I hate to be a dissenter amidst such glowing reviews. It's almost as if I tried an entirely different product, yet the name is the same! I wanted a light coverage, light feel foundation for casual days. For reference, I have combination, 30-something sensitive skin. I even tried other application methods and shook it aggressively with still dismal results. It pooled in my pores quickly, looked greasy and did not blur any imperfections. It had worse coverage than most tinted moisturizers I've tried and was not buildable. My skin looked better without! I was matched to 020, which darkened significantly after application (I'm NW15). Worst of all, it felt so heavy, I couldn't wait to wash it off. I usually use Lorac Natural Performance, which lasts all day, doesn't transfer and covers well while feeling light and non-pore clogging. I felt like my pores were being smothered with this foundation! Serves me right for straying. Funny, I often use the Shiseido Sun Protection stick foundation, which goes on like a thick crayon. It never feels heavy and has a much more natural look than this one. It's going back!
This is my first Shiseido foundation & I ADORE it. I need a new foundation like a (freaking) hole in the head, but I read the fabulous reviews on the board and was hooked.
It's definitely one of the new, cutting-edge sort of formulas that has the consistency of water & feels like *nothing!* is on your face. As a woman "of a certain age," I have some sun spots, and hyper-pigmentation (also sun-related), and while this foundation is sheer, it is also "blurring," if you know what I mean by that. It is infused(?) with optical-illusion inducing powders, like having Vaseline on the lens.
It is very easy to layer it without any build-up at all, to a medium coverage, so I doubled it up here and there. Having said that - it is not a medium coverage where you only see make-up. I have a few dark sun spots, and they are just barely visible after 2 layers of this makeup. But the thing is - it gives a finish like Meteorites - so even tho the spots are barely noticeable, no one would notice them due to the reflective powders in the formula. Because light is reflecting off of your face, in a super-subtle way, there are actually microscopic pin-points of light *on top* of the sun spots, which is part of what makes them "disappear."
I looked a little pale at first (I'm ~NC20 & I have O20) but after 10 minutes, it looked great.
My husband - who knows nothing about my foundation purchases/changes, etc noticed the difference immediately! On the first day that I wore this, when my husband saw me & said, "Wow! You look terrific." The second day he said the same thing. Now, I guess he's used to it. But it definitely brightens up my skin in a beautifuly glowy way.
As for shade O20, when it comes out of the bottle, it looks a bit yellow, which I love. As I put it on my face, however, it really didn't read as yellow as it looked on my hand. I'd say it's just a tad more yellow than neutral. I usually use very yellow foundations (YSL TE in B30) because it neutralizes the pink in my face, but even without the additional yellow, the pink was completely neutralized. It never changes throughout the day - no oxidizing at all :)
As I said - there is NO feel to it on your skin - even with two coats! Lasts all day, and it *truly* looks like I am not wearing foundation. It looks like I just don't need foundation.
This is an absolute winner in every way. The bottle is adorable & easy to use & super travel-friendly. (Shake well before using.) I love the simple, futuristic look of it as well.
I can't say enough about this marvelous new product. I absolutely love it.
I've only worn it for a few weeks & I just bought a backup on Sephora's FF. YAY!
Count me in as another fan because this foundation is fabulous! I'm always on the lookout for an easy, foolproof, natural and - did I say this already - EASY - skin perfecting product. My latest foray, before buying Sheer and Perfect, was Tarte's new mineral foundation (and brush). I like them very much. I like my "holy grail" Guerlain foundation. I love the BB and CC creams I have. Now I have one more product to love in the form of this light but surprisingly effective liquid foundation. I was matched to the shade I20 (that's the letter "i" for "ivory"). Coverage is sheer and natural and feels like you have nothing on your skin but this product is surprisingly effective for covering diffused redness and even some broken capillaries I have. My skin ends up looking perfect but still like "my skin". And it truly feels so light-weight and fresh on the skin. You can apply this with fingers or a brush (the RT Expert Foundation Brush works particularly well) - either way works. I do wish the packaging were a bit more like the counter samples (which have a built-in "dip stick" in the lid), but this is a squeeze tube with a narrow tip and very "travel friendly". The product is quite liquid-y and needs to be shaken. Here in Canada, there are no claims on the tube or packaging about SPF. I hope that changes soon but I will continue to buy this in any case as it really is great having something so quick, easy and effective to apply most mornings, when I'm in a rush.
