Ever since using a Neutrogena moisturizer and not being too impressed, I’ve been on the lookout for an effective daytime moisturizer.
The Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection Enriched SPF 15 Cream sure is a mouthful, but it’s worth saying!
I really love this daytime moisturizer because it feels great on the face, it isn’t greasy, it absorbs well, it hydrates like a dream, it works well under makeup, and it even has SPF 15.
Yeah, if that’s not enough raving, I don’t know what it’ll take to convince you that this Shiseido moisturizer is amazing! (And what’s even more amazing is that my friend, Carmela, from Polished Indulgence was able to find it at a warehouse sale for just $28 CAD!)
However, there’s one thing I found out about it that made me deduct a point from the Final Verdict score. Otherwise, it would be my holy-grail daytime moisturizer. Wondering what it is? Find out!
Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection Enriched SPF 15 Cream Pictures
√ Provides optimal hydration for dry to very-dry skin
√ Protects against UVB rays and the damaging effects of other environmental factors
- Name: Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection Enriched SPF 15 Cream
- Amount: 50 mL (1.8 oz.)
- What I Paid: $28 CAD (Yes, that’s all I paid because sweet Carmela was able to find this at a warehouse sale for me! It retails for approximately $52 CAD or $40.50 USD.)
- Where to Buy: Shiseido website, Sephora stores, Sephora website & Sears.ca
Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection Enriched SPF 15 Cream Review
Fragrance plays a huge role in how much I like or dislike a facial moisturizer because if you have to put it on and around your nose, it had better be pleasant.
The Day Moisture Protection Enriched SPF 15 Cream by Shiseido has a fresh, clean, floral aroma that’s very light. My nose is pretty sensitive, but this smell didn’t bother me. And I really could only smell it for maybe an hour after I wore it. Later on in the day, it’s so subtle that I don’t even detect it anymore.
The pale-apricot cream has a thick consistency that’s easy to smooth onto your face – it feels luxurious!
How Well Does It Hydrate?
This is hands down the most expensive moisturizer I’ve ever used. All the other ones I’ve tried were from the drugstore. There’s nothing wrong with drugstore moisturizers, but the Neutrogena ones I tried always didn’t moisture my skin very well, and were very greasy. The good thing? They were inexpensive.
The Shiseido Day Moisture Protection Enriched Cream is ah-may-zing! It works instantly, and throughout the day, I didn’t feel any tightness or dryness. To put it simply, this stuff floored me!
I was used to moisturizers that just sit on top of your skin. This one actually absorbs well, and your skin feels very soft.
Is It Greasy?
I was surprised that this wasn’t greasy considering how strongly it hydrated my skin.
Just make sure that you only use a small amount. This Shiseido moisturizer is very rich, so a little goes a long way. If you pack it on, sure, it’ll be greasy, but if you use the correct amount, it doesn’t make your face shiny. (For reference, I only use a 2-pea-size amount of this stuff and it’s enough for my entire face!)
Another reason why it’s important not to use too much is because since there’s SPF, if you use too much, it’ll leave a white cast on your face. But, if you use the proper amount, it blends right in.
Does It Work Well Under Makeup?
Some moisturizers ball up under foundation or create a surface that’s so slick, your foundation slides off.
The Shiseido Day Moisture Protection Enriched Cream with SPF 15 worked exceptionally well under my Everyday Minerals loose mineral foundation. It kept my skin free of any dry patches that mineral makeup can sometimes accentuate.
Is It Worth the High Price Tag?
I realize that not everyone can afford this moisturizer. (Thinking about the retail price makes my palms sweat!) But, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful friend like Carmela, who thought to ask me what I was interested in before she hit up the warehouse sale.
For me, spending $28 CAD on this was still a lot more than I had ever spent on any moisturizer, but I have nothing but great things to say about Shiseido’s skincare products after trying (and raving about) the Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 For Face/Body.
This brand is leaps and bounds beyond the drugstore products I’ve tried, so I feel like it would be worth it even if I had to pay the full price.
Skincare is important – more important than makeup because skincare is used to promote health instead of just beauty. So, when I find great skincare that works exceptionally well, I’m willing to shell out a lot of money (within reason – I still will never ever everrrr everrrrr spend $200 on a cream).
If you can fit this luxury into your budget, I totally recommend you give this one a shot, especially for the dry, cold winter that can make your skin feel drier than usual.
I’m not really fond of the tub because it forces me to dip and re-dip my finger into the container. This isn’t the most hygienic, however, I’m extra careful to always wash my hands with antibacterial soap prior to using this. (I wish it came with a pump, but the consistency is so rich, so it makes more sense that it’s in a tub.)
The container is opaque white, which is smart because sunlight can often break down the ingredients in a cream with continual exposure.
It was nice how they sealed the cream with a plastic film to keep it fresh until you open it. Very smart!
Also, you’ll notice that I just showed you the tub in the above photos. It comes in a box, however, because this was discounted and from a warehouse sale, they sold it without the box.
It was really important to me that the Shiseido moisturizer had sunscreen because if I use it daily, not only do I want it to hydrate my skin, but I also want it to protect me from the harmful UV rays.
The only bummer with this product was that when I did more extensive research online, I found out that the sunscreen only protects against UVB rays, which are the rays that can burn your skin. UVA rays are the ones that can age your skin.
I wish that this had UVA and UVB protection. I’m thinking about layering the Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 For Face/Body over this for complete protection.
If you planned to just use this as your only defense against the sun, I don’t think this is your best option. However, if you’re using it mainly as a moisturizer, it’s da bomb dot com. 😉
Final Verdict: 9/10
I’m in love with the Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection Enriched SPF 15 Cream! It’s the best daytime face moisturizer I’ve ever used, and thank goodness considering how expensive it was! 😛
What’s the most expensive skincare product you’ve splurged on? Do you have any drugstore wonders to share? Do you change your moisturizers based on the season?