Shiseido have added a new foundation to their line up called Sheer and Perfect, R430.
The brand’s lightest foundation yet, Sheer and Perfect feels fabulously weightless on your skin and offers the kind of coverage you could easily refer to as ‘natural’ or ‘your skin but better’. It’s also got a few CC Cream-like tricks up its sleeve in that it’s been formulated with ‘optical powders’ that help colour correct. Green to balance redness, blue for dark marks and white to blur the look of pores and fine lines. Oh! And let’s not forget about the fact that it’s got a nice, high-ish SPF 18. Very, very nice.
Texture-wise, it’s a ‘runny’ fluid that’s easy to spread around your face and, in a way, it reminds me a lot of Chanel’s Vitalumiere as well as Garnier’s new BB Cream for oily-skinned people which should launch later this month if it’s not on the shelves already. (I’ll be putting a review up on the latter soon, so keep an eye out.)
I used it all of last week and found it did a great job of evening out my skin tone. As the name suggest, however, the coverage is very sheer; like a gauzy veil that still allows your skin to peek out from underneath it. Fabulous for those who only need a light wash foundation to improve their complexions somewhat while acting as a base for make-up but not so fabulous for anyone struggling with things like pigmentation and cystic acne.
Wear-wise, I’m an oily skinned peep and many foundations, especially those that are super light, tend to slide off my face in the heat. This one, which is oil-free, managed to go the distance and didn’t encourage the oilies in my T-zone to act up in the least. On the flipside, it didn’t make my skin feel dry or tight either. I also like that, despite serving up a little light diffusion, it doesn’t look ‘shiny’ on your skin or in photographs. Your skin just looks like your skin, but a better version thereof.
Still, the only time I ever really wear foundation is when I feel I need it which is why my favourite Shiseido foundation is still my beloved Radiant Lifting. (It offers mid-level coverage and also has light-diffusing properties.) In saying that though, anyone who doesn’t need a little extra help and prefers their foundation on the lighter side of things is probably going to fall in love with Light and Perfect. As far as lightweight foundations go, it’s one of the best I’ve ever used.