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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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GossipAngela GossipAngela 8 years
I got samples from their counter and I decided to try it. Even thought the shade was one shade lighter, the foundation still fits me perfectly. I had a dewy look throughout the day without the telltell marks i had when I was using Lancome. I was in the process of consideration when I came across this great review. I am buying this for sure
laomy laomy 8 years
this is one of my favorite foundations! its one of the few that is actually light enough for my really fair skin. No breakouts from it and has SPF to boot.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Sounds nice, although I might be too oily for it :-( But I'm probably going to go on a similar foundation quest in a bit...
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 8 years
I'll have to try this- thanks Bella!
fashiondip fashiondip 8 years
Sheisedo is the best for skin products and makeup. They have a waterproof foundation that is amazing. You can literally go swimming with it and it wouldn't budge. Not that I would go all done up to the beach but hey you might need it if you are trying to look extra cute on a beach date!
lollipopgirl lollipopgirl 8 years
i love this product, but my skin is a bit too oily for this =S
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
for a not so expensive alternative u should try loreal true match, i like it so much better then my department store makeup because it totaly blends in
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
man, shiseido has some wonderful products. My mom has this foundation, and I forgot to bring my own makeup when I went to visit her at home, so she let me borrow this foundation...let me tell you...I've tried SO MANY different brands of foundations (I don't have the best of skin) and this one covered all my blemishes but wasn't cakey, nor did it really give me any crease lines when I smiled. Plus it feels so silky smooth on the skin. LOVES it.
mnp mnp 8 years
I think I'll try this out.
mnp mnp 8 years
I think I'll try this out.
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I'll have to check this out. I have a hard problem finding a foundation with yellow undertones in the right color for me. Everything I find seems to have pink undertones to it, which doesn't help with the redness in my skin at all.
emalove emalove 8 years
Sounds nice! I really like Shisheido products.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
Lovely1 - try using something else to apply the foundation. I don't have experience with this particular product, but find that sponges in general don't do as a good of a job and can sometimes deposit too much or too little of the foundation. Sponges also tend to absorb a lot of product, so you'll find you go through it a lot quicker. I like using my fingers the best, but if you like using a tool other then your hands you might want to look at a foundation brush.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
Lovely1 - try using something else to apply the foundation. I don't have experience with this particular product, but find that sponges in general don't do as a good of a job and can sometimes deposit too much or too little of the foundation.Sponges also tend to absorb a lot of product, so you'll find you go through it a lot quicker.I like using my fingers the best, but if you like using a tool other then your hands you might want to look at a foundation brush.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
Thanks for the review Bella! This is just the kind of prodcut I've been looking for, I'll have to check it out!
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
Thanks for the review Bella!This is just the kind of prodcut I've been looking for, I'll have to check it out!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I use this foundation too...I picked it up a month or two ago. I think it's OK...nothing special at all. I find that sometimes it doesn't go on very smoothly. I use a sponge to apply all my foundations and this one seems to "clump" I guess you could say...I don't know how to exaclty describe it...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I use this foundation too...I picked it up a month or two ago. I think it's OK...nothing special at all.I find that sometimes it doesn't go on very smoothly. I use a sponge to apply all my foundations and this one seems to "clump" I guess you could say...I don't know how to exaclty describe it...
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