The Shiseido Ibuki range is a fabulous collection aimed at mid 20’s to early 30’s skin, so the products offer balance; they are hydrating yet gently oil-absorbing, soothing yet damage-fighting, and they aim to address the various problems skin in this age bracket tends to struggle with, such as fatigue, uneven skin texture and breakouts. Annoyingly, there’s a strong fragrance in both the products and fragrance is something my terribly temperamental skin struggles with, so pretty much as soon as I cracked these open I knew I was going to have a problem, but if your skin is fine with fragrance and you have a hard time finding skincare that straddles the often contradictory issues faced by skin that is no longer young and overly oily, but still prone to breakouts and inflammation, then this might be a range to find out more about. With that in mind, I thought I’d share two of the newest Ibuki products which are really very exciting – if you’ve used Ibuki products before and found them to suit your skin, you’re going to want to get these two too!
First up is the Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, which is facial spray that promises to not only hydrate and sooth, but also to mattify and reduce oiliness, all in one quick spray. It’s travel-friendly too; it’s been packaged in a very sturdy spray that should travel really well, and as it’s a pump spray rather than an aerosol, it’s a lot less risky for travel in general.
It’s also a gel spray which means it feels slightly more dense on the skin after application, which might sound like a negative, but it actually feels as if it’s doing something beyond wetting the skin, which is exactly what you want from a skincare product. Finally, it works to extend the wear of your base products whilst also breathing new life into foundation that’s looking a bit fatigued. The Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist is £20.
I haven’t used a sleeping mask for quite a while, mainly because I find them a bit touch and go with my tricky skin. Recently, even products that I could previously use without issue seem to upset my skin overnight and I’ve found that it does a lot better with lots of layers of light products rather than one heavy layer. The Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask is such a lovely product and I’m so annoyed my skin wouldn’t tolerate it as it feels light and silky smooth on, plus skin feels really hydrated the next day.
As you can hopefully see in the image above, it contains tiny little particles which are condensed vitamin capsules which work alongside the ingredients to treat signs of stress and exhaustion on the skin. It promises dewy and refreshed skin the next day which is exactly what it delivered, so it’s really rubbish that it broke me out but I’ll definitely be giving it another go when my skin has settled down a bit. If you’re prone to breakouts, I’d ease yourself in with this, but I haven’t found anyone who’s had similar problems to me, so presumably it’s just my annoying skin playing up. The Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask is £33 and as you can see from the reviews on Escentual it is very popular!