I love messing around with foundation. A good base is truly one of my weaknesses, and it’s rather ironic, considering I had already found that elusive Holy Grail foundation. Yes, I have. Did it surprise you?
When you find yourself going back again and again to one particular product, especially for days when you know you don’t have time to faff about and experiment, you know you’ve found THE ONE. I did, and I have and I have told as many people as I can about it.
But then I found out not long ago that it was reformulated. WHAAAT?!
Let me just say I absolutely freaking hate it when something I love is reformulated. Sometimes, the brands get it right but sometimes, they kill it.
So yes, my holy grail foundation, which was the Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation has now been reformulated to the Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Finish Foundation. I got quite antsy about it, and I took it on a very critical trial phase, because I just had to know if I should continue with my love affair, or just dump it and move on.
So, the million dollar question is, should I stay or should I go?
Happily, I’m staying :D
Yes, I’m happy to report that the new Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Finish Foundation is every bit as wonderful as its predecessor was. In fact, I couldn’t quite tell them apart :P
Packaging wise, they’re identical. The square opaque glass bottle comes capped with a sleek rose-gold cap. There is nothing to distinguish the old and the new, save for the name.
The new Skin Modeling Liquid Finish foundation is supposed to contain up to 55% water which makes this a water based liquid foundation. I had been told that the texture is lighter than the previous version (which was already very light on the skin) and more comfortable when worn. It is also fairly sheer, yet offers a semi-matte finish that lasts.
Similar to the previous version, I found that the texture is indeed sheer, but it spreads very easily, and despite its sheerness, the product veils skin quite prettily for a very natural finish. It covers redness, and if you layer it on the areas where you need it more, it can even mask blemishes or dark circles. It isn’t drying on skin, yet it lasts all day long for me, even if I don’t set it with a powder.
This Lunasol foundation is one I come back to time and again, when I know I have to put a good face forward and I want a product that I know works every single time. I wore this for 2 weeks straight, and it never failed me a single time.
I wear Lunasol foundations in the shade OC-01 which is the lightest, neutral shade available, and this is the swatch comparison to the old version, and to other foundations I wear regularly.
You may notice that there is almost no difference in shade or texture between the old and new Lunasol Skin Modeling foundation, so if you are using the previous version, you can quite easily move on to the new one with no issues.
The Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 1.0 is quite a similar match in shade, although it finishes off more matte than the Lunasol. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet is the most matte in texture and has the highest coverage of the swatches featured here, followed by the Diorskin Nude which has more pink.
For a before-after comparison, here’s how I look with bare skin and with a layer of the Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Finish foundation in OC-01 (just 1 pump for the whole face)
While pigmentation isn’t fully covered up, the skin tone looked markedly more even toned, redness around the nose and chin (damn breakouts!) and the dark circles under the eyes are much more minimized and the countenance just looks better, doesn’t it?
I only use 1 pump for the whole face, using the 5 line method, and blending out with a flat top brush. The effect is fairly sheer, but there is sufficient coverage that I’m happy about it. If you want more coverage, a bit of loose powder to set does the trick. I sometimes forgo the loose powder :)
Testing this new version of the Lunasol Skin Modeling Foundation reinforces my opinion that the Japanese brands do make the best bases that I’ve ever used. They may not be the most innovative, nor may they have the best marketing in Western/English based media, but when it comes to foundation, they consistently turn out lightweight foundations that just work, beautifully.
So, despite the new name and formula, Lunasol continues to enjoy its exalted status at the top of my foundation heap. I’m not in love with the price (RM196 | 5000 Yen for 25ml), but if what you want is a very light foundation that is sheer, yet gives you the effect of naturally flawless skin, doesn’t dry out your skin, lasts for most of the day without turning oily, then take a look at this one. It’s underrated but deserving of so much more!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Finish Foundation is a reformulation of my holy grail liquid foundation, the previously named Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation. From what I can tell, there is almost no difference in quality, texture or shade between the old and new version. It still has a lovely lightweight texture that spreads well on skin, with a lovely ability to cover up the necessary imperfections and even out skin tone, while maintaining a light and sheer natural skin-like effect. I’d maintain this as my holy grail foundation still. It ticks all my boxes and performs well. There’s nothing not to love, except the price :P
PROS: Lightweight texture is comfortable on skin, Sheer yet gives good coverage on skin, Does not dry out the skin yet is long lasting, Natural effect, Not much is needed each time
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes lightweight textured liquid foundation, that is sheer yet gives decent coverage on skin, Anyone who likes a natural looking foundation that is easy to use and light on skin and does not dry out the skin
I’m unable to provide an ingredient list as the box comes in full Japanese. It does say that it has SPF20 PA++ rating, but that doesn’t matter to me since I use a separate sunscreen product anyway (and so should you!) but I mention it in case you don’t like foundations with sunscreen. I don’t notice any flashback with this in photos, in case you’re wondering.
Have you tried my holy grail foundation and do you like it? Do you feel brands shouldn’t tinker with established formulations?
I know that my HG foundation sits well with some of you as well, which naturally makes me happy because it means I didn’t recommend you a dud! But when brands go round tinkering with known formulations, it sometimes bugs me because so often, it doesn’t work out. Happily, this one does, with no noticeable downsides! :)
Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Finish Foundation SPF20 PA++ comes in 6 shades Price: RM196 | 5000 Yen for 25ml Availability: Kanebo counters