Worth it? Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation

Would you spend C$120 on a foundation?

Okay, so just when I thought that Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able foundation took the cake for the priciest foundation in my collection, the Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation lands on my desk and I’m floored at the price tag.

For C$120 you can buy a lot of things. That’s the price of a whole new outfit or 24 lattes from Starbucks. Anyways, with such a hefty price tag, I would want this foundation to be the best thing I’ll ever put on my face.

Okay, so the facts. The reason it’s so expensive is because it’s infused with anti-aging skincare ingredients which have regenerative benefits, as well as retexturing, brightening, and maintaining resilience in your skin, leaving it with a radiant finish. It is also infused with SkingenecellEnmei, which brings out skin’s vitalizing forces and regenerates skin from within, as well as 4MSK, an innovative brightening ingredient, which helps to improve dark spots and uneven skin colour for a luminous, even skin tone. In addition to those star ingredients, it also has Aura Radiance Technology to help maximize light reflection, Japanese botanicals to prevent damage that causes skin aging, and the Time Match Powder, Photochromic Powder and Micro Fit Technology respond to changes in the skin condition and the environment, to keep skin in beautiful condition.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation

Phew, okay, so clearly this stuff packs a punch (it also has SPF 20). But how does it perform? Available in 11 shades, I received the shade Neutral 2 which matches my summer skin perfectly (thankfully I still have a bit of a spray tan left from Chicago, so this stuff is perfect for me right now). Since the product is housed in a jar, I find that a little goes a long way (meaning that you’ll have it awhile), and I just merely use my finger to apply it on my face then blend out with a foundation brush. The coverage is full, but the wear is lightweight, making it very comfortable on the skin. As for wear, this does stay on my skin all day and even through workouts it still looked radiant. Compared to some of my other foundations, this definitely holds up better than a $15 foundation, which I would certainly hope it does.

I am currently using this foundation in conjunction with some expensive skincare products (which I’ll also blog about shortly), so I can’t tell you if my skin has changed at all. I mean, it is looking nice, but it could be the combination of the products together which is making it look radiant. To be honest, I actually really like this foundation since it looks wonderful on even after eight hours and my face feels moisturized.

Before and after using Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation SPF 20 nine hour wear

Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation SPF 20 after a nine-hour wear and a workout.

I’m just torn though, since although I love it, I don’t think I would spend C$120 on it, that’s a lot of money to spend on a makeup product. Like I said, a little does go a long way and you do get a lot of product in the jar, so I truly do think it will last you a while if you do decide to purchase it.  In Canada, the only place I’ve seen it online is at Hudson’s Bay, so I would check out the Shiseido counter and ask for a sample to see if you love it enough to fork over the cash.

How much would you be willing to spend on a foundation?

Please note, I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.

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