i can't imagine finding a better foundation than this. i have consistently oily skin, and this is a foundation that does best at mattifying. with this foundation alone, i still have to blot every 3 hrs or so, but that's definitely a good thing, as i'm so oily that i usually need to blot once every hour. (with fyrinnae's primer underneath this foundation, it gets even better... don't need to blot for up to 4 or 5 hours)
yes, the shade is very limited, but i try to make do with the shade that the SA picked for me, it's not right on the money, but good enough.... will definitely repurchase, this is a great foundation with good coverage and oil control. :)
I love this foundation, it's great for my combination to oily skin. It is so comfortable to wear, it last all day until I remove it, easy to apply with a foudation brush. I don't use the sponge that came with it. The shades are dark, I'm Asian with fair to medium skintone and the lightest shade in sp10 is perfect for me. It is recommended to remove this with an oil cleanser.
I am in love with this foundation. I have combination skin, oily in T-zone and this is the first foundation that keeps my shine under controle. I tried many foundations ( Mac studio fix fluid, CD Forever, Lancome maquimate, teint idole, Helena rubinstein-spectacular,Chanel-mat lumiere, Sisley and many more) but this is far the best foundation. When I go to weddings I put it on and it looks great. You have to shade Your face and cheeks with bronzer or blush and You will not look like ghost on pictures.
I think this is magic in a bottle. you need very little to give you a truely beautiful finish. can't explain but wrinkles seem to fade away. my skin feels soft and it stays on all day. love that it doesn't come off on my phone or clothes. please try it so you to can have beautiful skin.
WOW am i impressed.. I got this a week ago. I did not know there was an spf foundation with such a high spf!!! I was actually looking for a sunscreen at sephora and macys. and was debating between 3 sunscreens, one of them being trhe regular ultimate protection 55 from shisheido. However, i found out there is a foundation from this same line. Weird, i initially thought. Who would buy this if they have a regular foundation line already? I opened the tester bottle and poured a dab out. Gross, i saw 2 layers of color, like oil and water. However, after learning more about it from the lady at the counter, I shook up the bottle and learned it was full coverage and more for those who work or are out in the sun all the time.. She did not recommend it to me, but I assured her that I wanted the protection even if I was not out in the sun alot. I was iffy at first, but she told me to jsut try it out, and bring it back if I did nto like it. I am an nc35 in mac, and i tried on sp20, 30, 40. I decided on 40.. Then i came back and debated on sp50. I read on MUA that nc30's are good with sp50, and sp60 is good for nc 35ish-.. I came back to another macys and tried on both, one on each side of my face. The girl said sp50 was better bc it gives me room if i tan in the summer, but I did not know. I stuck with sp40 because it made my skin look brighter. It really depends what look you are going for. sp 50 is good, both blend in wiht my neck. I wanted to go for the lighter look for now. so stuck with sp40. It stays on ALL day and you get sun protection and it is FULL coverage. WOW amazing. It's like an all in one. It stayed on me in the hot sun for at least 12 hours. I Love this stuff. HG material! I think I found my HG! I've tried over 12 foundations these past 4 months: MUFE HD, DIORSKIN NUDE hydrating, MAC, EL Double wear, El double wear light, El lucidity, Lancome , Clinique superfit, clinique even better, REvlon colorstay, cargo, tarte recreate, .... etc.. u get the point, a lot of them got sent back, bc i been on the search for my HG. Some were okay, clinique didnt stay on long, mac made me break out, dior did nto cover enough.. etc.. So in the running are: Estee lauder lucidity, tarte ( bc of all the " benefits in one", shisheido and revlon! ( revlon is just a cheap all day long substitute. Shisheido is either no 1 or 2!!! yayyyyyyyyyyyyy BEST CREATION EVER. I will continue buying sp 40 and maybe next time sp 50!!!!! LOVE IT. hope they never stop making it!!!!
