Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Guide to Right Decision 2

Thanks a lot for the encouraging comments. The post did not end there. In its sequel follow all the other things one can look for in foundations and base products, all of course from the mass market affordable brands.
With recommendations on liquid foundations in the previous post, I move to on to the foundation setting powders, concealers and of course primers.


As one knows primers are important to keep the foundations stay put longer and prevent them from getting oxidized on face.

  • Oriflame Face Primer is the one of the most perfect primers I have used from drugstore brands. Its as efficient as most of the high end primers, is been introduced in sleek and efficient professional packaging and it claims to be equivalent to MAC Prep+prime when matched with parameters of a primer. Isn't that enough to say. Btw this silicone cocktail is good enough to be spread on eye area as well.

  •  L'Oreal Studio secrets primer is said to be answer to Clarins Instant Smooth Perfect base as it feels the same. Its easily mattifying, capable of holding the foundation longer, efficient in hiding pores and sat on my horribly oily skin for 8 hrs at work without making me feel a smidgen of oil seeping on my nose.

  • Inglot Under makeup base may not be an affordable budget brand but its placed in the same range and is equally effective in getting everything what a primer should do. Online Inglot shopping may give fabulous discounts.


  • Bourjois Anti-cernes pinceau is one of the nicest concealers in the mass market brands. It was actually a hidden gem for me. The texture is thicker and less iridescent than YSL Touche Eclat and somewhat comparable to Clinique Air brush concealer. Unfortunately it is only available in two colors.

  • Loreal True Match Superblendable concealer was one of my concealers of choice when I started as a makeup artist 4 yrs back and this blog was new. I may not have purchased it again but this newer formula happens to be more promising than its previous version so may give this product a thought. Another concern is availability of limited colors.

  • Inglot concealers are some of the widest ranges available in the mass market brands. Buying their refill pan makes it not only cost effective but also a good way to mix and match to get maximum impact. I liked their creamy concealers for the texture being very smooth and coverage was what I wanted. They are perfect to handle dark circles but for really various concerns good old Kryolan palette is my best friend.


Loose translucent finishing powder or compacts for touch up, powders are must to get that mattified look. I prefer powders that are mineral enriched with skin benefits and what give a bit of glow on the face rather than wicking away all the oil (all thanks to Bismuth Oxychloride which I am not allergic too.) With so many pollutants raking our skin already I don't know or have seen anyone allergic to powders yet but if you are then treat some of these products with caution.

  • Kryolan Transparent Powder is my answer to combating hideous oily shine and setting the foundation. You may use it with a puff or a brush but I dust it with a fan brush to give me or my client a silky beautiful complexion which is hassle free. They answered my prayers and got a smaller canister instead of the gigantic one they made before. My favorite colors are TL4 and TL14 but do check their vivid range of colors.

  • Bourjois Healthy Glow powder foundation is something I am looking for in my next purchase for that luminescent glow though I would advice reserving this product for evenings and special occasions. 

  • Oriflame Giordani Gold mineral loose powder impart a seamless finish and amazing radiance. This powder I have been using since the day it was launched and their medium shade is non cakey or chalky and universally flattering. Good choice as it fits the budget rightly too.
Other products I am yet to look at and test are,
  • Revlon Photoready concealer
  • Revlon Photoready powder
  • Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation which may not get launched in India soon.
  • Derma Color fixing powder to be used with Derma foundations for corrective makeup. I am still engaged and engrossed into my Kryolan Suprafoundation palette.
  • Dermablend by Vichy translucent setting powder
And a lot more. So the saga still continues and I will be back with more products from the mass market. Although these products are mostly in my kit for professional usage I do use them in some of my FOTDs and shall be doing that randomly in future too.
There are brands like Deborah Milano and Be:Yu cosmetics as well face products from NYX cosmetics which I haven't thought of trying since I am more into their eye and lip makeup but shall notify whenever  I get that urge of trying them.

Any PR samples are most welcome in this matter. LOL

Hope you like this small glimpse of my favorite drugstore products. More in the lineup coming soon....
Till then,


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  1. we just cant thank u enough for these most informative posts...would like to see more sequel parts...

    1. Thanks Pavani....they are on their way keep reading.

  2. this is great post will try Kryolan Transparent Powder it is on my wish list

    1. Thanks Sahar...u must try it as its a very nice product. The powder gives a wonderful glow...

  3. another bookmarked post for me..thank Dr Neeraj! I have quite dry and dark under eye area hence looking for a liquid concealer which brighten ups the under eye area..will inglot one help?

    1. Inglot should be good....for heavy duty you can try Kryolan as well...

    2. Would love to try kryolan but as i live in Pune I dont have access to it and unfortunately they dont sell online :(

    3. OH...they dont post to Pune and most of Puneites come to Mumbai Beauty Centre in Crawford market and get their stuff. U must make a trip here once...Its like a TREASURE ISLAND!!

    4. yeah I know as I am from mumbai only :) its just that these days coming to mumbai has reduced a lot due to work and stuff..but planning to give inglot refill concealers a try as its currently on 20% sale..btw would you be able to suggest a shade no for NC42 skin tone from inglot? thank you

    5. Inglot's coloring system is really confusing and they have a lot many shades and the computer swatches could be misleading.

    6. np thank you for your effort.

  4. Hi I am new to your blog..However just wanted to know how do i create an even toned skin in my t-zone area..since that area has got open pore and slightly darker than the rest of my skin on face..


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