KOSÉ VISÉE Mineral Foundation & Mineral BB Cream Baby Finish
|December 21, 2011||Posted by peach_ under Base Makeup, Japanese Cosmetics|
My general attitude toward giveaways, sweepstakes, and lucky draws? “Ha! Like I’ll ever win!”
Unlike my mum who seem to always win drawings at parties, department stores, and on random magazine sweepstakes, so often that it’s almost odd when she doesn’t win anything, I never, ever get lucky no matter how many times I enter. In fact, if we participate in the same giveaway, it’s her that wins, and I’ve come to know throughout my life that this is only natural. Since it’s clear that she has some sort of luck when it comes to these things, I keep urging her to buy lottery tickets. But she has never done so and I don’t think she ever will.
In any case, each month I nonchalantly enter sweepstakes on @cosme, a Japanese beauty site, since the ones they hold only require you to click “enter” and nothing more. I do this so absent-mindedly that I could hardly remember what I entered to win.
And I didn’t remember entering one for the KOSÉ VISÉE Mineral Foundation and Mineral BB Cream, but it’s a small miracle that I won and they deserve a post!
In case you’re not familiar with Japanese cosmetics, VISÉE is a Japanese drugstore brand of a large cosmetics group, KOSÉ. I think there are some real gems in drugstore products (especially Japanese ones), but I actually can’t remember the last time I purchased drugstore foundations. I really like to take them on a test-run to find the right formula and shade for my skin, and that’s not often possible outside of department store counters.
The Mineral Foundation SPF 20 PA++ comes in a pearly white case with floral paisley designs. The case is sold separately from the foundation refill, which is nice because I read in a review that the refill fits several other compacts. Yes, the compact does feel plastic-y and somewhat cheap, but I’m the kind of person who thinks even plastic Chanel foundation compacts look and feel cheap, so take that how you will.
You know how compacts come with a protective cover? Well, they’re usually completely removable, but the VISÉE compact has it attached so you can keep the mirror clean. Not a bad idea, and it looks like you can easily cut it off it you’d like.
One of the selling points of the foundation is this puff-sponge hybrid that comes with a refill. I really like the white puff side since it picks up product without absorbing it and glides smoothly across the skin. The sponge, on the other hand, doesn’t feel like a sponge at all, but rather like soft plastic. It doesn’t pick up much product and doesn’t dispense it well, either.
The foundation in Ochre OC-410 is surprisingly the right shade for me, but it is very matte, powdery, and does not last. It emphasizes dry patches I didn’t even know I had and looks heavy without providing much coverage. I’ve even tried applying it over different bases and with brushes, but it’s a no go. What to do with such a dud?
The BB Cream SPF 25 PA++, on the other hand, is much better. It’s advertised as a primer or for sheer coverage. It’s quite tiny at 25g, which can’t even be 1 oz. It has the same pearly packaging as the foundation case. I do like the simple packaging!
It would be better with a pump, but it has the tiniest pinpoint opening, which I like.
The consistency is of a light cream. As soon as I applied it on my hand, I knew the color is too light…and it is, by about 10 shades! It has a slight pink-grey tone I find in BB creams. I’ve avoided most BB creams because of the grey cast and lack of color selection. This particular one only comes in one shade. ONE!
With a bit of blending, you can tell it’s quite a thick paste and definitely the wrong color. It even looks somewhat streaky and emphasizing pores and fine lines.
But here it is blended. It basically disappears into my skin, making it perhaps a shade lighter. It covers very minor blotchiness and creates a nice base for foundation. I actually found it works well underneath or mixed with my too-dark-for-winter foundations, so I’ll be getting use out of this one.
The foundation compact retails for 600 yen (USD <$8), the refill & puff/sponge for 1,800 yen ($23), and the BB Cream for 1,400 yen ($18). These are fairly standard, if not on the lower side of Japanese drugstore cosmetics prices.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the disappointing powder foundation, but I’m glad I found use for the BB cream as primer and mixing medium for summer foundations that are currently too dark.
Have you tried any VISÉE cosmetics?