Concealers and foundations rank high in my list of beauty must-haves because I am prone to pimples and their unfortunate progeny - blemishes. Why else would I wear so much makeup if not to cover them up? Thankfully my blemishes are less bothersome now thanks to a consistently good skincare routine, but I still have a few left over. Recently I am letting the Cinema Secrets Foundation Palette #2 (P1,998) handle them.
This palette is quite expensive, but it is literally everything you need for your face if you're looking for full coverage. It's an all-in-one palette, which makes the price tag look cheap compared to buying separate products for your face base.
It's a great palette, and here's why!
What I love about the product
- It's as opaque as you get, but the texture is surprisingly thin! It adheres like second skin and covers even the darkest blemishes.
- Different shades allow for different functions. It has a blemish concealer shade (I use a slightly lightened #607-19), undereye concealer (#603-21, a beige salmon), and of course all the colors can be used as foundation (I either use a mix of #605-61 and #606-26 or just #602-65). So it's all-in-one face makeup, basically. I think it's a better buy than the single-color pans.
Left to right: #602-65, #603-21, #605-61, #606-26, #607-19
- Staying power is amazing - it can last the whole day, through sweat and oil. However, if you don't apply it correctly, it can get cakey.
- Surprisingly, I didn't break out with this.
- A little goes a very, very long way.
- Affordable, all things considered.
Oops...did a wrong shade match here! But you can see the full, matte coverage as I didn't use any luminizers or highlighters. And yes it looks like heavy makeup. Give me a break, I think it was only my second time to use it in this photo. :P
Much better! I also used a highlighter so you can see a glow. It looks great on cam, no?
What I don't like about the product
- It's great as a concealer, but it's not something I would use as a foundation for daily use. Why? Because it looks like makeup. It's quite matte so its like my skin is just blanked out - great for photography, film, and theater, but not in broad natural daylight. HOWEVER, in fairness to the product, I think I haven't figured out the right way to use it yet. I think I need to thin it more!
If you want to use the Cinema Secrets Foundation Palette as a foundation, wet (not sopping wet, but not just damp either) a sponge and apply your desired shade. Feel free to mix different shades to get an exact match. Use only a little then build from there! Blend for your life to prevent cakiness.
Cinema Secrets recommend their Moisture Spray, which for me works better than water since it has moisturizing properties and makes the foundation go on easier, but water will do.
If you want to use it as concealer, use a proper brush - either than traditional flat, rounded concealer brush, or a thin pencil eyeliner brush for smaller blemishes. I tried using my fingers with it and the concealer just stuck to them.
If you're a makeup artist, you're probably already using Cinema Secrets. If not, you should! It renders on camera beautifully and the staying power is wow.
For normal gals like us, I think the Cinema Secrets Foundation Palette is still a good investment. The blemish and undereye coverage is amazing. If you have super oily skin and find that nothing works for you, this is worth looking into as a foundation. Just don't forget to wear a super thin layer to make it more appropriate for daily wear.
Lastly, I think this palette comes in five variants locally, so choose one that's closest to your skin color range.
It says Concealer Kit #2 in the back but it's officially the Cinema Secrets Foundation Palette
Great stuff. I've been using this kit as my default concealer lately. :) Wil I buy this for myself? Tough question! I still love my past concealers. I don't know. I guess I'll find out when I'm out, but before then I have all the time to decide.
Tried Cinema Secrets concealers yet? How was it?
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