I have a serious foundation problem. There I said it. I can’t stop hauling foundations; cream, stick, powder, gel…
It was MAQUillage’s extremely pretty packaging that made me pay attention to their newest foundation release (and they are always releasing new base products for the different seasons) – Lighting White Powdery UV Foundation.
Don’t expect the names of a lot of Japanese beauty products to make perfect sense – sometimes they just don’t.
I don’t even like powder foundation! But powder foundations are hugely popular in Asia where the climate is hot and humid. It makes perfect sense since a powder base will last longer, absorb sweat and oil etc.
Shiina Ringo, a Japanese singer/rock star is the face of this brand and she looks so, so, so good for her age. But she strikes fear into my soul. Mr C is a fan of hers and I’ve had to listen to her squeaky voice on and off for a few years now. Check the end of the post to see what I am talking about.
A powdery foundation formulated with Glow All-over Powder that lights-up your skin to create a translucent, pure-white finish.
Absorbs only sebum to prevent makeup wearing-off. Formulated with Pure White Essence* to nourish, smoothen and brighten your skin with continuous use.
Do not be put off by the word ‘powdery’ – it’s just the description, it won’t be chalky.
This comes in 6 shades and has a SPF of 25.
Shiseido MAQUillage’s darkest shade is OC30 which is a decent enough match for my skintone, depending on the product. I found their stick foundation was way too ashy, but this foundation is more yellow so works better.
This comes with a mirror and a sponge. The foundation is refillable and you can buy other formula’s from MAQUIllage and put it in the case.
This is a whitening foundation and whilst I don’t believe for one second it will whiten my skin, it’s also not usually an area I am interested in (whitening). However I am really interested in brightening my skin and evening it out so that I get rid of pigmentation. If these products help a bit, then great! But I do love being olive.
The texture of this foundation is superb! I used the word superb!
It’s just so soft, and pigmented, and creamy. For a moment when first applied it looks like powder, then very quickly settles in to give a gorgeous soft finish with lots of coverage for pores, redness and minor scars. It blends like a dream.
Lasting power – I don’t know, I’d say it could do with a touch up 6 hours in and that’s with dry skin so if you are oily, perhaps this won’t control oil for a really long time.
Now – whilst it matches my skintone, it also adds some brightness to it. I don’t think it leaves a ghastly white cast on my face at all, it just looks ‘bright’ and even, but bear in mind it will leave you with this kind of finish.
Before – no make up on, do excuse the pores, the redness – my skin was very sensitive at this point:
With one quick layer applied – I love the result. It settles in without looking powdery, really evens out the skin, covers pores…and it just…great. Trust MAQUillage!
NOTE: There’s no foundation on my eyes, so they look more ‘yellowy’!
Fierce powder foundation, brilliant finish and great coverage for pores and redness. Must recommend if it can match your skin colour.
This is what Mr C would make me listen to in the car…I am sure Shiina has other less…squeaky songs:
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