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.
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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.