One winter day, walking in a park and frantically photographing its beauties I noticed that after a couple of hours my hands turned cyanotic. Then I understood that my creative impulse gives way to a frostbite. Gloves are for weak ones, obviously; I carelessly forgot them at home. The good news was that drugstores can be found here even away from busy places. Searching for something to treat my poor hands, I came across a Shiseido Elixir rack. It might’ve been wise to find a hand cream, but I grabbed the lotion, poured it on the hands, noticed that it rubs in well and rushed for a home train.
Later I recognized that my skin became much better. By coincidence, I was going to buy an enriched treatment for my face. So without much thinking, I bought the lotion and the emulsion.
The full product names are:
Shiseido Elixir Superieur Lifting Moisture Lotion II
Shiseido Elixir Superieur Lifting Moisture Emulsion II
General information: This line is rather extensive (massage face cream, face wash, makeup remover, serum, night cream etc.). I only took these two because a) the line is pricey, and b) I feel that this is enough for me.
Shiseido Elixir has products for oily skin, normal and mixed type, dry skin and products with whitening features. Ads make an impression that this line is for older skin (though they don’t say that explicitly). My skin is normal which corresponds to their Type II.
Texture and contents: The lotion is a bit dense, not watery as one from Hada Labo. Apply by patting a hand on the face. If the skin is clear the lotion soaks in fairly quickly, with no sticky feeling. The smell is as neutral as can be.
The soft emulsion is applied after the lotion; it also soaks in nicely. Apply by slight patting, similar to the lotion; or you can use pads if you prefer. I feel the textures of both to be very good for autumn and spring; as for winter, something more nourishing would be needed; or these two would be enhanced with serum and night cream. In summer I plan to use a lighter treatment instead of this line.
Active components: hyaluronic acid, herb extracts, and elastin.
General impression: The lotion and the emulsion are an awesome tandem – they moisturise and nourish skin and prevent exfoliation, along with slight anti-aging effect. You can make up as usual after these two soak in; for example, they don’t affect how your BB lays on the skin.
Result of continuous using: the skin definitely looks sleeker and toned up. In my case nasolabials softened a bit. Japanese products can be applied around eyes in particular but I didn’t notice any effect around eyes in this case – so it’s better to take another product for that area.
These products need good prior cleansing; they don’t cleanse on their own (in particular, they don’t do anything with blackheads) and soak in poorly if applied without cleansing.
Packaging is a disadvantage. The bottles look nice but they don’t have an applicator. Nothing prevents you from accidentally spilling more lotion than needed; and the emulsion, to the contrary, doesn’t go out easily, especially when the bottle is almost used up.
Prices: in Japan they sell the lotion for 3240 yen (about 32$), the emulsion costs 3780 (about 37$) yen.