I ordered this four days ago after much research and reading reviews. Came yesterday morning and I literally could not wait to apply it. I got a ko 1-4 palette for only Â£20. The colours look a lot lighter on the website, a lot darker in the tub but then perfect on the skin. When I first applied it took a while to get a proper technique and found a beauty blender far better than my trusty stippling real techniques brush! I mixed a few to get the perfect contour and coverage. Found that the coverage was no stronger than my mac studiosculpt but could be built to fuller coverage if you need it. Unlike any foundation I have tried before, this looked so amazing it was just glowing and looked like my own skin! Powder easily got rid of the glow but I loved it across the cheekbones. I am so impressed, its not going to be a day to day foundation as its too perfect but for evenings and occasions I love it! Also the photo quality is lovely so dewy and NO white face perfeeect! Thanks fellow reviewers for giving me this.
I NEVER look in the mirror after trying a new foundation and say "wow, I love this." But with this foundation, I might have come close. All this time, I would tell the girl at Sephora or on these boards that I need a medium-full coverage foundation, so the thicker the better. The truth is, it's never about the consistency, it's about the pigment.
These foundations are 50% pigment vs 12-13%ish for any other foundation (high end or drugstore). So, they really aren't "thick" but they cover so well. I will say, it won't cover exactly every blemish you have, but then again that's what concealer is for.
For me, I apply with a beauty blender and pat it on. The thing that's interesting is that when you swirl your beauty blender it looks like you didn't really get much but then when you put it on there's a whollleeeee bunch on there, so be careful.
I prefer a dewier finish, and this gives you that. For a stage foundation I really was skeptical because I pictured heavy and cakey, but no, this gave a really, really natural look. I really would define it as a glow, not so much dewey. It's beautiful.
I'm an nc15 ish to nc20 and I'm using gena beige. It might be pushing it in the winter but with enough blending it should be ok. DO NOT get ivory unless you are like an nc/nw -2000000, I stupidly ordered it first and it made me look like I had clown paint on, even for how fair I am.
The packaging is fine, It's compact and has a lot of product. I suppose bacteria can easily get in since you just dip whatever you're using into the pot, but there's worse problems in the world than that.
All in all, seriously in love with this stuff. Great for dry skin, probably need a setting powder if you have oily skin. I think the colors are off on the computer (that's why I ordered ivory) so it really is worth it to get samples.
I bought this whilst in the US last week and was excited to try it out. In the past I've tried every foundation known to man and had settled on Mac studiofux fluid and makeup forever HD. Both often didn't last long, accentuated dryness and colours were never perfect, but it was the best I could find. Then I found RCMA... Eureka!. I use a damp beauty blender and just swipe it over the foundation and then stipple it on. My skin absolutely glows, it lasts all day, all my other blushes, highlighters etc don't budge and I'm getting compliments from everyone on my skin - my skin, not the foundation. It makes your own skin look perfect as opposed to covered. I got Shinto 1 which is good for Mac NC25-30 and purchasing Shinto 2 for my summer tanned skin. I tried the KO colours too and I could have used either, they're really similar. Shinto was a tad more yellow and suited my undertones better. Do remember this is an oil based foundation so if you use a water based primer it will slide right off your face and not look its best.
honestly，not a fan of this product. firstly，it isn't a full-coverage foundation for me. it didnt really cover my acne scars well unless i put a lot in my face-for me，foundation like laura mercier silk cream foundation is a full-coverage one. but this one‘s coverage is far from full-coverage. secondly，the finish is quite weird，it‘s not a flawless finish,it’s really like some botox in your face or something-well，maybe a lot of people love this finish. but for me，really not a fan.
I've been on a professional foundation craze since IMATS 2011, I am also reviewing Graftobian, Kett, Mehron. ( haven't tried Cinema Secrets or MUD yet but intend to).
Therefore if you're interested, you can read my reviews on them.
