷ It wears rather well for the first four hours as you’re indoors. But after that point, I started to notice some patchy area’s around my cheek and nose area. But considering that this is a hydrating product, it’s most likely going to break down with areas of your face that have oil production. I suggest using a blotting sheet and then reapply the product.
T H E F I N A L T H O U G H T
Through my times wearing this product, I have not experienced any inflammation, itching, blemishes or bumps. If I want to wear this beyond my house, I will take my Real Techniques sponge and bring it down my neck to make it more wearable and set it with a powder to take away that subtle tack to the skin. I don’t use pressed powder with this kind of products that tend to be thicker and tackier because the pressed can sometimes ball up in places like around my mouth and nose. In many ways, this product very much reminds me of the Clinique Redness Relief foundation. But I think the shade is the only thing that really keeps me from wanting to repurchase this when I run out. Though this is not a unique issue. Many brands with a similar concept do this. Aside from the shade, it’s worth the penny if you’re interested in that high sun protection while covering your areas of concern.
But I think the shade is the only thing that really keeps me from wanting to repurchase this when I run out. Though this is not a unique issue. Many brands with a similar concept do this. Aside from the shade, it’s worth the penny if you’re interested in that high sun protection while covering your areas of concern.