Shu Uemura • Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation • Liquid
|Would buy this product again.||77%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This foundation is definitely one of the best I've tried, and I've tried many previously top-rated ones on MUA. I had been using MAC studio fix (had to mix NC 15 and NC 20 to get the right colour) prior to this one, but it was still too pink for my asian skin tone. This foundation in 964 is perfect for my skin colour, the best match I've ever had, which I am extremely happy about.
The coverage, to me, is medium, easily buildable without looking too cakey. Compared to studio fix, it isn't as heavy but it does well to cover my uneven skin tone and acne scars.
It makes my skin feel really soft and smooth, and I can hardly feel it on. I have an extremely oily t-zone, but this foundation does well to keep my oil to a minimum.
The only aspect I think the foundation needs improvement on is the staying power. That said, the foundation is easily removable from my face at the end of the day, as well as from the aveda shammy cloth I use to take off my make up with.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Face Architect is definitely not HG, but it may be the closest I can get as far as balancing performance with my multitude of skin sensitivities.
Color-match: Best color selection ever for me! I am a very yellow-toned NC25 and get almost no sun in the winter. 754 is perfect for my tanner months, but once the weather gets cloudy, 764 melts perfectly into my skin. If you are East Asian and can't find a good match in foundation undertones, try out Shu!
Coverage: Straight from the bottle, this is medium-to-full coverage. Performs really well sheered out with moisturizer or even water though, so you can definitely customize this. One thing this doesn't mix well with is 'cones; it'll go fine over a silicone primer, but mixing them gets really weird, thick consistency.
Finish: Matte, but not powdery. Looks amazing from a distance, but up close, you better hope you exfoliated! This is one of my least favorite things about the foundation - looks cakey when I am dry.
Ingredients/skin-sensitivities: This has a fragrance! It fades pretty quickly on application, but on my super-sensitive days, I skip this foundation because the fragrance is a bit irritating. Water-based formula (I don't read much into this "deep-sea water" hoo-ha), which is good for those who are sensitive to cones and petroleums.
Packaging: The pump is amazing. You will never get those gross little clumps at the tip, even if you leave it on the shelf for months without using. A+
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
This foundation is Incredible.
I have tried nearly every high-end fluid available with a light-medium coverage suitable for combo/deyhdrated skin - Chanel, GA, Dior, Guerlain, Lancome, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Stila, and YSL....but Shu's Face Architect tops the lot.
I can't fault it - it applies beautifully without fault either with fingertips or brush, it has a glow without being wet or 'un-set', its so easy to blend and layer, it wears perfectly and is easily removed. The colour range is great (i'm NW/C20 and can use 774 or 784 in winter) and its reasonably priced given the quality. Packaging is great.
There's no scent and this is just the perfect foundation. Buy it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Have been using this for 4 months plus now. Overall, I think this is a great product worth taking a look at. I like how light it feels on the skin, it's easy to blend out and the coverage is buildable to about full without looking cakey (since my skin has hyperpigmented scarring from acne). I have uneven textured skin from acne scarring too, and this is one of the few foundations I've tried so far that doesn't emphasise the uneveness. It hasn't broken me out. The color match is perfect for my skintone too. The negative so far is that it doesn't last that long especially over my T-zone which gets real oily, max 4-5 hours even with a primer and setting powder for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I'm returning this. For me to shell out $45 for a foundation, it has to be pretty much my HG which this wasn't. I first tried a sample right after I had a peel done on my face and I loved it. I was matched with 564 which of course my local Nordstorm did not have in stock so I ordered it from another Nordstrom which shipped it to me. By this time a couple weeks had gone by since my peel. I was so disappointed when I got it and wore it for the first day. I tried it a second and a third and couldn't justify keeping such an expensive foundation when I like my Revlon Photoready and Beyond Natural so much better. Like the reviewer below me said, you have to have pretty flake free and polished skin to wear this and I can't be giving myself peels every other day just so I can wear this foundation. It clung to all my dry patches and after a few hours I just looked dirty. I also think it wasn't the greatest color match either...a tad too yellow for me. I think if you have great, balanced skin then this would be perfect. Thank goodness Nordstrom will take it back.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This is a great foundation, I wish i could give it a 4.5.
