Uh-oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

by Paris B on · 21 comments

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On January 20, 2014
Last modified:January 19, 2014

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A while ago, I told you that my Holy Grail liquid foundation was the Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation. I do still like it a lot, but I think I might have found another to dethrone it from HG status. My, my. aren’t we fickle? icon razz Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

rmk creamy gel foundation bottle Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

Ladies and gents, I give you the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation (not as stated in the picture which amounts to the same thing but different icon razz Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation ) I have owned this one for a while now when I bought it as a value set together with the foundation brush that you see in the picture. But it was only recently that I fully appreciated just what a great foundation this is, especially if you have slightly drier skin. I can’t tell you how this will fare if you have oily skin so it’s something you’ll have to find out for yourself, I’m afraid, although you may prefer the regular liquid foundation.

But if you have normal to drier skin, you’ll love this! I do! icon biggrin Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

RMK does excellent foundation bases. Before I really got into wearing foundations, I had come across lots of raves for the RMK Cream foundation but I soon realised that it was a bit heavy for me back then, and also in our tropical weather. But if you have dry skin then that would be the one you want to use.

I used the regular RMK Liquid Foundation for a while and you know, it’s a good one, despite the lack of a pump and everything. It’s light and comfortable and evens out skintone very nicely. But then, I got wind of a foundation that came in a pump bottle and that was this Gel Creamy Foundation.

rmk creamy gel foundation pump Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

It comes in plastic bottle with a handy pump and the texture is as the name implies, a creamy gel texture – halfway between a gel and a cream. It is very light and spreads easily yet feels like a cream to offer more coverage than the regular RMK liquid foundation.

I wouldn’t peg this for a full coverage foundation though. It isn’t. I put it as light to medium coverage only so it does a wonderful job evening out your complexion and blurring any imperfections you may have but you will still need concealer to hide things like dark under eye circles or blemishes or pigmentation spots. But if you are comfortable with some imperfections showing through then you can easily apply this and go.

I find that the texture lends itself to easy application with your fingers or with a brush. In fact, when RMK launched their Gel Creamy Foundation, they also introduced their foundation brush which is made of goat hair. RMK make up artists tout this brush as the best for applying liquid foundation because it applies liquid foundation well without streaking and offers a smooth, even finish. I like it but I do tend to use any brush I have on hand or even fingers because it’s just so easy to blend it into skin, like applying a moisturiser.

Here’s how this foundation fares on me. I take it in shade No. 201 which is the lightest pink toned shade, 101 being too yellow for my liking.

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You may notice, as I have said, that the coverage isn’t full, but it evens out the skintone and tones down redness, and I’m comfortable with that. I usually dab on a touch of concealer or highlighter and I tend to finish off with the RMK Pressed Powder N or Guerlain Meteorites which usually gives me a better, smoother finish. But I also sometimes wear just the foundation and here’s the great thing – it lasts.

The RMK Gel Creamy Foundation isn’t drying – quite the opposite. It makes my skin feel so much more comfortable as the day wears on which could be attributed to the hyaluronic acid it contains. It doesn’t turn oily at all and feels like I have nothing on. It’s well worth every pretty penny I paid icon biggrin Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

Here are some swatch comparisons with other liquid foundations.

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(1) Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation OC-01 (2) RMK Gel Creamy Foundation No. 201 (3) RMK Liquid Foundation No. 201 (4) Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation I00 Very Light Ivory (5) Diorskin Nude liquid foundation 010 Ivory

In terms of texture, you may notice that the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation is thicker and more creamy than its predecessor, the RMK Liquid Foundation and also the Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation. It is about as creamy as the Diorskin Nude foundation but less thick.

Shade-wise, No. 201 in the Gel Creamy Foundation is a bit more pink and more brightening on the skin than the Liquid Foundation. It is less pink toned than the Diorskin Nude and next to the Lunasol Skin Modelling in OC-01 the difference in tone is significant. I do however wear all these shades quite comfortably. It only shows up differently when put next to each other.

Everytime I wear a liquid foundation by a Japanese company, I wonder why I even bother trying other brands. Japanese base makeup never fails me and is, I dare say, the best that can be found out there. I won’t dethrone the Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation from its HG status, but I will place the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation up there with it. It deserves full accolades and if I sound like I’m raving about it, yes I am. Quite justifiably so icon smile Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

In a nutshell

The RMK Gel Creamy Foundation comes in a pump bottle and has a very lovely light gel-cream texture that feels like you have nothing on your skin. The coverage is light-medium and it does an amazing job evening out skintone, covering redness and just giving you your skin, just better. It doesn’t turn oily, stays on all day comfortably, makes skin feel so comfortable especially if you have drier skin and is very easy to apply, even with fingers. Truly, this is among the best liquid foundations I’ve ever used and it has found its way to holy grail status for me.

Pros: Packaging is portable and user-friendly, Longlasting, Does not dry skin, Easy to apply even with fingers, Evens out skintone and looks very natural on, Lightweight texture feels like nothing on, Does not turn oily at all

Cons: Deeper skintones will have difficulty finding a colour match, Pricey

Who will like this: Anyone with drier skintype, Anyone who wants a good lightweight liquid foundation

rmk creamy gel foundation brush Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

I always say the Japanese do base makeup best. I’ve hardly ever been wrong about them so far and RMK is definitely among the best out there for base makeup even if I find their colour makeup a bit lacking. Absolutely worth taking a look.

Have you tried this RMK Gel Creamy Foundation? Have you used other RMK foundations?

