Love the packaging and the product. Thanks for the great reviews which prompted me to try it. I have very fair skin, so the lightest color #10 is still too strong on me. So I have a little trick... I mix it with a tinted moisturizer like Neutrogena's Fair/Light which cuts the warmth of #10 and makes it perfect for my porcelain skin. And the staying power is still amazing, even in summer weather. I've been doing this for 2 years with Almay's Workout make-up, but sadly they've discontinued it. Give this a try!
Ladies if you follow these instructions, you will not break out and you can get your perfect shade!!I soo wanted this to work, but it made me break out after a few days-little red bumps. I loved the color shades in that they are yellow based, but I couldn't find my right match. I liked the 40, but it was too light, almost chalky. The 30 way too yellow, the 50 yellow with gray undertones-weird!! The 60 made me look kind of muddy, it is a dark pink tone with lots of gray. The 70 way too dark and oragne!!But I loved the coverage, I didn't have to use hardly any concealer, and I loved that I didn't have to put sunblock underneath.
Now I have perfected this foundation and you can too. I guess I have a type II sallow skin.
I mixed the 40 and 60 in a seperate container. Mix very well !! You can add more of either shade to make it lighter or darker.
Tip--I go to sephora and request samples of all the shades!! Then I go home and experiment with mixing. You will get the hang of it if you are determined. You can add shade 10 which is a light pink if you want to cancel some yellow. I mix 4 shades together, a combo of 40, 60, 10 and 20.
Now the most important thing-I mix water in my final color. Yes water-I add quite a bit-maybe so it is equal parts water and equal part foundation.I believe the reason we break out is it is so thick and completely clogs out pores. Mixing water thins it out, but it still keeps it's flawless, non transferable water resistant qualities.
This foundation and water won't mix!! This foundation is truly oil based-man made oil-silicone. So right before I am about to use it in the morning I try to mix it (the seperated water and foundation with a toothpick) and quickly with my fingertips dot the mixture (it's not really a mixture it is just like a drop of foundation sitting on top of a drop of water.) onto your face and quickly with a foundation brush brush it on your face. You will see how the foundation goes on thinly and smoothly-perfect!! No breakouts!!Yes ladies, no breakouts! It seems a little messy in that the foundation and water never truly seem to mix together but you just dip your finger in the container making sure you get some water on your finger along with the foundation. I am assuming you can get the same effect by just wetting your face and applying the foundation without mixing water in it. I'll try that tomorrow and let you know.
This is my HG of foundations!!I have never bought a whole bottle, well yes I did, but returned it because it wasn't my shade. I just use the samples I get from sephora and mix them for the perfect color. I only mix the 10, 20, 40, and 60's as the others have way too much yellow. The 20, and 40 have just enough yellow in it, they are both rather peachy toned-very flattering but too light for me on their own-great for mixing.
This sounds like alot-bt it is well worth it once you get the hang of it.No breakouts anymore and perfect shades.
My skin type: Acne prone, with old acne marks, sensitive, combo skin, needs a good oil control foundation that isn’t too drying.
Color: NC35-40/C4 (Mac), 80 contour (Chanel), Medium Beige, Medium Beige Summer (EM), 050-60 (Shiseido)
- High spf
- Water & smudge resistant (Does NOT transfer to clothing or tissue at all!)
- Skin stays matte longer, few touchups, occasional blots
- Excellent coverage, covers redness and marks
- Thin texture, allows for great layering
- Seeps into skin like water thus easy blending
- Dries fast but not too fast
- Non-cakey/mask-like finish
- Does NOT accentuate dry spots
- Matte and even finish but allows skin to breath through
- Hygienic bottle
- Bottle is plastic (non-breakable), portable and cute design
- Doesn’t cover pores well
- Caused me to breakout (hit & miss, some days are ok)
- Very limited shade range – I used 060 but the color seems off a bit- it seem to have too much pink/red undertones. Still it was ok.
- Must use strong OIL-BASED cleanser (Ponds DCC highly recommended!)
Conclusion: This foundation may cause problems for sensitive, acne prone individuals. Me personally, I give this a 4. Some days I can breakout from this, other days not. But I still love it because it performs like no other foundation I have ever tried. I highly recommend this to those who are not acne-prone and who may be lucky enough to find a color match. I use EM daily and this for special occasions where I need to look flawless.
