Ok, onto the review.
"Gives an ecstatic feeling of lasting moisture. For luxurious and radiant skin. Lasting Power that even stands up to sweat and sebum! Just one application deemphasises shadows of pores for more elegant skin. Spread this silky gel on your skin to change to a smooth texture. Adhering to skin while evenly covering pores to smooth the skin's surface, makeup deterioration is prevent and the comfortable, freshly applied fit lasts and lasts. Formulated with Change block Fixer. Formulated with Poreless Powder."What I say:
Coffret D'or is another one of those subsidiary lines by Kanebo, like Lunasol, Kate, and T'estimo. Its price point is not as high as Lunasol, but not as cheap at Kate, for example, this foundation sells for around HK$270ish or US$40 which is around MAC prices I guess?
The foundation comes in 7 different colours, and you get to choose between a beige (more yellow) and an ochre (more pink) hue as well as level of brightness. I got mine in the colour BE-B which is the brightest of the beige hue family and I'd say that the colour is suitable for NC 20-25.
You'll all be glad to know that the foundation comes with a pump dispenser that actually works!...unlike "some" products we know *ahem* MUFE HD Blush *ahem* xD
Has SPF 25.
The texture of the foundation is very light and moussey, it is even fluffier than MAC's Studio Sculpt gel foundation.
Coverage is medium and buildable to full, it had no problems covering up my redness and dark marks.
Finish is what I'd call a satin. It is neither matte nor dewy, it just looks very natural yet slightly luminous.
My only issue with this foundation is its application and the fact that it gets a lil patchy and cakey after a few hours of wear.
I found this foundation really hard to apply. I tend to have problems with gel based foundations, they streak like a mofo. It doesn't matter how I apply it, be it with a traditional flat foundation brush, a flat top or a skunk brush, it'll all end up looking like Canadian bacon - streaky. The Coffret D'or website recommends applying this foundation with a sponge, maybe I need to try that -__-" The way that I apply this foundation is by stippling it on with a small duo fibre face brush and then buffing out the streaks using a large flat brush. A tad time consuming but the results are quite worth it.
The other qualm I have with this foundation is that the finish tends to get quite patchy and cakey after around 4-5hrs of wear. I set my foundation using MAC MSF Natural and I find that after a couple of hours, the areas around my nose and my cheeks would look like power floating on top of oil. If I don't set the foundation with powder, my face gets really really shiny after 3-4hrs =.="
After:Damage: I don't know how much this retails for in Japan, but online it goes for anything between $40 - $56
Verdict: A light feel foundation with good coverage, beautiful finish and no oxidation. However, I don't think it's suitable for oily skin as its oil control properties are really quite poor as evident from the patchy finish after a few hours of wear. Would be a good winter foundation.
Price is also quite steep.