Thailand is basically affordable makeup heaven, especially for pressed powder! For those who haven’t shopped there and are wondering what Thai brands to buy, here’s my Thailand beauty haul! I picked up TONS of decent Thai brands from Mistine, Gino McCray, Natriv, Cathy Doll and more. They are INSANELY good, pretty and superb quality. All these amazing Thai brands are less recognized. I’m so happy to be able to share one of the rarest beauty reviews from Asia, Thai cosmetics, with you guys!
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Cosmetics and beauty shopping in Thailand
Beauty shopping in Thailand is quite easy because all products must be bi-lingual — at least its name and ingredient lists. Most retailers accept all major credit cards and ATMs are easy to find. They can communicate well just like my previous Asia cosmetics shopping experiences – if you are interested see my posts for Korea, Taiwan or Japan. You can convert Thai baht to US dollars easily by dividing by 30 since the conversion rate is $1 = 31 baht. For an idea of the living costs, a 1.5 liter bottle of water at 7-11 costs around 15 baht ($0.5).
If you are interested, check out awesome Thailand flights, hotels and packages at Expedia.com – where I booked all my trips. I bought the ticket first then they will send several offers e.g., extra 20% off all hotel bookings during my trip and a lot more. I did my shopping at the downtown Siam Square shopping area in Bangkok – this complex includes MBK (the least fancy one), Siam Discovery (where the Sephora Thailand flagship store is) and Siam Paragon (the most luxurious mall in Thailand). I also did some shopping at Seacon Square – the closest hotel and mall area to Bangkok’s international airport.
My Pressed Powder Foundation Obsession
I think I’ve spent most of my life looking for the perfect pressed powder foundation —I’m the powder foundation addict, if you will. I’ve wasted a lot of money. That’s why I bought 10+ foundations from Thailand. The only tough part is figuring out which one is right for us, our shade, our needs. My most serious problem is foundation caking or melting off my face. Plus, I don’t get along well silicone, wax, or anything that help blurring which are common in foundations – I want my skin to breathe. Mineral foundations do not work for me either. For your reference, my MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation shades are NW20 – NW25. I have a combination skin.
Who Should Buy Thai Foundation or Thai Makeup?
In my opinion, there are two reasons why Thai brands of pressed foundation powders are very promising.
- Any area close to the equator line is limited to only a few types of foundations. Forget about heavy liquid foundation. Sunscreen + sweat + oil + foundation gunk will definitely clog pores, slide and make the skin get worse for long term. The need for special foundations is clear. The expensive well-thought pressed powder foundations in the market are not designed for this area. They contain wax, heavy texture enhancement, silicone, nutrition and more ingredients that make the foundation too rich.
- Rainy season in Thailand!? I’m living in the PNW — we need different makeup and it must to be very waterproof. It’s even sweeter there because they make it waterproof plus sweat proof!
Thailand’s Top Ten Powder Foundation Reviews 2018
It’s a real deal to make great and unique pressed foundation powders in Thailand. Most of them come with a sponge and unlike mainstream powders, the blend can be applied wet or dry, depending on the level of coverage you prefer. Almost all of them are SPF foundations. Luckily for me I managed to easily buy the lightest shade powders to match my complexion with minor fails. The average cost is under $10 for pressed powders. I researched the top Thai cosmetics brands and decided to test out 10 different foundations and related items. Here are my 10 Thai pressed powder foundation reviews for 2018!
Srichand is Thailand’s top brand, started from a pharmaceutical company. They are recognized by Thai’s FDA in their expert in pharmaceutical manufacturers and cosmetics industries. They have several best-selling herb-based makeup products.
This vintage looking item is a must-have product not only in beauty category but also for trying out exotic Thai products. The salesperson told me it’s “Tanaka” trend (Limonia Acidissima Wood). It’s a translucent powder that can be used as a mask too. It’s an okay mattifying powder. It’s light and helps to brighten my complexion. However, it felt like mineral powder since it’s not very finely milled.
You can mix this product with water and apply it as overnight mask. It’s paraben free and oil free. The vitamins and antioxidants in it are very good for our skin, especially for brightening and anti-acne purposes. When I mixed in a little water – it became like a spreadable clay. The dried mask feels nice on the skin, not tingling nor tightening. It’s refreshing and mattifying. The skin seems clearer and the T-Zone is temporarily less oily. This is a great Thai brand to try if you can get your hands on it.
This is a sister brand of Srichand. This product is free of fragrances, paraben, alcohol or oil. This Sasi powder is an excellent true matte-finish powder. The product is quite coarse and dry to the touch. It provides surprisingly delicate soft-blur coverage and looks skin-like. The formula works well to dull shine right away while leaving skin looking polished. This shine-control with a midweight, matte texture is ideal for those with normal to oily or combination skin. One caveat, it is rubbed off easily.
Chaonang only makes a few powders and they’re worth trying. The package has a sleek shiny design, is sturdy, slim and a has big mirror. The product is super finely milled and very buttery.
This product is almost like a powder concealer. It’s extremely pigmented and provides incredible opacity. I can build it up and reach 70% – 80% concealed. The powder provides an excellent canvas, blurring effects and doesn’t look cakey nor thick. Unfortunately, the big sponge sucks, it’s too thick and rough – it doesn’t pick up powder for even application. I changed to Cle De Peau Beaute puff ($10) and it works brilliant.
This powder wears exceptional! It provides all-day coverage with a tiny dew on my nose at the end of the day. I was sick after I got back from the trip (remember I disappeared for 4 days). I looked at myself and this cutie helps me not look too washed off. All the red under eye area and tired symptoms are neatly hidden.
What I like the most about this product is when I smile. Some products are formulated with too many chalky ingredients and oil absorbers and we end up with an exaggerated wrinkly face when we move. That’s a deal breaker, especially in winter. I can’t wait to see how this great powder will excel! Highly recommend!
This is one of the fullest coverage foundations from my trip. It’s very pigmented. The skin looks like it was just prepped well with liquid foundation that is also buildable. Dab it on the T-zone is challenging. I’d grab a dense Kabuki brush or a damp Beautyblender to create a flawless finish. It stays put well in humid areas like the northwest. I’m very impressive how this foundation blended and outperformed big brand powders. I do not use it for touch up. Although the packaging is flimsy, it’s a tad orangey and the scent (talc) is quite strong.
A little bit of cosmetics shelf in 7-11 in Thailand. This one is the pink square compact on the second row and costs 159 baht –only $5.30.
This is like a brightening finish touch powder. I misunderstood that it’s a foundation 😊. It delivers a very sheer soft-focus coverage. I like it’s super-blendable consistency. It leaves skin looking brighter and not shimmery. This is absolutely a good setting powder after liquid foundation to give it more of a matte look. If your moisturizer doesn’t have SPF, your touch up powder absolutely should and it’s SPF 40! If you are seeking a powder that can be applied and reapplied over the course of the day and still look great, you may give it a try. I know that it’s meant to be very compact for our purses but this is ridiculously small.
See the second part of this review in my post here.
Have you been to Thailand or used any Thai makeup items?
I’d love your comments and recommendations!
Kaite @ IcanGWP beauty blog
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