REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in BR20

If you’re a base makeup fanatic like me, a new foundation release is the best news in the world. A little while ago, YSL released their newest foundation called the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and I was dying to try it. I waited a few weeks on purpose — simply just waiting for other reviews and YouTube videos to go live before making my decision. Soon after reading various reviews, one of my favorite YouTubers — Essiebutton — did a video and corresponding blog post featuring the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation. So, basically, it was meant to be and I was eager to give this foundation a go.

On a separate note, if you want to see how this foundation looks on my skin in a Face of the Day post, click here to see the entry featuring the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.

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Let me preface this review by stating that I don’t have any experience with YSL’s skincare products and I have not tried the Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum, which this foundation is modeled after. So I really can’t say if one can replace the other, or if one works better than the other.

Yves Saint Laurent has marketed this foundation as “a revolution in foundation,” stating that this product is a “serum foundation” that “offers medium-to-full coverage, skin-firming benefits, as well as 24-hour hydration and SPF 20 coverage.” Designed to function as an anti-aging foundation, the product is “infused with Yves Saint Laurent’s award-winning Forever Youth Liberator Serum,” and provides “all-day, non-stop hydrating properties to smooth and nourish the skin with the patented Color Tune-Up Complex to correct dullness, giving you a newer, brighter complexion.”

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Much of the product’s statements ring true — this foundation provides high coverage and a little bit goes a long, long ways. I need half a pump and I don’t even use all of it on my face. The texture of the foundation is creamy but it’s also thin, so it adheres well to the skin and blends easily. Lines, pores, discoloration, and unevenness is buffed away with this product. As mentioned, this is a hydrating foundation and doesn’t claim to be oil-free or matte. While I don’t tend to powder unless I really need to, I found that this foundation does make me a bit shiny earlier in the day. I powder my t-zone but I do end up feeling oily by the end of a work day.

My shade is BR20, just like it is in the Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation. The beige rose shade is a great match for me because both the B10 and B20 were too yellow for my skin. The scent is slightly powdery and does linger after application on the skin. I’m not really a huge fan of that, but I can deal with it so it isn’t a deal-breaker for me.

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I can’t say that this foundation can replace any anti-aging skincare because I believe that makeup and skincare are two different enchiladas. I also can’t say that by wearing this foundation my skin feels or looks any firmer or younger. However, it does plump the skin — so lines and pores are easily masked under this foundation. Also, I feel that the brightening properties of the serum helps with this foundation — there is something glowy and bright about this foundation after you’ve applied it to the skin. Of course, long terms benefits can only be seen after months of commitment towards a skincare product, so I wouldn’t say that this foundation is life-changing. However, if you’re looking for a hydrating foundation with skincare properties infused within, and you’re searching for a foundation that provides high coverage, I’d recommend this foundation.

Made in France.
Retails for $69.00 USD.

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Review: Clé de Peau Beauté Refining Fluid Foundation

About a year ago, I posted my review about the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer and declared that it was truly a product that was worth the hype and the money. At the time, I also tried a sample of the Refining Fluid Foundation, but disliked it due to a bad color match. I decided to revisit this product and get properly matched this time around.

The Refining Fluid Foundation is “a liquid treatment foundation [that] provides medium coverage with a flawless, radiant finish.” It’s liquidy (but not runny) and smooths on evenly and beautifully. “Advanced Hydro-Sensing Polymer technology adjusts to surrounding humidity levels to provide dewy moisture, a feeling of resilience and a sumptuous experience.” This foundation is truly glowy — a feature I didn’t really appreciate when I was in my early 20’s. It conceals pores and lines instantly and really helps plump the skin — another feature I overlooked when I was in my early 20’s. Also, it’s really soothing to apply and feels like a serum — the texture is light so it melts into your skin seamlessly and the finish is lovely — seriously “a beautiful luminous finish, filled with dewy luster.” Much like its name, this is definitely a foundation that refines.