Oh, how I wish this hadn't made me break out! I was in denial about it for 3 weeks, but I never get breakouts and suddenly started getting them...had to be this foundation, as it was the only change in my skincare routine. SOOOOO disappointing! Because otherwise, it's absolutely perfect. I have a very oily T-zone, especially in summer. I've tried so many other brands of foundation (Chanel, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, Dior, etc.) and none of them had all the factors I was looking for - broad spectrum sunscreen, matte finish, sheer to medium coverage, and long lasting. This one does. My face looked just as perfect at the end of the day as it did in the morning, and every time I looked in the mirror I was amazed - even in 90+-degree heat! Matte finish lasted too. Removal was a bit annoying (I used almond oil and then cleanser), but worth it. When I returned the foundation, the Shiseido rep who was visiting the store said it was the chemical they use in the 42 and 55 SPF sunscreens that I'm allergic to. She said she has the same problem and the compact foundation with 36 SPF doesn't make her break out. I'm considering using that, but she said it's heavier coverage, and I prefer sheer/medium coverage. ***EDIT*** If you're at all hesitant about trying this because of breakouts, keep in mind that you can return the unused portion if it does make you break out. The SAs were very understanding about this when I took it back.
I think this is better suited to oily skin than dry/combo. I "feel" like I have foundation on all day and it's very unpleasant. Also, the coverage is too full. I like a light to medium coverage and this is definitely full and matte. It looks like I have foundation on, which I detest.
I bought it because of it's high spf but I'd rather have a comfortable tinted moisturizer with an spf of 15 than this foundation with an spf of 42.
Good: is water and sweatproof
Bad: is almost impossible to remove without an oil based cleanser
All in all, a very disappointing product. I'm going back to my lower spf that feels good and doesn't smother my skin. continued >>
This my FAVORITE liquid foundation!! I use JI pressed foundation because i'm not too crazy about the pressed version of this-but this liquid version is the BEST out there! I get amazing coverage from this while still looking so natural. I use this in SP20 and it matches & blends perfectly on me. I also can't believe the amount of SPF this has in it, i'm so hooked!!!!
In terms of long-lasting wearability, this liquid foundation stays true to its claim. I live in a humid, tropical climate and walk around throughout the day. This stuff never disappointed me in resisting heat and perspiration-- a feat my Jane Iredale Amazing Base, Chanel Teint Controle Compact and T. LeClerc Matte Fluid Foundation cannot match up to. I've sensitive, fairly acne-prone skin and wearing this has not lead to breakouts. In addition, the high spf factor and medium coverage make it supposedly one of the best foundations around. One minus point though is its tendency to show up flakes on the skin. That is not a very big problem to me because I am supposed to keep my skin hydrated anyway. However, the *major letdown* that prevents me from continued usage is the colour change that takes place after the foundation dries down. It turns orange! I used SP30 which was a good match for my light olive skintone (until it turns orange that is). So bearing this in mind, I am not going to give it a four. Take this review for what it is worth.
I love this! I get great coverage from just a few drops of this foundation - I don't ever need a concealer anymore. It smooths my skin, covers all my dark spots and looks quite natural. I put it on in the morning and it'll last all day, even through a workout at the gym. All I need to do is perhaps touchup with a little bit of powder during the day. The best thing about this however is the SPF 42 sunblock. I wear this year round, over the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 and am totally protected from any unexpected solar exposure. My only complaint is the lack of color range - I buy 50 and 60 and mix it together. But it's totally worth it!! My recommendation to Shiseido would be to add more colors please!!
I orginally rated this stuff pretty high...until I started breaking out really badly. I kept ruling out various things and never thought it was this. This seemed light...but after using it for awhile I notice how heavy it started to feel and was very cakey even when using a tiny bit. I don't think this holds up well for all day wear at all...by the end of the day its an icky mess. I always feel like I have to wash my face as soon as I get home from work. I definetly do not recommend this stuff for oily skin (like mine). It'll just melt off and feel like you have a mask on for the whole day. I tried Almay's Smart Shade Makeup and I love it much better...matched skin great and feels light yet covers...try that better!
Possibly my HG summertime sunscreen (tie with Laura Mercier oil-free). Number 60 fits my tanned Asian skin perfectly and when applied with a foundation brush, I can get full coverage. This has saved my life on the beach with my boyfriend! (I have large pores and acne scars). Not too matte of a finish on my oily skin but rather natural and nice. No need to layer with this gem of a foundation - one application gave me a miracle. Certain repurchase.