This went back to Nordstrom. The color match was fine but that's all I can say good about this. I still got the oilies an hour after application. And this stuff is impossible to remove. After buying this I went back to Nordstrom for Shiseido's cleansing oil because of the raves and the need for something to get this stuff off my skin but I didn't like that either. I gave this foundation about four tries and each time I ended up with surface and under-the-surface zits. The packaging is brilliant--I love the mixing balls and the squeeze top. Most certainly will not rebuy or recommend to anyone.
I'm NW20 MAC, and I use the SP50. In summer, i mix with some SP60.
medium coverage and mate finish.
I like the hight SPF, and it have a good sunscreen, a 13,9% of titanium dioxide.
Good foundation for combo-oily skin.
Only one contra; it's some drying for normal to dry skin, or for my combo-sensitive and dehidrated prone skin. I found that it's better for spring or summer, not for cold winter.
buy again? yes!
It's the BEST foundation I've ever used. The SP20 shade was perfect for my skin tone (MAC NC20) and, besides the high SPF (wich made me buy it), it gives the skin such a perfect matte finish and the right coverage, not mask-like and not too light. It stays on all day and didn't make me break out. I will definetely buy it again. The only downside is the price.
I 'M in LOVE with this.
i've been looking for a year straight for something that wont rub off. and i was a little hesistant to try something water resistant cuz i though tit would be a waste if i did since i just wanted it to withstand a little bit of summer sweat. but this stuff is great. it doesnt rub off on my clothes and is sweat proof. i wore it to the county fair all day and it was great. i know that cuz of the spf its not supposed to photograph well but the pix that i have from that day dont really look too bad. i wear the sp60 and am about nc27 which in theory is actually kinda dark for me but it doesnt look it. i dont wear foundation every single day so i'm hoping this will last a little while cuz its so tiny but you dont really need a lot to cover. its not cakey or heavy and is AWESOME with the spf 42. i'm a spf freak. =P i will definitely turn to shiseido for my night time/photo ready foundation cuz i love this one so much!
its my favorite. the foundation itself is very smooth and delicate on the face and doesnt come off in the hot weather!!!... im extremely acne prone and this doesnt give me any pimples!!!
I've used alot of foundations before but this is the one that im going back to.
Acne prone users, BEWARE!!! I was really excited about all the great reviews here and the high SPF. Initially, I loved the product because it covered well and went on smoothly. I did notice the pasty face in flash pictures like others warned about, but didn't mind overall.
3 weeks into the foundation, I started to get really deep clogged pores. The kind where it starts of as little, uneven bumps, then in a couple weeks, it grows into a full blown zit. When I took it back, the MUA says this foundation makes the top of their return list. Apparently, many people have a reaction to the high SPF so they end up returning it.
I really wanted to like this product. I bought it because MUA said that this was the most popular foundation choice among 'acne-prone' users. Wow, that couldn't of been more wrong in my case! I really loved it initially - coverage was perfect, went on great, but as the day wore on my face just FELT disgusting and greasy... and sure enough, my clear face had 4 deep cystic like bumps by the end of the day. Must be something about the high SPF that doesn't agree with my face, but boy, I am still dealing with the effects of wearing this foundation. Will not buy again.
This a staple for me year round. I am pretty hardcore about SPF and this is the only stuff that I trust (I usually layer on titanium dioxide / zinc oxide sunscreen moisturizer as well) to adequately protect my skin. I can tell it works...when I go on vacation (either to the beach or the ski slopes) my complexion still remains the same, despite the fact the my skin naturally tans very quickly.
A plus is the great, non-oxidizing coverage that really covers all those pesky little red marks, and stays that way! No oiliness, and I never use a powder with this foundation. It lasts and lasts. I use a cleansing oil at night to remove this foundation, and it works for me. It may be a bit mask-like but personally I like the full coverage.
My skin is NC30-35 right now. I usually use the 50 and 60 colors blended together.
The only thing that I do not like is that its not a great nighttime / special events foundation. It just does not photograph well, due to the high sunscreen content (producing that dreadful white face / tan body look in photographs). While it looks fine in person, camera flash is not a friend to this foundation. I'm still looking for a decent full-coverage foundation for nighttime w/o sunscreen. Will try Cle de Peau cream foundation next.
This is a great foundation, have been wearing it for a couple of years now. I love Shiseido foundation colours as they arnt pink or orange. SP60 is the best color match i have ever found in this foundation, the compact is also awesome in this range too....though the color is slightly lighter when applied with a wet sponge.
I wouldnt recommend this foundation to people with dry skin, great for combination and oily skin as the staying power is good.
Words of advice though when appplying this product:
Dont use the spong it comes with...it soaks up all the foundation, use your fingers and spread fast and evenly to ensure a smooth finish. Also use a good moisturiser, but i wouldnt wait for your moisturiser to dry before applying the foundation other wise your foundation might go on patchy.
I have used this in SP40 occasionally for about a month now. I have Asian combination skin with sensitive dry cheeks and oily t zones with enlarged pores. I am not comfortable in heavy color. My goal is a makeup free look, therefore I want a foundation to even out my skin tone, cover up some acne discoloration and most importantly, lighten up my dull skin tone. (I guess I probably will be alone here since I am not looking for an exact match of my skin, I want sth better. ) It does all that, thus I will be repurchase, but there is sth wanting.
* High SPF, No need for additional sunscreen
* Lighten up my skin
* Last for a whole day without changing color
* Medium coverage
* Minimize the appearance of pores nicely
* Feel really light on skin, which is great in summer (I tried EL's double wear light, it's nothing compared with this)
* Matt finish
* Have a good oil control
* It's dry. You really need a good moisturizer before this, otherwise the dry flakes on my skin are definitely going to show. (I guess that is the price you pay for being light)
* It's a little bit difficult to blend with just my fingers since it dries up fast.
* It's water-resistant, thus very difficult to get off without oil based makeup remover. I hesitate to make this move because I used to break out badly.
I like it, but because it's difficult to get off, I think I will just use this one in summer time when I need to be outside. For indoor usage, I will use sth easier to get rid of, like a tinted moisturizer.