I received a sample pack of this foundation in a recent Sephora order and I am glad I did. I normally steer FAR away from any foundation that contains the word ‘oil’ but I actually really enjoyed this foundation.
While I would imagine this foundation was designed with dry skin people in mind, it performed well on my skin. It gave a beautiful, natural look to my skin; it was not too oily or shiny, but also not a matte or velvet finish either. Longevity is not a marketed benefit of this foundation. Even though it did not have the longest staying power on my particular skin type, it looked great for most of my work day when I set it with powder. One claim of this base is that it has medium-to-full coverage and it does! It was a gorgeous, but not cakey, full coverage and with a makeup sponge, can be sheered out to a medium coverage. Perhaps the moisturizing qualities of the formula lend itself to a cake-less coverage. I really think Josie Maran created a wonderful foundation, if the full coverage look is something you are after.
Regarding flash photography, it knocked it out of the park. No white cast or flashback at all. The finish of this foundation photographs beautifully whether flash is used or not. I definitely would recommend this foundation for those with dry to combination skin. While I do not think I would have worn this on my oily skin on my wedding day, if you have similar skin to mine and are interested, I would say get a sample of this and give it a shot. There are 14 shades in the range and I was able to find a perfect match for my skin color at the moment.
Even if you are not in the hunt for a wedding foundation, I really think you should give this a try. I think I will be purchasing this foundation in the full size come winter time. I am absolutely impressed with it and cannot wait to try it again.