I really wanted to like this and i kinda like it but im just not that into it .The girl who works at the shiseido counter told me that this is suitable for all skin types, offers high coverage and gives a natural matte finish . Well all those claims are bullshits..This foundation is very watery and thin. Gives sheer to medium coverage and sets completely matte , and not the studio fix liquid kind of matte but the really ugly kind that picks every single hair of my face up and makes my skin dry and flat . I like the fact that has build in high sun protection in it.I also like the fact that once this is on is on for good has excellent staying power probably the best I ve ever seen ! I really like the packaging I really really do is very cute and playful and colorful and summery.Has also a ball shaking thing inside that helps you to give it a good shake before you use it. Unfortunately this foundation is not for me I have reasonably dry skin and this one feels so drying on me also as I get older i cant stand the matte finish foundations and this one sets 100% MATTE I prefer foundations that offer a more satiny natural finish like chanels vita or pro lumiere. I adored the high sun protection and the incredible staying power but I hated the thin dry consistency of it and its low coverage. If you are someone with combination,oily or very oily skin then probably this foundation is a very good option for you. Other with dryer skin types like me Im not so sure......make sure you test it before you buy it
(13/03/2012) I love estee lauder double wear just a bit more but use this in the summertime when I am outside a lot!!! .......I bought this foundation on ebay because its not available where i live. I bought the colour SP50 and it matches perfectly! for reference I am in revlon colorstay 'sand beige'. I was afraid that it would be to dark but it matches so nice! I like this foundation when i am outside a lot. The foundation is very lightweight and has a super stayingpower. I putted it on today at 10 in the morning and at 7 tonight it wasnt moved. I must say i put always over my foundation Mattify! loose powder, that is also a must for oily skins. I will re-order this!!
I'm usually a Colorstay gal, but wanted to try this as a more lightweight foundation with spf for summer. What amazed me right off the bat is that you don't need much of this foundation to get good coverage and it looks and feels lightweight and like you're not wearing foundation at all. I like that it comes with a sponge in a separate little box so I can carry it in my bag for touch ups if needed. It was very warm and humid today and my makeup stayed put. I have combo/oily skin and I do have to blot after a few hours, but I don't mind because the makeup stays on. I'm very picky about foundation and this one is a keeper! I recommend it to anyone who normally wears Colorstay or Double Wear because it's a light, non-cakey look with excellent coverage.
I love this foundation, it is light, pretty high coverage which surprised me, and very layerable. It evens out my skin very nicely and wears beautifully when set with a little powder. I applied it with the sponge which is something alot of people deem taboo, but I love it. Compared to many high end brands, this isn't too expensive for the amount you get, but if you're used to d/s prices it might seem outrageous. The high spf is a bonus, but I bought this mainly for it's durability in the summertime, as compared to things like revlon c/s. Oh, and the match at sp10 is perfect for me, which is also a huge huge bonus! I know the selection might seem limited, but if you can find a match it is great. For some reason shiseido seems to make products perfect for my pale skin which is not too pink or yellow :)
I can put up with a lot for an SPF 42 in a product that works for oily skin.
I was convinced that I would love this. Actually, it just didn't cut it for me. I agree with the reviewer who said this would be great for the beach, but not as a replacement for foundation, especially since there are some awesome foundations out there.
It was liquidy, and spread nicely with a damp sponge. I wasn't crazy about this with a brush, as it was a little streaky. The SP10 was a tad too dark for me, but workable, just not perfection. I got pretty oily, which is generally fine since I don't mind blotting. However, my main gripe is that I had a hard time getting a nice finish when I put powder over this. I definitely got clumpy as the day wore on. Unfortunately, without powder I was a greaseball....just can't make it through the day without some good powder.
I do love Shiseido, this just wasn't the product for me. I think it would be better for someone with normal to slightly oily skin, not very oily. I'm returning it, which I HATE doing.
Once again Shiseido has done an awesome job in their foundations.