Recently, I went on a serious hunt for a new foundation. I have tried Chanel, Stila, Smashbox, Tarte, and Benefit all within the past month. I was on my way to buy the Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere (I had my makeup done there the previous day), when I stopped at the Shiseido counter. I read a couple raving reviews for the Sheer and Perfect foundation. The girl matched me to B00 (I am that pale.) I decided I was just going to buy it… I am sooooo happy I did.
This foundation is seriously perfect. It even out your skin tone wonderfully, and you a left with an amazing natural finish. No, it’s not going to cover up a blemish, but that is why concealer exists. I think I was using medium/full coverage because I wanted cover everything up. I am glad I wised up. One of the best things about this foundation is it does not settle into pores or in the wrinkles on my forehead. I have a huge problem with that. It doesn’t rub off on anything, and seems to last all day. Hey, do you want to know the best part? It doesn’t make me break out. ((I originally thought it was breaking me out, but it turns out it was the hourglass primer I was using under it, phew))
I would suggest this to everyone. If you are on the hunt for a new foundation, go to the counter and try it. Especially if you are not used to a lighter foundation, you might be surprised at how much you like it.
After weeks of poring over reviews and the purchase of 5 foundations in the space of 2 months none of which I was happy with, I think I am going to stop my search here. I normally wouldn't consider a foundation with so few reviews but having also seen a couple of reviews on the internet of this product with photos, I decided to give this a last shot.
As I age I find that I no longer like the permanent matt look of Estee Lauder. The Double Wear does last very very long but that also worries me as the swatches on my hand withstood several washes, and the only other thing I can think of which could last so well without letting sweat or oil come through is paint, which can't be that great for your skin day in and day out. The Double Wear Light tends to be pinkish so I was not happy with the colour match. Plus as my skin loses its youth I really want a more dewy look which Estee Lauder couldn't give me. I have also decided I am not going to waste more money trying to find a tinted moisturiser as I was very disappointed with the one by The Balm which has got loads of great reviews, but did absolutely nothing for me.
I have combination skin, would like some yellow undertone in the foundation but not too much as I am not dark, don't have major issues to cover but just like to even out the skin tone and a natural look, with a bit of glow if possible . Previously the best colour match and most natural looking foundation for me was Prescriptives Virtual Skin in Real Vellum but this is no longer available. The Shiseido Sheer and Perfect achieves exactly what I want, the finish it gives is soft focus and natural. I look well with good skin and not like newly plastered wall. The Shiseido is everything the other reviewers described here. I had also tried Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua a couple of weeks ago and the finish didn't look half as nice. The colour O20, the lightest O shade available in the UK, is a good match for me, but I think the O00 would also work for me. However, it is only available in the USA. All in all, the beautiful look this Shiseido gives me makes me feel this was the best 29 pounds I have spent in a long while in my search for the magic in a bottle.
I've tried a lot of foundations, both high end and drugstore. Of all the foundations I've tried, this is the first time I've ever had (multiple) compliments about my "great skin". Which is not so great in reality. I have rosacea, with pronounced redness on cheeks, across nose, and milder redness on chin and forehead. I have red marks from old breakouts. I have some freckles under the red "mask" which make my skin look sort of strange and blotchy. I went to the Shiseido counter to pick up some Ibuki skincare and asked the SA to recommend a foundation. She said I should use this one. Edit: I got 2 more compliments on my skin since I wrote this review earlier today. That. Never. Happens!
