This is a great foundation with a powerful sunscreen and good coverage. I wish it worked for me. Unfortunately, the lightest shade is still too dark for my skin. Also, you have to shake it well before every application or the color is even darker.
Overall, a great foundation unless you have very fair skin.
I have been an avid reader if the reviews on MUA for sometime, but never felt led to do one myself. With this product I have to. I am absolutely in love with it. The coverage is medium which is prefect for my slightly red/oily skin. I am NC15 and got this in SP30.
Great product! It is really waterproof. I've tried it during holiday and took a dive in de swimming pool. I even took a walk in the rain to my work. Without umbrella! Ai...
The product stays in place. The color SP70 matches best with my skin tone. I have Mac MC40. It doesn't have a yellow undertone, more like a natural beige undertone. I like that. The foundation isn't sticky but very light en moisture. And it dries up fast. Price is acceptable.
this is a great daytime foundation....i love the coverage it provides and the finish as well...and most importantly, i love that it has a high spf!! i find that applying with a damp sponge gives the best results...almost dewey finish but still very matte.
This foundation was more medium coverage for me. I really like the feel of it, it's easy to use, blend, wear, and overall is a good foundation. I prefer more full coverage, and a longer wear. This did for the most part stay on all day, but not enough for me to ever wear alone at work again. I was more sweaty looking than normal, and my nose was so shiny even before my first break. Which isn't normal for me.
So I mix this with other foundations to get the perfect look. My favorite combo for summer is Revlon Colorstay in 200 Nude mixed with equal amounts of Shiseido in shade SP40. This is perfect! I get a little more coverage and staying power from the Revlon, but the protection and more natural skin look from Shiseido! Love it. The price is high for me, but with mixing it with a drugstore foundation I think I'll repurchase next summer. :)
I really like the staying power and finish of his foundation, especially for the warm weathers. The high spf is also a plus! However, I'm nc35 and the colors were either too pink or off. Sp60 was the closest match, as sp50 was too light and sp70 too dark. I tried to get used to it but had to return it because it was so obvious that I was wearing foundation. If shiseido decides to expand their shade range, I will definitely purchase.
Giving this a 4 even though it irritated and broke out my skin, because I thought it was pretty awesome otherwise. It's got a liquid texture, similar to Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Liquid sunblock, so I wouldn't recommend this for dry skin unless you're willing to wear a really good moisturizer underneath. I definitely like this as a foundation though; the finish feels light and is like a powder, so even though it's light-medium coverage, it softens and blurs imperfections, and it's really buildable (you can achieve full coverage with yr concealer). This stuff really reminded me of Maybelline's long ago discontinued "Wonder Finish," which I hearted a LOT. So yeah, I thought it was the poop...right up until I started getting all these nasty little whiteheads ALL OVER MY FACE. Unfortunately, I think I must very sensitive to the high titanium dioxide content--:( Still, I have to admit that I wouldn't have thought twice about dropping 35$ on this again if it had worked out.
My search for the perfect foundation is finally over! I've been reading reviews on MUA for over 3 years and this is the first time I've felt it was a must for me to post one of my own. :) A little about me: I'm 36 with the oilest skin known to man as well as Rosacea, which I was just diagnosed with about a year ago. I had horrible acne as a teenager and although I no longer have breakouts (except a couple around "that time") I'm still as oily as ever and suffer the scars of picking pimples before I knew better. :( Rosacea has not only inflamed my skin, it has made finding the right foundation nearly impossible - until now. If you find yourself in the same boat as me, or are just wanting something that will make your skin look flawless, provide protection from the sun, AND stay put ALL day - this is it! A few others I've tried: Estee Lauder Double Matte, Double Wear & Double Wear Light; Clinique Stay True & SuperFit; Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, Teint Idole Fresh Wear, & Teint Miracle; Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua & Mat Lumiere; Clarins Truly Matte; Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation; Revlon Color Stay; and too many more to list!!!! When I say I've "tried" them, I don't mean from a sample for a day or two, I've purchased all of the above and tried to make them work - applying with fingertips, brush, sponge, you name it! What I've found is that although I've experienced the best color matches with Chanel & Lancome, they didn't stay put long enough and ended up leaving me a greasy mess. Of the above, Estee Lauder had the best staying power but always tend to go pink or orange on me. :( Now back to Shiseido! (Just wanted to give you all a good idea of what I've tried in the past)....I used to be a slave to the sun and was very, very tan...too tan....and I gave that up over a year ago. I'm enjoying being back to my "natural color", which is fair/medium with olive undertones. Because of my Rosacea, I also have a lot of redness to my skin, with broken capillaries and a LOT of flushing on my nose. Sometimes my nose has such a bad flare it will be hot to the touch, swell and turn tomato red. :( When this happens, I've noticed ALL foundations melt off and look cakey - NOT THIS ONE!!!! It is my HG and I'll never change. I was matched to P30, which has a great yellow base....and although it does look a tad too light for me upon application, by the time I've applied the rest of my face (eyes & lips) it has warmed up to my skin and looks AMAZING - you can't even tell I'm wearing makeup!! After the initial very slight color adjustment, it doesn't oxidize one bit - another issue I always seem to have. I do have to blot every 4-5 hours, but instead of using 3 papers I can use 1 and the perfect finish is still there without having to reapply. With other foundations, I've noticed when I blot that the oil is colored - which means that my makeup has transferred onto the sheet. I've not experienced that with this product at all - it is PERFECT in every way! My skin feels comfortable and able to breathe and it doesn't feel "heavy" as the day goes on and I become oilier. My recommendation is to use your fingertips even if you're used to a foundation brush. I tried it both ways and although the finish is lovely with both, I do think it looks a bit more natural when I apply it using my fingertips. If you're tired of searching and searching for your HG, I definitely recommend trying this one - it is a MUST for oily or very oily skin (like me) and sensitive skins will love it as well - trust me on this one, girls! Sorry for the long review, but wanted to make sure I covered everything! :) UPDATE: Shiseido tests on animals. Will not repurchase. SOOOO sad - love this foundation.
I had such high hopes for this foundation, I was hoping it would be a lighter version of EL Double Wear, but sadly it fell short. I don't have incredibly oily skin but after a few hours this foundation caked up and would wipe right off, definitely not waterproof. Even being such a thin foundation it seemed very heavy on my skin. The coverage is ok, medium to full but you have to be very careful not to apply too much as it will appear cakey. I am a NC 20-25 and used SP40, which is a little light for my skin, but it does oxidize to turn darker and slightly orange. Overall I am sticking with the DW which is fuller coverage, lighter feel, and much longer lasting.
I bought this for sun protection in the summer, but this is really good foundation that I can wear anytime. I have oily skin, and this stays put. It looks flawless, and doesn't look or feel like I am wearing makeup. I wore this all day in humid weather, and it stayed put. I blotted once, and makeup stays. LOVE IT. Finally, a long wearing foundation that looks natural, but with good coverage.
Will stock up in case they discontinue or change formulas. Can't believe i didn't try this sooner!
EDIT: I have to do a lot of blotting fot this, and keep it monitored during the day....or my face is an oily mess. once again shiseido adds oil to the makeup. don't think i'll repurchase for that reason. it is good if you are going to be on waterslides, or outdoors in the water all day. I look better with just the sunscreen, though.