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Top 9 Best Japanese Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin in 2020 - Tried and True! (Kose, Shiseido, and More)

Tired of searching for the right foundation to cover your acne blemishes and scars, make your skin glow, and stay on all day? We were, too, and that's why we decided to take matters into our own hands. Our editors researched the most popular foundations for acne-prone skin on Japanese e-commerce sites like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping. Then, we tested each foundation in-office for the following:


1. How good the finish looked
2. How well it stood up to sweat and oil


The result is our top 9 list, a detailed explanation of how we tested each foundation, and some tips on how to find a foundation that's perfect for you. 

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Shannon Bruno
  • Last updated: 12-28-2020
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Table of Contents

Top 9 Best Japanese Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

Here are the top nine foundations we tested out in our head office, ranked by their durability and finish. Be aware that some prices have simply been converted from the original Japanese prices for your viewing convenience.

1

KoseVisee Richer Nudy Fit Liquid

$21.70

Japaneseコーセー ヴィセ リシェ ヌーディフィット リキッド
Amount1 oz.
Available shades4
SPF rating25
PA ratingPA++
ClassificationCosmetic
Finish5.0
Durability5.0
Total Rating5.0
2

24h cosme24 Mineral Stick Foundation

$29.99

Japanese24h cosme 24 ミネラルスティックファンデ
Amount0.25 oz.
Available shades3
SPF rating50+
PA ratingPA++++
ClassificationCosmetic
Finish4.0
Durability5.0
Total Rating4.4
3

Nature's Waynaturaglace Cream Bar Foundation N

$38.62

Japaneseネイチャーズウェイ ナチュラグラッセ クリームバー ファンデーションN
Amount0.42 oz.
Available shades2
SPF rating50+
PA ratingPA++++
Classification-
Finish3.5
Durability5.0
Total Rating4.1
4

Nature's Waynaturaglace Clear Powder Foundation

$44.20

Japaneseネイチャーズウェイ ナチュラグラッセ クリアパウダー ファンデーション
Amount0.39 oz.
Available shades6
SPF rating40
PA ratingPA++++
ClassificationCosmetic
Finish4.0
Durability4.0
Total Rating4.0
5

Shiseidod Program Medicated Skincare Foundation

Liquid

$30.52

Japanese資生堂インターナショナル dプログラム 薬用スキンケアファンデーション(リキッド)
Amount1.06 oz.
Available shades5
SPF rating20
PA ratingPA++
ClassificationMedicated product
Finish3.0
Durability5.0
Total Rating3.8
6

AttenirFusion Skin Foundation Luster Finish

$23.16

Japaneseアテニア フュージョン スキン ファンデーション ラスター フィニッシュ
Amount0.88 oz.
Available shades6
SPF rating25
PA ratingPA++
ClassificationCosmetic
Finish2.5
Durability5.0
Total Rating3.5
7

Shiseidod Program Medicated Skincare Foundation

Powdery

$19.62

Japanese資生堂インターナショナル dプログラム 薬用スキンケアファンデーション(パウダリー)
Amount0.37 oz.
Available shades5
SPF rating17
PA ratingPA++
ClassificationMedicated product
Finish5.0
Durability1.0
Total Rating3.4
8

Tokiwa PharmaceuticalsNOV Liquid Foundation UV

$52.00

Japanese常盤薬品工業 ノブ リキッドファンデーションUV
Amount1.06 oz.
Available shades5
SPF rating34
PA ratingPA+++
ClassificationCosmetic
Finish2.0
Durability5.0
Total Rating3.2
9

Only MineralsMineral Moist Foundation

$49.50

Japaneseオンリーミネラル ミネラルモイストファンデーション
Amount0.35 oz.
Available shades5
SPF rating35
PA ratingPA++++
ClassificationCosmetic
Finish3.0
Durability1.0
Total Rating2.2

Compare the Best Japanese Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

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1
Kose Visee Richer Nudy Fit Liquid 1

