Monday, January 27, 2014

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Foundation and Sponge Set Review and Discount Code!

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Foundation

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Foundation and Sponge Set

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Foundation and Sponge Set ($55) is a newly launched foundation and application tool created by Shu Uemura that work hand in hand together to make your skin glow.

The idea behind this new foundation was to provide a foundation with high coverage, yet not taking away the beautiful natural glow of the skin. With full coverage foundations, you tend to block out the natural finish of your skin and the skin can sometimes look flat and unnatural. The goal with this foundation is to make your skin look beautiful and glowing in any lighting circumstance while concealing your flaws. It's also moisturizing and long lasting.

The consistency of the foundation is very thin and lightweight, yet creamy and easily blendable. Because of the light texture, I didn't expect it to cover much, but I was really surprised to see that with a small amount, it has a solid medium coverage that is buildable to full - or with less product, it provides a nice skin-like light coverage. It looks very fresh and glowing on the skin and to me looks like a tinted moisturizer, but with more coverage.

It lasts fairly well throughout the day even without a setting powder, although I prefer to set with a light powder because if I don't, I find that this foundation can slightly highlight my pores and by the end of the day the foundation will have faded a bit.

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Foundation Before and After Photos
Before and after wearing one layer of Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Foundation.

The shade I tried was #555 and it's a peachy medium/tan shade suitable for around the MAC NC40-42 coloring. It's slightly too dark for me at the moment, so right now I'd probably go down one shade.

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Foundation 555

The numbering system with Shu Uemura might be a little tricky to newcomers, but when choosing a foundation from Shu, know that the foundations starting with the digit "3" are pink based, "5" are neutral and "7" are warm/yellow. The middle number ranges from the darkest to lightest, with the lowest number being the darkest and the highest number being the lightest. So for example, the shade 354 is darker than 364. If it sounds a little confusing, Shu Uemura has launched a foundation finder tool featuring photos of several beauty bloggers with different skin tones wearing the Lightbulb Foundation so you can get a better idea of what color you might be.

The Lightbulb Sponge (which is actually shaped like a lightbulb) is a reusable sponge applicator much like the Beauty Blender, where you can pat the foundation onto your skin for a seamless finish. The shape of the sponge allows you to hold it comfortably in the middle groove with your thumb, pointer and middle finger. The more pointed side works well for reaching small crevices, such as around the eyes, nose, mouth and hairline, and the larger rounded side for larger areas such as the cheeks, chin and forehead. I found the sponge really easy to use - all you do it put a little product on the end of the sponge and start out in the middle of the face with light tapping motions and gradually bring the sponge outwards until your whole face is covered and foundation is well blended.

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Sponge

My sample only lasted me for a few wears, but I loved wearing this foundation and I highly recommend trying it out if you're looking for a full coverage foundation with a radiant, glowing finish that doesn't look or feel heavy on the skin.

As a bonus for my readers, Shu Uemura provided a discount code for my readers for 15% OFF YOUR ORDER + FREE SHIPPING with the code: LIGHTNATTY.

Shop the foundation by clicking here.

Also, if you want to read up a little more on the foundation, one of my favorite bloggers The RAEviewer just posted a review for this foundation as well!

Have you tried this foundation yet? Let me know your thoughts!


  1. Ah it looks beautiful on you! Still cannot get over how beautiful you are x

    Živa from Nothin' Fancy. Really.

  2. It looks so gorgeous on you! I've been eyeing this foundation as my full coverage foundation for a few weeks now, I'm just still unsure about the colouring I guess :)

    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

  3. You have inspired me to purchase this ! I love your blog all around

  4. Wow!!! You look amazing! This seems like a great product to try out. I like the coverage for it seems natural on skin. This is def a must try.

  5. Hi Natty! This foundation looks wonderful. It gives you such a flawless finish.

  6. Do you know if the coupon is still valid? I am not able to use it :(

    1. I am sorry, I didn't notice I copied a space so the coupon didn't work. It's working just fine! :)

  7. Wow you look flawless! I'm really tempted to try this foundation.
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  8. I just discovered your blog and I just love it. So many reviews, so many products I would like to try, so many useful advises. It's great! :)

  9. You have given nice review of this foundation. I want to share my experience also. I recently bought a Clinique superprimer, it is much similar to foundation. I had great experience with it yet. I love Clinique.

  10. I was on a look out for a new foundation which gives perfect coverage. Would probably buy this one. Thanks for this useful review. xo

    Geetika |

  11. nice article, it was really helpful :D i love the sponge haha where can i get one like yours?

  12. Coupon code does not work - has it expired?

  13. That foundation looks lovely on you. Maybe next time purchase? heheh For now I am using YSL and I thought I loved it bit with continue wear I like it less and less. Thanks for lovely review. We miss you Natty!

  14. hey, I have no idea where to go to contact here i am hahah. thank you for posting every single review of yours which is really helpful&useful for me. cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers

  15. it looks great! might have to cheek this out.

  16. this foundation sounds really good for full coverage! I currently use MUFE Mat Velvet, may have to try this one out!!! lots of information on this foundation...

    thanks, (please check out my blog and subscribe) :)

  17. There is a lot of change in just one layer. I will surely try this out.
    Melbourne Makeup Artist

  18. no updates? is this site still active?

  19. Thanks for a helpful post. I always like to find out helpful tips which I didn't know about before. Glad I found a solution. Share this to my wife. Thanks again!

  20. Hi lovely!!

    Just wondering how this compares to the YSL touche eclat or MAC face and body.. I recently tried Clarins illuminating foundation and it made my skin look 1 dimensional and covered, rather than that dewy but yet flawless look and feel. I was wondering if this foundation has a dupe?.. I also just purchased Koh Gen Do aqua but found their shades run too pale.. Please I look forward to hearing back from you :-)))))

  21. Do they have samples and if not, would they accept my return of the foundation if I open it?

  22. Thanx for the Post. Seems to work. I'll try this one. Love your Blog, looking forward to more interesting posts.

  23. how gorgeous! loving the finish of the foundation! it looks so beautiful and glowing!

    xx Angie |

  24. Wow!!! You look amazing! This seems like a great product to try out. I like the coverage for it seems natural on skin. This is def a must try. Thanks for sharing the useful information

  25. Wow amazing.. Looks natural and out of dull

    Hadi N + cara menghilangkan flek hitam

  26. Perfect shades for all skin type i think. I found them best matches through the pics provided here. Sounds great!!