If there is one thing that puts me on a ‘high price’ alert, it’s a foundation in a jar. The very fact that it’s not in a bottle or a tube makes me eye it suspiciously – and nervously! My suspicions are correct because Shiseido Future Solutions LX Foundation is £65. Yikes. But oh my goodness – it is a dream of a foundation.
I think you can see just how smooth and glossy the formulation is. So, the sell on this is that as well as being a make up product, it will deliver the same amount of skin benefits as your day cream would. Shiseido are heavily into ‘anti-ageing’, which I am not – there are better ways to target older women than be anti everything they are – but I have the liberty, because it’s my site, to rinse out the anti and just present the facts. As a brand, Shiseido does a huge amount of research into keeping skin looking bright, fresh and dewy and that is reflected in the efficacy of their products. Shiseido customers are notably loyal.
Most foundations these days have a skin care element rather than just being masks of make up but there is a lot of technology in this little jar. I’m reading through the science while writing this and genuinely wondering how translatable it is – you know when you have the feeling that a lot of words aren’t necessarily saying a lot of things? Well, that! But as I understand it, Shiseido’s own patented ingredient, derived from the Enmei plant, SkingenecellEnmei, in theory promotes Surtuin 1, the so called ‘longevity’ gene. You could say the ingredient enhances skin’s immunity therefore damage to skin is less because it’s more resilient, which allows for more radiance and more firmness. And that’s just the start. Bottom line is, Total Radiance Foundation has all the same tech as the Shiseido skin care range.
I know perfectly well that you never ‘need’ to spend £65 on a foundation – there are so many amazing high street foundations around that won’t even chip into that amount. But luxury make up really isn’t about need, it’s about personal preference. I have to admit to being a very willing tester of this and it didn’t disappoint in any way – it’s as lovely as you’d hope with a medium to high coverage and a semi dewy finish that gives an even toned complexion that lasts all day. I was lucky that my sample in Neutral 2 is a perfect skin match for me (if it was high summer it would be too light) and while it’s a little bit too high in coverage for every day, it’s certainly going to be a favourite for evenings and occasions. Unless you’re very certain of your shade, I’d advise going to counter to be properly matched, but otherwise, John Lewis have it HERE. In common with many Japanese brands, there are no dark shades.
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