Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation Review and Swatches

This summer, Kanebo Sensai has launched a mattifying version of Lauren Conrad’s favorite Fluid Finish Foundation!

Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation

Like the original Fluid Finish, the new Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation comes in a sleek 30ml glass bottle with an easy-to-use pump. It also contains the same ingredients – Phyto-Squalene, Rice Extract, 55% Fuji-Sensui Water, Koishimaru Silk and SPF 15 – to deeply moisturize skin while protecting it from the sun. What’s different is the new “Instant Fitting Oil” that evaporates off the skin’s surface in just 15 minutes so skin is left silky-smooth, moisturized yet matte.



Color selection-wise, there are 8 shades that will cover light to tan skin tones. I have FF 203 Natural Beige and FF 204 Almond Beige, two medium yellow-based shades that I can get away with for my NC30 skin.

Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation swatches
FF 203 Natural Beige and FF 204 Almond Beige


The texture of the foundation is one of the creamiest I have ever seen, just like the Fluid Finish. It blends wonderfully with just fingers or a brush and never seeps into fine lines, highlights flakes or creates shine.

In addition, the coverage is divine! The foundation is so pigmented that one small pump (roughly a pea-sized amount) can erase any signs of flaws under my eyes, around the nose and the lips. Hooray for not having to even use a concealer!

The end result is velvety, not overly matte, natural-looking and light-weight – simply made for “non-matte” girls like me! Not to mention, the foundation wears well all day even without a setting powder and touch ups! More love for Kanebo Sensai ♥

Below is me wearing FF 203 Natural Beige.


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Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation is available at Neiman Marcus for $50.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

25 COMMENTS

  1. I am Indian, with yellow undertones, light brown skin. What shade would be appropriate for me – the 204 or the darker 205 Topaz? And how is this different to the original FF?

  2. Have you seen the color FF 202? I would have to order it online but i’m worried 202 might be a little light with not enough yellow. But I can see that FF 203 has yellow in it but worried it might be a little too dark.

  3. Does the foundation photographs well in photos? Does the skin look white due to the SPF 15?

    Thanks,
    Cathy

  4. Hi I was wondering what shade would you recommend for a mac nc25? I was thinking of ordering this foundation in the shade 202, but I don’t know if it would be a perfect match or not. Thanks.

    • Hi Vickie,

      202 should work on your NC25 skin. I wear NC30 and 203 is just a teeny bit darker than my natural skin tone but you can’t really tell. Hope you like the foundation!

  5. Hi,
    I was wondering what shade you would recommend for me? I’m #20 Clair in Chanel Mat Lumiere, when I look at the foundation matrix this would be a NW25?

    Hopefully you can help me since there’s no store around me :-( Such a bummer!

    Kind regards,
    Nina

    • Hi Nina,

      I wore #20 Clair for Chanel foundations when I was paler so 203 might be a little dark for you. I say go with 202 =)

  6. Thanks!
    I think it will be a good match. I have had so many troubles just determining what my undertone is. Even by looking at my veins or trying the jewelry trick. Do you have any tips on that?

    P.S. I came here by google search and I must say that I do not regret it at all! This blog is so great, I’m coming back :-)

    • No problem! You can check out the following for a few tips on determining undertones:

      http://makeupforlife.net/2006/09/warm-vs-cool.html

      But please bear in mind, these are just very general rules. To find a good match for foundation, it is best to figure out the undertone on your neck/jawline rather than your face. Some people can be warm on the neck and cool on the face, vice versa, and you want to make your foundation match with your neck.

  7. Interested in the lasting velvet fluid finish, however, uncertain of what color we suit me….Currently using MAC NC42(studio tech)…In your opinion, which do you prefer MAC or Kanbebo & why?

  8. Hie..im actually searching for a foundation which is fully sting coverage..before i was using ysl which is a superb foundation last me e while day make up without oily face..and it sticks on my face for long hrs..but sadly ysl cosmetic is not selling in sg anymore have to Order it online..so troublesome..so im now searching something similar..wherby i dun hv to use a concealer foundation..tried MAC fully coverage foundation..but it sucks..my face especially nose and eyebrow edge oily!! And it doesnt last lOng..dissapointment..so my fren intro me tis kanebo..aint sure if its good..gt to see reviews tho..and thers lotsa foundation too..nt knwing which is good..can help me? Advise?

  9. Hi , I also wanna buy this product and I use mac’s nw 20 , could you pls tell me which shade I have to buy thanks

  10. I have been using MUFE Hd and has been my hg foundation for awhile now. But still in search for other foundation. How is this compare to MUFE hd?

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