Trying Out a Green Beauty Cult Favourite: rms Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Review

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I have loved everything I have tried from rms beauty.  However, I have always been a little reluctant to try their concealer/foundation called “un-cover up”.  Mostly because it just seemed really foreign to me to use such a thick cream foundation on my face.  I guess I had this preconceived notion that it would feel very heavy on my skin.  Plus, it had a coconut oil base and I kept on hearing that coconut oil breaks you out and at my age, the thought having to deal with breakouts did not sound appealing to me!  So it totally did not make any sense when I just suddenly decided to buy it at local shop.

So?  I was totally wrong.  In fact, I think it might be one of my favourite foundations ever.  I have been wearing this on repeat the last few weeks.  And no, it hasn’t broken me out.  The whole experience of using this foundation has been kind of breakthrough to me.  It doesn’t adhere to many of the usual prerequisites I expect from a foundation.  I decided to breakdown this product use these surprising qualities.

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It comes in a glass tub

Most cream foundations usually come in stick form or in a foundation compact.  This foundation comes in a thick glass tub with a white lid.  rms states that all their packaging is either biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable.  I think this foundation would be great for traveling as it is super compact and you won’t have to worry about it leaking.

It melts into the skin

This formula is very deceiving.  It looks thick and creamy in the tub, but it literally melts into the skin when you apply it.  One second it is there and then it disappears into the skin and you are almost like, where did it go?  It is recommended you apply it with fingers, and that is my preferred choice of application.  However, you can also apply with a brush (preferably synthetic).  They also have a really beautiful brush you can purchase specifically to apply this product if you are interested.

Here are a few claims of the product from their website which I find quite unique as well:

“Apply sparingly with fingers over the T-zone area or wherever any extra coverage is desired”

Rarely, do you see a brand tell you to apply foundation only a certain area, so I found these application directions very interesting.  I don’t apply it that sparingly, but if your t-zone usually gets oily, I think applying it sparingly will minimize that from happening.  The coverage is light to medium.  It evens out your skin beautifully and covers redness.  However, I don’t find it is great at covering acne scars and pigmentation.  It can also be used as a light concealer and  I would definitely say that it is “light” when it comes to concealing.  I definitely favour it as a foundation more than a concealer as I have pretty dark circles under my eyes.

“Mineral pigments will self-adjust to your skin tone”

This claim just sounds a little too good to be true because it only comes in 7 shades.  After using it forever, I really think it does.  I’m not sure what kind of magic this is!

“Moisturizes and heals, resulting in beautiful second skin”

It is definitely moisturizing and leaves your skin initially with a satin finish.  I do agree it looks almost like “second skin.”  As the day goes by, depending on your skin type, I do find it gets quite dewy, even a little bit oily on my t-zone area.  For my dry cheeks, this is amazing because they have never looked so moisturized, but for my t-zone, it can look almost greasy.  However, this is an even fix, with some powder, and it will look great all day.  What the healing claim?  That is a bold claim.  All I can say is that I didn’t have any breakouts and my skin has looked really good the last month.

Just a few additional things I wanted to mention

rms beauty claims it will minimize pores and I can definitely vouch for that.  What about longevity? I think you definitely should powder and it lasts most of a work day.  I mean, I don’t really consider it a long-wearing foundation though.

VERDICT:  I love this foundation and would totally recommend it, not only as a green product, but just as a foundation in general.  However, I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who is looking for full coverage or a more “made-up” look.

Haul: Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

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As I was writing this haul post, I realized there was an overarching theme to all the items that I have purchased recently.  They were all types of items that I have never tried.  Items that take me out of my beauty comfort zone.  I also realized that I had a lot of misconceptions of these products that are totally unwarranted.  I hope you enjoy this haul.

