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JochsBeauty
Posts: 1,459
Ann Arbor, Michigan, US


I am going to be ordering new foundations very soon (after the new year & surviving my twins turning 5). I have pretty much narrowed it down to RCMA &/or Ben Nye.

With the RCMA sampler palette, how many faces do you get out of each well or would it be better to go with the full sized palette.

Anyone try the Ben Nye palette? How is it compared to the RCMA foundation?

How are the textures in comparison to the Graftobian creme foundations?
Dec 22 11 11:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Andrew James Makeup
Posts: 335
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom


Ive heard if your going to use it get the shinto palette as thats used more and the sampler palettes will cover 10/12 faces

but with the Ben Nye its cheaper and you get more product and i have heard good things about how them i would suggest getting the Matte Foundation as the orignal one the Lumière i think was full on stage makeup and would look horrible on camera or photograph
Dec 23 11 12:20 am  Link  Quote 
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AlyssaLorraine
Posts: 117
New York, New York, US


Andrew Buchan wrote:
Ive heard if your going to use it get the shinto palette as thats used more

I have both the RCMA palettes and I agree you only need the Shinto palette- I find myself trying to force myself to use my KO palette as all the colors are VERY pinky/orange- (i've been trying to use this palette as a sort of 'salmon' concealer for under-eye circles which works OK, but not worth the price).

I've heard different estimates on how long each sampler palette should last- and I guess it depends on how much you use per face/how much you thin it out/how much you work, etcetera. But I think you'd get good use out of the Shinto palette. There are a lot of dark colors- but I do find myself working on a lot of darker-skinned models, and the colors are always good for contouring. I'm running out of 2-3 light colors in the palette, and I think i'm going to buy those to fill up the palette again, as I really enjoy having all the colors right in front of me.

As for the full-size palettes- I've seen them in person and I think they're pretty large- i'm not sure if they're filled with full-size foundations because that would make it a good deal. I like to think that the sampler size helps me not to go heavy-handed on the foundation- which is pretty easy to do wink

I actually have the Graftobian Glamour Creme neutral palette under my xmas tree right now and i'm dying to know how they compare...!

Dec 23 11 05:54 am  Link  Quote 
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3DLOOKS
Posts: 30
Union, New Jersey, US


I have the RCMA Pallete, Shinto and KO. I tend to use the Shinto more but use the KO like a concealer. I have never tried Ben nye so can speak for that. RCMA is very very good. Love it! its definitely a full coverage foundation adn can be thinned out and less goes a long way. I also have the graftobian pallettes too and I love those too. I go through the warm pallette than the other two. Good luck in your decision.
Dec 23 11 06:43 am  Link  Quote 
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Mary
Posts: 7,149
Coronado, California, US


They all have positives and negatives....so it depends whats important to you.


I Love the RCMA colors and the way it looks on... but the consistency is not as popular as Graftobian (Graftobian is creamier, looks great on as well)  The RCMA palettes are better made....they hold up longer. The Graftobian palettes break at the hinges if you are not very gentle with them.  The Ben Nye I have here in my store but have not tried it yet.  The palette appears to be well made and we have had no complaints about breakage.   

If you want to try both I would get the RCMA Shinto and the Graftobian Neutral.  If you get RCMA shinto and Graftobian warm you will have mostly warm colors and not everyone is warm.  I use my RCMA KO palette a lot because I do mens grooming and there are a lot of "news anchor" colors (I use for spot coverage) in the KO palette.
Dec 24 11 10:25 am  Link  Quote 
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JochsBeauty
Posts: 1,459
Ann Arbor, Michigan, US


Mary wrote:
They all have positives and negatives....so it depends whats important to you.


I Love the RCMA colors and the way it looks on... but the consistency is not as popular as Graftobian (Graftobian is creamier, looks great on as well)  The RCMA palettes are better made....they hold up longer. The Graftobian palettes break at the hinges if you are not very gentle with them.  The Ben Nye I have here in my store but have not tried it yet.  The palette appears to be well made and we have had no complaints about breakage.   

If you want to try both I would get the RCMA Shinto and the Graftobian Neutral.  If you get RCMA shinto and Graftobian warm you will have mostly warm colors and not everyone is warm.  I use my RCMA KO palette a lot because I do mens grooming and there are a lot of "news anchor" colors (I use for spot coverage) in the KO palette.

I use mainly the Graftobian now & I love the texture, how smooth it goes on & that it has yet to fail me. And whilest doing some wishlisting on crc I seen the big set of Graftobian for $250. I died, where the hell was that hiding?

I think what I am going to do is order the big set of Graftobian & then some samples of the rcma & ben nye to see if it is something I would like.

