Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance foundation and powder
If you’re into prestige skincare, then you are probably no stranger to Shiseido’s Future Solution LX. This is the most expensive line bearing the Shiseido brand (not counting sub-brands like Cle de Peau Beaute of course), and since serum foundations have been all the range in recent years, they’ve finally brought out their own version of one.
Traditionally, foundation is treated as a necessary evil. We are told it clogs pores and causes breakouts, and some people even sell us primers claiming they are made to “protect” our skin from direct contact with foundations.
(That’s complete BS by the way. Primers add extra “slip” to the surface of your skin so your foundations blend and smooth on better instead of grabbing in areas, or they balance out your skin so that your makeup adheres to your skin surface a little better. Some add a bit of mattifying properties, some add hydration. But they mostly contain emollients and silicones; exactly the same things in your foundation - minus the pigments.)
Well, the new generation of serum foundations are a step up from BB creams. They often contain active ingredients found in skincare ranges, so they have a small ability to treat and protect your skin. And unlike BB creams and tinted moisturizers, they mostly have very decent coverage.
Future Solution LX Total Radiance foundation (S$122) is interesting because unlike other serum foundations, it goes on and sets to a velvety matte finish without taking away any of the radiance of your skin. In fact, the pigments are designed to diffuse light so you look more even, and you have a glow - but not a shine.
The coverage is VERY good. Medium and buildable. Comparable to Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme makeup - but much lighter feeling on the skin. As you rub it in, the silky emollients sink in and the solvents evaporate, leaving only pigments on the surface, and no feel of makeup on the skin.
I had no problems building up more coverage where I needed it. If you are lazy to use a separate concealer, just dab a bit more on with your fingers where you need to hide dark circles, etc.
It’s not high coverage enough to hide a large spot completely though. Just stick with a concealer for that.
I saw no oxidation, and the foundation stayed on whole 12-hour days, although I can’t speak for its lasting power on oily skins of course. I would assume it doesn’t last quite as well, although I do believe it would be quite decent. If you have normal, dry or combination skins, this would work pretty well. It’s interesting because for something that looks quite matte, it has so far been able to provide hydration on my dry skin without feeling dewy or smearing off.
Price is one thing that would be a problem. It’s not surprising that it’s $122 in Singapore, considering the price of the Future Solution LX skincare range. But this means it’s not really something I’d recommend for every single person.
Another is the jar comes with a seal over the foundation. But once the seal is gone, the foundation is fluid enough that tipping the jar means you will get foundation all under the cap, which can be messy when you uncap it. A plastic inner lid would have been helpful for this formula.
Total Radiance Powder ($102) is another interest product. It’s feathery light and ultra-fine, with no visible texture or color on the skin (the powder itself is a soft beige), but the technology used in the formula promises to balance out the skin visually.
It doesn’t contain the skincare ingredients of the foundation of course, but it has its own bag of tricks.
On dry and dull areas, it reflects light and adds a flattering smoothing effect. On oily areas, it diffuses and redistributes the oil so you “glow” instead of “shine”. This is not one of those ultra-matte powders. It adds a natural looking radiance without any pearl or shimmer. If you want something that is very matte, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
I do recommend using this with a soft face brush or a velour puff rather than the furry puff provided, as those have a tendency to load on too much powder.
Overall, I am very VERY impressed by these 2 products, and I do think they are worth checking out if you have the budget. I don’t usually like matte finish foundations because my skin is dry, but this one is really impressive because it feels SO light and gives such good coverage, without looking like makeup even when you look close-up.
It gives a more perfected finish that Dior Star, and is lighter and more undetectable up-close than Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, (which doesn’t do quite as well when you try to build up more coverage). But it IS more of a luxury than either of those, so definitely get a sample if you’re interested, and don’t just shell out without testing it.