Here we are at the end of February, and we have seen lots of exciting launches! And I’m sure there will be more and more exciting launches. Cushion foundation seems to be the in thing this season. Many brands(non Koreans) are now starting to launch a line of their cushion base, how exciting it is!
One of my favorite brand, Shu Uemura is launching Cushion foundation too. They place it under blanc:chroma range which is known to be the “brightening” range. Not only this will give a brightening make up effect, it will also give skin care benefits too such as targeting dark spots for anti-pigmentation effect and also UV protection SPF 50+.
One special thing to watch about Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma is the cushion. I am pleasantly surprised when I first tried the cushion and it feels so soft, puffy and yet still blends perfectly. The puff is made of very soft hair that when you glide this puff into your skin, you’ll feel nothing but its softness. One special thing I experienced is that the puff helps to pick up a good amount of foundation so you don’t have to keep dabbing the puff to pick up more and more products. The soft flock helps to retain the foundation picked and hence I can keep dabbing all over my face and if I need more coverage, then I’ll re-dab the cushion and apply it all over my face.
The cushion is so special imo and I can go on and on saying how good the cushion is!
Coverage & Performance
I have tried this cushion a few times and I must say that the coverage it gives is one of the best out there. It covers my pores on my nose pretty well in a single coverage. It gives a satiny finish and I like the finish because with this, I don’t really need to powder my face. It also stays on my face for the whole day and it does not fade even when I had to stay outdoors for few hours without touch ups. I got to say that the staying power is good and it can even stand Singapore humid weather.
There are 6 shades available, and as for me, Shu Uemura sent me shade 774 light beige.
Light beige is the lightest shade among the “7” shade which leans more towards yellow, and if you wish to purchase shades with pink skin tone, then go for shade “5” group.
I did a swatch on the cushion on the back of my hand as below,
And as a comparison, I dug out my Shu Uemura shades to give some idea on how the shade compare to the other Shu Uemura foundation. I have Face Architect foundation in the same shade “Light Beige” and they look very similar when compared side to side. Hence I would safely say that the shade for the cushion is similar to other Shu Uemura foundation.
There are so many cushions launches these days and it may be hard for us to choose. As for Shu Uemura UV Cushion Foundation, I would safely say that this cushion is a good pick if you want cushion with higher coverage. It’s definitely not as sheer as many other foundations, and it stays for a long hour even without setting powder (fyi I have dry skin). Other than the better coverage, I must mention that the sponge is one of the best out there. It’s very soft and it’s taking the right amount of product to be applied and it can glides nicely on my face.
In the picture below, I applied my face with skincare and Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense. You can see my pores and uneven skin tone there, and after I applied a layer of Shu Uemura CC Cushion, you can see it looks better.
Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma brightening UV cushion foundation will be available islandwide from 15th March 2016
$55 for refill, $20 for case + puff.