"Color Me" is an easy and universal way to apply liquid or powder foundation. It can cut application time in half with its technology of "15,000 pulses per minute stimulating gentle finger tapping as foundation glides onto skin." Lightweight and hand held, this is any makeup wearers dream for seamless foundation application.
For $54, plus buying replacement sponges every two weeks, $9 per 2 pack, I'd always been skeptical as to how well this really worked. The local Ulta had the Color Me on sale for 50% off!! For such a steal, making it only $27, I decided to give it a try. Note: You will still pay full price for this online. It was only marked down at this location because it was in the test market and will no longer be sold at that store. So, if I decide to continue buying replacement sponges I'll need to rack up before they pull this product for good, or order more online.
after using Color Me Foundation Applicator
First Impressions: The instructions say to turn the device on and apply 1 pump of your foundation onto the sponge, allowing it to soak in. - WRONG - I definitely had to apply 2 -3 pumps before I felt like it really started applying the foundation the way it's intended to. At first I felt like it was applying unevenly and streaky, but after I had enough product applied I was much happier with the application.
The directions instruct you to tap a little foundation from the sponge onto the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin, then to go back and glide over the skin in circular motions until completely blended. I chose to use my Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation because I really like the finish of it on my skin. Honestly, I didn't feel like it cut my application time in half. Yes, this was my first time using the device, but I had to keep putting little quarter pumps of my foundation onto the sponge to give me the full coverage I like.
I also spend way too long buffing foundation out on my nose. The tip of my nose always turns pink (at some point in the day or another) so I focus on blending a lot of product right there. On the nose, the application was especially streaky because the hard, dense sponge gave no wiggle room for crevasses. I kept working with it, though, and was ultimately happy with the way my foundation set on my skin.
my basic, 10 minute face, showing off how my foundation set using applicator
I did like the Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator! Looking at my skin hours after the application, and having not set it with any powder, I'm very happy with the way it set and held up. Little lines on my forehead and pores in my T-Zone aren't as noticeable as I feel they normally would be by now - definitely an airbrush finish.
I don't see myself using this every day, because I feel like it took too much foundation than was actually needed (it's a sponge, what can ya' expect?) and I still had to go over blemishes with concealer - even after adding more foundation. I will definitely pick up more sponges to have as back up. I see myself whipping this out when I know I'll be working a long shift or going out to an event where I would want a seamless application that lasts. What do you think about this applicator? Would you dish out the $54 on it?! Let me know!