|Above: Sulwhasoo Snowwise Powder Foundation Compact boasts an impressive SPF 42 and amazing natural skincare ingredients.|
|Above: I'd have these everyday if I could!|
I was intrigued by the fact that Korean brand Sulwhasoo, which is the sister company to Amorepacific, is really difficult to find...it is sold, of course, in Korea, as well as at select international online retailers and also at Bergdorf Goodman, where my brother procured my powder (which retails for $61).
The Snowise line within the Sulwhasoo brand focuses on lightening and brightening the skin with natural ingredients...according to the Sulwhasoo website...
|Above: The glossy white plastic compact is made of a sturdy, high quality plastic that is durable, yet not impossibly heavy to carry in one's handbag.|
The powder comes in a beautiful glossy white compact with a generous mirror and an extra sponge applicator. I selected #2, Natural Beige, which is a light yellow beige suitable for skin tones in the NC 20-NC 30 range.
|Above: This powder comes in two shades, Blooming Beige (light and pink toned) and Natural Beige (slightly deeper and yellow toned).|
|Above: The ingredients...this contains many different root extracts and one of my favorite things...honey!|
|Above: The compact has a top tray to keep the sponge separate from the powder.|
|Above: Under the clear tray resides the powder itself.|
|Above: Natural Beige is a light golden-toned beige (similar in tone to Koh Gen Do Triple Lightening Powder in BE-1).|
Above and below: Swatches of the Sulwhasoo Brightening Powder Compact in #2 Natural Beige in outdoor light. It is silky, finely milled and more opaque than I initially expected it to be! There is also a microscopic glow to this powder...nothing glittery or shimmery, just a radiant glow.
A little goes a long way...just one pat of the sponge on my T-zone and I am good to go. It controls oil, enhances evenness and extends the wear time of my foundation of choice, all the while looking quite natural.
|Above: Swatch comparison of NARS foundation powder in Santa Fe (better when my skin is NC 37-30) and Sulwhasoo in #2.|
|Above: My brother (www.sethwegter.com) and the kind and knowledgable Sulwhasoo specialist at Bergdorf Goodman NYC.|
|Above: My brother and I...I am wearing the Sulwhasoo powder (in direct sunlight)...this photo best shows how it imparts light on the face (and no white cast!).|
|Above: Sulwhasoo on the face (over a bit of Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in #5). It provides a matte yet radiant finish!|
Bottom Line: This powder is a new favorite...just a tiny bit sets my makeup (from Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick to Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme foundation, this a beautiful finishing powder over base!). I like to use the sponge to lightly apply it across my T-zone and it wears wonderfully...adding natural glow and radiance as the day goes on. My sensitive skin hasn't had a single negative reaction and I anticipate wearing this for the months to come. I am beyond intrigued with my foray into the world of Sulwhasoo and cannot wait to try other products in this line!