I have very fair/dry/sensitive skin that is prone to freckle and show sun spots. Over the years I have tired other whitening products and have found them very harsh. I bought the basic three step in the White Lucent because I heard such great things. I was worried about the cleanser due to its foaming formulation. My skin does not do well with foams or gels. I generally use waterless face washes. After one use I knew this face wash was too much for me. My skin felt very tight and even turned red. I went back to my old face wash and have found the line more tolerable. I would not recommend this to someone with very reactive skin.
I have been having acne problem for 20 years. I did not expect Shiseido to magically do anything to my skin, but after switching to Shiseido from Body shop for just a week, I and my friends and family noticed the difference. It cleared out my skin. I have a lot of acne marks that I know that I might not able to get rid of completely, but at least now I can conceal it successfully with just a light layer of foundation. My colleague, a guy even noticed the difference and seriously asked if I had a surgery or sth. lol.
I've tried other Shiseido cleansers ( the skincare gentle and the regular one) and having been happy with those i thought id give this one a try too. I have combo skin and found this VERY drying. My skin feels dry and I can see dry flakes close up after using this. Granted, the weather has been dry lately but did not experience this with the other cleansers. I also did not see any whitening effect. Would NOT repurchase. Its such a huge tube and a little goes such a long. I was so certain I would like it and threw out the box once purchased. If you MUST try this product I recommend you keep the box/receipt if you purchase from Nordies/Sephora where they guarantee satisfaction.
This is an awesome product!
I'm chinese, and have naturally messed up pigmentation. It's helped in alot of weird, darker skin tone areas around my mouth and eyes. After using it, you look bright, clean and just glowing.
My friend used it one night when she forgot hers, and she says she loves it. I have trouble with red cheeks and these had diminished them quickly and surely, especially if I use it with cold water. My face is also not very dry afterwards (which is a problem I usually have with other cleansers), it's smooth, not hard to glide your hands on.
As for its whitening effects, it is slow. Very slow. I've been using it for only a week, but I see no huge difference in the overall skin tone. Yes, my tone is even, but it's not whiter overall. I'm fine with that, because my skin is nice now.
A little bit of it goes a long long way, cause it foams thickly. It's not as expensive as I've seen in other cleansers, it was 35 dollers at macy's. I think it's worth it, and this is considering I am usually very very cheap about things.
Some cons would be that it's slow to work, I have yet to see an overall tone difference. But the bottle is big, and lasts a long time, and I can wait. Considering how nice my skin feels day to day.
This is my favorite cleanser. I use it everyday and it is great at removing makeup it dissolves it instantly! my face looks and feels fresh, super clean and brighter. however i do have acne scars and it hasnt really helped in fading them. this keeps my face clear and prevents breakouts. you only need a TINY amount cause this foams up like crazy so it will last you a long time and makes it worth the $$$
Great product. Leaves my face feeling so clean, takes off all makeup, and (like all the other reviewers have already stated), you only need a small amount to work up a rich lather for the entire face. My face looks bright and white immediately after washing, but the brightening effect does not last very long. For the price, definitely buying again.
I really like this cleanser so far. I've been using it for 3 months now but I didn't notice any changes in terms of brightening but it does clean my face and leave it soft unlike other cleansers I have used that made my face feels dry. I don't know if it removes makeup as I always remove my makeup using other products and use foaming cleansers as the last step to make sure my face is clean but I love the way my face feels after using this cleanser in the morning. I might repurchase but I will keep trying other cleansers as well.
I don't know if this is quite whitening. I bought the cleanser in a package that includes the softener and the moisturizer. It was an ok cleanser. Leaves you feeling pretty clean, but still notice some dirt on the cotton ball when I was toning. In a way it is pretty cost effective because it is super foamy! You only need the smallest bit for your entire face.
I'm almost done with my first full tube and it works amazingly! One small dab is enough to create a rich lather for my entire face and helps remove any traces of makeup that remained after a night out. It's a little pricey especially on a student budget, but one tube lasts about 3 months.
Bah! I had a bad experience with this product.
I bought it, a little shell-shocked at the price for a cleanser- but I figure, hey, it's Shiseido - it's worth the money, right? Wrong..
First things first - the packaging. Packaging is just a tube - very clean and cute with the light pink, definitely pretty on the counter. But I don't care if it won't clean my face.
It has a cheap hotel scent to it - again, no matter, as long as it will clean my face. The directions say to squeeze some out into your hand, add water, work into a lather, and then apply to the face. I have no problem with meticulous directions like that because it soothes me at the end of a long day. Color me weird.
Regardless, after you lather it all on and wash it off your face, you're left with a sticky face and mascara smudged stubbornly around your eyes. I hate scrubbing at my eyes so I just removed the makeup with a makeup remover. Call me lazy, but I enjoy a one-step cleanser.
Seeing the other great reviews on here, I would say definitely ask for a sample first - hopefully you see better results than me!