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Monday, April 20, 2009

RMK Creamy Foundation in #201

For some reason I am always keen to try out foundations - always on the hunt for THE perfect match for my annoyingly pale skin. I have quite a few foundations that match me almost perfectly but who knows, there might be the miracle foundation out there!

My latest acquisition is the Creamy Foundation from RMK in #201. This is one of the first times I actually decided on a pink-undertoned foundation which is something hard to find in Japanese brands (at least in a pale color...darker pink-toned ones are available there without a problem). The RMK foundation colors starting with "2" are the pink-toned ones whereas the "1" foundations have light yellow undertones.

The Creamy Foundation comes in a heavy cube-shaped glass jar with a spatula provided for hygienic use.

The texture is a soft cream which is not too emollient for my taste. The coverage is about sheer-medium I'd say. I prefer medium-full coverage but the RMK is ok in that department. The finish is slightly dewy but not greasy or oily.

Still I don't think that I like this foundation. First let me tell you that the color #201 looks exactly like my skin when applied first. That might sound great....

But I have one major problem which ruins the foundation for me more or less: It oxidizes. After 5 minutes the foundation turns noticeably darker and more orange.
Also, in combination with powder and/or concealer (I tried several ones I should add) the foundation gets a bit blotchy and has the tendency to clump up in certain areas of my face.

I thought that a makeup-artist-brand like RMK would offer great foundations but honestly I am not terribly impressed with the Creamy Foundation.

So my major pet-peeves are:
-Color changes
-Coverage too sheer
-gets uneven in combination with powder or concealer

The best foundation out there still is Maquillage's Climax Moisture Gel Foundation in OC-00 which provides great coverage, an excellent color match and a flawless and even finish.


Yumeko said...

i have been kinda disappointed with rmk
the eyeshadows dont live up to their prices [for me] T-T

do u reccomend much else from them?

JacQlin said...

Hi hee I believe you are a foundation expert.. will you have any suggestion for one that is suitable for dry/sensitive skin? Is Maquillage foundation dry? I'm always on the lookout too. My skin get dehydrated & easily senstive too.

Anonymous said...

I should listen to you on the Maquillage foundation, since I see you've tried so many, hehe I wanna try it now ^.^ I'm sorry to hear the RMK didn't work out for you though, I wonder why foundations 'oxidize?' (I'm new into makeup so don't mind me) Have a great day :)

fuzkittie said...

Wow that sucks! I heard so many good things about RMK foundations.. I guess I can cross them off my list now.. oxidization is a big no no!!

Silver jewellery said...

So far I know, RMK is really a good product. You can try it. Good luck.

Unknown said...

hi! sorry ive got a question thats not related to this post but do u know what's the difference between a toner and an emulsion??


kuri said...

Thanks for the review! I'll avoid this foundation, and Maquillage is on my list to try.

Connie De Alwis said...

I experienced the same things you did with RMK foundations but I managed to make it work for me. I hope these tips would be helpful for you:
- Use a makeup base with the foundation to fix the oxidation problem. I use the Majolica Majorca Skin Lingerie and the foundation color doesn't change the whole day
- I got this tip from the RMK Japanese makeup artists: you actually have to warm the product in your palm until it becomes more fluid then only apply it onto your skin. It will look A LOT less cakey!
- use a stippling brush or a synthetic flat top buffer brush to apply the foundation to get more coverage

if I do it right, I actually get a lot of compliments from wearing this foundation. :)

Kathi said...

Hi Yumeko,
yes RMK isn't as good as it is supposed to be, I am mostly disappointed with this brand, too!

Hi JacQlin,
The Maquillage Moisture Climax Gel is for dry skin. It's very nice and moisturizing but not greasy or heavy so for my normal-dry sensitive skin this is a great foundation.

Hi innerchild,
I think the color morphing comes from the contact with skin (temperature, chemical reaction or so). But I am not a chemist so I don't know for sure hehe.

Hi fuz,
I am not impressed at all! But I know you like sheer coverage so it might be nice for you actually =P

Hi Janelle,
A toner is usually a liquid or runny gel that's used to remove last traces from cleansing and prep your skin for your moisturizer. It's also used to refresh, sometimes it contains alcohol or other harsher ingredients (like salicylic acid) to help fight oiliness, acne and other skin troubles. You either put a little on a cotton pad and wipe over your skin or you put a little toner in your hands and pat it on your skin.
in Japanese brands a toner is usually called lotion... an emulsion is a light milky moisturizer used alone or with a heavier cream on top. You use the emulsion after toner.

Hi Connie,
thanks for your tips! I always use makeup base and a stippling brush for application but I haven't warmed the foundation in my hands. I will try it!

Thanks girls for your comments! =D

MiuMiu said...

i'm surprised at the foundation's performance. i thought RMK's products would be amazing. good thing i didn't indulge in their foundation set. I have a sample tube of their makeup base and it pilled!
I'm still deciding whether i should get the newest maquillage lasting's 60000won @___@ but since you say maquillage is one of the best, i think i need to splurge on it sooner or later.

Syn@3sTh3sI@ said...

I've tried Lunasol Water Cream Foundation and it has the exactly same problem as your RMK foundation.. I think I'm the 1st and only person saying this to Lunasol foundation.. a lot of ladies been raving about Lunasol Water Cream but i guess my skin just don't like it very much...

Anonymous said...

I've used RMK 1 series and have no problems with it at all. I found it even better coverage than the Maquillage ones. Perhaps its because of the yellow undertone that I don't have problems with oxidation? I think girls who opt for yellow base won't have your problem. The creamy coverage actually is quite good, but the creamy stick would be ideal if you want more coverage.

julie said...

Hi please please help me, Im looking for a foundation without a spf, I have major problems with my skin on my face with allergies and have just found out Im intollerant to spf!! Im also highly allergic to lanolin, do u know of foundation without a spf? I was told theRMK creamy foundation dont have one?? No bloody websites show ingredients lists!!!lol. Thanks your expertise would be of great help. Kind regards, Julie.

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