Caroline Hirons doesn't recommend foaming cleansers and she is a big fan of balm cleansers. She has a point. ...After struggling with oily and now combination skin, I agree.....don't strip your skin of all oils, don't have squeaky clean skin because....ta da your own skin will kick in and produce more oil.The biggest surprise as a teenager was finding that Clarins Lotus oil helped me with my facial oil!
So call me product bi-polar. I generally use Eve Lom but .....sometimes after very long days, with PMT skin, having worn lots of makeup and hung out in grimy places, I just want to feel foam and water interact on my skin not a balm....so sorry Caroline.....
This cleanser doesn't leave my face feeling dry or squeaky clean after use. Just clean and soft. The product feels luxurious and I really love the smell. This is nothing like the most basic Shiseido cleanser that I used back in my teens that made my eyes sting and my cheeks dry out.
A little goes a long way and it works well with flannel/ muslin cloth or clarisonic.
I love it.
Although the packaging looks old school, it works on younger skin just as well. It is very gentle. The rich lathers take all of my makeup and mascara off. I like it a lot as a makeup remover.
One of my staples in my bathroom, Shiseido Benefiance Creamy Cleansing Foam is rich and lathers very well on my skin. I used this only 2-3 times a week in the last 10 years. I would only use this when I have a lot of time to clean my face because it is very wasteful to use such a luxurious cleanser if I only have 15 seconds in the bathroom. Great product if you are looking for a high end cleanser!
I would never have spent this much money on a cleanser, but I was given a small sample tube and love it. A tiny amount (and I mean TINY) foams up beautifully into a thick creamy lather, and will quickly and easily remove my light makeup and the grime of the day. It rinses off easily and my skin feels fresh and clean afterwards.
I said that I've buy this product again but realistically I would never spend the NZ$76 that the full size tube is currently going for. If it halved in price I'd consider it! I love the product but there are cheaper options elsewhere that are nearly as nice. It's a pity because that is the only thing preventing me from giving this five stars.
I'm sorry to have to write a negative review for this as i really wanted to like it but i can honestly say i have nothing good to say about it. I find it really strips my skin of moisture without removing eye makeup and stings my eyes. There are so many new formulas of foaming cleansers out there that do a fantastic job of removing makeup while leaving your skin soft that i think this formula has been left to dust, Kiehl's ultra facial cleanser and Jurlique replenishing foaming cleanser are my current faves, i should have just stuck with these two but it was on special so i thought i'd give it a try. For the record i use mary kay washable waterproof mascara, most other cleansers wash it away easily, it comes off in little flakes, this makes the mascara smear and stick under my eyes as if i was washing my face with ordinary bath soap, it's truly awful!
I spend my money very carefully and this is a relatively expensive product for me. However, I love it and have been buying it for literally decades. I like it because it feels good, smells good, and leaves my skin feeling smooth. It removes sunscreen and makeup well. This, along with Shiseido's lip sunscreen, are two of my skin care staples. I use Alpha Hydrox (cheap but effective) and Obagi's trentinoin cream (from Amazon when available) and my 51 year old skin looks fantastic.
It's a very strong cleanser, removes at least non-waterproof makeup and dirt. Some people say that it's very drying but as long as you don't squeeze too much it's fine. I also really love foams so
Shiseido is a quality line, but this cleanser is very drying and seems to leave a film on the skin. One must use a very tiny amount (1/4 of a dime size) and rinse well using a wash cloth. My comment is based on a week's sample. Will not purchase.
Good stuff, strong stuff. I always squeeze out far more than I end up needing -- a little really does go a long way with this product. Does it take off all of your make-up? Absolutely, but it can sometimes prove rather drying. I find it more suited to my skin in the warmer months, but it's always a sure-fire thing to reach for when I need my face thoroughly cleansed in a flash.
There was nothing wrong with this cleanser in my opinion, it did everything just fine. No drying or flaking, or really anything. But it seemed pretty average for its price. I've used other Shiseido products that I liked better. So I won't be purchasing this one again.