Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick

Shu0917Don’t call it a comeback. This industry classic just got a (much needed) makeover; an alteration. Shu Uemura’s Nobara Cream Cover Stick is back, this time in a versatile stick version, with a new formulation. The foundation shed its flimsy, sometimes-hard-to-open compact and is back in a new portable, convenient case.  A favorite of makeup artists (Gina Brooke (Madonna’s makeup artist) just to name one) and The Beauty Bug, the formula is creamy, weightless, smooth, long-wearing and buildable and pulls double-duty as both a concealer and a foundation . The most noticeable difference in the new formula is the added emollients that allow the foundation to glide on skin effortlessly. It’s easy to apply and spread and feels great on skin.

The Beauty Bug received a sample of this, but knew She needed a hands-on lesson. She headed to the Shu Uemura boutique on Newbury Street to visit Boston’s Best, and Shu Atelier Artist, Dani Wagener.

The math is really quite simple – one foundation stick = 2 ways to apply, 2 coverage options.

For sheer-medium buildable coverage with a hint of dewy-ness that’s great for everyday, Dani instructs:

  • Using a sponge, prep skin with a moisturizer and primer.
  • Apply the Nobara stick directly to the same sponge, and then repeatedly pat on face and blend, adding more foundation as needed.

Prepping the skin properly and using the slightly moist sponge to apply the foundation allows it to slip on to skin. The damp sponge also better holds on to the pigment in the foundation.

For full coverage, Dani instructs:

The brush application method reveals a smooth, matte finish that’s not cakey. Opt for this method if you’re going to an event, or will be taking photos.

The Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Foundation Stick is available at, and at Shu Uemura boutiques for $42.

Disclosure: A press sample was provided to The Beauty Bug.

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