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. It smells 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. Based on reviews, most people don’t seem to be bothered by the smell, 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 the price tag (PhP 2,900 at Adora). It is good, but when I think of how much it cost, it wasn’t good enough.
When they labeled this ultra-sheer, they meant it. Because 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 different lighting before buying makeup there or anywhere else.
While I do love sheer skin enhancing foundations, this is just too sheer, sheerer than all tinted moisturizers and bb creams I’ve tried.
What I did like 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