Switched to this because I was in NYC, and they didn't have Witch, which I used to use. This is good, and despite the nett price, a little blob goes a long way and is sufficient for cleansing.
I used to go through a bottle of Witch (SGD13/USD10 each) every 2.5-3 months.
1 year = SGD13 x 5 = SGD65
With Shiseido, SGD52-60 can last me an entire year. Somehow it works out to less than a drugstore brand :) I'm sold!
Also, I've become fairer :) From NC20- NC15.
I purchased the entire White Lucent line and my skin had never looked more even! I have darker areas on my skin due to waxing and that sort of thing, but this definitely helped lighten the areas and give my skin an overall brighter look! If scars are an issue, this is also fabulous with lightening those as well. It's also quite gentle so it's perfect for those with sensitive skin. It leaves your skin feeling so clean and fresh.
If the price is what's holding you back, definitely look into the Shiseudo warehouse sale! But even so, I would definitely definitely recommend!
This cleanser is gentle enough for my normal/dry skin. I only need very little to create a rich lather for the face. I wear liquid foundation during the day, and this gets rid of all the makeup perfectly. The smell is pretty too. My skin now gets complemented for looking healthier and brighter, and this never used to happen because I'd have dry skin by the middle of the day (dry skin AND breakouts!). This surprisingly also lightened my face overall. For the girls who want to completely get rid of dark spots or acne discolorations, this may not be the right product. I've used this cleanser along with the toner and the moisturizer a bit more than 3 weeks, and it only slightly lightened my discolorations. Since I get active acne, I can tell that my current scars aren't as dark.
If you like your skin "squeaky clean" this is the cleanser for you. A pea-sized dab is all you need, so the tube lasts forever. It's not cheap at $35 USD, but my tube has lasted about 6 months of mostly regular use. This stuff foams up really well and takes off most makeup in one go. It will struggle with some mascaras or heavy eye makeups if you don't use something else first. It's never broken my combo skin out, caused redness or irritation. The soft plastic tube works well in the shower.
One caveat and the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5: since it does give that squeaky clean feeling, it can be drying. I don't have the most sensitive skin, but every now and then I'd give myself a break from this for a couple days as I just felt things were a little dry. Not irritated or itchy or anything. Just in need of a bit more moisture. If you've got oily skin, this would probably work really well.
I love this product! My skin is fair and sensitive. This does not make my skin red and unhappy, but fresh and clean. You only need a MINISCULE amountt, I mean like the size of a pea or less to have a nice foamy face that feels great afterwards. I partner this with the white lucent night cream and my skin looks younger, healthier, and clearer in just a couple months. I will definitely purchase this again!
The Best of the Best of the Best....... Love it. Brightens, Cleans, Smells Amazing. Soft but powerful to clean. I will buy it again and again. The tube lasts forever - only pea size amount is enough. Half of it gone only in 7 month - can you believe it?!!! 7 more month to go. 35$ will pay you off for sure. I wash twice a day.
Before i use this cleanser:
1. Occasionally breakouts...
2. Uneven skin tone
After 1 week using:
1. Skin getting better and feel soften
2. Skin looks brighter.
I have been non stop using this for two years. :)
I LOVE this cleanser. Using it just feels like such a treat for my skin. It's actually kind of a small bottle for the price, but I literally only need like a teeny tiny dot to wash my entire face in a huge lather, so I could see this lasting a very long time. The best thing about this cleanser is the texture, it just feels like silk on my skin. Its very thick, but really effortless to spread, and it lathers up the more water you add. Afterwards my skin feels ridiculously soft (as though I had just exfoliated) and this product is not abrasive, so that's impressive. I use it with the shiseido face brush (which is also amazing and I could go on for days about) but I have also just used my hands in a pinch. I would DEFINATELY reccomend this product to anyone. It just leaves my face feeling so clean and fresh and soft. This is the first face wash that made me feel pampered. I Love this whole line, and I think it's getting a bad reputation from all the people who are using it incorrectly. It seems a lot of people bought it to cure their acne, or scars, of oily skin. That is not what this line is for, and therefore they are disappointed. This line is to brighten skin from dark and age spots and to moisturizer dryer skin. If you have redness from acne and oily skin, this line is the opposite of what you need. I think they have unrealistic expectations for a product to do something that it doesn't even claim to do. For those problems I wouldn't recommend any shiseido products, I would reccomend proactive or Clinique.
I bought this in a trial kit. Ive always had problems with pigmentation. Acne proned skin. Its nice foamy and washes off squeeky clean. After couple months I didnt see drastic changes. But I did notice my face a little more even a little more white. I guess a little bit brighter.
But it does nothing for my acne. *Duh*
Used this for a couple of years hoping that it will brighten my complexion after too much sun exposure from military training but it took more than a year to take effect. Leaves the skin sqeaky clean though and lathers good. Also leaves face tight which isnt a good thing.