Product Review: Shiseido Aqualabel White Emulsion (S)

Shiseido Aqualabel White Emulsion S, 130ml, HK$125 at adambeauty.com
Shiseido Aqualabel White Emulsion S, 130ml, HK$125 at adambeauty.com

To combat my freckles without spending a fortune, I decided to try out Shiseido Aqualabel whitening line. At HK$125 (US$20), with 130ml, it’s a pretty good deal! I took the ‘S’ version which is the light version, since I intend to use this under my sunscreen/makeup during the day.

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I bought this from Adambeauty.com, by the way, for US$20 (plus $2 for registered mail). After being a loyal customer for the past 7+ years, I finally feel the love when they included a couple of Adam Beauty pens! 🙂

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OK, onto the product. This is an emulsion, which is the moisturizer. It’s actually very fluid/runny, so watch out when you pour it out.

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I have read a handful of reviews that said that this actually works, despite the low price tag. I have been using this for 2 months, and somehow, I do find that this lightens my freckles a tiny bit; my overall complexion went from sallow to brighter. It does work, but don’t expect miracle; this is a drug-store level product from Shiseido, so the concentration of the active ingredients is probably lower than in their more expensive brands. However, I do find that after about a month my complexion got whiter/lighter. It’s not dramatic, but it is visible. Even on days I slept little, my skin remained fair and white, as opposed to sallow which it otherwise would.

 

So, for US$20, I’d say this is a pretty good purchase! I will probably buy this in the ‘R’ (moisture) version next time. If you have normal to oily skin the S version will work just fine. Even on my dehydrated skin, this doesn’t leave my skin tight or matte, but it is definitely not enough moisture for day use. It’s ok for me because I have sunscreen on top anyway, but if your skin is dry, do go for the R version.

4 comments on Product Review: Shiseido Aqualabel White Emulsion (S)

  1. Kev J.
    March 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm (4 years ago)

    I do remember that this product used alcohol or mineral oil inside its list of ingredients, and that turned me away from it.The strange thing is, it is a relatively better drugstore brand compared to the other more expensive stuff from Shiseido sold in department stores.

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    • Joseibi
      March 22, 2013 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

      It is, it worked better than White Lucent, which did nothing for my skin and is a fraction of the price too!

      I don’t remember seeing mineral oil in the S version I have. It could be in the R version? I didn’t have any reaction to it, but it definitely isn’t hydrating enough…

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  2. nami
    March 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm (4 years ago)

    hi joseibi…i really hope you find a good product that do miracle for your freckles like whoo 🙂

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    • Joseibi
      March 22, 2013 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks nami – I hope so too! At this rate I am probably spending more $$$ on products that don’t work on my freckles than the Whoo stuff! 😉

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