Singapore's humid weather paired with the mandatory wearing of masks is not fun especially if you have oily skin. The moist and stuffy environment beneath masks exacerbates sebum production which results in makeup smudging and not lasting.
While this is an inevitable woe that comes with oily skin, using a foundation with good sebum control so your skin stays matte and fresh all day long can actually help! As your base makeup acts as the canvas for the rest of your makeup, it's important that it doesn't cake, streak or smudge.
SOFINA, a popular Japanese skincare and cosmetics brand, has a Primavista Ange range with base makeup like primer, foundation and loose powder specially designed to suit Asian women's skin type and the environment they live in. The products claim to prevent that unfavourable oily shine while lasting all day long on the skin.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, we invited five GirlStyle Singapore readers to put the Primavista Ange Long Keep Base UV SPF16 PA++, Primavista Ange Liquid Foundation and Primavista Ange Loose Powder to the test!
Read on to find out more!
SOFINA Primavista Ange Long Keep Base UV SPF16 PA++
The Primavista Ange Long Keep Base UV SPF16 PA++ is a primer with an oil control formula which helps to sustain your makeup the entire day so it stays looking flawless. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid so it doesn't dry out the skin while controlling sebum, and evens out the skin tone so foundation glides on effortlessly. Most importantly, the primer is non-comedogenic which means it won't clog pores and the SPF16 PA++ acts as an extra protection against harmful UV rays on top of your usual sunscreen!
Your skin should instantly mattify upon application and the pinkish tinge in the formula will help to brighten your complexion, achieving a perfect canvas ready for foundation.
SOFINA Primavista Ange Liquid Foundation
The Primavista Ange Liquid Foundation available in four shades has a watery and lightweight texture which blends into the skin seamlessly, blurs pores and evens out the skin tone. It uses a unique oil control formula to smoothen skin while keeping the skin's sebum level in check.
Apply and blend with your fingers to achieve a natural-looking and bright finish. It's also buildable so you can go over the areas that require more coverage more than once without looking cakey.
SOFINA Primavista Ange Loose Powder
Add the finishing touch to your makeup with the Primavista Ange Loose Powder which helps to mattify the skin further, helping you achieve a smooth and oil-free look.
The formula also brightens the natural skin tone and makes pores look visibly smaller.
SOFINA Primavista Ange primer and foundation review
We invited five GirlStyle Singapore readers with oily skin to review the SOFINA Primavista Ange primer and foundation, and here's what they have to say.
"The primer felt really gentle on the skin and I noticed it helped to cancel out redness and evened out my skin tone. The foundation has a lightweight consistency and was easy to apply - I could blend it out with just my fingers! The formula felt breathable on my skin and did not feel uncomfortable even with a mask on in our humid weather. I made sure to dust the loose powder on my t-zone where my skin produces the most sebum and saw that it mattified my skin without that overly powdery look.
I used all three products and went for a full day of job interviews, and my makeup managed to last all day long! I also observed that I had less transfers on my mask so I would say using the three products hand in hand definitely helped.
I also really liked that the products come in compact packaging that I can easily bring out with me for touch ups on the go."
"The primer felt light on my skin and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel sticky at all. I liked that it contains SPF for extra protection against harmful UV rays. Apart from evening out my skin tone, I noticed that it made the foundation stick to my skin better and gave me a smoother complexion.
I loved that the foundation was not thick in consistency, allowing me to blend it effortlessly into the skin. Though the foundation doesn't have high coverage, it managed to cover some acne scars and didn't look cakey even when I applied a few more layers.
The loose powder was my favourite! It worked as well as the other expensive powders I had tried previously and it definitely helped to make my base makeup last longer.
My skin tends to break out when I try new products but these three products did not cause that."
"The primer brightened up my skin tone and didn't leave a sticky feeling which I really liked, and it helped to smoothen my skin so that the foundation went on effortlessly.
The foundation matched my skin tone perfectly too and did not feel thick on the skin like the other foundations I have tried. It also helped to cover up some redness and acne scars despite being slightly low on coverage due to its light consistency.
The loose powder is for sure the star of the three products, in my opinion. It helped to make my base makeup last all day and prevented transfers onto my mask - something I experienced every day before using these products. My makeup also survived my intense workout session! Although the products helped to control sebum, my skin didn't feel dry which is another plus point."
"The primer is my favourite as it made my makeup glide on smoothly! I used less than a 20 cents amount and it was enough for my skin, so a little goes a long way.
The foundation is not high coverage, but managed to cover areas I wanted to conceal when I applied a bit more. It was also easy to blend and fuss-free to use.
The loose powder worked as well as the high end powders I use. I 'baked' my face using the loose powder and noticed that it made my makeup last even longer.
This range of products could easily replace the more expensive ones I use and the affordable prices will surely make me want to repurchase when I'm done using them!"
Chin Ee, 29
"Both the primer and foundation have a watery consistency which felt light and comfortable on the skin. Perhaps because they are so lightweight, I was able to layer on the products three times without them caking up and looking unnatural. I also noticed that the previous layer didn't smudge even when I applied another layer.
The coverage is not 100% but I liked that it made my skin look better without that heavy and thick look.
I also went out in the sun for three to four hours with all three products on my skin and they managed to pull through!"
Where to get the SOFINA Primavista Ange products in Singapore
Check out other products at SOFINA's official store on Shopee here.
This post is brought to you by SOFINA.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG