Last week on Instagram, I told you I was prepping something huge for this week. Well, here it is – Cushion Foundation Week 3! Honestly, I can’t believe I’m doing this again LOL! I undertook Cushion Foundation Week 1 and I did the K-Beauty edition in Cushion Foundation Week 2 back in 2016 and honestly, I thought I was done.
However, since then, a few new cushion foundations have found their way onto my desk. So, I decided it was best to just deal with them all together. So you get Cushion Foundation Week 3! Brace yourselves for a whole WEEK of blog posts, and all about cushion foundations! Yay! Or maybe Nay! LOL! To catch up, find all the cushion foundation reviews here and look out for the round up at the end of the week!
Today is Day 1 of Cushion Foundation Week 3. This week, the cushions are a mixed bag, featuring a Japanese brand, a couple of Western brands, and featuring some Korean brands too. The categories will be kept as per previous posts, so you can refer back to them all and it’ll look fairly familiar. The difference will be in the products featured. Also, I will do a round up at the end of the week, just to give closure to this week.
Alright then, here we go!
Cushion Foundation Week 3 kicks off with the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact. This was launched back in 2016 I believe, but I received it only fairly recently. Do correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t see many Japanese brands on the cushion foundation bandwagon. (I discount Shu Uemura as a Japanese brand because their direction isn’t very Japanese – but that’s just my impression. That said, I did try their first “cushion“)
Well, blow me down. I’m IN LOVE with this Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact! Seriously, I am! Well, you would too, if what you’re looking for is coverage, because boy! Do you get some serious coverage with this one! :D
Cushion Foundation: Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact SPF23
This Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact comes in a rather slim, sleek case. I like the black packaging. It is sleek and it looks amazing when you pull it out for touch-ups (not that you’d need it – see below).
Now, I will say here that I have not tried the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow liquid foundation, so I am unable to compare the textures, or to say if they are similar. However, I am a big fan of the regular Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation, and this feels just like Shiseido took their liquid foundation and put it in a handy compact packaging.
The first mistake anyone will make (which I did), was to press the sponge onto the surface of the sponge cushion. Because the texture of the product is more akin to that of a foundation, you will end up picking up too much product. The trick therefore, is to PAT LIGHTLY on the surface. I found that one pat was quite sufficient to distribute product all over my face (and I have a big face!). The coverage is quite high, which reminds me of the liquid foundation, but I prefer a sheerer finish, so I tailor accordingly.
I wear the shade Neutral 1, and at a first glance, it looked a bit light for my skin. However, and this is true also of the liquid foundation, after a while, it settles and looks perfect. The coverage is so high, I don’t even need concealer unless I want a very flawless appearance. For day to day, going without concealer is fine by me.
What I really LOVE about this cushion compact is really how lightweight it feels on my skin and how natural it looks. It feels like nothing. I didn’t even set with powder. I literally patted it on, did the rest of my face, and walked out the door. It stayed put for hours on end (I was out the whole day, and went for a massage so give or take 6 hours?) and I swear, it just looks better. It even looked good after my massage. It wasn’t smudged, and my skin looked very natural. It was crazy and I loved it! :D This will now be my to-go travel base product, because it just stays put so well without oiling up. Granted, I also love my Sulwhasoo cushions, so really, it’s all a tie here. But Shiseido has done well for their first cushion compact foundation, and I think the texture and formula is a winner. Well done, Shiseido! :D
Sunscreen protection : SPF23
While most cushion foundations need a touch up during the day, as they well wear off, this Shiseido one doesn’t. It just literally stays put till you remove it when you get home. So, if you’re thinking of using a cushion foundation for touch ups, you might want to consider another brand, because this one just has too high coverage for that purpose.
The Packaging & Refills
Unfortunately, the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact falls prey to the Japanese makeup packaging problem – contents and case are sold separately. What this means is that you can technically buy just the refill without the case, if you like. But who really does that eh?
The refill comes sealed and with a new sponge and is your fairly typical cushion compact case. At back, there is helpfully, a sign showing you where to push to remove the refill from the case. It pops out very easily, when you follow the instructions.
The cushion for the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact is fairly traditional, being the flat porous sponge found in the Korean brands. The cushion is dense and firm, and seems to hold the product very well. The cushion is well saturated with product, so you don’t have to press very hard on it to transfer the foundation onto your sponge. In fact, as I’ve shared above, don’t press when it’s new. Just pat the surface, because you will pick up sufficient product that way.
