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The Best Foundation You’ve Never Heard Of: Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish SPF 15 Review & Swatches

January 15, 2009
Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish (Fond de Teint Fluide) SPF 15 ($50 for 1.02 oz)

You may recall seeing Kanebo Sensai’s Fluid Finish Foundation featured in my Best of 2008 post from last year (2009 is seriously zooming by!); there’s a reason this was one of only three foundations I chose to include–it’s some seriously good stuff and quite possibly the best foundation I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried quite a few)! My other favorite foundation is La Mer’s The Treatment Fluid Foundation, but since the Kanebo is $35 cheaper, it comes out on top in my book. If you have a Kanebo counter near you, you really need to get your hands on this!


Fluid Finish is a hydrating foundation with a high 55% water content which enables it to sheathe the skin in a delicate veil of moisture. It’s rich in Fuji Sensui water (from Mt. Fuji of course) and also contains Moistened Powder (a unique powder pre-moistened and coated with oil which was an exceptionally soft touch and does not depleted the skin’s natural oils) and Weightless Moist Glow (a feather-light translucent powder with thin flat granules that reflect light evently for a radiant, natural finish) to keep the skin gently hydrated while imparting a silky, healthy sheen to the surface, along with Phyto-Squalane and Rice Extract to gently moisturize the complexion.

I have a super oily T-zone with very dry cheeks, and Sensai’s Fluid Finish, used in conjunction with their Smoothing Water Make-Up Base leaves my skin feeling comfortably balanced and looking naturally flawless all day long.

I have this in two shades: #102 Soft Ivory and #202 Soft Beige. Both work very well for me but I think that Soft Beige gives me a bit more a natural look–but since I can’t decide I tend to mix both.





What I LOVE: Sensai’s Fluid Finish is remarkable in that it provides great coverage (I’d say you get everything from light to medium/full) while maintaining a weightless texture and natural appearance. I absolutely hate the feeling of foundation on my face, but with Fluid Finish I seriously can’t tell that I’m wearing foundation at all. It blends flawlessly with my skin and makes me look like I have naturally beautiful skin, rather than giving me the “I’m wearing makeup” look.

The foundation itself glides on like silk, so there’s no tugging or pulling at your face, and blends away seamlessly, obviating the need for a brush or a sponge.

Not So Much: There’s really very little that I don’t love about this product. It isn’t the best in terms of oil-control, but that’s simply because that’s not what this product is meant to do. It definitely doesn’t aggravate my oily skin any and I don’t notice my face getting as oily as it normally would throughout the course of the day, probably because it’s happily balanced and hydrated, so I’m a happy camper.

Sensai’s Fluid Finish doesn’t break me out, cause hives or irritation (which a lot of foundation do), it’s relatively affordable, and is as close to HG material as I’ve ever gotten. I give this two thumbs up!

RATING: 4.5/5

Kanebo Sensai Smoothing Water Make-Up Base Review and Swatches

December 16, 2008
Kanebo Sensai Smoothing Water Make-Up Base ($45)


Sensai’s Smoothing Water Make-up Base is a precious silk and water infusion. I did a little blurb on it in this post so I’ll just paste what I’d initially posted there:

“The Sensai “Saho” technique of skincare and makeup begins by creating a delicate veil of moisture with the Smoothing Water Makeup Base, which contains Fuji Sensui water (extracted from Japan’s most sacred mountain, Mt. Fuji) and precious Koishimaru Silk Extract, which was once reserved solely for the Imperial Family of Japan.

The formulation contains Pure Moist Smoother (a special ingredient prepared from cellulose) which once applied spreads rapidly over the skin, wrapping the surface in a tight membrane. This creates a smooth, taut, invisible veil that leaves the skin firmer, smoother, and more elastic. 30 minutes after application of the Smoothing Water Makeup Base the moisture content in the tested area rose by more than 400%!!”


The Smoothing Water Make-Up Base comes in a beautiful frosted glass pump bottle which I’m quite fond of. I know many people complain about the weight of glass bottles and their lack of portability, but since I’m a homebody and not much of a jet-setter, I enjoy having pretty glass bottle with which to adorn my vanity.

The primer itself actually reminds me quite a bit of my new favorite Peter Thomas Roth serum–they’re both packaged in glass bottles, both watery in terms consistency, and both intensely hydrating. I’ve become a huge fan of both of these watery yet deeply hydrating products lately–the runny consistency makes them easy to spread over your face with absolutely no tugging which means you’re not fostering potential wrinkles, and they do the job better than most other products I’ve tried.

I’ve found that with Sensai’s Smoothing Water Make-Up Base, I get the best results by squirting 2-2.5 pumps of this stuff (it’s a lot I know!) into my hand, spreading a nice layer of the stuff onto my face, then walking away from the vanity for a few minutes to let this dry. I usually brush my hair, pick out my outfit, smooth in some leave-in-conditioner and I’m ready to put on the rest of my face. The Smoothing Water Make-Up Base leaves your skin looking hydrated, beautifully smooth, and just radiantly healthy. And foundation glides on like a dream! You don’t get quite the same slip that silicone-based primers give, but I’m not complaining because this feels a million times better on my skin.

