Like most South Asian women, I'm constantly on the lookout for that "perfect foundation" that will match not only the yellow in my skin, but also the olive undertones in it.
I started using Vasanti's Face Base about six years ago after reading about them in a magazine. I've gotta say, every time I use their foundation, everyone always asks me what I'm using because it's such a perfect match to my skin (I use the shade V3). And the best part is, unlike MAC Studio Fix and other powder foundations out there, Vasanti's Face Base contains NO titanium dioxide. That's right girlfriend, no more Kabuki dancer pictures for you. Without the titanium dioxide, your face will appear as natural and dewy in photographs as it looks in the mirror.
As I write this, I can't believe it's been six years already and I've stuck to the same foundation. I've never done that before. I've tried other brands in between, but I always seem to come back to this one because it's so fail-proof.
Like anything in life, it's got it's pros and cons, and I'll break them down for you here:
1. You can decide whether you want thick coverage or light coverage simply by changing the method of application. I usually like light coverage, and for that I use a powder brush by Bobbi Brown, it's perfect for applying powder foundation like this. For more opaque coverage, use the sponge that comes with the compact and gently pat it onto your face like face powder. Now here's something you should know: after you apply it, it doesn't stay matte, (which I like), it starts to melt into your skin to look more like your natural skin. This is a good thing for me, because matte foundations tend to dry my skin out.
2. Even though it's a powder foundation, it suits all skin types: dry, combination, and oily. The foundation is both moisturizing and oil-free at the same time, and of course non-comedogenic.
3. If you're ordering the foundation online, Vasanti makes it easy for you to find the right shade by putting a picture of a model that shade is suitable for right next to the corresponding compact. For example, if you're unsure whether you're a V3 or a V4, just take a look at the pictures and see which model's skintone looks the most like yours and match accordingly. And if you make a mistake and order the wrong shade, no problem, Vasanti's reps make returns and exchanges by mail super easy. Also, here's a tip I learned if you're stuck deciding between two shades: choose the lighter shade. Like most foundations, the Face Base tends to get a little darker as you wear it.
1. Honestly, my biggest complaint with Vasanti in general is how hard it is to find. Of course, you can always order online at vasanticosmetics.com, but it would be nice to go to a free-standing store and be able to try the products in person. I know they've started rolling the line out at some Ulta chains across the U.S., but I'm not lucky enough to live near any of those cities. I hope they come to an Ulta near me soon, because this really is a wonderful makeup line for desi women.