“ Brand: Shiseido / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Vitalizes / Product line: Shiseido Benefiance „
I believe that I first came across this mask when I bought the most gorgeous pink leather roll stuffed with sample size products from Shiseido. The leather case is still in use and I have to say I loved every single product in the set, but the mask is the one I repurchased as it is outstanding.
Be aware though they come in at an eye watering price at £57 for 4 masks!
Shiseido is a premium Japanese skin care brand and they make a range of products targeted at different skin type. The Benefiance range is aimed at ageing dry skin, although this mask does say it is suitable for all skin types.
The full size 4 mask come in a box and each mask is in a foil sachet. This ensures that there is no deterioration of the product as you simply open each mask when you want to apply.
As with most masks, make sure you have thoroughly cleansed your face and wherever possible exfoliate as you will get better results from any mask.
The product is impregnated into two separate sheets of thin gauze like material. Apply one piece to the top of your face and the other to the bottom.
The sheets are shaped and have cut outs for your eyes and mouth, so it is easy to see what goes where.
Then simply lie back and relax for 15 minutes while the mask does its work and the product is absorbed into
They recommend removing gently but I don't I leave it on my skin.
It could not be easier! No mess and an even application of a concentrated serum that is ready to go in a matter of seconds.
Shiseido claim that the formulation is designed to penetrate skin rapidly and help combat lines wrinkles dullness and dryness plus encourage skin's natural recovery function and all in a single application. So they make big promises.
Ingredients include retinol and aquatic plant extracts and vitamins.
What Do I Think?
Well I didn't set out to buy this as it was the leather case I wanted and I think a full size moisturiser, so this was a bonus.
Put simply I think this product is absolutely amazing and it delivers exceptional results.
I really like the fact that the product is impregnated into sheets so it is really easy to apply. I also find it relaxing as you can't multi task with this mask so it is nice to lie back and relax for 15 minutes.
Because the serum is impregnated you won't have the problem of an uneven application.
The product feels like a serum and you will find that there is product left in the sachet. Don't throw it away!
If you can seal it back up and then use another day or apply over your décolletage, it is too expensive to waste, so make sure you use every drop. I have also saved the masks and soaked them in some of Shiseido softening lotion and used them again. You don't get the same results, but there is improvement and it makes me feel like a super scrimper.
The results are amazing. I have dry ageing skin that is very sensitive and I find that after 15 minutes most of the product has absorbed into my skin and the mask is almost dry.
This makes my skin look 10 times better than normal as it really does leave skin looking dewy and fresh and lines seem diminished.
It also does not irritate or make my skin go red, something that does happen if I treat myself to a salon facial as all the massaging and applying layers of products takes its toll and it can take a while for my skin to return to a normal colour.
I actually think it is as good if not better than a good salon facial and actually works out cheaper at £14.25 a throw.
But yes sadly the downside is the cost and what I do is save these for special occasions or those times when you really need a boost. I have used this before a school reunion, a wedding and a posh lunch. Any time when you want to look your best and especially when you are subject to the scrutiny of women you haven't seen for donkey's years.
Shiseido recommend using this 3 times a week, well they would wouldn't they, but if I won the lottery then I would.
It does not make me look 10 years younger but it does deliver significant visible improvement to my problematic skin. More so than anything I have used and beleive me I have tried lots of products over the years.
Applying makeup after using this is not a problem, but obviously you need to factor in the time to let it absorb and do its work as I always leave it on for 15 minutes or more.
I don't think this would be suitable for oily skin types and you might be wasting your money if you are in your 20's or 30's or have excellent skin whatever your age. Let's face it if you fall into one of these categories you probably don't need something this expensive or concentrated.
I think it is most suited to mature dry skin or someone with sensitive skin who finds most masks too harsh.
I think I am well qualified to judge this product and in my opinion it is the best mask I have ever tried so I have no hesitation in recommending this.
Price and Availability
£57 for 4 masks at House of Fraser. Wait while they have 10% off beauty or another offer.
Shop around as Strawberrynet has them for £46.50 for 4 masks at the time of writing.
A considered purchase from a premium brand that delivers exceptional results so 5 stars from me.