Whenever RMK release a new foundation I get really excited – see, they make my favourite foundation in the world, the Creamy Base, so I always have big expectations for any new product they have. As I already have quite a few products from their base range I can also mix and match accordingly too!
RMK’s newest base release is the Casual Solid Foundation. In case you think that’s an odd name for a foundation, it’s very common with Japanese beauty products to be named quite literally as to what they are, and what they do – so, this foundation is a solid (cream compact) and is easy to and fast (casual) to apply. Here it is!
Regular readers may know that I absolutely love cream foundations. LOVE. I like how quick and easy they are to apply and I seem to be doing my make up on the go A LOT. On the downside, a good cream foundation is hard to find – some are too greasy, some are too cakey, some are too dry. Coverage is also an issue. I must own about 15 different cream foundations and whilst I like Paul & Joe’s offering and NARS Radiant Creamy, I don’t have a ‘HG’ product.
So the RMK Casual Solid Foundation is a natural finish, radiant cream product. It is innovative (RMK is always innovative despite looking quite sensible in it’s simple silver packaging) because you have one half that is the foundation and the other is a highlighter / glow product! HALF! So it’s quite brave for RMK to do this since the glow element isn’t necessarily for everyone.
Before I carry on here are the shades of the foundation (swatch I did on counter).
We still don’t have anything for dark skins or very pale. There’s pink and yellow based foundation though, and I just have a perfect match in shade 104 which looks quite golden on my hand but it is never too yellow or orange, it is just right:
Hilighter 01 is a white-silvery toned one and 02 is a gold toned one, better for my warm skintone I think.
When I was on the counter shade 201, a pale pink based shade was the most popular.
So this foundation like many Asian ones is a mix and match. You have to buy the case (£14) and you get the brush included, then each side (foundation and highlighter) is £15. You can also buy a separate brush made for this base but I don’t have that.
So in my palette is 104 on the left and 02 highlight on the right. There’s a large mirror with this compact and also a pouch – the compact feels good quality and sturdy and is now a soft matte finish.
So the total cost for all this is £44 – although you can refill as you go so at least that is only £15 to replace the foundation (which you will no doubt go through faster than the highlight part). If you don’t want to get a highlighter, you don’t have to – of course you can just fill it with foundation – I think that’s actually quite a nice idea to have a darker shade for contouring or lighter one to highlight the face.
Here is the included brush which is a really unusual foldable loose bristled brush.
The ends of the hair are quite floppy and are of different lengths so that you can dip it in to the base and dot on to the skin – this is a way of ‘filling in’ the pores as this base is also good for that. The full sized brush which I have played with has a similar loose texture but has more bristles so is quicker to use.
The brush takes getting used to in truth – its not dense like a buffing brush where you can really work it in, this brush requires more technique – pushing the product in to the skin and pores to build up coverage. The brush only really lets you apply it in this way because if you swipe with it, you get streaks.
I am not keen on using a sponge with this product – you don’t get loads and a sponge sucks up far too much product.
So – the texture of this base feels smooth and quite slippy. This is good for spreading on the skin, but sometimes overly slippy compact bases slip around and do not actually set. This product does thankfully set but there’s a period where it still is moveable on the skin and you have to keep dabbing and blending to get it to smooth and looking even. Compared to the Paul & Joe foundation I mentioned earlier which is very soft, this is harder but still creamy.
It doesn’t look pigmented at all in a hand swatch yet when it is applied on to the skin, my problem areas, redness etc. WERE covered up, so it goes to show you just need some time to work with it and cover up those problem areas. Those who require high coverage may not like this base – people who want a natural base but also need to cover some minor problem areas will like it however.
I have been using this base for the last few weeks using my RMK products with it (because I am matchy-matchy) and it’s a quick way of getting a really gorgeous natural looking glow. Here is how I do a quick RMK base routine (I don’t do this everyday purely because I don’t want to waste my RMK make up for random trips to Tesco!).
5 Minute RMK Base Routine…