* This is going to be a rambling post but I will be raving about the RMK Base eventually somewhere in here!*
I like to try out foundations. The only thing is, you can't be rotating too many different foundations at any time, unlike blushers or eyeshadows or glosses, cos well, foundations all look kind of the same anyway after application. Anyway, I always tend to go for the higher end brands, because for one thing, they can match your shade at the counter, and you can ask loads of questions, and the 'technology' of these foundations are superior.. not that I don't like 'drugstore' ones, but I have never tried one that matches my skintone (the silkygirl one is always so beigy, and the Rimmel ones are too dark even their lightest tone), and other brands like Revlon, ZA, Loreal, while they are raved about, costs almost $30 or slightly more each anyway, and I think I would rather pay a bit more for someone/ somewhere I can get exact match.
Ok, before I go on and on about all the products, the picture below shows my foundation container (which I purchased at Daiso), it is a little too small for all the junk that goes inside, but anyway, this works for now. I am also showing you my foundation brush of the moment, which is the Essence of Beauty dual ended foundation/ concealer brush.
Contents: Foundations (Dior, MUFE, MAC, Shu Uemura, Clinique) Primers (Chanel, Maybelline, RMK), Face Powders (MAC MSF Natural, MAC Sculpt & Shape, MUFE Loose Powder), Concealers (MAC Studio Finish, and MAC Studio Sculpt)
I am almost running out of the Clinique and MUFE foundation by now..so the box should have a little more room and not so packed.
And this is my current favourite foundation routine for now, and the picture below shows the order in which I apply my foundation/ base.
Base: RMK Creamy Primer, Foundation: Shu Uemura Face Architect, Setting: MUFE Loose Powder, Concealer: Shu Uemura Nobura
I use the brush for the primer, foundation, and concealer. I use the powder puff in the powder case.
Other foundations I am rotating:
My Comments on the foundations I am currently using and whether I recommend them:
MUFE Mat Velvet+ I highly recommend this, and I think a couple of the other Onsugar bloggers here have also gotten this foundation. I think this foundation is really long lasting, has very good coverage, and is quite mattifying. I blot less often when using this foundation. Overall good performer. I think this retails for $50+ ?? I can't remember, definitely will repurchase.
Dior Extreme Fit Liquid Foundation This claims to be 'extreme wear flawless makeup' and I agree. Don't let the smooth and rather liquidy texture fool you. It blends into your skin flawlessly, and is not 'thick' like how some liquid foundations can be. There is also a slight scent which is very pleasant to me. Again, I highly recommend this product, especially if you want to try out Dior foundations. I have repurchase this several times.
MAC Studio Sculpt This is full coverage foundation, IMO. Very thick and creamy. I find the shade just a little off on me, but that is easily corrected after I powder my face. A little too thick for work I think, so I only use this at night, or when I know I won't be sweating in our hot humid weather. It doesn't break me out, so that's good. I won't repurchase this though.
Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation Very smooth and creamy thick foundation. Full coverage. You need some effort to work it into your skin, or maybe I am not using it right or something. The first few times I used it, I find the product sink into my pores making them look quite disgusting. And the shade is a little off for my skin too, even though it looks fine when I got matched at the counter. It is a little pricey I think it is $65 or $70. But you just need a little to cover the whole face. Now I am using it as a concealer instead. I still have soooo much left, I won't be repurchasing in the near future.
Shu Uemura Face Architect Foundation * My Product Rave*
From the website,
Luxuriously creamy foundation designed to achieve buildable levels of coverage. Remodel the skin for ideal complexion. High concentration of Depsea water allows for smooth application and leaves skin feeling hydrated and fresh.
Recommended for customers who:
- prefer to look natural while correcting imperfections at the same time
- have concerns of dehydrated skin condition
- prefer semi-matte to glow finish
Omg! I love love love this foundation now. Just a little bit is enough, and it blends beautifully. I think I love this as much as my MUFE and Dior Foundations. I am not sure about the 'remodel' effect, but I really agree with the skin feeling hydrated and fresh. Anyway, I highly recommend this product if you are looking for a cream foundation. Well, it is not a solid cream foundation. It is more of a liquid-cream foundation, much like a lotion in a tub, if you know what I mean. I apply this with my Essence of Beauty brush, and there are not streaks. Now my foundation is like my fave part of the whole makeup process. Love love love! The only downside, this retails for $72.
My Comments on the primers I am currently using and whether I recommend them:
Chanel Modeling Effect Base (SPF30) I have raved about its scent many times, and I still love this. It is very watery and gives a faint whitening effect and sheen to the face. I can't say much about this product making your pores less obvious, but it does have a whitening effect if you are into that sort of thing. At $72, I think it is kind of an extravagant purchase, but if you are feeling super generous, why not?
Maybelline Angelfit Pore Zero Base (SPF25) This has a thicker consistency as compared to the Chanel base, and I like the pink tinge to this product. As for the pores smoothing part, it is NOT as though suddenly my face appears poreless, but I do like how it helps the foundation application process a lot smoother, because when I was using this everyday, I was using my fingers to apply the foundation, and with this primer, the blending becomes easier. And at $19.90 (or cheaper whenever there are promotions or expos going on) this is really good value for money. I highly recommend this product!
RMK Creamy Makeup Base (SPF11) * My Product Rave*
Actually I would think the Japanese would pack higher SPF in this primer. Haha. But right now, I can say this is my Holy Grail primer. We all have different reasons for using a primer. Besides the ease of blending, making your foundations last longer, some people want a primer to even out skin tone, others want to fill in fine lines, and for me personally, unless I invest in pricey IPL treatments or some laser thingy, my main reason for a primer is to even out my PORES. I have tried Dior primers,MAC, Smashbox, but this RMK goody is really able to hide my pores. I have used this for the past 3 days, and I am really awed at the results. Even my friends have commented that this is super effective, and they can see the difference. This retails for $58, and when I bought it at Isetan that day, the BA told me the stocks are running out fast. It is not the cheapest product, but if you are looking for a really flawless finish (no pores) to your face, go for this product. You need it.
And before I end this long entry, I just want to say, I am also eager to try out the RMK foundation samples which the BA gave me, and I have high hopes for this brand of makeup for my foundations, besides Shu Uemura.
And here are a couple of pictures of the 'flawless' fresh face I am talking about -
before I left the house.
And at the end of the day:
Apologies for the weird font size and spacing in this entry... Can't figure them out.
Hope this has been helpful, and any questions, do leave them in the comments. Thanks!
For other foundation related entries click on the links below:
MUFE HD and HD Powder
Maybelline PoreZero Base Rave
Review of MUFE Mat Velvet+ and Super Matte Loose Powder
Rambling about foundations
Liquid Foundations Overview