The trend towards lightweight, skin-like makeup is still very much in vogue, and this summer, Shu Uemura has the perfect solution for beating the heat whilst keeping the makeup intact. The new Skin:Fit Cosmetic Water Foundation promises to keep your complexion looking fresh for 12 hours and remains lightweight and breathable throughout!
Shu Uemura’s Skin:Fit Foundation is a new bi-phase foundation that is completely oil-free. It contains a refreshing cosmetic water made from mint and pomegranate extracts that keeps the skin feeling refreshed and has antioxidant benefits to prevent aging dullness. Suspended in the cosmetic water is a special triple powder complex that is formulated with airlicium to absorb excess sebum and keep the face matte; perlite to absorb sweat and prevent the makeup from fading; and soft focus powder to help blur any imperfections.
To apply, first give the bottle a good shake. There are little ball bearings contained inside the bottle to help distribute the contents evenly, so make sure to shake hard enough that you can hear them rattling. Thereafter, simply pour a few drops into your hand. As you can see from the swatch above, the Skin:Fit Foundation has a very runny watery texture.
To aid application, Shu Uemura has designed a special dual-sided sponge to be used specifically with Skin:Fit. By now, this should not come as a surprise, as Shu Uemura has been introducing a unique sponge with every one of their foundation releases for the past few years. The Skin:Fit sponge is very light and fluffy (spongey comes to mind, but I realize that sounds rather silly), unlike the dense sponges that accompanied the Lightbulb foundations [reviewed here and here]. It has a flocked peach-colored “brush” side that is intended for picking up the foundation and applying it to the face. Thereafter, the other white-colored “sponge” side is meant to be dabbed over the foundation to absorb excess water from the foundation and set it into the skin. The pointed pentagonal tip is to make it easy to reach the sides of the nose and other crevices around the face.
Skin:Fit offers a light to medium coverage, although I find it falls more on the lighter end of the spectrum, and there is a limit to how much you can layer on. But it helps to even out skin tone, brightens, and minimizes the appearances of pores. What is really nice about Skin:Fit is that it gives a very lovely glow to the face, one that I personally consider to be a trademark of Shu Uemura. It gives a matte finish that is almost powder-like, but not cakey in the least. And on my dry skin, it actually lasts throughout the day without fading or creasing!
I’m sure many of you are curious as to how Skin:Fit compares with Dior Nude Air [reviewed here] which I had been favoring up until now. The 2 are actually diametrically different – Dior Nude Air is an oil-based foundation that does not contain any talc at all; whereas Skin:Fit is a water-based foundation with powder contained in it. Consequently, in terms of texture and application, the 2 feel very different. Although both are runny, Skin:Fit dries much faster, and does not apply well with fingers. It did take me a little bit of experimentation, and I eventually found that I favored applying it with a synthetic kabuki brush (the tiny Chanel one that came with the Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation worked marvelously). The sponge that came with the foundation worked well, but I found the edges where the “brush” surface was attached to the body of the sponge to be somewhat scratchy.
Also, for my dry skin, I needed to ensure my skin was very well moisturized prior to application. It also helped to use a illuminating primer such as this one, or a very lightweight BB/CC cream works well too for that additional emollient base and coverage. For ladies with oily / combination skin, I believe Shu Uemura Skin:Fit would be a wonderful foundation for daily use as it is quite good at controlling shine and keeping the oilies at bay. However, those with super dry and flakey skin may have to approach with caution.
For those who are curious, I have attached the ingredients and other information from the back of the box. Shu Uemura Skin:Fit Foundation comes with SPF30 PA+++ to protect against sun damage. It is out at all Shu Uemura counters now, and retails for SGD68 for 30ml. The sponge is available separately in packs of 4 for SGD18.
This post featured a product that was kindly provided by Shu Uemura Singapore for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.