The problem with being a beauty blogger is this narcissistic tendency to obsess over every inch of my face, every single day. And even with new social media platforms for people to showcase reality, the pursuit for perfection still rages on. But I am all about living life to the fullest, smile when you’re happy, cry when you’re sad. The question then becomes, how do I preserve my existing canvas without having those lines becoming permanently etched prematurely? My top 2 problem areas are undereye wrinkles and those nasal labial lines… signs associated with smiling (the irony of it!), and now I think I’ve found the perfect solution with #Shiseido Vital-Perfection!
Shiseido’s Vital-Perfection #skincare range has been around for several years now, and it is specially formulated for the Asian market. This is a comprehensive #antiaging range that encompasses whitening (an Asian obsession), lifting and anti wrinkle benefits. There are 2 new additions to the line, specifically targeting wrinkles around the eyes and laugh lines around the nasal labial area. The new Wrinklelift duo features a proprietary RetinoVP8 technology that helps regulate cell turnover and promotes hyaluronic acid production in skin. RetinoVP8 is the first double formulation of retinol and Shiseido’s VP8 complex which contains the brightening agent 4MSK that is used across the Vital-Perfection range. On its own, pure retinol is often unstable in cosmetic products, and its derivatives tend to be much less effective. Shiseido has perfected the formula to maintain the stability, and with the inclusion of VP8 now also works on the root cause of other signs of aging such as sagging, age spots, dullness and rough textures, etc. The result is brighter, firmer and smoother skin!
I have been a distant admirer of Shiseido’s Vital-Perfection range for many years but have been hesitant to try it on myself because I’ve always been highly sensitive to retinol, and have suffered many red itchy patches in the past from using retinol products. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I’ve had no problems whatsoever from using these Shiseido products, and in fact, my skin seems to LOVE them!
Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Mask is an intensive lifting eye mask that helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles under and around the eye area. I had recently discovered a fine webbing of wrinkles starting to form under my eyes and at the sides near the temples, that are made noticeable only when I smile. This may be a very natural part of every woman’s life, but I’m not ready yet to deal with it in my 30s. Shiseido’s Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Mask is well saturated with RetinolVP8 but not dripping so the patches adhere well to my under eye area. I really commend the comfortable fit and material of these masks because they do not poke into my eyes nor slip down my face, so I can go about with my chores with ease. What is exceptional is the enlarged size of these masks as they are designed to cover a wider area where wrinkles related to facial expressions are prone to occur (in my case giving me the appearance of eye bags and creased cheeks whenever I smile!). The masks also curve upwards to the temples where crows feet are prone to appear, giving comprehensive coverage of the entire zone!
I have used these Wrinklelift Masks for a number of weeks now, though not religiously, so I can safely say that these do not irritate even the super sensitive and easily irritated skin around my eye area! More importantly, they do smooth out the appearance of fine lines and give a brightening, plumped-up look to the eye area immediately after use. There is no sticky reside after use, and the product is completely absorbed after 10 minutes.
Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Cream is an intensive spot treatment to alleviate the appearance of wrinkles. I started applying this to my nasal labial folds about 2 months ago, and I am really happy to report that those laugh lines are much less pronounced today! This is a light gel-cream that comes in a slim tube with a long nozzle-like dispenser tip. There is a one-way valve function built into the tip to prevent air from entering the tube and back flow of product, so that the contents within the tube are kept fresh. The cream itself is lightweight and a tiny pearl-size as above is sufficient for my laugh lines. I usually apply this as the final step of my skincare after moisturizer, and just dab it in gently. You could also apply this wherever you see wrinkles forming, including the eye area!
Although not part of the current Wrinklelift Cream & Mask release, I would also like to quickly introduce the Shiseido Vital-Perfection White Circulator Serum. This was actually released late last year, and I never got around to testing it out until recently. It is a lightweight, fluid serum that promotes microcirculation in skin, improving the appearance of stubborn spots and preventing the formation of new spots. I have only been using it consistently for a couple of weeks and already I can see my fresh acne spots getting lighter, and my overall complexion looking fresher. What is surprising to me is that it also helps keep my skin hydrated, and feels so gentle that I actually look forward to using it both day and night.
I wanted to also say a quick word on the rest of the Vital-Perfection line. I have been using the Treatment Cleansing Foam, White Revitalising Softener, and Sculpting Lift Cream at night… and they are all wonderful! The textures and feel of these on my skin are truly Shiseido at its finest. I probably would not recommend these for younger, oily skin.. but for those in your mid-late 30’s onwards with aging or dry skin concerns, these are truly fabulous. The Sculpting Lift Cream in particular, makes my skin look better toned and lifted every morning after I apply it at night. I only have small samples of these and not very much information nor ingredients to discuss them in detail, but I am definitely hooked!
Before I leave, I wanted to share with you a very au naturale photo that was taken at the press preview for the Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Cream & Mask. The only thing I’m really unhappy about is my teeth… which I’m planning to fix…. I’m just really chicken about the pain. Giving birth no problem… braces scare me. Go figure!! LOL! Have a happy Sunday!!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.