Monday, January 28, 2008

Vasanti Face Base to the Rescue

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, 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.


  1. Great advice! Thanks for the details.

  2. By the way, which lipstick(s) would you recommend from the Vasanti line?

  3. hey bollywood, it all depends on what look you're going for. For a neutral lip, I love their lip tint in Bahamas, but for night I like to use their Portugal lipstick with the Madeira lip pencil, it turns out to be nice bright fuschia plum. Nepal is a great shade too, it goes well with smokey eyes.

  4. Thanks Chic Mommy! I have ordered a few, including the Nepal; can't wait to try it out.
    Let's do a link exchange.
    - Bollywood Blogger

  5. Hey there !
    Thank you so much for reviewing Vasanti cosmetics! I had put in a request earlier :)Cant wait to try them when they become available in my city.
    I started a new make up blog mostly for us desi girls. I seriusly think we need more exposure to the make up world.
    Hope you dont mind that I linked your blog to mine :)


  6. Thanks for posting about Vasanti! I have been to their site before, and I really should order something from them. It is difficult to find foundations that match Indian skin tones. I've been on a quest for a while for an HG foundation. I have had some luck recently with the new Maybelline mineral power foundations, but I'm always up for trying something new. Thanks for the post!

  7. I discovered vasanti on a trip to canada 2-3 yrs ago..ive been using the facebase since then..V6..ive never found anyhtig else that gives me my correct color ..and it doesnt feel heavy or give me the powdery geisha effect from beign too ligh or dark..i love it..i do wish it was easier to get to instead of having my freinds get it for me before a trip to visit me.


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