One pump of primer. The consistency is a little thicker than the PTR serum, but not by much. Almost like a slightly gelatinous water.

Spread out and rapidly drying.

Top half almost dry, bottom half all set. See the dewy, almost glass-like finish you get?

I wouldn’t recommend this for those of you with very oily complexions as this is meant to be deeply hydrating, but if you have normal to dry skin, this may be perfect for you. I love the dewy glow that this gives my complexion throughout the day, and even if I don’t plan on wearing foundation I like to wear the Smoothing Make-Up Base to give my complexion a fresh, glowing look that lasts throughout the day. If you’re on the market for a new primer that’s a little different from the rest, definitely give Sensai’s latest a try! I picked mine up at Saks Fifth Avenue, but you shouldn’t have too tough a time finding a Kanebo counter near you.

RATING: 4.5/5

Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Gel with Scrub Review

December 13, 2008
Kanebo Sensai Step 1 Silky Purifying Gel with Scrub ($50 for 4.3 oz)
An ultra-smooth rinse-off gel with scrub that dissolves make-up quickly without friction. The first step of the Sensai Double Cleansing system, followed by a second step, a Sensai soap specific for your skin’s needs.

Containing Koishimaru Silk, ginseng extract, almond oil, orange oil, and a bunch of other great ingredients, Sensai’s Silky Purifying Gel with Scrub rids the skin of any makeup/grime accumulated during the day while unclogging pores, all with the soft caress of silk.

This soothing gel melts into a silky oil cleanser after a few seconds of massaging, making for a wonderful sensory experience. While the scrubby bits are few and far between, meaning this is mostly cleansing gel and very little scrub, this does a fabulous job removing makeup while leaving your skin with a hydrated, clean sensation. While I absolutely adore my SK-II cleansing oil, it doesn’t travel so well (oil in a pump container = disaster waiting to happen); but this Kanebo cleanser will be going everwhere my SK-II can’t!

See the grayish particles that consist of the “scrub”?
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Beautiful Kanebo Sensai Holiday Card from Saks

December 13, 2008

While I’m not always all that crazy about the customer service I receive at Saks, I do absolutely love this holiday card I received from the Kanebo counter at Saks. Yes I know everybody gets one, but it’s simply beautiful!



Kanebo’s New(ish) Sensai Foundation Series Overview

October 13, 2008

Kanebo’s new Sensai Foundation Series (launched August 2008) could quite possibly be one of my favorite releases of the year. Yes there are no fancy eyeshadow palettes, nor are there any cute pink lippies for me to play with, but what Kanebo does it does extraordinarily well, and these new offerings just have me excited! This new collection consists of 9 items which contain an array of fantastic ingredients, and I’ve heard nothing but fabulous reviews of the entire line which ranges from concealers (a favorite of Temptalia’s) to primers (which you know I’ve been dying to try) to foundations (which I’ve heard are absolutely amazing as well).

Smoothing Water Make-Up Base ($45)

The Sensai “Saho” technique of skincare and makeup begins by creating a delicate veil of moisture with the Smoothing Water Makeup Base, which contains Fuji Sensui water (extracted from Japan’s most sacred mountain, Mt. Fuji) and precious Koishimaru Silk Extract, which was once reserved solely for the Imperial Family of Japan.

The formulation contains Pure Moist Smoother (a special ingredient prepared from cellulose) which once applied spreads rapidly over the skin, wrapping the surface in a tight membrane. This creates a smooth, taut, invisible veil that leaves the skin firmer, smoother, and more elastic. 30 minutes after application of the Smoothing Water Makeup Base the moisture content in the tested area rose by more than 400%!!

The Brush Type Concealer ($33)

Kanebos’Concealer, featured everywhere from the Cannes Film Festival to “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and loved by beauty bloggers is designed to flawlessly cover fine lines, under-eye circles, blemishes and discoloration while moisturizing and firming the skin. It’s enriched with KanzoExtract (a traditional medicinal herb taken from the root of the licorice plant and used to soothe blemishes and help prevent irritation), Moistened Powder (a powder pre-moistened and coated with oil that helps to retain the natural oil in the skin), Silk Extract (prevent moisture loss and allows for a smoother application), Weightless Glow Factor (a feather-like powder with thin, flat granules which provide smoother coverage and which causes light to reflect evenly off your face), and the exclusive Koishimaru Silk Extract (which provides superior moisturizing to the skin).

Check out a few more products from the Foundation Series below:

For further information on these products check out Kanebo’s international site (unfortunately these products are rather hard to track down online) or visit your local Saks counter. Or if you happen to be located in NY, you can also stop by Bergdorf, Barney’s, or Takashimaya to check out a wide array of Kanebo goodies!

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