Nothing excites me quite like the discovery of a new foundation formula. Liquids, creams, powders, minerals, concentrates, cushions…I’ve tried them all. Laugh all you want, but developments in foundation technology are basically how I measure the advancement of modern day science. Well, that and how long nail polishes last without chipping. GO SCIENCE!
Anyway, I was beyond intrigued when Rouge Bunny Rouge sent me a sample of their Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence, because the entire range consists of only three ultra-pigmented shades that have been designed to cater to multiple skin tones each. They are Miriam (pale with peach undertones), Lalla (warm pale beige) and Yeshe (medium tawny beige).
I must admit to being a bit puzzled by this initially, but the abbreviated colour range a little more sense when you consider the drops were designed to be mixed into a moisturiser, primer or serum. Since most tinted moisturisers come in a limited number of shades, three colours per range is actually not such a crazy concept after all.
I tried the drops in Lalla, which is the medium shade with yellow undertones. Though it is much too dark for me straight out of the bottle, once I mixed a couple drops into my sunscreen (which has a white base) it wasn’t too far off at all. I blended it down my neck just in case, but I think you can tell even by looking at my chest in photos that it turned out to be more than a decent match.
Colour notwithstanding, this gets a big thumbs up from me because the formula is just amazing for my oily skin. It’s much lighter and more delicate than any liquid foundation I’ve tried, and the silica gives it a beautiful powder finish that was true to its demi-matte description. It stood up to being photographed on a blazing hot afternoon in humid Singapore, and stayed put without breaking up or fading despite sweat or oil. I was really impressed!
If you don’t have oily skin, you may need to mix this with a moisturiser, facial oil or extremely hydrating primer because any foundation that can keep my sebum at bay in this weather probably means it’s a little drying on normal-dry skin types. It was perfect for me though, and despite the fact that it’s not a 100% colour match I’ve been wearing it a LOT.
My favourite thing about this is that it adapts to use in different seasons/climates and changing skin conditions – I can use it year round, no matter how oily or dry my skin is. I’d travel with it too, were it not for my fear of the beautiful glass bottle breaking. I’m looking forward to trying this with different mixers, like a mattifying primer, a subtle liquid highlighter or even argan oil for when I’m in LA. The possibilities are truly endless!
Bottom line: if you have normal-oily skin, don’t mind the idea of tinkering with your makeup a little before application, and can identify a reasonable colour match within the range, this is an extremely versatile foundation to own.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence, €59 for (a super concentrated) 15 ml is currently available through the brand’s online store and qualifies for free international shipping.
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This product was provided as a press sample, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.
NatalieMarch 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Thanks for the photo tips! I’ve been taking test shots with a friend and am making some progress.
EmilyMarch 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm
So glad you found it helpful! Btw, the easiest way to check the intensity of your makeup is to take a quick phone selfie 😉
NatalieFebruary 29, 2016 at 7:25 am
(I honestly cannot remember if I responded to your blog about this or not, but I did a quick look and don’t see anything, so I hope I’m not being repetitive!:))
My favorite sunscreen is Biore sarasara UV Perfect Face Milk Sunscreen 30ml. SPF50 + PA+++ for Face (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O0DBWY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00) which I first learned of on a Japanese sunscreens blog. It controls oil like nothing else I have used, but it also has a white hint, so I have to mix it with something. I am excited to try the RBR drops. I am very pale but am thinking to do with Yeshye, the darkest color, because it matches my undertone the best. I tried the Cover Fx Customs Cover Drops but felt like they made me look makeup-y with only the smallest amount. Thanks for this post.
EmilyFebruary 29, 2016 at 9:03 am
That’s the sunscreen I use as well, and what I mixed my drops with for this review! The effect was a non-heavy foundation that was pretty much bulletproof as far as oil was concerned, so if you have oily skin I think you’ll be very happy. This is fine mixed with just the Biore SS if you only want a very sheer layer of coverage, but I’ve since discovered that the Body Shop Shade Adjuster Drops are a great addition when I want fuller coverage and need to significantly lighten Lalla without sheering it out. If you’re super pale and need more than just sheer coverage, I definitely recommend looking into those as well!
NatalieMarch 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm
Oh my goodness I cannot believe we use the same sunscreen! I typically like coverage very light, although I would like to figure out how to take a photo where my skin looks decent, for goodness sake. I have no idea how it can look decent in person and then so terrible with those red splotchies in photos. Any suggestions are welcome!
EmilyMarch 4, 2016 at 12:11 am
Photography tends to dull the effect of makeup by about 50%. You really need to pile on makeup for it to show up in photos! For example, a smokey eye in real life often looks like natural makeup in photos. Light base coverage is fine for photos, but you’ll probably need to prime with a green tinted primer beforehand or go over any naturally red areas with concealer. Good luck!
anushaFebruary 3, 2016 at 11:31 am
Lovely eye makeup!
EmilyFebruary 29, 2016 at 8:56 am