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I’ll be the first to admit that of the many, many foundations that I’ve tried – it’s quite rare to have a brand that constantly aces their base offerings. Hera, is one of those brands. I’ve been a long-time fan of the UV Mist Cushion Cover, despite not being that big a cushion fan. (It’s a mainstay in my airplane beauty pouch, which says a lot.) My friends and family have sung high praises of the Black Cushion, primarily because of its amazing longevity and coverage.
So when the Korean brand introduced the Black Foundation, everyone waited the drop with baited breaths. Myself included, particularly because I have a penchant for liquid foundations. And when said foundation – now one of South Korea’s best-selling one – landed on my desk, I had to let the Beauty Team try it.
The Hera Black Foundation promised lots. It supposedly sets to a semi-matte finish, is long-lasting up to 24 hours, and is suitable for all skin types. Best of all, the foundation is available in 12 shades – double the number that the Black Cushion (or any other Hera cushions) has. Psst, there’s a new tan shade in #31N1, too. Hera also says that the Black Foundation’s shades are “duo-matched” with the Black Cushion’s; that means the undertones are compatible with each other. Use the Black Foundation as your base, and the Black Cushion for on-the-go touch-ups.
Peep our reviews below to see if the foundation lived up to its claims:
Chelsea, beauty writer
Chelsea used the Black Foundation in shade 21C1 Rose Vanilla
Packaging: ♡ Wished the packaging came in something a little more luxe than a plastic tube, though I do appreciate the pump for practicality reasons.
Texture: ♥ Rather thick, but doesn’t feel heavy on the skin after blending out.
Scent: ♡ The light, fresh scent was inoffensive; but I prefer my makeup to be scent-free.
Ease of use: ♥ Blended out easily, and was rather full-coverage with a small amount. I even skipped concealer with it.
Immediate after-feel: ♥ Fresh matte finish that didn’t look flat.
Results: ♡ The matte finish did start to dry out my (already dry) skin at the four-hour mark. It was budge-proof, and smudge-proof and lasted for a good 10 hours, but I reckon it’ll sit more comfortably on oilier skins.
Price: ♥ A little goes a long way with the Black Foundation. If this is your jam, you can be sure your $75 will earn you a tube a foundation that’ll last a long, long time.
Nadine, editorial assistant
Nadine used the Black Foundation in shade 21N1 Vanilla
Packaging: ♥ Love the sleek packaging. There was also a pump for fuss-free application.
Texture: ♥ The foundation felt slightly tacky at first, but quickly blended in like a second skin.
Scent: ♥ This was what instantly drew me in. It had a light, soothing scent when I applied it in the morning but quickly vanished before noon.
Ease of use: ♥ I consider this the most versatile of all foundations I’ve tried. It blends out into a natural, air-brushed finish, but also builds up easily for maximum coverage.
Immediate after-feel: ♥ Weightless and comfortable on my skin. I almost felt like it was a bare skin day.
Results: ♥ This gave me a softly blurred, skin-like finish. And because it was so long-lasting, I still had my blemishes hidden at the end of the day.
Price: ♡ For $75, it’s a bit of a stretch especially if you’re on a tight budget. However, it’s probably worth the splurge if you planning on using it daily.
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