I bought Sensai Fluid Finish based on the great reviews. I ordered #202 Soft Beige from Barneys. The shade is a bit too light for my summer skin. I am LM Nude, Sisley Soft Beige (Its hard to find good swatches online.)
This is an ordinary foundation - nothing special. I don't think it made my skin look great, nor did it really accentuate any bad skin. It felt heavy as I wore it throughout the day. I think the most disappointing thing about this foundation is that the second or third ingredient is mineral oil! I bought it because it sounded so healthy and good for your skin. Its described as a "water-based" foundation online. My skin loves oil-based cleansers, not oil-based foundations. Will not repurchase.
lovely. the easiest foundaton to apply and wear. pretty much perfect, and my HG. get it cheap on ebay!
since getting this a couple weeks ago i've had so many comments on my skin looking glowing etc, this stuff is the muts nuts! even better than my beloved paul and joe. never thought i would see the day my p&j would be relegated to the 'reserve' make up bag...
5++++++ - I have tried so many foundations that I cannot even list them - from $8 to $150 - This foundation is the BEST - lightweight, moisturizing, and makes your skin look perfect. I have enlarged pores and it almost makes them invisible. I have finally found my HG - no more searching for me! You can purchase on ecosmeticworld - service is very prompt. $50 is expensive, but it is worth every penny!
I think I've finally found IT. Ah, well, at least for now. This foundation is close to perfection, and I even managed to find a colour match for my obviously tricky skintone, which is not quite yellow, definitely not cooltoned, maybe a hint of olive, and which has a bit of beige to it. I chose the TF203 natural beige, which is very close match. I like the finish of this foundation; Your skin but better. The coverage is medium/light, but buildable, and it doesn't dry so quickly that blending is impossible (Diorshow Nude, anyone?) Also, it doesn't irritate or dry out my dryish skin, doesn't oxidise, which may sometimes happen with me, due to heavy-duty SS usage. So I'm really happy. I also suspect it will last me really long, because one pump is all I need in order to cover everything. Sorry, Helena Rubinstein. We had a nice relationship while it lasted, but now, I've moved on, and found a new love. *edit0410* This is definitely perfection in a bottle. Not that I won't ever test other foundations, but this one never lets me down, no matter the condition of my skin (dry, flaky, easily sensitised).
Back in January, I remember reading about this foundation on Blogdorfgoodman.com. It was listed in the top 10 of products of the year, and it made me really want to try it. I searched the web and I searched every high-end department store web site to no avail. It was supposed to be at Saks, so I stopped in at one not too far away, but they didn't carry it in that branch. I had recently purchased the new Dior foundation, which I really love as well, so my interest eased off. Then last week, I was browsing the Barney's web site, and they finally had it on line. There were only three shades available (I don't know how many this foundational actually comes in), so I took a chance on the warm beige color. Today was the first day I tried it, and I have to say that it is everything I thought it would be and more. My skin looks really fresh and dewy, and though the coverage is pretty good, it does not look unnatural or cakey at all. This may be the HG foundation that I have been looking for. I am considering tossing my Armani foundation, which doesn't look nearly as good and which tends to make my face look really oily. I have loved the Carmindy foundation, but the Sensai has a similar coverage with a much lighter look.
This is an amazing foundation! Actually, this is exactly what I've been looking for throughout my ten-year-long foundation hunt. Sure, I've tried many great foundations, but sooner or later they would all fall short in one aspect or another. This does not.
I would describe this as a medium to full coverage fdn, and if used sparingly, it could also give you light, barely there coverage. For me, one pump is enough for medium, natural coverage (everyday use), and 1.5 for full, perfectly made-up look (special occasions). Now I don't have any acne or other natural skin imperfections, but I do have some old hypertrophic scars on my right cheek from a car accident, and a bit of mild redness around my nose. This covers them very well. The consistency is great, not really runny, but not thick or gunky either. It goes on smooth, it's very easy to blend and apply, in fact it blends so well that I can use my fingers and don't have to bother with brushes, sponges etc. The finish is literally natural - it's what my skin looks like when it's not dehydrated, on my normal skin days. It's not really dewy (less so than Chanel's Teint Innocence for example), but it's not unnaturally matte. The best part is that it doesn't feel tight on my dry skin, which was an issue with many other foundations, like CD Forever and Revlon Colorstay. It is not oil-free though, so maybe it would disagree with oilier skin types. I have not experienced any discomfort, irritations or redness with this.
The packaging is simple and practical, a sturdy glass bottle with a pump and a black top.
