Tester: Multi-Ethnic (Italian/Brazilian) with combination skin and good skin tone.
"Kanebo and their Sensai line of products may not be a household beauty name here in America, but after introducing a product like this, every beauty lover and makeup artist should certainly have it on the tip of their tongues!
I do happen to be a firm believer in using a primer before applying foundation, tinted moisturizer, or even just blush if it's a very natural makeup day. Since I have combination skin, it's essential that my primer moisturizer my drier areas like my cheeks, but not make my t zone look or feel oily/shiny. I also want my primer to feel light and work quickly so I can get on to the rest of my makeup with ease. Well, this primer did all of that - and more.
The primer is clear and looks and feels like actual water, with a bit more heft to it. It felt very soft on my fingertips and smoothed on to my skin like a dream. It did not "sink in" like a moisturizer per se, but yet still felt like a very light layer and made my skin instantly smooth.
The true test was my makeup application a few minutes later. My foundation went on with ease, and my skin looked radiant - almost reflective actually. My t zone didn't look oily, but I could definitely tell that there was added moisture on my skin, especially on the drier parts.
I got excellent results from using this after a layer of one of my favorite moisturizers, but when I was really in a rush, I found that it did very well on it's own, before applying foundation (mineral powder, cream or liquid by the way).
My make up looked fresh and my skin moist and luminescent during long work days and weekends running around. I also found that because the "canvas" of my face was so well primed, I actually used a little less foundation product and got the same level of coverage!
This is simply a must have product from Sensai!, which is worth every penny." L.V.
Editor's Note: This primer does not contain silicon, it is made with a special ingredient derived from cellulose which offers superior moisture.
Go-->TheSensai Smoothing Water Make-Up Base
The Sensai Smoothing Water Make-Up Base is also available at select Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys department stores.