I am an NC 30 and use #60. I love the fact that it is a high sunblock and awesome coverage in one.
It stays on all day and loos flawless. Def worth the price because you do not need much to get beautiful coverage.
One word....Amazing. The abosolutly perfect foundation I have used in over twenty years. Besides the fact that it has sunsreen, doesn't transfer, is lightweight, has a air brushed finish, looks healthy, is waterproof, and is the perfect shade....this also lasts ALL day with no touch ups and covers like a dream. I have med skin tone and 70 is a great match. Less is more and you don't need much. Sounds too good to be true but it's just that good! I won't use anything else in the summer. The key with this is use a very, very small amount and blend with a sponge. I buff it in with a brush after that. Great stuff.
I am an NW15, maybe lighter in the winter, with oily/combo SD prone skin. I have been looking for either a foundation, TM or moisturizer that I like with a decent SPF for everyday use.
I picked this up in SP10 (lightest shade) and found the match decent to a hair darker than my winter skin tone. I am sure it will be perfect come summer, though. It's very liquidy and goes on easy. It comes with a little sponge applicator in it's own little container that is nice but I use my fingers to apply. Normally, I hate foundation. Typically it's too thick feeling on my skin and ends up feeling gross about mid day. Not with this I am glad to say. This sinks right in and I have noticed any oily break through at all during the day. (Summer will be the real test, though). The coverage is meduim yet buildable which is fine for me because besides some redness on my cheeks, my skin is pretty good. I wanted this more for the SPF than anything else.
My skin is super duper sensitive and I am prone to SD around my eyes. This didn't bother my skin at all. No itches, nothing. Hard to believe because most foundations - liquid or powder make me itch to some degree. It's very comfortable. There is also no funky SS smell to this either.
One thing I don't like about it is the bottle itself. While it's better than having a glass bottle with a large open mouth, this is plastic with a plastic nozzle. Mine leaks a bit, so I put this in my cabinet insead of with the rest of my MU. Not a deal breaker. I am sure this will become HG for me as long as it performs well this summer.
This foundation has been my go to foundation for about a year. I am NC 25/30 and I use SP40. It is medium coverage and what I most enjoy is the actual scent of the foundation (not like most foundations that smell like chemicals) I usually use my fingers to apply and I find that it blends easily and you definitely only need the smallest amount (if you don't need to cover much) I set with MSF in medium plus and gives me such a beautiful finish.
Pros: Medium Coverage, SPF protection, Smell, Matte finish ( I have oily/combination skin), Cute/efficient packaging, Long Lasting (8+hours on normal skin), Does not settle into large pores,
Cons: Pricey, does not last as long on very oily skin (I have a really oily t-zone, and I do have to blot about four hours later, which is not bad), Few color range SP10-70 (for NC30 use SP50), Definitely NEED TO moisturize dry skin/patches before applying as it tends to highlight dry areas.
I definitely recommend this foundation, it has been my favorite for months! :)
I bought this product only because I'm a surfer, and I heard that many pro surfers use it because it blocks uv rays so well. Well, that part is true-- it's the best sunblock ever. It doesn't budge after hours in the water, and it totally prevents those crappy sunspots/freckles that pop up after an afternoon surfing.
If you spill some drops in the sink, you will need a scouring pad and Ajax to scrape it off. It does not budge!
So as a waterproof sunblock, this stuff is gold! If I'd found it 10 years ago, I might've salvaged my skin from all that surfing sun damage!
However, as a foundation for non-sport use, this stuff sucks because the color selection is horrible. I am half Asian, so I thought for sure I'd find a good match with Shiseido. Nope. If I dare wear this for non-surfing purposes, I end up looking pasty as a zombie.
If Shiseido could figure out how to manufacture a decent color palette, this would be GREAT -- since it goes on so smoothly, is really lightweight, and only requires a few drops for the whole face.
I'll continue to buy this-- but as a sport sunblock only, not as an actual foundation, (unless I'm planning on going out for Halloween dressed as a corpse).