I like this foundation very much.
I like the high SPF on it. Is is very water resistant as it says, and non-transfer once is dry.
The poor selection of shades is the only problem, as for the price I this justifiable due to the good quality of the product itself.
Good coverage too!!
Will repurchase. $30USD.
*Swatches included, click continue to view*
I planned to buy the compact but I tried this out at the counter. I've been using this line's sunscreen for over a year and it's my HG. With that experience in mind, I decided to take a plunge on this product.
Packaging: It's looks the same as my sunscreen, only smaller. Very plain- and cheap-looking plastic container. However after using it a few times, I realized the purpose of the bottle's design. The tip is small so I can control the amount of foundation I have to squeeze out. Better than a pump bottle.
Price: $31. Kind of expensive. Their sunscreen is expensive so I kinda understand their price range.
Color range: Very limited, which is the reason I'm taking a lippie out. It goes from SP10 to SP60. I was afraid I might turn orangy or too yellow if I choose the wrong color. I ended up with SP20 with SP30 powder. It looks very close to my skintone, even without the powder. One time I put too much powder one day and I turned out too yellow. Doesn't change color by the end of the day.
Finish: Matte! I used to put on sunscreen before primer but now I can skip that! Not really easy, but not too hard to blend. Evens out my skin nicely. There are days when I don't have to blot my usual very oily face (I blot like every two-four hours when using Everyday Minerals in semi-matte). Stays decently long enough.
It's greatly helpful to use a cleansing oil afterwards. This has a very high spf and is hard to get rid of without the cleansing oil. My face feels clogged up if I just using a regular cleanser.
Reasons I will be repurchasing this are: good for my oily skin, matte, and has high spf! Must have for summer!
EDIT: Reread other reviews. It appears that ppl in the same range as me, NC25-30, are using Sp40-60 which has more yellow it it(?). Though SP20 looked most natural on me, not too yellow not too orangy not too pink. I hope MAC SA was wrong cos I'll surely be returning my unopened studio fix today.
EDIT (06/29): I rarely use this cos I have EM and this line's compact powder as it's easier to apply. I lost (or it got stolen) the compact powder and I'm breaking out like crazy so I'm wearign it everyday! I skipped blotting one day and was able to get away with one blotting the other day. The tip where it dispenses the product can get messy. I don't take out the full amount needed, but just one drop per area I'm trying to cover. I ran out of cleansing oil, and it's really hard to take off with Alpha Hydrox cleanser! Had to use another beauty bar soap to get it squeeky clean.
NOTE (12/22): I haven't used this in months because I tanned. Nevertheless, Color match is difficult. People with the same coloring in other foundations seem to have a mix of match in this foundation. I read too many reviews, and I also checked the users' shades (by reading their reviews) in other foundations that I also use. It's too mixed and confusing, that I want to double check again (4th time IIRC) by getting samples of other shade. This foundation doesn't go from darkest to lightest, though the SAs who have matched me seem to choose the color by basing the shades on that way of thinking (SP10-lightest, SP70-darkest). True but the colors in between, colors I have to choose from have a more complicated difference other than "lightness" and "darkness". The color of this liquid when dispensed is definitely darker than when it is blended to the skin, same thing goes with the powder (dark and ORANGE-y on pan, but lighter on skin). I'll edit this again when I get a final verdict on this product. I still use SP20, with my LP.
UPDATE (04/20/08): Please pardon my first entry on this review, I was a newbie and didn't know much. But after too many testings, I've figured out that SP50 is perfect for my NC30 skin. I can still get away with SP40, which is a bit lighter (if I want to look just a bit lighter). I exchanged my SP20 liquid for SP50. It was too light, I almost never touched it. The compact and liquid have the same colors, so these compact swatches are applicable. Hope this helps and save someone the trouble I went through. Goodluck! This foundation is so worth all the hassle.
Liquid foundation on hand (NC25ish), which is much lighter than my face:
Here are the following swatches of compact foundations on tissue:
I bought this foundation in Oct 2006 and only used it on vacation but didn’t think it was all that great. However, I recently started using it again (Apr 2007) and I’m starting to really like it! The colour wears pretty well and it’s waterproof… good for the beach! I mix a drop with my Shiseido spf 36 cream sunblock and it takes down the white cast a bit. Sometimes I add a bit more of the foundation over my sunblock while it's still moist. It blends beautifully with my fingers... dabbed onto the spots where i need more coverage.
