Less is more when it comes to this foundation. I've been using it for about a week now and have applied it using bare fingers, a foundation brush (Shiseido) and the sponge that's included. I definitely like it best with the sponge because it looks the most natural.
I would classify this as a medium to heavy coverage foundation, because it's quite pigmented. The first couple times I used this I was heavy-handed and applied too much so it looked mask-like. However, I noticed that even when I'm careful not to apply to much, it requires maybe 10-15 minutes to settle into the skin. Until then, it can appear a bit chalky and accentuate flakes. Around mid-day, the glow starts to show through, and at the end of the day I'm quite dewy. Even though it's February we've been getting temps in the 70's here in California to give you an idea of how it wears. It doesn't feel too heavy for the current weather, but this probably wouldn't be my foundation of choice in a humid climate.
This is lightly scented with a fruity fragrance that I'm not thrilled with. This is a nice foundation but I think I still prefer the NARS Radiant Creamy compact foundation because it's more lightweight on the skin. For reference, I have combo skin and used this in shade 764, which was a little too pale for me. I'm probably inbetween 764 and 754 right now.
madly in love!! no more trying to make the other full coverage foundations out there (all matte finish) work for dry skin!! this gives you a seriously airbrushed, flawless look. it's beautifully radiant too, i just look so well rested wearing this (and i work two jobs, so it's a lie lol). buying foundation online, sight unseen, is terrifying. i went with shade 754 (medium beige), which is slightly dark for my pale winter skin (764 may have been better), but will definitely be too light when i'm tan (744, the darkest shade, sadly does not appear to be available in the US, but hopefully i can get my hands on some for the summer), all things considered, i'm thinking i picked the right color. i couldn't be happier!! =)
I only tried this foundation as a sample, therefore I tried to apply this with a brush. it might be because of this, but I didn't see any "glow" to this foundation.
I have combination skin - very dry cheeks and very oily T zone.
for Oily part of the skin, this does hold throughout the day unlike many that "disappear"
for dry parts of the skin though, it makes it look very very dry. becomes only patchier throughout the day..
it does oxidize as well.
The color 774 (light beige) looks great upon application on my skin, but throughout the day, it becomes very beige-y and dark.
Coverage is very buildable, texture is light weight and formula is very blendable. but if you have dry skin, any layer won't hide the patches of dry skin
FYI: Asian, acne prone, combination-oily skin.
- Spreads nicely, isn't too thick (I apply with a Beauty Blender)
- Coverage is medium (It doesn't cover hyperpigmentation or redness, but will help even out your skin tone)
- I only need to use a very tiny amount so it will last
- surprisingly, i've not noticed any major breakouts. i have some minor pore clogging going on but it's not something that I can definitely attribute to this foundation, and i dont use a primer (since primers most definitely do break me out)
- Not really a con since it's not advertised as an oil-control product, but for my oily-skinned girls, this will not help. I don't mind a bit of oil, but if this is an issue for you, you will need to combine it with another mattifying product.
- A tad pricey but I don't use too much everyday so it should last
- I don't understand where the 'glow' part comes in
- I suggest getting a sample of the foundation before you purchase since it's pricey, to test for oxidisation etc etc. I tried two of the medium shades, one darker and one lighter. The darker one when applied matched my skin tone better at first, but would oxidise into a shade that was too dark for me by the end of the day. The lighter shade didn't seem to oxidise at all, so test before you buy to make sure you're buying the right shade for you.
- if you, like me, have some scarring or bumps, it probably won't look like no-makeup makeup even with a beauty blender
- i have not tried the sponge that comes together with the foundation yet since I had my beauty blender open.
After all the research I had done, I soooo wanted to love this but I can't. It was way too thick and oily looking (even though I'd used a powder on top). The coverage was much fuller than I expected and had that awful obvious I was wearing make up look. I couldn't wait to get home and take it off.
Colour was also an issue. I am around NC40 and the darkest shade (744) was still too light even when I put bonzer on top.
I can't express how much I love this foundation. I'm Asian, fair, with some obvious blemishes on my face. I have been looking for something to replace a foundation I bought from Korea (and yet so difficult to buy outside of Korea) and I chanced upon this. I have been suckered into the whole Korean glowy skin look, and this foundation sounded promising. I would admit that it is pricy, but I always believe that good foundations are never cheap. I'm glad I got it - it gave me glowy skin, coverage is decent ( I don't even need a concealer), and i love love love the lightbulb sponge. My skin looks bright, and the foundation doesn't oxidize on me at all. This is truly an honest ( lol) foundation cos it photographs so so well! I use it without sunscreen when I'm going out at night. I would recommend this.. I can only imagine how awesome it would look on girls with flawless skin.
I have used this foundation for a month now and I have to say that I LOVE it! It spreads easily and instantly brightens up my complexion. I am Asian and have fair skin, but there is a certain dullness in the skin - you will see a huge difference once you apply the foundation. A little goes a long way, so even though the foundation is quite pricey, it is worth the money as it will last you a long long time. It is by far my favourite foundation (and I have tried many others, including Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, RMK, Estee Lauder).
This foundation was definitely very moisturizing. Definitely glowy but after long hours, my face became very very very oily. Not that this isn't good. I love the scent, I love that it is my perfect shade, it is moisturizing and the very full coverage. I would only use it for important event like wedding. I like the lightbulb sponge too. It is a very high quality sponge. Easy to apply but a sponge tends to absorbs a lot of product. Will repurchase it again!(:
I'm a fair skinned Asian Chinese, age 22, living in a humid country. I have brown eyes and really dark brown hair. Good skin, with healing blemish scars due to Clinique Foundation.
Long story short, I used to only use BB cream after my clinique disaster, and i was really looking for the glow that korean bb creams have. I researched and decided on an trying out Shu's.
This lightbulb gave me awesome radiance, especially at my cheekbone area. It gives very good coverage to cover my pimple/acne dark spots, and yet transparent enough to let my inner blush shine through. (I don't know how it does that!)
This product is very moisturising, especially when topped with Shu's dual-compact powder. My oil glands for my skin has been fluctuating a lot lately, so I'm not sure if its me or this product though..
I think this product has no SPF, so remember to put on sunblock before that! if you wanna head out.
The foundation is great in the day and night, and indoors. They certainly do not lie! LOL.
I bought this when it in the first week it came out. This product has not caused me any new breakouts. It really feels great on my skin, just hate how it gets on my bf's shirt sometimes. Right now, I have finished about 90% of it in 1.5 months.. (Cause i get really paranoid and grossed out, so I wash off and reapply my makeup in the day time after about 4-5 hours)