Here are three new liquid foundations launching this month, in three different textures and finishes. And yes, they are all good and worth buying.
Hourglass Soft Glow Foundation
There’s quite a bit of hype surrounding this “cult” product on the Internet, with almost all positive reviews. The ingredients list is free of all “bad things” like alcohol, fragrance, oil, parabens and sulphates, and instead is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants.
It’s a medium-to-rich cream with what I would consider quite high coverage for myself. And because it’s fairly dense, it takes a bit more time and effort to blend out, but that also means it covers and conceals more. Skin looks “perfected”, slightly powdery, but still natural. It doesn’t feel heavy or thick on the skin either. I really like that it has a wide range of skin tone shades so it’s easier to find the right match.
Texture: A medium-weighted cream that needs a bit of effort to blend.
Feel: Surprisingly weightless for its texture.
Finish: Slightly matte with a powdery look and feel.
Lasting Power: Lasts the entire day without budging. Impressive.
Hourglass ambient soft glow foundation is priced at $96 (30 ml) and available online at SEPHORA.SG.
Guerlain Parure Gold Skin Matte
SPF 15 — PA+++
The bottle says that this foundation is infused with 24K gold and white peony, which Guerlain says is extremely hydrating and soothing to skin. And yes, this liquid foundation feels really great. I really love the “watery” texture that reminds me Estée Lauder’s winning Double Wear liquid foundation. It’s not so watery that it’s drippy, but it’s the perfect silky texture that is super easy to blend. It sinks into skin becoming part of it and instantly smoothing and evening it out.
The downside for me would be the product’s strong fragrance that can get a bit cloying. While I like the scent of the brand’s famous Meteorites powder, the fragrance in this foundation comes off far too perfumed, which isn’t for everyone.
This is the matte version of Guerlain’s new foundation, and while the finish is matte-ish, it’s not overly so. Skin still looks dimensional, and most importantly, not cakey and natural.
Texture: A silky lightweight liquid that glides over skin.
Feel: Hydrating and refreshing.
Finish: Nicely matte with dimension.
Lasting Power: Still looks fresh and matte towards the end of the day. Good for Singapore weather.
Guerlain Parure Gold Skin Matte, Price TBC.
Clé De Peau Beauté Le Fond De Teint The Foundation
SPF 25 PA++
I suppose when any beauty product — especially makeup — costs $430, expectations of it are high. But I can’t say I’m surprised by this price, since it’s from Clé De Peau Beauté, whose concealer (award-winning though!) retails for $105.
So the first thing to know about this foundation, is that it’s a makeup/skincare hybrid, which makes it easier to justify, and for users of the brand’s skincare, you know how good their products are. This cream feels light and fluffy, and spreads really easily. A little goes a long way, so even though the jar is small (it’s just 28ml), it should last last you at least 6 to 10 months depending on how much you slather on. Again — this spreads well so you need very, very little product to cover the whole face.
I love that it’s very lightly scented, and it smells like the brand’s skincare, which is soothing and delightful. I do love the beautiful jar that this comes in — it sparkles on my table and just simply looks expensive (also because it is!). Most of all, I love the soft, natural finish upon application; it feels comforting and does a decent job of evening out skin tone and smoothing out the skin’s texture.
Ingredients include a “Blur Perfection Technology EX” that claims to make the skin appear firmer and give it a lustrous finish, and a “Light-Empowering Enhancer” that creates a radiant finish. While this product goes on fairly matte, it’s not a matte foundation, so expect a little bit of shine where the light hits the face.
Texture: A light, fluffy cream that blends smoothly.
Feel: Comfortable and luxurious.
Finish: Soft-looking and natural with a slight glow at the high points of the face.
Fragrance: Lightly scented. Smells fresh and uplifting.
Lasting Power: Skin starts to shine a little bit towards the evening.
The Foundation retails at $430.00 (28 ml). it’s available at the Clé de Peau Beauté flagship boutique at Mandarin Gallery, and at Clé de Peau Beauté counters at BHG Bugis, Isetan Scotts, Takashimaya and TANGS at Tang Plaza.