This entry will be a review & application of the new Shisiedo Sheer & Perfect Foundation - which will be available this August. I have been using this combination on and off while I was away in EU, and also more regularly the past two weeks. For products information, please refer to this entry here.
Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation S$56
Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer S$48
This foundation promises to correct any color imperfections that you have on your skin to render a smooth and flawless finish without adding on the coverage. It is very gel-like in formulation, and in terms of coverage, I would say it is a 3-4 on a scale of 10. Before I go on more into my thoughts on this foundation, let's take a closer look at the packaging and swatches:
The foundation comes in a plastic bottle (like all Shiseido bases) it is very compact, and reminds me vaguely of Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua. It comes out through a narrow hole so there's little chance of accidental spillage. I am using the shade B00 which is the lightest shade in the beige range. They also have Pink and Ochre in this collection and I think there is a total of 6 shades being released. (Up to B40 or 60 if I am not wrong).
The concealer is not new, but the shade is new - and it is in a squeeze tube packaging. The coverage is very intense, but it is smooth and creamy.
Swatches here - You can see the Aqua Gel texture of the foundation in this pic... and the concealer is thick and creamy.
Here's a quick demo of the foundation - do note that I had on a very thin layer of bb cream to prime my skin prior to using this foundation... because that's how I would apply it. I will go into details of why later on.
You can see that the foundation is very light weight, and gives very light (but I won't say it is sheer) and natural coverage. It is easy to blend using both my fingers and/or brush.
While the foundation gives light coverage, I do note that it manages to neutralise any skintone imperfections I have, such as some redness, and also dullness around the nose and corners of the mouth.
Next, we have a demo of the concealer - I use a fluffy brush to apply and blend, but you can just use your fingertips too.. Just that for picture taking purposes, I think it is easier to see what is going on if I use a brush.
The concealer is one of the most creamy and opaque ones I have tried. And yet it is very fine and gives a natural finish, there is no cakiness and no streaks. I usually dab and blend lightly to cover a certain spots (and I have been breaking out on my chin since I came back) so being able to test out concealers recently is really good!
I even tried it to brighten up my undereyes - not that I would recommend it for anyone with serious dark eyes circles. I just use a tiny amount to brighten up my undereyes, it didn't really settle into any lines... and then I also used it to add more coverage to other parts of the face whenever I need to.
Here's the completed base - it looks a little uneven and powdery (I set with my Chanel loose powder) but trust me, after everything has set, the overall look is quite smooth and even.
After setting (this is probably 30 minutes later, after a brow tutorial and light dusting of bronzer around the face), you can see that the overall finish is quite natural and even a little radiant.
More details on the eyebrows & tutorial here.
another angle -
My overall thoughts on the foundation:
Application & Finish
The application is very easy - because it is lightweight, it went on smoothly and feels very comfortable. The foundation feels like nothing on my face, and it gives a dewy finish to my skin. If you have normal to dry skin which is clear, you will love the feel and texture of this foundation because this would be all you need to look instantly fresh. I have slightly oily t-zone, so I noted that I had to blot a bit more often when I am wearing this foundation. The finish is very even, and it makes my skin looks smooth. I would say that this foundation is buildable, but not so buildable that you can achieve a full coverage, maybe just a good medium coverage. But I won't recommend defeating the purpose of this sheer & perfect foundation by piling on the layers. Just use a concealer on areas where you need more coverage.
Lasting & Wear
The foundation lasted around 6 hours on me, not the most long lasting - but with blotting and light powdering I can extend it by another 2 hours. Not that I look worn after 6 hours, but you can notice that the foundation sort of disappears. It is great if you are going out for just half the day, and you want to look fresh and made up. And because of its relatively shorter wear time, I would prefer to pair it with a thin layer of BB cream, just to add a bit of omph and coverage too.
I would recommend this foundation to those who are looking for a hydrating and skin correcting foundation with a natural finish. I love the foundation for its skin color correcting finish, but I do wish that it would last just a bit longer. However, when my skin becomes clearer, I think I would love it even more for being able to just make my skin look instantly flawless.
If you are looking into comparing this with other similar foundations, or other foundations by Shiseido, here are my thoughts:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - but Shiseido is not as long lasting, same finish and lightweight texture
Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation - in terms of finish and coverage, can't comment on longevity cos I am still testing KGD
Dior Nude foundation - but I really prefer the radiant finish and formulation of this Shiseido one, somehow the Dior one didn't call out to me after my trials
Nothing like other Shiseido foundation - the Perfect Lift is quite full coverage and long lasting, and the Perfect Refining Foundation has more coverage too.
Let me know if you have any other foundations that you want me to comment on in terms of comparisons.
My overall thoughts on the concealer:
Application & Finish
The concealer is very easy to use, it dispenses the right amount of product, how much or how little you need it. The shade is perfect for me, and is able to cover and blend my spots into my own skintone. This concealer is formulated to be able to cover up tattoos, and it is really industrial strength. I have not notice this range of Shiseido concealers before, and I am quite surprised to discover this gem. I think that this is quite a decent concealer for those who want to cover spots and blemishes, so I really highly recommend it.
Lasting & Wear
It is quite long lasting, and has a natural coverage, because the shade is so matchy to my skintone, and the formulation - though thick, but is very blendable.
I would compare this Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer to the following recent concealers I have tried
NARS Creamy Radiant concealer- same creamy texture but Shiseido has that bit more coverage
CDP Concealer Stick - Shiseido has same coverage, but nothing beats CDP in terms of the smooth silky factor
Laura Mercier - Shiseido is creamier and easy to blend, but in terms of coverage, both are equally intense
Prices will be updated as I receive them.
Both products will be launched this early to mid August 2013 at all Shiseido counters.
Hope this review has been helpful! Thanks for reading!
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