I’m a self declared foundation junkie ever since my face started getting fussy (oily-combi), and I’ve been so busy testing out foundations that I almost couldn’t tell the pictures apart had I not loaded them onto my comp and separated them into folders first!
One of the latest foundation in the market I was super excited about testing, was Shu Uemura’s The Lightbulb Foundation. It has already been much raved about in Taiwan/China, where it’s famously known as the 10克拉鑽石光粉底液 (translated as the 10-carat foundation). Shu Uemura is 植村秀 in Chinese, so if you’re googling for more pictures and information (in chinese), do include that in the search term!
The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation retails in Singapore for $75, and it is sold with the sponge as a set over at all Shu Uemura counters now – the sponge can be purchased separately for $25, but that will only be available at the end of the year, I believe.
The sponges are all handmade in Japan and unlike the beauty blender, you don’t wet this baby before usage. The sponge is also super fine in texture as compared to other conventional sponges – it feels velvety smooth!
The liquid foundation is dispensed via a nozzle, and I usually use 2-3 pumps for my entire face.
With a moisturized bare face -
I was given their PoreEraser UV Under Base Mousse in Beige to use underneath the foundation, which helped tone down the redness on my face as well as provide an additional SPF 35 PA+++. (SPF doesn’t stack, but would you object to having more!?) I applied this with a sponge.
My lips are always dry. Please ignore!
I applied Shu Uemura’s Unlimited Rouge lipstick ($33 SGD) here – the color I used was Spiky Rose, from their Sweet Reds series! Instead of dragging the lipstick across my lips, I dabbed it on instead for a subtle effect – the lipstick is actually pretty moisturizing without even using lip balm. I really like it!
My FOTD featuring mostly Shu Products:
- Foundation: Shu Uemura’s The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation
- Concealer: Amazing Concealer in Light Golden (under eye) / Make Up Forever Full Cover in #4 (spot)
- Eyeliner: Shu Uemura Lasting Soft Gel Pencil & Make Up Store’s Lip Pencil in Graceful (Matte, can be used on eyes too)
- Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Eyebrow Pencil in 9 (Seal Brown)
- Mascara: Shu Uemura’s Tokyo Lash Mascara
- Eyeshadow: Shu Uemura’s Triple Color Eyeshadow in Gypsy Brown (from their Eye-Conic Collection)
- Blusher: Shu Uemura’s Duo Color Cheek in Sweet Pink (from their Eye-Conic Collection)
- Lips: Shu Uemura’s Unlimited Rouge in Spiky Rose (from their Sweet Reds collection, LE)
- Contact Lenses: Bambi One-Day in Chocolate
Here’s a close up of the eyeshadow applied on my eyes:
Shu Uemura’s Gel Pencil is automatic, and with practice I can get a sharp wing but I decided to clean it up with a nude pencil instead – I used Make Up Store’s Lip Pencil in Graceful (Matte formula) which can be used on the eyes too, and that’s the little nude line you see there!
I tried on Shu Uemura’s Tokyo Lash Mascara – this mascara isn’t waterproof, slightly water resistent, but it didn’t flake or melt off me either. That being said, my non-waterproof mascaras usually don’t get smudged so if you’re looking for a WP one, this isn’t the one for you. Otherwise, it nicely defines my lashes in just one coat ; )
This is another day’s FOTD with a different lip color – I’d used their Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Sweet Devil Rouge – I think I look even more glowy here, as I powdered myself with Guerlain’s Meteorites Perles for an extra glow!
It was a real test of foundation that day as I wore this out for a long, long day and then attended an event where it was so humid, everyone was sweating their make up off (and Tricia even ended up with a fever, poor girl!). So I would say this was an extreme test, and the foundation did not last me as long as I thought it would.
Here’s a pic of me 10 hours later.
Still glowing (actually more like oily) after blotting twice, still have some decent coverage but some redness was showing through. I ate through my lipstick, haha. Shu’s eyeliner lasted on me all day, thumbs up for that one!
When it comes to oil control, this foundation was not-so-good on my oily skin – I sincerely think it will work wonders for drier skin as compared to my already-pretty-oily one, but I like dewy foundations anyway so this baby goes into my keep list! I would bring along some powder for touch ups and use a good primer underneath or a fixing spray over for sure.
Using Shu’s Pore Eraser UV Mousse does make the foundation last longer on my face, but I still get oily pretty quickly, say within 2.5 hours even after setting with powder. I really wanted to like this one, but I guess… It would have been more suitable for my skin in the past. I’m still a fan of dewy foundations though, and I love the texture of this.
Getting the numbering correct and getting your correct shade can be a bit of a hassle, as their labelling conventions are different from others (OC-2, Beige 20 etc) – Instead it is 354, 754, etc… I’m a 764, and here’s a swatch of all the shades offered so far – I think we’re missing an even darker shade which should be coming soon!
It did not oxidize on me on all the occasions I’ve worn it. 764 is a pretty good match for my OC-2 skin.
I would recommend this to girls who have normal-dry skin types as this foundation really gives you a natural glow and it doesn’t look like you have any base make up on at all!
Congrats for getting through to the end of this very long and kindda jumping everywhere post. To reward you, here’s a little giveaway, specially scheduled for my favorite month.
I’m giving away ONE Shu Uemura’s Light Bulb foundation. In your shade. Yes. TAKE PART NOW.
(Giveaway ends 9th of October, 2013 – and is only for readers residing in Singapore. I’m so sorry!)