I was just about to run out of my current foundation(Etude House Stay up foundation in #Sand) and needed to restock but it was discontinued so whilst browsing at Kim Sun Young cosmetics/Beauty works on George Street, Sydney, I found this Son & Park foundation to be the only yellow toned shade that would seem to work for me – with most BB creams and concealers, they’re often light pink or grey toned.
Son & Park comprise of Son Dae Shik and Park Tae Yun, two old highschool friends who are now renowned in South Korea for popularising the dewy look. Read more here.
Price: $47 AUD/12 g stick
The packaging is straightforward and has no graphics apart from the logo; hence it looks professional. What I don’t like about the packaging is that there’s no ingredient list in English – I don’t think there’s even an ingredient list in Korean because it seems to be a recommendation of which products to use first judging from the numbers (1. GLOW UP!, 2. COVER UP!, 3. TOUCH UP! )
Ingredients (sourced from the SOKO GLAM website)
RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, POLYETHYLENE, CETEARYL ISONONANOATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, IRON OXIDE (CI 77492), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, IRON OXIDE (CI 77499), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TOCOPHEROL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-t-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL
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In a nutshell, there’s the usual mix of synthetic ingredients and preservatives with minimum vitamins.
As you can see, coverage is about medium coverage
After an hour of application as well as being set with Innisfree’s No Sebum translucent powder, oil on my nose had started to show – it normally takes me about 2-3 hours for oil to show up on my nose. I think it was hard for the powder to sit on the foundation as it feels slightly thick and greasy in warm environments.
This foundation stick would be more suited to the cooler seasons as opposed to the 40°C Australian summer heat. However, I don’t think I will be repurchasing this foundation stick for many reasons
- The formula doesn’t sit well in the heat and accelerates oil penetration
- This shade is actually a tad bit pale for my skin – I had to balance it out with bronzer
- there’s fragrance in the ingredients which I don’t find necessary because the stick literally smells somewhat like a weird version of baby powder. I find liquid foundations easier to apply – I’m curious to try out a Clinique foundation but haven’t gotten shade tested nor obtained samples to see how oxidisation affects the bottled shade so will keep you guys updated if I do go that route!
*Every individuals reaction/experience to this product will differ. Please do not use this as a base guideline for your beauty purchasing decisions.
Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!