This was very much an impulse purchase, out of the curiosity to try a product offering both complete UV coverage (SPF 50+ PA++++) and the slight pinkish glowing tint of a makeup base.
Admittedly, I also had a strong desire to purchase something from the ebay seller Maco of Fictif-Nook. She is a Japanese-born expat (living out of the country) who has a rather unique selection compared to other Japanese goods sellers on eBay– but most importantly, makes it of the utmost importance to state her support for and desire to help those with disabilities and special needs. I was so touched and grateful (especially given the fact that in Japan, the stigma towards disability is exponentially worse than where I live in the US already, so she’s really unique in that regard!), that since I wanted to buy one cheap thing from her already, I threw this item and a tsubaki konjac sponge along in the order, too!
Even the exterior box of this item is pleasant and cute– at least in my opinion– so go ahead and follow the cut if you’d like to see how the product itself matches up to that presumption~
….I’m just going to call this product the ‘Fenty Beauty Foundation’ from here on out, because I kind of hate when brands come out with absurdly long names like this that I’m sure not even Rihanna herself would be able to remember when she needs to hahah
I first swatched this shade when I dropped by my local sephora for a job interview a few days ago, and my heart nearly skipped a beat when it blended in effortlessly with my skintone– WITHOUT a white-pigmented mixer added in. I ordered it almost immediately when I got home that night, and it arrived just yesterday.
Guys. I am convinced that this stuff is liquid magic. It is an intentionally all-inclusive line that has a bottle for every shade and undertone, from the oft-ignored dark skinned, ebony queens, to the nearly-transparent, literally-sickly ghostly fair, like myself. After having used it twice now, I feel ready (and downright excited) to review it, and share my new infatuation with Fenty Beauty with you all.
Join me below the cut as I share my admiration for Rihanna, her all-inclusive vision, and this downright amazing foundation!!
after looking into some of my new followers and what they’re all about, I’ve decided I want to put some more ‘heart’– more of myself and what I believe in into this blog– though it’s still a beauty blog that will remain at least 80% reviews/swatches/etc or more, I’m assuming. But to reflect that, I changed my tagline– and subsequently, my header, to reflect more of who I am!
A guide, for anyone who may be confused:
pale: pretty self explanatory lmao.
nongendered: I don’t really feel much like a boy or a girl? just neutral or neither, really. I honestly don’t fixate on it, or bring it up randomly unless mentioned/relevant, so you don’t have to worry about this one if you don’t really ‘get it’ entirely– I understand. Also, if you choose to ‘disagree’ with my identity, that is alright, too– as long as you are respectful to me as a person~
“spoonie“: a self-identifying term used by people with debilitating chronic illness, disability, etc. derived from lingo in the chronic illness community, all stemming from this story, the spoon theory. If you want to be a pal to any ‘spoonie’ friends you may have, I’d recommend giving that a read– but it is a bit of a long one, so find the time to really take it in someday c:
beauty blog: this is my blog to post reviews, swatches, and discussion of both western and asian skincare, makeup, and beauty/cosmetics in general! Though I may make occasional life posts or update posts like these, that shall remain the main purpose of this blog until/unless stated otherwise very overtly.
New page added to ABOUT menu tab: ☆20 Fun Facts☆. Give it a read if you want to learn a little more randomness about me that’s pretty much all unrelated to beauty/skincare~ ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭♡
Looking for advice on how to take nice ‘flat lay’ photography? Like, idk where people who take those beautiful photos have that much space to lay things out, and such bright, clean white surfaces, but I’m really interested in trying my hand at it, as it seems really popular and aesthetically pleasing.
sorry if it’s weird to ask these things here, but wordpress really isn’t a ‘social network’ as far as I’m aware, so I don’t know where to find advice and information on how to do certain things for my blog, otherwise, hah
When you have skin as sickly-ghost-pale as mine, you often need to devise creative methods of tampering with your skin/base makeup in order to get the shades you buy to eventually acquiesce to match your actual skin tone. The most recent method I’ve devised– which I plan to write a comprehensive post containing many different products and example photos on soon– is to use asian whitening/”tone-up” creams in place of a white mixer, so I can buy a foundation or BB cream based on formula instead of just ‘this is almost remotely white enough to suit me’, then mix in the whitening primer to make it closer to my face shade.
I bought this SON&PARK Beauty Filter Cream– a whitening tone-up cream- for that very reason (that is, to try for mixing in with my makeup, and to have a wider variety of products, including a high-end one, for when I write that future post), and I’m going to be upfront in saying, the most shocking thing about this product for me was the size of the container.
let me just… here’s a size comparison.
…but you guys are here for some info on the product, not to stare at an old can of my father’s caffeine free Diet Dr. Pepper, right? Then, onto the swatches + mini-review~
[and no… it’s not called a mini-review because the product is really tiny…]
An amazingly lovely friend of mine from allll the way back in high-school [who actually works at a local Sephora now!] has taken note of my knowledge of (mostly asian) skincare and makeup products recently, and hit me up to ask if I knew anything about the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair line. As luck would have it, the only item I’ve used from the line– the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment (what a mouthful…)– is the one he was interested in finding out more about, so I offered to write him a full review of the product including ratings on a five point scale, photos, etc. He seemed genuinely interested to see what I had to say, which brings us to where we are now!
I’m sure any of you out there with skin even close to as pale as mine know the struggle of trying to buy Asian BB creams– almost all come in the two tones, “21” and “23”, both of which are simply fated to be several shades too dark for your skin. Sometimes, they branch out into lighter or darker shades like “19” or “25”, but they’re generally only suited for the target market of warm-toned, average asiatic skin, in variations of paler and tanner– not usually for pale, neutral-toned white people like myself, or people of darker races.
To be honest, I wonder how even countries as ultimately racially homogenous as Japan and Korea (where most all residents are obviously Japanese and Korean, respectively) can fit into the same two shades in all of makeup, because even the Japanese and Korean people I know here in the US all have such a wide variety of skin tones (one of my Japanese friends gets so ridiculously tan in the summer, his skin tone could easily pass for afro-latino!).
But I digress– in this post, I’ve assembled four of my favorite light, neutral to cooler-toned asian BB creams, with hand swatches and a full-arm comparison swatch, in various lighting. I hope it might prove helpful to other pale people like myself who have been known to spend hours scouring the internet for swatches of the lightest bb creams and swatches of them in use on lighter skin!!