Oh, foundation, how I love thee.
As dramatic as it sounds, base products are my ultimate makeup obsession. Maybe it’s the trauma of growing up with acne, but there’s just something so empowering about being able to transform your skin. Like most, I live by the makeup philosophy of “if your skin looks good, everything looks good”.
This can be a positive when my point makeup is looking a bit sloppy, but also a downright negative when I’m trying to feel myself and my foundation is flaking off. Because of this, I try to stick to what I know works for me – thin consistency, light-to-medium, buildable coverage. I also prefer a transfer-proof formula with a dewy/natural finish, which I know is difficult to find.
Enter Romand’s Perfect Fitting Foundation, which promises it all: lightweight, yet full coverage. Transfer-proof with no need for concealer. All-day wearability. They even go as far as saying this is my perfect foundation – who, me?
What It Is
I’m using the shade Pure Ivory.
Product Description (from W2Beauty.com):
“This flawlessly skin-fitting foundation glides on with a thin, serum-like texture and lasts all day. Its full coverage formula feels like nothing on and yet you won’t feel the need for additional concealer. There’s no transfer, no need for touch-ups. It’s basically your perfect foundation.”
“Lasts all day” is awfully vague, so we’ll see.
30 mL/1 fl.Oz
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Pentylene Glycol, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, CI 77492, Boron Nitride, Crocus Sativus Flower Extract, Diisostearyl Malate, Magnesium Sulfate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopherol, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CL77491, CL 77499
At first glance, I’m already really stoked to try this! With the first few ingredients, I can already tell this is going to have a thin consistency (Butylene Glycol is a thinning agent), and give me a nice, smooth finish (all those -cones!).
Honestly, it seems like the texture is gonna be a lot like a favorite of mine – TonyMoly’s Facetone Skin Tint. If you’re already cringing at the price of Romand’s foundation but want the claimed effects, definitely give TonyMoly’s a try.
I know PEGs are a concern for some, but I limit myself to ingredients rated 5 or below on the EWG Database; PEGs are rated at a 3. I also have zero problem with the first ingredient of a product being water. Quite frankly, I’ve never really understood people’s issue with that – oh no, it’s not packed with weird stuff! WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO????
Like always, I’ll try this foundation with a primer. Considering this appears to be such an intensely pore-filling formulation, I’m going to use VDL’s Lumilayer Primer for some added ~glow~.
First Impression + Swatches
The texture is super serum-y. I feel like I’m going to be mentioning a whole lot of TonyMoly’s Facetone Skin Tint, because I noticed way too many similarities not to, most notably in the texture. It feels like it’s gonna stick RIGHT on the face – this can be good or bad for my dry skin, usually good because I moisturize like hell.
The scent is to die for. oOoOoOoOOF! I love it! I don’t even know what it smells like, but it’s good. People hate obviously fragranced products, I say if they’re gonna add fragrance anyway, at least make it fun.
Full Day + Full Face
As previously mentioned, I will be using VDL’s Lumilayer primer.
First of all – THAT SHADE MATCH. This is, without a doubt, the PERFECT shade for me. Not too bright, not too dark, literally my skin color. It helps with the your-skin-but-better effect it already gives – pores, who? I’m honestly alive. This is already the most skin-like foundation I’ve ever used, and it’s only been 30 seconds. The TonyMoly one is just as lovely in terms of texture and finish; Romand’s shade match is what got me.
TonyMoly on the left, Romand on the right – it’s subtle, but the slight pinkish tinge made a world of difference.
Initial application, however, was a bit of a mess. I first used a beauty sponge – as I always do when testing foundations – but it’s SO silicone-y that it literally kept the same stamp mark across my entire face, causing difficulty in blending. Sponge is already a no-go. Buffing the product in with a kabuki brush is 100% the best option for this product; it blends instantly and doesn’t leave marks.
Kind of like the TonyMoly one.
The texture is super grippy – “fitting” as brands would describe it – and dries incredibly fast.
Two qualities I love about the TonyMoly one. Interesting!
There was no need for powder. I haven’t tried a foundation like that sin-
Okay. This is literally TonyMoly Facetone Skin Tint. I KNOW IT IS. Let’s take a look at the ingredients. Here’s TonyMoly’s ingredient list – indentical ingredients in bold:
Water, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat., Cyclohexasiloxane, Disiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Zinc Oxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-10/1, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Methyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica Talc, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Iron Oxides (CI 77492) PEG-9, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Cetyl, Dimethicone, Triethyl Citrate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Hexyl Laurate,Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Acrylates/Dimethicone, Copolymer, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate Polyglyceryl-3, Polyricinoleate, Disodium EDTA, Impatiens Balsamina Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Mica (CI 77019), Aluminium Chloride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil
Call me crazy, but they’re the same. Regardless, the ingredients still vary a bit and the shade is too good, so I’m giving this the full review it deserves.
Overall, this foundation = good stuff so far.
Do NOT talk about my lipstick – it’s the Pony Effect Blossom Color… the lasting power is still garbáge.
This is about 1 hour of wear – in my opinion, makeup always looks best ~1 hour after application so I prefer to take my pictures then.
So far, nothing’s moved, faded, or gone whack with the foundation. I love her!
Without powder, the foundation lasted around 5-6 hours with just a bit of oil peeking through. Cream and powder products layer wonderfully on top, and I didn’t need to blot or re-apply despite being outside in all day in 95º weather. No notable creasing – the undereye creasing is a result of my concealer – or dry patches.
Does it live up to the claims?
- Full coverage: Yes. It really does cover without looking cakey.
- Lightweight: Absolutely – one super thin layer was all it took to cover my rosacea! yay!
- Lasts all day: I got around 6 hours of wear, which isn’t too bad for me. I want to test this out with some powder to see if it can last a bit longer.
- Perfect shade match for me – really perfect!
- Looks just like skin, despite being full coverage
- Smells like a dream
- Lightweight as HELLLLL
- A little goes a long way
- Long lasting
- Needs a brush to blend; do not recommend for those who prefer sponges!
- SHADE RANGE IS HIDEOUSLY SMALL
- Is literally the TonyMoly Facetone Skin Tint
Today we’ve unraveled a mystery, found my perfect shade, and learned a whole lot about foundation. Here were my key takes:
- TonyMoly’s comes with .67 fl. Oz / 19.8 mL @ around $16 – $1.23/mL, while Romand gives you 1 fl. Oz / 29.5 mL at $36 – $0.82/mL. Romand’s is an excellent choice – the pump delivery system is better vs TonyMoly’s spatula and is of better value. Still, though, it’s up to your skintone and whether or not you’re willing to drop a pricey-as-heck $36 at once. TonyMoly’s is a great option for those who have yet to try gripping foundations or aren’t married to a foundation (the smaller amount of product gives it less chance of expiration).
- If you’re using a heavily siliconed foundation, get the kabuki brush out. It’ll apply better & quicker.
- Korean brands are grinding my gears to HELL with their lack of shades. Honestly, it’s pathetic at this point. GET MORE SHADES??? WHO can relate to my reviews if I can’t even recommend it to most people I know IRL? Snowmen? Hard-boiled eggs?
- I am, wholeheartedly, an -icone addict. That is some pore-filling, skin-smoothing goodness. I’m so grateful it doesn’t break me out, wow.
You can snag Romand’s Perfect Fitting Foundation at W2Beauty.
LMK if you’ve ever had a surprise dupe – I’ll probably wanna try them both, tbh 🙁