Canmake Base Makeup Experiment + FOTD
There are cheap and nasty cosmetics brands in Japan but Canmake is one of those “cheap but good” brands that actually pump out solid products at very affordable prices.
So I couldn’t resist when I spotted the Canmake Perfect Serum BB Cream in 02 Natural, 800JPY (USD8) months and months ago. I think I was having a bad day and I tend to pick up cheap beauty products when there’s a thundercloud over my head. Do you do that too, my fellow beauty junkies?
And when the weather got mightily sweltering, I nabbed the Canmake Marshmallow Finish Powder in Medium Beige, 940JPY (USD9.40) in the hopes that it would be a strong matte powder to keep my makeup in place.
I was contemplating getting the Chanel Purete Mat Shine Control Powder but I got cold feet because if it didn’t work in the severe heat, I would kick myself for splurging that much. Also, I don’t like using matte powders in non-summer months and prefer a luminous finish instead, so effectively, I needed something just for August.
My Maybelline Dream Matte Powder couldn’t withstand the humid Tokyo summer sadly and that worked well for me last summer in NYC. It ran down my face and created sweat tracks that could not be salvaged upon blotting.
I felt so desperate that I ordered the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray (plus other items) from Beauty Bay but that got lost in the mail – it’s a long story and I must say I was not impressed by their customer service.
The BB cream has very little coverage and is a little on the pasty side, i.e. it is a bit hard to blend, and I found that a primer and a foundation brush help heaps. My fingers struggled to blend this cream and I felt frustrated with it.
This is seriously in tinted moisturizer terrain and hardly covers redness but if you want something to even out your complexion and to have some kind of base to put powder, this could be a product you would like. As you can see in the photo below, my freckles are still apparent so it has quite a natural finish which I like.
The powder is very buildable and you could layer it on quite thick to get more coverage, especially with a kabuki brush. I wouldn’t say it was completely resistant to the humidity, but it didn’t “run” down my face like the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder but my nose area would always be affected. I would gently blot with some tissue (I doubt any powder could be so waterproof) and it looks okay after blotting – some powders are just messed up after severe sweating and you cannot save your face from looking uneven after blotting.
This eye makeup look was inspired by Anna Saccone’s video (I love her videos!) which makes use of the Naked 2 palette. I took silvery Verve all over the lid, blended it out in the crease with light brown/grey Tease, and then smoked it out with medium shimmery grey Pistol. I have never explored a light silvery/grey look and always gone heavy with grey/blacks/gun metal for a night time smokey look if I did use that kind of colour palette. I’ve been rocking this look every day this week – love it.
With sensitive skin, you would think that I would tread very carefully when it comes to base makeup – I absolutely do! The BB cream is free from parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, and alcohol, plus it contains a whopping 21 beautifying ingredients:
Hyaluronic acid, collagen, ceramides, royal jelly extract, witch-hazel extract, arbutin, Job’s tears extract, Saxifraga stolonifera extract, aloe vera extract, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, artichoke leaf extract, cherry leaf extract, prune resolvent, seaweed extract, soybean extract, glycosyl trehalose, gingko extract, peach leaf extract, hydrolyzed silk, European white birch bark extract, multiflora rosehip extract – taken from the Canmake Singapore website
That’s an impressive list although I don’t know more than three-quarters of the ingredients and if they really are any good for the skin – haha.
In conclusion, I would say I am not so enthused by the BB cream but am surprised how good the powder is at being matte – and the shade suits my fairly tanned skin now. I would probably stop using this by Oct or Nov when my tan fades.
Do you like Canmake products? If so, what do you like? Would you dare try base makeup that is so cheap?
The weather has become more civilized now with day temperatures hitting 28-30 degrees and it goes down to 22-23 degrees at night – pure bliss. No more constantly sweaty clothes and skin to deal with and I’m glad to give my A/C a rest.
On a personal note, I’ll be 37 weeks’ pregnant tomorrow – wooooah. Still blows my mind. I would be considered full term and just a few more weeks till baby arrives!
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