Cream, gel, balm, fluid... mousse?
While the Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse is no stranger to makeup enthusiasts worldwide, you must admit that this is a pretty peculiar product! But then again, most mousse-textured makeup are.
Being one of their bestsellers, this makeup base is iconic to Shu Uemura alongside their Eyelash Curler and Cleansing Oil. So, we know those two "icons" aren't exactly essential... how about this one?
Don't mistaken the Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse for hair mousse! Although, the dispensing concept is the same. Shake the canister until you hear a rattling sound made by the the metal ball inside, shake some more, then press the tab. What you'll get out of the nozzle is a cute fluffy ball of beige mousse. Aww... don't you just wanna pet it? Okay. Creepy, sorry. Just make sure to shake thoroughly or the base will come out as an ugly chunky liquid. It is what it is!
As you spread the mousse onto your skin, it'll become liquid thus, I'd suggest working on one area at a time. The blob size shown in the picture above is more than sufficient for the whole face.
Some squinting may be required but you should be able to notice reduced redness and appearance of marks as well as discoloration. The makeup base did not mattify my skin nor did it moisturize, which I appreciate. You see, sometimes there's just no need for those alterations. I love that the mousse allows the natural glow of my skin to come through. The airy mousse feels remarkably lightweight too -- we need a foundation in this form!
Fulfilling its skin-prepping duties for the next step, the mousse made the texture of my skin look and feel finer. My foundation went on smoothly, stayed on, hardly oxidized, and all that good stuff. The added SPF17 PA++ (SPF10 in the US) is a bonus although I'd prefer to use a separate sunscreen.
What's the big deal, right? Many makeup bases do that. Pffft!
I can't put a finger on what makes this mousse so special and from a analytical perspective, it's pretty basic. But there's just something about it that's making me reach for it again and again and again. It's my foolproof when-in-doubt makeup base.
Let's not spoil the moment by talking about the packaging, shall we?
Retails at all Shu Uemura counters for RM135/65g and USD$32/2.2 oz on the US Shu Uemura website.
By the way, the fluid version of this base... *shakes head*