Foundation Review Series: Shu Uemura Lightbulb Compact Foundation

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's been a while since I've done a Foundation Review, but I am back with a vengeance, and kicking things off for this next batch of foundations is Shu Uemura's latest release - the Lightbulb UV Compact Foundation.

If you like glowing finish foundations or just Shu Uemura in general, you might have noticed the release of their Lightbulb Liquid Foundation last year - a foundation formulated to give you glowing skin the way you would if your face was lit by a soft lightbulb. The foundation comes packaged along with a sponge applicator (much like the BeautyBlender, except specially formulated for the Lightbulb foundation's texture) and was a huge success.

This year, Shu Uemura has come up with an ingenious sister product - the Lightbulb UV Compact Foundation. This is the Lightbulb foundation in powder form, and is perfect for use in our humid climate.

I love the sleek, polished look of the egg-like compact that houses this foundation. It is made of plastic with a glossy finish, and the foundation plate lifts open to reveal Shu Uemura's special two-sided applicator. Yes, this foundation also comes with its own applicator, specially formulated for the foundation's texture and finish.
When you purchase, you get a refillable compact, a powder refill, and a sponge.

One side of the sponge is for application - swirl the sponge into the product, and then apply it in swiping motions; and the other side is to buff the product out to enhance the glow - buff in circular motions on the cheeks, and in zig-zag motions on the forehead, nose and chin.

This compact comes in 16 shades - 2 more than the liquid - so they'll match most skin tones. The powder formulation on this foundation is very fine, so when applied it almost feels like a cream. It spreads onto the skin easily with the help of the applicator, but I've also tried and enjoyed using a buffing brush to apply it - I feel like you get a little more coverage with a buffing brush, though the finish isn't as 'glowy'. Apply with the packaged applicator, and you'll see a lovely, glowing finish.
The powder also contains an SPF of 30++, which is great, but as always, I encourage you to always apply your own sun protection, because you can't get enough sun protection from a foundation.

I love that even though this is a powder texture foundation, it still gives me a luminous glow, as if I was wearing a liquid foundation. It feels really light and comfortable on the skin, and I especially appreciate that because liquid foundations (which are the type of foundation I normally use) can be quite thick and feel really sticky to the touch unless I set them with a powder. This lasts quite long on my skin, and oil only starts to show through at the end of the day (around 4pm).

One word of warning - make sure that your skincare/sunscreen has completely absorbed into your skin before applying this foundation. Otherwise, this foundation will ball up and crease wherever your skin is a bit wet and sticky from product.

The Shu Uemura The Lightbulb UV Compact Foundation has been launched and is on counter now. It retails for RM180.

You Might Also Like


Flickr Images