I have tried many pact/cream foundations in the past, and none of them worked for me, except for this one! I understand now why this one is quite popular, and why it is more expensive than the usual pact or cushion foundation.
It spreads well and naturally on my face, and it doesn't make my skin look weirdly textured like some other foundations do. My face actually looked shiny and glass-skin like throughout the day!
I wore this all day to work, wearing a mask, for 10 hours. My face looked really smooth and the foundation didn't bunch up weirdly throughout the day like a lot of other foundations do. It also didn't rub off a ton on my close-fitting mask, which is great! At the end of the day my makeup still looked good. If you have dry skin, just make sure to exfoliate and moisturize before applying. Even though this is moisturizing, it can cling on to any dry spots you might have. I used a BHA exfoliant a few days ago, so I had a small patch of skin that was peeling, and it was emphasized with the foundation.
The packaging is adorable, and I admit that it was the red sparkles and shiny gold case that made me buy this. The case is really nice and the magnetic closure feels higher-end than the usual click-close cases.
This is a shade 21, but it seems like it is darker than most shade 21 BBs/cushions. I think people who wear shade 23 could wear this easily. I always wear shade 21 (neutral/warm), and sometimes I can wear 22, and this wasn't brightening at all for me. It applies a little greyish, but mercifully adjusts to my skin tone after a few minutes. Also, this has quite sheer coverage, and I don't know if it can be layered, so if you have a lot of blemishes to cover, this version might not be the best for you.
I really like this foundation and am so glad that it worked out for me (because it is pricey, I would have been upset if it was awful!). I do see why they say it is like skincare foundation, because my skin didn't feel dry at all when I wore this. It was also long lasting and looked good even after a long day. I am interested in other foundations by this brand! :)