Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo-Pact Foundation

July 25, 2014

Last Fall, Shu Uemura changed the way we viewed glow on our faces with the revolutionary Lightbulb Foundation (reviewed here). Together with its bespoke sponge, Shu Uemura had introduced into our consciousness the ideal of coverage and glow without excessive sheen. And this September, the innovative Japanese beauty brand completes the Lightbulb family with a cream compact foundation – the Lightbulb Oleo-Pact.

Shu Uemura Oleo-Compact Cream Foundation

The new Oleo-Pact leverages Shu Uemura’s existing lightbulb™ oleo-technology for glow and coverage, and uses a new jellified oil complex, to create a cream compact foundation that gives a glowy satin finish. Skin is dressed in a three-dimensional glow without falling overly matte nor becoming too dewy all over. It is formulated with conditioning oils with no water added, to melt into the skin with a lightweight ease. Coverage is medium, but buildable to cover up most imperfections.

Shu Uemura Oleo-Compact Cream Foundation

As with previous members of the Lightbulb family, the new Oleo-Pact comes with its own unique dome-shaped sponge. Inspired by techniques used by make-up artists, the Oleo-Pact sponge is rounded all over, without any edges or corners to ensure complete streak-free finish. It is 10mm at its thickest in the middle, and thins out to around 3mm around the rim of the sponge.

I generally avoid using makeup tools that come bundled with products as I usually find my own brushes to be gentler and more effective. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the included sponge really was the perfect tool for applying the Lightbulb Oleo-Pact! Simply swipe the sponge against the foundation pan, and then sweep it against the skin. The domed-shape sponge allows the cream foundation to glide evenly across the skin, without the need to repeat with multiple strokes to blend things out. This greatly reduces streaking, and is kinder on the skin. Interestingly, I found it quite difficult to pick up with a fluffy foundation brush (e.g. Koyudo BP013) directly from the pan which is my weapon of choice with other cream compact foundations (e.g. NARS Radiant Cream Compact and Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Compact Foundation).

Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo-Pact Foundation was perfectly comfortable to wear, and gave a beautiful satin finish that did not cling to flaking skin nor emphasize pores. The only downside was that as a cream product, it was not as long lasting as the liquid version, and tended to slide after about 6 hours even with primer. But as a compact, it is easy to bring along for touch-ups as needed. Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo-Pact Foundation will be available for sale in September.