My thoughts on Shiseido's IBUKI Softening Concentrate

Friday, January 17, 2014


FINALLY!! I get to write about Shiseido's Ibuki Softening Concentrate! I finished my ZA Toner about 2 weeks ago and I was finally able to open a new bottle of toner to use and review. Yay! When the IBUKI line was first launched, every wrote about the entire line. I wanted to take my time to get to know each product in that line so that I can make a very thorough review. I am a bit late for the IBUKI party but here are my thoughts.

I have been using this toner for 2 weeks and I must say, I am loving this toner!

Shiseido IBUKI Softening Concentrate 75ml, PhP 1,600
One thing I know about Shiseido, is their ability to produce fantastic skin care. So imagine how thrilled I was when I received The entire IBUKI line when it first launched which was late last year. Yes, it took me this long to finally make a thorough review on their toner.

Packaging wise? Of course it is top notch! Very classy and sophisticated! Although the reflective box makes the information very hard to read.

Since it's called "Softening Concentrate", I had to Google which one from their skin care line was the toner. Since the packaging didn't include the word "toner" everywhere, I was confused. I also read the how-to at the back of the product and I noticed that it is to be applied after cleanser.

And because it's not labeled as "toner" I had to wing it (before I turned to Google). I had to test the consistency first and it didn't feel like a toner. It was more like a gel moisturizer or a serum. So for those of you who are still confused, yes, this is their toner. (Can I say "toner" more? LOL)

I love the bottle it comes in. This is the first toner I have used that has this kind of packaging. You know, the one with a spout. Usually, toners come in those bottles where you tap the top to a cotton ball/pad for it to dispose some product. I think this one was great thinking.

The consistency is like runny gel. That's why I had to double check at Google if this was in fact the Ibuki toner because it had an unconventional consistency (and packaging). However,  I do love it because it's very easy to control.

Since it was a gel type, I was uncomfortable about using it without applying a refreshing toner feel first. You know what I mean? Regular toners have that alcohol feeling. So what I do is that I apply a regular toner first and then I apply this toner with a cotton pad. It acts like a moisturizer!

This toner has got to be my favorite for this year so far. The softening effect is very immediate! It leaves the skin supple and soft just after 1 use so imagine how pretty and plump my skin in 2 weeks! That is how concentrated this product is!


  • Extremely moisturizing -immediate results!
  • Has a no-mess, no-fuss spout that dispenses the right amount of product you need per use.
  • I love how clean it smells! It's not exactly fragrance fee but it smells absolutely divine!
  • Its gel-like consistency makes it very easy to control and be applied on the face.
  • Targets to brighten dark spots!
  • Available in Shiseido Stores, and is readily available.
  • Instantly moisturizes dry skin and rough skin.
  • Soothes itchy dry spots on the face.
  • Removes excess oil and dirt without the stingy feeling!
  • Gives that moist feeling that lasts the whole day!
  • Light enough to be used during the day, before makeup.
  • May be applied with bare hands or with cotton.
  • One pump is more than enough for the entire face and neck area.
  • Is said to brighten dark spots on the face.
  • My skin is noticeably softer and more supple.
  • Gives the skin a "glow".

  • Expensive/Pricey. But then again, it IS Shiseido.

Will I re-purchase? Yes.
Will I recommend it? Yes.


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  1. I also use Shiseido ibuki set! i stopped for a while because im afraid to run out of them. they are really pricey. i like their eye cream. :-)

  2. yay shiseido! i love their masks!!! =)


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