When it was announced that 2016’s Limited Edition Moisture Mist Beauty Cake was packaged in a beautiful black case with a bold gold and silver fantail design, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.
I’d never used a Moisture Mist product before, and this packaging was just too beautiful to pass up. I did some research and discovered that it’s the perfect foundation for oily skin. I don’t usually buy Limited Edition products because once they’re gone, they’re gone for good, but this one was different as it’s just the packaging that’s Limited Edition, you can still buy refills of the foundation pan that fit into the case. This meant I could continue using the beautiful case once I’d finished the initial pan of foundation.
Well, the day that they went on sale, I walked into my local pharmacy, all excited about getting this product, only to discover that they only had 3 shades in stock, and they were all too dark for my skin tone. Thankfully, Farmers is right next door and I walked in with my hopes up high. They had limited stock and had testers available, so I found my perfect Moisture Mist shade before tentatively glancing over at the Limited Edition selection on the shelf. I felt just like a kid at Christmas! I picked up a box of “Rose Beige” and instantly thought to myself, ‘Do I really need this?’. I put it back on the shelf and started walking away. I got to the door, but couldn’t leave. I turned around, and another five minutes later, I’d bought it and was on my way home. It’s so pretty!
Do I regret my impulse buy? Unfortunately, yes, I do. Don’t get me wrong, the packaging is absolutely beautiful, but the product inside is a huge let down. After doing so much research before buying this product, I thought it would be the perfect match for my very oily skin. Unfortunately, this is one of the worst foundations I have ever used. I find the product very difficult to apply, even after watching numerous Moisture Mist application tutorials online, and I just can’t seem to build up the foundation to medium coverage without it going cakey. I only ever get sheer to light coverage, no matter how much I swirl the sponge around the pan or how hard I press the sponge onto my face.
I have tried applying the Beauty Cake in various different ways: with a damp sponge, with a wet sponge, with a dry sponge, with my fingers, and I even tried using a damp foundation brush, but nothing gave me medium coverage, and I still ended up with light coverage each time. Using a foundation brush made it cakey, I found it difficult to pick up product when using my fingers, a dry sponge just didn’t work, and a wet sponge ended up being too sheer. A damp sponge seems to work the best, but I really have to rub that sponge hard in a round, circular motion over the product before it picks up a little foundation before applying it to my face using long strokes and trying to blend well. If I try working in smaller sections or going over an area twice, it ends up turning cakey and blotchy very fast.
After applying the foundation, I rinse the supplied sponge out with warm water and antibacterial soap, and it’s like the sponge is just holding onto all the foundation that it picks up before releasing it down the drain with the rinsing water! It’s so frustrating. I can see the foundation in the sponge but it just doesn’t end up on my skin. I’ve tried patting it on, I’ve tried a roll-press motion, I tried rubbing it on, and even tried smearing the sponge across my skin. They make it look so easy in the Moisture Mist online tutorial, but its just not like that in real life!
Needless to say, I won’t be repurchasing a refill, and definitely won’t be recommending this product to anyone, unless you’re prepared to be frustrated with application issues, and possibly end up with a product that you really don’t enjoy using. Not to mention that Sheiseido/Moisture Mist say that it’s perfect for oily skin, well it’s not. I have very oily skin and if I use this product on its own, with no primer, I end up looking extremely shiny and feeling very greasy only two hours after application. Used with a mattifying primer, this foundation just clumps and cakes into noticeable uneven blotches all over my skin while I’m trying to apply it, and putting a translucent powder over the top to help absorb oil just makes it even more cakey and blotchy. Sadly, it’s definitely the worst foundation I’ve ever used, and it isn’t cheap either.
After reading this honest opinion about Moisture Mist’s Beauty Cake, and you still want to give it a try for yourself, it’s available from Farmers stores and selected pharmacies.