I really like this foundation. It covers better than I thought it would. It feels light but covers well. I have slightly dry skin. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was my skin starts feeling a little dry by the end of the day. So I am trying different moisturizers with it because I like the foundation that much. Love the spf.
Great for hot, humid conditions because it will stay put through sweat and won't feel oily. It'll make your skin look quite matte even if you're sweaty.
Don't bother using it during cold, dry weather. It'll look cakey and dry.
i've been using this foundation for a few years now and haven't consider it to be the best one that i've tried. i'm korean-american with really yellow undertones, MAC NC30-35 and i use this in SP60. during the winter months if i do get a little pale then i purchase SP50 and mix it with SP60. the result is really a flawless face, and maybe for people with dry skin it will look really cakey. if it were to lok really cakey on me i would add a little bit of oil-free moisturizer for my combo/acne prone skin to give it a smoother look. with this foundation i never have the need for concealor. the best part of this foundation is that it lasts all day long, does an A+ job of protecting my skin, and doesn't break me out. the only downside is that it takes some effort to remove it, but i use alpha hydrox nourishing cleanser with beads along with my fancl washing puff and it does the job. i always recommend this foundation to people with yellow undertones who want something that's full coverage. before i purchased this, i always tried different brands of foundation and had trouble finding my exact skin tone in a formula that didn't break me out or slide off my face. i always knew shiseido was supposed to be a good brand for asian skin but really didn't understand it until they made this foundaiton and now i would say that i completely agree. i don't use their matching powder, but instead i use covergirl's trublend pressed powder in translucent medium and my face looks perfect. i always tell people that i used to have a really bad acne problem (hopefully i won't experience it again) and people don't really believe it because they think my skin is too nice. some people even say my skin glows but i kinda laugh at that because i really think my skin overall is somewhat ruddy and lacks and luster/radiance. what those people say are not true, but this foundation is really what makes it seem that way.
Great packaging, crappy product inside. The color is off (not yellow at all). I dislike the synthetic fragrance. The coverage isn't great, and looks fake and scaly, even when using just a bit.
Great staying power, but too powdery and unnatural looking for my taste. Looked like a chalky white mask on my face. Too bad especially since it is great as an everyday sunscreen. :( Update: I gave this stuff another shot and tried applying with a very light hand and a wet sponge. Much better results this time. Also, since my skin is not so reactive this time, it sits better and does not irritate as much. Only challenge now is to find a color match. So far I have SP30 and SP50 for my NC 25-30 skin. Neither matches taht well. For now, I'll keep this foundation in the rotation until more issues arise. continued >>
this is my hg foundation. if u're an oily gal like me and can find a shade to match, u will definitely like this. i think i'm normally around nc20-30. i have this in sp60 for the summer and sp50 for the winter. the difference between these two shades are very noticeable, whereas the rest are very slight, detectable in natural sunlight. i agree w/ the other reviews that it seems like the undertones (peach, yellow) are different between sp10 through sp50... as for the darkness of the shades barely increase as the number gets higher. ur best bet would to be getting a sample and trying it on ur entire face. i was matched for sp40 and sp50, but when i purchased the sp40 and tried it at home full face... it made me look like i had an ashy, white mask on. keep in mind that it does look quite darker coming out of the bottle, but when applied on ur face... it gets a lot lighter.
the texture is very light and thin, but coverage is great. it really doesn't feel like i have foundation on at all. it's nice to have that added bonus of the sun protection. it also stays matte, so dry skin gals might wanna pass on this. price is a lil expensive at around $34 per bottle, but that seems like the norm for dept store makeup and a bargain compared to chanel.
LOVE IT! I use SP60, which happens to be an exact color match on me! It lasts so much longer than Clinique's Superfit (color was wayy too light for me but I didnt notice this til I tried this Shiseido foundation). The high SPF is important to me because I have hyperpigmintation marks on my face. Only gripe is that it is pretty expensive but my skin is worth dolling out extra money for.