I've been using this foundation for almost two years so I think it's high time for a review! The best bit it? It's £2.39! The worst bit? It's sold at ALDI supermarket, which isn't very accessible for some.
I use the shade called 'Transparent'. The name's a bit misleading, but as you can see from the blob below, it's a pretty good match for my pale skin. Now it's not the lightest 'cheap' foundation you can get - Max Factor do some very pale ones, but it's fine for me.
As you can see, it's very creamy and gives relatively full coverage, even over my freckles.
- It promises "perfect coverage and natural shine protection" and it pretty much delivers on this.
- Price: for what it is, the price is truly unbelievable. I reach for this far more than my many other expensive foundations, like MAC Studio Fix. £2.39 is even below your standard 'drugstore' foundation price point. You can't beat it on value for money.
- Texture: it contains aloe vera and shea butter and therefore feels quite moisturising. It's very creamy and a little goes a long way - I've been using this tube on and off for nearly a year. However, the formulation is best for oily skin as it is a little drying once set.
- Coverage: medium to full and very buildable but it feels light on. You need to be careful not to leave a tidemark as it does set, so it's a good idea to bring it down onto your neck. It's not as heavy as Collection 2000 Lasting Finish, which is my favourite budget full coverage foundation. You would still want to use a concealer for undereye circles or blemishes.
- Application: I prefer to apply it with my hands as it's easier to blend when melted by the warmth of my fingers, but it also applies well with a traditional foundation brush or a duo fibre. It is builable as I've mentioned, but it does 'set' after a while. You don't need to use a primer with it.
- Colour: personally, the shade is pretty much bang on for my fair freckly skin, especially in the summer.
- Packaging: Unlike more expensive drugstore foundations it comes in a box so you can be sure it's not been tampered with. The container is a nice hygienic squeezy tube which contains 30mls - the standard amount. Being in a tube, the product hasn't oxidised and has lasted me ages.
- Finish: although it does feel quite dry after it sets, my skin actually looks dewy, not oily. The finish is one of my favourite things about it.
- Durability: it lasts for a good 6 -8 hours which is enough for me for a night out or work.
Lacura also produce a pressed powder in 'Transparent' which is excellent and again, only £2.39.
As you can see, even when using a flash, it leaves my skin dewy rather than greasy looking and provides just the right amount of coverage which still lets a few of my freckles show through.
If you still need convincing, check out its reviews on MakeupAlley where it gets an impressive 4.5/5.