Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

MAC Studio Tech FoundationI have always preferred liquid foundations but when EVERYONE raved about MAC Studio Tech ($27.50), I had to find out what it is all about.

A tri-system blend of water, emollients and powder, the Studio Tech comes in the regular MAC compact with a sponge on the bottom compartment.

While the foundation looks solid, it has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly and melts into my skin, leaving behind a natural and semi-matte finish. Coverage-wise, it is on the heavier side so I like to apply it with my MAC #190 foundation brush to sheer it out.

The only thing I did not like is the color. I always use NC30 for MAC foundations/concealers but for some reason, this one seems to run a lot darker and looks more orange. It also does not oxidize well so at the end of the day, I always end up looking darker – not hot!

Becca Luminous Skin ColorI got Becca Luminous Skin Color ($40) when it first came out back in 2002.

A combination tinted moisturizer and sheer foundation, Luminous Skin Colour promises to visibly improves the complexion, yet looks incredibly natural on the skin while offering skincare, makeup, and sun protection in one ingenious product. It also contains anti-oxidant vitamins, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients with a broad spectrum SPF 25+.

Laura Mercier Moisturizing FoundationLaura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation ($40) used to be my holy grail foundation. It comes in an 1 oz bottle with a pump for easy and hygienic application. There are a total of 7 shades with different undertones available and Sunny Beige is a good match for my NC30 skin.

When I mix this with Laura Mercier Foundation primer (another of my faves), it stays on and looks fresh all day. Since it offers medium to full coverage, one drop would suffice to even out my whole face. Plus it is super easy to blend and very moisturizing for dry skin without adding grease. I cannot say more about this foundation – I *love* it!

Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation is available at Nordstrom and Sephora.

Literally every makeup artist and model in Asia owns a bottle of RMK Liquid Foundation ($45).

The foundation comes in 8 shades that are all yellow-based and perfect for Asian skintones. I use 102 for my NC30 skin.

The texture is thin and runny yet the coverage is medium and buildable. It blends effortlessly and sinks right into my skin. I never look like I have makeup on whenever I wear this. The foundation also comes with SPF 14 which is a great plus.

My only complaint is the huge glass bottle and limited availability (the foundation is only available in Asia). Other than that, this is a great foundation and I will definitely repurchase when I get a chance.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind FoundationI have always been skeptical about drugstore foundations but I have to say I really liked Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation ($6), a gem I discovered when I was in college.

The foundation contains caffeine to perk up your skin and micro-pearls to give your skin a more radiant look. It felt very moisturizing on my dry skin and has a super creamy, blendable texture. Coverage is medium to heavy and the SPF 18 is also a huge plus.

The only downside is the color range. While the foundation comes in 12 shades, I have to mix Classic Ivory and Sandy Beige to get the right shade for my NC30 skin. Despite that, I would still repurchase.

Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush FoundationWith a built-in brush attached to a liquid foundation, Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation ($52) is the first-ever brush foundation to deliver a flawless finish in a simple and unique way.

The brush design is not only genius and easy-to-use, but it also saves you from getting your fingers dirty and helps to achieve that airbrushed look in no time and with no streaks!

The foundation itself is very creamy and dries super fast to a semi-matte finish without ever looking cakey. I use #Sand for my NC30 skin and the coverage is medium with decent staying power. The result is super natural, just like real skin with a subtle glow. No wonder this foundation was voted as Editor’s Pick for Best Foundation by InStyle magazine! Highly recommended!