After posting about the two new powder foundations from Shiseido ZA, I decided to try both in order to decide which one of them would be the successor to my ZA Two-Way Foundation. Now, after trying both, I present another Foundation Face-Off. (This time, it is sibling rivalry!)
– ZA Skin Beauty Two-Way Foundation: 8 shades, SPF 20, PA++ (shade tested: 22)
– ZA True White Plus Two-Way Foundation: 4 shades, SPF 20, PA++ (shade tested: 22)
Skin Beauty has a luminous matte finish, while True White Plus has a luminous and softly glowy finish.
Between the two, Skin Beauty is drier but it is still smooth and not chalky. True White Plus feels more emollient on the skin but I feel it is slightly less malleable. (It takes sightly more time to spread and blend evenly.)
Skin Beauty’s coverage is between light-to-medium and medium (which is generally sufficient for me), and True White Plus’ coverage is just above medium. True White Plus unifies uneven skin tone more effectively.
However, because True White Plus’ 22 is paler than my skin tone (and paler than Skin Beauty’s 22, which matches my skin tone nicely), I feel that the coverage doesn’t look natural enough for me.
Skin Beauty creates a soft-focus effect, which blurs out the appearance of pores satisfactorily. While True White Plus doesn’t exaggerate pores, I am not getting the same soft-focus effect.
Skin Beauty has a decent shine control and I think it should be suitable for those with combination or oily skin. True White Plus doesn’t really offer any substantial shine control and I think it should work better for those with normal or normal-to-slightly-dry skin.
Skin Beauty has a good lasting power. It only darkens very minimally towards the end of the day, and it doesn’t turn cakey or patchy. On the other hand, because True White Plus’ 22 doesn’t really match my skin tone, I can see that there is some slightly noticeable patchiness on the nose towards the end of the day. (The patchiness would probably look less obvious with a more suitable shade.) Despite the patchiness, the overall shade of the foundation only darkens very minimally towards the end of the day, just like Skin Beauty.
Overall, I much prefer Skin Beauty to True White Plus. It is quite obvious (and a relief for me) that ZA Skin Beauty Two-Way Foundation is very similar to ZA Two-Way Foundation, which I have been using for years. (The similarity is also reflected by the similar ingredient lists of the two products.) If I am being picky, I would say that I wish Skin Beauty had just a touch more coverage. But this is by no means a complaint.
I am back to using the refills of ZA Two-Way Foundation that I have, but I will certainly start stocking up on Skin Beauty Two-Way Foundation.
(Note that ZA is a Shiseido line that is not available in Japan. According to ZA’s official website (link above), ZA is currently available in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and New Zealand.)