Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sample Month Day 27: Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam

A long time ago, I watched an older girl wash her face with extreme diligence and care, and she happened to have been using Shiseido at the time. It reminded me a lot of those old Noxzema commercials in which girls look really, really happy washing and splashing at the sink. Face-washing was never that sort of ritual for me until recently when I decided to go makeup-free on do-nothing days. After trying this cleanser, I can see why I was reminded of those things. When they call this a cleansing foam, they're not kidding. It's really, really FOAMY.


I'm not one to go crazy about foam in cleansers, but they really do give you the illusion that something exciting and wonderful is happening to the face. I've tried Shiseido in the past but only the Pureness line for the oily/acne-prone skin. I remember this cleanser and series being really popular with some girls claiming they would only use this and nothing else. Personally, I don't find it to be as gentle as it claims, because the result is a very squeaky clean skin that feels a little too squeaky for my liking -- but it sets you up for the rest of the products in the range which includes a softening emulsion and moisturizer. The scent is that generic, unoffensive and rather appealing "fresh" type that the East Asians have become masters at.

Personally, I don't feel the need to dish out USD$30.50/CAD$38 for it, but there are those who swear by it. For that price, I'd rather go back to Philosophy Purity which acts as an excellent makeup remover and an extra gentle face cleanser.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, PEG 6, PEG 32, Lauric Acid, Polyethylene, Potassium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG 60 Glyceryl Isostearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Linalool, Trehalose, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol

Sample received as gift. (Thanks, Mary!)

22 comments:

  1. FOAM. Hahahaha. I don't have anything insightful to say other than the squeaky clean East Asian aesthetic sometimes scares me. So much effort is put into that "no-makeup natural beautiful blah blah bllah" look.

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    1. I got into watching this Korean MUA on YouTube and was wowed by her for a while, until I realized she kept doing the same stuff over and over again with the glowing faces of the youthful models who are probably actually in their 30s and 40s, lol. I'm fond of the no makeup natural thing, but variety is nice.

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  2. i really like the cleansing foam from their benefiance line which also foams up like crazy minus the squeaky feeling.
    but as you said, it is too expensive so i just stick with the drugstore version, perfect whip. have you tried this? :)

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    1. I know that Shiseido has a drugstore line in Asia and tried to buy something like that in San Francisco but the store we went to was closed at the time. Then I tried again at the duty free in Tokyo airport and got so confused by the tubes without any English on them. So the answer is no and I'd like to some day, LOL!

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  3. Foamy! i think I've tried this and it's not as drying for me as most foamy cleansers are. I liked it as I recall! But I do prefer creamy cleansers.

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    1. Me, too. The foam is fun but I prefer the gentler feeling. I'm not kind to my skin so I feel like at least the cleanser should be.

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  4. I haven't tried this, but I agree with you that feeling TOO squeaky clean after a cleanser isn't a good thing...if only gentle but effective cleansers weren't so hard to find!

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    1. Philosophy Purity! No? lol Or Cetaphyl as a lot of people say (but I don't find it very good at cleansing off makeup.) I'm dipping into cleansing oils lately and that in conjunction with Simple cleanser is working well for me this winter so far.

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  5. I use a foaming cleanser by Aveeno but I think it's a "soft foam" as opposed to a really thick cream that foams up into a dense foam, which I don't like. I haven't tried the Shiseido one but I'm thinking Estee Lauder's Perfectly Clean Foaming Cleanser--WAY too foamy and left a very weird, ultra squeaky-clean feel :/

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    1. I've tried some Aveeno here and there but I don't think any of them were foamy cleansers. I really like my Simple cleanser at the moment and also enjoyed Marcelle Vitamin C cleanser and Cetaphyl. I think there's plenty of good cleansers to be found for less than $30 a small tube.

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  6. YES TO FOAM!!!!!!!

