Most of the times I prefer a matte look because I'm just into it, but it dries my skin out. I just layer this base underneath, and it sticks well to my makeup.
I don't like using too much products on my skin, esp in the morning where its hot. I use this after toner and I proceed with some powder. Its moisturizing enough and my skin looks as good still.
My foundation seems to glide on smoother with this day essence. I find that it prevents my foundation from looking cakey too.