Kanebo KATE Powderless Liquid for Cover Foundation


9 reviews

55% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.6

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.6

Price: $$


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

I wanted to love this foundation, I really did.

The coverage this foundation provides is light-medium and the shade OC-C matches my face colour perfectly (light warm, olive ~NC20 skin). It's not enough to cover post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or dark spots completely - it covers around 70% of them. I'm usually not after a flawless look even when I break out because I'd rather not be too caked face. The packaging is lovely and portable and I like the fuss-free pump.

This gives a nice demi-matte finish. In summer, this foundation doesn't make me overly oily but what it does do is slide off my face. For reference, I have normal-dehydrated skin (leaning more towards normal) now. In winter, this foundation largely stays on my face with the Goss method (powder, foundation, then powder on the top) but it tends to look unpleasant as the day goes on, when it mixes with my natural oils, separates and looks cakey when I decide to powder my face. I found that this foundation dried out my skin far too much regardless of the season - even if I slathered my face with heavy moisturising cream, the foundation would only create or draw attention to dry patches that previously hadn't existed. This foundation lasts a long time - I've been using it religiously for four months 3-4 times a week and I still haven't finished the bottle. I will finish the foundation but this will not be repurchased.

I think this foundation is best suited for people with oily skin due to the liquid-to-powder finish or people with light-medium olive/yellow skin tones but I really cannot recommend this to people with dry/dehydrated skin.

on 4/28/2015 11:43:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have combo skin but this foundation is drying out my skin like hell and looks cakey all the time. Worst foundation i've ever used.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 4/6/2015 10:41:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have combination/dry skin and it's so difficult to find the one foundation that can mattify in areas needed, even out my skin tone, smooth over my pores rather than sit in it, not oxidize, not accentuate fine lines, have decent sunscreen, and provide good coverage. Kate Powderless Liquid Foundation is a dream. Dislike using the term HG, it doesn't exist but this is as close to perfect for me as it can get. And I have a long list of high ends, each claiming miracles but in the end fulfilling only 2-3 of the factors mentioned above. If you can remember to moisturise lightly before use, shake this bottle well, apply using your fingers and work quickly starting with one part of your face at a time, the result is perfection. Packaging is simple, hygienic, klutz-proof and great for traveling. I'm not a packaging type of person, and I wish there were more blind test reviews out there, so people don't get hyped by the name or packaging or price. Kate works very similarly to Nars Weightless but personally I think Kate's finishing looks more refined. Downside may be the colour option as it's catered to the Asian market, the speed that you may need to work on the product. Kate provides medium to full coverage. I say this because I skip concealer completely for under eye n it's never looked better n more natural. However it partially conceals acne scarring. You could go in with a second layer n just lightly tap in the needed area and it provides full coverage without the cakiness. Price...I think cheap compared to my high end products, and yet does what it says it does. So in love with this baby xxx

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have nothing to not like about this foundation. It is not very expensive. It comes with a pump. It has medium to high coverage depending on the methods I used to put it. I'll get a medium coverage if I use a sponge or my fingers. I'll get a higher coverage when used a brush. It is long lasting and has good oil control. It comes with a wide variety of shades too. An excellent foundation! I will recommend to any girls with oily skin like me.

on 2/13/2015 10:22:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This foundation is my holy grail foundation! It's literally one of the best foundations I wore! I'm literally an oil slick and this foundation lasted really well on me. I got this in OC-C I think and it matches quite well (then again, I do like my foundation a little lighter than my own skin so it brightens up my complexion). I believe that KATE foundations leans a bit more yellow in tones so it matches my Asian skin really well.

I dot this on my face then use a damp beautyblender to blend it out. I find that this prolongs a bit of playing time for me to get it smooth because I read reviews that they said you gotta work fast with this foundation. It also eliminates the powdery finish of the foundation (it ends up being quite pointless), but gives you a semi-matte finish which looks like my own natural skin but it looks a whole lot clearer and better. I still do have to powder a bit with this foundation because I'm an oil slick like I said earlier.

I have also used this with a slightly damp Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and I also like the finish of it that the brush gives. The foundation lasts for about 6-8 hours I think, and the foundation feels incredibly lightweight. I don't feel like I'm wearing a mask like certain foundations do.

