This entry will be an overview of the new Shu Uemura Lightbulb Fluid Foundation. From production information, to application & review and also how I fell in love with it at first application during my preview session a couple of weeks back.
Just a few quick facts:
the shu uemura lightbulb fluid foundation is already available at all shu uemura stores & counters, and it is currently sold with the lightbulb sponge for S$75. The sponge will be sold separately at $25 in December. The foundation comes in 10 shades here.
First the product information:
Re-creating and maintaining the natural luminosity of bare skin is shu uemura's ideal of beautiful skin. Makeup should be light, as if you are wearing nothing, yet create a flawless, beautiful and naturally radiant finish.
Turn on beautiful skin with the lightbulb.
The lightbulb signals a new step in makeup, offering confidence to glow under any light. The fusion of shu uemura's expert oleo technology and the tapping motion with the uniquely shaped the lightbulb sponge provide an artist's touch for the ideal finish.
Natural glow and coverage are fused into a reality from the master of beauty, shu uemura.
GLOW UNDER ANY LIGHT - perfect coverage & 12 hour moisture
When seeking higher coverage, natural glow tends to be lost. However, now paradoxical benefits coexists thanks to shu uemura's expertise in oil technology and an original spinge that is carefully hand finished.
Tap the foundation with the sponge and discover
- natural glow yet high coverage
- long -lasting moisture yet exquisite fit
The unprecedented combination of the lightbulb foundation and sponge empowers you to glow under any light whether outdoors or inside.
Beautiful Tools, Beautiful Finish
High Quality Material - top quality NBR material provided the best balance of high density, elasticity and soft comfort on skin.
It is so dense, hence allows for better transfer of the liquid foundation to the skin. The anti-bacterial sponge is hygienic and durable with anti-UV protection yet boasts a softer touch, as well as a comforting sensation.
Shape & Size - As an extension of the fingers the lightbulb sponge was inspired by the traditional botan brush that was used for tapping and shu uemura's professional brush 20B, which is teh dieal size for applying foundation. Also, to make application using the tapping method easier, the grips are nicely curved to fit the hands. The angle of the curve is 10 degrees and well calculated from the viewpoint of an artist to ensure the formula smoothes on skin and spreads as evenly and thinly as possible, leaving no trace or excess foundation.
Natural Glow + Perfect Coverage
multi-glow oil complex:
the synergising effect of different dimensions of glow - high reflection, a soft sheen and a strong mirror like glow - in multi-glow oil complex allow for natural glow from any angle.
buildable oil complex: cutting edge buildable oil complex is designed to allow the creation of an even, thin and buildable veil for total coverage control. The exquisite balance of buildable oil and amino-acid coated pigments are designed to disperse the pigments evenly for an expert finish.
I am using the shade 564 - which is a neutral light shade of the foundation (the 300 shades are pink toned, while the 700 are warm toned - 500 is neutral --- and the middle number 554, 564, 574 denotes how deep/ light the tone is 574 would be the lightest of the 500 series) --- Hope this isn't too confusing!
574 is also the perfect shade to neutralise any redness in my skin, and create an overall healthy smooth toned skin.
The fluid foundation is quite liquidy and extremely smooth.
It is recommended to dab the 'botan' end of the brush into the palmof your hand which warms up the product, and then tap the foundation onto your skin.
note that I did not use any primer in this set of application pictures. I will eventually try this out with the shu uemura POREraser base (which I also have) - but on a daily basis when I am trying out the foundation, I always apply clear sunscreen prior to makeup, since this foundation does not contain any SPF.
and here comes the tapping motion - the foundation has an extremely buildable coverage, though I must say, it already gives impressive coverage on first layer. The sponge allows for very even distribution of the foundation, without leaving any streaks.
fast forward a couple rounds of tapping and dabbing motions later, this is the finish of the foundation.
** note in all my foundation reviews, I am always sitting in front of a closed (closed because the AC is usually on, but no blinds, no curtains) window with natural sunlight, NO FLASH.
