Mamonde is one of the most well-known Korean beauty brands internationally. Thanks to their brand ambassador Park Shin Hye years ago, their lip tints were hyped and sold out almost everywhere and their cushions were famous as well. I never tried any of their complexion product so I was intrigued when I heard they launched a new foundation.
All Stay Foundation is the latest foundation from Mamonde and I think they release it last May (I’m not too sure so don’t count me on it). I was browsing and searching for information about this product and from what I found, a lot of Korean beauty bloggers had tried it and their reviews were mix. Some said it was their favorite foundation while others said it wasn’t worth the money.
Regardless of the mix reactions, this foundation was picked by Allure Korea as their foundation of the month so I decided to purchase it and try it myself. One thing I love was they have 6 shades in total which pretty rare for a Korean foundation! Unfortunately while the fairest shade is perfect for my fair complexion, the darkest shade are not deep enough for deeper skin tone. I can say the darkest shade will suit medium-tan skin tone the best.
+ Instant Fitting Film Formula adheres to offer perfect coverage for pores and fine lines, creating smooth, sleek skin texture
+ Freeze & Fix Powder promotes natural, radiant skin express without darkening all day long
(ingredients are slightly different of each shade)
Purified Water, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Methyltrimethicone, Butylene glycol, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Phenyl trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Zinc oxide, Acrylate/polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate copolymer, Ethanol, Polymethyl methacrylate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium hectorite, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium chloride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Mica, Synthetic fluoro fluorophosphate, Yellow iron oxide, Acrylate/Ethylhexyl acrylate/Dimethicone methacrylate copolymer, Aluminum hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone cross polymer, Red iron oxide, Silica, Caprylic glycol, Perfume, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl caprylate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Black iron oxide, Hydrogenated lecithin, Disodium, Lauroyl lysine, Methicone, Sodium lauroyl glutamate, Damask rose flower, Lysine, Citronellol, Magnesium chloride, Linalool, Tocopherol, 1,2-hexanediol
How to use:
1. Take out an appropriate amount and apply all over the face at the last stage of skincare of after using a makeup base.
2. Tap on another light layer of the foundation where more coverage is needed.
Volume : 20ml
My skin type : Combination with a very oily T-zone
Mamonde All Stay Foundation SPF25 PA++ 13 Porcelain Review:
Unlike their older foundation, it comes in a small and slim squeeze tube. Actually this kind of packaging is not new for Mamonde since they have all of their BB Creams in squeeze tube as well.
The size is really small and I think it’s the smallest tube of foundation in my collection. No wonder though because the foundation itself only has 20ml of product, which is 10ml less than a regular foundation. For the price, it’s not too bad but they can make the price more affordable especially if we consider how small the foundation size in this tube.
Compared to a tube, I prefer a foundation with a pump packaging because it’s easier to control the product you want to use but both are hygienic so I don’t really mind. The foundation itself has a really watery texture, it is so runny so I think tube packaging is not the best choice for this foundation because it’s hard to control how much you want to use.
Even though it has a watery texture, it’s very easy to blend and has a decent (about light to medium) coverage. It covers my redness and hyperpigmentations but it won’t cover my acne scars especially the severe ones. Unlike any other watery foundation, this one can be applied using a damp sponge or a brush.
With a brush, the finish will look heavy and thick but the coverage is pretty good. With a damp sponge, you’ll get a smooth and flawless finish but very light coverage. My favorite way is by applying it with a brush on my whole face first then smooth it out with a sponge. You can use multiple layers to build the coverage but I won’t recommend it since it can be too heavy on the face.
It has a dewy finish but after I let it set for a few minutes, it turns into a semi-matte finish but it does oxidize a little bit. The shade I got is 13 Porcelain, the lightest shade in the collection and it is a bit too light for me but because of the oxidation, the shade gets darker and fit my skin perfectly.
The shades have neutral to warm undertone and the majority is more on the light side so if you have deep skin tone, maybe you won’t find your exact match shade.
It contains SPF25 PA++ in it so you will get a whitecast effect that will make you look more pale under the lights and flashback if you take a picture with a flash. I rarely take a picture with a flash camera so it’s not a big problem for me.
The SPF is good if you work outside or have a lot of activities under the sun as it can help protecting your skin from UV (but using a sunscreen is really recommended! Don’t use this foundation only as your UV protector).
The foundation doesn’t have a good sebum control so my T-zone is pretty oily even after 2 – 3 hours only. The good thing is it holds up very nicely and doesn’t break apart even after 6 hours! I didn’t use a long-wearing nor mattifying primer when I tried this so it’s pretty impressive to see a foundation without oil control can hold up against my very oily T-zone.
I have to touch up the foundation every 2 hours but unfortunately it will look cakey if I layer it with powder, even when I’m using my favorite powder that never fails me before. So I guess it doesn’t work together with face powder. All of my other face product (concealer, blush, bronzer) blends perfectly well on top of this foundation so it’s a plus point for me.
The bad thing is it can emphasis if you have dry patches. I have textured skin on my cheek and this foundation emphasis those textures but it doesn’t clog pores so using a smoothing or moisturizing primer can be the solution if you have those skin problems yet still want to try this foundation.
I will recommend this foundation for normal to combination skin as it can be too oily for oily skin and emphasis dryness for dry skin. I think this foundation as a product that need to be used with a primer to cover your skin problems and for the price, it’s not too bad at all. It stays on my oily T-zone so I’ll definitely wear it again and again in the future.