I am always on the prowl for the perfect product to give my face a flawless finish--not that one actually exists, but some are definitely better than others. I realize that all of the pictures in magazines are touched up significantly, but that doesn't stop me from trying to attain that type of finish with a product. Lancome's Oscillation Powerfoundation is quite impressive to me as far as the product itself is concerned. This mineral foundation with an SPF 21, has buildable coverage, although I personally don't find it necessary to build upon the initial application. The coverage is even (continue reading though, when I say even, that's only when adding an extra step in the application process), natural, non-drying and long-lasting. It gives my skin a dewy look without looking oily, and also adds a slight glow. Keeping in mind that everyone has different experiences with makeup, for me, this gives me an almost airbrushed look that hides pores and imperfections, without creasing or looking cakey.
I mentioned above that I love the product, but I find the application works much better if I apply the product with a Kabuki brush first, then buff the powder in using the oscillating applicator. I have tried to apply the product as the directions say, by picking up the product with the head of the applicator and then pressing the button which starts the oscillating, but I end up with very uneven coverage. It's difficult to get the powder around my nose and eyes effectively, and I find a Kabuki brush places it everywhere it needs to be in a much more even manner. The applicator head seems to be foam underneath, that is then covered with a thin layer of fleece-like material. I can't get the flawless finish with just a Kabuki brush, so I do like the final look the oscillating applicator gives--just not quite the way the instructions say to use it.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this product. It's a little expensive at $48.00, but it compares price-wise to many other products I've tried. I had been using Diorskin Powder Makeup, which retails for $46.00 for the same amount of product (0.28 oz.), but I prefer the lighter feeling of Lancome's. This one takes a little longer for me to apply, but I'm happier with the results.
For reference, my skin type is normal with a slightly oily T-zone. I chose Honey 25 for the shade, and it's a good match for my medium-toned complexion with slight pink undertones.