03.13.2015
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Matifying Compact Foundation
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$20
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Powder Foundation
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an outstanding talc-based pressed-powder foundation for those with normal to oily skin. It has a silky application and sheer matte finish that looks practically seamless on skin. True to claim, this really does make your complexion “look like sheer perfection,” assuming that you don’t have any discolorations or blemishes, in which case you should use this foundation with the appropriate concealer. Sephora provides a huge range of shades with options for fair to dark skin tones. Consider the following shades carefully due to slight overtones of rose, copper, peach, or gold: R30, D32, D33, R33, D40, and R55. On the other hand, avoid D34, R40, and R50 because they don’t resemble real skin tones. Shade D65 is an impressive non-ashen dark tone.

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Sephora At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; some good cleansers and makeup removers; the Blotting Papers; good powder foundation; impressive blush and shiny eyeshadow options; great metallic finish eyeliner; awesome brow kit; bountiful selection of lipsticks and lip glosses; a couple of very good mascaras; several outstanding makeup brushes;  testers are available in-store for each product, and sales pressure is practically nonexistent.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to below-average toners, moisturizers, and sunscreens; no options for those dealing with acne or skin discolorations; some SPF-rated products (including foundations) lack sufficient UVA-protecting actives; the lip plumper is too irritating; too many disappointing eye-makeup products, including several disappointing eyeliners and brow pencils; unappealing shimmer powders.

Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-care products can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.

Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more nformation about Sephora, call (877) 737-4672 or visit www.sephora.com.

Sephora Makeup

Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold in their boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.

What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.

More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesn’t compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.

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01.05.2015
Reasonably Priced Option for Oily Skin

Light-medium coverage in a wide selection of shades. My go-to powder foundation (drugstore) was discontinued and before I ran out, I took it to Sephora in search of a replacement (any brand) and this most closely matched texture and shade. Most foundations are too yellow-based for my fair, pink undertones and combined with oily skin turn dark/yellow. Texture is silky and fine but does not feel too matte on skin. Price is reasonable, albeit higher than my previous brand.

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Ruth B.
08.22.2013
Fantastic foundation for oily skin

This is a fantastic foundation for oily skin. I have tried loads of others and this is the best. It offers light to medium coverage, depending on how you apply it, and it's very natural - does not look like you're wearing foundation.

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