Create the Perfect Base with Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation [Review]

Shu Uemura is easily one of the top Japanese brands in Asian skincare and is known for many things- their No. 1 bestselling face cleansing oil, eyelash curler, eyebrow pencil are some cult classics that have long stood the test of time. Which was the reason I was super excited to try their latest new addition- the Petal Skin Fluid Foundation! This foundation promises to give a “petal soft radiance with natural poreless coverage” which was inspired by the beauty of petals and incorporates a new technology that fuses mineral fine pigments with your skin to create a soft matte glow effect. And boy, was I not disappointed!

The liquid foundation comes in 11 shades, and I chose the second lightest shade as my skin is pretty fair. The bottle comes with the same simple chic aesthetic as with all Shu Uemura products, holding 30ml of the foundation in a matt glass bottle. It comes with an easy to use pump dispenser as well.

Depending on the size of your face, dispense an appropriate amount and start dabbing a few drops on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. I usually use a good one and a quarter pumps for a natural barely there look, and increase that to two if I was going full makeup.

Shu Uemura recommends that you use this foundation with their Petal 55 Foundation Brush, but at USD95 this seems like a tough sell to me. Here, I use the foundation with the usual make up blender sponge after applying Benefit pore minimizing primer, and apply it outwards from the center of the face.


As you can see, the foundation has a medium viscosity and while it has a certain “volume”, the texture still spreads well across the skin, and hugged close to it without caking on blemishes. It feels super lightweight and almost immediately, creates a radiant, brightening effect on your skin that blurs out your pores and acne blemishes. I wouldn’t go as far to say the blurring effect can substitute that of an actual concealer, but dabbing a second layer over does sufficiently cover the less severe blemishes. At SPF20 PA++, it provides sun protection yet does not feel oily or sticky at all and the matt-glowy look it creates is just da bomb!

I wore this throughout the day and would say that it has medium staying power, as T-zones of my combination skin starts to show shine after three to four hours. Nevertheless, blotting off at noon should suffice and an absolute touch up is only needed towards early evening.

Most importantly, a little goes a long way for this foundation and at USD79.99, I find it pretty reasonable for the results it deliver. I am pretty reserved towards liquid foundations as I find them often too oily, sticky, or comedogenic.  Nevertheless, the Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation have changed my view and I will be adding this to my foundation stash!

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