Today is my second post of K-beauty goodies from Sephora. I’ll be reviewing the Chosungah 22 Bounce Up Pact Foundation. I already have the Ray Beam Highlighter from them which is one of my favorite products, so I am super excited to give this foundation a try! I will be swatching and testing the color Sand (04). Let’s get to it!
The foundation comes in a regular sized compact. It is a matte charcoal black with the Chosungah 22 logo in patent black as decoration. It is quite sturdy. There is a mirror inside the lid which is an impressive quality for a compact mirror. It has an included slightly tacky (in texture) sponge used to apply the product. A clear plastic tray separates the sponge and mirror from the foundation inside. One of the biggest upsides of foundation compacts is their portability and Chosungah’s version fits the bill! The bright peach box which the compact came in has a full description, directions, and ingredient list in English. Again, there is no Korean on the packaging but the product is still Korean made.
The Bounce Up Pact seems to be Chosungah 22‘s answer to the cream to powder foundation. If you touch it with your finger, it has a texture similar to fresh dough; however, once applied to the face it sets like a powder. The enclosed sponge is a must to help properly pat the foundation onto your face for an airbrushed finish. I was astounded by how lightweight this foundation is! When I first swatched it on my arm, I could run my fingers over it and not feel it at all. The color Sand (04) has a nice golden undertone but falls more in the range of a light-medium shade than the medium deep it is advertised as. It is about a shade too light and a little too golden to match my skin tone but it is still wearable. I’m disappointed that even this westernized version only comes in light shades. Anyone with a skin tone darker than mine probably won’t be able to wear this one and Sand is the deepest shade offered. The coverage is medium (in comparison to western foundations) and can be easily built up without getting cake-y. I love how natural looking the final coverage and finish is. It isn’t matte but has just a touch of glow when applied.
The Bounce Up Pact also has broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen built into it. I am all about my sun protection, so I was happy to see this since it isn’t mentioned in the description online. Lastly, the amount of product that you get for the price is great. Given that you only have to lightly pat the sponge into the product a couple of times to cover your entire face, I can’t imagine running out of it quickly.
For reference, the inside of my arm is a good two-three shades lighter than my face.
The feel of the product is nearly undetectable. It worked well to even out both my skin tone and texture.
Bare Face/With Foundation
Unfortunately, I found that it made my skin extremely oily in just a few hours. (Please see edit below Final Thoughts) To be fair, I tend to have this problem with any face makeup with heavier coverage than a strong BB cream or light coverage foundation 🙁 . I tried it on several different days just to be sure both with and without a primer and with and without a finishing powder.
My best result was to use a finishing powder and skip my primer. Even then, my skin still got noticeably oily within 2 hours of wear and was in desperate need of a touch up within 4 hours. (All of the above pictures were taken after five hours of wear) After touching up with additional finishing powder, it looked a bit extra dewy than when first applied but not nearly the oil slick that it had become.
Other than my oil issue, the product didn’t cake even when touched up with additional powder more frequently. It also didn’t settle into my pores. It did streak slightly around my nose where my glasses touch my face. I believe my skin’s oily reaction contributed to that more than the product itself though.
I wanted to love this product so much since I fell in love with the coverage and texture when I first swatched it. Unfortunately it only ended up being a like. The coverage is natural and beautiful and the compact itself is great quality and super portable. This foundation just brought out the ugly oily side of my skin. Like I said, this is pretty typical for me, so it might not be an issue for you. If you don’t have problems with oily skin (or don’t mind frequent touch ups), then I would absolutely recommend this product! Aside from the limited shade range and oiliness, there isn’t anything I don’t like about it. You can find the Chosungah 22 Bounce Up Pact Foundation here at Sephora.
Edit January 15, 2016: After continuing to use this product, I noticed that it was no longer making my skin oily! It seems that it was a new skincare product (the It’s Skin serum I reviewed separately) that I was using that contributed to my skin’s oiliness, and I mistakenly attributed it to this foundation. Sorry for the mistake guys. I never overlap testing more than one skincare product but I’ll have to be more careful when testing a skincare product and a new makeup product designed for the face to not confuse the effects of the two. I now find that this foundation maintains its original slightly dewy texture all day even on my fickle combination skin whether I use a primer, powder, both or neither. It’s definitely a love and I’ll be getting it again!
I’ve decided to maintain the remainder of the original post for transparency. I know that not a lot of people read this blog but for those that do I want to make sure I am always being real and honest with you guys! That includes owning up when I haven’t portrayed a product as accurately as possible. If you have any questions about this change or anything else, don’t hesitate to shout out in the comments or email me on my contact page. Bisous 🙂
Do any of you have a favorite medium to full coverage foundation that doesn’t turn your skin oily? I’ll still be on the look out for one and would love suggestions! Have you tried any of the K-beauty products from Sephora? Let me know in the comments! Also if you missed my previous Sephora K-beauty review for the Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Body Oil you can check it out here. Thanks for reading (don’t forget to share my blog and subscribe if you like it) and until next time bisous!