Pro: Excellent coverage and buildable. My skin is NC20 - NC25 and I found an excellent match in "Shinto 1". I tried samples of other shades like KO-1 and KO-2 but they did not have enough yellow and were completely neutral in tone. I found the perfect way to apply it was swirling it on with a MAC 138 brush for quick, light coverage [per Wayne Goss on YouTube]. I even got a sample of Shinto 4 to swirl around the perimeter of my face to bronze and give definition just like in his video.
Cons: The two tone technique didn't show up well to define my face - powder bronzer works better.
Even though I applied it this way and tried the damp sponge technique too; my face felt heavy and greasy from it even hours later. I went back to my HG foundation which is MAC Studio Sculpt NC20 which I apply with a MAC 109 brush and get a satiny light lovely finish.
I really wanted to like the RCMA because it's so affordable and I can see how it would be ideal for photography and film work.
Yet for my everyday life; sadly it just didn't work out.
Pretty good foundation, still fiddling with it a bit. Currently I applying it to my face with a foundation brush and blending it out with a damp sponge. The color range is impressive, finally a foundation that does not make me look orange-y yellow. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good creme foundation.
Amazing stuff! I purchased some Ben Nye powder from this great theatrical supply store and returned again to try out RCMA's Colour Process Foundation after doing a little research. I am not a makeup artist nor a stage performer but I do feel like a star with this product on :) I was colour matched to Gena Beige with careful precision. To find a shade that doesn't wash me out, appear jaundiced or pink equals heaven. I took this wonderful pot of magic home and fiddled around with application. This product is highly pigmented so less is best. You can control coverage from sheer to full. I have found that using my fingers/sponge and then buffing with a Kabuki brush works the best for me. I love that it fits easily in my makeup bag and does not aggravate my sometimes wonky skin (combo,acne, eczema). Typically, I tend to steer away from cream formulations but this is an exception.So many foundations have let me down and I hope that this product will be a staple for me for years to come.
This foundation is my HG! I'm a makeup artist and use it on my bridal clients and decided to try it myself. I have dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and have pale olive skin with a mixture of yellow/pink undertones which makes it impossible to find 1 foundation to match my skintone (I usually mix several).
Shinto 2 is the best colour for me when I have a light tan, but I often mix KO1 and KO2 to contour. Shinto 2 is also fantastic for neutralising purple/blue circles under eyes, with a tiny bit of your normal colour of the top to match. If you're not sure of your colour, Camera Ready cosmetics has sample pots for approx $2 that have enough foundation to last you a month.
I apply it in two ways:
1. Using a kabuki brush. I swirl the brush lightly over the foundation then buff it into my skin in circles. This creates an airbrush effect.
2. Using my fingers or sponge. I find that fingers help to warm the foundation up. I put a tiny (read: TINY!) amount on my finger tips by rubbing my finger in the foundation, then roll my fingers over my skin to push the foundation onto my face. If needed, I pat extra foundation over the areas I want to conceal.
This foundation needs powder to set on combination/oily skin. I prefer mineral powder as it doesn't clog the pores (as the RCMA can do if not removed every night). This foundation can work on everyone - if it doesn't work, try less and another technique of putting it on.
I've been reading up on cream foundations that pro makeup artists use. Brands like Cinema Secrets, Graftobian, Joe Blasco, RCMA, etc. After watching a yt video of someone using the MAC 138 brush with this foundation, I had to get it. I looove this stuff! Coupled with the 138, my foundation goes on flawlessly. I also use the Sephora Platinum #55 brush, my Hakuhodo 210 (MAC 109 dupe but better) with this cream foundation and they all apply it well. You just have to be a little conservative or else it's easy to put on too much since it is a cream foundation after all. If I do get a little heavy handed with it, I just spritz my face with a bit of Cinema Secrets Moisture spray and run the brush lightly over it again and it's perfect :-)
First a lil background info on my skin. I am light skin toned asian with very sensitive acne-prone combination skin. I have some post acne mark on the side of my face from a previous disastrous breakout due to an allergic reaction to my shampoo =( So a lot of coverage is needed at the moment.
I heard about RCMA from a friend who is a model, and decided to try it out. I got shinto I & II. Shinto I is a pretty close match for me, maybe just a bit too yellow, I got Shinto II for contouring purposes, but it is abit too dark and too yellow for me. I may have to try KO1 & KO2 later.
