If you can recall the August BDJ Box last year, ’twas a Shiseido-exclusive one and it was also the time when the Ibuki line debuted in the Philippines. During one of the BDJ Box Beauty Social events last year, Ms. Carmel talked about the Ibuki line and the idea about it. As you can imagine, our skins get stressed as it tries to cope up with all the things happening around us and all the changes in our environment. Now the idea is to come up with a skincare line that would keep things constant for our skin despite all that’s happening outside. Thus Ibuki comes to life.
I used this set for the whole month of December and decided to publish it before the end of January but looky here, it’s almost April. *sigh* Thank goodness summer vacation is just around the corner. I have so much catching up to do. Err.. I know that shouldn’t excite me but thinking about sitting all day long blogging excites me. Weird. >.<
“Ibuki, which means “new breath” in Japanese, is Shiseido’s newest line. Ibuki Skincare builds skin’s resistance to UV rays, dryness and daily stress by infusing it with long-lasting moisture. Shiseido’s exclusive technology puts your skin in a super-hydrated state, so it can maintain a healthy, more radiant glow.”
Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser (Php 1495, 125mL) If I am to buy only one product from the Ibuki line, this would certainly have to be it. I just love how nicely it foams up and lathers quite easily, too. It has a very faint refreshing scent to it which I totally appreciate and most importantly, it removes dirt and makeup residue leaving my face feeling squeaky clean without the dry feeling. However, this gentle cleanser alone cannot remove makeup so a good ‘ol makeup remover is still a must. It is in no way a substitute for a makeup remover, capeesh? 🙂
Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate Lotion (Php 1600, 75mL) Allow me to be the first to admit that I’ve been using this product wrong. HAHA! Given its light gel-like consistency and the word “lotion” in the packaging, I thought it was some sort of serum. That said, I applied it like how I ordinarily apply serums – in a light patting motion to promote good blood circulation, or so they say. But during Shiseido Sip & See Event, I discovered that this serum-like concentrate was actually meant to be used as a TONER! Yeah, with a cotton pad and all.
Anyway, given that I’ve used the entire deluxe sample size wrong, I can’t really say much about how effective it was in removing stubborn dirt but at the very least, I can tell you that it smells divine and it feels nice on the skin. If anything, it actually made my skin softer so I think I would still use it like a serum if ever I decide to get a new bottle. Can’t blame me, I liked how my skin feels after I applied it. 🙂
Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream (Php 1800, 15mL) I was able to get my greedy little hands on two tubes of this Eye Correcting Cream – both 2mL, one from the August BDJ Box and another from Sample Room. With very careful usage, I squeezed a good month’s worth of supply. HAHA! I noticed after our short but love-filled affair, the circle around my eyes significantly lightened in spite of my continuous all-nighters. The fine lines that really bothered me, however, didn’t seem to budge. So yeah, incredible for dark circles but not so much for lines.
Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched (Php 1950, 75mL)
If the cleanser is my favorite among the bunch, I think it’s only fair to tell you my least favorite, right? You guessed it, it’s the Refining Moisturizer. It’s not a bad product.. just not at par with the rest of the A-list line up, I guess. As expected, it is a rich cream that has a nice faint smell like the cleanser and it spreads rather effortlessly, too. But it’s not as light as I want my moisturizers to be. It’s absorbed by the skin in minutes though it leaves a slight greasy feeling so when I’m not in the mood, I often skip this and just stick with the lotion a.k.a serum. 🙂
Although whenever I fail to apply this, my skin doesn’t feel and look as supple as when I do apply this before hitting the sack. I guess that’s the trade off with this one – one that I’m very much willing to endure for a better looking skin the following morning. :))
Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser (Php 1495, 125 mL)
Now this exfoliator holds a lot of promise. At first glance, you won’t notice the tiny beads that act as exfoliators but when rubbed against the skin, they’re presence can definitely be felt. It’s extremely gentle on the skin but this doesn’t diminish how effective it is in removing the dull and dry layer of the skin thus exposing the newer, more glowing layer. I can’t emphasize how gentle this is.. as in, seriously! Plus, it’s thick so it doesn’t drip off the skin during use – no to wasting expensive products! 😀
The entire set, as a whole, when used together really impressed me. My skin looked healthier within just a couple of weeks. I don’t think my skin has ever looked that great before. Well, aside from the result of RevLite and other intensive skincare treatments, of course. But for basic skincare, I think I am still to discover something as great as the complete Shiseido Ibuki set.
P.S. writing this review reminded me how badly I wanted to buy this a couple of months ago.. it’s still out of my usual budget for skincare products but I think there’s a good possibility that I’ll be buying the entire set soon. HAHA! Again, I apologize for the overdue review on this amazing set. For more details about each products, see my August BDJ Unboxing post HERE.