I have been using this product for three years now and I use it in Summer. Basically itís the foundation I use when I sunbathe Ė I never expose my face though as I have spots and I donít have to have getting them browner :o)
So while my body toasts under the sun, my face stays in shade wearing 50+ SFP and this great Shiseido foundation on top.
1) Itís the only foundation I have found so far with this high SPF.
2) itís very good for the beach as it does NOT melt, fade or go away. It's waterproof!!!
Well. There are quite some downsides.
1) The colour range is almost non-existing (here in Europe we have a dark beige called SP60 and a light pale beige called SP40); I have both shades, for when I am still pale and the other one when the rest of my body is dark.
2) it breaks me out.. itís a bit on the heavy - but that's what you get for a full coverage!! & I guess putting so many chemicals (2 layered heavy SPF's) does not help out your skin breathing.
3) wellÖ when you apply it with your fingers, then you need to wash your hands & it does not go away easily with soap... you need waterproof make up remover. This is annoying on your hands but defintely positive for your face as it demonstrates its huge staying power !!
I am still buying it as I said, itís the only foundation with this high SFP protection.. but I guess they could get the formula a bit better!!
I hate the appearance of this foundation...the container is plastic and opaque, so I have to guess how much is left in the bottle. The shade selection is also extremely limited, but it's at least better than the powder, where every single shade looks too dark and orange. It comes with a sponge, which absorbs foundation like nothing else, if you want to waste money, use the sponge. Using a foundation brush makes it look streaky. Using your fingers is your best bet, but be prepared to use an oil cleanser on your hand afterwards cause this thing will NOT come off your fingers with regular soap.
Those are all the negatives, but I'd still buy the damn thing again. It has amazing SPF for those fanatical about their sun protection. It controls oil like nothing else; use this on top of the Shiseido SPF 55 sunscreen, with some powder, and you're set for the rest of the day. This, of course, means that it's a b*tch on a stick to remove at the end of the day, you have to use an oil-based cleanser to get it off. Great coverage, may be too heavy for some, but it's great for me, and I'd purchase this again until I find another foundation with equally high and reliable sunscreen.
Stopped at the Shiseido counter recently to oogle at all the skincare and make a decision on some SPF face cream. The SA showed me this foundation instead. I never just purchase things like foundation w/o trying them first so I received a sample. I must say it takes a really light hand. I made the mistake of dipping my brush in the sample and it was overkill, made me look like I was wearing a mask. The next time I tried it, I dapped spots on my face and blended in with my brush. It really turned out nice! I also liked that it is water resistant/transfer resistant, its got hella staying power. I really am becoming more and more impressed with things from this line. I love the mascara base, the hydro-cream shadows and now this foundation. I will be purchasing this when I go back. I like the fact that I won't have to apply SPF after my lotion, I can just go straight to the foundation. **EDIT~ I accidentally spilled some of this on my sink and let it dry. It took an act of God to remove it. Water resistant it is, as well as Comet resistant!**
I am very oily and this foundation is great for my skin type! I use a MAC 187 brush to apply it and that really helps a lot. You do not need to use much of this foundation, a little goes a long way. I really like the staying power it has on my oily skin and also the way my face looks while wearing it. Which is not a mask but yet enough coverage to look better than my natural (bare faced) look. The biggest benefit is the spf it contains in it. Which usually spf makes me greasy but not this one-yea!! It comes in a bottle with a tiny tip so you can shake it up well and pour out a small amount (aka no waste). I do wish that the cost was cheaper, but it does last a long time & if it works for my super oily skin, that's all the better! I would encourage all oily to very oily ppls to try this foundation. I wear SP60 by the way & I am a NW30. HTH!!
