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Product Review: Shiseido The Makeup Dual Balancing Foundation


Last weekend I went on a foundation quest at Sephora. After about 45 minutes, and arms streaked up to my elbows in a beigey rainbow of colors, I swiped a dollop of the Shiseido The Makeup Dual Balancing Foundation ($36) on my wrist. Hmmm. This actually matches my skin quite perfectly, I thought to myself. Let's try it on the face. I managed to find a make-up free patch of skin around my chin area (yes, I was looking slightly ridiculous by this point), and sponged some of this stuff on. It literally disappeared into my skin. Done. I grabbed one of the packaged bottles in my color, and got out of there (finally!).

I've been using this foundation every day for the past week, and so far, so good. It really does match my skin tone perfectly, but I realize that might not be the case with everyone. The best part is the way it blends right into my skin, without leaving any dusty, chalky telltale traces behind. It is a solid medium-coverage, so this would not be for those of you looking for super sheer, light coverage. The color I chose has yellow undertones, which I have a hard time finding in a foundation, and it neutralizes the pinks and reds in my skin very nicely.

I also like that this foundation is fragrance and oil-free, and it contains hyaluronic acid, which helps my skin hold in moisture so the foundation doesn't feel dry or flaky by the end of the day. Overall, I would highly recommend this foundation if you have combination skin like me, and are looking for a product with solid, medium coverage.

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