I love discovering new beauty finds, and was super piqued when a small mysterious black bottle arrived about a month back. Since it was not accompanied by any materials nor instructions, I was completely mystified. With a name like Foundation Essence…. it sounded like some sort of hybrid product to me. And only Rouge Bunny Rouge could possibly come up with such a romantic descriptor as Skin Soul Drops! I’ve experimented with it for the past few weeks, and am here to unlock the mysteries of the latest in makeup!
Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence is quite literally the essence of foundation, it contains a high concentration of pigments in a wonderfully light texture. It is designed to be used with any moisturizer, facial oil or primer to create a personalized level of coverage and finish. This Foundation Essence is formulated with a blend of Jojoba, Mimosa, and Sunflower oils to closely mimic the natural texture of the skin for a flawless fit.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops comes with a dropper that allows you to measure out the exact number of drops you need. On its own, the Foundation Essence provides high coverage with a super thin texture that is reminiscent of Dior Nude Air (the latter is a poor comparison of course because that is much sheerer). There are only 3 shades at the moment – 062 Miriam (light), 063 Lalla (medium), and 064 Yeshe (dark). For swatches of all 3, pop over to Sara’s review here! The one I have is Lalla (063) and it is just slightly dark and a little too yellow for me. So to get to my ideal shade, I needed to mix it with something lighter, which could be just about anything – moisturizer, white-based sunscreen, or primer. Since I had a bottle of Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Primer Genesis lying around, I decided to pair them up for this review!
Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Primer Genesis is designed to create a velvety matte canvas that is perfectly smooth and devoid of pores. Typically with such primers, the texture can get quite heavy and mask-like, but Rouge Bunny Rouge’s rendition is relatively lightweight and allows my natural skin to still show through minus all its imperfections! For combination skin, the Original Skin Primer Genesis is excellent at controlling shiny t-zone, and creates a smooth base for foundation to float over. I like that it holds my makeup in place all day, and does not fade, slide nor oxidize!
To get to my ideal shade, I found it best to mix 3-4 drops of the Foundation Essence with 1 pump of Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Primer Genesis. For those with dry skin, Rouge Bunny Rouge recommends mixing the Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence with its Aqua Primer Prelude in the Clouds for a radiant finish. And for those with very oily skin, Mattifying Primer Metamorphosis will be the best complement.
As you can see from the half-faced comparison above, Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence + Original Skin Primer Genesis renders a very smooth skin-like finish. I found it incredibly easy to blend and apply perfectly, which is not always true of such custom products. The best part was, whether worn on its own or blended with something else, I always found it long-lasting, and never fades!
It takes some experimenting to figure out the perfect combination of products to get to your ideal shade, coverage and finish, which may seem daunting to some. However, once perfected, it feels like a match made in heaven! Along the way, I played with simply mixing in some moisturizer with the Foundation Essence to lighten it, and also it allows me to skip moisturizer as a separate step! You may also add a drop of this to your tinted moisturizer or sunscreen to increase the coverage… the possibilities are really endless! As my skin tends to vary considerably from day to day, it’s nice to have something that I can mix and match to cater to specific needs whilst still having that level of coverage. I also tried mixing in a brightening primer like this and this, both helping to neutralize the strong yellow-tint and adding more radiance to my complexion. Here is another half-faced comparison using 2 drops of Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence + 1 pump of Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer + 1 pump of Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin + 1 pea-sized drop of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector.
This may not be your everyday foundation if you need to dash out of the door in a hurry. Regardless, it is something that is very useful if you often find yourself in between shades or are unable to find the perfect level of coverage. In case you are interested to try this or other Rouge Bunny Rouge products, here is a 20% discount code for you – RBR-SILVERKIS20. I am completely unaffiliated and do not earn anything whether you use the code or not!
This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.