Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Block: Booster & Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder

Shu Uemura is now sold at sephora.my! Pick up the best-selling eyelash curler, the much-vaunted eyebrow pencils or any of the award-winning cleansing oils.

I went down the base makeup road, and nabbed the Stage Performer Block: Booster (RM 160 for 30 ml). Apart from Colorless which I have on hand, this primer is also available in Natural Beige and Fresh Pink to correct any imperfections.

It blocks environmental elements and boosts hydration with the power of botanicals, namely, peony (anti-inflammatory), corn (anti-oxidation) and water lily (moisturisation). It also doubles as a sunscreen with SPF50 PA+++ protection, making this a true multi-tasker.

It takes a gentle approach in aiding radiance by lending the skin a dewy sheen, and so gets tempered down underneath foundation, but on bare skin it is so, so believable. I mix it with my foundation; I can deal with the sheered out coverage, even though I should be out and about in the full coverage ones, hurhurhur. The lightweight texture makes wearing it a comfortable experience.

A light sweep of the puff blew my mind; the Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder (RM 145 for 15 g)'s oil-coated powder particles captured and reflected the light from my skin to mimic a soft-lit glow without the powdery effect.

The finely milled powder is packaged in a jar with a practical screen sifter and comes with a specially designed lightbulb puff by Shu Atelier. The puff allows for better powder pick up and greater pay-off on the skin. Just remember to tap the excess off - it is all about being light-handed.

It doesn't settle in fine lines and does a brilliant job of locking everything in place. What I have noticed, though, is that it is not very good at soaking up oil and taking away shine, which is a shame because this feature is essential to survive the heat and humidity here. If you don't mind a little shimmer in your finishing powders then Shu Uemura's should be right up your alley.

Now on to the before and after pictures; I know how you all look forward to them. Haha!

Bare - Primer - Powder

What is your take on these products?

The full ingredient list for Stage Performer Block: Booster:
Aqua, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat., Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Nylon-12, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Phenoxyethanol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Tromethamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Myristic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Oleate, Sorbitol, Carrageenan, BHT, Zea Mays Kernel Extract, Sodium Chloride, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid, Ciric Acid.

The full ingredient list for Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder:
Talc, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methicone, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopherol, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrated Silica, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract [+/- Mica, CI 77891, CI 77120, CI 77163, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 45410, CI 15850].

Disclosure: Gift certificate.


Princess Neverland said...

Great review! Just wondering why would you get colourless primer instead of those with corrective effect? Wouldn't the tinted one more functional? Just curious hehe!

Bijin Blair said...

Hey babe! That is a great question; in fact, one that I have been asking myself, hahaha. It has more to do with nostalgia than sense actually - I really liked the Guerlain base that I tried a while back and it was colourless (or more precisely, white) too. I will pick up Natural Beige once I'm done with this, and that is if something else doesn't catch my eyes first ;)

Princess Neverland said...

Aha I see! >.< I'm still in search for the base that suits my skin the best, some are too oily and some are too dry, maybe I should try Guerlain out.