This liquid foundation promises airbrushed results, but airbrushed foundation doesn’t work any better than traditional application, so the guarantee is meaningless. The creamy liquid is dispensed from a squeeze tube onto a built-in synthetic-hair brush applicator. It is tricky to control how much foundation ends up on the brush, and there’s no putting the excess back. As you may suspect, the brush applicator, while smooth and soft, requires you to use additional tools (such as a sponge or your fingers) to avoid looking streaky, which makes application more time consuming.
Once set, this provides light to medium coverage and it has a smooth matte finish with a hint of glow. The range of six shades excludes those with dark skin tones, but there are some good, soft colors for those with fair to medium skin tones. Although this isn’t any better at creating the illusion of perfect skin than lots of other foundations, it is an option for those with normal to slightly oily skin. Unlike many foundations, this contains proven antioxidants, and the packaging helps keep them stable during use.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-9-Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Propylene Carbonate, Phytantriol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Oleanolic Acid, Entatia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asisatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polydodecanamideaminum Triazdiphenylethenesulfonate, Polyvinyl Alcohol Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Aminobutyric Acid, Barium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
This relatively small but comprehensive makeup line is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, and is one of their star performers among a backdrop of other name-brand drugstore product lines. The impetus behind this simple but elegantly packaged line was the need to bring makeup artist–quality cosmetics into a mainstream drugstore. As heroic a claim as that may be, the truth is that there have always been superior makeup formulations at the drugstore—in fact, some of those products have set the standards that the rest of the industry tries to keep up with.
Despite their unconvincing excuse for launching yet another cosmetics line, many of Quo's products have velvety, smooth textures, even application, and a pleasing mix of classic and contemporary shades, including neutral-toned foundations. As was the case when we reviewed this line a few years ago, the standout products are the powder eyeshadows and the makeup brushes; however, the lipsticks and lip liners are also worth your attention. A significant improvement from my last visit is that now the Quo displays feature testers for every product, and the staff at Shoppers Drug Mart encourages you to use them! We wish more drugstore cosmetic lines would incorporate this feature, but for now, this is another area where Quo really stands out, and it deserves serious consideration by Canadian residents and visitors alike.
Of course, not everything Quo offers is remarkable and, if anything, their expanded roster of products seems more gimmicky than innovative, although some of the newer items are outstanding and, given the new testers, now you can try before you buy. The concealer category is the weakest, followed by the powders, which, with one exception, aren't keeping pace with advances in this area, especially compared with the preferred options from L'Oreal and Revlon (often sold right next to Quo).
For more information about Quo Cosmetics, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Note: All prices for Quo Cosmetics products are in Canadian dollars.