But how is the pigment & useableness (is that even a word), & of the Rcma compared to Yaby. I have the full line of Yaby cremes & I am still getting used to them. My poor neighbor girl has been a trooper by letting me practice on her. Ya'll were not kidding when you said you had to have a great & wonderful relationship with your brush to use the Yaby right.

Dec 24 11 03:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Keyanna Adger MUA
Posts: 14
Santa Clara, California, US


I absolutely love my RCMA palettes, I have both the Shinto and the KO and I use them both equally. Many of my clients are African American and Latimo, so the warmer and darker colors come in handy. The palettes are pretty reasonable, so I feel like it's better to be safe than sorry and have all of the colors on hand. The coverage is great, I use it all the time as a concealer. When doing teenage clients I always go to these palettes to cover acne and scarring and it comes out flawless. I cut it with the RCMA thinner to make a good full coverage liquid foundation or thin it out more for a sheerer look. More recently, I have been cutting it with moisturizer instead which creates an awesome dewy look. I haven't tried Graftobian, maybe that will be my next purchase, but I am very satisfied with my RCMA palettes, so it might be awhile smile
Dec 29 11 09:58 am  Link  Quote 
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Karrie Welch
Posts: 222
Westfield, Massachusetts, US


I adore the RCMA palette- I have had it for years- i actually have the older style palette type- and I just keep refilling. Rcma is thicker- and can be used as is- even as concealer- or thinned out i use Fractionated coconut oil. I have the shinto and it covers a very wide range of people. I also have some Graftobian- and the constistency is almost a cross between a liquid and a cream- very lightweight, easily spreadable, but still offers good coverage. For Ben Nye I don't have any foundations, just concealer wheel, fx wheels, fireworks wheels, etc. But all in all their stuff tends to be quite thick and very opaque- I use it a lot for tattoo coverage.
Dec 29 11 12:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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AllanaArtistry
Posts: 12
Crete, Illinois, US


Keyanna Adger MUA wrote:
I absolutely love my RCMA palettes, I have both the Shinto and the KO and I use them both equally. Many of my clients are African American and Latimo, so the warmer and darker colors come in handy. The palettes are pretty reasonable, so I feel like it's better to be safe than sorry and have all of the colors on hand. The coverage is great, I use it all the time as a concealer. When doing teenage clients I always go to these palettes to cover acne and scarring and it comes out flawless. I cut it with the RCMA thinner to make a good full coverage liquid foundation or thin it out more for a sheerer look. More recently, I have been cutting it with moisturizer instead which creates an awesome dewy look. I haven't tried Graftobian, maybe that will be my next purchase, but I am very satisfied with my RCMA palettes, so it might be awhile smile

is it good for HD Photos?

Dec 07 12 11:17 am  Link  Quote 
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KJB
Posts: 1,183
New York, New York, US


Just me 2 cents...

I like the Mehron Celebre HD Pro Foundation better than all of them. The consistency and finish is like a hybrid of RCMA & Graftobian. Coverage is great.
I got an 8 well mini-palette from the Container Store (for $1.49) and chose 8 colors that would give the most global complexion flexibility.

1 oz cream foundations at CRC - $9,95 each  My 8 colors - $79.60
http://camerareadycosmetics.com/product … ation.html
Colors: Ivory, LT1, LT4, ME2, ME4, MD3, D2, D4

Mini Compartment Palette - $1.49
http://www.containerstore.com/shop/cont … 92&N=80806

TOTAL: $81.09 (before tax)

P.S. Each compartment held a full jar of foundation so this palette is going to last me a LONG time.
Dec 08 12 05:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Makeup By Jae Lee
Posts: 138
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US


MADE NYC wrote:
Just me 2 cents...

I like the Mehron Celebre HD Pro Foundation better than all of them. The consistency and finish is like a hybrid of RCMA & Graftobian. Coverage is great.
I got an 8 well mini-palette from the Container Store (for $1.49) and chose 8 colors that would give the most global complexion flexibility.

1 oz cream foundations at CRC - $9,95 each  My 8 colors - $79.60
http://camerareadycosmetics.com/product … ation.html
Colors: Ivory, LT1, LT4, ME2, ME4, MD3, D2, D4

Mini Compartment Palette - $1.49
http://www.containerstore.com/shop/cont … 92&N=80806

TOTAL: $81.09 (before tax)

P.S. Each compartment held a full jar of foundation so this palette is going to last me a LONG time.

^^^ this. I use this as well and I love them! I do have a graftobian palette and cinema secrets but I always go back to my Mehron!

Dec 08 12 06:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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