Firstly, I know white foundation is not something the typical makeup lover will have in their collection. But then again, I’m not your typical makeup lover~ Either way I hope you guys find this comparison useful, I’m sure a lot of the cosplayers out there will~
Today’s comparison will be between MAC Full Coverage Foundation in White vs Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in RF 100. I’ve done a number of looks that require white foundation, and the needs of white foundation are very different to normal “skin toned” foundation. A couple of things to look out for:
- Solid opacity, the few coats to achieve this the better.
- Smooth even blending
- Formula dispensing, if you’re sharing this, hygiene is most important.
I know most people look for this in traditional foundation, but it’s even more important for white foundation since you are literally applying a new layer to your skin, not blending it into your existing skin. This makes it harder to get an “even” coverage.
A general comment on both foundations, they both have this plastic like smell to it. I have no idea why, I suspect it might be related to their pigmentation?
Comments on MAC’s Full Coverage Foundation in White:
- Comes in a compact, which makes it hard to share with other people. I usually chip off some into a plate each time I need it to avoid contaminating the compact.
- Whist very pigmented, it takes about 3-4 coats to get full coverage.
- Can be very difficult to blend, go slow with a sponge and avoid making any extreme facial expression, especially since it will crease.
- Not surprisingly feels heavy, recommend exfoliating skin after use.
Comments on Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid Foundation in RF 100.
- Comes in a tube, making it very easy to share with others.
- Very pigmented, needs about 2 good coats to achieve full coverage.
- Formula is rich, smooth and liquid, which makes application more gentle to the skin.
- Blending will still require some level of work with a sponge, but the job will go faster.
- Slightly more forgiving to creasing
Important note: Always always set your foundation with a white or translucent powder, or within no time you will experience some serious creasing 🙁
And the winner if you couldn’t tell would be Illamasqua, you can see in the photos how much easier the formula is to work with. It takes about 75% less time to cover my entire face and neck with Illamasqua’s foundation than it does with MAC’s.
It feels a little more light weight and less oily on the skin. I would still recommend using an exfoliator after use just because you are applying very heavy makeup at the end of the day.
Formula aside, packaging is so important. Not many people can finish white foundation all on their own, chances are (especially for me) I’ll need to end up using it on other people, which makes the Illamasqua foundation a great choice!
So if you need a white foundation, I’d pick one up online.