It provides medium coverage with a nice natural finish. It isn't too matte and it isn't very dewy either. The color is wonderful. It looks like my skin but better. It covers my redness (around nose and cheeks) well. I was matched with 974 and it is perfect. The slight yellowness in it works to reduce my redness.
Overall I would say this is very similar to fresh umbrian clay foundation in coverage and finish. If either of them had a touch more dewiness they would be my HG. Since they don't I will use both and wait until i find the foundation of my dreams.
Warning- If your skin is dry this will not look good. I couldn't use this until I did a mask and a few nights of serum intervention. When i first tried it my skin was in first blast of winter shoock. This foundation was flaking all over my cheeks, not pretty.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I have been looking for a foundation to replace my Bare Minerals that I always come back to. I have tried to steer away from liquid foundation in the past, not liking the way it felt on my skin. However, when I wear this foundation it feels like I'm wearing nothing. I can wear it all day without my face getting oily or looking dry. This truly is a great foundation that lasts all day. It gives you that polished look without full coverage. Make sure to use it right after moisturizing or you will be able to see some dry patches.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I love this foundation thats is all I really have to say about it :( I have very acne prone skin that usually cant take any kind of foundation because I will break out like crazy but for some reason my skin loves this stuff! It doesnt really do anything to control ur oil so I usually have to blot within 3 hrs but it is worth it. This foundation gives such a great finish its incredible and helps cover up some redness. As for my acne scares it some what hides them but unless you are staring at my face you cant tell. Seriously you should give this a try :)
I also baught the 18 goat brush which was highly recomemded for this product and sadly my expectations were not met. IDK maybe Im doing it wrong but I fing the Sk flat top brush works better.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've put this foundation on a variety of ways and there's just NO WAY to mess it up. I've used only my fingers to dab & smooth it on when I'm in a rush, I've used a sponge applicator to smooth it on, I've stippled it on with the MAC 187, and I've even used the Shu Natural 18 Foundation brush to apply it. However you choose to apply this, it goes on beautifully. It gives medium to medium-full coverage and has a bit of a powdery finish.
What I love is that this foundation never cakes and it lasts through an 8 hour day. I don't recall ever needing to touch-up my face with this foundation. I've seem some forums where people say this foundation has oxidized on them and turned orangey. I tested it out and I didn't have a problem with oxidization but I also disagreed with the original shade the SAs picked out for me. They chose #754 for me but it was a bit off - so I self-corrected afterwards.
The only real complaint I have is I can "feel" the foundation sitting on my skin as it's drying. Even though it dries fairly quickly, every now and then during the day I get that feeling of The Foundation is ON again.
Read the whole review + swatches at: http://beautytakesthecake.blogspot.com/2009/10/shu-uemura-face-architect-smoothing.html
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
It's about $40 for slightly less than 1 ounce of product. I am of Chinese descent and I have tanned skin with yellow undertones. I have never found a foundation that completely matches my skin under this. I tried it out at the Sephora store in Paris while I was on vacation and it matches my skin tone perfectly, stayed on for the entire day and didn't come off, at least noticeably. Blended perfected and my skin looked really natural and it didn't settle in the the fine lines I'm starting to get. I asked my boyfriend if he noticed that I was wearing makeup and he said, "What makeup?" He's either a smart cookie or my makeup really did look good.
Pros: you can build the coverage, natural looking, 934 is perfect for me, good texture, don't have to use a lot, covers my acne blemishes/freckles/large pores
cons: expensive, small amount
verdict: Nothing else has worked this well for me, this is HG for now.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
I went to Nordstrom and saw Shu Uemura counter, spoke with SA and she was so nice. I asked her about Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation since my skin does not like ANY of foundations at all, my face felt burn, hyper sensitive and prone to break outs. She explained to me this is only foundation will not break out for my skin type. I took sample home, using samples for two and half weeks. I love how it looks on my skin. Yes I do get oily only on my T-Zone area. I just had to blot once during lunch time. I love how glow it is on my skin. It made my skin look so much healthier! I am going back to Shu Uemura counter and buy one today!!! :)
P.S. Ladies, if you have pale skin, they do have for pale skin, I am number 365. I do not have yellow skin, this is really good one!
