Haven't done a review in 3 million years of something that I bought (guilty)
I haven't been accepting sponsorships for the last 2 years much as I know I am too busy to commit.
I guess even I felt some of the fun and freedom had been lost when I did way too many sponsored/advertorial post so eventually I became lazier and lazier... Feels like I am starting from zero again and I actually feel much more motivated and the energy to push myself to work hard again is back!
Let me make good my words (which I haven't been doing as you can see from the last few post) this time and not disappoint again.
- end of naggy speech -
As some of my more loyal followers will know, I went to Japan again this year in Febuary and bought even more Les Merveileuses Laduree Cosmetics this time. When I went Japan last year, all I bought was the pot and blush petals (which I still haven't use by the way but at least it is no longer in the box but sitting prettily with my other cosmetics in its pretty pot). Here's a shot of the stuff I got there this year, including my rose petals blush with its pot.
Today we are going to focus on the powder foundation
Isn't the packaging so queen-like? I was so reluctant to use it because that would mean I have to sweep away the pretty coat of words on my foundation (it was coated on top like how you sprinkle icing sugar).
Let's start on the review, shall we?
Les Merveileuses Powder Foundation in Shade 10
「レ・メルヴェイユーず ラデュレ パウダーファンデーション 10」：
Very simple and clean cut. I think using a brassy colour with pearl white makes it seem fit for royals as compared to using gold and white, which can come out too harsh due to the contrast.
Slightly digressing, I was not very good at working with the brush that came with this foundation but after getting a hang of it, I was able to pick up juts the right amount of product. The coverage is pretty good with just one layer. Usually I don't go beyond that unless I have certain problematic spots I want to cover.
Smooth and fine yet does not settle into fine lines or crack on my face.
Sometimes I will use products before I even apply my foundation and I have no problems so far, like having blotchy patches on those areas.
Thumbs up for this! At the end of a long day out (when I say long, I mean like 10 hours and above long), I can still see traces of my foudation on my cotton pad when I remove my makeup.
I was going to give it just one point but since they opened up in Taiwan this year and they have many more stores in Japan now (Last year when I went, they only have like 4 or 5 but now they have more than 10 in Japan, including Haneda Airport), I shall give it 2 points.
While it is not cheap at 4,500 yen for the refill and 1,500 yen for the case (totalling up to 6,000 yen on first purchase), considering that it is a counter brand, it is considerably cheaper than many others.
I'm very much in love with this brand and though it is definitely not very affordable, I can see myself being a loyal follower.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Since it is not an international brand like Chanel and many others, I'm sure not many will be willing to spend this kind of money on this brand but I am someone who is very much in love with Japanese brands and know of the "Made in Japan" brands so this is not a problem for me. For a counter brand, I find that it is actually quite reasonably priced for a foundation.