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Shiseido Set

I just saw a post from Starletta8 saying she really likes the Shiseido items she has tried. I tested some today at the Sephora event but really havent used any of their products. I have combination skin (oily forehead & nose, normal cheeks & dry around my mouth).  The SA recommended the balancing set. What do you think?




Oh and I loved the Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector Broad Spectrum (shade 1).  Just disappeared on my skin and then felt smooth.

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Just a heads up, I've been seeing a LOT of Shiseido at TJ Maxx lately!

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me tooo. it is crazy. like a whole section of it....

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It's also not much savings.  For instance, I did a price comparison on a makeup remover from The Skincare I spotted. It was a whopping $2 less.  For that $2, I'd rather buy directly from Sephora or the Shiseido counter (for the products that Sephora doesn't carry) and not wonder if it was pried open by someone else, how old it is, etc.


Just my $0.02- there are some great beauty deals at TJMaxx, but I've yet to be impressed by any Shiseido "deals."

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It is definitely hit or miss for sure. Sometimes TJ Maxx lies about "original prices" so that they can make the "markdown" price a lot less. Which is why I usually have my cell phone out in the store to check! But I did manage to find some items from the Pureness line that were both originally $24 and I got them for $15. I saw Benefiance there the other day too Smiley Happy

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Yup- although I feel better when items are totally enclosed in individual plastic cases that they have to unlock.


I'm just thrilled that one of my favorite brands was featured so that everyone else can see why I rave about it!

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I haven't used the White Lucent line (I sampled the eye cream today at the event), but the beautiful thing about Shiseido is that you can mix and match the products from different lines.


In general:


Pureness: For oily or combination skin; focus is on oil levels

The Skincare: Nice overall, light line- great for moisturizing, no major concern targeted

White Lucent: Brightening line- take-off from their success in Japan for similar products.

Benefiance: Preventative line for anti-aging; thicker moisturizers than the prior 2 lines.
Bio-Performance: High-end of the line that Sephora carries; targeted anti-aging and specific needs.


I don't want to contradict the SA- but if your skintone is even, I'd look at The Skincare first, to be honest.

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@starletta8 -have you tried any of their makeup?


Yeah my skintone is pretty even. 

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I have tried a few of their makeup products, but they pale in comparison to their skincare, IMO.


The cast member used the mascara on me today at the event- it was very nice and defined my lashes well. If I didn't have a bunch of other mascaras I loved, I'd throw it into my rotation.


Lipsticks- They're ok, on par with similar priced ones.


I was going to try their suncare foundations- but they're all too dark and yellow undertoned for me.

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im going to check TJMaxx to see if there is any Shiseido softening "toner" there and the Urban Environment. Im glad crazyeeRN reminded me about how TJMaxx has a ton of it (thanks crazyeeRN!)

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Good luck!  I've never seen anything other than Pureness or The Skincare near me.


I actually use the waterproof SPF 50 sunscreen instead of Urban Environment. It doubles as a glue-like primer.

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great to know about the SPF50 - keep those wrinkles AWAY! 


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Plus, I'm translucent- so I need at minimum SPF 50!

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I should finish that thought... let's say you want to target oil with a mask- there's one from the Pureness line. Dark circles? Try either White Lucent or Benefiance eye cream.  Overall moisturizer? Possibly The Skincare.


I love their balancing softeners better than any other toner I've ever tried- you may actually want to try The Skincare or Benefiance for that.


For reference, I'm in my early 30s and my skin looks far better than when I was in my early 20s due to the Benefiance line.  So much so that I probably could step down to The Skincare to save a few $$ per product, but I don't want to mess with a great thing.

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I'm almost 30 (crazy to type that). I really liked the softening toner I tried today. Thanks for the low down on Shiseido starletta8.  I have been using proactive for adult acne and origins & mychelle. All have given me good results but it is fun to try new products.


Please share all the advice you have to give!

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Honestly, I'm just a huge fan of all of their skincare. I've tried so many different lines, but finally found something that my skin responds to.


One key difference, especially in Benefiance:  Emulsion vs Creams.  They make two versions of day/night creams in some of their lines. Emulsions are thinnner, lighter. Creams are very thick- like what you'd expect.  In my case, I use the Day Emulsion and Night Cream (with everything else in the morning, the Emulsion is heavy enough; at night, I need the extra oomph to feel hydrated.)


I used to use the Murad cleanser to keep acne at bay- I found out that my skin's actually happier if I use the Benefiance Creamy cleanser instead of stripping out the oil.  Who knew?


The facial cotton is a total splurge that's incredible.

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For total disclosure (and where I might be of help), here's the full list of products I've tried.  Ones in italics are ones I've sampled, ones in regular font I've either used a full deluxe sample of or have bought full-sized.


The Pureness: Oil Control Blotting Paper


The Skincare: Day Moisture Protection SPF 15+, Night Moisture Recharge- Regular, Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam, Hydro-Balancing Softener


White Lucent: Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream


Benefiance: WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, WrinkleResist 24 Night Cream, Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask, WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion, WrinkleResist24 Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam, Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask, WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener Enriched, WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion, Full Correction Lip Treatment*, Firming Massage Mask*


Bio-Performance: Super Corrective Eye Cream, Super Corrective Serum, Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, Super Eye Contour Cream


Suncare: Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ for Face/Body, Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face, Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36+, Urban Environment SPF 42


Other: Facial Cotton


*= Not Carried by Sephora

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@starletta8- which are your top 5 products?


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This is tougher than I thought!


1. Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye Contour Cream (This is my HG eye cream. If I could only buy one skincare or makeup product ever- this would be it)


2. Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Enriched Balancing Softener (I never liked a toner until this- and I can't imagine life without it now.)


2b. Facial Cotton- Just do it. Trust me. Use it with the softener like it was designed.


3. Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam (Cleans, slight exfoliater, and moisturizes. Perfect for my needy skin)


4. Benefiance Firming Massage Mask (Not sold at Sephora, but I can feel my skin tingling after I use it. It's a new (within last 2 months) addition to my routine a couple of times a week and I love the way my skin looks/feels. However, it's a pricey splurge ($48) that can be skipped since their moisturizers are awesome and there just wasn't enough spots in the top 5 for them!)


5. Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask (Sleep in a bottle. They're super expensive, so even I don't purchase them regularly- but will never, ever turn them down. In a few years, I have a feeling I'll be using these regularly ($62.50/12 treatments))


5b. Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ SPF50+ for Face (I added this because one of my products isn't sold at Sephora, and one is a splurge even I don't make myself- but is on my "if I ever win the $250 gift card" list.  I wear this every day once we hit late spring, and not only is it a waterproof sunblock that doesn't clog my pores, it's light enough to wear under your moisturizer on a daily basis.  You can skip a primer when you wear this- it makes my facial products wear like iron. 15+ hours and there's ton of product left to scrub off at the end of the night).


That's my top "5".  I can't believe none of their moisturizers even made it- they're all incredible. In all of their products that I've tried, there's only been one that was "meh" for me- and at its price point, a disappointment.

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thanks for typing this all up! I am interested in the toner for sure!  I think I may have to go to TJMaxx today and then sephora. Smiley Happy


I get nervous when I buy new moisturizer, cleanser, toner because I have had some cause break outs.   

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No problem!  This is one of the few topics where I can actually speak with some decent experience.


Everyone is different, but even without any acne fighting products, I'm down to just my monthly hormonal single massive pimple just on the Shiseido. And nothing except hormones will ever prevent that one!

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