The price in Europe is about 40-45 EUR, about the same as other h/e stuff like Chanel or Dior. The best investment I made in a long while, definitely HG material. I will repurchase and will also consider getting The Smoothing Water Make-up Base, a complementary product from the same line, although this works perfectly on its own.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that it comes with SPF 15. It's not fragrance-free, but the scent is almost imperceptible, and once I put it on I can't smell anything.
The shade I use is #202 Soft Beige - a perfect match. I'm Buff in Revlon CS, 1.0-1.5 Chanel, and I guess I'd be about NW 15-20 in MAC, but since it's not available in my country I can't really be sure.
EDITED 08/09/09: I am now on my second bottle of this and I'm convinced this is one of the best, if not the best, foundation on the market. The first bottle lasted me about 4 months with everyday usage. Considering how long it lasts, it's really not that expensive. This is now officially my HG foundation!
EDITED January 24th, 2012. KANEBO SENSAI FLUID FINISH LASTING VELVET REVIEW: Kanebo has added another foundation to their lineup called Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet. Since I can't find a way to start a new product thread, I thought I'd add a few lines about that one here. The new one is supposed to give a semi-matte (that's what 'velvet' actually means) finish and is - obviously - meant to be long-lasting. And it is - this lasts about 8-9 hours on me; however, I have not tested it in any extreme weather conditions. Compared to the original, this is more matte and more durable, but not as comfortable and hydrating and certainly not dewy, so would probably be more suitable for combination and oilier skin. The finish is not a dead, flat matte (think Revlon Colorstay, CD Forever), but rather a semi-matte, silky, subtly luminous one. The coverage is about the same as in the original formula - a solid medium, which can be built up to almost full in problem areas without looking cakey. It manages not to be drying (in fact I find it more hydrating than many foundations touted as such - e.g. Dior Nude), but my dry skin prefers the dewiness of the original. If you found the first one too dewy and moisturizing, this should work wonderfully. However, a word of caution: if you've already found your match in the original, DO NOT order this online before swatching in person; the shades in the Velvet formula run a bit darker and a lot peachier for some reason, so the original's beautifully neutral #202 Soft Beige turns out a medium peachy shade in Velvet. You should probably go a shade lighter for Velvet, but it's always best to sample in person. Personally I went back to the original for winter and I'm still using and loving it as much as ever. I've tried a lot of foundations since (including Sisley's famous Phyto Teint Eclat, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Guerlain Lingerie and Parure Aqua etc) but I have yet to find a better foundation for my skin and its needs. I will, however, keep my Lasting Velvet for summer; when I get a bit of a tan the shade will be acceptable and I won't need such a moisturizing formula. In a nutshell, Kanebo Sensai impresses once again. In my opinion, very few foundations out there can compete with theirs in terms of formula and quality. The packaging and the marketing might not be as fancy and elegant as Dior's or Chanel's, but the products inside are truly what luxury makeup should be.
This is defnitely my HG foundation. I have tried so many, but this one does it. It is moisturising, natural looking yet covers perfectly. This is the only foundation I am confident to wear in bright daylight (outdoors). It wears off graciously without any tell tale signs that you are wearing any foundation. It is a little pricy but it's well worth it. It works best after using silk peeling powder - then your skin looks brand new. The colour matchs also perfect (I wear almond beige) which complements my skin tone, evens it out and does not turn orange, dark or light. I will not use an other foundation after having discovered this.
Well I gave this only 3 stars because I was very disapointed with the range of colors they had..and I am Japanese(!) NC 35-37 and this being a Japanese brand I would assume they would have colors with more of a yellow base. Also beware that they seem to oxidize 2-5 mins after application so the color I thought matched changed and turn orangey! It was also very matte and ashy on me. Maybe better on oily skin. It is pricey being about the same as Chanel foundations. Disappointing!
So I've tried every foundation out there... dior (I REALLY wanted to love it.. ), cargo, shiseido, clinique, you name it! This is by far the best one I have ever used! I've always had such a hard time finding my skin shade, but amber beige 204.5 was dead on! The foundation came on dewy, but it was absolutely perfect after using kanebo's translucent powder over it! It's medium coverage and it's very natural ! It looked great under natural light, and it's long-lasting! Kanebo's products are very expensive ($50 for the foundation and $75 for the translucent press powder)... but it was worth every penny !
It is a great foundation. I have combo dehydrated skin and this is great choice for me.
For now, I am satisfied.
And shades of foundation really suit me