Shown: Makeup by Mario SurrealSkin Foundation ($42) in the shade 20N
“I am a big fan of dewy complexion products, so when Mario Dedivanovic announced the launch of the SurrealSkin Foundation, I knew I had to try it. I used the online shade finder and got matched to shades 19C and 20N; 19C was a little too orange for me, and while 20N is technically my darker shade, I preferred the undertone, so I decided to stick with it. The consistency of this foundation is thick but somehow easy to blend. (It only took one pump to cover my entire face, and that’s because I didn’t want to waste it.) It also doesn’t feel heavy or overbearing on my skin. I was nervous to see shimmer particles because I have a bit of texture and acne on my face, but the formula didn’t accentuate them at all, which I was grateful for.
I’d consider this foundation a medium (but buildable) coverage, and though I don’t find it to look overly glowy on the skin, if you are on the more oily side, be sure to use a mattifying primer and powder. Overall, I really enjoy the foundation, but I feel like the undertones are a little off. I do have a tricky-to-match neutral/yellow undertone to my skin that can shift throughout the year depending on the season, so while I’ll probably hold off on wearing it in the winter at my most pale, it will be sitting front and center in my makeup bag once the summer officially hits.” — Ariel Baker, assistant beauty editor