I followed my mom and started using this years ago. It is not cheap to use daily so I use it only twice to four times a week. It exfoliates very gently and I like this a lot!
All my life acne, large, large pores and dry skin has been an issue for me. Recently I am starting to feel my age... at almost 36 years old I want my skin to look better than it does.
I use retin a micro at night and am not afraid to spend money on skin care that actually works. I have read reviews and read Cosmetic C@& reviews until my lil eyes couldn't take it anymore.
I found Shiseido Benefiance creamy cleansing foam at a local Marshalls for $25 and figured it was worth trying out. I did not have overly high expectations as usually I like to know that all makeup has been completely wiped clean from my face and "creamy" type cleansers in the past have made me feel like my face had a residue or not completely clean of makeup and grime from the day.
This cleanser does foam up well, it takes a VERY small amount to clean all traces of makeup off of your face. When you consider how much you need the price changes. You aren't washing your face with multiple pumps to get the same level of clean. The packaging is a nice clean tube. It strikes me hygenic and smart. I actually really like the smell a lot as well. I have sensitive skin but did not find it irratating at all. Some people will differ on this.... what can ya do?!
I have not had any breakouts from it and feel that it does a great job. Slight smoothing of those fine dryness lines that were starting to get my attention.
I don't like the strong scent because I feel that it is not very natural and all I'm washing with is chemicals. I do like that it takes a very small bit to clean my whole face even with makeup. Shiseido is definitely a very trustworthy and stable brand with great products so it is worth the purchase.
As a flight attendant, people around me do check out what I use and keep in my luggage and makeup bags because they think that flight attendants know best about skincare. I notice that most of my coworkers use this as well so it has to work quite well of us, world traveler, to keep our skin at its best condition!
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.