Review, Shiseido Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother (discontinued)

I love Shiseido products so I was very excited to receive their Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother through Influenster. I thought it was a primer to wear under the skin at first and was excited about the “smoothing” part of it, but it’s actually a product you wear to help cover shine.

Although this item is discontinued, I’m going to share a review since this is part of my Project Pan Monthly for April.

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What It Is

Skin-blurring filter for smooth, picture-perfect skin. I liken it to blotting paper but in liquid form.

Price

$29.00 CAD (20 mL) This is pricey for such a tiny little product. You don’t need much so at least it lasts long.

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Application

The Smart Filtering Primer is very liquid so it spreads easily over the skin. I’ve tried it both over makeup and under makeup. Since it’s designed to reduce shine it does dry out my skin which partly why I don’t use it too often.

When I’ve worn it under makeup I found that it helps to smooth my skin, especially on my cheeks or forehead. It’s not the best on my nose which is the driest part of my face because I find it accentuated the dryness and made my foundation crack.

I know when I first received this I used it a lot in the summer to help keep my skin dry during the hot months. I am traveling at the end of this month so I’ll be taking this with me to help reduce sweat and shine on my face.

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Over the last month, I’ve been wearing this over my makeup to help blend everything together and reduce some of the shine on my dewy foundations. I put a little drop onto my finger tips and then pat it over my cheeks and forehead.

This really isn’t for my dry skin but I have it so I will use it. I think if I had normal-oily skin I would enjoy this more.

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My Thoughts

I don’t absolutely hate this, it just wasn’t made for me and my skin type. I’m using it for my Project Pan and trying it in the areas of my skin that do have more shine. I’ve also been applying it over my makeup to make it more matte. All in all, I think this is mostly just going to be best used in the summer.

Have you ever tried this product or something like it? What are your thoughts? Any ideas on how I might enjoy a product like this more? Let me know!

Lots of Love,
Dal

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Review

This purchase was inspired by  Stashy of stashmatters.com. She had written a few times about her love for Shiseido and their products that I knew I just needed them in my life! I thought I’d head to my nearest Bay counter and pick up a foundation. For some reason this year I’ve bought more foundations than I think I have in the whole time I’ve been wearing makeup. After talking to the associate and looking at the options I decided I’d pick up the Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation.

Price

$58.00 CAD (the Bay). This is pricey but I think it’s worth it!fotor_147603258390258What it Claims

An intelligent, long-lasting foundation that seems like your skin’s natural state.

Shade, Coverage & Application

I got the shade Rose 2, which is a beautiful light pink shade. This shade is on the cool side and although I tend towards neutral shades I’m actually really happy with this because it does lean a bit neutral. This is probably my best shade match ever! Looking at all Shiseido’s shade ranges for this line, I’m actually quite impressed with how real-tone they look. They aren’t overly yellow or red like you see in a lot of other brands, they just look extremely real.

This has a medium coverage that is easy to build up without it looking cakey because the formula is thin and liquid. I really like this, it’s a high pigment concentration in what feels like a serum constancy. It blends in like a dream, I can even use my fingers and the finish looks flawless. There is something about this texture that feels so creamy and really well milled, really luxurious and silky.  You can feel the love and hard work that went into creating this foundation, there is something about the technology in it!!fotor_147603269748162Wear & Longevity

This got the work day and dinner out test and it lasted all day! Even when my pesky blush wore off I still looked alive and flawless because this foundation doesn’t budge. It looks really beautiful on throughout the whole day.

The Breakdown

Pros:

  • Great Coverage
  • Semi-Matte Finish
  • Light formula
  • SPF 30

Cons:

  • Price
  • You need to shake before using which I always forget

My Thoughts

Stashy knows her stuff! I’m so happy that I was introduced to this brand through her blog. This is one incredible foundation and I can’t imagine my collection without it. Perfect for everyday and really great for my dry skin. If you’re also interested in their other foundations, Stashy had recommended to me their Sheer and Perfect Foundation which I highly recommend you read her blog review on.

Other items I picked up from Shiseido (because there was no way I’d stop at foundation!)fotor_147603276983784Translucent Loose Powder ($43.00). This is really finely milled. It rivals my Laura Mercier setting powder because it doesn’t leave me feeling dry. I love using it to set my under eye concealer, especially on days I’m wearing a lot of makeup. It does not settle into any fine lines making everything look air brushed. Plus I love the puff! fotor_147603302999051Gift with Purchase which included the Ultimate Power Infusing Concentrate, Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam, Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, Benefiance LiftDynamic Eye Treatment and Rouge Rouge Lipstick. So far I’ve tried the Ultimate serum which is really awesome as a primer under foundation or as a face serum on it’s own for hydration. This is magic on the skin. Also, the Rouge Lipstick is the most beautiful red! I really love this because I can try other products from this brand.

Have you tried anything from Shiseido? What do you love from this brand?

Lots of Love,

Dal