Reviewed – 4 serums from Shiseido’s best selling collections – Ultimune, Vital-Perfection and White Lucent

Shiseido NEW Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate - 120 mL - Antioxidant Anti-Aging Face Serum - Boosts Radiance, Increases Hydration & Improves Visible Signs of Aging Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate - 120 mL - Antioxidant Anti-Aging... @ Amazon

The “Ultimune” is a comprehensive anti-aging and moisturizing serum, and is now already the 3rd generation; building on previous ImuGeneration Technology, the NEW Ultimune, now features the power of science: The Lifeblood.  Let’s find out why it is an excellent anti-aging serum.

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The main cause of skin aging is from external bad stimulation, and the real speed of aging is very slow. The Ultimune concentrate is primarily responsible for solving the premature aging of the skin caused by external stimulation, as well as moisturizing, repairing, and promoting the absorption of follow-up maintenance products.

There are many similar skin care products on the market, and various “small X bottles” are similar. However, the Ultimune concentrate focuses on enhancing immunity, and the way to achieve that is different from others. For people who are more delicate, sensitive, and prone to redness, the Ultimune has a stronger ability on maintaining stability. The concentrate is actually an integrated anti-aging and moisturizing serum.

There are many ways to anti-aging game; some focus on repair, and some focus on protection. This serum takes the protective route, using the Ultimune complex to strengthen the skin’s own immunity, resists external stimulation, and prevents premature aging of the skin. “Maintaining stability” is a popular concept in the skincare industry in the past two years, referring to ability to maintain a stable and healthy state of the skin, not having problems with the skin when the external climate and environment change. In terms of “maintaining stability,” Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate performs extremely well.

One thing I was worried about was its high alcohol content – the second ingredient listed is denatured alcohol. However, Shiseido’s manufacturing process is very good and I felt no discomfort when using it. I have very thin and sensitive skin, and it did not irritate me at all. When I bought it, it was because the product was advertised as effective at controlling redness. I thought I would try it to see if it would improve the redness on my sensitive skin.

I found it to be an excellent product, nice texture and not sticky at all (which is a big thing for me). It makes the skin softer and brighter and also helps with fine lines.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate - 120 mL - Antioxidant Anti-Aging Face Serum - Boosts Radiance, Increases Hydration & Improves Visible Signs of Aging Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate - 120 mL - Antioxidant Anti-Aging... @ Amazon

But on the redness factor, I guess it is important to understand the cause of skin redness first.  Redness can be caused by poor skin tolerance, season changes, stress, or other factors that decrease the skin’s resistance, using Ultimune concentrate can help indeed regulate it. However, if the redness is caused by genetic or neurological factors, or certain skin diseases such as rosacea, it may not be as effective.

The product’s light and refreshing texture, as well as its moisturizing formula, make it suitable for all skin types. It is not a sensitive skin emergency product, but rather a daily anti-aging serum that can also have a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on slightly unstable but not yet sensitive skin.

The product is very refreshing, it is not greasy at all. Oily, combination oily skin will like it and it can also be used by dry skin. As a serum, it focuses on anti-oxidation and other skin conditioning effects rather than just moisturizing and nourishing.

The packaging of this product is in a classic red waistline design with a pump dispenser. Usually 3 pumps or less is enough for a full face application. The texture is semi-transparent and sticky, but it absorbs quickly into the skin and feels refreshing and light on the face. It has a light and soothing floral scent. After using it for a while, it has shown anti-inflammatory effects, kept my skin stable, and also helped to alleviate the irritation caused by other skincare products. As a bonus, the moisturizing effect is excellent and the texture is comfortable.

If you’re not a sensitive skin type and your skin doesn’t turn red, and you want a fresh, non-greasy anti-oxidation serum, do go for Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. It can be used by oily, combination oily, and dry skin as long as it doesn’t cause redness or irritation. It is non-irritating, painless, and won’t sting the skin. It is smooth and refreshing.

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I often use the concentrate with the Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Day Cream or the Shiseido Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum as a pair.

Q: I’ve heard that it can improve absorption, but why don’t I feel it? Does it really absorb?

The Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, after application, creates a soft and smooth layer of moisture protection on the skin surface and has a cool sensation, giving the impression of “good absorption.” In reality, it uses a series of methods to enhance the absorption rate of active ingredients, which also has a certain optimizing effect on subsequent skincare products. However, these technicalities are not easily “felt” through the skin. Skincare products need to be used continuously for a long time in order to gradually improve the skin. Even if there is an increased “absorption” ability, it will not turn the serum into magic water. I would rather believe in the reputation of a certain brand and product, and just stick to using it, and let time speaks for itself.

Shiseido Men Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

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The packaging for Shiseido Men Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate looks the same as the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate except it’s in black, as it is designed for men. I would say the texture is fresher than the Women’s version, even a little cooler. It contains dipotassium glycyrrhizinate to ease the irritation of menthol extract and alcohol. It can be used by anyone who is not sensitive skin as long as it doesn’t cause redness or irritation. I would not recommend it for sensitive skin that turns red easily. Men should pay attention to this, as some men’s skin is also very thin, and easily turns red.

