Thursday, March 29, 2012

Royal Effem Compact Powder Foundation Review

Another Royal Effem bestseller review!  I have the honor to try RE Compact Powder Foundation and share my experiences!  I'm glad to share that the brand actually likes to read my honest-to-goodness reviews and they like reading valuable feedback from consumers like me --- the good AND the bad!

It took me a bit of time to review the said product as everybody knows, I have dry skin!  I want to test this on oily-skinned individuals to get the maximum review!  Now that the post is here you know that I've tested this long enough and I hope it helps you in deciding whether you need this product or not!

Are you ready to rumble?

The RE Compact Powder Foundation is housed in a simple black packaging with a regular sized round mirror as seen in most powdered compacts!

Sponge Compartment!  This is the best way to package a powder foundation compact in my opinion!  I dislike the "used" sponge laying on top of the powder the whole time after every use!

Royal Effem Compact Powder Foundation says ---
  • Has SPF10
  • Type of skin: from combination to oily skin
  • Covering power: Controllable density from light to high.
  • Radiant porcelain mat effect.
  • Fine consistency, silk touch.
  • Perfect adherence and smooth film.
  • Soft, velvety touch
  • Excellent resistance to temperature variations.
  • Long lasting effect ideal for damp climates.
  • Wet or dry application.
  • Reflecting particles: Visual reduction of wrinkles.
  • Oil absorbing polymer: mat effect
  • Micronized mica particles: long lasting effect ideal for damp climates
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidizing action.
  • Accessory sponge in natural latex.
  • Lanolin, paraffin, fragrance and parabens-free formula.


AMW says ---
  • Black latex sponge is quite unique!
  • Has SPF.
  • Royal Effem Compact Powder Foundation does not have the same "wide range" of shades like MAC but they cater to a lot of skin color!
  • Though owning a lot of these as a makeup artist will take up a lot of space inside the traincase, what I love about this is the fact that this can be easily depotted.
  • Lightweight feel.
  • Unscented.
  • Can create light to medium to heavy coverage.
  • With the right shade selection, doesn't show white cast on photography.
  • One of the VERY few powder foundation that can be applied both WET and DRY and you wouldn't ruin the powder foundation.
  • Has good oil control so works for normal, combination and oily skin.
  • Doesn't dry out the skin, so dry skinned individuals like myself can actually use this product given that you moisturize your skin properly prior to usage.
  • Gives a "matte" effect but doesn't make your skin looks dull and dry. 
  • I can still see a "glow" after full face application that looks like your own skin.
  • Not widely available in the local market for now.
  • Packaging is a bit big and bulky.  I would appreciate if the thickness of the packaging can be reduced even a bit!
This product has been compared to MAC's Studio Fix Powder Foundation a lot of times due to the similarity of texture and coverage but the big difference that I can immediately feel with RE and MAC is the fact that RE feels a tad bit lighter once applied.  

Overall, this is a good foundation to try but I highly recommend everyone to check testers to get their right shade.

  • Always wash your latex sponge prior to usage.
  • Can be used as a setting powder by lighting dusting the powder  with a powder brush.
  • For light to medium coverage, apply using the sponge DRY.
  • For medium to heavy coverage, apply using a damp sponge.
  • I prefer to separate "wet" and "dry" sponge. 
  • If you are a makeup artist, you can order their palette that goes with a lot of powder foundation shades without the bulky packaging!
Will I repurchase?
Yes.  This looks great on photos
To whom do I recommend this to?

Where to purchase and how much?
Royal Effem Products are available at South Salon Alabang or order online by sending them an email  The RE Compact Powder Foundation costs Php1,595.00 (approx $37.00).

RE Compact Powder Foundation 
 in shade 143
One swipe on my clean finger

Gently applied on my hand
The color did match my skin but this has a tiny bit more pink undertone than yellow

Left: Bare faced
Right: Dry application of RE Compact Powder Foundation in 143

The right photo looks like my original skin, only better and healthier!

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Is Royal Effem Compact Powder Foundation something you would purchase?
What's written in the "PRO" that makes you think it is for you?

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(Product sent for review.  Opinions 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)


  1. lovely sponge compartment! i have to second the motion! i also hate compacts that dont have one! :D

  2. The black sponge is so unique that I find it cute. And I agree that it's better to have a separate compartment for the sponge. It looks natural on you. :)

    1. I know! The black sponge makes it extra unique! And I'm glad the sponge can breathe in its own compartment :D

  3. Royal Effem will be available on SALE tomorrow at Museum Cafe, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 4., 3PM-7PM.


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