Brandjunkie's review of Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation ] [DISCONTINUED]


219 reviews

77% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$


sea water , cyclopentasiloxane , propylene glycol , talc , phenyl trimethicone , barium sulfate , peg-8 , methyl methacrylate crosspolymer , peg-10 dimethicone , peg-20 , polyglyceryl-4 isostearate , cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone , hexyl laurate , acetylated glycol stearate , dipropylene glycol , algae / algae extract , porphyridium/zinc ferment , sorbitol , magnesium sulfate , disodium stearoyl glutamate , lauroyl lysine , aluminum hydroxide , methylparaben , butylparaben , chlorphenesin , phenoxyethanol , limonene , butylphenyl methylpropional , linalool , parfum / fragrance , , etcmay contain: ci 77891 / titanium dioxide , ci 77499, ci 77492, ci 77491 / iron oxides


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Finally, the search is over!!! After testing several HE foundations that received rave reviews here on MUA (thanks everyone) this is officially my HG! Yay!!! Believe me, I've tried some really impressive foundations including:
1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and UV Lasting Silk (no color match but now I know why these win awards!!)
2. Diorskin Nude (oxidized on me, didn't like the scent & wasn't wild about the "all or nothing" pump mechanism)
3. MUFE HD (allergic, but great finish)
4. NARS Sheer Glow (allergic-itchy face, but lovely finish)
5. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (allergic-tiny reds bumps)
6. Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting- (perfect color match-Beige , but got a shiney nose in 2 hours-boo!)
7. Shiseido Sun Protection SPF42 Liquid Foundation (a close 2nd love!)
8. MAC Mineralize SPF15 (NC25 too peachy & NC30 too dark but nice finish)

Things I love about Face Architect (764 is my color match):

1. Flawless finish and the weightless feel on my skin
2. Photographs beautifully (no "ghost face")!!!
3. Pump (I can control the amount that comes out & it's hygienic)
4. No color oxidation from morning til night!
5. I only blot my face once after 4 hours (I need to mention that I use the Shu Natural Glow Finish SPF 22 Powder foundation on my nose as a setting powder. I discovered this to be my solution to foundation sliding off my nose leaving "dots" on my pores (don't know if anyone can relate LOL but I've ALWAYS had this problem because of my oily T-zone).
6. Can be applied with a brush (I use my MAC 130 & SK Skunk Brush)
or fingers and still get great results.

Anyway I am SOOOO THRILLED with this find! I already bought my backup before Shu Uemura gets pulled out of the US retail stores. The good thing is that you can still purchase online and the products will be coming from Canada (not Japan) so shipping cost shouldn't be too crazy ;P

Update 9/28/10: Even MORE impressed with this foundation since the temperature hit a record 103 degrees today and I didn't experience makeup meltdown at all! Northern Calif. has dry heat so I don't know how this would hold up in places with humid conditions. One other good news is that I just received an online purchase from Shu today and there was no tax on it because the products came from Montreal according to the SA I spoke with over the phone in th East Coast and shipping is still free for over $50 purchases. Does it get any better then this? Can't wait to try it with my new UV Under Base SPF30!

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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