Dolly Wink Eyebrow Coat

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I have never worn brow gel.  Mostly, because I had this preconception that brow gels made your brows stiff and unnatural.  However, lately, after hearing how great the Glossier Boy Brow (they don’t ship to Canada) is from all these beauty gurus on Youtube, my interest to tame those few unruly brow hairs grew.  Since I notice that many Japanese brands put out many brow mascaras, I thought that this Eyebrow Coat from Dolly Wink was worth a try. This is not like a typical brow gel. It comes in a tube with a flat brush that looks like it should be used to paint nail polish.  The formula is supposed to be waterproof and smudgeproof and has hyaluronic acid to moisturize the brows.  It also dries quickly and is not sticky once dried.

Initial Thoughts:  It smells really strongly of alcohol.  I am still getting used to the application, but it really does hold those brow hairs.  Almost feels like you put glue in brows.  Is that how brow gel is supposed to feel?

rms “un” cover-up

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Cream foundation?  Haven’t used it and haven’t really thought about trying it.  Would it feel heavy and cakey?  However, if you have been reading my blog for a while, other than Asian beauty, I am super into Green Beauty.  Currently, my favourite Green Beauty base products are the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder and from Japan, the naturaglacé Foundation Puree.  However, I have always wanted to branch out and try some other “green” foundations.  I heard the rms “un” cover-up is kind of a cult product in the Green Beauty world, but also kind of a Marmite product.  It claims to not cover up, but enhance the radiance of your own skin.  It is lightweight and melts into the skin while minimizing pores.

Initial Thoughts:  I am truly surprised at how lightweight this is considering it is a cream product. Like the brand claims, it basically melts into the skin.  My only concern is that the coverage is quite minimal, almost like a tinted moisturizer.  I will have to continue testing it out to see how it wears throughout the day.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist

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This is my first face mist.  I can’t really explain why I never really got into using face mist, except for pure laziness.  Plus, it was almost extra money that I had to spend on another part of my skincare. So what changed me?  Well, I heard that this Whamisa face mist could be used as a toner after cleansing.  I got this idea initially from Anna from Style Under Pressure blogpost here, where she talked about using it this way.  She has also discussed that this is a quick way to keep your skin moisturized before the next step in your skincare routine.  An added bonus for me is this mist contains 92.5% organic ingredients and it is water-free so it is packed full of fermented ingredients that will keep your skin moisturized.

Initial Thoughts:  I love how refreshing and moisturizing this mist is.  I think I am still having trouble with the spraying technique though.  I feel like sometimes I am missing parts of my face.  If you have used a face mist before, just wondering how many sprays you use?  Plus, how saturated should your face be?

Heimish All Clean Balm

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I must admit I haven’t used an oil cleanser for maybe like ten years.  My only encounter with one was using the cult Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil many years ago.  I remember it left my dry cheeks dry and my nose area flaky after a while and since then I haven’t even attempted to go near the stuff again.  However, since joining Instagram, endless photos of the beautiful packaging of the Heimish All Clean Balm reeled me in.  I usually use micellar water and a separate eye makeup remover to remove my makeup, but a cleansing balm seemed like a quick way to remove everything at once. Other than the beautiful packaging, this cleansing balm is supposed to be great for sensitive skin (which appealed to me), and really effective at removing all remnants of makeup (I use quite a lot of waterproof eye makeup).

Initial Thoughts:  It must be the curse of the oil cleanser.  First of all, I don’t know if I love rubbing this into my eyes.  Even if I do it gently, I feel like it irritates my eyes a bit, and leaves my eyesight a little blurry.  Also, after removal, my skin doesn’t feel totally clean and like there is a film of residue left over.  Is this normal?  However, most importantly, it left my cheeks red and irritated again.  So I am putting it away for while, and hoping that it was the rose hip oil that I started using at the same time that caused my face sensitivities.

Any thoughts of your experience with these types of beauty products would be appreciated.

Review: Milk Makeup Coverage Duo (a.k.a., The Re-Review After Reading the Instructions)

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Disclaimer:  I had written most of this review and realized while reading about the product on their website that I had not used it properly.  I thought the liquid concealer was meant to be used under the eyes, but it can also be used all over the face, almost like a lightweight foundation.

