The Sachet Makeup Battle: What happened when we tested six bases from P29 to P99

Hi, I’m Stacie and I am obsessed with SM Beauty. I feel the urge to pass by whenever I’m in an SM mall, even when I’m not actually looking for anything! Recently, I’ve noticed that more and more products are becoming available in sachet packaging, including face bases. Ranging from P25 to P99, they’re a tempting option for those on a tight budget or for when you need a quick fix. Sure, they’re quite cheap but are they worth it?

I am approximately a NC25 to 30 shade from MAC, and I tested all the bases without primer underneath or powder on top so that the product performance isn’t affected. Here’s what I tried out:  

Cathy Doll AA Automatic Aura Cream SPF 45 PA+++ (P54 for 6ml)

This AA Cream foundation aims to give an “automatic aura” after application while preventing acne and aging. It applies smoothly and a tiny bit goes a long way. I honestly feel like this pouch could last through 12 uses as a couple of mongo-sized drops is more than enough for my face and neck. Warning for those with sensitive noses: the foundation smells heavily of tea tree oil, which is its anti-acne ingredient.

I got the shade #23 Natural Beige which is my usual Korean foundation shade but it’s much lighter than the other #23 bases I’ve tried and has obvious pink-gray undertones. It settles a little bit after about an hour but my face obviously looks lighter than the rest of my body, in a really unflattering way. Impressively though, the coverage is medium to full.

The most problematic thing about this product is that it just sits on top of my skin and never really sets. As a result, it easily moves around and transfers, leaving spots that reveal my actual skin tone underneath. It also feels heavy on my skin.

Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Magnesium sulfate, Canavalia Gladiata extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, CI 77492,
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil,  Allantoin, CI 77499, CI 77491,Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylparaben, Adenosin, Disodium EDTA 

Cathy Doll Speed White CC Cream SPF 50 PA+++ (P39 for 6ml)

Also from the Cathy Doll brand, I decided to try their CC cream offering since it’s a more familiar concept than AA. #1 Light Beige was the only skin tone shade available in the store I went to; the other shade was Green, which might be useful for those with skin redness. Light Beige has yellow undertones, and though it looks too pale when freshly applied, it sheers out after blending as it offers barely any coverage.

Even so, the CC cream gave my skin a brightened appearance, which I really liked! I also love how this controlled my oil production and reduced the appearance of my pores, making me look like I had a filter on. I only start oiling up after 4 hours of wear, but not as much as I normally do. Unlike the AA cream, this adheres well on my skin, making it feel almost like skincare.

As much as I loved this base’s performance, it sadly caused me to break out. I developed some pimples on my cheek, and then on my forehead the day after. Sorry, had to cut this love affair short.

Ingredients: Zinc oxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Butylene glycol, titanium dioxide, arbutin, dimethicone, talc, beeswax, CI 77492, Sodium Chloride, carprylic/capric acid triglyceride, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1

QuickFX Tinted Moisturizer (P59 for 10g)

The QuickFX Tinted Moisturizer has developed quite a cult following in local beauty groups. I get it - the formula feels light but adequately moisturizing. The cream looks like it has a lot of pigment but it spreads thinly on the skin, providing zero coverage. It barely transfers though, which is great for our humid weather. Some users claim that this helps to control oil but that wasn’t true in my experience.

Among the sachet bases I tried for this story, I liked the packaging for this and the QuickFX CC Cream since both feature a nifty spout that makes it possible to tote the product around even after opening. I also only needed a couple of kidney bean-sized drops to cover my whole face, so a sachet can probably last for a whole month of daily use. Super sulit! My problem is that I also broke out after using this, so remember YMMV!

