I love foundation and I love finding a good foundation because when I have smooth, clear, dewy skin, I can live without any other kind of make up. I have quite a big collection of foundations now, and I definitely have different uses for each one depending on the finish I want and how my skin is feeling!
Shiseido’s Perfect Refining Foundation SPF15 is the newest (although not new!) base from the range. This is a smooth, light foundation with medium coverage for normal and combination skin. It covers roughness, pores, acne scars and is supposed to last all day long.
I got this is 060:
First off – unusual packaging and I like it! It looks small but in fact there’s 30ml in here, like the majority of foundations. I like how space saving and economical the base is, no wasting materials to make a big, elaborate bottle.
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I like the squeezy bottle top – it’s good, keeps the germs out and you can control the amount that comes out easily because the bottle has some give to it.
Shiseido base products are similar to most Japanese make up ranges, they begin with a a letter to indicate what colour group it belongs to. In this case it’s their B for Beige, I for Ivory or O for Ochre. There is also 2 foundations beginning with W – I am not sure what this stands for but they look like very warm, almost with a hint of red toned bases.
Then there is a number which represents depth, like 00 = Very Light, 20 = Natural Light, 60 – Natural Deep and 100 – Very Deep.
Therefore – I60 is Natural Deep Ivory.
B00 is Very light Beige.
Note – Ochre doesn’t have a 100, but a O80 to represent ‘Deep Ochre’
But I digress.
In the past I have always bought O60 in Shiseido, so I requested the same colour here:
I have a problem with the shade – it is VERY yellow. It makes me look a bit too yellow. It reminds me my info levitra from Asia which is very yellow indeed.
That is what Ochre is but I’m not sure why this doesn’t 100% work for me in this base. It fits me perfectly with the Shiseido Powder Foundation and Cream Foundation. I daresay I am more of a beige – ever since I had a custom foundation made at Cosmetics A La Carte I’ve come to realise I am quite brown/beige as opposed to yellow.
I’d recommend visiting a counter if you want a Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, so you can to make sure you get the right match.
Sometimes you can think you belong to a certain skintone group only to find another one suits you better!
So now you know in the final photo that the colour is a tad off.
The foundation itself is pretty runny and liquid and yet it provides a lot of coverage – it reminds me of a liquid BB Cream in that sense, even though it’s light, it can really cover!
I also found my skin looked smooth with it and it has good pore coverage. In terms of covering scars, I think it worked quite well, although it didn’t necessarily cover red patches. You know when your skin is a bit irritated and even after base, you can still sort of see it? That.
In terms of lasting ability, I found this looked really fresh and flawless for about 4 hours, so half a work day for me. I don’t think this is an overwhelming ‘stay perfect ALL day’ base, but it certainly looks amazing when first applied. If you live in a humid country, if you are oily, then powder powder powder because I am not sure how well this will hold up.
I had a tiny bit of itching when I applied this but it disappeared quickly.
I really hate that this base is so yellow that it looks a bit wrong on me. I looked up some reviews on Make Up Alley and a lot of people have commented that the bases run a tad dark so do check this in person!
Nevertheless, this little pocket sized foundation as a lot going for it – it looks great when applied and is one-stop in many ways because it has a SPF and great concealing powers.
Best for normal skins I feel, and for people who like light feeling, liquid foundations that actually offer great coverage.
You can buy this here or any Shiseido counter.
This costs £34.
*this was sent for consideration by PR