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A unique aspect of this foundation is the “Spectrum Control Powder” that provides a natural-looking vibrant complexion under any kind of light source. It adjusts without oxidizing, which helps the finish and the look of your foundation feel very light and natural and very much like your own bare skin. Because of this, I also find that dusting powder over my t-zone is also unnecessary. This soft-focus effect is useful as a quick-step process in the morning — it’s almost as if this product is a 3-in-1: primer, foundation, concealing.

The trick to using this foundation successfully is to use very little. I made the mistake of using too much when I first began experimenting with this foundation, and the look was just too heavy and unnatural. Also, color matching is so important because it can affect how your skin looks after the foundation has been applied. My shade is I10, which is the lightest shade in the Ivory-range. I recommend asking for samples and getting matched at the counter because the colors are tricky. Generally, if you’re yellow-toned, the “O” stands for “Ochre.”

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Overall, I like this as a treatment foundation when my skin needs a little extra help. Unlike the concealer, this isn’t necessary — and, for the price, you have to really love it to spend $120 on a foundation. For half the price, the Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation has a similar effect; and, for $20 less than the Maestro, the NARS Sheers Glow Foundation delivers similar results. So, ultimately, there are other options out there so the Clé de Peau Beauté Refining Fluid Foundation isn’t the end all be all. However, I really like it and will continue to use it.

Made in Japan.
Retails for $120.00 USD.
1 fl. oz.

Burberry Velvet Foundation Long Wear Fluid Foundation – 201

I’ve had my eye on this baby for a long, long time and I finally was able to get to a counter to see the Burberry makeup line in person. I didn’t want to have to deal with the hassle of ordering online, and I’m so glad that I waited because viewing the Burberry counter in person was awesome!

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This time around, I skipped over the luminous foundation and went straight to the long-wearing one (this is a matte finish). While the Burberry Velvet Foundation Long Wear Fluid Foundation is not new, it’s been a well-reviewed and well-liked foundation since its release. And, although this foundation isn’t cheap, it’s also quite decently priced along with all the other available high-end foundations. The “Velvet Foundation is a sophisticated, long-lasting formula that provides effortless protection with a flawless, velvety finish for a radiant, matte look.”

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Features and benefits:
Long wear: Innovative, High Performing Pigments technology creates lasting, smudge-resistant true color.
Second skin effect: The weightless gel formula melts onto the skin for enhanced breathability.
Hydration: Emollient oils and a unique amino-acid derivative guarantee continuous hydration. Wild rose provides additional moisturizing benefits.
Weatherproof: A silicone formula with lotus flower extract repels weather, protecting skin against the elements. UV filters protect skin from damaging environmental exposure.

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The packaging is beautiful — just like all things Burberry. The hard plastic feels sturdy and luxurious without being glass, and the pump nozzle twists to lock inside the cap. I believe the luminous foundation’s bottle is shiny, while the Velvet one is matte (kind of like the formulas). The scent of the foundation is powdery but light and is hardly noticeable. The formula is pigmented and runny, but provides medium to builable coverage. I chose the shade 201, which is the lightest shade in the range. However, it runs a touch too light and too peachy. This foundation DOES oxidize and that’s the only reason why I can get away with this shade. Shade 202 was pink and shade 203 was decently beige — but the tone itself was too dark. I noticed that there’s gaps in the available shades: it goes from really light to pink to dark beige to orange as the shades get darker. I feel like a lot people will end up being somewhere in the middle.

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The finish is truly marvelous — perfectly luminous without looking dewy or greasy; and matte without looking flat or overly done up. This foundation requires no powdering or touch-ups for me; and, I believe this is truly a heaven-sent for those with oily skins (or an oily t-zone). The texture of the formula is easily blendable and spreads easily onto the skin. The oil-control is amazing and I highly recommend it for that reason — because of the oil controlling properties, I can agree that this foundation is long-lasting.

I purposely wore this on a humid day, with lots of long driving and some sweating from being outside in Texas. It wore nicely and even as my oil broke through, it didn’t look gross. I just wish there were more shades available, because I think this would work for so many people. However, because there are only 8 shades available and they don’t seem to progress consecutively in the color range, I fear that there will be many who will struggle to find the perfect shade.

