REVIEW: Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Eye Cream

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye Contour Cream

No posts for ages, (Spring Cleaning got a little out of hand), and now one long rambling one.  If you want to cut to the chase, then I’m about to crack open my second jar of this Shishedo eye contour cream, I love it!

SHISEIDO BENEFIANCE WRINKLE RESIST 24 EYE CONTOUR CREAM

Designed to target all the common signs of ageing, including crow’s-feet, under-eye lines and corner creases, the anti-ageing eye cream contains burnet extract which revitalises cells and counteracts loss of firmness.

Meanwhile, the nourishing combination of super bio hyaluronic acid N and hydroxyproline intensively hydrates your skin and supports the production of natural collagen.

I’ve never been a fan of eye creams or serums. No matter how thinly I applied them, they have always ‘melted’ as my skin warmed up overnight, and some product would inevitably seep into my eyes. I also found that they didn’t work that well under make up during the day, the cream/serum would slide off, taking my foundation with it.

I did a lot of research before I bought Wrinkle Resist 24. It’s expensive, but nowhere near as pricey as some of the best-selling, highly rated eye creams.

Age-wise, it’s probably the NutriPerfect range that’s more targeted to my skin.

Aimed at women in their 50’s and 60’s with mature skin experiencing wrinkles, discolouration, and loss of resilience associated with hormonal changes. 

However, WrinkleResist24 (for those in their 40’s – I wish!) suits me perfectly.

FRAGRANCE & MILIA

A few reviewers have said that the cream can cause milia aka tiny white bumps, I’ve not had those since I was a teenager, to appear under the eyes, something to definitely be aware of. I wonder if this irritation occurs because it’s fragranced?

I can’t see how an eye cream needs to be scented, though the reason from Shiseido is that the ‘unique Asian orchid fragrance’ brings ultimate relaxation to your skin care regimen. Nope, not necessary, although admittedly, it does smell very nice.

The cream is a pale beige/pink, pearlescent colour. It’s rich and thick, but non greasy.

HOW I APPLY THE CREAM

The leaflet advises you to apply the cream morning and night, as the last step in your skin care regimen. There’s an extensive application routine to follow which involves gliding, tapping and blending the cream all around the eye area. I don’t do any of this, although I might start now, because I know this eye cream is THE ONE.

Using the tiny spatula supplied, I apply a few dots of cream under my eye starting from the outer corner (I don’t want the current baby crow’s feet to grow into honking great adult sized ones), working in and along, tapping it in gently on the orbital bone, stopping a third of the way from the inner corner.

REVIEW

I’m always surprised (and pleased) that there are still traces of the cream in the morning exactly where I applied it. It hasn’t completely melted into the skin. It’s not sticky, but by touch, you can feel it’s there – OK maybe that means it’s a tiny bit sticky.

The skin under my eyes and at the sides has definitely softened and feels much more hydrated, I was just starting to experience a little dryness which set me on the road to eye cream. I’ve also noticed enough of a softening of the fine lines to make me buy another jar.

I’m definitely going to wear it under make up and see how I get on. I applied it during the day yesterday without make up, and the slight pearlescence effect is very flattering on bare skin as it subtly catches the light.

HOW LONG DOES 15ML LAST?

I started using the cream (night-time only) at the beginning of October and it ran out at the end of February, so that’s 5 months’ use. I’m heavy-handed when it comes to moisturisers, but always use a light touch with eye care products.

OTHER REVIEWS

It feels very hydrating – a very creamy almost oily sensation when applied, and it takes around 5-10 minutes to soak in. I enjoy this feeling when my under eye area is feeling particularly dehydrated which it often is from working in constant air conditioning.

I’ve not noticed any anti ageing benefits, but it moisturises well and keeps my under eye area in good condition. It doesn’t cause me milia (unlike Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream).

I am not a fan of the slight fragrance this contains but can tolerate it. It’s not overpowering but is noticeable – and I can’t understand its purpose in a product that’s going near your eyes. I also prefer pump or tube packaging to tubs. Even if I use clean hands, dipping my finger into a tub kinda gives me the icks. USE THE SPATULA! Price wise this is a more expensive product.

I really enjoy Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost applied around my eyes as less luxurious but equally hydrating alternative – this has my preferred tube packaging also.

This is the best eye cream I have ever used and I have used it for many years. I started using it when I was working as an international airline stewardess, which really dehydrated my skin, and I have continued ever since. I have tried other products, but nothing as rich and comforting for my eyes. It leaves your eyes moisturised all day. My only criticism is that it is far too expensive after many price rises over the past few years.

As a fair-skinned lady prone to crows feet I have tried many eye creams over the years. I read about this in a magazine and tried it and find it brilliant. Have no desire to try another brand, this works.

MILIA WARNING

Sadly, this product gave me multiple milia bumps around my eyes after a week, and I decided to return it for that reason. Otherwise, I really liked this eye cream. I couldn’t wear makeup over it, as it stayed greasy and sticky for 12+ hours; I personally considered this a good thing, as it also kept my eyes from drying out overnight or during 12+ hour shifts.

Overall, I think this would have been a great cream for my dry, fine line-prone eyes had it not been for those darn milia!

THE (SLIGHTLY) OVER THE TOP REVIEW

Shiseido in my opinion is by far the best brand of skincare out there. I am 40yrs old and people often think I am in my 20’s! I have tried what are meant to be the best of the rest and always come back to Shiseido. This eye cream will keep you looking younger for longer. IN YOUR 20’S THOUGH…

SHOPPING INFO

My first jar came from Sephora in the US.  I hear rumours they’re relaunching here soon, so fingers crossed. I bought my second jar from AllBeauty for £41.90 instead of the usual price of £55.00 and yes, it was new stock. AllBeauty aren’t always the cheapest and prices do fluctuate, but I’ve never had any duds from them.

AS A SIDE NOTE

I was at a Shiseido counter and the wonderful consultant let me play with the make up and skin care, even after admitting I would note down anything I was interested in and buy online. To be fair though, I will let her colour match a concealer for me and buy it from her counter – well, the first one at least.

However, the joke’s on me because she’s so knowledgable and pleasant (and about 40, so we bonded straightaway about ageing), I can see me going back and buying a few more products from her. That’s what’s missing from buying online, the personal touch and advice.

While I was there, a glamorous 50+ lady who appeared to be a regular, made a purchase and then barked: “And where are my samples?” I mouthed “How rude!” behind her back and then proceeded to slag her off after she left (as you do). Then, another similar woman (with better manners) appeared, and bought the same product, this all in the space of 5 minutes.

That product was Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate in the 50ml size, which is about £70.00.

This concentrate enhances skin’s inherent multi-defensive power against signs of ageing, environmental factors and daily stress. Day by day, your skin becomes noticeably smoother and more resilient, making wrinkles less noticeable while your complexion appears to flow with more radiance than ever.

Applied before serum and moisturiser, it appears to work with the skin’s immune system. I can’t figure out how though, is it a booster? It was explained to me, but clearly went over my head. I must read up on it because those two women had incredible skin.

By the way, before I could politely ask for them, I was offered samples, foundation sponges and a fistful of IBUKI Smart Filtering Smoother – a primer, which I’m looking forward to trying out.

WAIT, I’VE NOT FINISHED!

I spotted this other Shiseido eye product online.

Mens Total Revitalizer Eye (15ml) £42.00

The lightweight texture provides anti-ageing properties by maintaining moisture and reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It firms skin in a way similar to that of Hyaluronic Acid cosmetic injections.

WHAT? We want that too! Also, are men’s products in general always that bit cheaper?