As a beauty blogger, you innately start developing criteria when you review products.  Eyeshadows need to super pigmented.  Concealers should have good coverage and not crease.  These sort of become your baseline every time you start to review a product.  In the last few months, I have been using the Milk Makeup Coverage Duo in Light quite frequently, and I thought I was prepared to write a mediocre review.  The coverage of this concealer is not really high and it does crease a bit on me.  However, instead of just focusing on performance, I realized that this is actually an all-around good product.  Here are the reasons why:

The premise behind the brand is modern, and well, likable

Milk Makeup is trying to do something a little different and I commend them for that.  Just a little background on the company.  Milk Makeup is a branch of Milk, which is a cultural hub focusing on fashion, music, photography, art, and film in L. A.  The key premises behind the brand include: multi-use products, experimentation and self-expression, minimal preservatives (this is not considered green beauty though) and cruelty-free, best ingredients, minimal preservatives, and high concept low maintenance.  I mean, there really isn’t anything not to like!  Basically, the brand is saying if you are a a trendy, modern, cool girl, you should be wearing their makeup and who doesn’t want to be that?

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The packaging is innovative

I don’t think I’ve ever seen another beauty product with this type of packaging.  Housed in a flat Tic-Tac-sized container, one end has a rollerball applicator for the liquid concealer, and the other end is a removable container for the marshmallow-textured cream concealer.  The rollerball is quite cooling and quick to apply under the eyes.  The packaging is also super portable.  It is slim enough that it would easily fit into a pocket and a purse for touchups.  The liquid concealer is meant for your face, while the cream concealer is for extra coverage.

The formula absorbs quickly and is moisturizing

Other than the portability, one of the things that this product has going for it, is the texture. Applied all over the face, this liquid concealer sinks in quickly and leaves your skin glowy and moisturized.   I can put on a couple layers for more coverage and there is no problem with the product looking cakey.  Likewise, the marshmallow cream concealer basically “melts” into the skin and never looks too cakey.

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It is so fast and convenient to use

The rollerball makes it super quick to apply your base in the morning.  You just roll a few streaks over your face and then dab it in.  I mean, the rollerball is a bit small, so I might consider getting their Sunshine Skin Tint, which has a bigger rollerball applicator.  It is also super convenient to just flip the product around and dab the cream concealer under your eyes and over any other areas where you might need more coverage.  Most importantly, it is just such a great on-the-go product for touchups and just applying your makeup wherever you want.

Hmm…so here are the reasons why you might be “iffy” about buying this concealer

As I mentioned, this concealer has pretty light coverage.  It won’t entirely cover up dark under eye circles or redness from acne.  However, it can built to a medium coverage without ever getting too cakey if layered.  However, I do find both concealers do crease after of few hours of application under the eyes.  The cream concealer definitely works better under the eyes compared to the liquid one which creases even faster.  On the face though, I find that it works great as a light to medium foundation, and lasts for most of a workday.  Whenever I do a quick checkup of my makeup in the mirror, I have happy with how my skin looks.  My skin looks even without looking too made up, if you know what I mean.  It does get a bit too oily for me on my T-Zone, so I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with oily skin.

VERDICT:  I think it is a great everyday foundation and concealer, but I think where it shines is its convenience and portability.

Second Look: Makeup Products that Have Grown on Me

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They say “you only have one chance to make a first impression.”  This may be true in a job interview.  However, over the years, I have found that this is not always true.  I feel that once you get past the initial impression, and dig a little deeper, you often find beauty in someone.  Okay, I think I might be going overboard with this analogy, but the three makeup products I am going to talk about in this blogpost were definitely love at second sight.

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion in No. 23

Initial Impressions:  I bought this over the summer, and the colour was too light.  The texture also was quite thick and started to break up and go patchy on my skin after a few hours.