I’m thinking this formula will be great to mix with, and I’ve already planned to mix this with NARS Sheerglow to see if I can create the best of both worlds. :)

Thanks for reading. :)

Retails for $54.00 USD.
Made in Italy.

Foundation Update: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – Shade 3

After finishing shade 4, previously reviewed and posted here, I re-purchased this iconic foundation in shade 3.

I try to give all my favorite foundations equal attention by keeping them on rotation. This is also because I’d like to use up what I’ve purchased. Every now and then, I’ll neglect a particular foundation for whatever reason and re-discover it later. :) This — is one of those foundations.

Previously, I purchased shade 4 and wasn’t too happy with it. I went back and forth between shade 3 and 4 and opted for 4 in the end. After awhile, I felt that it wasn’t that good of a match for me, but by then, I’d already thrown away the box and the receipt. Boo. I finished the foundation anyway and re-purchased it in shade 3. I’m very happy with the shade and the texture and formula are still the best.

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I started wearing this without primer and like it even more. When I do wear primer, I just apply it to my nose and chin. I feel that this foundation performs perfectly without the help of a primer and the finish is luxurious and luminous. I love the weightless-ness of it and you can’t go wrong with it. Since re-discovering it and re-purchasing it, I’ve been using it no-stop. I don’t tend to re-purchase foundations because I like buying new ones. But this is a classic favorite to have on hand in your collection. Totally worth the money.

Apparently, the packaging will be changing soon. I like the sleekness of this bottle regardless. I’m kind of over Chanel foundations because I’ve purchased them and used them regularly; but, I’d choose the Luminous Silk over Chanel any day. I’m interested in the Maestro and contemplated purchasing that instead of this one, but the time will come for that one in due time.

As for the shade difference — it’s VERY slight. In fact, the only real difference is that I feel that shade 3 is brighter because it’s a bit more peachier than shade 4. Shade 4 isn’t all that dark, but it tends to run more yellow than shade 3. For pale, fair Asian skin tones, shade 3 or 4 would work — but if you’re yellow-heavy, I’d lean more towards 4. I like having some peach in my shades because I think it balances out my tone more since I’m not all that yellow on my face.

What’s your favorite foundation? Have you re-purchased any?

Benefit ‘Hello Flawless!’ SPF 15

The Benefit ‘Hello Flawless!’ powder foundation is a new addition to my collection I’ve been loving. This item isn’t new by any means, and the only reason why I decided to give it a go is because a YouTuber by the name of Raeview, recommended it awhile back.

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I don’t have a favorite powder foundation currently; and, for the most part, I tend to avoid powder products (unless it’s mineral) because I can’t stand that flat matte look. Other powder foundation posts I’ve written include the:

1. DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup (and I compare this with the Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder Makeup);
2. and the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation;
3. and the Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation;
4. and the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – which tends to clog my pores (and I discovered this weeks after writing this corresponding post).

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Previously, Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation was steadily in first place for me; however, I used it up so fast! To be fair, after I purchased the product, I loved it so much I used it everyday for weeks straight. And, before I knew it, I had hit pan – and, then shortly after that, it was gone – all within just a few months. I haven’t re-purchased since if you’re wondering.

I’ve heard the same thing about Benefit’s ‘Hello Flawless!’ but at least it’s half the price of the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation, and it performs just as good – in my opinion! My shade ‘I Love Me’ Ivory is for fair ivory/light complexions, and is also the lightest shade in the range. I would say that this product is everything that I’ve ever wanted in a powder foundation.

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Sephora describes the product as a “custom powder cover-up with SPF protection for the face.” It is “a blendable powder foundation with SPF 15 that goes on beautifully sheer and layers easily for customized coverage. Find your perfect shade and sweep it on with the accompanying brush for a sheer, natural finish; or apply with the sponge for full coverage or spot cover-up.”

