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Top 15 Best Japanese Foundation Primers for Sensitive Skin to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best foundation primers for sensitive skin. We then chose the 15 most popular products and tested them.

We focused on four things for each product: its moisturizing ability, its finish, its durability, and how easy it was to apply. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese foundation primers for dry skin available online.

This article's specialists

Rika Fujiwara
  • Last updated: 01-09-2020
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Top 15 Best Japanese Foundation Primers for Sensitive Skin to Buy Online

We picked out 15 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how the finish looked, how moisturizing it was, its staying power, and how easy it was to put on.


Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 15 Japanese foundation primers for sensitive skin available online.


※Japanese prices for the some of the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.

1

Ya-manOnly Minerals Mineral Plus Base Natural

$49.37

Japaneseヤーマン オンリーミネラル ミネラルプラスベース ナチュラル
Amount0.9 oz
Color variation2 shades
UV protection typeUV scattering agent
UV protectionSPF 27/PA++
Finish4.5
Moisturizing power4.0
Durability4.0
Ease of use3.5
Overall score4.2
2

AcroTHREE Ultimate Protective Pristine Primer

Glow

$45.27

JapaneseACRO THREE アルティメイトロテクティブプリスティーン プライマー
Amount1 oz
Color variation2 shades
UV protection typeUV scattering agent
UV protectionSPF 32/PA+++
Finish5.0
Moisturizing power3.0
Durability4.8
Ease of use2.5
Overall score4.1
3

Nature's WayNaturaglace UV Protection Base N

$47.22

Japaneseネイチャーズウェイ ナチュラグラッセ UVプロテクションベースN
Amount1 oz
Color variation1 shade
UV protection typeUV scattering agent
UV protectionSPF 50+/PA+++
Finish5.0
Moisturizing power2.5
Durability1.0
Ease of use5.0
Overall score3.5
4

Daiichi-SankyoMinon Amino Moist Bright up Base UV

$15.10

Japanese第一三共ヘルスケア ミノン アミノモイスト ブライトアップベース UV
Amount0.9 oz
Color variation1 shade
UV protection typeSPF 47/PA+++
UV protectionUV scattering agent
Finish3.5
Moisturizing power3.0
Durability4.0
Ease of use3.5
Overall score3.5
5
Japaneseエトヴォス ミネラルUVグロウベース
Amount1.06 oz
Color variation1 shade
UV protection typeUV scattering agent
UV protectionSPF 37/PA+++
Finish5.0
Moisturizing power2.5
Durability1.0
Ease of use3.0
Overall score3.3
6
Japaneseアクセーヌ スーパーサンシールド ブライトヴェール
Amount0.8 oz
Color variation1 shade
UV protection typeUV scattering agent
UV protectionSPF 50+/PA++++
Finish3.5
Moisturizing power2.0
Durability5.0
Ease of use2.5
Overall score3.3
7

REDAqua-Aqua Organic Moist Makeup Base

$26.35

JapaneseRED アクア・アクア オーガニックモイストメイクアップベース
Amount0.8 oz
Color variation1 shade
UV protection type-
UV protection-
Finish3.0
Moisturizing power3.0
Durability4.8
Ease of use2.5
Overall score3.3
8

Shiseidod Program Allerbarrier Essence BB

Natural

$25.14

Japanese資生堂 d プログラム アレルバリア エッセンス BB
Amount1.35 oz
Color variation2 shades
UV protection typeUV scattering agent
UV protectionSPF 40/PA++
Finish3.5
Moisturizing power2.0
Durability4.5
Ease of use1.5
Overall score3.1

Compare the Best Japanese Foundation Primers for Sensitive Skin

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1
Ya-man Only Minerals Mineral Plus Base Natural 1

