Sugar Cosmetics recently launched their Drop The Base Serum Foundation, which as far as I know, is the first serum foundation by an Indian brand. I couldn’t help but pick up the beautiful frosted bottle filled with the golden silky liquid (yes, their ads sucked me in). Also, the idea of a thin, light-weight foundation sounded perfect for summer. Here are my thoughts on this product after using it for more than a week.
The Sugar Drop The Base Serum Foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a black dropper attached to a screw on lid. The frosted square bottle looks quite classy and displays the shade of the foundation quite well. The outer red box that the foundation comes in has a detailed list of ingredients printed on it and the classic Sugar design that I quite love. The only issue with the packaging is that since the foundation is a creamy liquid, sometimes the rim around the lid gets a little messy while closing the lid, if the dropper has residual product on it. Other than that, I love everything about this attractive packaging.
Coming to the formula of the product, since it is a serum foundation, it is quite liquidy as expected, but it is still creamier than the NYX Total Drop Control Foundation which is as liquidy as water. The Sugar foundation is a creamy liquid, and I feel that one needs to shake the bottle before every use to make sure that the product has an even consistency each time you use it. That being said, the formula is super pigmented and one full draw of the dropper provides good medium coverage for the entire face and neck region. The foundation comes in 10 shades, which should cover fair to medium deep Indian skin tones (hopefully they will expand the shade range in the future to include more skin tones). These shades are divided among cool, warm, and golden undertones. I picked the shade 32 – Cortado, which is their medium shade with a golden undertone. This particular shade does look a little too yellow when poured out from the bottle, but that is because the formula is super pigmented. Once blended out, it complements the natural yellow undertone of my skin beautifully and makes it look bright and even. Bear in mind that I have visibly yellow toned skin to begin with, so if you have pinkier or peachier undertones then go for the cool or warm toned shades from the range instead.
Application-wise, the foundation blends on the skin like a dream with either a brush or a sponge and provides medium coverage with a skinlike finish in one go. The coverage can also be built up by using more product, but I personally like the feel of one thin layer of foundation on the skin. I do need concealer under my eyes and over my stubborn blemishes because the foundation does not cover them completely. It is a comfortable matte finish on the skin and feels quite silky on the face. It lasts for a good 4-6 hours before it starts to settle into my pores, so if you have open pores then you will need to prime them well to prevent them from being exaggerated by this product. The foundation does not get oily or feel heavy on my combination skin after 8 hours of wear.
One con of this product is that it is heavily fragranced, and has a floral scent with a silky, oily consistency. While the fragrance goes away with time and does not bother me per se, I think it broke me out a little the first time I used the product and gave me a few tiny bumps in my cheek area. Also, the formula has a satiny consistency largely due to the presence of silicones, so if that is something which bothers you then you may want to avoid this product. I personally hope that the brand comes up with a non-scented variant of the formula so that it can be used by those with sensitive skin as well, because I absolutely love the texture, pigmentation and finish of this foundation. I adore this foundation for daily wear but am worried each time that it may break me out. I still continue to wear this, which should tell you how much I love the finish that this product provides.
Overall, I feel that the Sugar Drop The Base Serum Foundation has a beautiful light-weight formula and will suit those with normal to oily skin really well for the summer months, provided that their skin is not sensitive to the fragrance and other ingredients in the formula. The price of INR 899 is a little steep, but you get 20ml of product, which is a lot for a serum foundation and will last you much longer than the same volume of cream foundation. It might be a good idea to find your colour match in a store, and also to do a patch test to ensure that this product suits your skin. If all goes well, you will have a beautiful foundation formula for the sweltering heat, I promise!