The texture of this powder foundation is light and finely milled. As with all powder foundations, I dust it on with a powder brush or a kabuki brush; and, this is currently the only powder thus far that gets super powdery when I’m trying to get product onto the bristles. When applying, it feels like nothing – and, at first, I checked in the mirror to see if anything was happening – like, coverage~! Lol. Fortunately, application is easy – I dust/sweep it on and then add a few more sweeps onto my cheeks (because they tend to be pink).

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The product comes with its own tools – since it’s marketed as a “dual product.” You sweep on the product with the brush for light coverage; and, you use the sponge for more/heavier coverage. For me, I like to use my own brush for the sweeping. However, the sponge is quite handy for days when you’ve got spots or other issues that need covering.

The coverage this powder foundation provides is impressive. It’s definitely buildable – depending on what tool you use – and, yet, there’s no caking or the look of flatness. I like to mist over it anyway to give my skin some extra glow, but this foundation tends to get better as the day wears on. As it mixes with the environment and your natural oils, it remains dewy and healthy throughout the day. Oil-control is quite good, but still requires blotting.

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I recommend this product and it’s SO handy on lazy days when you can’t be bothered. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved myself from becoming annoyed in the morning by using this product – I blob on some concealer, pat it in, dust some ‘Hello Flawless!’ onto my face, add blush – and my face is done. All in about 2 minutes. :)

What are your thoughts? Intrigued?

Made in USA.
0.25 oz.
Retails for $34.00 USD.

REVIEW: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19

The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation with SPF 19 was recently gifted to me as an early Christmas present and I haven’t been able to part with it since. As a foundation fanatic, I’ve got high expectations and am picky about finish, texture, and oil-control. Previously, I posted a 2012 Favorite Foundations entry if you’d like to refer back to it for additional foundation information.

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The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation can be found at Sephora and YSL counters. I had previously tested the colors on my own before adding it to my wishlist; and, I have to say that color match was a struggle because all the pale hues – whether they’re beige toned or pink toned – looked similar to me. Depending on how pale I wanted to be or how exact I wanted to be, I felt like I could have three different choices. I’d advise getting matched at a counter or test a few samples before committing.

As mentioned in past posts, I’ve previously reviewed the YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch concealer/illuminating pen. Based on the infamous Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, the Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation was created: “For the first time, the magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation with the added benefit of SPF 19 sun protection. Infused in a weightless fluid, this foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. Free of opaque fillers, its perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections while enhancing your skin’s natural beauty.”

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According to Sephora, this foundation is a “weightless, illuminating foundation” formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan.

My shade is BR20 – aka Beige Rose 20. This may seem like an odd choice for me, seeing as how I’m Asian with warmer undertones. However, I don’t lean 100% towards the beige-golden range; and, often, some foundations can appear too yellow on my skin tone. BR20 is described as a color for those with “fair complexions with rosy peach light beige undertones.” And, interestingly, the shade matched my skin very well – even though originally I went thinking I’d be a BD10 (which is a shade entirely for those with yellow-beige undertones).

The texture of the formula is light and runny, which allows for easy blending. Surprisingly, despite its runniness, coverage is medium – which is impressive, and could come in handy for problem-skin days. The finish is satiny yet dewy and there’s a nice naturalness that gives the illuminated appearance. I powder my nose but that’s it and oil-control is decent but not spectacular. I love how light and weightless it feels on the skin – it feels like my pores and my skin can breathe!

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Here – I’ve swatched YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation BR20 and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in “Mont Blanc” respectively. Both are very similar and match my skintone well. Also, it’s not really that pink and it’s not really yellowy either. Notice there’s no ashy neutral tones in either. I’m quite happy with the shade and a little surprised with it as well. I suggest you play with the shades before truly committing because the shades seem to vary from person to person.

This foundation has received great reviews online and I love it too. It’s amazing how well it covers and illuminates without looking cakey or oily. It’s like having the best of both worlds – one being the power of a high-coverage foundation, and the other being the lightness of a tinted moisturizer or light-coverage foundation. I think that’s the reason why so many people are happy with it!

