Royal Gold 24k Radiant Foundation
Bought from: Althea Philippines
Claims: Highly praised foundation, no need for fix makeup, capable of both coverage and glow and showing glowing skin as soon as applied. It helps improve the skin glow, helps the makeup lasts 24 hours, helps increase skin's moisture and low irritation test completed. With 3 major moisturizing component used: Oligo-HA (US patented moisturizing component), Tucuma Seed Butter (aka Amazon Blackgold), and Gold peptide.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, C12-15Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Polymers, Isononyl Isononanoate Phenyl Trimethicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Caprylrl Methicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Mica, Silica, Aminoprophyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ozokerite, Tribehenin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tucuma Seed Butter, Oil Soluble Licorice (Glycyrrhiza) Extract, Glycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alumina, Raffinose, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyurethane-11, Adenosine, Searyl Triethoxysilane, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Purified Water, Acetyl Heptapeptide-9, Colloidal Gold, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow iron of oxide, red iron of oxide, black iron of oxide
Bottomline is, Royal Gold 24K Radiant Foundation is not really for me. I really thought that it is a promising product because of Althea's description which says that it is intended for those with dull skin tone with blemishes, dry skin due to makeup, those concerning cakey and oily makeup and those who wants coverage and glow even with simple makeup. Though it still claims to give you a glowy and moisturized skin, I played stubborn and surrendered to my desire of having even if it means faking a Korean-like skin. Turns out, I paid more than the pricey tag price. If you want to hear more of my sort of tirades, please keep on reading.
The product comes in a sleek compact packaging, a combination of gold and blue, with a mirror on it. It ables you to provide a refill too by removing the inner gold ring and pressing the butt of the pan through the holes below the compact. I'm pretty sure we're so used to BB cushions in bulky compacts and we might mistaken this foundation as BB cushion too, but it's not. The sponge that comes together allows you to scoop the product and blend on skin. By the way, I like the sponge big time as it resembles a puff wherein you can insert your finger to get a better access when you put it on your skin.
The shade I have here is 21, with a pink undertone and which is lighter than my actual skin color. When applied, it looks unnatural and grayish. I got it not because it's nearer to my skin color but because a darker shade is not available anymore. Knowing Koreans with fair complexion, it appears to me that there's no way Althea would ever sell a shade darker than 23. Unfortunately, even 23 is light for me but closer. Anyway, I could set my makeup with a darker shade of pressed powder to balance my color.
This foundation has a whooping SPF35 on it so we can assure we're protected under the sun but does it mean white cast? Yes. I tried products with SPF before and some of them are great with flash photography, another thing that made me disappointed with Royal Gold 24k Radiant Foundation.
The foundation is covered with a thin layer of gold as you can see on the photo. It has 3 mg of gilt on the surface and 1ppm of gold inside the foundation. No wonder how much you pay for this. Imagine, you are putting gold on your skin! According to the direction for use, you will have to rub the surface slightly with a fingertip, and the foundation and gold will melt softly, improving the spreadability. Had I known that gold is only advantageous to product's spreadability, I shouldn't have bought this in the first place.
The self-glow effect with 24k gold component it imparts does not really go well with my oily skin. I know it aims to make skin moist and glowing but never had I imagined that it will be so sticky and greasy. I do not know with other's experience though.
One good thing I like about this product is that it is not strongly-fragrance so even the most scent-sensitives will not find it off-putting. Definitely, it does not reek of cheap and chemical-filled foundations.
Blending the foundation and the gold really contributes to product spreadability but with my super oily skin, this foundation can only stand a maximum of 8 hours of my skin, far from the 24-hour claim. This also provides a minimal coverage so concealer is a must. I would say that due to the high moisture factor, this foundation will not make your makeup cake.
Overall, I did not really learn to love this product even after my fourth try. I eventually gave up and decided to go back to my previous foundation. Sure it's made of gold, pricey and looks promising, but something I learned? Sometimes, affordable products function better. On the other hand, don't lose hope if you are eyeing this because it could work for you! In fact, I recommend this to those with extra dry skin for them to try. It definitely works to moisturize the skin!
Have you tried Royal Gold 24k Radiant Foundation? What are your thoughts about it? Happy blogging!