Product Review: KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE

KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE, 30g, US$39
KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE, 30g, US$39

I am on a roll with Kose products lately! This is another one of my recent finds at Adambeauty.com.

KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE, 30g, US$39
KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE, 30g, US$39

I have never used Cosme Decorte Lacouture line from Kose before. It’s supposedly a high end line, and I have great expectations(perhaps I shouldn’t) for this product. I do have a love-hate relationship with many silicone primers; the last one I used, Too Faced Primed and Poreless, felt slick but didn’t quite control the oil (I don’t even have oily skin) nor did it fill in the fine lines. This moisturizing base from Lacouture sounds so promising. It’s a milky texture primer that doesn’t feel at all silioney, and claims to target fine lines and dryness. It goes on clear without a tint, and won’t leave a white cast on your face, which I personally prefer. It also has an SPF20 PA++. It’s not high enough I would use it without a sunscreen, but better than SPF15 you would get from most western brands in their foundations.

KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE, 30g, US$39
KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE, 30g, US$39

At US$39, this isn’t the most expensive of primers, but not cheap either, so I expect this to do a bit more than something that feels like Olay’s most basic lotion could do. First of all, the texture was good; it doesn’t have that slick, silicone feel to it, and rather, really does feel like a medium textured (not heavy) milky emulsion. It doesn’t feel oily, and goes on the skin like a regular moisturizer. But being a primer/base, I want this to do more. I need this to create a canvas for my base makeup to adhere to, and not have my makeup slide, smear or crease. Unfortunately, this moisturizing base doesn’t go beyond moisturizing. Whenever I use this, my Shiseido Maquillage Essence Rich White Liquid Foundation, which normally has great staying power without the need for touch up, would start smearing after a few hours. It doesn’t extend the wear of foundation or powder at all.

I was also dismayed to see mineral oil as one of the ingredients. I am not a big fan of expensive products using cheap humectants and fillers.

So despite the rather fancy name, packaging (it’s not as fancy as, say, Jill Stuart or Paul & Joe Beaute, but you know what I mean) and the price tag, this doesn’t remotely qualify as my HG primer. I believe I had better luck even with the Sofina Primavista Moisture Coat I used previously.

KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE Ingredients (click to enlarge)
KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE Ingredients (click to enlarge)

This is another disappointment from Kose…I went from the cheaper line (Visee), to mid-range line (Esprique) and up to Cosme Decorte Lacouture, but unfortunately all three products I tried lately didn’t perform too well…when it comes to makeup, I seem to have much better luck with Shiseido (for its staying power – especially foundations and powders) and Kanebo (my all time favourite foundation was from Revue, sadly discontinued). I just bought a Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation and it hasn’t arrived yet – I hope that one will not disappoint as it cost me a pretty penny! More reviews to come.

1 comment on Product Review: KOSE COSME DECORTE LACOUTURE MOISTURIZING BASE

  1. Kevin Jang
    January 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I hate to say this but seriously, almost the whole Cosme Decorte line of skincare seems to be somewhat overrated and just overpriced for products which have ingredients like artificial fragrances, lavender extract (which can irritate the skin in higher concentrations), and above all, PETROLATUM and MINERAL OIL! I simply do not get it as to why so many products in Japanese cosmetic brands such as Shiseido and Kose are still using this ingredient of mineral oil when it tends to be occlusive and clogs the pores.

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