I recently got my hands on some Korean beauty items and I am excited to write about my first impressions, especially the foundations. Finding a foundation for pale skin is hard enough, but add in Asian skin undertones and you sometimes have a whole new level of difficulty. Anyway, I thought testing some Korean brands would make finding foundations with the correct undertone a bit easier. My first review and first impressions will be on Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover in the shade 21. Read on to see my thoughts!
The packaging of this tension pact is very pretty with holographic stripes on the cover. It is nice, sturdy and typical of korean cushion and tension pacts. Inside, we have the puff to apply the foundation and the tension pact itself. From what I understand, tension pacts differ from regular cushion pacts in that tension pacts have a fine net covering the foundation while cushion pacts are sponges soaked in foundation.
You only need a light hand when pressing your puff into the foundation. As you can see, I pressed my puff down a bit too firmly and blobs of foundation squeezed through the net. I just used the puff to spread the excess over the rest of the net though.
In terms of color, there were three shades, which is typical of Korean foundations where you often only get 2-3 shades. I chose 21, the middle shade because based on pictures, the lightest shade 13 seemed too light! So for my uber pale princesses out there, shade 13 could be for you!
In my eyes, shade 21 has a nice yellowish undertone that suits my skin better. But it is not too yellow once blended out. Here, you can see half of my face with a layer of Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover, and half bare.
I think this color match is pretty awesome!! Pat on the back because I ordered this baby online! I am actually quite amazed and pleased with this color match! For reference, my best color match to date is MUFE Ultra HD Water Blend foundation in Y215, and I also recently purchased some white MAC Face and Body Foundation to mix with my C1 Face and Body foundation and NC 15 Studio Sculpt (along with all my foundations that are a bit too dark).
I think Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover evens skin tone quite nicely and has medium coverage with one layer. My freckles are definitely less apparent.
This foundation also does not accentuate dry spots. Overall, I have dry skin, especially around my mouth area. I find this foundation does look a little cakey/powdery around my mouth, but honestly, all foundations do, so I do not hold it against this one! I think it does a great job of not clinging to the dry skin actually!
In terms of texture, I find this foundation is quite light weight, although it remains a little sticky. I suppose I could powder, but I often just go without due to the dry skin. Plus, I really love the finish of this tension pact on its own. The finish is natural, as its name indicates. It is just slightly radiant, and it definitely is not glowy or matte. It just makes your skin look like healthy skin.
Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover contains an SPF of 37, which is quite good for a foundation. I would still apply regular sunscreen underneath, but it is nice that it is there. Finally, there is a perfume scent to this tension pact. I don’t find it unpleasant and it dissipates, but if anyone is sensitive to scents, it could be a turn-off.
All in all, I am loving Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover! It doesn’t really look like you’re wearing anything on your skin at all, except over my driest areas where it becomes slightly powdery looking. I ordered it online from www.jolse.com
All items mentioned were purchased by myself. All opinions are my own.