This serum contains extracts of Camellia and Camellia leaves, which enhance the activity of Langherhans cells, and extracts of Reishi mushrooms, which overall enhance the internal defense power and resist external environmental damage. It also includes extracts of camellia seeds to repair the skin, making it strong and stable, effectively improving problems such as excessive oiliness, enlarged pores, roughness, and early aging in men’s skin, and activating the skin’s internal vitality.

If you’re not a sensitive skin type and you want a resfreshing, anti-wrinkling and anti-oxidation serum, I highly recommend Shiseido Men Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. It’s designed for men and is definitely worth trying. It will be especially well received by oily and combination oily skin types.

Shiseido Vital-Perfection White Circulator Serum

It seems this Shiseido does not have a lot of hype, but I personally like it very much. I highly recommend everyone try Shiseido’s whitening serum for everyone without sensitive skin.

The science behind this product uses the innovative “Shield Builder WT” ingredient combined with the unique VP8 formula to block the path of “mature age spots” formation, allowing the skin to regain the ability to eliminate melanin, regenerate and whiten, and achieve a smooth, tight and bright white skin.

The whitening ingredient is 4MSK and it also includes a variety of plant extracts. It does not have much irritation, but it is not very friendly to sensitive skin that turns red easily. If you have thin, easily red skin, be sure to check the ingredients list when choosing skincare products. Avoid products that have denatured alcohol high on the ingredients list. Denatured alcohol can activate the capsaicin receptors in the skin and cause redness and heat.

This serum can be layered on after a basic moisturizing serum. It is very effective in lightening dark spots and brightening skin tone. After the age of 25, sun spots and freckles become more prevalent. The Vital-Perfection White Circulator Serum also has anti-wrinkle and firming properties, making it a multi-purpose product. However, it is not cheap, as most anti-aging products tend to be. Remember to use it at night similar to other products with whitening ingredients.

If you’re not a sensitive skin type and you want a gentle whitening serum that doesn’t simply peel off the stratum corneum, I highly recommend trying Shiseido Vital-Perfection White Circulator Serum. It can be used by oily, dry, and combination oily skin types as long as it doesn’t cause redness or irritation.

Shiseido White Lucent Illuminating Micro-spot Serum

Shiseido White Lucent Illuminating Micro-Spot Serum - 30 mL - Targets Dark Spots & Discoloration - Non-Comedogenic - All Skin Types Shiseido White Lucent Illuminating Micro-Spot Serum - 30 mL - Targets Dark Spots... @ Amazon Amazon Prime

While this product doesn’t draw a lot of attention, but I think it is worth a try. I personally really like all of Shiseido’s skincare products.

The White Lucent Illuminating Micro-spot Serum is a highly effective and gentle skincare product that targets age spots, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. It is designed to inhibit the production of melanin, the pigment that causes dark spots, while also accelerating the turnover of skin cells in affected areas. The product is a great value in the high-end skincare market. The product absorbs quickly and gives an immediate brightening effect, making the skin look clear and translucent with consistent use.

Its key ingredient, 4MSK, has been scientifically proven to whiten and brighten the skin. Its other ingredients is a variety of plant extracts such as sea lavender, red clover, and Chinese dandelion root. It also includes 2-o-ethyl ascorbic acid, carboxyhylated glucose, and disodium succinate to soothe and moisturize the skin. It also has a lower concentration of denatured alcohol than the Vital-Perfection Whitening Serum mentioned above, which makes it less irritating for sensitive skin.

Overall, If you’re looking for a whitening serum that is budget-friendly and helps to reduce the formation of melanin in the skin, I would recommend giving this White Lucent Illuminating Micro-spot Serum a try. It can be used by oily, dry, and combination oily skin types, and you can expect it to help gradually brighten your skin over time along with regular use of sunscreen.

Is Shiseido serum good for sensitive skin?

As we walked through already, Shiseido serums are good for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Their serums generally contain several key ingredients that can help to improve skin texture, enhance radiance, and protect the skin from environmental stressors. Additionally, their serums are free from common irritants such as parabens and sulfates, which can cause skin sensitivity.

However, it is important to note that everyone’s skin is unique, and what works well for one person may not work for another. If you have particularly sensitive skin, it may be a good idea to do a patch test before incorporating the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate or other Shiseido serums into your skincare routine.

Shiseido vs Sulwhasoo skincare

In general while Shiseido has really standout, excellent products, Sulwhasoo offers better overall skincare options.

The Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and their sunscreen are the stand out products from Shiseido. Meanwhile, Sulwhasoo has a better skincare line, with the ginseng cream, serum, and revitalizing mask being the most recommended products.

But we can’t forget about the fact that Sulwhasoo products tend to be more expensive than Shiseido products. If you can afford the higher price tag, then Sulwhasoo is choice for those looking for high-quality skincare products.

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