Posted by Ankita Srivastava | Posted in Chambor, Face, Product Reviews | Posted on 15-08-2012
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Oily Skin? Looking for the perfect everyday wear foundation? Looks like I may have found what you need!
Since I wear full makeup mostly for taking pictures for the blog, I always pick up foundation with medium to full coverage. For everyday wear, I generally only wear a very light coverage tinted moisturizer and concealer. For the first time recently, I picked up a sheer foundation from Chambor – the Ultra Matt and Oil free description totally caught my eye. It was an impulse purchase but a really good one!
Price : Rs 695 for 30 ml
What Chambor says about the Foundation :
My take on the product
The Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matt Oil Free foundation comes in a navy blue tube packaging. It has a screw on cap and a nozzle that dispenses product when the product is squeezed out. Indicative of the foundation texture, the finish of the tube is matte. I like the sleek, classic look of the packaging and its sturdy, travel friendly shape but since the tube is opaque, one cannot see how much product is left inside. Since the foundation has a thick texture, the squeeze tube packaging works perfectly and one doesn’t end up with too much product which might have been the case if the texture was runny.
The consistency is like that of a thick cream but it doesn’t have the rich slippery feel of a cream. Its easy enough to spread but because its oil-free, it would not spread easily on your skin if you have dry patches. I tried applying this unmoisturized skin (just for trial) and the final look was slightly dry looking skin. This foundation is specifically for oily skin and I would recommend using a light moisturizer underneath to ensure that the foundation goes on smooth. One of the great things about this foundation is that it doesn’t need a lot of work to blend. Because its not too liquidy, it doesn’t move around too much and just 2-3 strokes with the fingers are enough for a nice even finish. The coverage is sheer-to-medium which means it will even out the skin tone but will not cover up dark spots/blemishes/under eye pigmentation. For a clean everyday look, it makes more sense to use a concealer in the troublesome areas and use a light foundation for the rest of the face.
So for everyday wear, this is just fantastic as it gives a very fresh, clean look to the face without looking like a heavy mask. The finish is matte but not a dry looking matte. It has more of a velvety-matte finish. It does not oxidise on me and has quite decent oil control as well. It is long wearing – I wore it for 12 full hours while testing this and was out for at least 7 of these hours wherein I traveled and walked quite a bit, sweating profusely, but the foundation did not melt off my skin. I did need to blot my T-zone about 3-4 times during the entire 12 hour period but the rest of my face looked clean and fresh.
The only serious drawback of this foundation is the limited shade range. It has only 3 shades, I was matched with the Medium shade – 03 Ginger which is slightly darker and more yellow than my skin tone but since its sheer, it doesn’t look starkly mismatched with my skin. It would have been nice if they had more shades, with more neutral beige undertones as well.
The one thing that I really liked it as that for once, a brand is marketing a product specifically for Oily skin. There are way too many foundations out there for ‘All Skin types’ which just makes it more confusing for women to pick out what they really need! I wish more brands came out with more specific products like these.
Quick Overview :
For skin type : Oily, Combination (over moisturized skin)
Finish : Matte
Coverage : Sheer-to-medium
Staying power : Long wearing (holds up well in heat and humidity)
Oil Control : Good
Best tool to apply : Because its oil-free and is thick in consistency, fingers are the best tool as the warmth will help in blending it better.
I’m wearing this foundation in my recent FOTD. As you can see, it doesn’t give enough coverage to hide the unsightly blemishes on my jawline but in person, it looks quite natural.
The GOOD about Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matt Oil Free Foundation :
- Sturdy, Travel friendly packaging
- Sleek tube, can easily fit into a purse
- Blends easily
- Gives a natural sheer-to-medium coverage
- Matte finish
- Doesn’t look dry on the skin
- Good oil control
- Long wearing
- Holds up well in heat and humidity
- Suitable for everyday wear
- Did not oxidize on my skin
- Did not break me out or irritate existing breakouts.
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matt Oil Free Foundation :
- Limited shade range
- Opaque packaging, doesn’t allow to one see how much product is used up
Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matt Oil Free Foundation is a light coverage, long wearing, matte finish foundation that works superbly as an everyday foundation for oily skin. It is easy to apply, poses no difficult in blending, doesn’t give a dry matte finish and holds up well in heat and humidity as well. The ONLY real drawback is the limited shade selection (3), everyone may not find a close match!
Rating : 4.5/5
Highly recommended for oily/combination skin.
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