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Foundation to hide redness from alcohol

Here’s the thing: my skin can be all over the place. My skin type is typically combination (both oily and dry, fantastic) but I also suffer from Asian Glow, which can really mess with my skin. So naturally I thought: what about foundation to hide redness from alcohol?

I’m still not super educated in the world of makeup or foundation, but I wanted to try a popular Asian brand and see what happens! This week it’s the Hard Cover Glow Foundation from Holika Holika. Was it strong enough to cover my bright red face from alcohol? Find out!

What is Hard Cover Glow Foundation by Holika Holika?

Hard Cover Glow Foundation is a creamy, full-coverage foundation. This one is a popular choice from South Korea and if they like it, surely it’s worth trying!

This foundation also comes with SPF20 PA++ protection which is really helpful. Make sure to always wear sunscreen if your products don’t have SPF protection!

The appeal of this Hard Cover Glow Foundation is that it’s actually quite moisturising and gives your skin a “water-like glow” with a smooth finish. The company believes it to be long lasted and also contains a “Pollu-Barrier™” to reinforce skin barrier and protect skin from the external aggressors.

It also has a fairly strong fragrance which I think could be quite polarising. You either like products with fragrances, or you don’t.

Overall, sounds interesting! Decent coverage that still looks glowy and natural, SPF protection and their “Pollu-Barrier™” to help protect against pollution and other airborne irritants. The main question is: is it strong enough to cover my Asian Glow?

What is Hard Cover Glow Foundation like?

So far I’ve found that this foundation doesn’t get too cakey or gross-feeling after wearing it for a few hours. It would be best to set it with some powder if you can, but I don’t think it’s completely required. Just an added bonus.

Hard Cover Glow Foundation genuinely feels really nice when applying it to the skin, too.

I personally have only ever used a sponge for applying foundation and found that this works really well with Hard Cover Glow Foundation. The little pump dispenses a good amount of product, so just make sure not to push down too hard! A little bit of the product goes a long way.

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Does this foundation help with Asian Glow?

I’ve tried this foundation on various occasions when I’ve been dealing with Asian Glow (or Asian Flush). For those who don’t know much about it, here’s the basic explanation: my body doesn’t break down alcohol properly, so whenever I drink my face turns bright red. I get some other symptoms, too, but the bright red face is the most obvious (and embarrassing) Asian Glow symptom.

I’ve been trying to find a product that will minimise my Asian Glow from the source. You can find more details here: How I Beat My Asian Flush: Best Asian Flush Cures

However, I wanted to see if I could find a solid foundation that could also help cover some of my redness. All of the Asian Glow products I’ve tried so far require you to use them about 30 minutes before you drink alcohol for them to be effective. But what if I don’t have them on me? Or what if I’m spontaneously offered a drink without any planning?

I was hoping I could rely on my daily foundation to help conceal some of that redness, if possible!

So did this foundation hide redness from alcohol?

Unfortunately, no. Hard Cover Glow Foundation didn’t fully cover my red face from alcohol. However, this foundation isn’t designed for that, anyway.

I did get some solid coverage, though, and it did help conceal some redness. However, a lot of my Asian Glow came through the foundation.. it’s so hard to hide!

Saying that, lots of reviews claim this foundation works really well with other products and is fairly easy to layer with it. For next time, I would probably need to use some green colour-correcting products underneath the foundation for better coverage. A green product would definitely help off-set my redness and then use the foundation to cover it.

What’s in Hard Cover Glow Foundation?

Hard Cover Glow Foundation ingredients include: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Polybutene, Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Isohexadecane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Moringa Pterygosperma (Moringa Oleifera) Seed Extract, Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Nymphaea Alba (White Water Lily) Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate. Tribehenin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite.

Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Sodium PCA, Meadowfoam Estolide, Sodium Lactate, Ceramide NP, Cetearyl Glucoside, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Arginine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycosphingolipids, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate. Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Ceramide AP, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499)

Final Verdict on Hard Cover Glow Foundation by Holika Holika

Overall, this feels and performs like a high quality foundation! Great coverage, creamy texture and long-lasting. If you’re looking to try a new foundation, I would definitely recommend this one.

Unfortunately, this didn’t do enough against Asian Glow. However, I think layering this foundation with a green colour corrector would make a big difference against redness from alcohol.

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