Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Foundation review

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Foundation is the glowy version of last year’s fantastic Synchro Skin Lasting foundation. It is less matte than the Skin Lasting foundation so if you have dry skin or if you want a less matte look, this new foundation from Shiseido is perfect for you. It is now available in […]

Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator review

Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator is a gorgeous powder composed of seven colours in an elegant compact with a mirror and a soft, luxurious brush. The powder looks sparkly and bright in photographs but in reality, it is a soft, finely milled powder that isn’t sparkly or shiny. It is the most versatile powder compact […]

Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Skin Sensor Base UV

Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Skin Sensor Base UV is a primer (or base) which you apply before foundation. This is the latest makeup base from Shiseido Maquillage and it contains a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 25 (PA+++). The purpose of this base is to ensure that your makeup lasts throughout the day. In Japan, the […]

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid foundation for spring 2016

UPDATE (20 February 2016): This foundation is wonderful! It has a very fluid consistency, like a serum foundation, and feels silky. The coverage is medium; you can apply more to get full coverage. I wore it for 8 hours and it did not fade or oxidize. It covers imperfections and large pores, but it does […]

New foundation launches in 2016

I am looking forward to the following new foundation and base makeup launches in 2016. As always, the key is to try it in the store and see whether the color matches your skin tone and whether the texture fits your skin type. One of the products listed below is a primer. I rarely wear […]

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation review

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation is the best medium-to-full coverage foundation I have ever owned. It covers large pores, brown spots and other imperfections, and it is not heavy or mask-like. This foundation makes my skin look naturally even-toned and luminous. I wear shade I40 (note that in MAC foundations I wear NC30 […]

More top cool things to buy in Japan 2014 edition

I spent another month in Japan this year and discovered more cool things to buy in that wonderful country. Two developments make shopping this year better than last year: (1) The yen has dropped in value against the US dollar (in October 2013 it was around 95 yen to the US dollar; in October 2014, […]

Summer travel carry-on beauty essentials: how to beat the 100ml restrictions

Summer travel is becoming more and more barbaric with airlines squeezing people into every square centimeter of cabin space and ill-tempered security theatre airport personnel doing their utmost to imitate prison guards. Add to this the ridiculous number of bags that go missing and you will come to the same conclusion I did many years […]