10.30.2012

Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W Review and Swatches

Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation 120W Review
Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W

Why, why, why do you have to break me out, Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation? I feel like I am having the worst luck with pretty-looking foundations that just don't work out for one reason or another lately (see Almay Wake Up Liquid Makeup in Buff)!

Launched in 2009, Sunday Riley is a high-end makeup and skin care brand that just recently became available at Sephora. The products have a luxe appearance and a range of colors that's reminiscent of Laura Mercier -- rich, flattering, and high-priced shades that are never too daring or dramatic.

I ordered Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W ($52) for my first foray into the world of Sunday Riley. The packaging is gorgeous and I was excited to try it right away. When I first pumped out some product, I was worried it might be too dark for me:

Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation 120W Review Swatch
Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W Swatch

Luckily, even though I'm pretty pale, this color blends beautifully with my skin. Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W is a light-medium shade with a good dose of warmth. I feel like my skin is often a sort of an "in-between" shade that's hard to match, so I was really excited to see how well 120W meshes with my complexion.

Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation 120W Review Swatch
Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W Swatch

Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W is advertised as a medium-coverage foundation, but I find it to be pretty sheer. Luckily, it's buildable and I get my desired coverage with about 2.5 pumps. Still, that means that this bottle of pricey foundation won't stay full as long as you might hope.

Once you're done blending, Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W sets to a lovely matte finish that feels extremely light on your face. Definitely a "naked skin" instead of "makeup mask" feeling.

So far, I've been listing all the good points of Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W. Now, it's time for the bad:  this foundation breaks me out HORRIBLY! I love how it looks and feels, but by the end of the day my cheek was spotted in blemishes. I hoped that it was just a fluke, but no, I get more zits every time I wear this. And they're the painful, underground kind!

So: unless you have perfect, zit-resistant skin, I recommend that you avoid Sunday Riley Liquid Light Breathable Protecting Foundation in 120W. Otherwise, go nuts you lucky lady because this is a gorgeous-looking foundation.


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