Definitely will repurchase this because it's such a great foundation!

on 1/19/2015 9:38:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

i usually use shu uemura foundations but i heard good reviews about this foundation so i had to give it a try. first i must say that this foundation is true to its hype. it glides on effortlessly on my combination and sensitive skin, feels lightweight and holds up the whole day. i apply it using a duo fibre stippling brush and no cakeyness whatsoever. in fact i like how soft and supple my skin feels when i'm wearing this. as far as oil control goes, it is better than most of the shu uemura foundations i've tried and that's saying a lot for a cheap drugstore foundation. finish is soft matte and NOT dead matte and using a setting powder after the foundation is optional. the shade i'm using, be-c, which is the yellowest shade kate has, is almost the same shade as mac nc25 and it's darker than my skintone but i don't really mind because as the day goes by, the foundation just blends with my skin giving me a pretty natural look. coverage is buildable light to medium and it has spf 20 pa++.

EDIT: after weeks of wearing it daily, i've given up trying to make it work. no matter what i do, the foundation will go uneven on my face (it makes dots on your face) after a few hours). not a good look at all. dont even get me started of the oranginess of this shade be-c. i feel like i got my face covered with orange paint every time i've put it on. ew. this has also made made my skin drier because of the oil control. gah! back to my shu uemura foundation.

on 10/7/2014 1:17:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I really like this foundation. I have super combination skin and it lasts really well. I love mixing this with my moisturizer and applying it that way. It applies smoothly without looking cakey. It absorbs oil pretty much all day because of the powder consistency it has. My nose is my one shiny area that I do have to blot though. This product is great. There are a few reasons it didn't get 5 stars from me though: 1) there are only about 6 shades total 2) the shade that matches me most is slightly too pink 3) it's not easily available in the USA. I would repurchase this if I had access to it here but since I don't and the color isn't perfect I probably won't. I think I'll try the L'Oreal one and see if it's similar.

on 9/20/2014 3:55:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I think all Kanebo Kate foundations are fantastic quality but this one is HG status for me. First big pro: The shade OC-C is a PERFECT match for my NC25 skin. I've tried tons of foundations and they often are just a smidgen off - too orange, too yellow, too pink, etc etc and by the time I find one with a great shade, I wouldn't like something else, eg the texture or formula.

This formula is wonderful. It's medium coverage and because the shade is so close to mine, it looks just like my skin but better. Even though the liquid looks quite thick, the best part is that in a few seconds, it turns to a powdery finish as promised. I was sceptical about this hocus pocus claim at first but it's true! In Singapore's humid weather, the final soft and satiny finish holds up beautifully. No sticky finish, it doesn't cake up and doesn't make me break out.

I loved this so much I bought a bottle for my teenage daughter in OC-D. She has typical teenage oil-tank complexion and this doesn't break her out or turn her into a shiny mess.

I would say this works as well as all the high-end foundations I've tried without breaking the bank. Totally recommend.

EDIT: I've just tried Armani's much sought after Lasting Silk and while that's fantastic as well, I found that it didn't perform any better than this Powderless Liquid Cover. As a test, I used Lasting Silk on one side of my face and Kanebo Kate on the other. Both shades matched me perfectly. I asked my family members, nobody could tell the difference between the two.

An hour later, the side with the Lasting Silk felt slightly sticky (I live in a humid climate), oxidised a wee bit and there was a little shine. The side with Kanebo Kate felt powdery and still looked satin smooth. In other words, while the Lasting Silk is great, if I'm being picky, it's still being outperformed by a foundation that costs less than half the price.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 7/1/2014 8:02:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Fine

Eyes: Other

this liquid foundation turns into powder within 15 seconds. in other words, you do not have to apply powder after that to set the makeup. the finish is semi matte.

1)long lasting
2)great oil control!!!
3)nice finish and natural. looks EXACTLY like skin
4)small plastic bottle with pump
6)lightweight. doesnt feel like you are wearing make up AT ALL

1)clings onto dry patches if not applied properly!!
2)sinks into fine lines and cakes sometimes. Moisturizer is a MUST!!!
3)hard to blend with anything else except brush because it turns into powder too fast

this foundation is DEFINITELY not for dry skin. I recommend this to people with SUPER oily skin. if you have normal to oily skin, i suggest applying moisturizer 2 times- before and after applying this foundation. The application method is best when using a brush. It is hard to apply if you use your fingers since it turns into powder very quickly. I don't think it is possible to apply this with sponge either. Careful not to over apply so that you don't get a super matte face which looks really unnatural

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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