After reading Becky's thoughts on this foundation I eagerly rushed out to buy it. I'm always on the lookout for a bargain, and at £3.49ish (I think) I was keen to give this a try.
There's limited shades available, but I found shade 10 'Transparent' to be a good match. Normally the names given to foundation shades are a hint to the shade itself (porcelain, sand beige etc) and I have to say that transparent is not an accurate description of my skin tone. This was the lightest shade available, and I'm around an NW20 so this foundation wouldn't be suitable for anybody with fairer skin than me.
This foundation gives good coverage with average staying power. I'm sure I read on the box that it's fragrance free, although it does have a strong scent which could be from the ingredients such as shea butter that it contains. Whilst applying I find the smell to be overpowering and slightly sickly, but this fades on application and thankfully is indetectable almost straight away.
For me, the good points about this foundation end here. I happily used this for a few weeks and then my skin took a dreadful turn for the worse. My eyes became incredibly dry (similar to when I had blepharitis) and I've had to bathe them twice a day with baby shampoo and apply Aveeno moisturiser liberally to try and get them back to normal. Thankfully, after about 10 days they're nearly good as new. Around my hair line my skin has got really dry, almost eczema-like patches which also have discolouration. I also got dry, red bumps around the sides of my nose. I'm over the worst of it now, but some days my whole forehead was so incredibly and unbearably itchy. I can't say for 100% that it was this foundation, but nothing else in my skincare regime changed, and since I've stopped using the Lacura foundation my skin has begun to calm down again.
In all honesty I'm a little bit sad that this happened, after all who doesn't like finding a bargainous gem of a beauty product? Maybe it's just me though, so I'd love to know if you've had a better experience with Lacura Beauty foundation.