Colorescience Sheer Creme Foundation is part of Colorescience’s mineral make-up range and is a silicone-based foundation in a pump action bottle with a lightweight, mousse-like texture that spreads easily.
This make-up range was developed specifically for beauticians to use in salons and spas on their clients who have just had facial treatments and don’t want to leave the salon or spa without any make-up on, although Colorescience do also market this as an ‘everyday’ foundation, as it is suitable for all skin types, especially dry skin.
The range is designed to nourish, protect and soothe the skin with vitamins A & E, essential fatty acids and milk lipids and to hide any blemishes, imperfections or visible redness. According to Colorescience, their products are guaranteed not to cause any breakouts or reactions when used on sensitive skin directly after a facial.
Colorescience Sheer Creme Foundation comes in six limited shades and out of the four that I tried (California Girl, All Dolled Up, Girl From Ipanema and A Taste of Honey) I found most of them to be far too pale, even for my fair skin tone! The one that came closest to my natural skin colour was A Taste of Honey and it’s one of the darker colours in their range (I usually use Revlon Colorstay in Natural Beige #004, to give you an idea of my skin tone).
The high titanium dioxide and zinc oxide content in this product causes it to look quite pasty and pale. After applying the foundation with my fingers, I found that there was a fair amount of white residue left on my fingertips, this does wash off with soap and water. Unfortunately, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the two main culprits that cause white flashback in photographs (see pic below), so I would personally not recommend this as an everyday foundation and would definitely avoid using it on special occasions when you know you’re going to be photographed!
The coverage is sheer to light and Colorescience do recommend using either their mineral pressed powder foundation or the loose mineral powder foundation in a darker shade on top of the creme foundation for medium coverage and also to adjust the colour of the creme foundation to suit your skin tone.
Personally, I’m not a fan of using two separate products (a creme and a powder) in order to get the correct colour foundation for my skin. If the powder is not applied perfectly, it can leave your skin looking a little patchy and uneven, with some areas of the face looking lighter than others.
For me, the white residue and pasty-looking foundation was a definite let down and I would not recommend or purchase this to use every day. However, if you do get regular facial treatments done and need to go somewhere afterwards or don’t want to leave the salon without any make-up on, then the creme and powder foundation would be good products to keep in your handbag, specifically for ‘after treatment’ use.
Colorescience Sheer Creme Foundation is available from selected beauty salons and online.