This one has been out a while so I’m sure some of you have already used it. I’ve been told the Gel Emulsion compact which is a cream compact foundation is very good too. Might give that a go next time. What can I say? I’m a foundation junkie too! icon wink Uh oh my Holy Grail foundation is in danger of being dethroned by the RMK Gel Creamy Foundation

Paris B

RMK Gel Creamy Foundation comes in 7 shades Price: RM180 Availability: RMK counters or beautybay.com which ships internationally

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Firn January 20, 2014 at 8:41 am

I’m not a big fan of RMK’s bases. I tried a sample of the liquid foundation and it broke me out. Their bases feel really heavy in the tropics. I have the gel emulsion compact, hoping to use it as a concealer but again it’s very heavy and cakey.
I still prefer Lunasol’s colour range since it’s more neutral. I really dislike pink-toned foundations as they enhance my redness and give me floating-head syndrome.

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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Sorry to hear RMK bases don’t work for you Firn but that’s the beauty of makeup isn’t it? (no pun intended of course hehe) Perhaps I feel more comfortable with them because of my drier skintype. Interesting observation on the gel emulsion compact! I’ll have to check it out before I spring for it then :) I actually find Lunasol’s bases a bit too yellow for me so the pink tint in RMK’s complements my skin and makes it look brighter, but I can’t shelve the Lunasol Skin Modelling foundation either. That’s just too good :D

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liyeun January 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

I really like the Lunasol one, too. It gives a glow without the help of any highlighter or meteorites. The pic abive wear u were wearing the gel cream foundation, was it on its own without meteorites or anything? Also, does this contain silicones? Me anti-silicones, if possible. Hehe.
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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

I’m just wearing the gel cream foundation on it’s own for comparison with bare skin :) I don’t know if there’s silicone (the ingredient list is in Japanese!) but based on the texture I’d say it does contain silicones but I can’t tell you how much.

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Lily
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January 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

Love my RMK Liquid Foundation but I think I’ll stick to that. My normal combination skin might not like this too much. I’ve been really good at avoiding purchasing more base products. My aim is to reduce, so I’ve been reaching for my older faves :-)
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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Nope you might find this a bit too heavy then. It’s made for drier skintypes but not super dry skin nor very dry air coz that will call for cream foundation instead :)

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LeGeeque January 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

Yay! It’s one of my favourite foundations too! Great in summers when it’s light enough. Can’t believe it took you this long to write about it ;)

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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I know! :P You should have given my that swift kick up the butt earlier ;)

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Cynthia January 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

I tried this and yes like you I love it! I swatched this with the liquid foundation and also Lunasol one. The texture and finish is really as good as Lunasol but this is more hydrating and bit dewy. Probably it’s just me I think this gel foundation texture is much lighter than Lunasol in comparison via application. I love their previous liquid foundation so I can’t decide if I need this too. Hmmmmm.
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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Yay! I agree with you about the finish. They’re all great but this leaves a more dewy more hydrated feeling to the skin than the Lunasol or the Liquid Foundation. I find this a bit heavier in terms of application because it’s a gel-cream vs liquid, but it’s great. If you have drier skin then I think you’d like this although the liquid is a very good one too :)

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Victoria January 20, 2014 at 11:16 am

Pity RMK only does shades for lighter skin tones as I would love to try this. Do you think Lunasol will have any shades for medium skin tones? I cannot remember seeing them when I passed their counter last month. From your experience, have you come across Western brands that have similar bases like the Japanese brands? If they do, then they would carry more shades which would mean medium skin tones like myself would be able to try them. LOL.

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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Yes, sadly many Japanese brands only do light-medium shades with the exception of Shiseido who have a more extensive shade range because they are more international. I’m not sure if Lunasol carries the deeper OC colours but it’s always worth taking a look. My concern would be that their deeper shades tend to be a bit more yellow so there’s always that risk of looking a bit too yellow instead of neutral.

I haven’t found any Western brands that come close in terms of perfection of texture. The Japanese get it right with light weightless texture, yet good coverage that you can layer without looking cakey. Have you taken a look at Shiseido? They do have slightly deeper shades available :)

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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Oh and Estee Lauder Double Wear Light or Invisible might fit the bill but I couldn’t try them as the shades available are too deep for my skintone. Also take a look at Lancome. The ones we get here are Made in Japan so the texture is quite close to Japanese brands. Again I don’t test them as I find their shade selection a bit too yellow and too deep for me but they’re worth taking a look at. My personal preference is Diorskin Nude but the texture is a bit heavier.

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lyn
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January 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I got it during that special promo (because of you!) and have not used it yet. But based on what you’ve said, it sounds like something I would like too :-)
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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm

LOL! From back then? Better break it out and use it – that was almost 2 years ago! :P I think you’ll like this one :D

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lyn
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January 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Yes, from back then. Today I actually used two products I’ve never used before and one is a mascara I got from 4 years ago (!!!) My lashes didn’t fall out so I guess it’s still ok to use :-P
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Paris B
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January 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

LOL! I know exactly how you feel! I’m making it a point to actually USE my existing products instead of buying too many new ones and in the process, am rediscovering faves and finding faves too!

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ailyn January 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

choice is always good

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Paris B
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January 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Absolutely true!

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Jennifer January 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Looks awesome on you :) Once again, Japanese makeup makes the mark! Glad you found another keeper. Haha, now you make me wanna try liquid foundation or this creamy one. I am quite happy using the Hada Labo BB cream and since this RMK one looks finger application friendly, I am quite intrigued :) Thanks for sharing this keeper.

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Paris B
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January 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Thanks Jennifer and yes, Japanese base makeup rarely disappoints me. Well, except for Shiseido recently … :D I think you may prefer the liquid version which is water based, if I’m not mistaken and a little goes a very long way. The only down side is the lack of a pump but the finish is stellar and yes, finger application friendly!

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