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Second Look:  I just couldn’t give up on this product mostly because it had been raved about so much online.  Not to mention it was also quite pricey, and included a refill as well.  I figured I couldn’t give it away yet before trying it one more.  I am so glad I did because once winter hit the shade was perfect for me!  It really did create a flawless coverage while concealing blemishes, wrinkles, and fine lines.  For a Korean cushion foundation, it is not actually super glowy.  I would say it gives a natural skin finish.

To combat the thick texture, I found out it was much better to apply two thin layers instead of one thick one. I usually take a small dab and dot it around the face before I stamp it into my face.  It says that it lasts 12 hours on the website, but I feel this is a base that looks best on initial application.  It gets a little dry and fine lines start making an appearance at around the 6-8 hour mark.  That perhaps why it is considered a portable foundation so you can touch up on-the-go.    One last thing I really enjoy about this cushion is that the puff is beige so it never looks extremely dirty because the colour of the product matches the puff.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Verbena

First Impressions: This is a bit of a cheat, but I had to return the original Bite Beauty lipsticks (I don’t remember if they had a name) due to the strong scent that lingered after application.  I loved everything else about the lipstick, except the scent was making me physically ill.

IMG_0076.JPGSecond Look: One day, while visiting Sephora again, I saw that they had put out their Amuse Bouche collection, and really wanted to give them a try again since I really enjoyed the formula minus the scent.  I was super happy to find out that this time around the scent was derived from freshly pressed grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangelo, mint, and mandarin.  If there is one scent I can tolerate, it is citrus scents.  The mint still bothers me a little bit, but I love the product so much it is worth it.  The formula is so moisturizing even without a lip balm underneath.  I am amazed by how long these stay on the lips.  I mean, some of it comes off during eating, but there is still definitely some pigmentation left over after most meals.  I was reading on the website that pearl, silk, and red wine resveratrol prolong the wear of this lipstick.  That sure sounds super luxurious!

Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Colour L001 (similar here)

First Impressions:  I hesitate to put this product into this post as it was part of a limited edition set, but I have been using so much the last few months I decided to leave it in.  This was a lovely present from my best friend and I liked this blush when I got it.  However, the colour was really pigmented even if you used a sesame size amount, so I used it on and off during the year.  Plus, it was one of the blushes that might have caused some bumps to appear on my dry cheek area, so I put it on hold for a while.

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Second Look:  Fast forward to the last few months, and I’m using it like almost everyday.  It is not that anything changed about the product, it is just what I wanted out of my makeup recently has evolved.  Since I have been wearing less eye makeup, due to ocular shingles a few months ago, I have loved focusing on my cheeks and lips and this cheek colour just fits the bill.  It is pigmented and lasts all day.  It has a cream to powder finish which makes it a good backdrop for a glowy highlighter I am into lately.  Plus, I have found out that since I have been using more snail products, my cheeks have been more moisturized and I don’t have the problem with bumps on my cheeks. Hope this comes out again with another holiday set or I might have to consider getting their cream blusher, which is just as beautiful.

Review: Tony Moly Ferment Snail BB Cream

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Do you have any makeup products you love during a certain time of the year, but not so much the rest of the year?  For me, it would definitely be the Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail BB Cream. The first time I used this BB Cream, I was so disappointed with the results, I didn’t pick it up again for a couple of months.  However, recently, I have grown to love it so much that I almost wear it daily.

This product is part of Tony Moly’s Timeless Ferment Snail line, which is part of their anti-aging line. My sisters knew that I loved the emulsion in the line, so they decided to get me the BB Cream as a birthday present this year.  To anyone interested in the emulsion, it is one my skincare favourites this year, especially if you are looking for a non-sticky snail skincare product.

Going back to the BB Cream, here are some of the claims on the brand’s website:

  • whitening, anti-wrinkling effects, and UV Protection
  • hydrating and nourishing
  • leaves amazing coverage and smooth skin texture
  • prevents skin damage with its 45% gold tea and fermented snail secretion filtrate

Packaging

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One thing I love about this product is that is looks like a squeeze tube, but when you uncap it, it actually has a pump dispenser.  This makes it much easier to dispense the specific amount of product you want.  It also has a flat-top lid which makes it easy to stand-up on your vanity table for easy access.

