Saturday, May 30, 2015

REVIEW | Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion

Nordstrom description:
A rich, brightening nighttime moisturizer that revitalizes skin after daily exposure to external stressors such as UV rays and dryness. Improves skin texture to optimize clarity and promote inner radiance. New formula contains Multi-Target Vitamin C to reduce existing pigmentation. Also contains tranexamic acid to prevent dark spots and Super-Hydro Synergy Complex to deeply moisturize and refine skin's texture for softer, smoother skin. Erythritol, apricot extracts and Super Hydro-Synergy Complex normalize cell turnover to retexture skin.
How to use: Smooth over face each evening after cleanser and softening lotion.
  • 2.5 oz.
  • By Shiseido.


Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Tranexamic Acid, Hydrogenated Polydecen, Dimethicone, Peg-400, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Batyl Alcohol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Peg/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), Erythritol, Peg/PPG-17/4 Dimethyl Ether, 2-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Edta, Sodium Metaphosphate, Phyosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Sodium Metabisuflite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Serine, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Potassium Hydroxide, Iron Oxies (CI 77492) Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Citirc Acid.

Didn't break me out

Contains alcohol
Oily/dewy finish (not ideal for daytime)
Doesn't make a huge difference w acne scars
Mild fragrance

$59.50 for 2.5 oz / 75 ml

Rating: B
I used this for a while when I still had chronic acne breakouts. Surprisingly it did not break me out, but it leaves a dewy finish and ends up looking greasy as my skin produced oil during the night. There is an SPF 18 version that's $5 cheaper, but no one should wear less than SPF 30 these days.
This is a good moisturizer as it makes my skin look a bit "translucent", but it's nothing ground breaking, I definitely haven't found my holy grail moisturizer yet.

Edit (May 2016): seems like Shiseido has discontinued this lotion, boo :(


Would I recommend it?
If you don't have a lot of problems with your skin this could be a good moisturizer.

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