Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review

“More foundation reviews, Laura?” I swear to you, I don’t even own that many foundations. I just really enjoy testing and reviewing them, especially Asian ones if there is not enough coverage online. I probably should do a dedicated post what are my favorite product types and why - what do you think? Anyway, today we’re jumping again to K-beauty, but eco beauty style! Enjoy.

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Whamisa Organic BB Pact

I’ve introduced Whamisa in my earlier post about Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner review, but in a nutshell they are a Korean eco beauty brand specialized in organic and fermented skincare. For very sensitive skin types these fermented products might be too active and aggravating, but Whamisa is overall a good brand if it works for you. Whamisa Organic BB Pact* (*gifted) is their alternative to a cushion foundation: the foundation dispenses from little holes in the compact, but the packaging is similar to 99% of cushion foundations. Available in 3 shades. 16g for €42.9. This BB pact has 48.16% organic ingredients and SPF 50/PA++++. Available at Jolie (FI)*, House of Organic (FI)* and Natural Goods Company (FI).

Whamisa Organic BB Pact Packaging

I was surprised when I first opened the packaging - it’s not a cushion but “a pact”! Um, a compact, I guess? Which means you put the puff on the top and gently press down, the foundation dispenses. Although this might be more hygienic way to store your foundation vs a traditional cushion compact, I personally didn’t love this dispenser because:

1) Due to the small amount of holes, you get product unevenly on your puff.
2) The puff absorbs a lot of the foundation and is difficult to clean.
3) If you only press the dispenser, it can squirt the foundation. Not cool.

I’m also asking why is the compact so simple and boring looking? Whamisa has some of the cutest packaging and colors in their skincare line, I wonder why any of the floral print wasn’t used on the BB Pact? The puff is pretty standard and okay, but again - quite difficult to clean (VS with regular cushions the puff doesn’t absorb as much product in my opinion).

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Using the Whamisa Organic BB Pact

My best way of application is gently press the pact dispenser without the foundation flying all over the place. I pick up the foundation with my finger, apply on my face and blend with the original puff or a Beauty Blender*. This does defeat of the point of the pact, but I’ve found this the most nice and hygienic way to apply. I usually do like the small puffs that come with cushion foundations. I have bought them in a multi-pact years ago, so I always have some clean in my makeup stash. I wash the puff after every use with Dr. Bronner’s soap* or Marseilles soap bar.

The foundation isn’t as runny, slippery or thin as some other cushion foundations, the Whamisa Organic BB Pact resembles a regular light-to-buildable coverage foundation. I usually press the dispenser only once to get a light coverage, but this does build a little bit - it’s not dewy or translucent in finish, so I imagine more combo skin types might enjoy this as well. I’d say the finish is normal.. demi-matte when applied and gets a slightly luminous during the day (but not as much as the YSL Le Cushion Encre de Peau for example).

I’m on the dry side, but still the foundation doesn’t slip, slide or “get eaten” by my skin aka break apart during the day. I haven’t noticed the color oxidizing either, which is great. Foundations that change color when they dry are a big no-no for me. So a lot of good points in the Whamisa Organic BB Pact. One thing that I will say, this foundation might emphasize large pores (if you wear no primer/powder). I personally don’t have very large pores around my nose, but I’ve noticed the added luminosity does emphasize my texture a little bit.

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Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Whamisa Organic BB Pact Swatches

First of all, the color range is depressing. I know, some Asian brands seem to cater their shade range only to the local majority, but there is still variety from “Natural Beige” (deepest shade) to “Light Beige” and “Pink Beige”. To avoid this review turning into a rant, I’ll save it for another time and shut up for now.

21 Light is a light neutral beige with a hint of warm undertones, close to MAC NC15

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Overall thoughts

I very much like this BB Pact, if you’re looking for a more natural tinted moisturizer with a slightly more coverage (emphasising the word ‘slightly’). Compared to some other cushions, I think Whamisa beats the YSL Encre de Peau cushion for me, but the Chanel Les Beiges still remains as my favorite. I think I will use up this Whamisa BB Pact, but will not run to repurchase because of the boring / odd packaging (EDIT: I gave it to a friend, who says it’s “perfect”). If you can get past that, this is a nice eco AND K-beauty foundation.

If you can’t find a shade in Whamisa, I recommend checking out my Purlisse BB Cream review here. If you’d prefer to find an eco beauty foundation I have lots of new reviews coming to you soon!

PS: Cara says hello!

