A’PIEU Personal Tone Foundation W01 Porcelain Review:
I think the Personal Tone Foundation is one of the most well-known foundations from A’Pieu, it even beats its ancestor, the Triple Wear Foundation (which I really dislike). The Personal Tone Foundation is a foundation made specifically for fitting every skin tone with different undertones. A’Pieu ensures that everyone will at least find their matching tone because in total, they have 12 shades.
I didn’t plan to get this foundation but after saw that it was on sale, I bought it immediately and lucky me, my shade, W01 Porcelain was in stock. If you notice, the shades have 3 different numerations start from C for cool, W for warm, and N for neutral. Actually I should get the neutral shade but it was sold out at that moment so the warm one is my choice.
Honestly, I think 12 shades is nothing if compared to other foundations from the west that have up to 60 shades but for a Korean drugstore brand, I really appreciate how they decide to make a foundation line with these shades selection. If you are a foreigner who lives in Korea and having a hard time in finding base makeup for your skin tone, I think this one can be your best friend.
Lightweight liquid foundation with SPF30 offers a seamless finish and buildable coverage, giving skin a naturally dewy look.
Water, Titanium Oxynitride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Zinc Oxide, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sea Water, Pearl Extract, Silica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Amethyst Powder, Pearl Powder, Ruby Powder, Coral Powder, Tourmaline, Diamond powder, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-8 Beeswax, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Cellulose Gum, Adenosine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Fragrance
How to Use :
Shake well before use. After basic skincare, apply a small amount of foundation evenly across facial surface using a sponge.
Volume : 40g
My skin type : Combination with very oily T-Zone
A’PIEU Personal Tone Foundation W01 Porcelain Review:
It has a very lightweight packaging and it’s really similar to the Active Proof Liquid Fitting Base which was released by Etude about a year ago. The packaging is pretty simple yet feels luxurious because of the design. Actually the design also reminds me of the famous foundation from Chanel.
The bottle size is not as big as other foundations but surprisingly it has 40g of product inside which is more than average for a base product and with this size, it’s a good choice if you want to bring it for traveling. There’s no pump because it’s a squeeze-type of foundation but it’s easy to control how much product you want to squeeze out.
My shade is W01 Porcelain and it’s a shade for fair skin with warm undertone. I have neutral – yellow undertone so I find this shade a tad too yellow for me and I have to blend even my neck so my face won’t look funny. Fortunately it doesn’t oxidize so you don’t have to worry if the foundation will darken overtime.
If you have fair to medium skin tone, I’m sure you can find your perfect shade but if you have deep skin tone, I’m sorry to say that there’s no option available because even the darkest shade will match medium skin the most. It’s disappointing but let’s not forget that most Koreans are more on the light side so of course brands would make lighter shade instead.
When I squeeze it out, it has a very runny texture so it means that the foundation is easy to blend. This type of texture has light coverage so don’t expect to get a full coverage from this foundation, especially if you have a lot of severe acne scars but no worries, the coverage is buildable so if you are not satisfied with the coverage, you can apply another layer on the area you want. Be careful though because if you apply it too thick, it can look cakey.
I apply the foundation using a beauty sponge on half side of my face and using a brush on the side. With both tools, I have no difficulty in blending the foundation at all so in terms of application, I can say that it works really well with any tools and for coverage, the brush side has slightly more coverage but it’s not too obvious though. With a beauty sponge, you will get a more dewy and natural finish so if you are not a fan of this type of finish, use a brush instead.
I also try using this foundation with and without primer. The primer I used is not a primer that can affect the lasting power, it’s only for preparing my skin before foundation. The result is, the side with primer looks a bit more cakey. From this result I can see that the less layer underneath (like moisturizer, toner, or primer) the better the foundation will look on the face.
I have combination with very oily T-zone and after 4 hours of wearing, my face starts to get very oily especially on my nose. After 6 hours, it starts to get blotchy on my cheeks areas. It is definitely a must to set the foundation with powder especially if you have combination to oily skin type.
It also feels heavy on skin because of the cakiness, it makes me want to remove the foundation as soon as I got home because it feels uncomfortable on the skin. Fortunately it doesn’t sink into my fine lines so I can still use it even if it only for a short time.
So far, I think A’Pieu foundations are not really my cup of tea. Most of their foundations are too oily for my liking and the lasting power is not the best. I think people with normal to dry skin will like it more than me. If I’m not mistaken, A’Pieu makes this foundation in another version, the ‘Cover’ version one so if you are one of the lucky people who loves this foundation but want higher coverage, you may try the other version too.
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