Retail price: Php 2,000 or US$32.00 at shuuemura-usa.com
The Shu Uemura UV Underbase actually is applied before makeup being
" A weightless mousse makeup base that helps to even out skintone and texture, reduce redness and minimize the appearance of pores. Use before makeup application to prepare the face for flawless makeup.
- Unique, lightweight mousse texture for even application and coverage
- Hamamelis extract helps to tighten pores and make skin surface smoother
- Can be worn alone or creates the perfect canvas for foundation application
- SPF protection against harmful UV rays "
It actually has two variants, #01 having a yellow undertone and #02 having a pink undertone. Both do not drastically change the complexion although according to those on counter, they state that the pinkish one creates a soft "glow" especially if the wearer is attending a wedding, a sweet 16, or is currently sporting a blunt cut. I prefer the #01, since I have yellow-toned skin, being Asian.
So what happens is actually I shake the bottle and dispense a small amount of product on my (clean) hands)
See? It's a mousse formulation. It goes on pretty light on my face and it got absorbed easily. Since sunblock is usually associated with sticky, greasy, and yucky feel, this one did not. It even smells pretty good. I applied this before I applied foundation and concealer. I don't see a drastic change though, but I could see that makeup goes on much easier plus I don't need to conceal that much since minor imperfections have already been evened out. Plus, it wasn't your usual sticky primer.
Will I repurchase? Definitely! Although the price is pretty steep, a good canvas is pretty much worth it. I use this for special events though, and I use little amount since I don't like piling stuff on my face. On counter, this is applied with a sponge (make sure to squeeze the sponge so the sponge doesn't "eat" up the product). For personal application, you can go ahead and use your fingers.
Oh, and during long days, this can be used to retouch/change makeup since it "melts" whatever dirt and yucky stuff that have clumped up on your face. Just apply this and then spritz with Depsea water (a Shu Uemura technique) and then go ahead and proceed with the makeup!