Astalift Light Analyzing Foundation review

Astalift are a Japanese brand known for their cult skincare range. They recently launched their first ever makeup product - a light analyzing foundation that promises to merge their skincare expertise with colour.

The Light Analyzing Foundation* has been developed to recognise and reflect colour, delivering a smooth, natural looking complexion no matter what time of day.

Astalift light analyzing foundation

Astalift light analyzing foundation swatch

Astalift light analyzing foundation swatches

Astalift light analyzing foundation on pale skin

Colour originates in light, and can be perceived differently depending on who is looking, the light, and what their perception of colour is. The product contains two types of light controlling technologies which help to mitigate these differences, making skin look just as good whether you're in broad sunlight, those horrible bright lights in a toilet, or softer dimmed light.

The foundation comes in a pump dispenser bottle, in the signature red of Astalift products. The product is a medium coverage, liquid foundation and one pump is about enough to cover your face. I apply mine using my Real Techniques buffing brush, using soft up and down strokes, for a completely flawless finish.

I've found the product to give a beautiful finish to skin, making it look like it's glowing. It covers up imperfections well, but doesn't look like you're wearing tons of makeup. If you have combination skin like me, I would recommend using a small amount of powder in the t-zone to set it, and it will easily stay in place all day. Even without a primer, this is very long wearing, and when combined with my current favourite primer (Dermalogica Skin Perfect), I get a good 12 hours wear.

It also includes collagen, to help retain moisture and firmness in the skin, SPF 25 and Astaxanthin, an antioxidant that helps to support the skin's natural repair process.

At the moment, the foundation is only available in 6 shades, and due to the brand's Japanese heritage, these do tend to be on the lighter scale of the spectrum. I'm shade Ivory, which is the lightest, but the darkest shade only goes down to around a MAC NC35, so for anyone darker than that you probably won't find a fit at the moment. Astalift have promised that they are looking into creating darker shades, so hopefully there will be an increase in the range very soon.

The foundation is priced at £29 and will be avialbe from Selfridges, Debenhams and selected Boots, as well as online from Astalift.

Do you like the look of this foundation?

*PR sample



  1. This looks like a really great product

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

    1. it's fab! I haven't stopped using it since x

  2. This sounds really great, not heard about it before!
    zozeze.com x

    1. it's really good - definitely recommend getting a colour match x

  3. Ooh this looks lovely on your skin. I can never quite get myself to commit to any other than my usual Bourgois healthy mix serum... A complete foundation woos!

    1. I've never tried the Bourgois one - maybe I should! x

  4. I've been reading about this foundation everywhere. I wonder if topical Astaxanthin is as effective as taking it orally? I'm an admirer of Japanese skincare, which emphasizes it over makeup, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if this foundation isn't one of the best new entries. I'm going to have to hit one of the beauty halls to give it a look.


    1. I'm not sure on the Astaxanthin, but I've been really impressed. They seem to have inbuilt some of their skincare principles. It's taken over as my favourite foundation! x


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