Shiseido is a skincare brand I have a few fond favorites from and I personally know women who have used the products for years and have beautiful skin to prove it. Ultimune* is the latest skincare discovery that Shiseido rolled out this month and I already know it will be a hit.
Shiseido partnered up with the Harvard Cutaneous Biology Research Center in 1991 (that's before I was born!) to study the relationship of Langerhans cells on skin health. Langerhans cells detect foreign substances on the skin and trigger your immune system to fight off harmful stimuli such as air pollution, UV rays and stress. This product holds 31 patents worldwide and uses the first technology to improve skin immunity. All scientific claims aside, the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate surprised me by actually delivering results.
I attended the launch event for this gem a few months ago and before even testing the formula, I loved the packaging. The glass packaging is elegant while being sturdy and the red to white gradient is unique and eye-catching. The packaging is see-through so you know exactly how much you have left which is a major improvement over many other Shiseido products that come in opaque plastic tubes. The pump is perfect and one squirt is all I need for one application. I have the 50ml bottle which retails for $95 and there is also a 30ml bottle available for $65.
Thus far, the Ultimune line consists of only this product. I would equate the Power Infusing Concentrate to a serum because it has a runny texture and provides dramatic results. Shiseido suggests using this in conjunction with your normal serum though as an extra step. Whether you have a super simple cleanse-tone-moisurize routine or an eight step system, you can work this into your morning and evening skincare ritual.
It is always important to look at ingredients when shopping for skincare and I was dismayed to see that water, denatured alcohol and dimethicone were three out of the four first ingredients. Denatured alcohol and dimethicone can be irritating to the skin and cause negative reactions. Thankfully, I have not experienced sensitivity to this product and honestly, my skin looks and feels a lot better after using this. If you are looking for a "natural" skincare product, Shiseido will not be on your radar.
But ingredients aside, this is a lovely step in my skincare routine that I look forward to. The texture of the product is a very lightweight, watery gel. It absorbs into the skin immediately and calms my skin down when I have redness or dryness. My face feels ever so slightly plumper and softer seconds after patting the formula in. Last but not least, the scent is a beautiful floral scent which I really like.
I honestly wasn't expecting to like the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate as much as I do. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be suited more for older people who wanted to address aging. It probably is great for more mature skins who want to repair the elasticity and tone of their skin but it's also perfect for those in their 20s and 30s who want to prevent skin damage and premature aging in the first place. It's a luxury product that isn't quite a necessity for everyone but it is a fantastic add-in for skincare fanatics and compared to serums that target specific issues, the price of this isn't bad at all. I was thinking about repurchasing the Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum (which is much pricier at $125 for 30ml) but now I might just stick with the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. What do you think of the science behind this product? Would you be interesting in trying it?