Product Review: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, 2.5ml
Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, 2.5ml

This came in a gift set with the Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion I received as a Christmas present, a 2.5ml deluxe sample that was enough for 2 months’ nightly use.

I am so glad I got to try this before I buy the full size. The full size jar, at 0.51oz (15ml), retails at US$55/CAD$65; and also, this got some good reviews.

Let’s start with the texture. This is a lot like liquid honey that is a little crystallized, a thicker, molten vaseline. It’s the texture that got me most – it’s so hard to spread and thick that it just feels plain yucky. The scent is strong – unlike the pleasant one from the Night Emulsion from the same line, this is more old lady like, and quite pungent. It’s not a pleasant smell, and since my eyes are sensitive, I prefer to have an unscented eye cream. This is basically like putting a half melted scoop of vaseline on. My dry eye contour area, though parched for moisture, felt literally suffocated in this goo, and it gave me puffed up eyes the next morning. It didn’t feel like it was absorbed into my skin at all. It also gave me milia under my eyes. Not cool.

Even though 2.5ml didn’t sound like a lot, but because you only need so little at a time, my little jar ended up mostly full even after a week. I gave up after the first week because my eyes were consistently puffy in the morning. As soon as I stopped using it, the puffiness and milia went away.


I took a look at the ingredients – lots of bad stuff like petrolatum and mineral oil at the top of the list. These are present in my Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion too, but because my eyes are so sensitive, the petrochemical ingredients and fragrance really bothered them. My eyes got very watery after I put this cream on, and I cannot use the cream on my eyelid. I tried that the first time and my lids got puffy. Unless you don’t wear makeup during the day, or your eyes are so dry that they soak up every greasy part of this, this will make it difficult for any eye makeup to stay put, so you may not be able to use this during the day.

By the way, this is made in the U.S.A., not Japan.

Bottom line: if you have more mature skin (45+) with very very dry eyes, this might work better for you. Eye creams are tricky – I still haven’t found my HG eye cream yet – but this is definitely not for me.

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