Ya-man

2
Acro THREE Ultimate Protective Pristine Primer 1

Acro

3
Nature's Way Naturaglace UV Protection Base N 1

Nature's Way

4
Daiichi-Sankyo Minon Amino Moist Bright up Base UV 1

Daiichi-Sankyo

5
Etvos Mineral UV Glow Base 1

Etvos

6
Acseine Super Sunshield 1

Acseine

7
RED Aqua-Aqua Organic Moist Makeup Base 1

RED

8
Shiseido d Program Allerbarrier Essence BB 1

Shiseido

Name

Only Minerals Mineral Plus Base Natural

THREE Ultimate Protective Pristine Primer

Naturaglace UV Protection Base N

Minon Amino Moist Bright up Base UV

Mineral UV Glow Base

Super Sunshield

Aqua-Aqua Organic Moist Makeup Base

d Program Allerbarrier Essence BB

FeaturesThe Very Best Foundation Pr...The Best Primer for a Prefe...The Primer with the Most UV...A Balanced Primer for Sensi...A Primer with a Super Dewy ...The Most Durable Primer for...The Primer That Makes You L...The Best Primer for Hay Fev...
Price$49.37$45.27$47.22$15.10$50.00$33.25$26.35$25.14
Japaneseヤーマン オンリーミネラル ミネラルプラスベース ナチュラルACRO THREE アルティメイトロテクティブプリスティーン プライマーネイチャーズウェイ ナチュラグラッセ UVプロテクションベースN第一三共ヘルスケア ミノン アミノモイスト ブライトアップベース UVエトヴォス ミネラルUVグロウベースアクセーヌ スーパーサンシールド ブライトヴェールRED アクア・アクア オーガニックモイストメイクアップベース資生堂 d プログラム アレルバリア エッセンス BB
Amount0.9 oz1 oz1 oz0.9 oz1.06 oz0.8 oz0.8 oz1.35 oz
Color variation2 shades2 shades1 shade1 shade1 shade1 shade1 shade2 shades
UV protection typeUV scattering agentUV scattering agentUV scattering agentSPF 47/PA+++UV scattering agentUV scattering agent-UV scattering agent
UV protectionSPF 27/PA++SPF 32/PA+++SPF 50+/PA+++UV scattering agentSPF 37/PA+++SPF 50+/PA++++-SPF 40/PA++
Finish4.55.05.03.55.03.53.03.5
Moisturizing power4.03.02.53.02.52.03.02.0
Durability4.04.81.04.01.05.04.84.5
Ease of use3.52.55.03.53.02.52.51.5
Overall score4.24.13.53.53.33.33.33.1
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Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

A Finish That's Not for Everyone

A Finish That's Not for Everyone

When we applied Minon Amino Moist Balancing Base UV, we noticed it had a whitish finish unless we spent a lot of time blending it in. It had great durability, though. We also noticed a distinctly pale finish to our skin when we put on too much Nameraka Honpo UV Primer.

And while we loved the watery texture of Arouge UV Moist Beauty Up, it gave us a totally matte and unpleasing finish that landed it in the lower part of our ranking.

Primers That Gave Us Texture Troubles

Primers That Gave Us Texture Troubles

A couple of things put us off recommending 24h Cosme Mineral UV Base: one is that its dewy finish didn't look totally natural, and the second is that it felt heavy on our skin. It's pretty stiff in texture and doesn't look so great when it comes off.

Primers That Left Us Needy for Hydration

Primers That Left Us Needy for Hydration

Sensitive skin needs moisture to keep it looking lively and fresh, and Nov Moisture Base UV wasn't able to give us that. It had a natural finish that wasn't too dewy or too matte, though. If you're still interested in this product, we recommend pre-application skin care.

Won't Last Very Long

Won't Last Very Long

Both Vintorte Mineral Silk Matte Base and Freeplus UV Face Protector couldn't handle the attacks of sweat and oil, which led them to rank lower than other products overall. We found it especially disappointing since both of them contain decent amounts of UV protection.

Introducing the Expert Who Lent Us Their Knowledge

Introducing the Expert Who Lent Us Their Knowledge
She's a freelance hair and makeup artist and an expert in aromatherapy certified by the Aroma Environment Association of Japan. She also pens beauty columns.

She studied under Mr. Hiroki Murooka from the hair and makeup studio ThreePEACE for four years before going independent.

How We Tested the Foundation Primers

We put each of the primers through a series of four tests, each designed to gauge a specific factor. Ms. Fujiwara helped us gauge its finish with her makeup techniques. We also tested for durability, moisturizing power, and ease of application on our own.

Test ① Finish

Test ① Finish

Ms. Fujiwara applied each primer to our model and rated each primer based on whether or not it evened out skin tone and texture.

Test ① Finish

We found that the best primers gave us a natural and dewy look and were easy to blend in. These often came in a watery texture that made our skin look more beautiful even before applying foundation.


Some products use glitter to show shine in a way that looks natural, but too much can make it look, well, unnatural. We also noticed that products that were hard to blend in made us look paler.

Rika Fujiwara
Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist
Rika Fujiwara

I recommend products with a watery texture as they tend to make your skin look dewy naturally! People with sensitive skin also tend to dry out easily, so a finish with a slight shine will make your skin look more moisturized.


However, primers that are a little too watery will actually make your skin dry out faster. That's why you should always follow a skincare routine before applying makeup.

Test ② Moisturizing Power

Test ② Moisturizing Power

Next, we checked how much moisture each primer would provide to our skin.

Test ② Moisturizing Power

To do this, we applied each product to sliced sweet potatoes and left them in an air-conditioned room. We checked their moisture retention after 4 hours, then again after 8 hours, and finally checked to see how their color and texture changed.

Test ② Moisturizing Power

Our test results showed that none of the primers we tested received a perfect score in the moisturizing department, since every sweet potato showed signs of drying or color changing. So if you have sensitive skin, you should focus on pre-makeup skin care instead of relying on your primer.

