Average Rating 4.3/5
Review by lisaq1975
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.