I had seen some great reviews on this and had been wanting it for quite a while when I got a deluxe sample from Sephora.com. I should have read the ingredients before I even tried this. This has dimethicone in it which is an ingredient that is horrible for acne. I was fine for the first 2 uses, but after that I started to get the typical white bumps on my forehead especially. I stuck through it for a few more uses, but just got worse so I stopped. For my acne skin I would not use this again, but for someone without it might be a good primer. This went on smoothly and is more of a liquid. It comes in an easy dispensing tube that stood up on its own. I wish I loved this like everyone else does.
I had a few generous samples of this to try out from my local Shiseido counter. This is one of the nicest primers I've tried. I am not really a fan of the thicker "spackle" type primers. They always seem to clog my pores. This one doesn't.
It 's a very thin consistency, and spreads evenly and quickly and does help to blur the pores but more by "glossing" over them, than by filling them in. I love that this is so very lightweight that you don't even feel it. The product is slightly tinted a pale pinkish/nude color and helps to even out skin tone, along with providing a smooth base for foundation. As another reviewer stated, you must work quickly with this and you can apply your foundation almost immediately over it. It comes in a simple black squeeze type tube with a more needle like dispenser so a small amount can be dispensed easily.
So far I have not experienced any breakouts or irritation with this product. I will buy a full size, once the samples finally run out. I would say this is a good product for anyone who needs a good primer for under makeup, but doesn't want anything too heavy.
Before I bought this, I used Tom Ford's and was disappointed. After reading several reviews, I decided to give this a try. I'm Japanese, but I sort of avoided Shiseido almost all my life, since I thought it was too cliche (stupid and unfounded, I know).
Anyhow, it has a rather dry, silky finish (you need to spread it quickly) and visibly brightens and evens out my complexion. I like its dry finish, since I don't need to wait for it to dry before applying liquid foundation (this is important on hectic mornings).
I have oily & shiny T-zone, but I can tell that my foundation lasts longer and my complexion look better. It has a pinkish tone, but it doesn't seem to interfere with the color of foundation, provided that you don't smear it.
This made my 52 year old face look even older. On a good day I can pass for early 40's. With this primer under my Bobbi Brown foundation my laugh lines were in stark relief plus the yellow tone to this primer gave me the dreaded makeup line along my chin ( I don't get this with foundation as BB has a very good match to my skin tone). I wore all day at home for trial to see if make up stayed on longer, did not notice difference. Returning and will try bbrown primer instead.
I got a sample of this and so far I'm impressed. My powder last all day which is a first. Update: It made my face break out a bit, so now I use it on my eyelids. It works great though, my eyshadow is still on.
Removing one lippy because of the break out.
update 2; not really that good, wouldn't buy it.
I decided to try another primer other than the Smashbox one with sunscreen. So when I saw this SPF21 Shiseido primer I thought I'd buy it from StrawberryNet. I don't want to pick on StrawberryNet as they do generally offer great service, however, their product descriptions are scant to say the least. I was pretty disappointed to read in the product pamphlet that this primer only offers UVB protection. I.e. protection from burning rays. Can't remember the last time I got burnt. What does concern me are the ageing UVA rays! Who wouldn't be? Why bother doing a sunscreen with only UVB protection Shiseido? Fail! It's back to Smashbox or another brand with broad spectrum UV protection.
I got this as a X-Mas gift. I have never really been a strong believer in face primers. I always thought they were pointless, a scam, just more unnecessary chemicals on your face, that foundation should just work on its own. Well, this stuff has definitely changed my mind!
It is not a silicone based primer, which I like, because I HATE silicone primers. They make me feel oily. Anyway, it comes out a peachy shade, but goes on clear. It is a little thick, and you kinda have to use a lot for your whole face. It tones down my redness, erases my pores, makes my skin look brighter, and helps control my shine. My foundation definitely stays on longer with this stuff underneath. I am so glad I got this for x-mas! Great product.
I received a sample from Sephora - I might be crazy but the sample seemed WAY better than the actual product - but still I'm overall pleased with this primer. I have used almost the whole tube. I notice my makeup does stay on longer and I have less oiliness with it. Overall I will purchase again.
I had heard a lot about this really popular Japanese brand, and so when I came across a Shiseido counter at Dillards, I was ecstatic. I had only heard about their SPF Protection Foundation, but considering I had just recently bought SEVERAL foundations at Sephora, I went with the primer. It doesn't refine as much as I want it to, but as far as your makeup staying on and creating a smooth canvas to apply your makeup, it is a good primer. I don't LOVE it, and I much prefer my Two Faced Primed and Poreless Primer to this one, but I would repurchase this.
Don't really like it that much because it doesn't seem to make much difference to when I don't wear it.
Another thing that I don't like about it is the color, and when i don't spread it out really well it even gets cakey.
Would definitely not repurchase this primer.