There’s no better time to write this post than now. It’s summer!
I was going to wait until I’m almost finished with the stick but I think there’s already enough usage to make an entry. I’m more than two-thirds of the way through.
I bought this foundation last year — weeks before our backpacking trip to Calaguas.
What was I looking for?
I bought it with the intention of using it for lounging at the beach or when I know I’m going to do a lot of walking under the sun.
I was hoping to find a multi-use product. Something that will:
- Even out the skin-tone
- Provide sun-protection
- Reasonably stay put amidst water-splash and a little sweat
This foundation fits the bill.
General Product Information
- Very water-resistant
- With SPF 36 PA ++
Ingredients as listed on the package: Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 2.9%; Titanium Dioxide 13.7%; Inactive Ingredients: Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Kaolin, Trioctanoin, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Zinc Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Thiotaurine, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Glycerin, Sodium Carbonate, Tocopherol, BHT, Fragrance, Mica; May Contain: Iron Oxides, Barium Sulfate
It is packaged in a summer-y turquoise tube that you twist at the bottom for the stick to come out — similar to common lip balm packaging. The product is easy to travel with. The cap snaps shut and does not fall off easily.
Once, I carried it in my hand on a 2-hour splash-y boat ride. I’m happy to report that the water didn’t get into the tube.
The product only comes in 3 shades:
- Translucent, which you can’t really consider a shade
- Ochre, which is a yellow-toned color
- Beige, which is a pink-toned color
I find it odd that this foundation line only comes in 3 shades. Maybe that’s why the coverage is light to barely-medium, comparable to a tinted moisturizer that can even out the skin tone but wouldn’t hide much of your skin discolorations. That is fine with me because I usually prefer some imperfection to show through — and it’d be weird to walk around with a stark flawless caked-on face while on the beach.
My closest match is Ochre. When it’s summer and my skin turns a little more golden, it’s almost a perfect match. But during the rest of the year, it can look peachy on my very yellow-toned skin.
It’s actually a good thing that the coverage is light. I can blend it to a point where it’s almost undetectable.
Very water-resistant plus sweat-resistant equals superb staying power.
Honestly, I don’t know what Shiseido meant when they labelled this as sweat-resistant. I took it to mean that the foundation stays even when you sweat. But when I used it, I thought it should have been labelled ‘anti-perspirant.’
This keeps me from sweating too much which is good and scary at the same time. But for the most part, I think that’s good because it keeps me from looking grungy. Sweat has to come out somewhere else anyway 😀
Application and Result
For a stick foundation, this glides on thinly, is easy to blend, and blends beautifully on the skin. I usually just swipe it heavily on areas where I get sun-burnt the most and blend it out with my fingers or with a buffing brush.
It is neither greasy nor sticky.
It gives a dewy-matte finish which is unexpected of a stick foundation on an oily person.
I get the best result when I apply it alone right after I towel dry my face. By the time I step out the door, my facial oils has already meshed with the foundation giving a very natural-looking glow that stays almost the entire day… and that’s with no setting powder.
It has no sunscreen smell.
What I love most with this product is its high-humidity friendly-ness. When you sweat, just pat your face dry with a tissue: you wouldn’t look unkempt at all.
For a sunblock with a high percentage of titanium dioxide, it doesn’t give off a ghostly face (see photo below).
Good oil-control — not that I believe there’s a product that can control oilies. I’m realistic to just look for a product that will not make me look un-neat when I oil up. This is one of those products.
Since I don’t have a decent camera now, I looked for photos of me wearing the foundation in the past months.
I didn’t experience any allergies or breakouts with this.
Value for Money
This is priced at Php 1,900 for 9 grams of product. It seems steep but I think it’s worth it if one of the shades matches you. I don’t use it every day but I estimate it to last a good 2 to 3 months of daily use.
It’s a 3-in-one product: sunblock, foundation, and primer.
Other Notes/ Tips
This may come as a surprise, but I don’t recommend this to dry-skinned people. On one occasion, when I had dry skin patches, this made them more evident.
If you’re oily, you can opt not to use a moisturizer under this. the emollients and occlusives in it are enough to hold the moisture in your skin.
If you need a little more coverage, you can use this as a primer. It’s an awesome mattifier.
Slept on this once. It didn’t transfer onto the pillow case. Yey!
Would I Recommend and Buy Again?
Yes and YES. It’s my time-saving foundation superhero. Think of this as tinted budge-proof sunblock stick. If you prefer more coverage in a foundation, this is NOT for you.