I do believe that professional foundation brands are superior to commercial brands. With that said:
RCMA is a good foundation. I like it but don't love it. Like everything else, it has it's pros and cons.
Pros: very pigmented and long lasting, looks like skin and is HD friendly if applied correctly. Once it's on, it's on! Withstands sweat, humidity, rain, snow, pretty much everything until I take it off..and by take it off I mean take it off twice, it needs a strong make up remover, a toner, followed by clarisonic, and I still have make up in my face. I can literally take a shower and come out with it still perfectly on. I am not kidding.
Cons: for a cream foundation it is very difficult to apply. It isn't very creamy nor emollient so blending is an issue. It's texture is similar to margarine or butter which has been in a strong freezer for a while.
Application: I apply it with a damp, but warm beauty blender, which is the only application method I found that works with this without looking cakey or like a mask. It does require a specific application tapping method which is time consuming and not very morning rush friendly.
How it compares to other Pro brand foundations: I don't reach for this foundation often. On A typical day I like Kett and Graftobian much more. They don't require such a specific, time consuming application method nor a harsh removal routine in the end of the day.
If I was in the middle of high humidity weather and needed a high coverage foundation that wouldn't sweat off or budge for 24 hours I would use RCMA, otherwise I rarely need this.
This is my first experience with professional makeup. I ordered samples of this product in shinto from camerareadycosmetics.com They sent my samples quickly and packaged them very nicely. They were generous with the amount of each sample which is why I gave the packaging and price good ratings. I got shinto 5 ,6,7 and 8 because my brown skin has yellow undertones. (Please take advantage of ordering samples BEFORE you buy full size) 8 was the color closest to my skin color (and the darkest in the shinto line.) This product doesn't cover hypo- pigmentation or undereye circles. The color gave me a dead-pan look, no warmth at all. The Black Opal cover stick in nutmeg (which I use as a concealer along with a Cose custom blended yellow based foundation powder) gives me more coverage than RCMA and has more warmth without being red and dead-pan looking. AND I noticed small bumps on my forehead after washing it off. What is the hype about professional make-up again? If there is better professional make-up for women of color, please inbox me and let me know :)
AUSTRALIAN REVIEWER: An amazing pro product used by many professional makeup artists worlwide for it's longevity and the ability to mix it with various mediums to get the perfect amount of coverage. It's a staple in my kit and I have repurchased again and again and will continue to do so!
This foundation is perfect for nighttime looks or if you will be taking pictures. I wouldn't use it during the day, because it has VERY full coverage.
The price is reasonable for the 50% pigmentation you get--I don't even need to wear concealer with this stuff. I reserve this foundation for my nights out on the town. Tip: set with loose powder--ideally Makeup Forever's HD Powder.
I've had this collecting dust over a year since I got this in porcelain and that is like 10 shades lighter than me. Damn you bad swatches on the internet. But I've still played with it and I think it's really good. I will probably get a quad or 2 when I'm in london to try on friends and see if I like working with it since many mua praise it but say you have to work with it a tad more than other.
So I will probably update this review. But as of now I like it and recommends it!
I tried this in the compact with 4 colors of KO series and in Shinto 2. I was about NC30 at the time and the Shinto was waaaaay too dark. But the KO compact was comparable to NARS SG Stromboli which is my current fav. The KO is not as yellow or olive as Stromboli. I didn't really like this foundation even though many praise it. The coverage is not as good as Cinema Secrets and it does not wear well throughout the day. It disappears about 4 hours later. I have very oily skin that needs a lot of coverage from acne scars. SG actually covers well enough when I layer it & although that foundation doesn't last all day either, it wears better than RCMA.
I did not have any problems blending this, I stippled it on and buffed using either my GA sable brush or a cheapy from Coastal Scents. It blends really well, but it does feel thick. I don't want to feel anything on my face, so this was a downer. I only applied sparingly, but there is a definite FEEL to this.
Good coverage & there are so many colors, but does not live up to the hype in my opinion.