This has got to be the best foundation I have come across so far.
Lasting Foundation SPF 12
For Oily skin types. This lightweight foundation glides on and stays put, for over 7 hours of lasting beauty. Formulated with Pro-Retinol, it helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, plus SPF 12 and Vitamins C and E derivatives to help protect skin. Ophthalmologist tested.
Safe for contact lens wearers. Fragrance-free. Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Comes in 17 shades.
|Merle Norman Lasting Foundation SPF 12|
|Merle Norman Lasting Foundation SPF 12|
|Merle Norman Lasting Foundation SPF 12 in Alabaster Beige|
|Merle Norman Lasting Foundation SPF 12 in Alabaster Beige - Swatch|
|Merle Norman Lasting Foundation SPF 12 in Alabaster Beige -Before & After Application|
For more than a year, I have been dedicated to Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation which I believe is one of the best drugstore foundations for combination/oily skin. I am so glad I have come upon something even better. Yes, this is it! Merle Norman Lasting Foundation is a dream come true especially for oily skin.
It comes in a 30ml tube which is not my favorite packaging. I prefer a pump bottle instead – that’s much easier to handle and use. Before I begin with the review, I would like to share about my visit to the Merle Norman store located at The Forum, Karachi. Usually when I go pick a product, I do extensive research of my own as I absolutely do not enjoy my money going to waste especially when it’s a high-end brand. So I did my research and decided on a shade for my fair-medium skin tone (NC30 in MAC). When I went there with my sister, we tested the shade ‘Natural’ that we had picked however we were disappointed because it turned out to have a peach undertone that looked off on my skin. The sales assistant at the store helped us pick our perfect match which was ‘Alabaster Beige’. I must say the staff at the store seems very well-trained.
Alabaster Beige has a yellow undertone that matches my skin perfectly. The consistency of the product is thin but not runny. It won’t spill or create a mess when you squeeze product out of the tube. It gives a medium coverage which can be built. The formulation is concentrated so it is easier to achieve a full coverage. It has a mild scent which isn’t pleasant in my books but doesn’t bother me either for it fades upon application. The scent is reminiscent of a milder version of Revlon Color Stay foundation to be precise. About the application, I'd say it's a bit tricky. It blends flawlessly but sets quickly so I suggest doing your face in sections. I’ve noticed that it gives a slight tight feeling to my skin similar to what I get with Revlon Color Stay foundation. To solve the issue, I suggest wearing a good primer underneath.
I love that it gives a true matte finish. No siree! There’s not a single hint of shine on my face when I apply this. Also, it doesn’t appear cakey no matter how much your layer it on. I was staggered the first time when I applied it; my skin looked so even and natural. I cannot emphasize enough how natural it appears on me – almost undetectable, so genius! Also, this foundation lasts a long time. Normally, foundations begin to wear off on my nose first and then my T-zone. This, however, lasted so well on my combination skin. My sister with oily skin feels the same way about it. The oil control is very good. It keeps my face shine-free for four hours after which I can see minimal shine peeking through. If you set it with a setting powder, it will keep your shine-free for the rest of the day. It comes with SPF 12 protection which is a plus. However, there is one problem. It accentuates any dryness on the face so I suggest exfoliating and moisturizing your face prior to application.
This foundation, as mentioned previously, sticks to my face like anything and stands heat and humidity very well therefore it should be removed with a good makeup remover or cleansing milk. Because if you don’t, it might sit in your pores and cause break outs. So taking it off properly is imperative. I say double cleanse, that’s even better!
I am totally digging this! If you have oily skin or combination with oily T-zone, you should try this once. I bet you’ll like it. I certainly do not think it would suit dry/normal skin types. A close drugstore dupe for it would be Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation.
You might like it if…
- You have combination/oily skin type
- You live in a hot and humid climate
- You expect medium to full coverage
- It gives a true matte, non-cakey and natural-looking finish
- It covers imperfections very well and evens out your skin
- It doesn’t wear off and stays put all day
- It keeps you shine-free up to four hours
- It comes with SPF 12 protection
- You have dry/normal skin type
- You live in a cool and dry climate
- It highlights dryness on your face
- The scent bothers you
Merle Norman Lasting Foundation SPF 12 is priced at PKR 2995. You can purchase it from Forum Mall Clifton Karachi. Merle Norman Pakistan also offer home delivery nationwide. Visit them on Facebook for more information and updates. For folks abroad, go to Merle Norman.com to locate a store near you.