A Lightbulb Moment? Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation 554 Medium Sand Review!

Getting Shu Uemura’s newest foundation offering, The Lightbulb Liquid Foundation, got me thinking about my previous experiences with Shu Uemura bases.  I have used their Nobara cream compact and stick foundation – both are quite heavy bases and I have never really tried any of their more liquid textures. 

The Lightbulb foundation is like it sounds; a liquid base to make the skin look luminous and radiant.  The foundation is ideally to be used with the Lightbulb sponge, and application is by tapping the sponge over the skin so that there’s a light and even coverage.  It also offers ‘perfect coverage’ and 12 hours of moisture – in other words radiance and opacity, something that you don’t normally think goes together (I have embedded a video at the end of this post to show the correct way to apply this base). 

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation Review

I do not have the Lightbulb sponge, but I do have a very similar Jill Stuart sponge, so I used this to apply my make up, and as an experiment, also my fingers and a brush.  All work well, although coverage is thicker with fingers than with the sponge. 

Shu Uemura foundation colours are pretty decent but take a moment to get your head around.  

Generally speaking (and this can change from base to base), colours beginning with 7 and 9 = Warm, yellow / undertone.  Colours beginning with 5 = Neutral undertone and beginning with 1 and 3 = Cool Undertone.  

The secondary numbers indicate the depth.  I usually got for foundations beginning with number 7 (usually 754) but found they were a little too yellow.  The 5 range is perfect for my skin tone which is more beige than yellow.  If you look at this swatch, it’s actually got a yellowish tone to it but is no where near as ochre as the 7 range.  I am usually a NC30-35.

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation Review

Currently I have a ton of foundations but I have a small basket with colours I will actually use in rotation.  

This foundation is….very good. It’s very very good. It’s actually excellent. At the moment I totally adore DHC Q10 Base which gives me a super glowing radiant finish and it’s also hydrating.  Shu Uemura’s Lightbulb foundation is a less ‘glowing’ version of that base.  If you have oily or combination skin, you won’t like the DHC, but you may like this as it offers a matter finish and more oil control.


Does it leave my skin luminous despite having a ‘mattier’ finish than some ‘radiant finish’ foundations?  

Yes it does.  It is not as glowing as with the DHC, but I do have dry skin and I can live with that kind of glow.  The Shu Uemura leaves glowing skin which is different, it’s more controlled, like instant polished finish.  Polished is the word.  Without a primer or powder, this foundation gives me instantly ‘finished’ flawless skin with good pore cover.  


No Make Up

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With make up on (Shu Uemura – will write about this in the next post). 

What I like about this base is that there’s no crustiness…I find foundation that can sometimes cover this well will look flaky and dry after a while. Not so with this product – it lasted for a good few hours and I didn’t need any concealer either.  

In terms of making my skin feeling hydrated – it’s not bad and is comfortable to wear but if you have super dry skin the DHC is better.  However, if I wanted a base to last all day because I was heading out and about or had an event, I would choose this foundation.

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This is a lovely and clever foundation that gives you instantly polished skin, and works for dry and oilier skin types too.  It offers a ton of coverage which is buildable yet still doesn’t look heavy. I’d say that’s a win!

The foundation costs £36 and you can buy it here.


*PR sample


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