This L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl Brush On Whitening Foundation Essence is *drumroll please* a liquid foundation with a built in brush. Don’t be taken in by the essence bit. Its essentially just a liquid foundation in a tube with attached brush. It isn’t even very runny as an essence would be.
I got this one a little while back and was a bit ho-hum about it initially. I kept taking it out of its box and looking at it, feeling the stiff brush, and then putting it back. I wasn’t sure what to make of it.
But recently, I decided I’d better at least give it a go to see what it was really like. And goshdarnit! I really like this foundation! Ok, one caveat. I like the foundation formula. I dislike the packaging and think it is a TERRIBLE idea 😛
Anyway, let me give you the good news first I really like the texture of this foundation. It is a little thick but the coverage is really quite good. I’d recommend blending it out on the back of your hand first, before applying to your skin for a lighter finish.
L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl Brush On Foundation Shade N1 Left: straight from tube Right: blended
My shade is N1 which could be the lightest shade. When directly pumped out, the colour is quite a neutral shade and quite suited to my skin tone. You can see that when I sheer it out and blend it on the right, it blends right into my skin. It is also pertinent to note that the amount you see in the picture is all I need for my whole face.
Here’s the ubiquitous unretouched straight from camera before and after photos to show coverage and colour match. I don’t know why I do this 😛
You can see that coverage is pretty good, in that it covers up redness on my skin, and lends a brightening aura to the skin. On the side of my cheek is a red dot which is a spot I’d been picking at, and the redness there is less obvious too. Pigmentation isn’t covered totally but I usually use concealer for that or sometimes I don’t bother because I’m not always fussed about looking flawless all the time. This foundation is one of my to-go foundations for when I want to look nice but not air brushed and fake. If that makes sense 😛
I have combination-dry skin and this foundation sits on my skin well for most of the day. I usually do set with some loose or pressed powder so that helps with longevity. Sometimes, depending on whether I stay in the office all day or go gallivanting outside, I may get some oiliness but it isn’t awful nor does it cause my foundation to slip.
Despite the word “Pearl” in its name, there is no shimmer in the product. It does give a slightly brightening effect, which is what I think is related to the “Pearl”. As far as texture, colour and formula goes, I really like this L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl foundation.
Now, what was it I didn’t like? The packaging.
The product comes in a tube with a flat brush at the end of it. To dispense the product, you press on the blue base and it pushes out the foundation into the brush which you can then brush on your skin.
The concept is that of a 2 in 1 product that eliminates the need for a foundation brush and ideally, gives you a smooth flawless finish that a foundation brush can give you.
Sorry, wrong wrong and wrong.
The brush is firstly stiff and on my skin, a little scratchy. It also applies the foundation streaky and too thickly. I tried using the brush 2 times, and both times, I ended up having to smooth out foundation with my fingers and buff it in with a separate brush. I also found that it looked thick on my skin and I didn’t like that.
According to the instructions on the box and tube, you are to deposit the foundation on the back of your hand, coat your brush with it and then apply to your face. Well, do that if you don’t mind a thick streaky finish. The brush is useless.
It wasn’t until I resorted to using either fingers, or a separate foundation brush that I actually found myself liking the contents of the product, if not the product itself.
Another quarrel I have with a product of this nature is the hygiene element. You can’t wash the brush. I realise its the same problem that we get with brush on concealers and illuminators but for some reason, a larger brush like this one gives me the creeps as opposed to a smaller concealer brush. Just me then 😛
In a nutshell
The L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl Brush On Whitening Foundation Essence is a liquid foundation in a tube with attached brush. The foundation itself has a nice texture. It has light to medium coverage and is buildable. Colour match was good (I take N1) and a little can go a long way. It is quite creamy so you can blend it out further to sheer it out. It covers redness but not pigmentation very much and lasts on my skin. The packaging however, spoils it for me. The brush is quite useless, being stiff and applying the product too thickly and streakily. I recommend using a separate foundation brush or just fingers for best results.
Pros: Good coverage, Good colour match for my skin, Lasts on my skin for most of the day without turning oily, Covers redness on skin and gives a nice glowy brightening aura
Cons: Packaging – the brush is a wash out
I think I have seen a L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl liquid foundation in a normal tube form at the L’Oreal counters. However, I do not know if the texture is the same. If it is, I recommend getting that one and not this product. The built in brush is ideal in theory but in practise, it is just a nuisance.
Granted a concealer packaged similarly doesn’t get at much flack from me, because the brush is smaller, and they do not promise you a flawless finish like this one. I use the built in concealer brush to dab in small corners and use my fingers to blend. Its about the same thing probably, except that a foundation covers a wider area and when the brush promises a flawless finish, I expect it to deliver. Or maybe I just don’t make sense 😛
(1) Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #51 Light Vanilla (2) L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl Brush On Whitening Foundation Essence N1 (3) Revlon Age Defying Foundation DNA Advantage #10 Bare Buff (All the shades look a bit different but they all look alright when worn)
Have you tried this brush on foundation? Do you experience the same streaky application with the brush as I do? For the life of me, I can’t get that brush to work. And it feels hard on my skin too. The foundation itself is however, a good one for me. I like how it brightens my skin. I would purchase this if I run out, but only if it came without the brush.
L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl Brush On Whitening Foundation Essence comes in 4 shades Price: RM79.90 (or watch for promotions/sales) Availability: L’Oreal counters (Maybe Asia only)