This foundation was kindly gifted for consideration. Thoughts are my honest and my own.
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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation Review + MOTD

Today in my Japanese foundation review series I have the new-ish SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid, which I would describe as a light-weight and moisturizing serum foundation. I was quite excited for this launch as anything dewy, skin-like and light is right up my alley! You’ll find more Japanese makeup reviews by clicking the link or the tag cloud on the right.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This serum texture foundation is meant to be extremely light and comfortable, creating a natural dewy finish. Has an SPF19. Available in 7 shades (light-medium to medium skin tones). Packaged in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a pipette dropper. 30ml retails for £46 / $60.77.

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APplying SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This foundation is very liquid, I imagine it has a mix of oil with the pigments as they seem to separate ever so slightly. I usually give the bottle a good shake just in case, but I haven’t had any problems if I forgot to do so. The coverage is sheer to light, not very buildable. While using this foundation you may need pinpoint concealing for any blemishes and under eye darkness.

The easiest application method for me has been dropping the foundation straight on my cheeks and forehead (you know, the “Instagram method”), then blend with a dense goat hair brush. I feel a paddle brush could be optimal for such a lightweight formula, but at this moment I don’t have the perfect brush at hand. If I’ve used a greasy SPF underneath I find the foundation moves a little bit and wants to settle into my fine lines; in this case I blot my SPF or use a Beauty Blender to press in the foundation after the brush step.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Wear

The finish of this foundation is very natural, light and silky. I haven’t noticed any color change or oxidization while wearing it. The look is luminous but non-greasy or tacky, I think normal to combo skins can wear this foundation without feeling “too dewy” as the day progress if you use a powder to set critical areas. For my dry skin I don’t feel the need to set the foundation as I don’t get an oily T-zone, but for added glow and easier powder blush application I like to gently swipe my face with a finishing powder by Hourglass. I don’t find the foundation transferring, which is sometimes an issue with oilier/dewier formulations.

I’ve noticed that some foundations break on me during the day. While some people might struggle with an oily T-zone, my dry skin wants to “eat up” the moisture out of a foundation, leaving it a patchy mess or gathers to the crevices of my nose. Luckily I haven’t find this an issue with SUQQU! SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid gets a bit more dewy during the day, but wears otherwise beautifully +8 hours. No significant problems.

Swatches

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog

I chose 101 as my shade online, usually the lightest shade of Japanese foundations are a good match for my NC15/NW13 skin. The Nude Wear Liquid in 101 pulls very yellow, but I can pretty much get away with it once I blend the product. Not a huge fan of the very yellow undertone, but at least it’s not grey or “zombie”-like on me. If you are fair with strong cool undertones this shade might look strange on you. You might give a try to 20X shades, but to me they looked darker. Every English shade description has the word ‘Ocher’, which puzzles me, so if you order online perhaps email or ring the counter for a good match?

Complete list of the concealers in second swatch:

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid in 101
THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum in 100
ADDICTION Skincare Foundation in Porcelain 001
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude in 1N2

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MOTD

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation 101
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque
MAC Prep+Rime Loose Powder*

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara
Viseart Structure eyebrow palette
SUQQU Eyebrow Gel in Khaki
SUQQU Eyeliner Liquid Pen Duo 01* (discontinued)
SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-36 Fuyusumire (discontinued)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-Lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow 097 Birdwing Beauteous*

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand 017 Vermeer*
SUQQU Pure Color Blush 06 Harusumire
SUQQU Illuminating Highlight Stick 101 (LE)
THREE Shimmering Lip Jam 15 Dreamers Awaken

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Overall thoughts

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid is a very lovely light foundation, especially for dry to normal skins. If you lean more combo you might get away by applying a mattifying primer, setting the foundation or just skip applying on the T-zone. If you have significant fine lines you may want to really press in the foundation and set with a powder. What annoys me is the very limited and strange shade range, which is very hard to figure out online and doesn’t cater to POC. If you find a matching shade and enjoy more “no makeup” makeup look with natural, sheer foundation I’m sure you’d love SUQQU.

Have you tried SUQQU Foundations? I’m kinda tempted by the newest Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation, but I’d like to get a sample before paying the high price.

PSA

I apologize for the lack of content, but if you happened to see my IG updates, my fur baby Kiko passed away last week. She often made an appearance on the blog, sniffing and checking beauty products or just laying on the top of my flatlays.. I miss her tremendously, but trying to focus on the good memories now. xx

*Products marked with an asterisk were kindly offered for consideration.

ADDICTION by Ayako Skincare Foundation Review (Old VS New)

ADDICTION by Ayako is one of my favorite Japanese brands - modern, edgy and chic. I was both stoked and horrified that they revamped one of my favorite foundations ever: ADDICTION the Skincare Foundation. As soon as I was about to finish my old bottle I ordered a new one to compare. Let's talk thoroughly about the new ADDICTION foundation and how the shade and finish compares to the old one!