1 oz. Made in France
Retails for $55.00 USD

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15

I hate to write a post about a discontinued product, but I found the Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation at a local CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) and can’t stop using it. In fact, I don’t understand why it was discontinued in the first place since it was getting nearly perfect reviews everywhere.

For those of you who have access to a CCO, give this foundation a try – especially if the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation was a bust for you, and you’re still in the market for a long-wear foundation! :)

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Compared to the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, this one performs better, applies better, and looks better. I say this with caution since there’s loyal Chanel foundation users out there. But, I remember my biggest complaint with its formula was that it was so difficult to blend because it was kind of thick and dried quickly.

Enter: Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15. Holla!

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First of all, the formula is thin and runny – but it’s not a gel-type either. Second, blendability is superb. You can swipe some on your face, buff it out, and then that’s it. No streaks and no super fast drying. Third, the “soft-matte” finish gives you an oil-free glow that isn’t flat or overly dewy. It’s perfection, I tell you.

This foundation is oil-free and provides the skin with even, long-lasting, but light-feeling coverage. The “sponge-like powders absorb excess oil on the surface of the skin so you won’t have to reapply powder throughout the day. The emollients lock in moisture to ensure skin remains perfectly balanced, and the transfer-resistant formula helps create a barrier against heat and humidity for eight hours of wear so makeup stays in place.”

Coverage is light to medium and buildable. Oil control is excellent at about 6 hrs before I feel the urge to blot. Also, I don’t powder my t-zone with this foundation because the finish is so pretty.

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My rant is that this particular formula has been discontinued and replaced with the Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation. However, from research, it appears that the newly formulated product is receiving poor ratings – like here on MakeupAlley and on Sephora’s website.

WHY?? WHY???

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This time around, my shade is “Warm Ivory 1.” It better suits me because it’s not AS yellow, I think. It blends like a dream and is so natural looking, I’m tempted to just never use tinted moisturizers or BB creams ever again. Although it sounds dramatic, I can’t believe this foundation has been overlooked until after it’s been discontinued!

The texture is light but coverage is good. It feels comfortable on the skin while helping it look so much better. Also, pore coverage is nearly 100% – even the pores on my nose.

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If you can find this on eBay or at a CCO, then I suggest you try it. I’d skip the new formulation because it doesn’t seem to be doing well. However, if neither option tickles your fancy and you need a long-wearing foundation, try Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere and be prepared to blend fast!

Thanks for reading.

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15

I’m back on the mineral makeup band wagon and am taking a mini break from liquid foundations as of late. I’m not entirely sure what started this for me, except for that I’ve been feeling quite lazy with various makeup trends. A few months ago, I finished using up the Laura Mercier mineral powder and I decided not to re-purchase. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the product – which I did, and wrote a positive review for it – but I wanted to try something new.

So far, in my experience with mineral makeup, I’ve tried the Bare Minerals mineral foundation and the Laura Mercier mineral makeup; and now, I’m trying the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup

What I’ve always liked about mineral makeup is that it’s easy to use and provides a natural finish. In the past, I’ve had issues with allergic reactions or okay-coverage; however, I didn’t expect much in mineral foundations because I’ve always relied on liquid anyway. Recently, I visted the CCO and noticed there was a big Bobbi Brown station which intrigued me. Many of Bobbi’s foundation were available at the CCO for $10-$15 off. Unfortunately, all the shades were quite light and it seemed that medium to dark shades were not available, which is total bummer.

“Bobbi’s groundbreaking mineral makeup is made of specially-selected mineral powders to instantly even out skin and diminish the look of imperfections. The result is a natural finish that never looks masky or overly made up. The super-fine powders in this formula are triple treated with glycerin, vitamins and skin softeners, and wear extenders. Smooth and silky, it glides on with a weightless feel and helps improve skin’s appearance.”

