My HG--I'm seriously in love with this foundation. Sp40 works well for my NC25 skintone, and I apply this foundation using just my fingers (works well). Up close, I do appear a bit ghastly in flash photos due to the high SPF, but that's not the purpose of this foundation. The oil-controlling properties and lasting power of this foundation is unbelievable. I wore this to the beach today (did not put my face in the water), and it still looks good 10 hours later--no sunburn included (I was at the beach for 8 hours)!!! My face looks so smooth and radiant with this foundation on. I get super oily around my nose and cheeks area, and this foundation keeps the shine to a low. I don't think any foundation that I've used in my life (MUFE HD/ MAC SF/ Neutrogena Skin Clearing/ Chanel Mat Lumiere) has looked this natural or worked this well. The only con I can think of is that if I use this foundation too much, and do not properly remove it from my face, I will break out. I don't like using liquid foundation everyday, but I'm still keeping this foundation for those days I choose to use it. For oily gals, please give this foundation a try!!!
This is a very light watery foundation with medium coverage. I'm Asian and have very light skin with yellow undertone and I decided to use #30. #10 and #20 are very pink and I always avoid foundation with pinkish tone in it. #30 looks a bit light when I first applied but it looks very natural after it warms up on my skin after 15 mins. I could use #40 but I'm afraid the peach tone in #40 will make my skin dull.
I like the high SPF in this foundation and it gives a nice matt finish. The fragrance is quite strong but it didn't break me out so far. I like it overall and it will be my go-to foundation for this summer!
At age 46, I finally decided to wear a little foundation to even out the skin tone and cut down the sunscreen shine. I have some mineral powder but was concerned about inhaling (both parents are lung cancer victims). So I decided to search for a liquid foundation.
After trying 6 highly popular ones, I found this wonderful product. I got a perfect match in Macy's in SP20 (have a NC30 in my drawer purchased 10 years ago but used <5 times, apparently too dark). I also invested in a MAC 187 brush. I found I got the best result by using the sponge coming with the product. It makes me look years younger and my already lovely skin flawless. It lasts all day. I can't stop checking myself in the mirror.
Please never stop making this prduct. I will serously cry if it happens.
o You can't beat the sun protection benefits.
o The product applies very easily: it's a very thin fluid.
o The coverage is outstanding.
o It's very efficient. I use it everyday, and one bottle easily lasts me a year. This means it might effectively be cheaper than drug store brand foundations.
o It stays on your face all day and night, covering beautifully, until you wash it off.
o Doesn't make you look greasy.
If I had to think of anything that's not perfect about it, I'd probably mention that it might slightly emphasize your fine lines. But that also might be due to the fact I apply a lot of it in the eye area to cover dark circles.
I love this foundation.
I have been a foundation wearer since I can remember. I started off using powder, and decided to give liquid a go. I have tried numerous brands (mostly high end) and nothing has come close to the performance as Shiseido has.
Keeps the shiny at bay, applies like a dream, GREAT coverage! Can't complain about the SPF either. I use this along with Prep and Prime from Mac SPF 50 and set with a powder. Works wonders
My HG foundation for the summer! If you have oily skin like me, this is the perfect foundation for you. I got this foundation after I tried Shiseido's Dual Foundation, which I also love, and I can honestly say that I am even more in love with this foundation! Why you ask?
- blends like a dream. It comes with a nice applicator sponge in a little case. It's cute but I think I would rather use a disposable sponge.
- color match is good and stays true. I'm about NC 25-30 and SP40 is a perfect match.
- stays matte for hours! It feels like silk for hours after you apply it. It doesn't crease or melt off by the end of the day. I have this problem with a lot of foundations no matter how mattifying or long lasting they say they are.
-Very high spf of 42 and UVA protection of PA+++. I think this is the only foundation on the US market that offers this! UVA protection is important if you don't want to get burned!
-waterproof and sweatproof. This means you can be out in the sun and not have your makeup melt right off your face!
-doesn't oxidize. The color stays true throughout the day.
-maybe the price. it is a little expensive for what you get. but I think it's worth it if you're going to be using this for just the summer.
- packaging is a little bland. it looks just like the sunscreen bottle.
I will be wearing this foundation all summer long!
I decided to try this foundation because I absolutely LOVE Shiseido's spf 55 lotion. I'm so glad I did. This is by far the best liquid foundation (formula-wise) I've tried on my oily, acne/clog prone skin. It provides medium to full coverage, depending on how much you apply, and it really lasts all day!!
