Have you ever happened upon one of those products that worms its way into being a daily must-have almost instantly?
Shu Uemura UV Underbase Mousse was like that for me. I'd tried primers before (and have since) but nothing like this mousse, which blurs pores yet is much more lightweight (and effervescent) than those thick silicone pastes.
My mousse of choice is Brightening. It's lightweight, with a mild floral scent. Like all UV Underbase Mousses, it can be a little sticky if applied with a liberal hand, but it's not heavy or gluey even under those circumstances: just a tad tacky. The Driveller Kate reports that she was advised to apply a pea-sized dollop of the mousse with a flat synthetic brush. I find that using a brush does help the product go further; however, I'm still a glutton and usually end up using two pea's worth.
The heftiness of the product varies somewhat based on formula: my beige and brightening mousses feel about the same but the Tsuya mousse is decidedly more substantial and with a cloying fruity scent, higher alcohol content, and vague promises of "skincare benefits" from the guy with bleached hair who sold it to me. It was kind of like what I imagine a bad interaction at a bar would be like.
I haven't tried the BB Beige mousse (which is different from the regular beige shade) but I would guess it, too, would feel thicker than the normal underbase mousses.
|I feel bad for changing the order. But not enough to take another picture of the cans.|
Here are the mousses in blob form.
I would use the Brightening-sized dollop for my whole face.
You can see that the beige is, well, beige, the Tsuya mousse is a peach color, and brightening pink purple is a quite pastel lavender.
|And starting to blend out into a heavy swatch.|
|A bit more blended and starting to dry.|
The Tsuya mousse is more difficult still. Its heavier consistency and pigment is harder to overlook. It's far too peach and dark for me. This was an easy purge.
Which leaves me with the Brightening Pink Purple, which is so deliciously pixie-ish and pore-blurring and cheery. It doesn't exacerbate redness; it doesn't make me look dirty; it doesn't make me look like I'm wearing a mask of Pepto-Bismol.
|As you can see, it's not a substitute for foundation--|
redness and texture issues around my nose area are still there--
but pores are where? It's not all in the bad photography.