I almost dismissed this out of hand, I mean it says SHEER right there in the name, and clearly I need coverage. But she assured me I would like it, so I let her apply it. WOW. It's beautiful! Yes, you can see my flaws, but it magically makes them not look like flaws at all. A thin layer is perfect for weekend makeup. For work I still prefer a little more coverage, so for that I use concealer to cover the excessive redness before applying the foundation. I can't believe how lovely this looks - sheer and perfect! It's not dry matte, not is it sticky dewy. It's somewhere in between and really does the "my skin but (way, way) better" thing very well. I apply with Shiseido's perfect foundation brush and love the finish.
For those like me who are very pale, Shiseido's shades go all the way to 00 range. Although my skin usually matches best to neutral ranges, in Shiseido I wear the yellow leaning range. If you are trying to decipher their shade system, it's pretty easy. The I is ivory, this is their neutral range, it's peachy. O is ochre, this is the yellow range. B is beige, this is the pink range. 00 is the lightest shade, and I think 60 is the deepest. This is an Asian brand so I don't think they have really deep shades available. (Edit: I was wrong, there are actually 3 deep shades available, coded with D) This particular foundation is so sheer that I could have worn any of the 00 shades, but I went with yellow to help cancel my redness. (Edit: I recently decided to test this theory and got a sample in I00, it also looks fantastic) The result is amazing. Go get a sample and try it. It's similar to Chanel's vitalumiere aqua, but somehow although it is a little more sheer, it's also more effective at disguising flaws. And the addition of neutral shades makes it easier to find a match. Just for reference I wear the Chanel foundation in B10 but I have to use Le Blanc de Chanel to lighten it. In this foundation I wear O00 which is a very close match although still just a hair too dark, but not enough to bother with the le blanc.
Packaging is also similar to VA, a very small opaque plastic bottle. You have to shake it, but whereas VA becomes almost mousse-like when shaken, this stays liquid and needs less shaking.
Wow. SOOO EXPENSIVE for a very small bottle! And I use quite a lot - so a little dosen't go a long way for me.....
But but but, It's a really nice foundation - SO easy to apply and easy to build up for more coverage.
The coverage is amazing, and the lasting power is much better than Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It gives my skin the "perfect skin" look without looking like I'm wearing foundation. I'm very oily and breakout-prone, and it doesn't make my skin worse. The finish is on the matte side, but I just add some highlighting powder (I use Guerlain Meteorites ballz, but anything will do) on top of my finishing powder to de-matte it a bit. If you get the right shade, it'll blend seamlessly with your neck. For reference, I'm an NC20 and O20 is the perfect match.
This is by far the best foundation I have ever encountered. It makes skin look perfect and polished, but is completely undetectable after about three minutes. It really merges with your skin erasing imperfections without looking like makeup.
Light weight texture.
Great shade selection.
Flawless, yet seemingly invisible coverage.
Cannot think of one!
This is the best sheer liquid foundation I have ever owned. I bought it three weeks ago and I wear it all the time. I already have Shiseido's Perfect Refining Foundation, which I use when I want greater coverage.
I wear this Sheer and Perfect Foundation when I want lighter, sheer coverage that still covers imperfections like large pores and small brown spots. It will not cover as much as the Perfect Refining, but if you just want to put on makeup quickly and run out of the house, this is ideal. It lasts several hours without changing colour. I have normal-to-oily skin and this foundation did not turn greasy on me. Just a gorgeous, luminous finish (not shiny!).
The small plastic rectangular container (with tiny opening) is ideal for traveling. Not much air can get it so it does not get as contaminated as foundations that are in a pot or a bottle. You can take it in your carry-on bag (this is critical for me because I travel between Asia, the US and Europe a lot).
I use this foundation with a translucent powder from MUFE. You can also use it with Shiseido's translucent powder.