I first tried both these foundations by Japanese brand Koh Gen Do a few days ago at Beauty Bar in Podium. I know I’m a little late on the bandwagon because bloggers were raving about these a little over a year ago? When I tried these I crankshafted my jaw up off the floor twice, first because of the excellent quality and second because of the price. They’re painfully expensive (almost matching Becca Luminous Skin Tint in price over at Adora) which is probably why the Koh Gen Do hype didn’t last for too long…these aren’t exactly budget friendly repurchase candidates unless no other foundation at all works for you.
These KGD gems are only so far the best and most luxurious foundations I have ever…as in EVER tried. Note though that’s a personal and professional opinion based on how I like my base products to work. Some of you might want more coverage. The Moisture Foundation is the more buildable formula. They’re both formulated with a majority of natural ingredients, free of mineral oil and mainstream nasties and they are made in Japan. The local price difference of Php100 between these two I find strange because they’re not that dissimilar in quality and one contains much more product for money than the other (and they cost the same abroad). I do have my reasons for purchasing 1 of each kind in spite of the small difference. For the review you’re about to read I applied both foundations from the center of the face outward with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush. This review won’t contain hand swatches simply because I’m saving product, it costs too much and the shades are almost the same anyway. What’s better than a foundation review? Well, how about two? Read more to see the full reviews and more photos.
Today’s post is over at the Sample Room Blog! There I lightly discuss tips on being believably fresh and photogenic during the daytime without overdoing it. It’s a great stream of tips for people who want to practice looking fresh during the day without putting on too much.
Makeup by Julia for a lighting workshop…
I also make mention of the actual products I used for the look done on myself there (not this one on the model because this is a studio look). Click on this image or here to proceed to the article .
Three words…I love Laneige. I like practically everything about how this Korean brand is represented, advertised, and I like the subtle prestige of the quality I’ve tested in the boutique at Shangrila. I’ve just never been brave enough to buy anything ‘coz I didn’t need anything at the time and believe it or not this brand is totally overpriced in Singapore. I even appreciate the way the makeup on the girls in the ads is on but toned down in a classy way (check their awesome site here, choose English) . I came home yesterday with this press gift, one of Laneige’s more unique base items, the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact and my experience within a span of 3-4 hours with it was kind of like a Pride and Prejudice romance. I wasn’t too keen about that dewy finish at first…yes, at first, then time DID tell. I’ll get to the details in a sec.
I know what you’re thinking, looking at that you’re probably like letting out a “WTH” thought bubble. Trust me, it’s not as strange as you think and it’s not that dark on the skin, that’s just how it looks in the compact. That in there is a sponge soaked with a BB cream formula.
“Bright and Clear Whitening Care + Strong Sunscreen Effect Contains White Plus Renew Complex™, the major ingredient of Laneige White Plus Renew, for bright and clear skin. Moreover, its SPF 50+ PA+++ formula blocks UV rays even under strong sunlight. High molecules strong against sweat and sebum form a network to create an elastic barrier on the surface of makeup to hold makeup and UV screen on for a long time. Also, highly elastic cushion powder holds up the makeup barrier that can easily be collapsed by sweat and sebum for long-lasting makeup even with one layer.“
I was supposed to show my finger afterwards but I couldn’t get a decent photo after this shot with one hand, sorry LOL. Basically I had liquid base product on my fingertip as if I had dipped it into a bottle. Read more to see how the product looks applied on my face.
I run the risk of sounding like a “fangirl” this way, but so what if I do, I simply have to share this. Lisa Eldridge is a true cosmetic guru. There is no doubt about her decades of passion and expertise as a high fashion and celebrity makeup artist and more recently her cosmetic product development work with brands like Shiseido and Boots No.7.
Draw up names like Katy Perry, Kate Winslet, Emma Watson, Liv Tyler…you can name a few more and more than likely Lisa has done their faces once, twice, or who knows…perhaps even thrice. She’s done magazine cover work for Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle, and even for Vogue UK, Italy, Turkey plus more. She’s endearingly shared her makeup wisdom via her blog and on her YouTube makeup channel to swarms of hopeful women while displaying how she’s done celebrity and model looks. Budding make-up artists like myself all over the world flock to her channel for the latest cosmetic scoop from the European scene.
Anyway, to cut to it…the cosmetic brand Boots No.7 is doing a massive relaunch and Lisa’s got a giveawaygoing your way and I thought you might like to know about it. She chats up the whole world about No.7′s new investment in innovative skintone detecting technology, a whole new range of No.7 foundations, and lots, lots, more.
This product hit the web last week and despite consumers’ frowns on Urban Decayafter their statement on China, animal-cruelty and what not, they’ve still got me wanting a bottle of my own. Urban Decay has just released their first high definition foundation WITHOUT SPF if I’m not mistaken as I view the website now which is a big plus for makeup artists because SPF increases the chances of flashback in photos. With this base range they’re openly competing with big brands like, MAC, Lancome, Laura Mercier, and even Make Up For Ever (check the “Switch Your Foundation” tab on their site). Now, I must say the way it is being aggressively, but beautifully presented is making me want a bottle of my own like right now… demi-matte, no SPF, fragrance & paraben free? Gimme, gimme, LOL just teasing (not)! Plus the navigation on their site for this product is absolutely far out (try scrolling down when you’re on the product page).
I told you…geez louise, right? G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S… CAPS Police not welcome here. This launch very much reminds me of Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow…which for me is a lovely, silky, foundation but since it’s got a high level of SPF I view it more as a consumer product and can’t really consider putting it into my pro kit because of the SPF level. Urban Decay NAKED Skin comes in 18, yes E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N zero spf shades, my friends, and costs $38.00 on the website, that’s about Php1600.00, price also similar to Benefit Hello Flawless.
This is where they openly make their case when mentioning the competition. Some or many of you may be familiar with Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, which uses your existing brand foundation shade to direct you to your shade in other brand ranges. Urban Decay set up a similar mechanic on the site so as to pitch a switch to you who are interested and hope to find your shade. Among the shades I’ve found I’m most likely a mix between 3.0 and 4.0, and don’t worry there are in-between shades like 3.5 etc but sometimes the similar undertones skip a shade. This is my shade without sun exposure, I’m probably a 4.0 if I’ve been outdoors a lot. The lovely Leesha of Xsparkage YouTube Channel has just done a video demo applying the foundation on herself. It’s not quite a sharp demo but it is satisfactory HD video quality (tick the 720 HD option on one of the buttons of the youtube bar) and I can already tell from Leesha’s demonstration that this is going to be a big retail favorite from the get-go. Honestly, now I am also shamelessly wanting that Urban Decay buffing foundation brush Leesha is using. If you’re interested in this product you will have to ask a friend or relative in the U.S. to get it for you via their website or perhaps in Sephora stores. What’s great is their foundation switch page makes it easier to be assured that the shade you’re asking them to get for you will match…that is if you happen to be using any of the competing foundations they mentioned in the matrix.