Product Review: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion

Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion, 75ml., US$56/CAD$68
Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion, 75ml., US$56/CAD$68

Christmas goodies #2! My dear husband spoiled me as usual and got me a haul of goodies for Christmas. I was in need of a good moisturizer for nighttime for my dehydrated skin, and this was under the Christmas tree. My skin is dehydrated but also combination, so I didn’t want anything too heavy and this is exactly what I wanted.

First, the Benefiance line had gone through a facelift and upgrade. I had used a neck contour treatment and cleansing milk from Benefiance before the upgrade and remembered, not too fondly, that the fragrance smelled rather pungent and old lady-like. I was a little afraid of that, but to my surprise, the fragrance was much more like the kind Japanese brands usually use in their toiletries (Japan made lines), just think some of those Japanese shampoos with a delightful, pleasant, light fragrance. This is it. I love the scent of this moisturizer, which does not scream OLD.


The texture: a typical ’emulsion’ you would find in most Japanese brands, milky and rich. It’s a little more emollient than some of the emulsions I have used, but that’s ok. It is expected. This is for combination skin – dry skin should be using the cream version of this. I find that one pump is enough for my face and neck. If you have drier skin, pump once more and layer over the first.

I have been using this for almost 2 months, and for the first time, I actually see improvement in the hydration in my skin! I have used rich stuff before, but aside from the immediate sensation I felt using greasy/oily creams, it did nothing to plump the dehydration lines on my forehead. I don’t have wrinkles, just the dehydration lines, and no other visible lines or sagging skin so I was only concerned about the fine lines on my forehead. This does help – I would say that they are much less visible now than before. Although I was a little scared of getting breakouts from richer products meant for more mature skin, I did not have one zit from this at all. I have used it around that time of the month and it did not result in any clogged pores. The hydration is truly superb without feeling overly greasy.

Ingredient-wise, if you just read the list, you may not be too pleased…lots of cheap humectants (e.g. mineral oil) in an otherwise fairly expensive product (ok, not SKII expensive, but still). I expected better. But somehow, it works, so what can I say. Also, it’s important to note that this product is made in the U.S.A., not Japan.

Overall, I am very pleased with this night moisturizer. It also comes in a pump bottle, as you can see, which is hygienic and convenient. The scent really adds to the experience – and this is coming from someone who normally does not prefer scented skincare!


Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion
Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion Ingredients (click to enlarge)

5 comments on Product Review: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion

  1. kev. J
    February 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    In this day and age when petrochemical-based cosmetics are now getting the bad flake, I don’t know why Japanese companies and even some Korean companies are still using mineral oil or petrolatum as a main ingredient anymore! Amorepacific and LG do not use any petrochemical ingredients like mineral oil in their products, which explains the higher price range in some brands like Sulwhasoo and LG Isa Knox, and even the cheaper ones like Innisfree do not have mineral oil. It’s such a shame because using mineral oil, or even cheaper ingredients like dimethicone and other silicones to achieve an emollient effect, when you could use natural ingredients like avocado oil and macadamia nut oil, really seems counter-intuitive.

    • Joseibi
      February 7, 2013 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Kevin,

      I think the primary reason for using petrolatum, mineral oil, and silicones is that they are cheap fillers. I don’t mind paying more for better quality but I guess there will be people who still want the name brand with a more affordable price…also, Shiseido The Makeup and The Skincare or their ‘international’ lineup sold in department stores overseas comprise of many products that are actually made in the USA, not in Japan too, which might also explain the use of these cheaper ingredients. There are many cheaper Japanese brands such as Sana Nameraka or Hadalabo that don’t use mineral oil so I really don’t get why a high end line like Benefiance use so much petrochemicals in their products! The Benefiance eye cream, which I was about to review, is an example of that. It’s so heavy in petrochemical that it literally burned my eyes. 🙁

      • Kev J.
        February 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm (4 years ago)

        Urghhh, petrochemicals inside facial skincare products, whatever gender or sex it is meant for, is just yucky and undesirable. Nowadays, there are cheaper organic alternatives and these brands are not that expensive either. Australia and New Zealand actually manufactures a lot of them, as I noticed from my last trip there(I am probably going to move out there if it all works out including a change of career), and I honestly think that the ‘name brand’ hype will fade away somehow. Name brands like Shiseido, Kanebo, Kose all have their own lines meant for sensitive skin, which does not have any artificial preservatives, colors or mineral oils, but there are definitely some other lines under these brands too which still hold onto the age-old reliance on petrochemicals, even if made in Japan. That said, since I don’t buy them or use them owing to their prices, I am spared that agony of deliberating over whether it will suit me or not! Phewwww…

      • Kev J.
        February 8, 2013 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

        I think that the disturbing thing though is that even in Japan here, Shiseido also relies on petrochemicals in some products. The products’ pricings are not that cheap either. I remember seeing the same product you reviewed here in department stores,and the price is like, say, around 5900Yen (???). I really cannot recall the exact pricing anymore,but it is exactly the same in packaging and even more expensive in pricing if you do the Yen to USD conversion……. I won’t be surprised if the ingredients are the same, especially if there is a patent on the product itself as applies for most cosmetic and skincare products.

        • Joseibi
          February 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

          I took a look at the high end line from Shiseido’s international lineup – the Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream, for example, it doesn’t contain mineral oil/petrolatum/parrafin etc. I don’t know if it’s their ‘lower’ price (still around US$50-70!) items made in the US that have the cheap humectants, or at the same time, most of the dermatologist recommended products such as Aveeno, Cetaphil, etc. all contain SLS, petrolatum, mineral oil and are considered perfectly safe so it’s hard to say…But regardless, when I spend more than $40 I usually prefer the product to use higher quality humectants – squalene (vegetable derived, not the shark one), macadamia oil (more expensive), jojoba oil, etc. In most cases the mineral oil in cleansers and even moisturizers for the face never bothered me, but in eye creams, it almost always gives me a reaction!


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