Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sugao Review: Cheek & Lip, Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++

Sugao (スガオ) - meaning bare, natural face - is a Japanese makeup series that draws on naturality, sheer lightness and softness in achieving natural beauty. The star of the show for me is, without a doubt, the Cheek & Lip (RM 59.90 for 6.5 g). It has a light, fluffy mousse-like formula that blends easily.

Available in 3 colours - Natural Red, Active Orange and Brilliant Pink - this 2-in-1 hybrid product is best applied with the most underutilised makeup tool: fingers. I work a small dot onto the apples of my cheeks (or the centre of my lips) and use tapping motions to blend out.

The soft lustre of colour that Brilliant Pink lends my cheeks is nothing short of flattering, but it doesn't quite work as a lip colour for me (anything this pale just doesn't show up on my lips). Instead, I use it as a primer, and it provides a matte surface to enhance the colour of any lip product that goes on top of it.

Formulated with Rohto's patented Air-Fit Technology, a tiny blob of Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++ (RM 69.90 for 25 g) covers a surprising amount of ground with the breathable airy formula blending seamlessly with my skin.

At the risk of spoiling the party, I do think the claims are stretching the truth a little (minimising imperfections, blurring pores and absorbing excess sebum), but it is marvellous at brightening the complexion (I am using 02 Pure Ochre), evening out redness and creating that pulled-together look.

It relies on a good canvas to work with because it will sit on flakes, pool into dry areas, and highlight dry patches. If you have PIH or dark circles, you will require a separate, heavy duty concealer. But if you are going for the au naturel look, then the Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++ is the man for the job!

Shop for Sugao at selected Watsons outlets as well as watsons.com.my.

From left: Brilliant Pink - 02 Pure Ochre

The full ingredient list for Cheek & Lip Brilliant Pink:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mineral Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Hydrogen Dimethicone, BHT, Aluminum/Calcium/Manganese Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Red 6 CI 15850, Red 7 CI 15850, Yellow 5 CI 19140, Aluminium Hydroxide.

The full ingredient list for Air Fit CC Cream Smooth SPF23 PA+++:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Triethylhexanoin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Mineral Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Iron Oxides, Lauryl Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Hydrated Silica, Aluminum/Calcium/Manganese Oxide, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT.

Disclosure: Press samples.