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Liquid - Shiseido - Perfect Refining Foundation

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rated 3.7(99 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 3.7
  • 61% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 4.1
  • Price: $$$

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rated 4 of 5 on 4/27/2014 7:34:00 AM More reviews by sammylai

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

im asian and i use 040 natural fair orche.

good coverage med - full
not oily
only need a little bit to use

a bit orange tint
small bottle

overall i would buy this again but i would like to try other foundations out there

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rated 3 of 5 on 3/24/2014 5:18:00 PM More reviews by jwmk9195

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

i dont know if i would buy this product again but it's not bad. i normally apply it with my bb cream but it doesnt cover my pores on my noses and it makes my skin quite dry as you can see my skin peeling. but overall, the colour is great especially for yellow undertones.

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rated 4 of 5 on 3/10/2014 9:30:00 PM More reviews by djdjdiana

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

This is a great foundation, it is one of my top 5's for sure. The good thing about this foundation is its very thin liquidy yet its coverage is amazing! I have a lot of scarring on my face and discoloration along with some blemishes and a tiny amount of this foundation goes a long way. This is my go to foundation in the summer because it is very light and i almost feel as if theres nothing on my face.

some pros:
-It doesnt look cakey on your face
-no breakouts or skin irritation
-amazing buildable coverage
-easy to apply

-very selective color selection unfortunantley hard to find the perfect shade for your skin tone
-pricey...but well worth it!

all in all great product and i recommend it to anyone that likes light yet great coverage foundation!

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rated 4 of 5 on 3/10/2014 3:00:00 PM More reviews by kubrusus

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I loved this fountadion to bits! This was my first ''real'' foundation, I've only ever bought cheap drustore makeup. It cost me 440 kroner, which I think is quite pricy (Compared to my usual foundations, at least), but it was totally worth it!

My skin type is combined, very oily in the T-zone and the rest is flaky and dry. I have used a cheap BB cream on my flaky parts (which is the majority of my face) and the Shiseido fountation on the T-zone. It gave a natural finish and stayed matte all day long even without powder.

Stays all day
Covers very well
Is antiseptic
Does not make skin oily

Costs a bit more than I am willing to spend on my face :)

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rated 1 of 5 on 2/4/2014 1:07:00 AM More reviews by redyarn11

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I am a devoted Shiseido user for more than 15 years and this product is so disappointing. I bought this online together with the Camellia Blush (another disappointment) as it was an online exclusive.

The consistency of the liquid is quite thin, which is nice, but then when I apply, it settles into pores, there are some bits of what looks like chalk on my skin. I end up with this white chalky appearance with some bits of micro chalk in small places like side of my nose and the space between my nose and eyes. It's very bad and if not for the price, I will toss this. I used it together with the pore-refining primer for the sample and translucent powder to sell andit gave me the same results.

I will stick to pressed powder and powder foundation for this brand.

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rated 5 of 5 on 2/2/2014 12:44:00 AM More reviews by chelseajean

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Green

Absolutely LOVE this foundation- hands down my new holy grail.
This foundation easily gives me a beautiful full coverage skin-like finish without being dewy and without being over matte, even when set with powder!
I discovered this product on a whim after running out of my Estee' Lauder Double wear and I don't think I will ever go back!

For best application I find using my fingers and applying the product from the centre of my face and use the excess of the edges, then using a powder puff, pat some translucent powder onto top!

I work with beauty retail and I have worn this for 12+ hours and have had no issues with caking or breaking down

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/10/2014 8:18:00 AM More reviews by freshsourmilk

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

First review and this review is just, as I've been using this for well over a year. It really puts MUFE HD Foundation to shame. The colour just wears so perfectly, fits even better than Bobbi Brown's. I am using O20 (Neutral), for reference I am Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation Cool Sand, Lancome's 2, MUFE HD Foundation 118, never tried MAC.

I've been using this since I got them in Oct 2011 and never looked any other way until I got fairer towards end of 2012 and it didn't quite match as well. And I bought MUFE HD Foundation, but after some sun at the beach I bounced right back onto this one and again it wears as perfect as a girl feeling pretty as can be. MUFE HD Foundation just looks so flat n lifeless in comparison.

Coupled with Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation Brush and the Shiseido method the application is flawless. Adequately covers redness and blemishes, dark circles also look natural. However I would not suggest building up the coverage as from experience it would start looking thick, just leave it after one layer.

Only two things to note, as some reviews below stated it wouldn't adhere as well 4-5hrs in. For me it's even less maybe 2-3hrs. It's as if a layer of powder is sitting on top of my skin, it gets obvious I have foundation on. But that's normal cause I live in a humid and tropical country and I have all over oily skin and large pores. 2-3hrs in within expectation, I blot it and the foundation would come to a matte and light coverage finish.

Secondly, because it comes to a semi-matte finish, if you would like to have it more radiant as I do, I use Kanebo Lunasol Watery Makeup Base for primer for it's light reflecting superpower. OMG, the result is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I think I've achieved my perfect look.