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ADDICTION The Skincare Foundation

This foundation is advertised as made from beauty serum, with 10 types of beauty essences (not listed on the English website) to care for the skin while giving a beautiful finish without the need for primer or powder. The finish is promised to be fresh, natural and hydrated. I'd say the coverage is buildable, but light to light-medium. Unscented. Available in 15 shades, which unfortunately cater mostly just towards light-medium Asian skin. Contains SPF25 PA++ Price 4,500¥ (+tax) for 30ml.

Using ADDICTION The Skincare Foundation

The original foundation was hands down my favorite foundation alongside with Rouge Bunny Rouge's Milk Aquarelle, and I reached for it regularly. I'd say the 30ml bottle of the original foundation lasted me a couple of years (without going bad!) as I needed such a tiny amount. The consistency of the new foundation is similar: very runny, almost watery and serum-like. As the nozzle is fairly small, I've always poured a couple of stripes of foundation on my cheeks and forehead before blending with a goat hair brush, such as Koyudo fu-pa or the Tom Ford Cream foundation brush. I think buffing motions and circular blending work excellent with The Skincare Foundation to blend the product seamlessly. I never blend my foundation with fingers, but I think it'd be possible in this case. The Skincare Foundation is slightly hydrating, but I think this will suit most skin types - expect maybe super oily ones.

ADDICTION by Ayako Skincare Foundation Swatch | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
ADDICTION by Ayako Skincare Foundation Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Swatches and Coverage

01 Wafers (old formula) - slightly cool vanilla
001 Porcelain (new formula) - pale, white-based porcelain

I'm wearing one layer of foundation with no other makeup in the image above. The coverage is sheer to light, but buildable. It may be difficult to notice but one layer has evened out my skin tone and covered my under eye darkness a little bit.

ADDICTION by Ayako Skincare Foundation Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
ADDICTION by Ayako Skincare Foundation Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Differences between the old and new ADDICTION the Skincare Foundation

The original foundation came in a white packaging, the updated version has a beige tint to it. One of the differences between the two are the sunscreen, shade range and how the product sits on the skin. First of all, the original has SPF30 PA+++ and the new version "only" SPF25 PA++. I don't rely on the sunscreen of my makeup, but I know it might interest some of you. Secondly is the shade range: now, I can only speak of my shade as unfortunatelly I can't recall the deeper shade range. I've chosen the lightest shade for my skin tone (NW13-NC15) and 01 Wafers was quite a good match. I'm more neutral than pink, but 01 Wafer's undertone was nicely brightening while 001 Porcelain leans more white. I haven't seen the new foundation display in person, but my personal shopper was kind enough to swatch the two lightest shades and ask from the counter which shade was closest to the old 01 Wafers. According to the ADDICTION SA 002 Porcelain Rose is the closest to 01 Wafers, but in the end I chose to go for the more neutral 001 Porcelain. If you have stronger pink undertones or perhaps dullness you want to brighten, pinker shades might work well for you. Like with most Japanese foundation, the shade range is unfortunately very limited for medium to deeper skin tones.

I was so looking forward to the new formula and less pinky/ashy shade, but unfortunately I'm not getting the same feel of joy as with the old foundation. We're going down to the nitty gritty, but I feel the new formula doesn't sit as well on the skin. The old formula looked seamless, skin-like and almost undetectable and while the new ADDICTION Skincare Foundation performs well, it's not quite the same. On close inspection I feel the new foundation can be detected on my skin, it gathers to the nooks and crannies around my nose as well as dry patches. The lasting power of the new foundation is good (+6-7h), but it doesn't stay as well in place before the formula starts to break. If you've ever felt foundation 'lifting' when touched (like with many cushion foundations), I think there's a slightly similar effect.

ADDICTION by Ayako Skincare Foundation Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Overall thoughts

I do enjoy the new version of the foundation, especially the more neutral palest shade, but I was expecting the near perfection. Sadly, I feel little bit let down as the new product is not quite on par with the old. This is me being very nitty gritty, but I wish it meld better with my skin. During checkups the foundation didn't change color, get patchy or gather to all of my fine lines, but I wish I didn't have to give any thought to longevity or blending around my nose. It's by no means a bad foundation, so I will continue using the product and see if season change or different application methods will have any effect.  If you can find a good shade match and love Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude or sheer to light foundations in general, you might enjoy this.

More Japanese foundation reviews: THREE Cosmetics Angelic Synthesis Foundation

What's your favorite light cover foundation? Have you tested anything from ADDICTION?