UPDATE: They discontinued! Nordstrom no longer selling it. So I moved to Cover FX foundation for hyper-sensitive skin, it seemed to be good one too. :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Before I went and bought it, I sampled it by getting the make up artist to color match me. She applied it on my face and I instantly fell in love! I have blotchy red patches on my skin and this foundation really reduced my redness. It was also made my skin smooth, and my overall complexion was great.
Right after she helped me, I told her I would consider it and come back(since it's so expensive). I then went to dinner with my friends, and went home. At home I did some homework, and when it was midnight I went to the bathroom. Just when I was about to take off my make up I made some observations. The foundation didn't fade or run off my face whatsoever (I wasn't even wearing primer when I tested the foundation)! I'm completely sold on this foundation. I'm going to purchase it the next time I go to the Shu Uemura counter.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I'm not a fan of foundation in general. I hate how it clogs pores, looks obvious, and hides the natural radiance and texture of skin. That being said, as I get older, I notice I'm needing to cover areas on my face that are starting to get a little blotchy. On a whim, I took home a sample of this foundation that a nice Shu Uemura gal made up for me at Nordstroms. The foundation has a seemless silky application, does NOT settle into lines or pores making them look worse. In fact, quite the opposite. My skin looks finished, perfected and not obvious that I've got make up on at all. The coverage is natural, but adjustable. Which is perfect for what I'm looking for. I have combo skin with sensitive/break out tendancies, and this foundation does not irrate or b/o my skin at all. I'm so very impressed with this product and will most def. be buying this again and again!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I am a huge fan of MUA. I read reviews on EVERYTHING. Never have been inspired to write a review cause I am usually let down by almost all products. However, this foundation is amazing. I was wearing Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk, and decided to go back to Shu Uemura. This foundation makes even the worst skin look flawless. Everything looks smooth and gives a gorgeous glow without an oily dewy look. It also does not make wrinkles look worse which was mu biggest problem. It actually makes your wrinkles almost vanish! GO GET THIS AND TRY IT!!! Its amazing.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
So about reading the comments on the coverage of this product i have to say you just need to "adjust" that issue by adding more foundation. I have to say IMO this is the best foundation i have used, ive used them all and before this I was with almays clear complexion foundation which was okay good coverage, but it made me flaky and cakey! This foundation is 4x the price of drugstore foundation, but let me tell you it's making my skin better with wear! I absolutely love this foundation it goes on silky smooth with great coverage and light wear. It's a must try!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have had good skin all my life and just within the past few years I have developed some pigmentation issues, and so now I feel that I need to wear something. Yet I still want my skin to be as healthy as possible. For someone like me, this product is the best. First of all, the shade range is generous, and you are likely to find a match. Secondly, the texture is very light. It applies like a dream, and it just looks like skin. It has never looked at all heavy, cakey or shiny. I find myself looking in the mirror and really believing that I am 30 again! Third, the coverage is good enough for someone who has fairly good skin but just needs a little help. Finally (and most importantly), this does not clog my pores or make my skin feel dry as some other foundations do. I do not have to worry about using this product daily. The foundations are the best products in the Shu Uemura line. I recommend this for ladies who want to look naturall but better, and who don't need a lot of coverage.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is one of those foundations that you would love to have forever! In my opinion, this is best I've tried, and believe me, I have tried A LOT!
The only inconvenient is that it has only 27ml so I guess it won't last that much when used every day.
It has 60% of sea water which moisturizes the face and what I really really love is that my face does not become oily during the day.
Another plus is : NO breakouts here.
What can you ask for more?
For reference , I am NC15 in MAC and the shade 954 suits me just perfect!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Fantastic coverage - I dont feel like I am wearing a mask AND I feel like a porcelain doll!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I tried this in a Shu Uemura make-up class.
it made my skin pretty!! :)
love the color, texture... everything!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
The search is over! This has achieved HG status. It goes on so smoothly, completely blendable without looking cakey. Makes my skin look flawless. Doesn't break me out or cause irritation for my sensitive skin. I love the packaging...the pump style is sanitary. Love, love, love this product.