RCMA foundation gives good coverage and is easy to blend. It gives a non cakey finish and feel.
I use The SHinto Line.
I'm really bummed this one didn't work out: I had high hopes based on the reviews. The color selection is great; KO-1 matches my NW-20 skin well and looks much darker in the pot than it applies. I had no problems with the application: applied w/a damp sponge for lighter coverage (patting well to blend), dry sponge to conceal and set w/powder (powder seems to greatly enhance this one)the finish was natural/matte. But that's as good as it got. While the finish was natural in most light, it didn't provide very good concealment of redness and uneven pigmentation. Worse, within one day a pimple began to emerge on my, usually clear, cheek. By day two, another. And, by day three, I had dry, flakiness on my chin (which is never a problem). Perhaps this is a rare reaction. I'm usually not terribly sensitive to topical products. Nonetheless..."next!"
I hoped Porcelain would highlight cheekbones, forehead, lipbow, etc. With a pale shade just this side of ghostlike, RCMA can end any VPPP/goth's search for foundation color-match. This is where the concessions end though--texture woes will continue, believe me, even with the recommended pre-moistened sheer application. Heightens roughness, like a creamier, spreadable MAC full coverage foundation. Looks unnatural/grainy on dry skin, particularly cheeks, and glowy/oily otherwise (then, hand-pressed LM powder leaves texture behind). RCMA is best with a sheer, dewy foundation to minimize/blend texture probs. Coverage is otherwise full, good for photos, stage, and interacting with people 5 feet away. Pluses: no SPF and no irritation. (me: dry rosacea-prone German-Irish skin, 30's)
I demured quite a while about writing a review for this product . . . I rated this a 3 b/c I find it to be an average/good product rather than the stellar one I would have expected based on the reviews here.
Application with a sponge is a cinch and yields nearly complete - but not flawless - coverage. I also find that it requires a heavy application of powder to set and that even then it does not hold up on hot days. The feel on the skin is also quite heavy. Color selection is exceptional and packaging no non-sense. Price is very reasonable for the large amount of product.
I am still experimenting with this product in the hopes that it has untapped potential. I'll post an update if I find improved ways of using it - unless I do I will not re-purchase.
I was able to purchase a palette of RCMA foundations for a recent trip with my band where I did the makeup and I am impressed! For 40 bucks I was able to find perfect matches for me and two band members for the stage. And YES, this stuff looks good on. Really good. REALLY good. I was able to snag the attention of two men and about five women for how good I looked.
The cool thing about the palette was that I was able to mix and match - a separate color for undereyes and for contouring and highlighting came in HANDY! I was areg'lar Kevyn Aucoin with this palette! I'm enraptured! And just for those wondering just what was a good match for me, lean in close..... Shinto II.
I really wanted to love this foundation after reading all the great reviews but I have to say I hated this stuff. It looked very unnatural, felt heavy and greasy and slightly itchy. After four hours I actually had to go home for lunch to wash it off! I tried a few different shades from the sample kit and different techniques to apply it including lightly with fingers, then a sponge and also powdering after to set it and it still just turned oily within a few hours and made my pores more visible and seem larger. The only benefits I could see is it covers well, is easy to remove and didn't break me out. But it looked horrible and obvious on so would definitely not repurchase!
I've been using this for a couple of weeks now... and i think it might be love. I have been using this with mixed with a drop of the foundation thinner, to make it a liquid, and blending with my fingers. Powder is a must with this for my skin. Used alone, i found it made me look a bit flakey even when i wasn't. This foundation is gorgeous, it covers everything that you might need to cover and makes you look flawless all day!! I even found a colour match for my very pale skin- KO-G (for reference, even MAC and prescriptives don't go light enought for me). I'm not sure whether this shade is availiable everywhere though, I've only seen it at ACMUSE. Lovely, lovely stuff.
Edited to 4 lippies, as tended to 'melt' on my face despite the primer and powder, and is just too much work for everyday.
I love RCMA foundation. I wore this on my wedding day and got flawless, even coverage all day. I was surprised to find that my shade was "olive 1" because i'm usually in the ivory/beige/neutral families. This product looks much darker in the pot than once applied. There is a photo of me wearing "olive 1" in my pictures. This was applied at 7.30am, and when I removed it at 1am the next morning it was still immaculate. Highly recommended. Will definitely repurchase when I run out.
Oh my gosh! I'm so glad I tried this based on your reviews! This is the first foundation to completely match my skintone and look great! I bought the RCMA 16 color foundation pallete (Shinto Series) from Camera Ready Cosmetics online for 40.00. I'm so glad I did, so I could find the perfect match for me. It was one I would not of tried right away. Olive 2 was perfect for my skintone. If you really don't know what is going to be a match for you (a perfect match), I suggest doing this.
I have been searching for a foundation that has enough coverage for my hyperpigmentated areas and one that is safe for my overly sensitive, dry skin and RCMA fits both criterias! This is my HOLY GRAIL :-D
I wear NC44 in MAC Studio Stick, Golden in Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and a 50/50 mixture of Toffee Bronze and Sunset Beige in Laura Mercier's foundation. In addition to one of these foundations I would have to use NW40 Studio Pot Concealer in MAC, so it was double work for me.
I use a mixture of Shinto 3 and Shinto 4 to get my coloring and guess what....No Need For An Extra Concealer, YEAH!! This stuff covers beautifully. You do have to be careful not to put too much on, but once you get the hang of it, the coverage can be flawless!! I set it with translucent powder and this stuff did not melt, shift or settle into my lines like other foundations that I have used in the past.
This stuff rocks! So if you need a foundation that has buildable coverage, is natural looking and you have been disappointed with dept store foundations, give RCMA a try! The price is $20.00 a pot.