This is the first foundation that I’ve ever reviewed, and for good reason. I’ve been using BB creams since a few years ago, and never got around to using foundation because I really needed the full coverage and SPF that BB creams provide. It was only after I went for a facial this year and was told that I should lay off BB creams (which had a tendency to clog my pores), I had no choice but to look for alternatives.
I wanted to try a foundation from a K-beauty brand that wasn’t way out of my budget, and I happened to swatch this when I was casually window-shopping in Innisfree. I loved how the foundation felt on my skin throughout the day, so I made a mental note to go back and buy it, and now it is part of my makeup routine.
– Skinny cover for flawless yet natural-looking skin look
The skinny cover fitting formula thinly yet densely fits on the skin for a natural-looking, flawless look
– Powerful fixing effect for easy makeup
The sebum control powder and setting powder forms a powerful fixing film on the skin to prevent makeup from cracking due to sweat and sebum.
– Skin look fresh and light all day long
The smart formula maintains a refreshing makeup look without clumping or smearing due to excess oil and moisture.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 29
I wasn’t able to find the list online and had already thrown away the box by the time I started writing this, so I won’t be able to talk about this in detail 😦
Frankly, I was quite disappointed when I saw that a) there were so few shades available and b) such a low SPF. Most BB creams (and even my Lancôme foundation) offer SPF50, and SPF15 is the lowest I’ve ever seen. Also, the 4 shades available are seriously VERY limited. I’m lucky that 21 is a match for me, but 13 as your next lightest shade? And 23 as your darkest? Really now Innisfree? K-beauty brands definitely still have a long way to go in terms of diversity.
Packaging: The first time I saw it, I was immediately reminded of shu uemura’s petal foundation.
Nonetheless, I am a huge fan of the packaging. It looks very classy and modern, and is surprisingly convenient to carry around when you’re travelling. The pump works great as well, dispensing just the right amount every time you squeeze it.
Colour: I bought N21, because my sensitive, acne-prone skin is actually quite red most of the time, so I didn’t really want to use C21 and make my skin look even redder. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m lucky that N21 is a really good match for me so I don’t have to mix with another foundation to get the correct colour. It looks very natural, almost like it’s my own skin, which I guess is why the foundation is called ‘Skinny Cover Fit’. It’s a very even colour as well, very consistent throughout, so I’m happy with that.
Staying power: I honestly did not have super high hopes for the staying power, because I was under the impression that foundations would oxidize a lot faster than BB creams. I’m happy to admit that I’m wrong. This foundation, best applied with a sponge, can actually help your skin look and stay fresh throughout the day. Its coverage is really good for a foundation, so I usually just apply one to two layers, spritz some setting spray, and I’ll let nature run its course for the next 12+ hours. I find myself not needing to touch-up my makeup as often as I used to, which is fantastic!
However, I don’t really share the same sentiments about its oil/sebum control. My T-zone still turns into an oil well after a few hours, but I do see a difference in that my makeup doesn’t look like it’s caking or smudging because of the oil.
If you are new to foundations in the K-beauty world, I’d definitely recommend this. It really does feel like a second layer of skin – thin, breathable, and comfortable. I like how easy application is, be it with a sponge or a brush, so you don’t have to struggle every morning trying to even out the foundation on your face.
I’m not convinced by the oil/sebum-controlling properties it claims to have, but I am a fan of its long-lasting, natural coverage. If you are looking for an alternative to BB creams but still need the high coverage, this is the foundation you need.
$29 is a good investment to make for a good base makeup, but do again take note that it may not carry a desired shade, and will not help with oil and sebum control. The low SPF also means that you should probably pile up on the sunscreen as well – no excuse not to!
Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