I tried the 4.5 first but it was just a tad too dark and to be honest this does have a somewhat yellow understand and I think the perfect shade would actually be to mix the 4.0 and 4.5, but I've gotten more compliments on my face and complexion with the 4.0 . I just dab some on top of my hand and with my sigma f80 and it applies so easily and is lightweight enough that I can highlight and contour over it. My only setback is I have an oily face and while this isn't oily when applying I find that throughout the day I have to go in with the UD naked finish powder to get the oil off my t-zone. I just need more coverage than a powder foundation, but I do love this product. And the only other small issue is that if this is your only foundation you might be in a pickle, b/c it's really hard to tell when you are about to run out.
I received this foundation in shade 0.5 as a gift. If I were shade-maching myself I would have chosen shade 1, as I have olive undertones (and yellow blends better with olive than pink does). Surprisingly enough, I can still get away with this--it's not as pink as most "porcelain" shades are. And the value (as in the lightness/darkness, not monetary value) is perfect for my vampire-esque complexion.
Before receiving this, I felt pretty meh about it and had no intention of trying it out, although I am CONSTANTLY seeking my HG foundation. I figured this was just another sheer, dewy concoction not suited for my combination skin with plenty of issues to cover. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the coverage and finish. It does a great job evening out my redness in the cheek area and it doesn't emphasize my large pores. The finish is a lovely matte that isn't dry or dead looking. It did not do well on my flaky nose in the days after I got sunburned (oops), but I wouldn't expect anything to deal with that. Just FYI, I apply it with the little Tarte brush that comes with their powder foundation and it works beautifully.
Overall, I like this much more than I thought I would and am considering buying it in shade 1 at some point.
Very light weight, very buildable, very easy to apply it, They offer a wide range of colors both warm and cool.
#2 was an okay match for my skin, nothing exceptional.
I didn't like it as much as other people said they do..
didn't smooth out the skin as well as I would like it to, the kind of matte finish it gave wasn't the chic with inner glow kind - just a rather dull and flat one,
I'm really annoyed that this foundation didn't work for me :( I'm giving it three stars because lord, it looked beautiful. It made my skin tone even out and did a good job at hiding some of my old acne scars and redness. I loved the semi-matte finish, which had just enough luminosity to make my skin glow.
Unfortunately, that's where my praise runs out. This foundation made me break out terribly within like two days of using it and we're talking huge, nasty, painful cystic acne that I'm only just recovering from. It turns out that it's NOT oil free, which means bad times for my combination-leaning-oily skin. Plus, even with a finishing powder, this stuff just melted off, even inside in air conditioning. Five or six hours after application, every time I touched my face it would still be coming off. This meant that although it looked perfect when I did it, it became more and more uneven throughout the day.
I just returned my bottle to Sephora and switched it with the MUFE HD foundation, which hopefully will work better!