I was not planning to buy anything from Suqqu during my Japan trip but not it seemed almost sacrilegious not to get anything. I was not interested in getting any of the eye shadow palettes or lipsticks since I was at the physical counter I might as well get myself shade matched and get their much raved about foundation to try. There are 5 types to choose from. The powder foundations (Frame Fix Lasting Foundation N and Dual Effect Powder Foundation), liquid foundation (Frame Fix Liquid Foundation N) and cream foundations (Frame Fix Cream Foundation N and Foundation). I did my homework. I read Bellyhead of Wondegondigo's review of the Frame Fix Cream Foundation and Linda of Silver Kis' World's review of the Frame Fix Liquid Foundation N. I really wanted to try the liquid version but after Linda's review I was quite hesitant. So I decided to try the cream version instead.
I was quite worried that I would not be able to find a match for my skin tone. There are altogether 6 shades available and I was matched to the darkest shade 203.
I have stayed away from cream foundations because I always have this notion that they would be heavy and thick. This is not the case. I use about 3/4 of a pea size amount as compared to the two pea size amount recommended on the website. It takes a little time for me to adjust the amount so that I get the coverage I want.
Application is a little tricky. I experimented with my different primers before finally settling on my ORBIS Sunscreen on Face Beauty Light or my new found love Kiss Matt Chiffon UV Whitening Base N in 02 (my new found love, thank you KS!!! I will review it soon). I found that silicon type primers did not work well with this foundation. I also experimented with the type of brush I used. My favourite would be the Shiseido budget makeup brush I bought during my Japan trip. It is gosh darn awesome. I dab the foundation in sections and apply with a dabbing motion.
The first few times of wear was not very impressive but after finding the right base, the right tool and the right setting powder (Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation) it was a wow for me.
Here is a comparison of the foundations I am currently using. From left to right: Suqqu in 203, Chanel Perfection Lumiere 40 , Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet 40 Beige, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 120 Soft Sand (too light for me at the moment), Burberry Sheer Foundation 07 , Burberry Velvet Foundation 204.
Compared to my other foundations, this one provides the most coverage so I have to be careful how much I apply. I have many acne scars around my cheek area and this covers it without being mask-like. It is brightening without making me look white. However, after 4 hours a little shine does break through around my nose area and forehead.
|With just Suqqu Frame Fix Foundation on my face|
|With the whole works|
I love this foundation and I have been wearing this everyday for work for that polished look.
At 9504 yen, it is a mighty pricey foundation so it might not be something you want to order online if you don't know which shade will match you. It is tricky to apply but if you can find the right combination, it is worth the experimentation. It is marketed as a foundation that locks in moisture so for oily skinned people out there, it might not be one that you will find suitable.
It comes in a glass tub so isn't travel friendly. There is a plastic cap that covers the foundation, the tub that gets a little gunky around the edges after sometime so I have to clean it often. I can live with it.
It takes more time to apply so isn't something I can quickly slap and go. The extra seconds it takes to scoop out the right amount of foundation, then placing the plastic cap back onto the tub, cleaning the scoop then applying can add up when I am in a rush.
That being said, I am so glad I visited the counter and bought this, it is worth every hassle. This is one foundation I will keep going back to.
Ratings: 5++ lipsticks