Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream Review

October 20, 2013

As we all know the BB cream and CC cream are taking the world by storm. The latest release of Perfect Hydrating BB Cream by Shiseido just hit the Australian shores recently, and I was extremely eager to try it out as I am going through the BB and CC cream phase at the moment, and have been reaching to them more frequently than the usual foundations.


I have been using BB cream on and off for years – when it was first introduced in Korea many years ago. Back then I thought BB cream in general was way too over hyped as most of them that I tried were quite ordinary. Fast forward to now, and there are much better BB creams in the market as the technology has evolved. I am very impressed with the new ones that I have purchased lately, and the Shiseido BB Cream is one of them.

Product Information:

– A multifuntional BB cream with a makeup effect and skincare benefits for bright, vibrant lookinng skin that is moistruized, and protected against UV damaage. It is oil free and has SPF30. For the ingredient list [;ease refer to the Sephora website.

My Thoughts:


Unlike the traditional BB cream which is thick and heavy, the Shiseido has a silky fluid texture. The lightweight formula blends evenly and instantly assimilates with the skin, and  leaves no traces of makeup on the skin.  It is perfect for those of you who don’t like the feel of wearing makeup. It also keeps the skin quite hydrated and supple, so there is no need to prep the skin with loads of other products prior to using this one if you don’t have dry skin. However you might find this product not nourishing and rich enough if you have very dry skin.


The color match is also great for people with fair complexion. I bought it in Light Clare which is the lightest shade of the range. It matches me perfectly (I am NC15) without any grey cast and oxidation – as you can see in the comparison swatch below.



It offers a sheer coverage that helps to even out the complexion with a natural, translucent and slightly dewy finish. It helps to conceal the pores and redness moderately, and does not enhance any dry skin. I personally like to use this product first, then followed by using a concealer to cover up the problematic areas.

Bottom Line: If you have good skin to begin with, you would love this product as it offers the most natural and comfortable even-toned finish with a soft glow. It also serves a great foundation primer as it is extremely lightweight and comes with a decent level of SPF30.

The Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB cream is available at Sephora and Nordstrom in the US, and House of Fraser and Harrods in the UK with international shipping available.

I bought mine at David Jones for AUD$52.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Andromeda October 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I really liked this product but a few weeks into using it my forehead became filled with little white bumps. They disappeared a few days after I stopped using it, so I’m certain this BB cream was the cause.

Another problem with this product is that here in (western) Europe they don’t sell the lightest colour. Maybe Shiseido isn’t aware of it but a lot of people here are pale.


jeslynj October 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I’ve been looking for a new BB cream to try out. I think you convinced me to get this!


Memoiselle October 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hei Rei,
I have heard lots of good reviews about this. I think I shall check it out soon. Do you know how many shade is available for this bb cream?

Thank you 🙂


Reika October 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

There are 3 shades available. The lightest shade is a great match for fair complexion.


Memoiselle October 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thank you!


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