The people have asked, and now I am answering.
If you recall my Skin Care Routine video, I mentioned not wearing foundation, face bases, etc. anymore as they tend to break me out. However, I couldn’t get rid of the scare of no SPF on my face. And so the hunt for a light foundation began.
I like my foundation the same way that I like most things—uncomplicated. Here’s a mental checklist that I’ve devised for myself:
- Light to Medium Coverage — I don’t really have breakouts (just minor spots here and there) or patchy coloring (occasional redness) so I don’t need a super thick foundation
- Yellow-toned, not pink-toned — obviously
- Doesn’t require a lot of tools/can be applied with fingers
- Has SPF
Pretty easy, if I do say so myself. So, I scoured the internet for the perfect match and I stumbled upon the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation. Let’s start with Benefit’s claims:
Hello…it’s flawless time! Our new oil-free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion you can believe in. It’s you… just more luminous & healthy looking.
Find your flawless match with the hello flawless oxygen wow shade guide in Beauty School.
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- broad-spectrum SPF 25 PA+++ protection**
- oil-free formula
- natural finish
- hydrating benefits
- light-diffusing properties
- available in 9 shades
After reading up on it, and even watching tons of videos (particularly of Asians of the same coloring), I finally decided to purchase it. I was itching to get a hold of it so impulsive me bought a bottle online. I guesstimated my shade (eee), which you should never ever do, if you can help it. If you must, I personally feel like it’s better to pick one shade darker than one shade lighter.
It’s very lightweight and provides decent coverage, despite needing only a little product. I’ve been using it frequently, and it hasn’t broken me out. My sister loved it, too and she uses it despite being a shade or two lighter than me. The dispenser is a pump-type, so it’s more hygienic. The pump is also fairly easy to control. The packaging is pretty, as can be expected from Benefit. I also appreciate its accessibility.
The foundation itself lasts fairly well on my not so oily skin. It is buildable and dries down to a non-sticky finish. The SPF content does not give a white cast when being photographed with a flash, however you may risk looking like a greaseball if you don’t set it with a powder. The somewhat flowery (?) scent is not strong or bothersome. The consistency is watery, and I’ve applied it on my face with my fingers (messy, but works and is easy), a stippling brush (not as messy but I’m not used to it), and a Beauty Blender-like sponge (AWESOME, flawless application).
The downside of this is that it tended to cling to dry flakes. For oilier skin, it is not long-lasting, and though it is buildable, I don’t think you can layer this on for a fuller coverage without looking like a layer cake.
I’ve been using it for about a month now and I’m really happy with it! I interchange it with BB Creams and a new liquid foundation I got from L’Oreal, which I use if I want more coverage.
Hope this helps & thanks for reading!
VERDICT: Lightweight foundation that is easy to use and provides decent coverage. Has SPF.
How much? Php 1,900 or $36 for 30ml or 1 fl. oz. Bought mine for Php 1,600.
Will I repurchase? Yes!
Where to buy in Manila? Benefit counters and online. I bought mine from Stuff in Style.
* I really just guessed and hoped for the best. I’m too dark for Petal (Liz Lanuzo’s shade), and too light for Toasted Beige (Martha Sta. Barbara’s shade). I was picking between Honey (Jackie’s shade) and Champagne, which was the shade between Petal and Honey. I think I could’ve gotten away with Honey as well, so yay.