I recently picked up this Sephora Teint Infusion Foundation, $30, because I heard the formula was comparable to the Armani's Maestro Fusion Makeup, $68. The idea behind these light foundations is to give you a no makeup feel with even coverage. With the stuff at Sephora being about half the cost less I thought, why not give it a go! Read on for my review.
My first mistake was not letting the sales girl at Sephora do a proper foundation match with one of their specialists. I had originally chosen the right colour for my skin, medium with yellow undertones, but the pale sales girl with (seafood coloured lips and mismatched foundation herself) insisted I go a shade lighter. I shouldn't have listened. In the bathroom light my foundation matched but in the sunlight it looked too light, artificial and cakey. Whoops! Word to the wise, take the time to get matched for the right colour.
The formula itself seemed promising with a lightweight coverage that looks natural. I was excited to see how it would make my skin flawless. I applied the foundation like the sales girl recommended, by dropping a couple of drops directly onto a foundation brush (use one with stiff bristles like this one here) and just buffed it into my skin. Well I did something wrong because the more I buffed my foundation the more I could see the it beginning to dry and cake on my face. I took a makeup sponge and buffed it in further to make it look more natural.
I tried using Teint Infusion a few more times and eventually I found the best application was to smear the foundation on my face using my fingers and then buffing it in with the foundation brush. It seems to work better than applying the foundation directly on the brush which just seems to apply more foundation and just continues to move the formula around until it dries up (which is where I was left with an unnatural finish). It's also best to work sections at a time starting with the forehead and moving around the face since this formula dries quickly.
- This foundation has a nice velvety formula that is lightweight and does appear to melt into the skin as promised.
- The foundation does dry to a powder finish so you can skip the powder. I didn't because my skin is on the oily/ combination side.
- The $30 price point is reasonable compared to so many other brands out there. Sephora's return policy is excellent so even if you buy it and it's not for you, it can still go back for a full refund.
- Though this foundation has a lightweight formula, it still looks very cakey on my skin. I have good skin and I moisturize well and yet no matter how much I blended, it never looked natural. Maybe it had to do with the fact I had the wrong colour.
- Setting my foundation with a bit of loose powder made my foundation look even worse! To solve this I spritzed my face with Jurlique's Rosewater Balancing Mist to make it look more natural.
- Blend, blend, blend. I love using foundation brushes but the amount of time I spent blending this formula into my skin was tiresome!
- Quite simply, did not look natural on my skin.
In case you haven't caught on, this foundation is going back for a refund. I'll continue using my Boscia BB Cream in the meanwhile. I've been using it for 3 years now and I love the formula and coverage, but I always feel like my face is just a half shade too light for the rest of my body. The foundation search continues.