Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation is ultimately overpriced and underwhelming. This cream-to-powder foundation has as many negatives as positives, but at this price any negatives are unacceptable.

The creamy texture feels soft and luxurious going on skin and the thick sponge applicator aids proper blending technique; however, as the product dries, it tends to settle into fine lines, large pores, and creases on the face.

This foundation is best suited for normal to slightly oily skin without any dry areas. Although the company recommends it for all skin types, the creamy formula is too emollient for oily or breakout-prone skin, and its drying powder finish will exacerbate dry or flaky skin.

Five shades are available for fair to tan skin tones. The darkest shade—Rich—is too light for very dark skin.


  • Creamy texture feels soft and luxurious when applied.
  • High-quality sponge applicator makes blending a breeze.
  • Shade range offers options for fair to tan skin.


  • No color options for porcelain or very dark skin.
  • Powder finish feels increasingly drying the longer this foundation is worn.
  • Settles into fine lines, large pores, and creases on the face.
  • Pricey.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Candelilla Cera, Nylon-12, Kaolin, Jojoba Esters, Cera Carnauba, Silica, Polyethylene, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate.

Brand Overview

Mally Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Impressive concealers; the City Chick Smokey Eye Kit performs beautifully; Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is an excellent alternative to traditional face powder; some good lip color options; Volumizing Mascara; Evercolor Lasting Eyeliner goes beyond typical liquid eyeliners with outstanding staying power; good brow products.

Weaknesses: Couture Color Custom Blush and powder foundation can be difficult to use; potentially irritating makeup remover; the Perfect Prep Soothing Eye Gel is disappointing.

Mally Roncal is a celebrity makeup artist who has worked on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood, not to mention numerous spreads in fashion magazines. After much success as a makeup artist, Roncal launched Mally Beauty—her namesake line of makeup and limited skin-care products—with the guiding philosophy that "the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful." That’s a great philosophy, but the question is: Are these quality products with a difference that will help you look and feel more beautiful?

As might be expected, Mally Roncal's celebrity cache created buzz when her line launched, and the chatter has led to a strong following on the QVC shopping channel, which is the primary home of her products. While Roncal knows how to sell a product (She is quite the cheerleader on air!) and she has worked with celebrities, that doesn't automatically mean all the Mally Beauty products are worth buying.

Although there are some well-formulated and innovative products to be found, Mally Beauty has a few misses. The majority of Mally Beauty's eye makeup and eyebrow products perform quite well, they feature a spectacular concealer with sunscreen and there are some good lip color options as well. Mally's Cancellation Conditioning Concealer and Evercolor Poreless Face Defender are top notch worthy of special mention.

On the flipside, Mally Beauty misses the mark with a few of the foundations, primers, and blushes we tried. The foundation we experimented with was especially disappointing because Mally Roncal is known for creating the illusion of perfect, dewy-looking skin, which her Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation didn't accomplish with our team.

We have to give Mally Beauty praise for including helpful application tips, demonstration videos, and full ingredient lists on the company website, and for their wonderful team who was more than helpful in sending products for The Paula's Choice Research Team to experiment with. There are some strong options to be found here, as well as others we would recommend skipping and our reviews will steer you toward what’s worth your time and money.

For more information about Mally Beauty, call 1-855-625-5948 or visit www.mallybeauty.com.

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Poreless Face Defender is Great!

I agree with Paula's review of this product! It is a very unusual looking cosmetic in that it almost resembles a cloudy, wax like,disc inside a large pink compact! It takes the place of face powder and it works in a spectacular way! Your face is left poreless with a mat finish that appears fresh and subtle; completely unlike the dry, chalky, aging condition that a typical face powder leaves. It is expensive, $40; BUT, I don't mind as much when the product works as advertised.

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