I am completely on love with this foundation...but it wasn't love at first sight! I was super excited to try it, as it was my first foray into the Kanebo line and it was much raved about by a trusted beauty blogger. Initially I was put off by the way it dried down. The finish was beautiful but it felt a tad heavy and when I would sweat, any place that I got it a bit thick would become evident and stodgy. However, I then began applying it with a damp Shiseido perfect foundation brush and that's when I fell in love. The damp brush prevented the "heavy" spots and the thick feeling. At that point, the words Holy grail began coming out of my mouth!! It dries to an amazing glowy finish...not dewy, not shiny, not sparkly...but absolutely glowy. My skin looks amazing and trust me, I do NOT have amazing skin. I have large pores and fine lines galore from years of smoking. Although I've quit, the reminders are there :(. It covers the redness on my cheeks, smooths fine lines, and does not dehydrate my skin (a problem I have with MANY foundations). It blends seamlessly and easily and the shade match is the most perfect match I've ever found. I am nc23 and CF22-natural beige is a perfect match. Its a wonderdful cream texture that lasts till I wash it off. It is an amazingly tenacious foundation. My only problem with this base is the packaging. The jar is messy and unsanitary. Elegant looking, minimalistic, and sturdy glass, it is quite nice to look at...but I am just not a fan of makeup in jars. It's such a wonderful product, I'm willing to overlook it and decant a small amount into a sample jar once or twice a month so I don't have to open the main jar anymore than necessary. Bottom line, I think it would work well for a variety of skin types, but it works exceptionally well for my aging, combo/dehydrated skin. I love it and would certainly replenish when I run out. The price is steep but a jar will last a very long time...and the added skincare makes it worth it for me. I have noticed a marked improvement in my skin's texture with daily use over the last 3 months, and it survived the ridiculous humidity and heat of this past summer. A big thumbs up!!
This is my HG of foundations. I have thin, dry skin with fine lines. I apply it with a MAC makeup brush over a base of Filorga Iso Structure firming cream. It goes on quite thick, then I finish blending it with fingers all over, and it seems to vanish into my skin, giving me a weightless feeling like I'm not wearing makeup at all, yet giving me 100% full coverage of all flaws and glowing, radiant finish. I went for CF14 colour bamby beige which is very pale but is an exact match. The small glass jar is not very convenient, ok I guess if you're dipping a makeup brush into it though. Fine lines are not totally disguised but do seem less visible, this foundation certainly doesn't seep into them or enhance them. It's mega expensive £60 in UK, seems it will last a long time
though. Will keep buying it if they keep making it!
Won't bore you with all the foundations I've tried, but by my age, I have. I FINALLY found the perfect foundation for my skin with Sensai Kanebo's Cellular CF23. It is perfect for moisturizing my skin, blends beautifully (USE A BRUSH) and my skin feels like velvet once it dries. It's a little sticky at first. '
For a while, it wasn't sold in the US, so I freaked out and had a friend from Belgium send it to me, but now I can find it at Bergdorf's and they mail it to me. I wouldn't live without it.
There are a lot of products that you can cut corners with and go the drugstore or bargain beauty shops with, but not foundation. Without that, the rest isn't worth whatever you saved.
Yes, it is expensive, but if you use the makeup brush it lasts forever. Go lightly and you're fine. I go through a jar about once a year, so $80/year for glowing, remarkable skin that people really do stop me to compliment, is worth it.
Had a period of breakouts and didn't use any foundation for approximately 2 years. Then I decided to find a foundation that didn't damage my skin, and I was so afraid of getting the breakouts back.
Extremely helpfull staff that tried on different foundations on my face until we found the perfect one :)
I must say that I was a bit shocked when the woman in the counter told me that this tiny package was 900 SEK, which is about 130 $!!! But deffenatly worth it!
Since I've started to use the Kanebo foundation my skin glows and looks perfect! The small imperfections I had before are all gone and I feel beautiful even without any Make up on.
Now my first package is out and I will go to the beauty store tomorrow and buy a new one :)
Best applied over the cellular performance primer.
At 41, I have lines around the eyes and on the forehead, and this does not settle in them.
With the primer, this gives a radiant look to skin that is dull.
May get a bit if the shinies on the forehead and nose after a couple of hours, a light powdering will take care if that.
