Shu Uemura Face Architect Remodeling Cream Foundation Review

I’ve posted a few face of the day posts in the past where I’ve used Shu Uemura Face Architect Remodeling Cream Foundation and today I wanted to do a real review.

Shu’s Face Architect range comes in a liquid and a cream and I’ve had the cream version of this foundation for about five years now so not only is this a well-tested foundation, it’s also proof that you don’t have to throw out foundations every 12 months. But that’s a rant for another day. Today I’m here to talk about the foundation.


First, a word about colour matching. Shu Uemura foundation shades are numbered which is annoying if you don’t know how they work but absolutely brilliant once you work it out. The first digit tells you how cool or warm the foundation is. 1 is the pinkest, 9 is the yellowest, and 5 means it’s a neutral shade. The second number goes from 0 to 9, darkest to lightest. The third digit tells you what undertone the foundation is – either blue or violet. (Note: the third digit bit is all theory. I have no idea what this actually means and if you do know, please tell me. Please.) With the cream Shu Uemura foundation, they all end in 4 and only 1 foundation in the liquid range ends in 5. In my case, I use #564 which is perfectly spot on for my skin – I have a neutral undertone – which is why I always have to mix my NC and NW MAC shades. Actually for a long time I thought this foundation was #764 which would be essentially the same foundation just more yellow. I should learn to read.


Shu Uemura’s Face Architect Cream Foundation is a thicker formula than the liquid, and gives you a satin finish on its own. If you powder it (and you should) then it will give a more satin to matte finish. It’s by no means a completely matte finish though, which is what I like.

It has an SPF of 10 but you should never count on your foundation to provide the sunscreen protection you need, no matter what season it is and where you live. You always always always need to use a separate sunscreen under your makeup.

Rant over, this foundation has jasmine extracts and antioxidants – no surprises from a company like Shu Uemura who has a strong focus on good skincare. It feels moisturising but not greasy.


Like with all cream foundations, a little goes a long way. To apply it, I use a wet Beauty Blender to create a perfect, skin-like finish. You could very easily use your fingers though – it will just give you thicker coverage.


My tips on how to use it?

  • Use a primer – it definitely lasts longer with one. Shu Uemura make a lovely UV underbase, but a good one like Nars or Makeup Forever HD works just as well.
  • Use a Beauty Blender to apply the foundation, to ensure you have a really natural finish. If you don’t have one, use a light buffing brush like a MAC 187 or Sigma F50 to work the foundation into your skin.
  • As long as you don’t have dry skin, use a powder to set the foundation. I like Shu Uemura’s loose powders (either the sheer or matte) and find they work well with this foundation, but a good, light powder will do. The Face of Australia loose powder is a great option if you’re on a budget.

After you blend it down (I’ve used my fingers in these pictures) it does look very natural. At the end of this post I’ll include some links to face of the day posts where I’ve used this and you can see what it looks like in combination with other products.

As I said, it has been 5 years since I purchased this and I don’t use it regularly. For a long time it was my “special occasion” foundation so I was cracking it open maybe once every six months. What a waste!

That said, it still is my special occasion makeup, but I’m expanding the term to mean anything that isn’t work. The reason is because I find it looks better when applied with a Beauty Blender and they need more time to wash and clean afterwards – that’s 5 minutes I rarely have first thing in the morning.

This foundation is up there with my all-time favourites. It doesn’t last the full 12 or 24 hours but it’s not designed to. What I love is the finish and how it feels. It’s creamy but lightweight. Because it’s a satin-matte finish, it’s moisturising but not too light and not drying.

I also love that it has so many of the good-for-you ingredients that is incorporated into all of the Shu Uemura range.

It’s 99% of everything I want in a foundation – the only downside it that it’s not longwearing, but that’s something I can forgive as it has an  incredible finish.

If you’re not a fan of cream foundations but still like the sound of this one, Shu Uemura also make a very popular version of Face Architect in a liquid. Definitely worth a try, especially if you can’t get a hold of the cream foundation where you live. Hell, worth a try even if you already own the cream. Cough cough.

Cost? Shu uemura face architect remodelling cream foundation – RRP$74 Stockist: 02 9931 8888

Full Disclosure: Yes yes yes I bought this myself. That’s been covered. Are we done here now? GOANGETTIT.

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