I love shiseido's eye products, but this stuff is awful. The color selection is horrible, all the shades are sooooo orange. When i went to get mached after reading the reviews here, the SA put i think either 50 or 60 on me, and told me where i need more coverage to 'pack on the foundation'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i mean seriously!!! what are concealers for then?!?!?! After seeing the color of the foundation on my skin (orange) i told her its a little too warm (orange) for my liking and asked if she had a neutral/yellow powder to set it with, and she said "you dont wanna go too yellow, because you are not yellow." to cut the story short, by the time i walked out of there it looked like my face didnt belong to the rest of me. clearly you could see the contrast between the olive of my neck and the orange of my face.
i really wanted to love this and give it a try since it would cut down a step in my routine.. :(
it might work for some people but olive girls if you wanna look like a fresh tangerine.. hahaha ok ill stop. i guess it depends what undertones you have. always go and get matched, dont order this online.
I'm NC25-30 and got this one in SP50. It matches my skin tone. I like it for its very decent SPF and coverage. Well it doesn't cover my freckles completely but I like to have a natural finish anyway. Saves my time in the morning as it is 2 in 1 product. The sponge that it comes with is terrible. It soaks up the product like a ..um... sponge. LOL.. My fingers work really well. Also I wouldn't recommend it to people with dry skin as it will make dry patches more noticeable. Other than that it is an another good product from Shiseido.
I genuinely like EDIT: LOVE this foundation. I bought it in my current quest for my HG foundation. It's very durable, which I love. As far as I can tell, it's waterproof, sneezeproof, and doesn't get all over my boyfriend's white tee shirt when I hug him. So that's a plus. The only thing is... I don't think I like it just on its own. I set it with MAC Studio Fix powder over it for more of a full coverage. So I would say that the coverage is anywhere from medium to medium-high (website says full coverage? But I don't think so), depending on application method. I have used the MAC 190 and SK blue peep. I kinda dig the peep for this. I don't have perfect skin, that may be the issue. But if I had perfect skin, I wouldn't need foundation right? One of the things I LOVE about this foundation is that they make it in a shade that matches me! Rare. All of Clinique's foundations are too dark for me. So, over I hopped to Shiseido. Sp10 is perfection for me. And the SPF is wonderful because I am freckly enough! I have a feeling I will love this more in the summer...
EDIT: changed this to 5 stars because I am in love with this.. Finally mastered the technique of applying it and it looks airbrushed-amazing.
This is my special occasion foundation - for when I want to impress and blow people's minds with my flawless skin :P
I have decent-looking skin to begin with though it is sensitive, combination and acne prone. My everyday foundation is Stila IPF - a sheer-light powder foundation. I consider this Shisedo foundation to be full coverage. The finish is not quite fully matte but not dewy either. On me, when I first apply it, it looks good but once it has warmed into skin after 15-20 minutes the result is a flawless soft-focus effect. Covers everything yet remains very natural looking. I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear this. It is water-proof, sweat-proof and transfer-proof. This doesn't feel as heavy as some other full coverage foundations but I can definitely still feel it on. I detest applying liquid foundations and I have to wash very thoroughly (oil cleansers) several times to completely remove this - the reason why I don't wear this everyday. I'm pretty lazy. Though I understand it has to be like this in order for it to be water-proof, sweat-proof, etc. Because I don't wear it often it's the designated secret weapon in my beauty arsenal - it's nice to have for that purpose. I don't breakout with this as long as I completely remove all traces of it. I don't apply this with the sponge provided (total product waster and ineffective), I like to use a foundation brush or the Sonia Kashuk blue peep, heck even my fingers are better than the sponge Shiseido provides. The SPF is awesome and since physical sunscreens are used, my sensitive skin tolerates it.
Color selection with this utterly sucks but I guess these were the only colors they could make with this formulation. Otherwise, I don't see why Shiseido wouldn't offer more colors as it's as close to perfection as you can get. Definitely head on over to the Shiseido counter and cross your fingers you have a color match. This is just under $34 and totally worth it.
I'm not even knocking off a lipstick for the poor color selection be cause the product itself is just too great.