Project Toss or Keep — where I would use one foundation for most of the month and decide if I would toss or keep it.
I kind of cheated when I chose BECCA to kick off this series. I started with something easy for motivation. I already tried letting go of this foundation last year just because of the scent–like old school makeup. I decided to hold on to it again and found a way to make it work by setting it with a heavily scented finishing powder that I like. Based on reviews, most people don’t seem to be bothered by the scent at all, so I guess it’s just me.
This should be my kind of foundation — low coverage, dewy finish — but I was let down by the overall experience. The product didn’t live up to its price tag (PhP 2,900 at Adora). It’s good, but not good enough for the price.
When they labeled this ultra-sheer, they meant it. It really is sheerer than sheer. I can somehow “build it up” to sheer (whut?!) but what’s the point? This foundation is more for people with relatively even-toned skin who only needs an anti-dullifier.
When the sales person applied this on me at the store, I thought the coverage was the same as Koh Gen Doh Aqua. The lighting at Adora, guys — make sure you check the makeup applied to you in natural light before buying makeup there. While I do love low coverage skin-enhancing foundations, this is just too sheer, sheerer than all tinted moisturizers and bb creams I tried.
What I liked is that it’s moisturizing. I skip moisturizer altogether when I use this. However, it only has SPF 25+. I want more plus-ses with my SPF (+ = UVA protection) so I usually put on sunblock first when using this.
I honestly think I can finish this if I use it with Chanel Les Beiges powder or any other powder that has equally strong but tolerable scent. If I didn’t have 12 other face bases, this is a keep since I don’t need much coverage for everyday. But relative to all other low coverage foundations I have, my final verdict is: TOSS.
Other Foundations I’m Keeping (For Now)
I did a quick run-through of all other foundations I will defer testing and prioritize the ones I’m 50-50 about. For now, I decided to keep these four:
- NARS Sheer Glow – Stromboli
- Ellana Minerals Pressed Foundation – Macchiato
- MAC Face and Body – C4
- Koh Gen Doh Aqua – OC2