Test ③ Durability

Test ③ Durability

Our third test measured how each product stood up to environmental factors like sweat and sebum. First, we applied each primer to a patch of artificial skin.

Test ③ Durability

Then we applied an equal amount of durable foundation on top of each primer.

Test ③ Durability

Then we sprayed fake sweat (warm water and horse oil) over each product to see how much would come off and how nicely it would come off.

Test ③ Durability

We'll be honest: primers made for sensitive skin don't hold up well. Not many of our products were able to take the heat (or sweat), and only a few of them came off in a way that wasn't a complete mess. 


This is probably due to the fact that many primers for sensitive skin use ingredients like fluoro and silicon that don't mix well with sweat. You might want to get used to touch ups throughout the day!

④ Ease of Application

④ Ease of Application

Our last test gauged how easy it would be to apply each product.

④ Ease of Application

We tested this by dragging an equal amount of each primer across a sheet of artificial skin and measuring how long of a trail they left before the color ran out.

④ Ease of Application

As you may have already guessed, the primers that went the farthest were those with a watery texture. We hardly had to put any effort into spreading them over our skin. 


Thick-textured primers tended to run out of steam halfway through a swipe. On your actual sensitive skin, this could cause irritation, so we advise avoiding them.

How to Choose a Foundation Primer for Sensitive Skin - Buying Guide

Here are six big things to look out for.

① Choose a Primer That is Labeled Hypoallergenic or Specifically for Sensitive Skin

① Choose a Primer That is Labeled Hypoallergenic or Specifically for Sensitive Skin

For people with sensitive skin, irritation can start at the primer level, so you should put as much thought into your foundation primer as you would your normal skin care.


Hypoallergenic primers and primers for sensitive skin are labeled specifically because they try to avoid as many common allergens and irritants as possible.

② Choose a Moisturizing Primer to Avoid Dryness

② Choose a Moisturizing Primer to Avoid Dryness

If you have sensitive skin, then you know how much moisture can help. If your primer is lacking in moisture, however, you may notice your skin drying out before the day is done. 


So look for ones with plenty of moisture; some primers include beauty serums that care for your skin while covering it.

③ Look for a Durable Primer to Help Prevent Irritation

③ Look for a Durable Primer to Help Prevent Irritation

Choosing a durable primer can make a world of difference for people with sensitive skin. Many products on the market that prevent breakdown from oil and sweat contain ingredients like fluoro, but since this ingredient can be hard to remove, it's not used in a lot of products for sensitive skin.


What is in a lot of sensitive skin primers are silicon-based ingredients, which come off with sweat. If you want to see which primers were especially durable, check out our ranking again.

④ Buy a Primer That is Easy to Spread for Even Less Irritation

④ Buy a Primer That is Easy to Spread for Even Less Irritation

You've probably realized by now that we're a big proponent of watery-textured primers for sensitive skin. That's because not only are they moisturizing; they also prevent unnecessary friction. Find a primer with this kind of texture for maximum gentleness.

⑤ Go for a Primer That Has UV Protection

UV protection can come in one of two forms; here's what we recommend.

UV Scattering Agents are Best for Sensitive Skin

UV Scattering Agents are Best for Sensitive Skin

Most primers for sensitive skin contain UV scattering agents for sun protection, but some may be absorption types. Here are some ingredients you can look for to help you tell the difference at a glance:


<UV scattering agents>
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Zinc oxide

<UV absorbers>
  • Oxybenzone-3
  • Oxybenzone-4
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • Drometrizole trisiloxane

In other words, look for primers that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

There Are UV Absorbers That Are Safe for Sensitive Skin

There Are UV Absorbers That Are Safe for Sensitive Skin

If all you have are UV absorber primers to choose from, don't panic! There are different levels of these UV absorbers, and some of them are gentle enough for those with sensitive skin to use. These would be ingredients like ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and drometrizole trisiloxane.

⑥ Don't Choose an Organic Primer Just Because it's Organic

⑥ Don't Choose an Organic Primer Just Because it's Organic

Japanese standards don't allow for a clear definition of which products are truly organic or not, so if you really want something organic, look for something that has a USDA or BIO mark on the label. 


These have cleared strict regulations and contain mostly natural ingredients, so you know you're getting the real deal.


*The image above is not the official USDA mark.

Need More Sensitive Skin Products? We've Got Plenty

Need More Sensitive Skin Products? We've Got Plenty

We've tested a plethora of products that are specifically for or tested for effectiveness with sensitive skin. Take a look!

Summary

mybest looked at 15 of the most popular foundation primers for sensitive skin available online. We found that the best of the best primers have UV scattering agents to protect your skin, are a watery texture, and provide a natural and dewy look. These are just the ones we personally tested, but we hope our results will aid you in your own search!

Author: Yukina Fujii/Translation: Shannon McNaught/Photos: Koichi Miura, Yuuki Inagaki, Saaya Iwakami, Ayumu Sasaki

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