Saturday, 21 September 2013

Jill Stuart Moist Silk Jelly Foundation Review

This week, I've been testing out the new Jill Stuart Moist Silk Jelly Foundation SPF20 PA++ and Natural Up Creator sponge. I purchased these from Gooddealer, which is based in Hong Kong. Shipping was quite fast with my order taking about two weeks to reach me. Gooddealer also included samples, which I always appreciate.

The foundation retails for US$46.23 on Gooddealer(versus in 4200yen in Japan) while the sponge is US$13.12 (versus 1050yen). The foundation is housed in a glass pot. There is an inner plastic lid under the cover which helps to keep the foundation from smearing all over the cover.

A plastic spatula sprinkled with silver glitter is also included.

I picked the lightest shade #101 Linen, which is quite a good match for me but it would not suit anyone fairer than MAC NC20. Unfortunately Japanese makeup brands offer very limited shades for their foundations. There are only five shades available for Moist Silk Jelly. The texture is more like a light gel-cream, rather than a bouncy jelly like their Jelly Eye Colors. The first ingredient on the list is rose water, followed by cyclomethicone and dimethicone. It also contains mineral powder, amino acid derivative powder, rosemary extract, lavender oil and avocado oil. The foundation has a soft rose scent which is subtle enough that I did not notice it during the application process.

It is recommended to use the broader end of the sponge to apply the foundation and blend with a gentle tapping motion. The smaller end is supposed to be used for blending around the eye and nose areas.

The Jill Stuart sponge has a wider base than the Beautyblender sponge which has a more pointed tip. The Beautyblender is also softer to squeeze whereas the Jill Stuart version feels firmer. In terms of performance, I think the Beautyblender is still superior as the pointed tip allows for easier manoeuvring around the nose area. Nevertheless, the Jill Stuart sponge does a pretty good job of applying the foundation evenly and seamlessly.

The foundation is supposed to give a silky-soft, translucent finish, coating the skin with a highly emollient veil for naturally radiant skin. It contains a pore focus powder to reduce the appearance of pores while the light diffusion jelly reflects light, naturally covering any uneven skin coloration. It provides light to medium coverage.

I found it easy to apply and blend including in the areas with enlarged pores. Only a small pea-sized amount is needed for one application. It is also easy to layer this in areas that need more coverage. However, if you have dry flaky skin, you will need to moisturise adequately beforehand otherwise this can emphasise the dry patches. I like the natural finish that does not look overly matte or dull. It does not make me look like I'm wearing heavy makeup. Instead, it makes my skin look healthier and more even-toned.

The oil control was also surprisingly good. My nose started to show some shine after three hours. After five hours without blotting, there was a gentle sheen on my T-zone and cheeks but no smearing, cakiness or oxidisation. After blotting, it looked just as good as when freshly applied. Overall, I quite liked the Moist Silk Jelly Foundation, which should be suitable for normal to oily skintypes. I probably won't re-purchase it but that's more because I have an insatiable desire to try out new foundations.

Products used for this look include: Anna Sui Eye Color Duo 04 and Eye Color 203 over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Jill Stuart Layer Blush Compact #3 Relax Smile, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister F, Stila Sparkle Luxe Gloss in Dazzling and K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow 01.

This is my first Layer Blush Compact, which has a glowier finish and softer texture compared to the Mix Blush Compacts thanks to the emollient base, smooth glow oil and lucent powder in the formula. The color payoff is sheer but buildable, for a flattering glowy hint of color. I like this formula much more than the Mix Blush Compact!


Moni said...

ah I have been waiting to read this.
I am very surprised about it's performance on oily skin. Now I definately must try this, especially after running out of foundation last week.

Thanks a lot!

Unknown said...

I really like the texture of the JS foundation. I've never tried any of their foundations but I love the pretty pot just for its vanity but the texture looks rich and creamy =)

Haru said...

me too! I was worried that it would make my skin oil up fast but fortunately it doesn't do that. I've got a sample sachet of it from Gooddealer that I'd be happy to send to you, just DM me your address on Twitter!

Anonymous said...

Hi Iris,

I love your reviews. :) I'm also surprised that this foundation is working well on oily skin. Just wondering if it will work in our hot and humid Singapore. :(

Btw, can I mention that I love your short hair style? :) and you look very glowy and radiant nowadays. ;)


Haru said...

Thank you AhCapp! Got to say my skin is much clearer when I'm in Switzerland compared to Singapore, my pores still get their fair share of clogging but I get much fewer breakouts. Look out for something in your mailbox soon :-)

Jennelle said...

Thanks for the great review. This is going to be my shopping list when im gg to HK in Nov.