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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Foundation Day: Swatches and Mini Reviews of Base Makeup- Kanebo, RMK, Shu Uemura, YSL, Giorgio Armani

Hello guys! It's rare that I would post on a weekday but after being advised by the doctor to stay home and rest for a couple of days (I've been sick for a couple of days now), I decided to update my blog as I didn't want to get bored from resting too much. I've been sleeping pretty much the whole day, getting all the rest I need, and it's becoming pretty tiresome. Going back to today's topic, I decided to post swatches and a little review on each foundation that I have. I don't have tons of foundations so this'll be short and sweet.

L-R: Kanebo Coffret D'Or Beauty Lasting Liquid UV | RMK Liquid
Foundation | Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation |
Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup | YSL Matt
Touch Oil-Free Foundation

The swatches

All the foundations are yellow-toned but the ones with the least yellow in them are RMK Liquid Foundation and Giorgio Armani Face Fabric. They both have peach tones in them but they manage to turn yellow and blend well once on the skin. The most yellow turns out to be YSL Matt Touch followed by Shu Uemura Face Architect, and lastly, Kanebo Coffret D'Or.

As mentioned above, I will be doing a quick, mini review of each to somehow give you an overview based on my experience.
  1. Kanebo Coffret D'Or Beauty Lasting Liquid UV - Out of the five, this has the thinnest consistency which is almost water-like, thus, making it very easy to spread out. It gives a nice, semi-matte finish that dries down to a natural-looking, almost like second skin finish. For an in-depth review, please check out my post.
  2. RMK Liquid Foundation - Another liquid foundation from a Japanese brand created by makeup-artist Rumiko. This is fast-becoming an HG liquid foundation for me due to its very nice, natural-looking finish, and its ability to make my face still look fresh even after 12 hours of walking around where sweating was inevitable on a hot, sunny day for a work event. Pretty expensive but nonetheless worth it. Review coming up soon.
  3. Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation - This used to be my HG foundation but was dethroned by another one. To know my review from last year, please click here. Sadly though, that HG phase was over when I noticed how after having it for half a year, the quality has somewhat deteriorated (and it's not even past its shelf life yet). It was no longer as easy to spread, oxidizes so bad that it turns to an undesirable orange shade after a short period and no longer as nice as it used to be. Really sad.
  4. YSL Matt Touch Oil-Free Foundation - I owe this product a review which I must include in my to-do list for my blog. The texture is very smooth and airy and applying and gliding it on the skin brings immense pleasure. Hey, don't get me wrong with "immense pleasure" but it really does feel nice on the skin. It mattifies my skin while making it smoother than smooth, making my pores less visible. It lasts a pretty long time too. 
  5. Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup - My latest foundation acquisition. Got it early this month and has been a favorite since then. Really feels like second skin because it barely offers any coverage but it somehow evens out the skin tone keeping it matte for a couple of hours. It is lighter than YSL Matt Touch but they are both in the gel/mousse foundation family. Will also be doing a review soon.
So to sum up this post, I am glad that I do not have a huge collection of foundations because I get to appreciate everything and actually focus on each foundation. I can still say I am quite partial to Japanese brands with the exception of both YSL and Giorgio Armani. Nothing beats the suitability of Japanese foundations on Asian skin if you were to ask me but it still boils down to personal preference.

I hope this post somewhat helped you decide which foundation you can most probably give a try next. 

I wish you all well and happy week, everyone! :)

P.S. Local readers: My 3rd year on blogspot (Xanga being the first platform that I used) is fast approaching; thus, I am thinking of doing an anniversary giveaway which I have not done yet. It's not going to be a huge (bongga) one but at least something I think you all can use. :)



  1. I don't have much foundies too. I'm investing more on skin care products because I believe it's better to have a good canvas for our makeup to start on, right? ;)

    Anyway, I'm kind of interested with the Kanebo foundation. Though I haven't tried any of those foundies you've featured. Hehe. Too kuripot... xP

    1. Completely agree. Nothing beats having a good canvas. And the better skin you have, the more you'll realize that you don't need a lot of makeup because you need less to cover. :)

  2. I am staying away from foundations coz of our tropical weather. I've been just using a face powder lately to even out my skin. But reading this made me wanna try out the Armani brand. Looks promising since I am not into full coverage. Thanks for sharing babe! <3

    1. Me too. The weather melts foundations easily. That's why my favourite foundation lately is the GA Face Fabric. Do give it a try, it's nice considering your preference. :)

  3. Sweetie I hope you get better soon. When I'm sick I tend to prepare and write more posts too. The GA face fabric is an awesome product, I find GA to be consistently good. You should try the lasting silk uv, it is another fantastic foundation.

    1. Thank you. I think I'd have to agree on writing more posts when sick. I have prepared another post for tomorrow. :D

      I have tried the GA Lasting Silk in shades 4.5 and 5.5. Unfortunately, they're not for me. Didn't like them on my skin. :(

  4. awww Pammy! grrrr hehehe
    well, i've certainly crossed the proverbial pond this time the Korean strait.
    falling in love with Kanebo products, first it was lunasol then kate.
    i'm sold on the lunasol foundation used on me during their event at rustan's makes me wanna try the rmk one, too! ^_^ and the coffret d'or ;-)

    1. Go try RMK! It is an HG material for me. It's even beating my dear Kanebo. :)

    2. huhuhu RMK it is, hopefully, digital traincase expands to more asian products so i can try that, too. if not it's an HK trip i'm willing to make hehehe

  5. omg yellow toned :D have to find me some of these!
    feel better soon!

  6. It seems like a hard choice finding the right kind of foundation for your skin. Thanks for comparing 5 popular brands to see the differences.

  7. It seems like a hard choice finding the right kind of foundation for your skin. Thanks for comparing 5 popular brands to see the differences.

  8. I am thinking of buying a shu foundie, but i agree when you said that it oxidizes. would you suggest the shu or the lancome?


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