First Impression: Shiseido Ibuki
Here's a review on Shiseido Ibuki line.
Price: To be revealed within the post
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Other Locations: Available in all Shiseido counters and boutiques nationwide
I'm currently on my third week of usage with Shiseido's Ibuki line, and I'm here to let you know my first impressions and the differences I've observed with my skin during my trial.
SHISEIDO IBUKI LINE IN DETAIL
To summarize all the science behind this line, Ibuki is designed for the skin of today's generation, specifically those in the age range of 25-34. Built for all types of skin and on the principle of Ibuki which means "Inner Strength", this line reinforces skin's resistance so it can resist problems on its own. It contains Yuzu extract, a Japanese citrus fruit that contains a high dose of Vitamin C, Lamium Album extract that helps in the production of NMF and aids collagen regeneration, and Trimethyglycine from Beet Molasses that gently sloughs off dead skin cells.
A detailed introduction on the Ibuki line HERE.
Know why I call this line my breath of fresh air after the jump!
SHISEIDO IBUKI GENTLE CLEANSER (P1,495.00)
- Creamy foaming cleanser that washes away dirt and impurities.
This product lathers up really well and you only need a very small amount to create a rich foam. It's very soft, fun to use, formulation is very gentle, and doesn't leave any residue when you rinse it off. It really takes away every single trace of dirt and oil, thus it can be a lil' drying for normal skin so always follow up with a moisturizer.
SHISEIDO SOFTENING CONCENTRATE (P1,600.00)
Oh did you know that Shiseido is the leading maker of skin softening emulsions? It traces its roots way back in the 1800's, when they pioneered the first softening emulsion to address lead poisoning in Japanese women due to face powder with high lead content.
This unique toner has got to be my most favorite item in the line: It immediately softens skin and soothes itchy, dry areas and keeps my skin moist for a long time-it's very hydrating that I sometimes think I already have moisturizer on my skin! It also removes excess dirt. It has alcohol, but doesn't sting and dry up skin so much as compared to other alcohol- based toners.
SHISEIDO IBUKI PROTECTIVE MOISTURIZER SPF 15 (Around P1,400.+)
- Light, non- sticky moisturizer ideal for daytime and can be used under makeup.
The mouth of the dispenser comes with a built- in stopper to prevent accidental leakage.
This oil- free moisturizer is indeed great for day use because consistency is very milky, light, and gets absorbed really fast by the skin. It imparts the right amount of moisture that softens skin, but won't interfere with makeup. It has a decent amount of SPF, and does not leave any white cast.
SHISEIDO IBUKI REFINING MOISTURIZER (Around P1,600.00+)
- The star product of the Ibuki line. The key product that goes deep down to fix weakened skin.
Unlike the Protective Moisturizer, this one does not come with a stopper, but the pump can't be pressed that easy so no need to worry about spillage!
This luxurious moisturizer is quite sheer, yet moisturizes like a boss. I think its formula is very concentrated, so I treat this as a serum. It leaves skin with a filmy barrier that feels a lil' oily so I only use it during night time. It gets absorbed completely in about 3- 4 minutes. This formula suits combination-oily skin (preferably for night time use) and may be used during the day by those with dry to extremely dry skin.
SHISEIDO IBUKI REFINING MOISTURIZER ENRICHED (Around P1,600.00+)
- Refining Moisturizer in cream form.
This tub is pretty huge and I'm guessing, it can last me for a year! It comes with a spatula as well.
I like this better than the liquid Refining Moisturizer because it's so rich and luxurious: every time I use it, I feel like my skin is getting a treat- always. It doesn't leave a filmy, semi-oily residue unlike the liquid version, but rather a soft, lotion- like barrier that feels absolutely nice. My air- conditioning feels much colder recently due to the cold weather, and thanks to this, my skin remains hydrated and supple (but never oily!) even if I've been under cold conditions for more than 8 hours! It takes a while to be absorbed so I use it during night time as well. This is best for those with severely dry skin, but can be used by normal or oily skin types as a night moisturizer.
SHISEIDO IBUKI EYE CORRECTING CREAM (P1,800.00)
- Addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness, and helps under eyes recuperate from stress due to lack of sleep.
This highly moisturizing yet lightweight eye cream gets absorbed pretty fast and dries into a matte finish, which makes it great to be used with concealer. It has a light pinkish tone to it that helps minimize the appearance of dark circles instantaneously, has a slight cooling effect, and I've observed that it kinda' tightens and lifts the under eyes a few seconds after application.
SHISEIDO IBUKI LINE IN ACTION
In my first week, I kinda' noticed that small bumps and a few cystic zits popped out from my skin, and I thought that it was breaking me out, but I continued. (Courageous, right?) On my second week, the cystic pimples all became flat and were almost healing-that was pretty strange and new to my skin because when I get cystic zits, they take more than a week to heal, sometimes, a month. This got me thinking, could this be the last hurrah of my zits before my skin undergoes complete reinforcement? (In other words, purging) Too early to tell, so I continued using.
Third week. The zits I got in the last two weeks are dry already. I even got a few, new ones (cystic ones, to be exact. That's Adult Acne, delayed period, and super late sleeping habits for 'ya) but lo and behold, they heal super fast, like three to four days. Amazeballs. One time, I checked my skin closely in my 4x zoom mirror and noticed that my skin looked finer-almost transparent and very smooth. The pores on the sides of my nose became sealed, although they're still kinda' visible. My skin got really soft and overall, felt really healthy.
To summarize my three- week trial, my Ibuki regimen is like having a wonderful breath of fresh air. I wear makeup every day and for very long hours, and when I get home, I just want my skin to breathe and Ibuki gives me that experience. The next day, my skin just feels super Ready For Anything! Will continue using and will report back with my final results. :)
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