Price is really reasonable to me, as all foundation comes in 30ml, but definitely cheaper than Bobbi Brown, MUFE and Chanel. Also bear in mind that Shiseido doesn't specifically have a range to target oily skin, it's just that out of the whole range this would be most suitable for oily skin.

Hope this helps to manage your expectation and better your selections. It's like a successful marriage, a year+ later I am still as excited as the day I met this.

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rated 3 of 5 on 11/26/2013 3:32:00 PM More reviews by crashedandburn

Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black

If I could give this a 2.5 star, I would. I had hoped this would be a great foundation for me, but I was severely disappointed.

- Lovely colour selection, really wide range that caters to all different skin tones. I found a literal perfect match for my skin! Makes blending such a breeze, I don't have to worry about any awkward lines around my face and neck
- Almost flawless finish, very easy to blend using my Real Techniques face brush. I have some trouble around my forehead and the area between my mouth and nose, but not too much. Once blended in, it almost looks undetectable, and I love how it looks so natural!
- I love the texture, quite watery, nice and light, with just the right amount of coverage (medium). It's great for covering acne scars, little blemishes and pores, and especially redness, of which I am very prone to. It really evens out my skin tone very well! However, I find it gives very little coverage for bigger blemishes or bumps, but a little concealer can easily remedy that.

- Begins to crumble after 4-5 hours. Looks so unsightly and it basically screams 'LOOK I've got a face full of (not very good) foundation on! NOTICE ME!' I do have extremely oily skin, but I am baffled because I didn't experience this with my other foundations or TMs, like my Revlon Nearly Naked (which isn't even targeted at oily skin), unlike this foundation. I would understand if it crumbled at the end of the day, but that's not exactly what I want to see in the mirror in the middle of my lunch hour. I find this is working better and better as we go into the drier winter months though.
- The price, and the amount. Sure, it's pretty much around the same price range as other high end foundations, but you get so little in comparison. The bottle really is tiny, and the amount you use everyday is an average amount, I don't find this to be one of those foundations where a little goes a long way.

I found this to be quite an average foundation, it didn't suit my skin type, but I could see this working well for others. It's not the worst foundation I've tried, and I think it would probably suit normal to combination/slightly oily skin. It's got a great colour range too, so go check it out if you've always had difficulty finding the right shade for foundation!
I like this enough to continue using it until it finishes , but I will not be repurchasing. Cons heavily outweigh the pros, and it's not worth the money you pay for this.

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rated 5 of 5 on 10/17/2013 7:02:00 PM More reviews by raspberry0beret

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Grey

Despite having tried what feels like every foundation/brand under the sun, I have never written a review before. This is because I always have negative things to say. I had come to the conclusion it was my fault...I thought my skin was obviously just a strange colour and texture, unhelpable. Therefor I didnt want to deter someone from something that might work for them.
I am early 20's, fair skinned, quite sensitive, combination, occasional pimples. overall...I would say quite nice skin - all I really look for from a foundation is a natural looking even skin tone that takes my skin from good, to lovely. Nothing miraculous. I seemed to create problems for myself with many foundations, Clarins in particular left me with horrid deep pore spots. Chanel dries me out. Dior needs constant touch ups and don't have a good shade for me. Sisley is not worth the hefty prices. I could go on...!

Anyway, this product is amazing. Really. It feels so light and thin but on application gives a really good coverage - not too heavy or thick, yet it covers bags and scars. It has a really nice finish as well - not dry and tight but a little matte. And this lasts....I get a really greasy nose and T-zone which usually requires a touch up after a few hours...not with this foundation, it really does last all day. Most importantly for me, it feels nice on my face...I don't feel hidden and smothered in make up and it doesn't clog pores.
The packaging is teenny tiny and so light - no heavy, over the top glass bottle here!
In my opinion the price is very reasonable, it's a higher end foundation so yes, if your used to drugstore ones it will seem expensive - HOWEVER, with this foundation a little goes a long way, plus I don't need powder or concealer so that's a fair saving!
Unless you have very very dry skin, I would recommend this foundation to everyone.! Im so pleased with it, THANKYOU Shiseido...my hero.!!

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 10/10/2013 1:18:00 PM More reviews by xtinahb

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

Almost there, but not quite. Great medium coverage, very lightweight on the skin, perfect portable packaging, lasts a full 8 hours. It’s texture is almost water-like, very similar to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua but with much better coverage. The downside? Accentuates pores and slightly too matte finish, a bit drying on my combination skin, so my complexion looked flat . It came so close to being HG! I am a NC30/C4 light tan Asian gal and purchased in O60, my perfect match in all Shiseido bases. I definitely would recommend at least a sample for oily skin gals and girls because the lasting power and coverage is great. Personally though, me and my dry cheeks will be sadly returning this foundation.

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