Review: Mamonde Real Skin Founder (No. 2)

Hello everyone, spring break has finally started! So that means I'll be posting more often this week :D Plus the weather has been really nice lately so unless it starts raining, nothing should stop me from taking pictures for reviews. Unless... well... I get lazy. OTL

Today I'll be reviewing a product from Mamonde. They're another brand under Amore Pacific, and their concept is inspired by flowers, so they often use lots of flower extracts in their products. SNSD's Yuri is the endorser for Mamonde, and when she posted a picture of herself using the Mamonde Real Skin Founder on Instagram (that picture is no longer on her Instagram but you can see it here), a lot of people went out and bought it. I got this not because of Yuri, but because sunnydahye wouldn't stop raving about this product lol ^^; Anyways~ On to the review
마몽드 리얼 스킨 파운더 (SPF 33/PA++) 2호 
Name: Mamonde Real Skin Founder (SPF 33/PA++) No. 2 
Price: 28,000 
Size: 13g 
Description: Experience foundation's thin and moist coverage and powder's makeup fixing function at the same time

The "founder" part of the name comes from foundation + powder. This product claims to have a 2-in-1 function as both a foundation and a powder. 

Ingredients: Purified Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate , Dimethicone, Green Tea Extract, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Alumina, Ceresin, Cyclohexasiloxane , Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Zinc Oxide, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyethylene, Gold, Mother of Pearl, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sorbitan Oleate, Aluminum Hydroxide , Ozokerite , Stearic Acid , Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Adenosine, Snow Lotus Extract, Jasmine Flower Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract , Edelweiss Flower/Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Fragrances

According to CosDNA there's quite a few ingredients that can cause acne, but none of those ingredients are bad in terms of safety. There are, however, 6 ingredients that are in the yellow zone for safety. As you can see, there are a lot of flower extracts (snow lotus, jasmine, chamomile, and edelweiss). There's also gold and mother of pearl contained in this product for an "elegant glow effect". 
Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 2.6 cm x 7.5 cm

Diameter: 7.3 cm | Height: 2.5 cm

The compact is made of plastic, and is light pink with a reflective cover that kind of looks like metal. The size of this compact is very similar to cushion foundations, but it's slightly thinner and less rounded at the edges, making it appear sleek. I personally like the way it looks ^^ However the place where you would push to open the compact doesn't require a lot of strength, and if you use a little bit of strength to pull on the cover, it opens. I would still say that it's sturdy, but it opens a bit too easily.

And when you open it- 

Air Puff Diameter: 5.5 cm
The air puff included is just like any regular air puff, white on top and blue at the bottom. 

There's also a lid between the puff and the foundation to separate them. 

As you can see from the picture of the bottom of the compact, you can't push the bottom to exchange for a refill. At first I thought this is really wasteful since you couldn't buy a refill but instead had to buy a whole new compact. Turns out that's not the case, so here's a quick tutorial on how to add/remove a refill:

Place your nails underneath the two areas where the arrows are pointing. Then slowly pull up so that the foundation part of the compact is separated from the case like this: 

Then simply remove it from the bottom of the case. 

Now all you need to do is push up (like you would for a cushion foundation) to remove the foundation part from the lid of the case: 

Now you can exchange the used up foundation for a new refill ^^ 

This process is a bit of a hassle (not really but it's just not as quick as it would be for cushions), however at least you don't need to buy a new compact. 
I'm honestly not sure how to describe its scent, because it doesn't really smell like anything. Kind of powdery...? It's not like baby powder either. OTL I'm sorry I'm bad at describing scents. It's not strong or unpleasant and you don't notice it all when you apply the foundation.
I was being clumsy when I opened this so my finger kind of grazed the foundation ;__;

I would say that this is suitable for warm skin tones, although it does have a very slight peachy undertone. I think if you're NC/NW 25/natural beige, then this would be good for your skin tone. It might be a bit light for anyone higher, but I'm not sure. ^^; The color is slightly darker than the Etude House W13 shade. For lighter skin tones there's also No. 1 (which I'm assuming would be light beige). 

The texture is smooth and a bit creamy, making it very easy to apply and not streaky at all. It's also easy to spread and adheres to your skin quite well, however keep in mind that it's not sweat-proof. I was really surprised by how lightweight it is- you don't feel like you're wearing anything at all! It just looks and feels like your real skin but better. 

Excuse the bad lighting here ;__;
As you can see, the coverage is amazing, ranging from medium-high to full coverage. It also covers pores and redness pretty well. 

I really like this product :D When I first bought this I had semi-high expectations for it and it met all of them. I've never really liked BB creams or foundations, but this is completely different. It's super lightweight, has amazing coverage, and it has a mostly matte finish (there's a bit of a glow like Mamonde says, due to the gold and mother of pearl ingredients). Also it matches my skin tone really well ^^ Plus, the lasting power is nice as well. I'd say about 5-6 hours before it starts fading? One time I applied it at 8 in the morning and wasn't able to get home until 9, and when I used a cleansing wipe to wipe it off, there was some foundation on there. My only complaint is that it doesn't do much in terms of sebum-control, so I still had to use oil paper later in the day (about 6 hours after I wake up, which is usually when my forehead gets oily).