Love this! Doesn't break me out & doesn't separate & float away when my skin gets a bit oily (in fact, my skin is a bit LESS oily when using this). Does a great job covering the red blotchy parts of my face, like the broken capillaries near my nose, and has great buildable coverage without caking (will cover the worst blemishes). BEST OF ALL, DOESN'T TURN ORANGE!! Orange skin is my personal pet peeve and biggest phobia/gross-out, and being a PPP (I wear the SP-10) with uber-greasy skin, finding on that doesn't "turn on me" midway through the day is a big deal. The only negative to this foundation is that, as some of the other reviewers mentioned, unless you are into a porcelain doll/Morticia Adams/Geisha girl aesthetic, it is NOT the most attractive when photographed with flash photography. I think it's something to do with the titanium dioxide in it. I still love it and would still buy it again but will probably wear my left-over Giorgio Armani Matte Silk when I am going out with friends at night and I think I might be photographed.
I'm loving this so far. It's a bit of a watery consistency when it comes out of the bottle, but it covers well without looking too masky and it looks very natural. lasts quite a while.
The finish is matte and is very transfer-resistant, offers lots of coverage plus the sun protection is excellent. Also the packaging is perfect - a squeeze bottle that allows the perfect amount of foundation to be dispensed, plus the bottle contains a plastic bead (similar to a nail polish bottle) to ensure thorough mixing when shaken. This does dry down fast so a quick application is necessary. I find this works well when mixed in with the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 55 - I just place the normal amount of sunblock in my hand, then add the foundation, blend together, then apply to my face. Afterwards, I touch up any areas that need more coverage with a drop of the foundation. The resulting finish is very natural and smooth. However....there are several downsides to this sunscreen foundation. One is that there isn't a good color for me. I'm paler than the lightest shade, SP10, which is true orange on me. (I'm Olive Fair in EM's mineral foundations.) Also, this foundation can be drying, and I've noticed that this foundation can look heavy if it's not thinned out, and the drying effect draws attention to my fine wrinkles. So, I will only recommend this for those with normal to oily skin. Dry skins would find this too drying and aging-looking.
This is a decent foundation - definitely above average. Good coverage, good color match (and I'm pretty fair), and I appreciate the SPF level. Hasn't done much to alleviate the shine, though, so I'm going back to MUFE Mat Velvet (at least until my Peaches & Cream arrives! YAY!).
Tried this foundation before thinking that because I am asian the colors should match..wrong...it almost looks like a kabuki mask and it feels very dry almost like calamine lotion..this was a return for me..did not work for me.
Wow. I love this product. For starters, I am oily/acne-prone, but I use taz and benzaclin/duac daily, so while my skin is naturally very oily, it is sometimes sensitive, confused, and v. occasionally flakey. I am a true NC25/C2+ in MAC, meaning my skin has very strong yellow undertones. The problem I have had with most d/s foundations is that they don't really match my skin tone. Most lighter ones could match, but are too light. Most darker ones are too brown/pink. Like most of the other yellow-based girls, this foundation is fabulous and matches me very well. I ended up with SP40, which is pretty perfect. I was originally sold SP30, which is even more yellow than 40, but it was a bit too light (maybe NC20 type). SP50, as others have mentioned is more golden and matches NC30/C3 types well. As others have mentioned, the colors are not exactly a color progression - they do mix slightly different undertones (i believe SP10 or 20 was a bit pink, SP30 is yellow, SP40 is neutral but works with yellows, SP50 is golden, didn't explore the rest). For those who may not know, this does need to be removed with an oil cleanser. I'm not sure I'd trust this with 100% of my s/s protection for real outdoor days, since I'd probably have to wear more than I want (which would give some pretty serious full coverage). If I could, I'd just wear shiseido's cream/lotion spf 55 under this. At this time (mid-winter), the alcohol in the spf 55 is too much for my rx'd skin. I do wear another s/s under this currently. As much as the alcohol in the spf 55 is too much, the alcohol in this 42 foundation has not been irritating. I did just start using this foundation recently, so I'll have to see how things go. However, I had to rave about this for others, especially those who enjoy revlon colorstay. This product is similar with a nice coverage that is very natural looking but can really camoflouge and even out the skin tone, plus it gives you real protection and all-day staying power.