Kose

2
24h cosme 24 Mineral Stick Foundation 1

24h cosme

3
Nature's Way naturaglace Cream Bar Foundation N 1

Nature's Way

4
Nature's Way naturaglace Clear Powder Foundation 1

Nature's Way

5
Shiseido d Program Medicated Skincare Foundation 1

Shiseido

6
Attenir Fusion Skin Foundation Luster Finish 1

Attenir

7
Shiseido d Program Medicated Skincare Foundation 1

Shiseido

8
Tokiwa Pharmaceuticals NOV Liquid Foundation UV 1

Tokiwa Pharmaceuticals

9
Only Minerals Mineral Moist Foundation 1

Only Minerals

Name

Visee Richer Nudy Fit Liquid

24 Mineral Stick Foundation

naturaglace Cream Bar Foundation N

naturaglace Clear Powder Foundation

d Program Medicated Skincare Foundation

Fusion Skin Foundation Luster Finish

d Program Medicated Skincare Foundation

NOV Liquid Foundation UV

Mineral Moist Foundation

Features

Our Top Choice! A Breeze to Apply and Covers Acne Blemishes and Scars

A Reliable Foundation to Target Redness

Layerable Foundation to Conceal More Than Just Acne

Lasts Long Without Drying Out or Giving Up Coverage

Great for Acne-Prone, Dry, or Sensitive Skin

Covers Acne Redness but Not Enlarged Pores

Moist Powder Foundation for Sensitive or Irritated Skin

A Heavy Texture, but it Stands Up to Sweat

Covers Redness but Does Nothing for Texture

Price$21.70$29.99$38.62$44.20$30.52$23.16$19.62$52.00$49.50
Japaneseコーセー ヴィセ リシェ ヌーディフィット リキッド24h cosme 24 ミネラルスティックファンデネイチャーズウェイ ナチュラグラッセ クリームバー ファンデーションNネイチャーズウェイ ナチュラグラッセ クリアパウダー ファンデーション資生堂インターナショナル dプログラム 薬用スキンケアファンデーション(リキッド)アテニア フュージョン スキン ファンデーション ラスター フィニッシュ資生堂インターナショナル dプログラム 薬用スキンケアファンデーション(パウダリー)常盤薬品工業 ノブ リキッドファンデーションUVオンリーミネラル ミネラルモイストファンデーション
Amount1 oz.0.25 oz.0.42 oz.0.39 oz.1.06 oz.0.88 oz.0.37 oz.1.06 oz.0.35 oz.
Available shades432656555
SPF rating2550+50+402025173435
PA ratingPA++PA++++PA++++PA++++PA++PA++PA++PA+++PA++++
ClassificationCosmeticCosmetic-CosmeticMedicated productCosmeticMedicated productCosmeticCosmetic
Finish5.04.03.54.03.02.55.02.03.0
Durability5.05.05.04.05.05.01.05.01.0
Total Rating5.04.44.14.03.83.53.43.22.2
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Introducing the Expert Who Lent Us Their Knowledge

To get a more informed opinion, we asked hair and makeup artist Rika Fujiwara to help us test out the foundations.

Introducing the Expert Who Lent Us Their Knowledge
Hair and Makeup Artist
Rika Fujiwara

Professional hair and makeup artist. While working with celebrities and models, she is also a writer, editor, and aroma advisor for the Aroma Environment Association of Japan (AEAJ). She went independent after receiving training from ThreePEACE's very own Hiroki Murooka.

How We Tested the Foundations

How We Tested the Foundations

We put each foundation through two tests to check for the following:


  1. Finish
  2. Durability

We then gave them a score from 0 to 5, then combined them into an overall score.

Test ① Finish

Test ① Finish

To test out the finish of each foundation, we asked Ms. Fujiwara to apply the makeup to one of our models and judge how well each foundation covered blemishes and how dewy of a finish it had.

Pro Tip: Look for Foundations That Feel Light but Cover Right

Pro Tip: Look for Foundations That Feel Light but Cover Right

Certain foundations in our ranking, like the d Program one, were great at covering not only existing acne and acne scars, but they also reduced the appearance of large pores in the nose area. They also didn't feel too heavy, giving them a great balance.


Foundations that feel heavy can actually make your face appear larger, so it has an unnatural finish. We understand the feeling of wanting to completely cover acne and acne scars, but we recommend going for just enough coverage to divert attention from blemishes rather than going for complete coverage.

Test ② Durability

Test ② Durability

Next, we wanted to see how durable each foundation was.


We spread each foundation on a piece of artificial skin and sprayed a mixture of horse oil and water to mimic the effect of sweat. Then, we saw how much of each foundation remained intact.

Liquid and Stick Foundations Tend to be More Durable

Liquid and Stick Foundations Tend to be More Durable

If you want a foundation that will stand up to the test of sweat, you'll probably be safer with a liquid or stick foundation. Ones that are heavy and adhere firmly to your skin will usually do the job, too.


The only thing you need to be careful of is putting on too much. With any foundation, applying too much product could cause it to melt not only from sweat, but also from excess oil being secreted from your skin.

How to Choose a Foundation for Acne-Prone Skin - Buying Guide

Here are four things to look out for when choosing a foundation for your acne-prone skin.

Find a Foundation That Will Even Out Your Skin Texture

Find a Foundation That Will Even Out Your Skin Texture

The number one thing to confirm in a foundation is whether or not it can even out your skin texture. Then you can start to worry about how well it covers redness and conceals pores.


However, foundations with high coverage tend to look heavy, and in turn this can age your skin. What you should look for is a balance of decent coverage and a dewy, glowing finish. You can see some examples of these in our ranking above!

Look for Sweat- and Oil-Resistant Formulas for Long-Lasting Power

Look for Sweat- and Oil-Resistant Formulas for Long-Lasting Power

Durability is also an important factor to consider when looking for a good foundation, which is why we tested it out! They won't budge or smudged even when faced with sweat and oil.


Ultra-adherent foundations and waterproof formulas tend to be the most durable. This can be pretty difficult to judge unless you try them out, though, so you can narrow down your options a bit by looking at our ranking.

Get a Shade That Blends in With Both Your Face and Your Neck

Get a Shade That Blends in With Both Your Face and Your Neck

If you want to know which shade is right for you, we recommend testing it out on the area where your face meets your neck. That will help you see how well the shade blends in or stands out in a natural way.


Choosing the wrong shade can make your face appear larger, paler, or older than it actually is. Your hands tend to be tanner than your face, so we recommend testing it out on your neck instead.

Make Sure the Foundation Offers UV Protection

Make Sure the Foundation Offers UV Protection

Getting a foundation that offers some sort of UV protection is a must! It lets you skip the extra step of putting on sunscreen under your makeup. However, that doesn't mean you should always go for a higher amount of protection.


If you spend at least an hour outside everyday between your commute and lifestyle, look for those higher numbers. But if you're mostly indoors, you can get away with a lower SPF and PA count. 

More Japanese Makeup Products for You to Love

More Japanese Makeup Products for You to Love

If you're looking for even more great Japanese products to stock your makeup drawer with, here are some suggestions!

Summary

There you have it - the down-low on nine Japanese foundations for acne-prone skin. With our advice in mind, we hope you can find a foundation that's perfect for you!


Translation: Shannon McNaught


Heal Your Acne-Prone Skin With an Effective Treatment

Your foundation will hide your acne, but it can't heal it! That's why you should keep some effective acne treatments on hand. Here's one that uses benzoyl peroxide, recommended by skin and beauty content creator Shannon Bruno.

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Paula's Choice ClearDaily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

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