Ingredients: Water, mineral oil, glycerine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol , PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sorbitan Stearate , Polysorbate 80, Cyclohexasiloxane , Triethanolamine, Dimethicone , Carbomer, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane , C14-18 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, CI 77492, CI 77491, Glutathione, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Alkane, Isoparaffin 

QuickFX CC Cream (P99 for 10g)

The cream initially looks white and watery when you squeeze it out of the package but don’t worry - it has tiny color capsules that burst when you start blending, changing the color of the cream to be more skin-like. It feels lightly moisturizing, has a skin brightening effect, and offers a bit of coverage. It also smoothens the appearance of my pores and lessens the redness of my skin! You can’t layer it on though as it has the tendency to just sit on top of skin. It gave me a fresh and glowy complexion that my mom even complimented, but it never quite set.

I think a sachet can last for more than a month since you don’t need much for one application, so the cap is really handy for resealing it. But make sure to close it as tightly as possible because the cap managed to twist open while I was traveling and the product got all over my things.

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate,, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, Ozokerite, Niacinamide, Sorbitan sesquioleate, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Sodium chloride, CI 77492, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, CI 77019, CI 77491, Fragrance, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, CI 77288, Polyester-1, CI 77499, Galactomyces ferment filtrate, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Powder, Lemon Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia Fruit Extract, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aluminum hydroxide, Adenosine, BHT, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Nicotinoyl Dipeptide-23, Arginine

iWhite BB-Holic (P25 for 4mL )

I wanted to try this because Liz was quite impressed with its performance. This BB cream comes in two shades, light and beige. I got darker during my stay in the province so I decided to get the darker Beige shade, but it was much darker than I expected! Though it wasn’t a perfect shade match for me, those with more kayumanggi skin tones might appreciate it. There is a strong pink-orange undertone though, which is why it looks really weird on my skin. The light to medium coverage helped to cover some of my PIH and blur my pores a bit. It has a nice dewy finish, but it fades so easily because even the lightest touch to my face erases the product.

I found myself using more of this product compared to other sachet face bases, so I think it will only last about two to three uses. It’s just as well as once opened, the remaining product quickly oxidizes. Transferring the cream into an air-tight container might help, or maybe stick to using the lighter shade.

Active Ingredients: Niacinamide,  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Adenosine

Aroma Herb Complex: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Alchemilla Vulagris Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract

Other Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Cylopentasiloxane, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Propanediol, Saccharide Isomerate, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Lecithin, Dimethiconol, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Fragrance 

Face Republic Perfect Cover BB Cream (P29 for 1.5mL)

Gett tried the in-tube version of this and found it too light for her skin tone, so I thought it might be an okay match for me. The cream does look out quite pale but with yellow undertones, and applies smoothly with enough coverage to conceal my redness. A single layer of application feels perfect, but I decided to try adding another layer for better coverage. This turned out to be a bad idea as the second layer messed up the first one, resulting in both a patchy and cakey appearance.

The formula does not oxidize, so it can really only be used by fairer skin tones. The sachet lasted me 2 full uses, with a little bit left that might be enough for one light layer. As Gett also observed, the product transfers easily and my face was completely hulas after commuting and sweating for 2 hours. Best to use this only if you’re staying indoors in a cool area.

Ingredients: Inonotus Obliquus Extract (Mushroom), Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isostearyl Isostearate, Arbutin, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ci 77492, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Olivate, Squalane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Palmitate, Ci 77491, Snail Secretion Filtrate , Ci 77499, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ultramarines, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract , Adenosine, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract

If I had to pick a product to repurchase, it would definitely be the QuickFX CC Cream. It’s great for brightening my complexion and didn’t break me out, plus it has a twisty cap so I can store it easily. If your skin is not as sensitive as mine, the Cathy Doll CC Cream is also a good choice! Whatever base you choose, make sure to set with powder as these all have a dewy and sometimes almost oily finish. Setting with powder will also help with longevity, and hopefully decrease transfer.

Some real talk though: if you can afford to purchase a bottle of foundation or face base instead, it’s the more economical and eco-friendly option. Sachet packaging contributes to a lot of waste and there are no recycling strategies available for these as yet.  

Have you tried using sachet makeup? What products worked for you?