The Sponge Puff
The sponge puff is very similar to that found in the high end Korean brand cushion foundations. The Koreans know their sponge applicators and the Japanese know enough to not mess with a good thing. For best effect, use the sponge puff applicator.
The best way to use the sponge applicator is to press and roll, not pat on your skin. So, pick up product, press on skin, and roll it off. Repeat to spread the foundation all over, and to blend. It is very quick. But because the coverage of this foundation is quite heavy, you might have to find yourself blending it a little more. But it’s quick and the product does not dry too quickly on the skin.
The sponge is soft with a surface density that has a nice bounce on the skin, and spreads product well and evenly. This is important, due to the coverage.
TO USE: Slip your fingers through the loop (it only accommodates 3 fingers for me so I find it a little small), dab the sponge on the surface of the cushion and then dab it on your skin, in a press and roll motion. Press on skin, and roll it off. It helps the foundation adhere better to your skin.
Texture, Coverage & Finish
I previously shared that the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion had good coverage. Well, Shiseido just blows them out of the water! I thought Sulwhasoo was lightweight. Again, Shiseido blows past them in this category. Next to Shiseido, the Sulwhasoo (previous version) actually feels heavy, because I can feel it on my skin. This Shiseido cushion feels like nothing. I LOVE IT!
Let me show you the before-after pictures. I’m wearing the shade Neutral N1, which is their lightest shade, and that is the shade I take in all Shiseido foundations.
On right, is one THIN layer of the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact. It looks really amazing doesn’t it? Any redness and unevenness of skin tone is covered, and even my pigmentation is barely visible. Yet, it looks just like my regular skin. Just more even.
I’ll show you another side-by-side of just the Shiseido cushion compact base, and with the rest of my makeup on.
Picture on your left is the same as the one above. Picture on your right is after I’ve done the rest of my face. I left the skin pretty much untouched – no extra concealer or powder. So there’s just brows, blush, eyeshadow (which you can’t see) and lipstick in my signature colour. Impressive what a little bit of colour can do :)
Shade selection is quite decent, but not ideal for those with a deeper skin tone. There are 5 shades and starts from Neutral 1, 2, 3 and goes up to Golden G2 and G3. I’d warrant that it may suit up to a middle deep skin tone, but no further.
I cannot discern a scent so that’s a good thing I guess? I think you’re all sick of me complaining about scent in everything. I can’t help it. My nose is sensitive! :P
Do I like this?
No, I LOVE IT. Did I say it already? Once again for the people at the back LOL! I LOVE THIS! Well, for days when I want to apply foundation quickly, without fuss and muss, and when I need to put a good face forward. Also, when I know I need it to look good and continue looking good as the day wears on. This ticks all the boxes. I still enjoy using the Sulwhasoo and Hera ones, but it’s just different. This is like Sulwhasoo… on steroids LOL! :D
IN A NUTSHELL
The Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact feels like a foundation in a cushion format. The texture is very lightweight, and the shade seems to almost shift to blend with your skin. It also wears very well as the day wears on, seeming to look almost better than when you first start out. The coverage is stunning if that’s what you look for in a foundation. I prefer something lighter, so I wear it more sheer. But it is easy to have a perfect canvas with this cushion. Amazing stuff!
PROS: Lightweight texture feels featherlight on skin, Evens out skintone very naturally, High coverage that can be sheered out, Easy to use, Has a semi-matte finish on skin with a slight glow, Not drying nor oily, Portable packaging
CONS: Refill and case are sold separately, Some people may not like the sponge for application or hygiene purposes, I don’t mind, Refills are sold singularly, Easy to overdo coverage, Limited shade selection
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a high coverage cushion foundation, Anyone who wants a high coverage cushion foundation that gives a beautiful smooth and flawless finish on skin
PRICE: RM200 | Approx US$67 for the set of refill and case. The refill alone is RM160. Internationally, prices will vary depending on where you buy from as it is available on many different websites
WHERE TO BUY: Shiseido counters and various other websites selling Asian cosmetics or Amazon
I’m afraid I’m unable to find the ingredient list for this one. If I find it one day I’ll update.
Have you tried this Shiseido Cushion Compact foundation?
I have to say I was quite blown away by this one. But I think it’s definitely one for those who prefer something with actual coverage. For those who previously told me to try April Skin for coverage, I didn’t like it one bit. This one is everything I hoped April Skin would be and surpasses it by a mile! This just reaffirms that the Japanese are truly King of foundations in my book :D
More cushion foundations can be found in this category.