As for application, i first moisturize my face well, let it dry then use Smashbox Photofinish Primer Light. I found application by hand or sponge can be very difficult and uneven due to the thickness of the foundation. As i was playing around with different application techniques, i've discovered the best way is use a brush( i used bare mineral's kabuki brush) and swirl the brush on the foundation a few times and start buffing it on the face. The foundation ends up very light on the face and has very even coverage due to the high pigmentation. Then use my finger to dab alil more foundtion for any additional concealing if needed. Then set it with a powder. The finishing result is great, you can tell that i'm wearing makeup but in a very natural way.
I've used this for over 2 weeks and haven't have any major breakout/allergic reaction to this foundation, just a pimple here and there. One thing to keep in mind is make sure you remove the makeup thoroughly at the end of the day since it is quite heavily pigmented and contains castro oil i believe, so it can easily clog pores if not removed properly.
Hope this helps. continued >>
This is a wonderful foundation with beautiful colors and you can not beat the price. I have ko-1 which i am usually between n3-n4 or nc22ish. The best way to apply i found was with cover fx 160 brush. The only issue i have is i don't think this is good/healthy for your skin compared to other foundations out there. Will definitely keep for special occasions.
This is one of the best foundations I have ever used and I discovered it on this site. Anyway, this foundation (RCMA) is awesome! It's not the easiest foundation to find but well worth the effort to locate it. What I like most about this foundation is that it's pretty true to my skin tone. I have a yellow undertone and it's so difficult to find a foundation that matches my skin color but this one comes pretty darn close. I'm Shinto 2. The packaging is very simple and it will last you forever. It photographs quite well. You can control the coverage from light to heavy coverage. A little goes a long way.
This foundation is for champions and dammit i'm most definetely one of them. Im nc45 and i bought shinto 3, shinto 4 was way to dark. I got it at a small beauty store on 322 west 49th st btw 8 and 9th ave at a store called alcone company that provide all professional makeup for every walk of life, Kristine helped me and she was very nice.Back to the review, i first use my new primer which is called super matte anti shine thanks to mljohnson for recommending this, i bought dark and i just pat it on with a wedge and this stuff keeps you shine free like no other, OMG anyways, then i apply this with a wedge sponge and then set with my ben nye loose powder in cocoa tan i am picture perfect all dag on day, i feel so glamorous with this stuff i cant explain. The color is also more natural for my skintone as oppose to mac in terms of studiofix fluid which i love but it takes on an a slight orange, golden undertone and this doesn't bc it looks like my real skin just in a picture perfect kind of way. You can't over do this as i c it can look extremely fake if you do so use sparingly but bc u use so little during each application it will last a very long time. Edt : i have to buy shinto 4 with this even though shinto 4 is a lil dark, i need both shinto 3 and 4 to yield perfect results but this foundation makes you picture perfect.
I've had a few pots of this foundation for years. I wore it pretty faithfully for a while before it gradually found its way to the back of my drawer in favor of new brands and new formulas. I was a mineral foundation devotee for many years, namely Jane Iredale. Then I got tired of paying for Iredale and started the process of finding a reasonable stand-in. I tried many brands and never found one I liked as well as Iredale.
Anyway! During my most recent disappointing experiment with MMU (this time, Aromaleigh), I came across my old pots of RCMA and thought to myself, "Self, why not try this again?" So I did. And I love it. I've been diagnosed as an NC 15-20, but the NCs are really way too yellow for me. In Aromaleigh I wear 1 and 2 YL blended, and in Iredale I'm Warm Beige. In RCMA I blend together Porcelain and Shinto 1.
I believe another reviewer below said she's NC 20 and can wear Shinto 1 by itself. I cannot - it's verrrry golden (hence why I think I've been misdiagnosed). But the Porcelain added in makes a perfect match. I do about equal parts of each but I'm not overly precise. The end result seems to have a good bit of forgiveness to it. I take the handle end of my foundation brush and pick up a bit of each color, then blend them together on the back of my hand. This softens the texture of the product, which is quite firm in the pot. I've been adding in a dab of Kinerase to that to thin it out a little, but that's optional. You don't need much foundation at all - a small pea is probably enough. It seems to work best when I haven't moisturized with an oil-based product, or if it is oil-based, I let it absorb for a decent about of time.
I powder with Corn Silk Translucent and for a reaaally flawless finish, dust some Aromaleigh on top of that and then a bit more Corn Silk. Light hand, though, or it looks too powdery. The finished result photographs beautifully and doesn't look masky or heavy.
Update: I can wear KO-1 by itself (no mixing with other shades). It's a wee tiny bit yellower than my skin, but when it's all well-blended I think I can get away with it. continued >>