Liquid -Shiseido - Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++
cloves 11/6/2012 3:09:00 AM
This is great if you have oily skin and are looking for a long wearing product with a lighter texture. For the longest time I thought this didn't exist, and that my only option was to take the traditional long-wear foundations (such as ELDW) and just try to apply them more sheerly. But I find that no matter how much I sheer those out, it still "sits" on the skin. Shiseido Sun Protection, in contrast, is watery, thin and "malleable" in a way, like Chanel VA or EL Invisible Fluid, but much more long wearing and oil controlling. I have worn it through a workout and it still looks great after. Despite the thinness it also covers well - it is quite densely pigmented so it can be built up to good coverage, but because the texture is thin you can do so without it being heavy at the same time. The packaging is also great - I know some find it bright/tacky but above all it is practical which I value. I wear SP20 and it's a great match for my light-medium, neutral skin. SP10 is pale and on the cool, pinkish side. SP20 is not much darker if at all, but more neutral. SP30 has quite a bit more yellow in it. For shade reference I am approx NC20 leaning neutral. My other matches are Diorskin Nude Fluid in 020 or 022; ELDW in 2n2 Fresco.
This is my favourite workhorse foundation for my combination-oily skin. I spent months looking for a foundation that would: - hold up all day against my oily T-zone - look and feel comfortable - be the right shade! For reference I am probably right in between NC20 and NW20, and have always had trouble finding a foundation with true neutral undertones. 2n2 Fresco is perfect for me. I recommend this line to anyone with trouble finding neutral foundation, or who finds that MAC's shade selection of either pink or orange is.. lacking. For those afraid it will be too cakey, heavy or matte, I would say unless you have dry skin don't worry about it. Learn how to apply it with a damp synthetic kabuki and you can take it from a light, fairly natural look to a fuller coverage if needed. I use the Sigma F84 which I prefer over, say, the F80, because the angle makes the hairs splay out and diffuse the product so it's sheerer and looks more natural - the F80 in contrast will pack the product in densely. I personally like the matteness, not because I like a matte look but because with my natural oils over the day it looks very natural.. Not dewey or "like real skin" exactly, but maybe a satin finish. If it were less matte to begin with it probably wouldn't control oil as well. I've had this on for about 12 hours many times and it looks freshly applied at the end of the night, and I really mean it - not just "oh it looks pretty decent for having been there 12 hours", I mean it looks *fresh*. Obvious complaint is the bottle but you can get a MAC pump for this. It also doesn't photograph all that well with flash. Other than that, 10/10.