I highly highly recommend this face wash!!! It is the holy grail of face wash for me right now! The perks of working for cosmetic and skincare lines is that you get a lot of sample sized items to be able to try product so that you can let the customer know how it worked for you.
I am not going to be able to post everyday anymore. I will post throughout the week when I have a chance. I am currently working my full-time position at Shiseido Nordstrom, and my part-time at Pottery Barn. This week is a 60-hour workweek, so postings will be random.
I gotta be honest, and let you know that I had never tried anything Shiseido before I started working for the brand. I let the interviewer know that, and she said it was refreshing to be so honest about it. Me, along with the rest of Americans only believed that Shiseido was a brand only for Asians. I am finding out that it is not at all! Asians love it because of the super skincare benefits, and Shiseido is a leader in skincare. Their makeup is AMAZING too!!!
Anyways.... back to the face wash, and why it is so great! (I wouldn't say something is great just because it is the brand I work for, unless it is really great!). I took the fairly large sample size home to test it.
The formula says it's a foam, probably because it works up quite the lather! It comes in a nice squeeze tube, and the formula is a thick cream with exfoliating/moisture beads in it.
Shiseido has a perfume called Zen, and the face wash smells exactly like the perfume, but doesn't irritate my skin. I have really sensitive skin, and my skin reacts to a lot of things. It works great for my skin.
A little tiny bit goes a long way, and when I spread it all over my face, the formula seems to get thicker and has a really rich lather to it. The beads in it are exfoliating at first, and then disintegrate into the formula. It takes the eye-makeup off really great too.
It seems like it would take a lot to rinse off, since it is such a rich lather, but rinses off so easily! After it's rinsed off, your face literally is squeaky clean, because it squeaks after you wash it. It feels so clean!!!
I took one of my Pond's face wipes and wiped my face after. Even with my previous face wash, I still had makeup residue on the wipe after I had washed my face, but with the Shiseido face wash, there was literally nothing on the wipe! It won the 2012 Nordstrom Beauty Award.
The facewash, and other members of the Shiseido Benefiance line contains Mukurossi Extract, an ingredient that inhibits the wrinkle-triggering enzyme, and helps with your current wrinkles. It seems to work for my acne as well.
I have battled with acne around my mouth and chin for a long time now. I always have a zit or two there, and it literally started healing the first time I washed my face with this face wash. My co-workers asked me why my face looked different, like brighter, the next day, and I am going to contribute that to washing my face with a really great face wash.
I have used the face wash about 4 or 5 times now, and I don't have one zit on my chin (Just lots of acne scars).
I am IN LOVE with this product, and I am going to buy it when my sample runs out.
Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam 4.2 oz $35. Come visit me at the Shiseido/Dior counter at Nordstrom City Creek Center to purchase it, or purchase it online HERE