I usually never looked at foundation from Korean brands because of the limited shades that were available, but since living in Korea my skin has gotten a bit lighter and I started looking for cheaper options than the department store brands. So one of the foundation I got to review for you guys is the Clio Professional Kill Cover Airwear Protexture Foundation. That was a mouthful… Anyway, I got it at a discounted price of 25,000KRW at Olive Young, but the full price is 32,000KRW. It comes in a kit form with a (free?) brush. To be honest I bought this foundation because I wanted to try the brush out more than the foundation hahaha.
Ok enough of that… There are three shades of “Asian fairness” you can choose from they are 2-BP Lingerie, 3-BY Linen, and 4-BO Ginger. My only option out of the three was Ginger because It’s an equivalent to a 23 shade in Korea and that’s the darkest it gets. This foundation is said to be buildable medium to full coverage foundation that is light as air that also formulated with ingredients to help whiten skin, help with wrinkles, and protect against outside stressors. It says that 43% of the formula is essence oils and instead of normal purified water it’s made with mineral water. Even though it says it has all these nourishing ingredients I think for people with dry skin like myself, prep your skin and moisturise before applying the foundation. Right now since it’s winter I can’t apply this without having to prepping my skin with a hydrating cream and a primer.
The foundation looks quite small, but it’s 35 ml which is a standard amount. The texture is very runny and when you apply it has a dry oil kind of feel to it, then it dries to a semi-matte texture. Smells pleasant to me, like a sweet fresh floral smell. The coverage is not to shabby, for the runny texture it had I was surprised how well it covered my face without going over it more than once. The foundation didn’t crack on my skin and stayed put all day without darkening effects. The color is a shade lighter than my natural skin tone but the colour stayed true all day. It wasn’t uncomfortable to wear because the texture is so light and airy. It was just not creamy/hydrating enough on its own on my skin.
Now let’s talk about this brush that got me interested in getting this foundation in the first place. It looks like a flat top brush with a hole in the middle. The function of the hole is to place a few drops of the foundation into it and then apply it to the face. The brush is soft but slightly scratchy and a little bit stiff. I was a little disappointed when I first used it because the thing is that the foundation formula is so runny it just sank to the bottom of the brush head and it was annoying to have to press the brush so hard to the skin. I think it would have been better if it was just a normal flat head brush. However, after a while I got use to it and it seems ok. I’ve used it with other foundations but it gets a bit streaky in my opinion. So the brush should not be why you get this foundation. Lesson learned.
My final thoughts on this is that I like the foundation, it’s a little bit on the dry side for my skin, but for other skin types it’s pretty good. The brush is okay, it’s more of a novelty brush. For the price that I got it for it’s a decent foundation but the con is not enough shades to pick from. Yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite foundation but it’s not bad either. If you want to read a review of the Clio Professional Kill Cover liquid concealer then click here~