Shu Uemura “the lightbulb” oleo-pact review (plus a preview of a couple of Fall 2014 “Brave Beauty” products)!
Here’s a quick peek at 2 products from the upcoming Brave Beauty collection, which features intensely strong colors and beautiful printed packaging. But this post is really about the lightbulb oleo-pact!
I’ve spoken about Shu Uemura’s the lightbulb foundation and powder foundation before, but I’m not joking when I say the new oleo-pact launching in Sep 2014 is my favorite of the bestselling series so far.
The original Lightbulb foundation is better for dry skins and dry weather; I loved it when I was traveling in Japan. In warmer weather or on oily skins, it can feel slightly heavy cos of the different oils in the formula, doesn’t really set and has a tendency to shift or smear off after a few hours.
The Lightbulb powder foundation I’m afraid I never quite liked as much because I personally don’t like matte full-coverage powder foundations, and I could never get this powder “glow” with the buffer sponge.
The oleo-pact combines the best of both worlds. It isn’t as dewy as the liquid foundation, isn’t as matte as the powder, and comes in a convenient portable compact for touch-ups on the go.
Satin finish (natural-looking glow)
Lightweight feel; not as heavy as the liquid, but not as weightless as the powder of course
This has less coverage than the original liquid foundation, but it’s still buildable to a respectable medium coverage.
I tried this on normal/dry skin in humid weather without any powder and it stayed quite fresh for the whole day (about 10 hours) without oxidizing; no oil-control but it didn’t get dry or cakey on my skin either.
- Sustained natural glow and good skin-evening coverage without being heavy or unnatural
- Reasonable lasting power for normal-to-dry or combi/dry skins
- Lightweight and non-greasy feel
- Stays fresh-feeling even after experiencing some humidity and sebum over the day; didn’t bleed, streak, or cake up after sweating even without setting powder
- Good for normal to slightly-dry or even slightly-combi/oily skins
- Contains oils so it won’t last extremely well on oily skins, although it would do ok on combi skins if set with some powder
- Won’t be hydrating enough if you are extremely dry
- The dense slightly-domed bouncy sponge is a PAIN to clean, just like the other lightbulb sponges.
- Not enough coverage to cover more prominent blemishes; a separate concealer would be needed
- Not refillable; I’d like to purchase a refill for a reduced price instead of throwing out the compact and paying full price each time
The Lightbulb Oleo-pact will launch in Singapore on 1 Sep for $75.