Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation

If you’ve ever thought, “with all the technological advancements we’ve made, why can’t someone just look at a picture of my face and make a damn foundation for me?!” Enter Prescriptives. Laying down those fat custom blends since 1979.

Depending on your age, you may remember Prescriptives in the beauty counter environment. They have since exited the counter and moved exclusively online. They carry a full line of traditional foundations and other makeup. Their one-of-a-kind Custom Blend foundation is created for you via Skype call with a Prescriptives consultant and by uploading a makeup-free photo taken in natural light. This process was simple to do and my consultant was super nice. We even found out we had a few things in common! The Skype call had a few glitches but we got the details down.

_MG_0430The first batch that Prescriptives mixed for me was sadly not a match. I think the Skype call and selfie I sent were deceptively pale and pink. However, they quickly adjusted my blend and I was able to reorder the corrected shade. Returns are free and easy to do. The foundation came in a nice little pouch with a little travel size bottle too.

If you want to find out if the second shade was a winner, check out my video review and demo below!


Pictured above: Prescriptives Custom Blend with my holy grail NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Ceylan.

Here’s the first blend Prescriptives created for me:


And the second, revised one:


You should definitely get all up on that video but here’s my quick takeaways from the Prescriptives Custom Blend experience.

Color The first batch was dramatically too light and pink. The second batch had the yellow and white levels adjusted for me accordingly. Check out the video to see if you think they nailed it or airballed it.

Coverage Because I wanted a dewy finish, and the fullest coverage is very matte, I went with Medium. It is buildable though to nearly-full coverage and covered my redness and spots well.

Finish Because I expressed that I love a dewy, glowy finish, they added the Candlelight finish. I still don’t think it was as satiny or luminous as I’d like 🙁

Wear The wear was average-to-good. I did find that it oxidized a little, something I noticed in a photo taken later in the day. It certainly didn’t minimize my pores much, even with a primer. Be aware that I do have very dry skin. It definitely needs set with a powder.

Value The Custom Blend retails for $78. Yup, nearly 80 bones for foundation. If you’re paying this much for foundation, the color better be dead-on, the finish like that of angel skin and the coverage impeccable. That being said, I still love my NARS Sheer Glow best and will happily continue to spend $45 on that instead.

Final thoughts If you have struggled to find a foundation that matches, and have likely wasted hundreds of dollars trying to work with the rejects or if you have to blend several to achieve a good match, a Custom Blend Foundation would be just what you’re looking for. The custom factor allows you to add certain skincare benefits and cater the coverage and finish to your liking. I love that they’ll try until they get it right too.

If you’re like me and already adore a foundation that is far more affordable, you likely won’t stray. As Selena Gomez once said, the heart wants what it wants, amirite?! <3

Prescriptive Custom Blend Foundation was provided for review purposes. No financial compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Serein

    02/21/2015 at 9:15 PM

    Good to know they were able to remake you a new one ❤️

  2. Jasmine Diane (@thejasminediane)

    02/24/2015 at 12:42 AM

    Gosh $80? That’s an arm and a leg. I use Smash Box’s bb cream, but I want to get a full coverage foundation for my stash soon. Is NARS your favorite? Do you wear foundation everyday or are you more of a bb cream girl? Love this post! I’m getting more into makeup these days.

    Jas |

  3. Jenny

    02/24/2015 at 11:56 AM

    At first I was like wow, this sounds amazing! They custom make the color, finish, AND skincare options! But $79 is expensive, especially since it sounds like there were still areas for improvement!. At least the returns were free and it sounds like they have great customer service!

  4. Jesse McCray

    01/12/2016 at 1:08 PM

    You should find a Motives Cosmetics rep in your area. We do custom blend foundation in liquid and powder. You can have dewy AND full coverage in both consistentcies. We do matches in person using a daylight lamp or the actual daylight and you leave with the correct everything. It depends on pricing on who is doing it and where you are, I’m in Portland Oregon and I charge $40 for powder

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