This is one layer of the foundation applied.
a half face comparison:
you can still see some patches of pink peeking through my skin, and I usually build up another thin layer for a more even finish.
extreme close up of the half face situation:
I think you can see quite clearly the coverage and radiant finish of the foundation.
so I continued dabbing and tapping with the sponge on the rest of my face. I look a little yellow here...but could be due to the overall lighting condition, you will see in the finished look that I don't actually look so yellow.
Overall finished look with bronzer, blush, brows and some lashes.
I did brightened up (not conceal) under my eyes, and also did a little spot concealing. But other than that, the foundation alone is able to cover all imperfections and minor spots. If you have a breakout like I do at the moment, you definitely need a separate concealer.
The glowiness you see in the middle of my face and around my cheeks are not due to any extra face highlighter. It's just my regular setting powder (Chanel Translucent loose powder)
My overall thoughts on the foundation:
- The foundation delivers very impressively on two points - coverage & flawless finish. If you like super matte finish foundations, you probably won't like this. But you like a very glowy bright finish foundation that doesn't compromise on coverage, you will love this. I usually have to use a makeup base to provide more coverage to a 'glowy' foundation but I don't need to with the Lightbulb foundation. Somehow even without a makeup base, it is able to diffuse the look of my pores, and smoothes over almost everything.
- The coverage of the foundation is a medium to a full coverage - but but but yet feeling very lightweight. You will never feel like you are wearing a layer of foundation with this - and like all new foundations these days too... lightweight plus coverage is the only way to go.
- The foundation is fairly long-lasting, and I am talking 10 - 12 hours of humidity, out and about... I have to blot around 3 times throughout the day to reduce excess shine on my oily t-zone. It also did not oxidise on me, nor break me out at all.
- Must you really use the lightbulb sponge with this foundation? Honestly, I have only used the sponge 2 - 3 times in the two weeks I was using it. This is because you really should wash the sponge after each use... and I don't have time to wash the sponge after each use. So, even though it's recommended to use with the sponge.. I personally find that I can just as good coverage & finish with my regular brush method.
- You are getting a good deal for both the sponge & foundation at $75, seeing as the sponge alone will cost $25. Or you might wonder if they will start selling the foundation its own for $50? Doesn't really matter to me, because I think $75 for a good performing foundation is a reasonable price, with or without the sponge. I was also told that shu uemura is in the midst of developing a sponge specific cleanser in the near future.. that would be something I am keen on checking out!
- The foundation really photographs well. It really does brighten up your complexion naturally, and reflecting just enough light to make your skin looks really healthy and glowy.
Comparisons to other foundations, and I am also naming a few which I have reviewed recently, cos I know I will be getting questions
Illamasqua skinbase - that flawless coverage, but skinbase is slightly more matte, but equally long lasting
Chanel Perfection Lumiere - again, flawless & long-lasting, but I find that the application of the shu uemura lightbulb easier and smoother
Lancome Teint Visionaire - same flawless glowy finish, but shu uemura lightbulb foundation is longer lasting, and has more coverage
NARS Creamy Radiant compact foundation - same glowy finish, but I have a feeling that the shu uemura one is more long lasting, and easier to build up more coverage if necessary
YSL Teint Touche Eclat - shu uemura lightbulb has more coverage, and looks more flawless (I really need to have a proper of the YSL foundation up soon, and it's really quite lovely!) but shu uemura might win a bit just cos it's fragrance free
* let me know if you have questions on other foundations for comparison!
I think the pictures below (no filter, no nothing) speaks for itself how gorgeous the lightbulb foundation looks. Enjoy!
and a few extra bits:
I wash the sponge using my makeup store soap...though I was told the Daiso brush cleaning detergent works just as well. The sponge takes a few more than normal squeeze and rubbing to get completely clean, so in my daily usage, I would prolly just use my foundation brush (easier to clean, and I think I get the same results).
previewing the foundation & why I fell in love with it on first application:
And this is the foundation photographed in dim indoor lighting, with my iphone camera... so you can see the foundation looks good in most lighting conditions.
I hope this long and informative entry has been helpful, and thanks for looking!!