I have so many mixed feelings about this foundation. I want to love it but I can’t. It’s a lightweight medium coverage foundation with a satin finish.
I got the second lightest shade EF-02 which is the lightest yellow shade and it’s an amazing match for me, when first applied. However it does oxidise, not enough that my face is bordering on Trumpish but enough that you can see a difference where I’ve blended it down my neck, by a shade or two. Freshly applied it’s a great summer match for me, similar to Nars Sheer Glow in Gobi. I think the Etherealist foundation is a touch more yellow/green. This foundation with a tiny bit of blue mixer is a pretty spot on colour match.
It’s meant to be a semi-satin finish but I would describe it as more satin. You can definitely it has light reflecting properties when on the face. It gives a very nice lit from within glow. This can be toned down a bit with powder. Even though I have normal/dry skin, I find that any amount of oil can make already glowy foundation look super dewy, especially since they’re formulated for dry skin. This foundation is no exception. However freshly applied and after blotting it gives a beautiful lit from withn glow.
I find this applies best with fingers which isn’t my favourite way to apply foundation. However it does gives a beautiful skinlike finish without being too dotty on me. I generally pat over my face with a puff once I’ve blended it in. In saying that when it applies well it’s amazing, when it doesn’t I really don’t like it. If my skin isn’t in tip top condition it doesn’t look the greatest. My best application was following a full skincare routine including exfoliating.
I wouldn’t consider it the longest wearing foundation. I tried it from 9am to 8pm. Despite a terrible application, it faded somewhat gracefully. However I have applied it from 2pm to 8pm and it looked the same as when I first applied it. This is also a foundation that I would consider to improve with wearing it. Which sounds really weird but my natural oils kinda help blend it into the skin, or maybe the shiny helps hide terrible bits. When it’s good it’s a great foundation and I really like it, however it’s very hit and miss.
Now packaging is a semi-important thing for me, it’s not something I look for in reviews but I know some people like to read about it. The foundation comes in an airless pump. It looks elegent but there’s nothing stopping the product from accidentally coming out if the lid is pressed, or rather nothing stopping the lid from accidentally being pressed. If you travel a lot you’ll need to decant it. Additionally, the hole where the foundation goes out gets dirty really fast and get on everything if you don’t clean it up. However, I do like the pump. I only use half a pump for my whole face and it’s easy to dispense just the right amount with minimal wastage.
I think this foundation is a good shade match. The formula and application are finickity, when applied well it’s great when applied not well… I will wipe it off and either start again or give up.
Coverage: Light Medium
What is it: Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Foundation
Price: 92 NZD
Would I repurchase: Maybe