My one and only complaint about this fdtn is the color selection. It's just terrible!! I'm NC35-40, and I started with SP60. It's close, but it's a bit dark/muddy-looking on my face. I mixed it with a little Shiseido spf 55 lotion, and that corrected some of this problem and also sheered it out a bit. But I decided that I prefer the fuller-coverage look for the time being, so I also got this in SP50. This shade is much too light for me on its own right now, but it has the perfect amount of yellow for blending with SP60. So I just use a small drop of the SP50 with the SP60, and I end up with the perfect color AND the coverage I want!
But aside from issue mentioned above, this foundation is just perfect for me! I doubt it would work as well on those with dry skin. Even with my oily skin, I have to make sure I moisturize--especially around my eyes and mouth. I have no problems removing this, but I use an oil cleanser everyday anyway.
I would most definitely repurchase this. It's the perfect summer foundation and it makes my skin look flawless!
I have been on a hunt for a multi-purpose foundation that has sunscreen (at least 15, prefer higher), provides medium coverage, and suitable for oily skin. 'Cause as summer comes, my makeup will naturally melt off my face within 2-3 hours. Plus because I'm pregnant, my skin is sensitive to the sun, so I need extra sun protection as my OB nurse told me. After trying GA Lasting Silk, I was not satisfy with it at all. It gives me a greasy feeling yet gets me flaky skin at the same time, really weird! Then I remember this foundation which I tried a while back, may be during winter time. I forgot why I returned it. But I don't remember hating it. So I went to the Macy's counter and have it matched for me.
In my opinion, SP4 and SP5 is almost the same color. So my somewhat NC25 probably more like NC30 skin, I can use both with no problem. I ended up getting SP5 only because my neck is slightly darker than my face, so I went for the supposingly darker shade so my face won't be totally off color than my neck.
I like the coverage, it's definitely medium. I don't need to use concealer for my minor dark circle nor my acne scars. It has a matte finish but not mask like, so that's good. It has a slight scent of the signature Shiseido sunscreen smell, which is not too bothering to me. It fades away about 1/2 hour of wear. It doesn't seem to irritate my skin, and the SPF 42 is exactly what I look for.
I pair this with Shiseido's new sheer compact with SPF 22 in O40. I only use the powder on my nose and to touch up. This sun protection foundation doesn't require any finishing powder nor primer. The compact is perfect to keep my nose from shinning, and add more coverage if needed. Overall, I think this is a keeper definitely for summer time. In winter, I'm not sure if I want to wear such high SPF all day long. Would buy again without a doubt.
Update: After been wearing it for a few days, with and without primer and/or moisturizer. I found the best result came from on clean face, first put moisturizer only at area where needed, for me, that would be my under eyes, cheek and corners of my lips. Then I usually leave the house, drive to work, wait till all moisturizer are dried out, then put on primer. I tried using both Shiseido's premakeup cream and L'Oreal's studio secret, they both help to prolong (12+ hrs, with 1 touch up at oily area) and make my face look much smoother. I still highly recommend this foundation, especially during hot summer days.
Well, I really wanted to like this product. I read the reviews on it and it sounded great. I was looking for something with good sun protection ( I am very pale and burn easily) and with staying power. I was a little discouraged by the color selection because there weren't many shades. The palest was slightly dark for me but it wasn't anything too bad. The first few days were great. Then I realized it wasn't staying on as well and was getting shiney, and then I started breaking out, badly. I wasn't sure what it was at first but after reading the negative reviews I noticed a lot of people did get break outs from it. I immediately stopped using it and switched back to Almay's TLC. My breakouts stopped immediately and withing 3 days I was clear. I wish I could have liked it (especially after what I paid for it) but oh well. I will definitely NOt be using it anymore.
Really happy with this foundation. I have combination skin, blemish-prone and also have melasma - so I need something good! This is a nice consistency - very thin but still has good medium coverage. Pretty good at keeping skin matt throughout the day. I bought this mainly for the high SPF, and find this a much better option that wearing sunscreen underneath my foundation as it feels less heavy. It also feels lighter that Revlon Colourstay, though coverage is comparable.
BTW I have this in the second lightest shade (20 I think), which is great for my light to medium toned skin. There are no very pale colours, so I sometimes find I have to wear bronzer/fake tan on my body so that I match!