Since this isn't a liquid foundation, I found that the top of the air puff doesn't get dirty easily at all, unlike what happens with cushion foundations. It's still not exactly hygienic (you should still wash your air puff once in awhile) but at least the air puff doesn't look dirty ^^; 

I don't have any dry/flaky areas, but this does tend to accentuate them a bit. So make sure to moisturize well if you do! I think people with dry skin can still use this though, since it's not drying.

-Sleek packaging
-Easy to carry around
-Not expensive
-Extremely lightweight
-Medium-high to full coverage
-Looks natural
-Matches my skin tone well
-Easy to apply
-White part of air puff doesn't get dirty easily
-Good lasting power
-Matte finish with slight glow
-SPF 33/PA++

-No sebum control
-Accentuates dry/flaky areas
-Unhygienic (unless you wash the air puff every day after you use it)

Overall Rating: 5/5

Repurchase? Definitely yes ^^ I think this could be my holy grail compact foundation. I highly recommend this to anyone 

Where to buy:
iBuyBeauti $27.99 (free shipping)
Koreadepart $26.05
W2Beauty $27.47 (free shipping, get a $5 voucher when you enter 04308009 at registration)

I'm sorry for the bad pictures > < I swear there's something wrong with my camera because I take them all in the same lighting but yet they still look different. ;__; Oh and before I forget...

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What about you?
Would you like to try this product? Have you tried any other compact foundations before? (if yes, what did you think of it/them)


  1. So this isn't a cushion but foundation? Your photos look fine to me though ^^ thank you for such detailed review :D for me I always use bb/foundation cushions lately they're pretty convenient to use ^^

  2. I guess you could call this a compact foundation? ^^; I'm not sure, but it's similar to the Innisfree Mineral Melting Foundation. I prefer using cushions too because they're easy and convenient, but this is pretty similar to cushion foundation, just without the cushion. Thanks for reading Misa :D

  3. Woww, the coverage is nice! I haven't tried foundation cushions yet but this Mamonde one looks a good buy, especially since it's lightweight. I like how you also explained how to easily refill it since it's not like most compact cases.

  4. Isn't it? This isn't really a cushion but more like a solid foundation, similar to the Innisfree Mineral Melting Foundation. I think you'll like this Catherine, you should try it :D Haha the refill part really confused me at first but luckily I found a Korean blog that talked about how to refill it. Thanks for reading~ ^^

  5. OMG that coverage! I must try this one, I've never even seen it until now!

  6. Yes Coco I think you'll really like it :D

  7. Lucky! It's been raining here for a week now so I can't take product photos. OTL
    The coverage is amazing! I'm so excited to try this, it will probably arrive first or second week of April. I hope I'll like it too! lol
    Btw, your photos doesn't look bad at all! :)

  8. Nuuuu! The coverage alone convinced me in your pics, but the cons are all the things I really cannot have in a BB/CC as someone with oily skin! Too bad, it looks so natural =( thanks for such a detailed review dear <3

  9. Coverage seems amazing but dry patches issue is not good for me ~~

    Thank you for the review

  10. That's terrible! Hopefully it stops raining soon, I want to see more of your beautiful photos and what products you've been using ^^

    I was really surprised by the coverage lol I hope you like it too :D I can't wait for the packages to arrive~

  11. Aww that's a shame :( Maybe you could try setting it with an oil control powder? I've tried that and it works. And for dry patches you can spray some mist. Thanks for reading ^^

  12. Ooh I probably should've mentioned this, but for dry patches if you spray a facial mist on after applying the foundation you should be fine :) Or if you moisturized well. Thanks for reading meishenme ^^

  13. Hey Gloria your blog is so cute that it's a feast to the eyes! Nice to know you, do you mind if we follow each other? I followed you on bloglovin. :)

    xxx MODEmoiselle

  14. Yay! You reviewed the product. It's amazing

  15. Hi Fenny! I'm so sorry for the late reply > < I'd love to follow your blog. Thank you for reading! :)

  16. Haha finally. It definitely took me awhile ^^; Thanks for reading Emily!

  17. Hi Stephanie! Like I mentioned in my review, it's very lightweight and looks super natural, so no it doesn't look cakey at all. The finish just looks like your real skin but without the imperfections. Thanks for reading :)

  18. Have you tried the Innisfree mineral melting foundation before? Im struggling to decide between getting that or this mamonde one XD

  19. Hello! I'm so sorry for the late reply ;__;

    Sadly I haven't tried the Innisfree Mineral Melting before, so I'm afraid I can't help you that much in deciding between these two. I've heard good things about both of them, so I think you could go with either one? Maybe I'll get the Innisfree one someday and do a comparison review. I'm sorry for not being much of a help here OTL

  20. the coverage looks amazing, but i was wondering if the finish would look cakey at all?


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