What we want to happen versus what actually happens are two completely different things. And you know what, that's perfectly fine. There are many variables in any given situation that it's difficult to predict the exact outcome. The trick is to be flexible and to adapt as quickly as possible. When life throws you lemons, you can do better than lemonade! Find a chicken then bake it with lemon sauce.
Just don't give up, is the hardest and most important part.
Anyhoo, today I'll be reviewing a foundation that you're probably super curious about: the Naturactor Cover Face Foundation (P790 at Digital Traincase). There have been a lot of rave reviews floating around the web for some time now - is this Japanese foundation worth the hype?
It is. It is. When I first wore it, I exclaimed out loud: "Seriously? This is intense!" I can't believe the ultra-smooth, baby skin finish! I've never tried a foundation with this kind of finish before. The cream felt thin and light, yet it has medium to heavy coverage. It sets into a powdery layer so I doubt that I'd even need a finishing powder.
Naturactor shade in 141
Swatch. You can see how well it adhered to the skin! And how thin the product is.
Unfortunately, the shade I have (141) is about three shades lighter than my skin. This is recommended for "Medium" skin but clearly the Japanese have a peculiar sense of humor. I was thinking of getting 151, which is recommended for dark skin, but someone advised me that it matches NC25 perfectly. I'm an NC35! SO UNFAIR.
I wouldn't wear 141 out of the house, but I thought I'd at least show you what the finish is like. I didn't use any concealer or powder in this photo; I didn't edit out anything either. This is what the Naturactor foundation looked like in only one thin layer.
I told you. It's crazy! I can't tell you about the wear time as I haven't truly worn it out, but judging by the texture and how it set, I think this will do well over oily skin. It feels like a long-wearing foundation. Correct me if I'm wrong though!
Note: this has a weird, off-putting smell. It smells like Mena cream. Do you remember that pink pearl cream for whitening skin? This has the exact same smell if I remember correctly. It dissipates quickly enough though so I personally don't mind. Just be warned.
Since I can't use 141 as foundation, I plan to use it as an under eye concealer and an eyeshadow primer. it actually works well as both! It doesn't crease under the eyes, and as a primer it holds on to eyeshadow nicely. I wish I can use it all over the face but I'm pretty happy to repurpose it.
Overall, the finish and texture of the Naturactor Cover Face Foundation is pretty awesome. It also has a promising staying power! If you're NC25 or even fairer, I highly recommend that you try this cream base. It's photogenic, it's like Photoshop in a pan. It's also not that expensive too, at only P790 for a generous amount of product. Seriously, 20 grams is A LOT. Most foundies clock in at 12 grams.
However, if you're light-medium (NC30) and darker, I'm afraid that the current shade selection of Naturactor can't accommodate you. I hope that they'll come out with darker shades in the future! I'll snap one up in a hurry, for sure.
What do you think? Have you tried this? Are you thinking of getting one?
You can purchase Naturactor products at Digital Traincase.