My complaint is mainly regarding the packaging, which in my opinion, is a little “outdated” since all the other brands have designed a snap-closure mechanism to trap the powder in. Without being able to adjust the amount of product released, this can get messy even if you never travel with it. The thin plastic container doesn’t necessarily scream luxury, and I would most definitely give the packaging award to the Laura Mercier mineral foundation instead. I’ve cut only half the seal off to control and product.

According to the box: “Weightless loose powder foundation lets skin’s natural luminosity show through as it delivers a perfectly polished look. An exclusive vitamin and mineral blend helps condition and protect skin against future damage.”

This is a great mineral powder, but only if you already have decent skin. The powder is fluffy and light and blends wonderfully onto the skin. It leaves no residual trace of powdery-ness and wears well – and, by that, I mean that it’s great at controlling oil without looking flat. For the most part, I’d say the finish is semi-matte and the coverage is light-medium. The color I chose for myself is Extra Light. According to Bobbi’s color chart on her webiste, since I wear Warm Ivory 1 or Sand 2 in her regular foundation, I fit into the “Extra Light” category. It’s a great color match for me because it’s not overly yellow and doesn’t pale me out like the Laura Mercier mineral foundation.

BB’s formulation is not as luminous as the Laura Mercier one, but I’m okay with that because I like to add my own highlighter of choice anyway. To me, the Bobbi Brown mineral foundation looks more like skin (like the name of the product indicates) because it doesn’t look powdery and you don’t even have to mist your face to set it. Just like the Laura Mercier formulation, BB’s mineral foundation smooths out the skin and diffuses pores and imperfections; but, as I stated before, coverage isn’t full (but I don’t think you should expect that from powder anyway).

In my experience, layering this over concealer is great for every day; or, looks great dusted over BB cream or over a light application of liquid foundation for bad skin days.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide 7.8%, Octinoxate 3.60%

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Retails for $38.00 USD.
Made in USA.

Rachel K CC Cream – Neutral

CC creams are all the craze now even though the Western market is just now coming out with BB creams. If you’ve been watching LisaLisaD1 on YouTube, then you’ve heard of the Rachel K CC Creams from her. When she re-stocked her online store, I immediately placed an order to beat the crowd since they’re always sold out!

CC creams are fairly new to me and this is my first one. Before LisaLisaD1, ChefCaffy on YouTube was rumored to have raved about this product, so I didn’t doubt that this was a good, well-performing product. Shipping was fast and I tested the product out immediately. Since then, I’ve been using it non-stop. This is considered to be a “10 in 1” product and is marketed as a mineral color control bb cream. According to the box, “CC cream is a much more refined and improved BB cream which combines various benefits all in one: color control, oil control, whitening, brightening, moisturizing, and UV protection (SPF 35 PA ++).”

The product claims to “ehance complexion by improving texture, balancing skin tone,” and mimics real skin – providing a dewy, fresh, and glowy complexion. The tube is deceiving because it’s quite small; but there’s 1.4 fl. oz. (or 40 g) of product, which is more than the average amount of base product you get.

I can’t say all the additional skincare “benefits” are doing anything miraculous, but it feels nice on the skin and makes me feel like I’m doing something to help my skin during the day.

This good size dollop is more than enough to cover the entire face. I chose the color NEUTRAL because it is supposed to accomodate yellow undertones. To me, the product is not very yellowy, but slightly gray-pink. Like all BB cream, the color adjusts on the face by oxidizing slightly. Like Lisa, if you choose to add mineral powder, power foundation, or anything else on top, the CC cream will balance out.

FOr those who need full coverage, this is great to start out with as a base/primer. Because the product “color corrects,” mostly all imperfections are cancelled out immediately. I feel that applying foundation or anything else on top will be easier since you would need less of it to do the job.

For me, I wear this on its own since I don’t need additional coverage. This product really does create an immaculate cavas – no lines, no pores, no pigmentation peaking through. The coverage is strong and a little bit goes a long way. I would suggest using your hands or a buffing brush to apply this and give it a minute to set on the face before deciding to add anything on top. Although the finish is dewy, it does remain non-oily for the most part of the day.

