SUQQU Lucent Powder Foundation
It's a story of initial euphoria to disenchantment and back to enduring love.
Ah, the youthful promise of perfection! There's not much like it, is there? Everything looks so great. Everyone wants to know if you've found a special something. You feel so great and everything is so easy!
I love the idea of powder foundation because it feels like this would be a super fast and convenient way of getting nice looking skin. Convenience factor is pretty high, since you can carry it around for touch ups during the day.
SUQQU's Lucent Powder Foundation launched last year, with some high promises of feather lightness on the skin with a silky smooth and radiant finish. I have certifiably dry skin now, hence the idea of radiant finish powder foundation triggers a certain level of skepticism.
When I tried this out last year, I was immediately enamored. It's kind of annoying to have to purchase the case and refill separately and feels like an extra expense, I liked that I can also buy several shades to fit my needs. In fact, I purchased 002 and 003 and swap in and out as I need.
The texture is impossibly fine and smoothing on the skin. The enclosed sponge makes a good applicator and allows me to reach into little areas like around my nose. The coverage is build-able to medium, but I found I can layer on for a pretty light coverage and build up to a respectable medium. It pretty much obliterated any redness I have around my face.
It does look pretty dry and matte when first applied, but within an hour or so, it begins to meld with the natural oils on the skin (even on my dry skin) and develops into a very beautiful radiant finish. It looks beautiful, particularly a few hours into wear. I was loving this for a few short weeks last summer.
They Begin to Hate Each Other
Then rough patches. Literal rough patches. Irritation from life, cold winters and that love falters in those times. It's hard to blame each other and because everyone has own faults: stress, poor nutrition, lack of sleep. But when that relationship falters, it starts to make you look bad... maybe haggard even. It starts to emphasize everything thing about you that you're already insecure about. You turn away from it... FOR...EVER.
I began to notice a few annoying things. I was hoping for fast and convenient, but SUQQU Lucent Powder Foundation is a lot more fiddly than I like. It looks best when my skin is prepped well and well moisturized, but without a lick of any moisture on the skin. Otherwise, the powder mixes and forms disgusting looking clumps in the pores. Beige, skin-colored foundation plugs in the pores is yucky. It takes time and patience to allow all skincare layers, including sunscreens to settle and dry completely. I've not tried primers underneath this foundation, but I expect same results.
As summer transitioned to cold weather, I got much drier (as we all tend to do). And then I got bouts of eczema that just wouldn't go away and then developed irritated redness and lots of flakes all over the skin. I will definitively say, any dry patches (eczema, flakes or otherwise) is a total "NO" for the SUQQU Lucent Powder Foundation. It will cling heavily and emphasize them and your flakes will look worse than ever. (FYI, I find my MAC Face & Body Foundation pretty good with flakes. Reviewed here.) I will not be exaggerating when I say that it made me look pretty hideous. I stuck it in the far reaches of my foundation drawer and then forgot the hell about it.
Lovers Reunite with Mature Understanding
Memories are a powerful thing. You recall tender moments when things were fine. You try it once again, thinking about lessons you've learned and compromises that are made. Basically, you learn all good relationship requires a level of fit, compromise and work. And so love is again renewed and peaceful and enduring love remains.
I think it's the warm and humid weather returning that made me reach back for the foundation again. More importantly, my skin is much better these days. Flakes are gone and majority of the eczema has cleared. Remembering my hard earned lesson of letting all skincare soak, settle and dry, I started using this powder foundation again.
It looks fantastic, and wearing it outdoors in hot temperature (and even a torrential rain storm), it lasts well. I'm too lazy to touch up but I was really pleased to look in the mirror at the end of a day and see majority of the foundation intact.
Fin / Ingredients
Talc, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Nylon-12, HDI/PPG/Polycaprolactone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Myristate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Methicone, Squalane, Myristic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Zinc Chloride, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Petrolatum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, BHT, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Peel Extract, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, May Contain(+/-) : Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)
Post Script / Before-After
I'm wearing shade 003 in the SUQQU Lucent Foundation. Bare faced on the left, and with foundation on the right.
Do you have summer foundations that you would recommend to others? What's your skin type?