I do not set this with powder upon application, as it will ruin that wonderful radiant look.
It dries lighter than it looks in the jar, so try a slightly darker shade.
Only downside is the jar, a pump would be more hygienic, especially since you need so little of it. And, of course, the price. But if you can afford it, there is nothing that compares.
Yes, a little goes a very long way!
This foundation looks amazing on my skin.I had tried the Kanebo modeling water which made my pores so noticeable. Sensai CP foundation just gives me a fresh gorgeous finish. It is pricey but well worth the money.
Let me first say I'm not the Kanebo kind of girl. I'm absolutely not the zen-type with relaxing music towards the brand has made its marketing. In the past I had VERY bad experience with the brand's cleansers, so I was sceptic when an SA adviced me this product because my beloved HR Prodigy wasn't there anymore. I asked Guerlains antig aging fluid foundation and also that one is off the market here. So sad. I didn't want to buy Chanel (orange colors), an oldfashioned Sisley phyto teint éclat or La Prairie's foundation... I've sampled (and bought) those from La Prairie and it couldn't convince me. So I ended up buying this foundation from a brand I actually don't like. I came home and when I opened the jar I already was even more angry at myself of buying this brand. The package is so bad. When you place the little plastic on the jar, some spoil comes out! Grrrrr.
Otherwise I have to say that it has surprised me in a pleasant way. The texture reminds me at LP caviar foundation. Creamy, thick but it blends very naturally in the skin. It's not like the Guerlain one which sits a bit on top of the skin. This one feel very weightless and I have luck with the color (nr 23 Almond beige). It's less light reflecting then Guerlain so maybe suited for younger persons. (Personally I don't think this is suited for mature skin for that reason). Another con: I am not agains paraben in skincare (there are much more of that in our food and we do take that oral) but 5! paraben is over the top. I would have rather a pump and 3 parabens less! Coverage is medium and I like the feel and look on my skin. It blends beautifully and it feels like second skin. Maybe I would like a little more moisture... I think it suits 25- 40 year old people with normal to dry skin. It's a good foundation and better then all I have mentioned in this review except for HR Prodigy. I have given this a would rebuy, because it's good, but I think if the replacer of Prodigy is there I almost certainly buy that one. I think foundations of HR are the best.
UPDATE: not moisturizing enough for me. Not very emollient.
Love this foundation in summer breeze. Had to use it for several weeks to decide. This foundation feels very light on and does provide excellent coverage. Plan to try the primer and powder that goes with this. Thanks Leslie CZ for your opinion on this.
This is the best foundation I've ever used and I've tried many over the years. The Kanebo counter manager at Nordstrom gave me a sample of the Warm Beige to try, just a little dollop the size of a quarter and it lasted me almost two weeks. I used every last speck of it because I loved it so much, even though the color was just slightly off. It's expensive but it's justified because not only does it impart a beautiful but natural-looking finish on my face, a little goes a long way and it's a treatment product as well. I'm using Natural Beige and it's a perfect match for my skin, probably the best match I've ever experienced. I put it on at 6 a.m. and it stays looking great until I take it off at 8 p.m. I also bought the Total Finish powder foundation, which I use to further camouflage the sunspots on my cheeks. You would think this powder foundation on top of the cream foundation would look too heavy but it doesn't. Instead, the combination gives me a fantastic flawless finish.
The prior reviewer, an MUA buddy, Liz75, can definitely and accurately take credit for her genius on discovering and sharing her opinion on this foundation!!!! She is right....it is GORGEOUS! It is flawless under magnification and in day and evening lighting ala Dior Forever, but more glowing and hydrating on dry skin than Forever (I do use a moisturizing primer and a sponge). It gives even, smooth coverage that isn't heavy or cakey....but also doesn't wear off and require touching up my red nose and chin. I have only used this for a few days, but plan to use it for a lot longer. It is a bit obscure and harder to find than some. UPDATE 6/26/09: I just noticed Liz's review is gone, but mine is still here and I decided to try this product again in a lighter shade after a couple of years of using C de P. I am so glad I came back to this product. This foundation is GORGEOUS, FLAWLESS and MOISTURIZING. It's even better than I recalled! I think it's extra fabulous on mature skin with the brand's brightening makeup base (primer) underneath it, too.