From Sample to Purchase? Shu Uemura New Primer and Foundation
I was cleaning up my makeup area the other day and found a few samples lying around that I’ve completely forgotten about so I figured why not test it out and see if I like it enough to purchase the full size. So that's exactly what I did last week.
The first two that I’ve tried are from Shu Uemura; The Petal Skin Fluid Foundation in the shade 564 Medium Light and the Block Booster Primer in Natural Beige, they're both new launches from earlier this year. I honestly never tried any make up from Shu Uemera but always pop in the store to get the eyelash curler whenever I lose it (yes, that does happen quite a bit to me unfortunately), so these samples are great to find out what their products are like. As I don’t have the full sizes of these, I didn’t want to do any background research on them so that it’ll be more like a first impressions type of a post.
I tried them out for two days, thus finished the sample but before I get into the whole story of these two let me give you some background information on the products after having done some research on them. I also just found out that Shu Uemura withdrew from the UK market this year and I couldn't find these products on the US website yet :(
Size / Price :
30 ML – HKD 380
Shade Variation :
10 shades [ 364, 375, 554, 564, 574, 584, 754, 764, 774, 784 ]
Coverage: Medium coverage
Claims: Poreless Coverage Matte-Natural Radiance
Size / Price :
30 ML – HKD 360
Shade Variation :
3 shades [ Colourless, Natural Beige, fresh Pink ]
Claims: Protective Moisturizing Primer creating a comfortable shield against UV rays
The experience day one
I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever with these products, so when I did my first swipe of the primer I immediately felt that smooth texture and knew it had some sort of silicone in it. After doing some research, it indeed has dimethicone in it. Once it was all blended in, my skin felt smooth, bouncy and nicely primed however I looked so pale in real life compared to my body. This was probably thanks to the SPF in it, so I was hoping that the foundation would help me out in this area.
Once the primer had some time to sink in, I applied the foundation with a foundation brush and tested it on the side of my face and neck. So... my hopes for the foundation being a little darker were destroyed but a little bronzer was able to fix that. I blended the foundation out with a disposable sponge. The foundation itself was liquidy and did a pretty decent job at being full coverage. However, the poreless claims were.. well not really true, there are better foundations out there that can do a better job at that. As I was looking in the mirror, I hated the finish it gave. It made me look so cakey overall for an medium coverage on top of that it emphasised my dry areas while I do moisturise a lot. I'm very picky when it comes to foundations and when I hear natural radiance, I think of glowy skin where I'm able to see my skin's texture. This foundation just literally sat on my face. In fact I just felt it overall being way too heavy that I took it off and decided to test the foundation out another day.
So I left my brows on and cleaned the rest of my face. Again, after applying the primer ( I used only a little this time), I was still looking like a ghost. Btw, the camera still didn't catch it properly as the lighting in the room kept changing, but I will try to find better lighting soon so that I don't have to rely on daylight. The foundation that I used on top of this, was my trusty Mac Face and Body foundation. It made my skin look much more radiant than before thankfully. Overall everything went on smooth and I kept the look light for daytime wear.
The primer itself didn't necessarily wow me as I applied it and during my makeup application. It did the job of applying my makeup on smooth and naturally I liked the fact that it did have a high spf in it. I only had the chance to test it out for 8 hours, but during that time my foundation didn't budge. I was truly impressed when at the end of the day, it took me forever to take off my makeup. It was as if the foundation was glued to my face (this.. in a good way as it meant that everything was kept in place).
The Experience Day TWO
The next day, I again wanted to test these products out. I was contemplating whether I should use a different primer, but then I was thinking that the lady at the counter said that this primer and foundation go well together so I was determined to make it work somehow. I used the primer and let that sink in. I then took a bit of the foundation and mixed in a moisturiser (I used the Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel). I further blended this in with a sponge and continued with my eye makeup. Once this was done, the finish was pretty sheer but honestly very nice for a day time look. As I still had a little left from the sample, I decided to mix in the Mac Face and Body with this foundation to see if it would still look as heavy. I was a bit afraid that if I went with only the Shu Uemura foundation that it would look heavy again, so I used about 70% of this foundation and 30% of the Mac foundation. Man, that made a world of a difference. It blended in much better and quicker plus it left a natural finish without the dry patches. I wore it the whole day, but it did start to break apart around my nose area around 7 hours into the wear and it still looked a lot heavier than I liked it to be. Again, I'm very picky when it comes to foundations as I truly aim for a my skin but better look.
- High SPF
- Smooth Application
- Makes your makeup last
- Makes me look pale
- Silicone based (but that's just personal preference
[ Would I buy this product in full size? Well, I'm not loving it that much. True that it did make my foundation last but so does my other primers. The SPF factor is a nice addition, but I was hoping not to look as pale so that I can just apply this primer without any foundation. Would I recommend this product? Sure, if you're willing to spend the money for it and are looking for this type of a primer. The fact that it looks pale on me, could mean that it's brightening for you so if you do intend to have a look at this product check out the shades as well to find your best match. ]
- Looks heavy
- Not easy to blend
- Not poreless
[ Okay so normally, I will always try to match pros and cons to give a product a fair chance, but being fussy about my foundation finish is just what I'm typically like. I wouldn't have bought the full size regardless because of the finish, but the product also doesn't live up to their claims. There is actually a brush you can purchase with this (note, it is more expensive than the foundation itself but it'll last you a longer time) but I'd rather spend that money to buy other products to try out. Would I recommend this? Not in particular, perhaps if you're a bit towards the oilier side you can avoid the foundation clinging onto dry patches and also make sure to match your skin properly but in general this would be a pass for me]
SHU UEMURA BRAND
To conclude, I'm a bit so so about the whole brand in general. I honestly don' know much about them despite that I keep using their eyelash curlers. If you haven't tried those, they're amazing, especially if you're asian and tend to have smaller eyes. I do want to purchase more products from them to properly test them out whenever I get the chance too because I'm sure a higher end brand like that would have some amazing finds as well.