August 7, 2012

Shu Uemura Whitefficient UV Under Base Brightening Mousse SPF 30 PA+++ Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Shu Uemura Whitefficient UV Under Base Brightening Mousse was recently released in Japan. We haven’t seen this one here in the US but fans of Shu’s original UV Mousse will be quite familiar with this one.

The original Shu Uemura Whitefficient UV Under Base Mousse offered SPF 30 and came in a soft, mousse formula that absorbed easily. I don’t think they actually carry it anymore in the US but don’t quote me, it’s been a while since I explored Shu’s master line.

Shu Uemura Whitefficient UV Under Base Brightening Mousse simply adds the benefits of whitening to the mix. So if you’re looking to brighten, whiten, or ease dullness on your face it might be one you’d select over the original UV base.

Take a look!

This comes in a aerosol-like can which you can shake to dispense the mousse. The texture and consistency of the base is much like any hair mousse. It’s light, fluffy, and absorbs easily into skin. It has a cool almost wet feel upon application and doesn’t leave skin feeling sticky or tacky after application. I think the idea of applying mousse anything to our faces could be deemed a bit odd but no worries this applies easily.

Supposedly the mousse acts as a prep to blur the appearance of pores but I don’t have larger pores so I can’t say if this works or not, I’m leaning towards saying no.

The real reason it interested me was it aids in improving the translucency of skin. I combat dullness daily and this offers a way to get brighter skin while easing dullness. It’s supposed to reduce freckles and dark spots with Vitamin C when used daily but I’ve been using it for several weeks and haven’t notice any lightening of my dark spots. The pink purple-ish shade will work best on those with yellow under tones as it reverses the appearance of that yellow and lends skin more of a brighter finish. It also contains an SPF 30 to protect skin and protect it from future damage and aging.

It has a super light feel so it really isn’t uncomfortable in the least for wear under foundation. I personally wouldn’t wear it with out foundation or BB Cream because the brightening effect is a bit pasty for use on its own. The brightening/whitening effect is only during wear and doesn’t actually whiten skin. Applying too much can create a white cast so be aware should you try it and use a little bit.

If you experience dullness, want whiter, brighter skin and desire SPF coverage in your base this delivers beautifully on all three. I really liked this one and felt like it was an excellent pick for those wanting whiter skin temporarily but didn’t want to commit to something that would whiten permanently. If you’re like me and you have duller skin that needs brightening up this is a perfect pick for easing that dullness.


Muse Approved for purchase.

I got mine directly from Japan but AlphabeautyUK as well as carry this for close to retail. Sadly, Shu US does not carry it.

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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    That looks really cool!! I think the foam thing would be really fun!! 😉 Gladly it isn’t tacky!!

  • Ruthless

    They don’t have Shu Umera counters or stores in the US anymore but you can still order it online

  • ww

    I got it yesterday and loving it. it costs only US$39 here in S.U. store in tokyo but saw it selling for $68 in the U.S. wow!