It had semi-transparent to medium buildable coverage, but the way the formula worked made it easier to see – and it was designed as a sheer product, so this is as expected! – so it was difficult to “overdo” the coverage as a result. This particular shade seemed a bit more pliable than others in the range, so it took a little longer to dry and it was harder for me to evenly spread it out and fade it out evenly.
I had better luck applying it a third time with a dab brush instead of my fingers, which gave me better color diffusion. If I was able to apply it evenly and mix it well pretty quickly, it worked fine on bare skin as well as most base products, but when I had to deal with it when it was mostly dried out it was more prone to lifting base products or lift from yourself. This shadow lasted a good eight hours before it visibly faded on me.
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$ 21.00 / 0.17 oz. – – $ 123.53 per ounce
The formula is said to be a “liquid-like cream” that “melts” on the skin for a “second skin” look with a “soft focus wash” that is “water resistant” and “satin finish”. “” It appeared to be water-resistant when I tested it on the back of my hand and certainly didn’t move easily after it was faded and dried.
The texture was thin, emollient, and more like traditional pan cream, but when it was initially picked up with a fingertip or brush, it dried quickly and turned into a more powdery finish that was satin-like. – not completely matt, but not at all damp – if it came into contact with the skin. Because of this, a dab brush was a little easier to work with and more forgiving than a fingertip.
The pigmentation was as marketed; it was plain or semi-plain with some ability to build up coverage, but the more silicone-heavy formula was better built with a layer or two than stronger, as it tended to pill and lift when too fussed. I don’t know that I’d consider it a hassle-free formula, but once you figure out the best technique, the results themselves are more foolproof because the coverage is sharper.
The formula worked better on bare skin and lighter-colored foundations that were matte to more natural but not overly damp / shiny. The formula was mixable, but if I didn’t get a decent mix quickly it was harder to correct myself. It was easier to fade out the edges with my primer brush (and whatever was left on it) to soften unblended edges. They lasted between seven and eight hours before visibly fading.
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