San San Matte Finish Liquid Foundation Review

I am always on the look out for different alternatives or dupes of my favorite products. I guess I just really like having options and being a makeup artist, it's always important to have options and alternatives to makeup just in case  so I can try everything on my client and see which is perfect.

One of the newest foundations that I've tried is the San San Matte Finish Liquid Foundation. HBC sent me three shades and I was really looking forward to using it as I have read so many great reviews about this.

Here are the shades that I got side by side. Obviously, I'm still missing #2. Will try to get it very soon!

Shade 1, 3, 4
 without flash

 Shade 1, 3, 4
 with flash

I combined Shade 1 & 3 for my shade. It's very blendable so I had no problem with it. Hopefully when I get Shade 2, that would a perfect shade for me so I don't need to combine foundation colors anymore. ;)

Here are the things that I love about it:
  • It gives full coverage. I rarely wear liquid foundation but when I do, it just means that I'm going out on a special event or occasion. Sometimes, I really need full coverage to cover any imperfection. 
  • My favorite liquid foundation is MAC Studio Fix and this reminds me of that in its coverage.
  • It's not heavy on the skin. Some full coverage foundations feel heavy on the skin. That's mainly the reason why I don't like wearing liquid foundation that much and prefer powder ones. But this one surprisingly feels okay on the skin. It's still not light feeling like you're not wearing any makeup, but at least it's not dragging the skin down. 
  • It's matte! It's long lasting. In fact I didn't have to retouch my makeup in the video. I stayed in an airconditioned room during the 4 hour period. I only blotted once with an oil blotting film prior to recording the video.
  • It's so inexpensive! Less than P200 for 30ml bottle.

What I don't like about it:
  • Wider range of colors. I find Shade 1 and 3 to be warm and 4 to be more on the cool side.
  • I would have wanted it in a pump bottle. (Although this is a minor point)
  • I wish the San San counter has complete testers. When I went there the other day to get Shade 2 which was out of stock, I saw that they didn't have testers.

Here are the shades that I currently own:

 Shade 1

 Shade 3

 Shade 4

Swatch attack!
Shade 1, 3 and 4

Overall, I am impressed with these foundations and I now understand why everybody is going gaga over it! I wonder if San San will come up with matte powder foundations too? That would be interesting! :)


 3 out of 3 Schnauzers

Disclaimer: Products given by the company. All information written are based on my experience and are my 100% honest opinion.