There is only one woman I know of, who is a bigger shopo-holic when it comes to beauty products then me, that woman happens to be my mom! She is a very hard to please customer who doesn’t get excited about just any newly discovered product, no matter how beautifully packed, well presented and advertised it is. Once every blue moon however when she finds something really, really good, the shopping-spree begins. Naturally the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and so it should come as no surprise at all that when one hard to please shop-o-holic told another even harder to please and impress shop-o-holic, about the almost magical powers of so many Shiseido products, the budget for beauty products was cancelled ( who needs to eat!) and the shopping spree began. I bought more than I should have but It’s Beyond My Control. Here are my Top 10 Shiseido products.
1) Shiseido Refining Moisturizer Enriched IBUKI
Though I’m still a big fan of Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, I’ve been using Shiseido’s Refining Moisturizer Enriched IBUKI (GBP 42) for the past five months and will continue to do so as for me it’s the No.1 moisturiser on the market! I love the very delicate smell of it, which some would say is almost undetectable. I would also add that it doesn’t leave a greasy filter on the face which is incredibly important if you are applying foundation on top of it. Also, it dries really fast and yet the skin on the face feels deeply hydrated. If you could buy only one product from Shiseido that would be definitely the one to opt for!
2) Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 (GBP 69) is an age defying, night-time moisturiser for women in their 40s. I bought it by accident (grabbed the wrong box) as I was buying lots of other Shiseido products and didn’t noticed until a month later. Happy accident indeed! I’ve been using the moisturiser in the evening after I had run out of Shiseido Ultimune and liked the results very much as it leaves my skin deeply moisturised and smooth.
3) Shiseido Bio Performance Super Revitalising Cream
Targeting fine lines and wrinkles, preventing further signs of ageing, Shiseido’s Bio Performance Super Revitalising Cream (GBP 78) is perfect for all skin types from 30s onwards. Bio Performance was the first cosmetic line composed of Bio-Hyaluronic Acid, known for its ability to retain moisture and as the source of natural moisturising. It feels fantastic on the skin and after five months of using it in the evening, I can honestly say that my fine lines are almost invisible. I would add that according to Mr de Merteuil, I didn’t have any fine lines in the first place so I might not be the best case study.
4) Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask
I’ve bought many brightening masks in my life, some I like a little bit more than others but I haven’t found one that would make me really happy with the results, until I used Shiseido’s White Lucent Power Brightening Mask (USD68). I’m now addicted to it! If it’s to be believed what it says on the Shiseido official website, the mask was inspired by iontophoresis, a treatment that saturates skin with brightening ingredients. The results are impressive, my skin looked brighter even after the first use.
5) Shiseido Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam
Shiseido Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam (GBP 43) is a very rich foaming cleanser that is perfect for removing impurities. I start my morning beauty routine by applying a tiny amount of the cleanser onto my face and neck, massaging the skin for about two minutes then rinsing with water. The product is very delicate and doesn’t dry the skin as much as so many other cleansers on the market. I’m not crazy about the smell as it’s a little bit soapy for my taste and I would love if it smelled like the Super Corrective Serum, but that’s just me being obsessed with certain scents.
6) Shiseido Cleansing Oil
Shiseido Cleansing Oil (USD 32)can be used on dry or wet skin to remove make-up . I use this particular cleansing oil, interchangeable with the Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam, to remove impurities. When it comes to make-up removers, I’m a huge fan of Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I for dry, sensitive skin and I’m hard to impress, but the Shiseido Cleansing Oil is definitely second best and will have a permanent place on my bathroom shelf. It smells great too, you don’t need to use much and it leaves the skin feeling moisturised.
7) Shiseido’s Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
Shiseido’s Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask (GBP 59), reduces the appearance of wrinkles instantly and no surprise there, after all Retinol is considered one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients in the world as it “attacks” corner crinkling, crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles. It should be used 2-3 times a week and considering that there are 12 packets there is no need to save it only for the special occasions 🙂 What can I say, It’s Beyond My Control.
8) Shiseido Super Corrective Serum Bio- Performance
Shiseido’s Super Corrective Serum from the Bio-Performance line (GBP 89) is what I call “The Photoshop effect” as your skin feels unbelievably smooth after using it and fine lines disappear (for a while). I can only compare it to the feeling that I have after coming back from a two hour- facial! I haven’t been using it every day but rather for special occasions and I’m very tempted to test it every day for three weeks to see if the facial contours will indeed appear to look lifted. It also smells divine and reminds me of an old fashioned powder.
9) Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 34
Shiseido’s Sun Protection Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Sunscreen is an absolute must have for women like me who cherish their porcelain white skin and want to protect it from the sun’s damaging influence. I’ve been using Shiseido’s Sun Protective Lotion with SPF 50 for few years now because in my opinion, it’s the best one on the market and I simply couldn’t resist buying something else from their sun care range. I wasn’t disappointed with my new find either! It’s perfect for everyday use especially in the Summer, it’s water resistant, absorbs fast and what’s really important to me, It’s not sticky like some of the other brands I’ve tried.
10) Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (GBP60) Last but not least a little miracle worker that I can’t imagine not to use as a part of my daily beauty regime! I use it every morning before applying the moisturiser and I can’t say if it’s due to the combination of both products but my skin feel hydrated and smoother like never before.