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Future Solution LX Concentrated Balancing Softener
Rating
5 fl. oz. for $90
Category:Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:02.07.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The most concentrated parts of this toner are water, slip agent, and, shockingly, alcohol. Unbelievable! The token amounts of intriguing ingredients don’t justify this product’s price or claims, and the alcohol isn’t going to help skin counteract future signs of aging! That’s like sending an adult concerned with wrinkles out into the sun with a bottle of mineral oil and lemon juice, and wishing her good luck on looking younger! There aren’t words fit for print to state just how bad a formula this is, and the price is a slap in the face to anyone concerned with taking the best possible care of their skin.

Claims

An enriched softening lotion that immediately infuses generous moisture into skin, providing an unprecedented feeling of suppleness. Dramatically refines skin texture and minimizes the appearance of conspicuous pores. Formulated with Shiseido's exclusive Skingenecell 1P to counteract the appearance of future aging. Advanced Infusion Formula instantly blends into skin to deliver generous moisture while gently exfoliating to enhance the benefits of following treatments.

Ingredients

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-400, PEG-32, PEG-6, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Isostearic Acid, Erythritol, PEG/PPG-17/4 Dimethyl Ether, Piperidinepropionic Acid, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Fragrance, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Saccharomyces Lysate Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Metaphosphate, Arginine HCI, Glycine, Alcohol, Potassium Hydroxide, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Magnesium Acetate Hyaluronate, Hibiscus Extract, Camilla Sinensis Leaf Extract, Iron Oxides, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol

Brand Overview

Shiseido At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection and present a variety of options, whether you're looking for titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or avobenzone; a handful of good (but not great) moisturizers; worthwhile oil-blotting papers; foundations with sunscreen that provide sufficient UVA protection (and there are some wonderful foundations here); pressed powder with sunscreen for oily skin; the Perfect Rouge Lipstick is one of the best creamy lipsticks at the department store; mostly good mascaras.

Weaknesses: Expensive; several drying cleansers; boring toners; no AHA or BHA products; no products to effectively manage acne; no reliable skin-lightening options despite a preponderance of products claiming to do just that; irritating self-tanners; gimmicky masks; jar packaging; uneven assortment of concealers (and some terrible colors); average to disappointing eye and brow shapers; average makeup brushes.

Shiseido is one of the largest cosmetic companies in Japan, and the founder wants consumers worldwide to know that the brand he began is meant for all who seek beauty. Oddly enough, Shiseido (pronounced "she-say-doe"), whose products have a distinctly Japanese appearance and appeal, began in 1872 as Japan's first Western-style pharmacy. Its products have been sold in the United States for over 40 years, and it has become a nearly overwhelming product line. Although there are some respectable products, Shiseido's skin-care collection is far from a total approach to anything, unless your skin-care mantra is "it has to be average yet needlessly expensive and the routine has to include more products than any other line recommends."

A total approach to health and beauty would take into account all that has been learned to date about how skin functions, how it can repair itself, how it ages, and what it realistically takes for it to look, feel, and function at its best. Such an approach does not, however, involve cleansers with alkaline ingredients that cause skin to be unnecessarily dry, lackluster toners, or far too many products with alcohol; that can only harm the skin, which isn't beautiful in the least.

If anything, the numerous skin-care options presented here are merely average or really disappointing. Many of the moisturizers have luscious textures, but again, it takes more than a sensational feel to create exceptional products that have your skin's best interest (and best appearance) in mind.

One point of difference with this line is that Shiseido insists on regular facial massage. That means you'll find several facial massage creams, although most of them have traditional moisturizer formularies that differ little from what's seen throughout the lineup. Shiseido maintains that routine facial massage creates firmer skin that's less prone to sagging because the massage action tones the muscles, but that simply isn't true. The muscles of the face are among the most frequently used. Repetitive muscle movements are a prime cause of expression lines around the eyes, mouth, and on the forehead. Botox has become such a popular procedure because it selectively prevents these muscles from working, which smoothes creases and lines. Massage alone cannot do that; if anything, routine facial massage can encourage lines and sagging by stretching the skin. Furthermore, when skin slackens and sags, it involves more than just the muscles. Sun damage plays a role in collagen and elastin destruction, as does gravity, which causes fat pads beneath the skin to slip. And then there's bone loss, and the fact that, as we age, skin continues to grow (yet has less to hold on to). Massage to repair sun damage—give me a break!

For more information about Shiseido, visit www.shiseido.com.

Shiseido Makeup

Although Shiseido is known more for their seemingly endless array of skin-care products, their makeup, while not without its problem-child products, is clearly not just an afterthought. The main and most impressive part of the color collection is the foundations. For the most part they have silky textures, and provide adequate sun protection (at least an SPF 15 with UVA-protecting ingredients). If you're keen on shopping this line you should also pay attention to their Perfect Rouge Lipstick, lip gloss, the mascaras, and some distinctive specialty products. Items to avoid entirely include the eye and brow pencils and a couple of the eyeshadows; the makeup brushes are serviceable, but pale in comparison to what makeup artist–backed lines offer. Ignore the inflated claims that accompany many of Shiseido's makeup products, but don't ignore the best of what they have to offer—because in that regard, they're better than ever!

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02.01.2013
This is great stuff...

This is good stuff. I ran out if this once - just for a couple of days - and my skin felt parched without it. Using this softener is like giving your skin a long drink of water... Can't live without it.

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