I don’t own many Shu products, besides the face cleansing oil – which has become my staple for years – it was only recently that I ventured to get some items from the rather innovative Japanese brand.
Before proceeding any further, I want to clarify as to how Shu Uemura foundation shades work:
Say I have 784. First number is the undertone (0 being the coldest and 10 warmest, therefore 7 would be more yellow based). Second number is the depth of shade (Light or dark, 0 being darkest and 10 being lightest, 8 would be fairly light, since I believe the lightest they ever made was a 9). The last number, 4, is the chroma – if I remember correctly, its either blue or red chroma.
My love for Shu Uemura started off with the Face Architect Illuminating moisture fluid foundation. Albeit not being a perfect match (I wear the lightest shade 784 Light Beige), the coverage and finish had me sold.
Coverage wise, I would say it can be light medium to full. Not really light or sheer, unless you mix it with a moisturizer, base or highlighter.
Shade wise, even thought its not the most yellow they make, on pretty much everybody it translated as VERY yellow undertones. Nars sheer glow siberia is pure pink compared to this one. But once blended in the skin, its not that bad (and yes, I have cold undertones).
It does oxidize a bit, but if you wear NC15 in mac studio sculpt, this should be fine. I would even say that Mac NC13 could pull it off.
The finish: Its very satin-glowy. It contains macadamia seed oil, precisely to give the skin a glow. I have combo skin, and I did get a bit of oiliness with this foundation.
Next product in line is the UV under base whitefficient brightening mousse spf 30. This was love at first touch. It makes the skin appear brighter, younger, whiter. If you combine it with the above mentioned jaundice foundation, you get a more neutral finish. It has no shimmery particles, no pearly particles – nothing of that sort. Rather, it uses pink and violet pigments to correct the sallowness / dullness of skin.
It feels fresh and moisturizing, but I wouldn’t rely on it for the spf (keep in mind, you need at least a tablespoon of sunscreen on your face/neck in order for it to be effective as the marketed spf, therefore would make this product horrible looking in your face).
After using those 2 combined, I wanted to try the face powder. I discovered in Changi Airport (Singapore) the pearl loose powder. It is shimmery, extremely, disco ball, but once applied on the skin – to set the foundation – it only gives a nice polished glow and controls oils pretty efficiently. Keep in mind…you shouldn’t overdo this product. The press and roll method would make your skin pretty shimmery/luminous (I don’t mind personally), and it can darken the skin (It is not white or translucent, rather more like NW/NC15 base).
Last product in my collection is the Nobara cream foundation in 584. I didn’t expect to love this, but its now on my HG category. It is pretty neutral-to-cold undertone, I would say NW12, but way less pink, looks darker on pan than in the skin. The finish is a satin – matte. Coverage: anywhere from light to full. It works wonders with a beauty blender, and I have been asked many times what treatment I used on my skin to get rid of my acne – when all I did was use the Nobara cream layered to full coverage. YES, it is that imperceptible once you get to learn how it works. Lasting power: amazing. Keeps my oiliness at bay, yet it hydrates my dry patches. It is way better than the stick foundation: More moisturizing, easier to work with, and I even find it more pigmented.
If it could give you an idea how much I love it: If I would have to choose a single foundation to work with in my kit, it would be it. I can achieve all coverages and finishes by just adjusting the primer, the base, or how I apply it.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know if you have tried any of these products, or any other Shu Uemura – and how have you liked them.