Application

Probably due to the infusion of snail secretion filtrate, it is a thicker base product.  It is by no means difficult to blend, but it takes a little bit more time compared to some more liquidly foundations.  I have tried applying it with my fingers and a Beauty Blender.  On a daily basis, I tend to just apply it with my fingers and the results are very good.  The Beauty Blender just evens out the texture a bit more.  During application, there also isn’t too much of a noticeable scent, just maybe a little bit of the typical florally Korean BB Cream scent.  Lastly, like many BB Creams, upon initial application, it seems to have a bit of white cast, but will eventually adjust to your skin tone.

Finish

D5E70EE6-F2DD-467D-A7A4-BE803E0FFC16.jpgThis is definitely one of those base products that look the best upon initial application.  I’m always wowed by how good my skins looks right after applying it!  For the most part, I agree with their claims, but maybe not to the extreme way they are selling the product.  This does provide good coverage for a BB Cream, but maybe not “amazing” per se.  I would say it provides light to medium coverage and is buildable.  It definitely does create a “smooth skin texture” on the skin.  It reduces the appearance of your fine lines and pores and evens out your skin texture.

Longevity

This is the one critique I have for this product.  I feel there are two types of bases.  Ones that look better as the day goes on and ones that look best right at the beginning of application.  This BB Cream sits in the later category.  This is especially true if you use it during the summer when you are prone to more oiliness due to the heat or just if you have oily skin.  After only a few hours, the product will start to break up and destroy that beautiful “smooth skin texture.”  However, in the winter, I love it!  I have more dry to normal skin now and it keeps my skin moisturized and looks good for at least most of the work day.  I think the fermented snail filtrate does an excellent job of keeping the skin moisturized.

Skincare Benefits

It is always difficult to assess skincare benefits from a base product because it is already layered over many layers of skincare.  However, it does have SPF 45 PA+++ and since using pretty consistency the last of couple of months, my skin has been looking pretty good.  I figure it certainly doesn’t hurt.

VERDICT:  I love this base during the winter time as it is keeps my skin moisturized.  It creates a flawless base for your other makeup and the skincare benefits are bonus.  The only critiques I have are the lack of colour selection and longevity.

Review: naturaglacé Starter Set (Foundation Puree, Make-Up Cream, Powder)

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naturaglacé is a natural and organic brand from Japan.  I first spotted them in a Japanese magazine and then later noticed that their base products were often top ranked in Cosme Kitchen, which is a Japanese organic and natural product beauty store (check out the beautiful photo of the store taken by the lovely blogger Tokyo Beauty Book on her Instagram).  To my surprise, recently, I found a seller on Amazon who shipped this starter kit to Canada.  They sell it on the U. S. Amazon site as well, but it is more expensive.   Of course, I bought the kit right away because it can be hard to get hold of smaller Japanese brands where I live.

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This kit comes with two deluxe samples of the Make-Up Cream (12 ml) and Loose Powder and three packets (0.5 ml) of the Foundation Puree in Shade YE2.  For best results, they should be used together as indicated on the back of the box.

Make-Up Cream (SPF 30 and PA++)

From their website (I translated it from Japanese using Google Translate), this product is an all-in-one base which combines a “moisturizing essence” and a “light foundation.”  It only comes in one shade.  Plus, it also has sunscreen, which pretty much makes it almost like a CC Cream.  From the back of the box, it also tells you that this product can act like a foundation primer.  I have worn this alone and under foundation and I love it both ways!  It gently blurs out your pores and fine lines and provides a beautiful glow to the skin.  This is a lovely base for an everyday look or just a quick stop to the supermarket.

