Shu Uemura Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation Review and Photos

Two-way cakes, otherwise known as two-way powder foundations in the Western market, have always been the holy grail of many in Asia. While their ease of use and portability are undeniably appealing, my drier combination skin has never been a fan. But when I saw the limited edition Shu Uemura x Mamechiyo Foundation Case, I knew I HAD to get the matching Shu Uemura Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation and somehow make it work. After all, it is not often that you come across packaging THIS cute!

Shu Uemuera Special Edition Foundation Case by Mamechiyo

Measuring almost 11cm by 5.5cm, the foundation case has a glossy white finish with a top decked out in the prettiest floral design by famed kimono designer Mamechiyo. Inside sits a mirror on one side and a place for storing the foundation along with a flat sponge on the other.

Shu Uemura Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation

The foundation itself is said to “provide the glow and blendability of liquid foundation for a flawlessly refined complexion”. It contains:

* Clear glow enhancer powder to enhance glow and transparency and control shine.
* Pore-cealer Powder to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores.
* SPF 26 to protect against UVA and UVB rays.
* Pomegrante extract to moisturize.
* Vitasea ferment to strengthen skin’s moisture ability and barrier function.

There are a total of 14 colors available to fit pale to medium dark skin tones. Medium Light 564 is a light medium color with neutral undertones that blends into my NC30 skin completely. The color is also identical to Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Finish Powder Foundation in Soft 90.

Shu Uemura Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation in Medium Light 564
Medium Light 564

Just like all 2-way powder foundations, the Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation can be used dry or wet for greater coverage and a liquid foundation-like finish. I like to use it dry by swirling a big, fluffy brush like MAC #187 Stippling Brush onto the powder, tapping off excess then buffing into the skin. To use it wet, you can wet the sponge with water, squeeze out excess then apply.

The texture of the powder foundation is AMAZING – smooth, fine, creamy and non-drying. It provided medium, buildable coverage that evened out my skin nicely. Although I did not notice the glow I was expecting, the finish was definitely soft and satiny and not the slightest powdery or fake.

I also have to give Shu props for the wear. From my past experiences, powder foundations tend to oxidize more easily, resulting in orange faces. But with the Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation, the color stays the same all day without fading or turning orange.

Shu Uemura Special Edition Powder Foundation Case by Mamechiyo and Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation are available at for $13 and $33 respectively.

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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,, 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.


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