I love Shiseido products, but this powder made be break out terrible, even in areas where I never get imperfections at all, so it must be some nasty ingredient in the powder doing this.
As for mattifying properties, it's not very good either, an hour latter my nose is shinning, I still prefer Guerlain pearls pressed powder over this one.
I bought this because I needed a translucent powder to take along when traveling. I have a pot of the MUFE HD translucent powder (white) but I needed something smaller and more compact so I bought this Shiseido powder. It's much better, to my surprise, than the MUFE because it provides a smooth surface for applying eyeshadow and powder blush AND it has a very subtle pearly sheen that makes your skin glow. It's this glow that the MUFE translucent powder is missing. I have normal to oily skin and tend to have oily lids, and this Shiseido powder worked so well in humid NYC where I've been staying the past few days that I will use this now instead of MUFE.
asked on skincare board for a rec for a finishing powder that was non-drying. Josh recommended this so I decided to give it a go and I'm really glad I did. It isn't drying, doesn't sit in fine lines or change to gray or yellow on my skin. I usually apply over a tinted moisturizer and it sets nicely and lasts the day. I tried it a couple of times alone with only a bit of concealer and blush and was happy with the result. Honestly I haven't been able to use a powder for some time now but this really works great with my dry, sensitive, Rosacea, mature skin. Just a thought, when I first opened the compact I was startled as it is very white and I didn't think it would work as my skin is a bit olive, but it works beautifully. I don't use the applicator pad that came with it, I use a nice soft brush and apply lightly. Really lovely product.