Not a con, but because it is a natural product, it takes a little bit longer to blend out on the skin. Usually, I dot it all over my face, gradually blend it out with my fingers, and then pat it in.  Lastly, if you have oily skin or combination skin, this might get “too glowy” as the day goes on.  If you powder, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Foundation Puree in Shade YE2 (SPF 25 and PA++)

The foundation gives a similar finish as the Make-Up Cream.  On the website, it states that this is an “airy foundation”, which “moisturizes and firms the skin.”  Like the Make-Up Base, it is glowy and gently blurs pores and fine lines, but the foundation gives you a bit more coverage and evens out your skin tone even more.  Similar to the Make-Up Cream, this is best applied with fingers.  I actually tried using my Beauty Blender, and it moved the foundation around and it didn’t settle into the skin.  It was strange!  Maybe it was natural oils in the foundation that didn’t combine well with the dampness in the sponge.  Lastly, a little powder on the areas where you get shiny keep your base shine-free all day.

One major con is that it only comes in three shades and they are all yellow-based.  I was lucky and the shade matched me really well.  I am around a MAC NC20.

Loose Powder

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This translucent powder is light-weight and finely milled.  It does a good job of absorbing oil on your face without looking cakey.  It comes with a puff, but I usually use the brush to lightly apply on forehead and undereye area.  It keeps the oil at bay for most of the day.

Longevity

Used alone, I feel like the Make-Up base lasts a good 8 hour work day.  With the primer, I feel like it lasts all day.  I notice when I remove my makeup at night, a lot still comes off on my cotton pad.

VERDICT: Some of my favourite base products I have tried lately.  If you are looking for some good organic and natural base products to try out, I would say give naturaglacé a try.

Review: THREE Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation Review

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Organic ingredients and Japanese beauty.  I am in.  Today, I am going to review the THREE Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation.  I have had this product for a year so it is a more like an empties review really.

I have been exploring more natural and organic beauty lines in the last few years.  However, I have a deep love for Japanese foundations from brands like RMK and Ipsa.  So when I found out there was a Japanese beauty brand that based its products on the use of natural ingredients, I immediately looked into trying to get hold of some their products.  Plus, I love reading Japanese magazines and I see THREE products featured on many of their beauty spreads.

For those not living in Asia, this product is a bit difficult to find.  I brought mine on a trip to Taiwan. However, you can find it on Amazon and MyHuo.

Ingredients

This foundation has 80% naturally-derived ingredients.  This includes many organic ingredients, such as Inca inchi oil, Argania spinosa kernel oil, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, rosehip oil, shea butter, and beeswax.  It also comes in 7 shades and has an SPF of 36/PA+++.  Here is the breakdown of the ingredients on CosDNA.  Just a note that this is not a totally “clean” product for those that are looking for completely natural products.

Application

This is quite a fluid foundation.  Hence, the name.  I usually apply it with my fingers or with a Beauty Blender.  Like their website states, it really “melts into your skin.”  It comes with a pump and is pretty much odourless.  The salesperson matched me to shade 203.  I am about a Mac NC25. Lastly, it gives a low to medium coverage when applied and is buildable.

IMG_1797The foundation gives a lovely skin-like appearance. On the initial application, it gives a more satin appearance to your skin.  However, once it blends in with the oils in your skin, it gives you a beautiful dewy glow.  For me, I have to blot my T-Zone area a bit in the middle of the day (I have combination skin).

I would recommend this for those with normal to combination skin.  My cheeks are always a bit dry, and it felt a bit dry throughout the day in that area without extra moisturizer applied.

This is definitely a natural looking foundation.  If you are looking for something to blur all your pores and fine lines, this is not it.

Longevity

This foundation is not one of those all day foundations.  It will last you a good 8 hour work day. However, with their primer, it lasts most of the day.

Price

This is definitely considered a high-end product.  On their website, it is listed as 5000 Yen (48 USD). On Amazon, it can go up to $80.00 USD.

VERDICT: A lovely natural and dewy everyday foundation for normal and combination skin types. The only downside is the small colour selection.