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I am very picky about foundations as I'm sure most of us are. My top criteria for foundation include a very good color match and a formula that glides over pores without pooling and doesn't exacerbate the look of imperfections (like flakes). And while I prefer a more dewy finish without shimmer in foundation, I'm okay with slight matte finish. I prefer light to medium coverage almost all the time, but for certain occasions or a look, fuller coverage that isn't mask like is also great. How does this new foundation released from Rouge Bunny Rouge perform against this list?
review on her blog for swatches of all three shades. Each shade is designed to match 4 skin tones. I can't attest to that personally, but 063 Lalla, the shade I received, while not perfect, was a reasonable match on my skin.
Drops like these are not completely new on the market. Cover FX released their version a while ago as well. The convenience and perk of these items is that it can be used with various other mixers to customize coverage and emollience. The dropper from Rouge Bunny Rouge is mess free, and despite playing around with this for several weeks, the bottle neck and cap remains clean. The opening of the bottle wipes down the sides of the dropper each time the dispenser is removed, so it stays neat. Some good things I experienced:
- Mess-free and elegant bottle; easy to dispense just the desired amount
- Demi Matte in finish, and tenaciously long lasting from my experience
- Fully customizable in coverage by varying amount used as well as mixing medium
- Soft and velvety feel on the skin
Then I started experimenting with various other things. I tried a runny milk-type lotion, a thick rich cream, a lighter gel cream and also facial oils. The Rouge Bunny Rouge Foundation Essence is thin, but not completely watery, so didn't mix as well with very runny liquids and also didn't mix as well with very thick creams. My favorite mixer was a facial oil which is heavy with dimethicone. I think the silicone to silicone affinity in the oil and the RBR made the products easy to mix in my palm and glide nicely on my skin.
|A drop of the Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence.|
In terms of color, 063 is a warm to neutral yellow. It goes on light, but darkens considerably once dried (but less so when mixed into other products). These days, SUQQU Frame Fix Cream N in 002 and MAC F&B in C1 are good matches. MAC F&B which also darkens after application requires a blob of white mixed in to counteract the darkening.
Let me demonstrate how the Foundation Essence works on me. Here is my bare face (post AM skincare routine and a slick of lip balm, and sun protection). Only real quibbles I have about my skin is a tendency to redness and dehydration. I am very dehydrated and dry these days. My normally oily T-zone is on the retreat during wintertime, and I have a lot of flakes on my chin and forehead.
Anyway you can see how tiny a bit of the Foundation Essence I've used in proportion to the primer. I used my finger tip to mix and then used my fingers to apply to my face. With this method, I can achieve a light to light medium coverage.
And again, it is still even easier to achieve even more coverage!
For a variation, I then applied another whole drop on top of my face using a flat and very dense goat hair foundation brush. It was a tough application process. Because the product is so pigmented, the brush left obvious streaks even as I was trying to blend it all in. I ended up using the palms of my hands to gently press away any streaks after using the brush.
I think you can see that even with just two total drops (1 mixed into the primer + 1 applied over), most of the redness is completely gone. It is noticeably dark on my face once it dries however.
This is not a product for those with really dry skins and for folks with flakes. If you care to click on the below photo and take a look, you can see the foundation clinging to the flakes. I generally think that very high pigment anything (foundation, lipsticks, eye shadows!) will want to cling to texturally challenged areas as these drops definitely do.
Here's a shot of the ingredients for you:
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What do you think about these customizable foundation products? Have you tried one before and what is your favorite way to apply them?
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