Indeed, I aspire to present an ambitious post today covering the latest loose powder, compact as well as liquid foundation products!

Before I begin, here are some quick notes on the different type of foundation powder for people who are less familiar with makeup:

Loose powder: Least amount of coverage, usually dusted over the liquid foundation to make your makeup look matte and more long-lasting.

Foundation compact: Powder foundation that typically gives good coverage and can be used on its own or after a makeup base. Foundation compact is more lightweight and easy to apply, but can look more “cakey” on your skin.

Liquid foundation: This provides the best coverage and very smooth finish. The downside is that the liquid foundation seeps deeper into your pores and therefore less desirable for the skin.

Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation (S$62)

This product got me excited at first sight. The packaging, albeit chunky, is beautiful with a cube design and a dense brush attached in the middle. In addition, I have been a supporter of Clarins Skin Illusion Liquid Foundation but as I do not like to wear liquid foundation everyday, I have looking for a light powder for day-to-day use.

At first glance, this looks like a typical loose powder product that probably have mattifying properties and sheer coverage.

Looks are deceiving, because the Skin Illusion Loose Powder offers medium coverage and when applied using the dense soft brush that is attached in the jar, the finishing is soft and silky. Pretty to close to the effect of a compact foundation, but better because the powder is lighter and less likely to clog up your pores. Similar to the liquid foundation in the Skin Illusion series, the Loose Powder contain energizing and hydrating benefits with its mineral and plant extracts.

I usually wear this over my BB cream on a day-to-day basis. My only qualms is that this is less long-lasting – which is expected of loose powder anyway – and is likely to melt or streak on oily skin. If you have a long day ahead, you either have to touch up often, or opt for a heavier foundation. But at S$62 (available in 4 shades), I think this is a great powder to go with light makeup, and the brush included in the packaging is definitely worth the dollar!

Diorskin Nude Compact (Nude Glow Versatile Powder Makeup SPF 10 PA ++) (S$90)

Packaging wise, this product scores well with a luxurious blue velvet case that comes with a snug pocket for the foundation brush that comes together with the Nude Compact powder. The foundation powder is not densely packed – therefore the product feels like an in-between of loose powder and compact foundation – but gives good natural coverage when applied with the Dior brush.

I did a side-by-side comparison of Diorskin Nude Compact (in 020) with Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder (in 108 Sand).

  • Both provide silky finishes with the brushes that come with the products, although Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder made the skin looked smoother.
  • Diorskin Nude Compact gave a more natural and radiant glow, but had a lighter coverage.
  • Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder looked slightly more “cakey” and was less able to minimise large pores.

At a price of S$90, Diorskin Nude Compact comes with not only a good mini brush and velvet case, but the foundation is also loaded with SPF 10 for some basic sun protection.

Diorskin Nude collection also includes a liquid foundation. For my review of the Diorskin Nude Fluid Foundation, please click here.

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF15 (S$74 for 30ml)

Loaded with SPF 15, the texture is less runny than the Perfect Refining Foundation and offers more coverage. Branded as a revolutionary anti-aging foundation with innovative light technology to eliminate shadows and give skin a radiant, youthful glow, I think this liquid foundation is lightweight and gives almost perfect coverage and smooth finish. It lasted well too without much streaking although I needed to blot every 4-5 hours.

If you have been deliberating between this Shiseido Radiant Lifting foundation versus the previous Perfect Refining Foundation (or even Diorskin Nude Fluid Foundation), I would prefer this new Shiseido product, given its light texture and perfect coverage. I would also strongly encourage you to purchase Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation Brush (S$40), which can be used on both liquid foundation and compact foundation to give you almost flawless skin.

Check out this video of Shiseido’s top make-up artist, Miyako Okamoto imparting tips on applying the foundation flawlessly. Pay attention to her strokes.

Let me know if you have any question!

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