shu uemura UV Under Base Mousse review, swatches: Pink Purple & Beige | OB for shu uemura (Summer 2013)

shu uemura - ob UV under base brightening mousse whitefficient pink purple

The product: OB for shu uemura UV Under Base

   ↳ Brightening Mousse SPF 30 PA ++ in Pink Purple

   ↳ POREraser Mousse SPF 35 PA +++ in Beige

I’ve been trying to put together a review of the YSL Tie and Dye topcoats all week, but — no dice. (I think I took way too many photos; seriously.) In the meantime, here’s a review for something that really blew me away this month!

shu UV under base beige, brightening pink purple

(how cute are these?!)

The POREraser UV Under Base Mousse in Beige

To start off with: shu’s Beige Under Base (SPF 35 PA +++) is made to even out skin tone and texture, reduce redness, and minimize the appearance of pores.

It’s kind of like — you know how makeup primers tend to be a clear layer of silicones, while paint primers are there for adhesion and tint? The POREraser is more like the latter, not only filling pores but creating a more even tone, too. I’d say its pore-filling prowess is less than a heavy “filler” (think Benefit The POREfessional), but it’s worth it for the lighter feel and silicone content.

Try this if: You’re looking for something to even skin tone without “flattening” the face. Use before your foundation —  or instead of, if you’re around a NW20-30!

shu uemura UV mousse swatches review - beige, pink purple

shu uemura UV under base – POREraser/beige (L) and brightening/pink purple (R)

The UV Under Base Brightening Mousse in Pink Purple

Here’s the one that really steals the show for me. Like the POREraser Under Base, the Brightening Mousse was created to be a weightless way to even out skin tone and texture — but with a brightening benefit, too, both in immediate effect and long-term reduction of imperfections.

With SPF 30 PA ++, this primer is phenomenal at brightening up a fair to medium skintone (perhaps a deep skintone, too, if used sparingly), and works particularly well with yellow undertones. You definitely need to spread this one out (the shu website recommends applying a walnut-sized amount with their pentagon sponge) and make sure to cover all exposed skin, but it is absolutely, definitely worth it.

Try this if: You already have a sheer-to-medium foundation that you love, but want something to help “pick up” your complexion without relying on shimmer or sheen.

shu uemura POREraser beige, whitefficient brightening swatches review

shu uemura UV under base swatches – beige (L) and pink purple (R)

The verdict?

shu uemura’s POREraser Under Base is great, but the Brightening Mousse — wow. From the spot-on Pink Purple shade (which really does have pink-purple undertones) to the wonderfully unique mousse format, it absolutely blew me away. 

I don’t feel like these are absolute must-haves (perhaps because I personally don’t wear an all-over base), but at $46 CAD, the shu bases are a very novel, wonderfully packaged product.

Availability: At Holt Renfrew & select Sephora boutiques (Canada); (United Kingdom). The bases are permanent, but the packaging featured here is limited edition!

See the brightening mousse: featured in this OB for shu uemura teaser post & used as a base for this blue eyeliner look.

The POREraser Beige ingredients

Talc, Ethanol, Silica, Propane, Isobutane, Dimethicone, Crosspolymer Methicone, Ethylhexylglycerine, Linalool, Citronelle, Benzyl Alcohol, Mica, Aluminum Oxide.

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  • BellaChique

    Wooow, Pink Purple is really brightening, I never seen a effect this spectacular! The texture seems like so much fun, I kinda like the idea ^^.
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  • Maggie

    I'm juuuuust about to post my review – these are so crazy! I love the foam, and that they're essentially lightweight good-level sunscreens as well. I do find them ever so slightly drying though.
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    • Man, I didn't even notice! My skin is crazy dry all on its own, so sometimes when base products are drying… over the course of a few hours, it just feels like my normal (uncomfortably dry) complexion to me >.<

      Can't wait to hear what you think of these, sweetie!

  • Katherine

    I am nw20-30 but I thought I am supposed to use a pickier base becaus I have warm undertone….? I always curious about their shu uemura base but I heard a lot of people telling me they can't tell the difference when they use it lol
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    • Aww, that's too bad! I know shu do quite a few bases (I think four or five), but I found these two in particular to be surprisingly effective. :)

  • mostlysunnybunny

    I am a leeeettle scared of the brightening one, just because I don't know how it's going to work for my undertone. I might have tried some purplish loose powder when I was a teenager because people told me it'd "balance out" the yellow in my skin. Hmm well it made my face a bit unnaturally white! The beige one looks so much safer. I toyed with the idea of getting some of the mousse UV base last summer when I was in Taipei, but ended up deciding against it (can't remember why anymore). Maybe I should give it another shot this year!
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    • Aww, that sucks! I have a purplish powder (that I mixed myself, because I couldn't find one that I liked -.-) for brightening, and I love it — the trick is just to pick something fairly translucent, that's the same level as your skintone but a touch more cool-violet.

      You might like the beige mousse, Sunny! :)

  • omg, wow. WOW. What is this thing lol. That's amazing, but totally expected from a brand like shu.
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    • Totally unexpected from anyone!! :D shu keeps surprising me with their products — their iconic curler always makes me feel like they're a "basics" line, but they just keep on defying expectations.

      It's a really nice change, in today's makeup world! ;)

  • Oh I used to use the original Shu primer foamy thing and liked it. The brightening one sounds fabulous – must give it a go.
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  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    Oh, the pink one looks good :-)
    I have beige, and it's a little dark worn alone, so I have to put on foundation after it… which is totally cool, because it controls oil on my T-zone like a champ. That says a lot, since the weather here is VERY humid and hot. If you're travelling to a tropical country and want your base to stay, use this.
    ps: The mousse balls actually look yummy!!

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    • Yeah, I find it too dark, too — I want to say it'll be best starting around NC20-25? (Not sure what you are; photos are always confusing!) It's far from humid here, but I'll be keeping your tip in mind — it's good to know :D

      (LOL! Don't eat your makeup, Lily. It's prettier on your face than in your stomach!)

  • I bought these two bases yesterday, and I felt a slight hum of buyer's remorse course through me afterwards, unsure if I was merely drawn to the pretty packaging. But oy, your review – thank you! I am unreasonably excited to try them now! Have you worn a mix of the beige base and brightening mousse together?
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    • Oooh, I haven't! I almost want to say it would be counterintuitive — the beige is darker than my skintone and the brightening, lighter, and I feel like the warm beige & cool pink purple would cancel each other out.

      I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on these, Julie! (And I'm so glad to hear you picked these up. The art really makes me think of your work!)

  • woow, these are looking interesting o.o!!!! i would love to try these out as well !!! o.o omg
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    • Let me know what you think of them if you pick one up, Elisa! :)

  • I'd love to try the Brightening Mousse–but I don't think I have access to it here. I'll have to look for it.
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    • Good luck finding these, Jenny! I know shu can be a pain to get your hands on in the States :(

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  • I was checking out this product at a Sephora but promptly put it down without testing because the nozzle somehow managed to spray all over poor bf! Your review is making me think it's worth a second attempt :D (because who doesn't need a little brightening now and again?)
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    • Eep! That sounds like a terror — was your bf scared off Sephora stores for good, or did he manage to walk it off? :p

      The brightening mousse is totally worth a second glance, Angela. I hope you ♥ it ;)

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