I can’t say that this is anything more than a BB cream because it seems all work relatively the same for me. I really like the conveience of the product because it makes my morning routine so fast. It’s great to slap on when you don’t have anything planned or you’re heading to the gym (without wanting to look like monster-face).

Made in Korea.

REVIEW: DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25

With a gift card I had, I decided to indulge in more frivolous spending – and, of course, no makeup shopping is complete without another foundation to add to the collection. To mix things up a bit, I decided to try a powder foundation in the Dior range (because I’m obsessed) and stumbled upon this bad boy.

Originally, I had my eye on the liquid version of the fusion wear makeup line; but, I quickly gave up on it because the colors weren’t going to suit me. They were all either pink-based or so neutral it would end up being too muddy-looking. So, instead, I purchased the powder foundation version after swatching it and falling in love with its texture.

I love the case on its own. The deep, ocean blue color with “CD” embossed across the case is so beautiful. The magnetic closure is convenient and it feels secure and sturdy. The big mirror instead is a huge plus because it’s functional and useful when I’m on the go or traveling.

The case does tend to get finger-printy; but, so do all my other glossy cases. I suppose that’s what the velvet pouches are for!

My shade in the Forever Compact is 020 Light Beige. I thought I could get away with the 010 but it was SO pink and ashy looking swatched on my hand. I decided on 020 because of its slightly yellowy-beige undertones, and I think I made the right choice. The color blends beautifully and neutralizes everything in one swipe. Whoa-nelly.

Dior’s main concept with all their foundations is to promote the idea of “second-skin” finish. The products help achieve the ideal complexion – flawless and bare-looking. The product claims to be “customized luxury” since the foundation is supposed to “adapt to your body throughout the day, allowing you to achieve an ultra-smooth, flawless complexion.”

Close up shot of the Dior powder foundation in its pan here. The powder is extremely finely milled – almost to the point where the area around the pan gets powdery. The color is forgiving and adjustable because it works on its own once applied onto the skin. I appreciate the coverage – it’s quite high for a powder foundation; yet, it doesn’t look or feel cakey or powdery. It just fuses into your own skin becoming one with it. I know it sounds cheesey, but I have yet to come across a powder foundation that does this.

The foundation is supposed to be “infused with skin-shaping Skincare Essence,” allowing the formula to “melt weightlessly into the skin” while maintaing moisture and oil control all at the same time. I agree that skin texture is instantly polished and it feels soft to the touch; oil control is pretty good – again, for a powder foundation. All in all, it’s quite long lasting as well, too.

About 2 years ago, when I was going through a Chanel phase, I purchased the Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder Makeup in 20 Soft Beige. It was quite heavy so I had to use a big powder brush to apply it and the finish was veryyyy powdery. In fact, without some sort of facial mist, the product was a total miss. After struggling to make it work, I gave up on it abandoning it for months at a time.

As you can see, both products have glossy, weighty, and luxurious cases that comes in a velvet pouch. Both are relatively the same color, but I would prefer the Dior over the Chanel.

Side by side: Dior compact on the left; Chanel on the right in this shot. There are some major differences:

1. The Dior powder foundation is much smaller. 0.35 oz. at $49.00 USD with a smaller sponge.
2. The Chanel powder foundation is 0.45 oz. at $50.00 with a wider sponge and a separate (and flimsy) “brush” that I ended up tossing.
3. Dior has SPF 25;
4. Chanel has SPF 10.

Again, I prefer the Dior fusion makeup because it adheres well to the skin without looking like makeup. I’m impressed with all of Dior’s formulas – lightweight and smooth, yet really good coverage at the same time. If you’re really, really oily and need some major oil-control and you don’t mind misting/setting your makeup every day, the Chanel powder foundation may work in your favor.

Face shot after 12+ hours of wear. Oily t-zone going on but the “glow” is still there – although it’s subtle. I like how the Dior powder foundation doesn’t make the face look flat like Chanel’s. What are your thoughts? Intrigued?