Where to begin with this one? I don't hate it but I don't love it. I had a hard time getting this to work for me and to perform consistently. I have the same skin prep routine but tried different moisturizers, primers, and setting sprays and haven't found a great combination yet. Sephora's website provides the following claims: Good for all skin types offering full coverage with a matte finish. Here are my thoughts based on my experience with this product and their claims:
Shade: I am between shades 1N2 Ecru (pale ivory beige with neutral undertones) and 2N1 Desert Beige (light to medium beige with warm neutral undertones). I did not want to spend the money on two foundations to mix so I bought 2N1 thinking I could add in my Cover FX Custom Cover Drops if necessary. The shade was a decent shade match and works best for in the summer when I have more color. I did find that this is difficult to match.
Coverage: This is definitely full coverage. Is it the fullest coverage I have tried? No - but it is probably in the top 3. I found myself having to sheer it out with a moisturizer as it was just to full for me. I played with different application methods and definitely prefer a damp beauty blender with this one. It takes away a bit of the coverage but leaves a much nicer finish and more flawless application. When using a brush, I found this applied to heavily and emphasized texture on the skin. I also noticed that in areas where I tend to produce more oils, this ended up separating and looking pretty cakey (usually around my nose, between my eyes and on the apples of my cheeks).
Finish: This definitely has a matte finish but I found it to be a bit more natural and not super matte/tightening. It has a very thin consistency. This definitely dries down quickly and I found that other products were easy to blend on top of this. My biggest complaint is that this settled into every crease and fine line. I tried setting it with powder but that only left my face looking dry and cakey after a little while. I tried using smoothing primers and soft focus/blurring primers and this did nothing. I made sure to use water based products as well. On the plus side, this transferred very little if I set using a powder and setting spray and does look very nice from a distance and in photos. It also lasts all day IF you can keep it from settling and separating.
I will keep playing with this foundation and trying it with different products to see if I can get it to work. It looks really nice when you first apply it and I love that it is a more natural matte finish and has lasting power. I really enjoy the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30
and wanted to give this a try for days where I need more coverage and lasting power. At this time, I would not repurchase unless I can find a combination that works.