Product Review: Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation SPF21 PA++

Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation, 25ml, US$67.5
Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation, 25ml, US$67.5

At US$67.5 for 25ml, this was the most expensive foundation I have ever purchased. Based on good reviews and my fondness for Kanebo’s discontinued brand Revue which had the best foundation for my skin, I wanted to try the higher end of Kanebo’s foundation, since Coffret D’or somehow didn’t quite measure up to Revue (though both are in the same price range). I wanted to get the Cream Foundation initially; but I am not fond of the jar format, which is essentially a warm bed for germs. So I settled for the liquid version which comes in a glass bottle with a pump.

Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation, 25ml, US$67.5
Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation, 25ml, US$67.5

The older version, by the way, was in a frosted glass bottle in case you wonder why this looks different. The older version sells much cheaper at Sasa.com but it is not the same, just so you know. Personally I prefer frosted glass but oh well! Anyway, 25ml, that’s 5ml less than the average size. My Coffret D’Or Full Keep Base UX was 25ml and lasted many months so this doesn’t bother me too much. I took the YO-02 shade. My skin is yellow based, though fair/light. I have read that the number one thing that bugs guys the most is when girls wear white, cakey foundation powder with yellow necks, which happens to be my pet peeve too. I admit, being a makeup junkie, it always bothers me when I see reviewers automatically going for the neutral shades (e.g. OC) when their necks look positively yellow in their pictures!

Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation in YO-02
Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation in YO-02

YO-02 is one of the two shades offered under the yellow-ochre spectrum and is a perfect match for my skin, even more so than Shiseido Maquillage’s BO-10. It is slightly more yellow and doesn’t go on as white as Maquillage’s (which was more sheer as well) and gives my skin a very natural, but not yellow, coverage. Speaking of coverage, this is a liquid foundation so you won’t get as much coverage as the cream version; it contains 55% water and I would say this is sheer coverage foundation. It doesn’t cover my freckles. The texture of this is slightly sticky, but not oily for my dehydrated combination skin, but if you have oilier skin you might want to use a lighter hand. A primer is a must. It generally has pretty good staying power though not the most long lasting one (Shiseido really does it better when it comes to that). I have read that this doesn’t settle into creases and fine lines but on my laugh lines this does settle a bit in there, though not too serious. It generally feels light on the skin.

My skin does look glowy with this foundation. However, I am not sure if the price tag is justified…I doubt I’d spend that much on a foundation ever again. Maquillage’s foundations are US$20 cheaper and work just fine!

Verdict: a very sheer foundation that covers very little, but for my skin type the Cream version would have worked better.

3 comments on Product Review: Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation SPF21 PA++

  1. Kevin Jang
    January 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I did not read the whole post, since as a guy, foundations are basically what I would not need. There is a catch to what you said about jars which reminded me of the situation I was in as I started clearing out garbage and stuff under this reminder of a timeline as I prepare to move out by March. I realized that I had a few jars of cream which I opened and then barely used simply because it was not exactly working in any case on my skin, or simply because I had a backlog of items I started using. As a result, when reminded of the age-old adage that skincare does not grow old with you, I threw out a few jars and bottles of cream or lotion. It was money flushed down the drain literally at that stage, but I realized how little I actually needed. As for those which are unopened, I sent a few via surface back to family and the rest to friends. Lesson well-learned albeit a little costly….

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    • Joseibi
      January 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm (3 years ago)

      I am in the same situation with a lot of products…I force myself to use up old stuff before buying new ones but old habits die hard!

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      • Kevin Jang
        January 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm (3 years ago)

        At this stage, I seriously have a backload of stuff which I have to either give away as half-used creams or just throw away if they are not working for me. The temptation is really too BIG in South Korea where everyone–guy and girl–spends on skincare in order to look GOOD (no joke here….even the really manly guys actually use skincare hahaha in Seoul).

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