I picked up the Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation SPF30 this past summer and didn’t immediately love it. In fact, I almost returned it after the first time I wore it because it appeared to be too oily for me. Some feelings changed and some didn’t. In this post I’ll provide swatches, shade comparisons, and the rest of my thoughts on this foundation.
Name: Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation SPF30
Size: 1.0 oz/30 mL
Best Skin types to use it: Normal, dry, oily, combination
Coverage: Medium, buildable
Number of shades: 30 (fairest, fair, light, light-medium, medium-tan, tan, rich tan, deep-tan, deep, deepest)
Undertones available: 6 (neutral, golden, rose, olive, reddish, richest)
Fragrance: Yes (less than 1%, not noticeable)
Packaging: Foundation comes in a slightly frosted glass bottle with a non-removable black twist-to-dispense top
Claims: Protects the finish from sweat, oil, and facial movement; adapts to skin’s condition, tone, and texture; and enhances skin’s surface texture and tone.
First five ingredients: Octinoxate 4.9%, Titanium Dioxide 5.8%, Dimethicone, Water, Glycerin. Check full ingredients list on the packaging as well as the brand’s website to determine potential allergens.
Here is what the Shiseido Synchro foundation looks like compared to others in my collection. I decided to do them on the back of my arm because that is closer to my face shade than the underside.
- Nars Radiant Longwear in Macao
- Nyx Born to Glow in Mahogany
- Shiseido Synchro Skin in 430 Cedar
- Dior Backstage in 5N
- Cover FX Power Play in N90
- Milk Makeup Flex in Maple
Skin prep consisted of Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster Serum for some hydration. The right half of my face was set with a light layer of the Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin powder foundation. I used 2 pumps for my whole face and buffed it in with my Elf Ultimate Blending Brush. I applied bronzer and blush with surprisingly no issues on the unset side.
Taken in natural light at 9:30 am. I think it looks REALLY good here and I can’t tell which side is set vs unset (it’s my right side)
Taken in natural light at 1:00 pm after lunch, hence the faded lipstick and the transfer to my chin. This is also after having my mask on & off several times. It started to settle into my smile lines a little. Also it’s looking a little “makeupy” around my hairline & between my brows, but I’m gonna chalk that up to my oils coming through.
Taken at 7:45 pm in the bathroom light. Forehead and nose are a bit oilier than before but my cheeks have remained the same. If you zoom in, you can see it breaking up a bit at the base of my nose and on my chin. The part around my jawline is almost completely gone due to the mask but you can’t really see it unless you’re all up in my face.
Overall thoughts on the Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing foundation
First off, this shade match is great despite it looking lighter in the bottle. The foundation is lightweight and truly medium buildable coverage. It didn’t fully covers my hyperpigmentation but I didn’t bother going in with another layer because I knew my mask would cover it anyway. I had my mask on for half the day (kept my office door closed) and there was a small amount of transfer from both sides of my jaw. Not too bad.
For the packaging, I like how the product locks when you twist the top because it prevents leakage/spills. The pump is functional in that it dispenses the perfect amount of product for the whole face without having to pump it 4 times.
There is SPF30 in this foundation but I still apply my sunscreen separate. Unless you’re going to be in the sun for long periods of time during the day, this amount may be fine. Do what works for you.
As I stated in the beginning of this post I was not impressed the first few times I used this foundation this past summer. My skin gets a oilier in the summer and I think that contributed to how it looked like foundation and not in a good way. In the second check-in above I stated how it looked “makeupy” where my oils gathered.
Bottom line: I won’t be wearing this in the warmer months anymore. Also I need to set my oily areas or use less foundation there to prevent that dreaded look. Those of you with oily skin may want to keep that in mind if you decide to purchase this. Those of you that have normal to dry skin may love this all year round.
Let me know if you already have and like or don’t like the Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing foundation. Check out my last foundation review here.