    I like this one, but I prefer the Purifying Cleansing Foam. It's quite glorious. I haven't re-purchased lately because I've been trying out so many other cleansers, but I've always loved that one. It doesn't really take off make-up but my skin feels so clean and well, PURIFIED. I might need to purchase a new tube at some point. You know, when I'm done my 17 other cleansers.

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    1. LOL I knew the foam would get you!

      I thought the Purifying line was okay but not really worth the cost. But then I'm a super cheapo when it comes to skin care for some reason. My face like the cheap stuff. :( Which other thousand cleansers are you hoarding? I NEED TO KNOW.

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    2. Nonono, not the Pureness line, it's from The Skincare line. The tube looks exactly the same as the Gentle one, but it's Purifying. IT'S FANTASTIC.

      Cleansers that are still in rotation for me right now include Origins Checks and Balances, Philosophy Purity Made Simple Foaming Gel, Chanel Mousse Exfoliante Purete (my HG), Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser, and Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash. There are still a lot I haven't opened yet, lol!

      For some reason, I am a serious skincare snob and refuse to use drugstore brands. It's very likely due to working at SDM for so long. And then going to work for Lancome. All of a sudden, spending $35 on cleanser and $60 on moisturizer is totally normal...

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    3. Ah, gotcha.

      It must be tough to have a Chanel HG, LOL. I don't think that I'll ever go there. Not without a serious regular discount anyway. It makes no sense that I should spend so much more on makeup than skincare (which is more important "basic" than makeup) but I think it's that a makeup item happens usually just once while a good skincare item must be repurchased regularly. My priorities are whack.

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  7. I've only ever tried their Pureness line too. Not too too impressed with Shiseido skincare either. I think I'm content with drugstore skincare quite honestly. :T

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    1. Did you know they have tons of lower level drugstore Shiseidos in Asia? We only get the pricey ones here. :(

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  8. I'm a foam addict! I must be an old school soap and water girl because I love a good soft, velvety lather on the skin :)

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    1. I'd actually really love to find a good soap to do the job. I just don't like it when the bar gets waterlogged. And it's not the foam so much but the feeling after - not sure if that's attributed to the foam or something else in the ingredients.

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  9. Sadly, and apart from their cotton pads (love & swear by) along with their foundation brush (hands down, THE best in the world), I don't know all that much about Shisheido products; they seem to fly under the radar most of the time, eclipsed by the more aggressive high-end brands (hello, Chanel, YSL, Dior & Armani)...but for some reason, I've been feeling the need to start exploring this range a bit more. I have more cleansers than you can shake a stick at, and it seems I'm always in the process of testing at least 6 at a time, but while I like frothy-ish types, my real preference is the creamier variety -- makes me feel like it penetrates more, or takes off more gunk, or something along those lines. Still, now you've gone and got all curious about Shisheido's skincare....just great; like I need to add more stuff to my growing pile, right?!

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    1. I almost got their foundation brush a few months ago but passed. Now I have to look at it again! I really like their lash curler, which is flatter and fits my eye shape better than everything else including Shu Uemura.

      Shiseido definitely has less of a presence in North America as opposed to Asia - think of it as the Asian L'Oreal and you'll get the gist. It's massive in the east and owns Cle de Peau Beaute as well as a huge range of lower lines that we just don't get around here at all. A lot of Asians I know tend to depend on Shiseido for their basics. I've resisted because I'm cheap and go the drugstore route more often than not with skincare.

      I'd love to know what you end up with after you wade in the Shiseido pool for a while. :D

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  10. I worked on Shiseido briefly back in the day when I was full-time at the Bay, and I still know nothing about the line! It gets such top marks by those *in the know* but something about it doesn't call to me. I do however have the Pureness Balancing Softener and it's nice - though nothing I'd buy again, similarly to how you feel about this product I guess!

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    1. Did you?? I didn't know that!

      Like I said somewhere some time, Shiseido is like the Lancome of the east. Up there, popular, but not always justifiable.

      I think softeners are actually better for your skin type than mine! But YMMV of course. :)

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