Quick Details: OILY skin, Fenty 420 is a perfect color match, purchased @ Target, applied over Fenty mattifying primer, set with Range's smooth out powder in golden light.
The Good: Applying 1 pump, really nice finish, no problem blending out, but it does dry quick so you have to move fast.
The Bad: Sahara’s Rose is NOT a color match at all. I purchased what was recommended by the shadefinder tool and felt fairly confident given this is the same shade the founder wears. The color seems close to my skin after dotting the foundation but after blending it out it is about 3-5 shades too dark. Specifically, the foundation leaves some sort of cast on the skin and does not blend into my skin. It was very noticeably not the right color (in person and on zoom). Applying 2 pumps of the foundation, the bad color match and odd skin cast was very apparent. And the foundation dried down even faster after applying the initial coat—I had small (but noticeable to me) dark streaks on my nose. I used the setting powder to set the foundation and despite the color the finish was nice! Then 3-4 hours passed with minimal touch ups and my face was OILY. Noticeable shine on a zoom call, YIKES! I was shiny all over my face, but most noticeable around my smile lines—an area where I don’t typically get that oily. I was able to make it work, but that was fairly quick to get SO oily.
What Could Be Improved: 1) Color Swatches: This is a MUST for foundation, especially for products you can’t try in person. Show the models with and without foundation. 2) The pump: This is not a product you go heavy with. If you look at the videos on the site, the models/Alicia only use a little bit of product. The pump only gives a full pump you can’t get a half pump or a small amount of product without opening the bottle. 2 pumps of this is a NO. 3) Expand the shade range: This will come in time, but there is too big of a jump from Rio to Sahara’s Rose. 4) Improve the shadefinder: No one really does this well, but there needs to be better guidance (even if it is saying mix 2 colors together). 5) The formula: The foundation sits on skin instead of sinking into skin. Noting that my skin may have reacted badly with the formulation.
Final Thoughts: If you have really oily skin, you might want to pass on this. Even with the setting powder I got pretty oily sitting at a computer for a few hours, and would not want to see what this looks likes after a night out or during the day out and about. Hydrating foundation is not for me (though I will still try rio, even if I have to mix—I won’t give up!). Dry skinned ladies may love this if the color matches. I’ll be waiting for the mattifying formula (or even better a powder foundation)—hint, hint Alicia. So happy to support this brand!
This foundation is a GAMECHANGER! My complexion looks lifted, glowy and bronzed to perfection. Not only is it’s staying power long-wearing, my skin maintains a balance of matte and glow so I don’t look greasy by the end of the day. Sensitive skin or acne-prone? No worries, I haven’t gotten a breakout or any reactions at all whatsoever. I will be rocking with Range Beauty forever!
This is a great shade match for Fenty 420/NARS Macao etc. it blends right into the skin, good for sensitive skin, no streaks when blending and also no heavy fragrant smell. Highly recommend
I love this stuff. It’s buildable if you want more coverage, but the finish and shade is so perfect that I’m happy a little goes a long way. If you’re like me and look for base products with a skincare benefit, get this!
It’s an okay foundation. The shade match is really good. Performance wise, it’s not good in hot weather. It’s also not really hydrating. It photographs pretty well but dried really fast so it was kind of hard to blend out. It’s just not on the same level as my fave foundations. BUT I will always try to support a black business when I can