I've been giving this guy a go over the last few weeks and I'm actually really enjoying it. This is my first touch on Shiseido as a brand and so far... so good. It is named as a medium coverage foundation, with a semi-matte finish. Like my beloved Chanel, it has a very liquid-y consistency, and so I find the best way to apply it is with my finger tips and then I tend to use the Real Techniques Buffing brush to smooth out any tide lines. It just gives a really beautiful, 'perfect' finish and I'm rather taken with it...
Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation £35 | Available here
True to it's shop-floor description, this is a semi-matte foundation. This suits me, as I prefer the 'dewy' word and will always choose the healthy glow over a matte finish foundation. I also think the coverage is great - not too heavy to wear, but it will conceal any minor redness or blemishes. I would agree that it is medium coverage, but definitely buildable if you do prefer a little something more.
Skin type makes a huge difference to the final finish of any foundation and, admittedly, over the past few months I have found my skin swinging to the more oily end of the spectrum. However, having said that, during the winter my skin tends to balance out a little more and become a more normal/combination. Shiseido say that the Perfect Refining Foundation is made for a normal/combination complexion, so I'm thinking that I'm going to enjoy wearing this more over the winter. If your skin does tend to be more oily, then use a setting powder and a primer if you need to, in order to improve the longevity and finish as I do find that I've had to do a few touch ups. But, I would say I can manage 5-6 hours if I've used a setting powder, so really, I have no complaints.
It also has SPF15 in it - the perfect SPF for a foundation, I think. This is what I always look for in a high end foundation and SPF15 is just perfect, as it isn't going to make you like you have cling film on your face in photo. In fact, the finish is beautiful. Your skin is left looking fresh, even and completely smooth. It really is a gorgeous base.
The one niggle I have is the packaging, it's REALLY diddy so perfect for carrying around in a make up bag, but for the whopping £35 price tag, I just don't feel it ticks the box. But, having said that, I am really liking this. I'll let you know more in a couple of months!
What's your favourite foundation? Do you love drugstore or high end?