There are two different foundation formulations, gel foundation and whipped foundation. After playing around with the samples for a few days, I honestly didn't feel that there was too much of a difference between the two. Both foundations are formulated 3 different types of seaweed which are good for the delicate skin tissue. It also has a 70% water content. I was debating between two colors, Great Sandy Desert and Granite Downs. Granite Downs is is described as a medium beige good for tan/medium complexions while Great Sandy Desert is described as golden for olive/medium complexions.
I decided on Great Sandy Desert in the gel foundation because I found that as I swatched it on a white tissue, it showed up as a more peachy/pink than golden colored. Peachy/pink appealed to me because I felt that it would also help to cover up more spots with the peach tone in it. I also found that as the day wore on, Granite Downs got a bit too dark for my personal preference.
Another reason why I chose the gel foundation is because it comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. The whipped foundation is in a jar.
Description and ingredients of the gel foundation:
The gel foundation is easily dispensed via the pump and you can control how much you want to pump out at a time. It is a thick gel and isn't runny at all, except for when I first used it. The first several pumps were very watery but it was just because it had settled and separated from the time of filling the jar till use. It's not surprising since the foundation is 70% water. There is 1 fl. oz/.30 ml of product, which is similar to Bobbi Brown. The cost is $38.00.
I couldn't get it to take an accurate picture of the true color of the foundation. In these pictures, it does indeed look like a golden color but it is a peachy/pink color. Applied on my skin, it sways more pink than yellow and that is perfect for me. The color is also an almost exact match on me.
Face with prepped and spots concealed with Bermuda Triangle Undereye Corrector:
Great Sandy Desert applied to half of face:
Great Sandy Desert applied to whole face:
If left alone, it does oxidize and I got a bit pinker than I preferred. As most of you are well aware of, I do not like using powder to set my foundation as much as possible because I find that it usually makes my face look matte and settles into fine lines. I recently started using Cle de Peau translucent loose powder and Guerlain Meteorite Pearls as I found that both worked well and didn't settle into fine lines. I like the glowiness that I get from Meteorite Pearls but it really doesn't help to set foundation very well.
When I talked to the SA at Macy's she suggested that I use the corresponding pressed powder. Although it's the same color, Great Sandy Desert, it is more neutral to yellow so it will help to tone down the pink of the foundation.
I was apprehensive of using a pressed powder but after reading that it has the same ingredient as Bermuda Triangle, flexible Nylon-12 which locks in moisture and contracts and expands with your facial motion, I decided to give it a go.
Great Sandy Desert Pressed Powder applied over foundation with a powder brush:
I found that the pressed powder did help to set the foundation and keep it in place for a decent amount of time. I also felt that it didn't make me look very matte. I will highlight under my eyes and high cheekbone area with Meteorite Pearls.
Face fully done with pressed powder and blush:
Face after 10 hours of wear with absolutely no touching up:
I would normally prefer to do a quick touch up under my eyes and on my nose but didn't do so for blogging purposes. I think that I still oxidized a bit but it is actually very similar to my natural skin tone. The really nice aspect to this pressed powder is that it is really compact! It's just barely thinner than my iPhone!
There is .35 oz/10 g of product and costs $28.00. Maquillage Powder foundation refill has 12 g of product. Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed pressed powder does have less product but I can honestly say that I don't know when was the last time that I actually finished a pressed powder. I also really llike how thin and compact this is so it's easy to carry around and to travel with. I'm not sure if the "sponge" that is in there is actually a sponge applicator or if it's just a sponge sheet that is protecting the mirror--it is that thin! If it is supposed to be a sponge applicator, then that is the only real downside to this product.
I'm so glad that I held off on purchase the Chanel foundation that I was thinking of. After days of testing out the sample that I got, I felt that the foundation felt too heavy on my face. It felt like I was wearing foundation, which I don't like. As a result, I kept on touching my face throughout the day because it felt somewhat uncomfortable. With the Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation, I do not feel it's heavy on my face. Although it's a thick gel, it is vey lightweight and feels soothing and cool right after application.
I'm sorry that this was such a long post. It really should have been broken up into two different posts but I felt that with the two products working in conjunction with each other, it needed to be in one post. I'm liking this brand so much that I may have to venture into trying out the point (color) makeup.