This primer isn't just a primer; it is also a very effective skincare product with a good amount of stable sun protection. Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer mattifies the skin, smooths it out, prepares it for foundation, and evens out your skin tone. Because of its ability to even out the skin tone, it can actually be worn alone without foundation, should you wish.
Shiseido's Refining Makeup Primer keeps my makeup in one place all day, and prevents smudging, which I really appreciate because my skin is so oily that I tend to sweat my MU off so quickly. There isn't much else to say about this product, except that I think it's great!
I got a full sized tube of this primer with a terrific "purchase with purchase" when I bought Sheer and Perfect foundation. The "purchase with purchase" included the Shiseido foundation brush, which is probably my favourite foundation brush and I'd been planning to get a 2nd one in any case. Considering that this PwP cost less than another brush on its own, and had several other full sized and trial sized products, it was a value I couldn't pass up.
As with many products sold in Canada, this primer says NOTHING about SPF and I've tossed the box and leaflet so can't refer back to those with regard to ingredients or claims. So it's "just" a foundation primer. The packaging is nice - a tube with a pointy tip. The product is a lovely pearly pink/beige when it comes out of the tube (thing along the lines of MAC Strobe Cream) but applies invisibly. It does a lovely job of "refining" the surface of my skin and I even like this worn without any foundation at all over top. It blurs the look of pores and lines and feels very nice - not at all heavy or greasy. However, it will ball up if you rub too much, which is a drawback. I'm not sure if I would repurchase this or not - the lack of SPF (at least in Canada) and the tendency to "ball up" combine to mean that this isn't ever likely to be my favourite primer but, all in all, it's not a bad product and I'm glad I was able to get a full sized tube basically for free.
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.