3.29.2012

Review: Shu Uemura Stage Performer


I started using Shu Uemura's Stage Performer primer just before christmas last year looking for something to give life back to my pale winter skin. The primer promises instant glow and radiance and as with all primers, help foundation with making your skin look flawless and perfect.


Does it work? I have to say it does. Though not with all foundations. Under an already "glowgiving" foundation such as the Chanel Pro Lumier, this primer really delivers. My skin was glowing from all angles and it was absolutely amazing. With a foundation such as the Revlon ColorStay however, with a more matte finish focusing on longwear, while the primer definitely provides a smoother canvas for the foundation to be applied on and prolongs the wear, I didn't get the same amazing radiant effect, but a little, and definitely more than with other primers or no primer at all.


Nowhere does Shu Uemura claim to keep skin matte or keep foundation on for hundreds of hours, so having it deliver in this area is an absolute bonus. The fact that it doesn't provide excellent long wear and does not keep oils at bay completely, does not matter as it's not intended for this purpose.

Bottom line, I would recommend this to anyone feeling their skin is a little ashy and dead looking, anyone with dry skin and for those with more mature skin (when we age skin naturally starts looking less radiant as it gets more dry). I also recommend using it in conjunction with a radiance foundation. Now that the Pro Lumier is discontinued (Moment of silence...), a dupe is Bourjous Healthy Mix foundation. I have not tried the Bourjous one yet myself, but it's on my list! There are also many other radiance enhancing foundations such as the YSL Teint Radiance, Nars Sheer Glow and many many others!

Above the product as it comes out of the tube, a grey/brownish quite thick texture, somewhat similar to asian BB creams. Below, Stage Perfomer blended out so you can see the effect, quite amazing I think! 


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