No Foundation Foundation claims to be a multi-purpose product that provides natural translucent coverage, corrects skin undertones, instantly smoothes fine lines and boosts skin's natural moisture throughout the day, all the while delivering antioxidant benefits. (Unfortunately it doesn't quite manage to sing and dance at the same time too.) The texture is extremely lightweight and almost too runny to apply effectively; my normal application technique of pouring a small amount onto the back of my hand and applying with a brush was both painful and fruitless. Using the handy pump and applying a small amount directly onto your foundation brush bristles works much better, however.
Initially I was extremely disappointed with the coverage, as the colour was barely visible on my face and did little more than work as a tinted moisturiser. Although my skin tone is relatively uniform, I do have blotches and redness that need covering to create a flawless result; the No Foundation Foundation used alone wasn't able to create the result I wanted without a serious amount of concealer. Throughout the day my complexion became blotchy as the foundation started to wear away in some areas too, meaning I had to constantly re-blend my base and re-powder to ensure a consistent finish. My gut feeling is that this foundation doesn't like to play with others: it doesn't work well with primer, powder, blush and highlighter - it needs to be worn alone to stop the blotchy effect from taking effect.
Although Perricone MD is often hailed as the saviour of skin past a certain age, and this Foundation is either loved or hated by women across the UK, for me it just didn't work at all. I love an 'invisible' finish and dewy result, but this just didn't stand up against something like Benefit's Hello Flawless (which is as equally 'invisible' and doesn't smell of fish. Oh yeah, this foundation has a slight 'eau de haddock' that's tricky to get past!) The otherwise weak result became even worse over the course of a day, meaning this was safely stored back in the drawer and will only see the light of day when we get to the summer months. However, although it didn't work for me I know it's a firm favourite of thousands of women who have come to rely on its unique capabilities. If you're over the age of 40 and are getting serious concerns about your skin, then this could definitely work for you when used over time... However, for me, I'm sticking to what I know. Sorry Doctor Perricone!
The Dr Perricone 'No Foundation Foundation' is available online priced £47.00 for a 30ml bottle.
(It's uber expensive too!)