Foundation Woes and the Flash

It’s no secret that I’ve been on a hunt to find the right sort of foundation and for the past few years, I’ve been experimenting on a lot of different brands. There were a couple or so that came real close but there’s always something off. I guess, what makes it hard for me to really know if the foundation works well with my skin tone is that the only time that I really put it on and make notes is whenever I’m getting ready to go out. That right there de-stabilises the supposed controlled environment for a thorough research.

Take for example the liquid foundation I recently bought, the Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation. I’ve been using it for months now and the finish often ends up looking different each and every time I wear it. There some days when it’s totally fine and others, just simply frustrates me.

I took this photo using MrPoPo (a Polaroid PoGo) while I was on my way to meet up with Tara and C in Makati, Thursday last week, 5pm-ish.

Sasha Manuel, Foundation FOTD, Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style

Notice how my makeup absorbed the light that flared when the shutter was released. Not exactly happy that my foundation is visible. Flash firing can render a bit of hard light and when it comes to makeup, it has to be photogenic enough to work with it. This photo simply tells me that I’m wearing the wrong shade or I had put too much on (goodness, if you know how I put on makeup, that won’t be an issue with me). So, when I was going through the photos from the other day taken during the BMV Lunch at Spiral I had with friends, I can’t help but look at my makeup as well.

Sasha Manuel, Foundation FOTD, Avon Ideal Shade | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style

The foundation I used this time is the Avon Ideal Shade liquid foundie in Nude. What I failed to tell you folks in yesterday’s post was that I also experimented with Avon makeup that day. I just wasn’t able to take a proper FOTD photo so I have to do it again. Anyway, a peek on how that experiment turned out are these photos. Going back to my point, I noticed that though I initially thought that it was light for my skin tone while I was applying it, it blended in quite nicely. With the flash firing again, though I can still see that I’ve got makeup on, it’s not as screamingly loud as how it was on the other photo. Can you spot the difference?

The photo was taken indoors, with flash (up close), noon-ish, using MrPoPo as well. Next photo was taken using MrSixty (a Canon 60D) without flash (with a bit of distance), still indoors and noon-ish. It looks natural enough, yes?

Sasha Manuel, Foundation FOTD, Avon Ideal Shade | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style

Though flash photography is something I try to dabble in, it’s not what drives me to look for the right foundation. It’s simply to end the frustration. I just want a decent liquid makeup that I can be comfortable wearing. That’s not too much to ask, yes?

As for this particular Avon makeup, I can’t say I’m done reviewing it. I know I still have to use it a few more times before I can really say that it really does work for me. I’ll do a proper review as soon as I find the time.

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  1. I’m going for the Avon one on you but that’s based on the pictures. Maybe you should try the mac studio fix! :)

  2. Have you ever tried Mac? Ive tried countless and my number one requirement is the no-mask look when taking a picture. The worst is Clinique… in pictures the wearer looks like she’s wearing a white mask! The best I found is MAC and although a bit pricier than others, and the fact that I have to travel to Manila to get my stash (no MAC here in Cebu), its so worth it. My skin looks great and well blended in pictures. I also noticed that in the initial application, it doesnt look that great but when the foundation blends with your natural oils in your skin, it looks really great, may dewy effect pa. Also, it isnt hard to find your matching shade there as their salespersons are well trained and you only have to ask them to help you find your perfect shade and they always get it spot on. (This is from me and my friends experiences)

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