Shiseido Maquillage Snow Beauty for Holiday 2014

December 10, 2014

Shiseido traditionally releases a special limited edition face powder every year for the Holiday season under its Maquillage line, and this year is extra special.  The Maquillage Snow Beauty face powder is not only a setting powder, it has skincare properties as well!  And the last time Shiseido introduced a skincare powder 5 years ago, it was all snapped up right away.

Maquillage Snow Beauty face powder

As always, the Maquillage holiday face powder is beautifully decked out, and this year features intricate snowflakes on the top of the casing.  The entire image is given a surreal 3-dimensional feel by overlaying a piece of clear plastic, and is smooth to the touch.

Maquillage Snow Beauty face powder set

Within the case lies a thin powder puff which is convenient for day-time touch-ups on the go.  However, the real gem lies in a thick fluffy puff which is housed in a separate jacket of its own.  I was actually not intending to pick up this powder as I have enough powder to last a lifetime, but the moment I touched this puff, I had to have it.  Bouncing this puff on my face, feels like snuggling with my beloved down feather pillow… absolutely decadent!

But lovely packaging and a fluffy puff do not make a product.  The beauty of the Maquillage Snow Beauty powder lies within the powder itself.  It contains tranexamic acid which is able to prevent and treat pigmentation, and restore skin damage from sun exposure and pollution.  It also contains lauroyl lysine and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, although the latter is listed quite far down and any positive benefits is minimal.  Here is the full list of ingredients as taken from the back of the box.  I apologize for the poor quality of the image as this sticker tag is barely the size of my thumb!

Maquillage Snow Beauty face powder ingredients

As a setting powder, Maquillage Snow Beauty is simply amazing.  It is so light, it gives an imperceptible veil across the curves of the face.  It goes to work, mattifying excess shine but does not emphasize dry patches, and it lasts all day.

What sets this product apart from other powders is that it is designed to be worn to sleep.  The thicker fluffy puff is designed to pick up more of the powder, so that you can dust it liberally on your face as a last step of your nighttime skincare routine.  It sets all the lotions and potions, takes away any sticky or oily feeling of rich creams, and allows them to penetrate the skin better.  The transexamic acid also goes to work providing nighttime whitening benefits while the skin repairs itself as we sleep.

Maquillage perfume jelly

Also returning this year is the Maquillage Jelly Fragrance.  This was first released last year together with the limited edition face powder, but I had passed on the duo as that powder felt rather unspectacular to me.  So when I finally got curious enough to wonder why they had brought back something from last year, and applied a tiny bit of it on my hands, I was stunned by how lovely the scent really was!  It was an interesting jelly texture that feels slightly cool and moisturizing when you apply it on the skin.  The jelly contains fine golden shimmer, so it makes a very pretty evening accessory worn on bare shoulders.  The scent is a white floral musk bouquet, and lasts for a good 3-4 hours on me.

As a beauty junkie, the ability to look good all the time, even after removing every last trace of makeup, is a real dream come true.  And throw in good skincare benefits, I am sold!  I’m glad they decided to sell the powder separate from the fragrance this year as that gives us more options.  Each is priced at SGD85.  Sadly the powder is not refillable, but it does come with a generous 25gm which should last for a good time.

xo Linda


13 responses to “Shiseido Maquillage Snow Beauty for Holiday 2014”

  1. Is it available in the US you think?

  2. Shelly says:

    I love to read your review on this, Linda. It made me emailed the Shiseido team Malaysia to check on the availability. And yay, managed to get hold of the powder. I feel like buying a backup now. Lol
    You are absolutely right about the quality of the powder. It is so light.. I love applying it at night.. It made me look brighter. Thank you for putting up this post. I appreciate your honesty about why do I need another compact. I have so many compact myself. I might keep the other compacts for my 11 months daughter. Haha

    • silverkis says:

      Oh Shelly, i’m so glad you managed to get hold of this!!! YES, i LOVED this powder i have to use it sparingly! LOL! And lucky daughter…. already have the best of skincare and makeup from mum!!

  3. Sil says:

    Wow, that’s a beautiful powder! And I had never heard of using a powder before going to sleep! With my acne prone skin, I think that would scare me :S
    Have you been wearing it? Are you liking it?
    Do you think it can be used as a finishing powder, for the daytime?

    • silverkis says:

      I had the exact same concerns, and I asked both my facial therapist (who works for Shiseido and knows their products in and out) and the brand marketing people… not all powders are made the same. These sleeping powders are specially formulated to be non-comedogenic and should not cause breakouts. I guess the main concern most people have is, we want to let our skin “breathe” when we’re sleeping and not overload it with products. But some people go the extreme and avoid night time moisturizers because they find it too sticky or oily, which is not a good thing. Our skin needs moisturizers even more at night because that’s when it absorbs better. So sleeping powders help blot out that stickiness, and help seal in the product for absorption. You don’t need it, but it’s there for those who like to. I don’t wear it at night much, i’ve tried it a couple of times just for the blog review. But I’d like to save it for daytime because the finishing is just BEAUTIFUL!!

  4. Sam says:

    I love this! Any idea if it’s still available anywhere?

  5. bellyhead says:

    Whoo! Wow that is one beauty of a compact case! I love the idea of a gorgeous fluff to decadently powder my face. Even though the idea of incorporating skincare elements into the product sounds lovely, wearing it to sleep sounds a bit like recipe for disaster to me. I sprout interesting things overnight if my skin is irritated, sadly. 🙁

    • silverkis says:

      Hey Belly, this is made to be worn at night, so i’ve to assume such an established skincare company knows what it’s doing… i’ve actually tried wearing it to sleep and so far so good. 😉

  6. Noodles says:

    I didn’t realise this was a nighttime powder! Saw it in Japan and passed because I really shouldn’t get anymore powders. I’ve tried one or two nighttime powders, and always end up giving up because I get lazy 😉

    • silverkis says:

      hehe same here! But i do enjoy being able to mattify after using some super oily oil (lol) or rich cream. But i’m almost loath to as it’s so pretty for day!!!

  7. Mirifique Beauty says:

    Beautiful Compact.

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