A month ago, I previewed you this new pre-serum from Shiseido which is their biggest skincare launch and innovation this year. You can read about it there, so I don’t repeat myself 🙂 In gist, the technology of this pre-serum is said to be able to boost skin immunity, to make it stronger and therefore more receptive to the serums and creams that follow. It’s supposed to also combat the signs of aging and look younger and smoother.
Well, I hadn’t been using a pre-serum product for a while since I finished up the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum so I put this into my routine to see how I’d like it.
Comments on the bottle first. I love the interesting curved shape of the bottle. We’re visual creatures and the bright red bottle with its gradational shading and interesting shape is the first thing that catches the eye. The bottle is glass with a rather incongrous plastic feeling cap.
The pump is also rather lightweight plastic which again, feels a little incongruous in view of the more solid feel of the rest of the bottle. Packaging aside, what did I think of this serum? It’s been available since early this month, so if you’ve tried it, please share your thoughts.
As for myself, hmm… I’m conflicted.
The product itself is a light textured serum, with a strong yet gentle floral fragrance that actually feels quite soothing. That said, there’s that word – fragrance – that I know will send up the hackles of those who are concerned about it being a possible irritant to sensitive skin. It is quite a lightweight essence, that spreads quite easily and absorbs easily into the skin.
This being a pre-serum, that’s supposed to form the base for the rest of your skincare, you are supposed to use this after cleansing and toning, but BEFORE serums or moisturiser. The idea is for the ingredients in Ultimune to boost your skin’s immunity and therefore help the other serums and creams absorb better and more efficiently.
However, I didn’t quite see any great improvement to my skin after a months use. I was using this diligently day and night for all of the last month but I’m not seeing any, or significant results.
Yes, this serum does make my skin feel a little hydrated, but not so much more that I’d be able to comment on it. Sure, I wasn’t using it with another Shiseido product or products (I only use and swear by Shiseido sunscreen but my skin doesn’t take quite as well to the rest of their skincare ranges) and perhaps that was my mistake, but I was hoping that it would actually do something on its own or when used with other products. Not all of us have the luxury nor the inclination to use all products from one brand or one range. I’m a prime example of someone who doesn’t and I mix and match my skincare to my preferences and needs.
I did experience a bit of breakouts after about a week around the jawline but I persisted and while they didn’t get worse, they didn’t quite go away either. I’ve since stopped using this product and they’re going away so that’s one more comment from me.
All in all, I’m afraid I’m not quite sold on this Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. I don’t mind using pre-serums. I’ve used them before and while I haven’t for a while, I’m open to the idea and I like the idea of a product that can boost the efficacy of other products. I’m not averse to layering my skincare products either. But this one didn’t quite cut it for me. I don’t think my skin is at its optimum – I’ve been battling insomnia and stress for a few weeks and that takes a toll on the skin – and while Ultimune didn’t make it worse, it didn’t make it much better either.
IN A NUTSHELL
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is a pre-serum that you use after cleansing and toning and before serum and moisturiser. Its function is to boost skin’s immunity and to make it stronger so it looks smoother and more refined. There is a lovely gentle floral scent that is quite soothing and the texture of the product is light, absorbs quickly and my skin does feel comfortable with it on. However, despite using it for a little over a month, I didn’t see significant results of smoother skin. It broke me out a little but it wasn’t severe so I’m a little ambivalent about this product.
PROS: Lightweight texture, Absorbs quickly into skin, Gentle floral fragrance is soothing, Gorgeous packaging
CONS: I experienced minor breakouts, No significant noticeable results for me
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone already familiar with the concept of a pre-serum, Anyone willing to layer products or who are already using Shiseido skincare
Here is the ingredient list for your reference.
This has actually been out here since the beginning of this month and I think Shiseido will be embarking on a promotional blitz soon so if you’re interested to try it, try to snag yourself some samples from the counter to see how you like it. We will all react differently to skincare so my experience serves only as a guide. Read around for more reviews or experiences or pick up a sample and see how YOU like it 🙂
Have you already sampled this new Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate? If not, are you interested in giving it a go?
Sheila over at Maddy Loves had a similar experience to me – we’re both a little ho-hum about it. But who knows, if it works for you, you might be singing about this from the rooftops! 😀
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate Price: RM255/30ml, RM355/50ml Availability: Shiseido counters