Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation SPF 17 PA++ Review


shiseido-dual-balancing-foundation1Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation SPF 17 PA++ ($37.50) A long-lasting, oil-free liquid foundation that responds to skin’s specific needs. Increases moisture in dry areas and minimizes shine for a semi-matte finish and medium coverage. Formulated with Optimal Balance Network, which includes the exclusive ingredient complex of Hyaluronic Acid and Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE Complex to promote ideal moisture levels in skin’s dry areas. Contains Prismatic Nano-Powder to increase luminosity and conceal pores. Glides on smoothly and stays crease-free. Recommended for normal and combination skin.

My Thoughts:

This was actually my first Shiseido foundation. It was recommened to me when I was dealing with breakouts by a Shiseido SA. It blends very easily and has a natural finish. It’s my favorite liquid foundation. I wish it came with a pump so I wouldn’t have to pour out the foundation. It has never caused me to breakout and you don’t need a lot to cover your face. I have yet to find a liquid foundation that better suites me than this. Until that day arrives, I will keep using this.


Shiseido Perfect Smoothing Foundation SPF 15 Review


My all time favorite foundation is Shiseido Perfect Smoothing Foundation SPF 15. This foundation goes on so softly and smoothly. It provides the most beautiful, natural finish. Many times I find when you use a powder foundation, you are left with a powdery finish to your look and accentuated dry patches. With the Shiseido Perfect Smoothing Foundation, it evens out your skin tone and doesn’t leave a powdery finish. It appears to melt into your skin! During the fall and winter, my skin is lighter than it is during spring and summer, so I use the shade O40.  During the spring and summer, when my skin is darker than it is during fall and winter, I use the darker shade O60.

If you have Asian skin tones like me, I highly recommend Shiseido. Whatever your skin’s undertone is (pink, yellow, beige, ivory, etc), Shiseido will have a foundation shade for you. Shiesiedo has 3 categories of foundation colors: O,B, and I. Shades that are “O” are generally for people with yellow undertones. Shades that are “B” are generally for people with pink/beige undertones. Shades that are “I” are generally for people with an ivory undertone. The best part about this foundation is it doesn’t oxidize! Oxidation occurs when your foundation changes color when it mixes with the oil from your skin. Ever notice your foundation getting darker or “orangey” as the day progressed?

When you buy Shiseido compacts, you have to buy the case ($9) and powder ($30) separately. It may seem like a downside, but if you think about it, you will not end up with a collection of empty plastic compacts. Instead, when you use up the powder, you pop out the empty powder case and pop in the new one. Every new powder comes with a new sponge. Typically, this foundation will last me an average of 4 months if used daily.

Shiseido Perfect Smoothing Compact=B20 B40 B60 I00 I20 I40

B20                         B40                  B60                  I00                   I20                     I40

I60 O20 O40 O60

I60                           O20                  O40                O60

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