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In early July my friend Sam turned me on to Performance Colors. I saw their Light and Smooth foundation and just had to try it. It’s a cream to matte powder finish foundation.
The Website Says
Light and smooth foundation for ladies who don’t like a heavy foundation. Dries down quickly so it barely feels like you are wearing anything. All day wear! Matte powdery finish! Smooth and beautiful with light reflecting spheres to blur imperfections and wrinkles. This foundation is lightweight and spreads easily over any skin type. It comes in in warm (yellow undertones), neutral, and cool (pink undertones). At the fair end of the spectrum the color shift is more subtle. Sample sizes are available. Oil-free formula and a non-oily feel – made with non-cosmogeic ingredients to not block pores. Contains 4% zinc oxide and 11% titanium dioxide for approximate sun protection of 12-15%.**
**For those concerned with long-term skin exposure to UVA/UVB rays, this product contains 11% titanium dioxide and 4% zinc oxide. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide offer protection by reflecting the rays of sun when suspended in a cream so they act like a physical barrier. This is especially good for people with sensitive skin or allergies to sunscreen additives. The FDA has a stringent SPF labeling process. A product must submit to yearly tests to substantiate its claims of protection.
Beeswax, Silica, Titanium dioxide, Cyclopentasiloxane (and) Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isoeicosane, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cyclomethicone, Methicone, Zinc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Magnesium stearate, Magnesium myristrate, Stearic Acid, Vitamin E Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol. Stearic Acid, Iron oxides, Ultramarine Blue, fragrance.
$10 for .5 oz, samples available
Performance Colors is cruelty free. You can purchase their products at Etsy.
I like that the company owner lists the amount of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide but doesn’t make specific SPF claims. She lists off helpful information to people who don’t know about the FDA’s stringent requirements.
Light and Smooth comes in 14 shades:
Warm: Fair, Light, Medium-Light, Medium
Neutral: Snowie, Fair, Light, Medium-Light, Medium, Tan/Deep
Cool: Fair, Light, Medium-Light, Medium
I purchased Snowie, which is the pale neutral shade.
With Snowie swatched on my cheek
With Snowie on half of my face
Wearing Snowie all over
Wearing Snowie in a finished look. See the tutorial.
I prefer to apply this with the Sigma F88 or the beauty blender sponge. Snowie is a perfect match for my skintone.
Wearing Snowie for a wedding reception. See the look.
It says the coverage is medium and I find it perfect for me. Surprisingly, I got better wear with this product without a primer, though I need to experiment with different primers. I get 7 to 8 hours of wear but I need a touch up on my t-zone. If I set this with NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting powder (I swear this stuff is amazing!), I get between 9 and 10 hours. It’s easy to do a touch up with it, too, because it just melds into the skin and easily blends into what you’ve already got on.
I love the matte finish, but if you don’t like it, I would use a subtle face highlighter or finishing powder that adds a glow.
If you don’t want medium coverage, take a beauty blender, get it wet and wring it out, then dab it in the foundation and ‘bounce’ it to apply it to your face. If you want medium coverage, use a cream foundation brush or the beauty blender dry.
Overall, I’m very impressed with this cream to powder foundation! If you’re a fan of cream foundations, I recommend checking out this one from Performance Colors. I’ll be reviewing more of their products.
What do you think of Performance Colors Light & Smooth foundation? What shade would you wear?
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looks great on you! Interesting that it works better for you without a primer.
cinseven13 I thought so too!
I love the finish of this. I’m definitely going to give this a try! I look forward to more Performance Colors reviews.
daydream_beauty Yay, great to hear!
Wow – great review. I will definitely try this in the near future – Snowie is a perfect match for you!
trumpette It’s a really great match! Love it!
I ordered a few samples too. I also found it works best on bare skin.
I think this is the best foundie you’ve worn in literally months, to be frank.
I mostly lurk and enjoy your blog, however I have to say that you are beautiful and inspire me daily to add some more color into my life. Thank you!
I should try this! I have a really hard time finding foundation pale enough and snowie looks amazing!
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Bisque Snowie is definitely amazing!
Loving your hair, Phyrra! My daughter just did hers in purple, teal and royal blue, and when I saw it, I thought of you!
Shannon Abadie Schiltz sounds gorgeous!
Ok, Phyrra, this is the first indie sample order I’ve placed in several years. . .let’s see how it goes.
@Fortune Buchholtz I hope you like it! I really do
So does it actually dry to a powder and does anyone know what it does to fine lines?
AmberM It dries down to the skin to be like a second skin, which is great. I don’t always like how it looks under my eyes, but if I set under the eyes with NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder I’m good.
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