Review by Cherry
I (Cherry) just obtained a sample of Shiseido Haku Melanofocus 3D, new for 2016.
Please let me share the review of this.
Haku by Shiseido, this is one of the best-seller brightening item among Japan, I am sure. Even for me, as I remember this is my third or forth formula since my first use of Haku.
I have reviewed previous formula, CR, formula of 2013 long ago. Recent couple of years, I have not used Haku Melanofocus itself.
I was surprised the smell of this, probably by something their ingredients, I felt really strong smell of Alcohol, it is much stronger than I remember for the formula of 2013. Seems there are no kojic-acid.
It is true that I am an ethanol prone, I often get sting. Fortunately, I did not feel any pain from this cream. It is good. Checking what Japanese reviewers are saying, some got irritation. Seems it is good for the person who are strong skin.
It is happy that I could spread on my face smoothly, but I also need to note it was a little bit oilier than I had expected. If you are an oil prone, this is not for you, I am sure.
Brightening effect— I can not tell you anything. Some says they found their freckles are getting neutral within the first few days. I have just samples, but I can say nothing.
The way to use
There are also lotion and emulsion in Haku brand.
According to Shiseido, the order to use is below.
Review by Hazelnuts
I am still using up my samples of the Shiseido Haku Line. The weather is getting cooler and I feel more inclined to use more moisturizing products.
The Haku Melanofocus 3D is a serum or essence that targets dark spots. It’s supposed to penetrate deeper into the skin with its upgraded formula, to brighten and moisturize the skin at the same time.
I used it alone for most of the time to see its effect.
This serum has a thick, creamy gel texture that absorbs easily into the skin but leaves a veil of moisture behind. Upon application, skin feels soft. It has a very faint scent that is not noticeable at all.
I had an issue with dryness and skin darkening due to sun exposure during my vacation. Sometimes i see my complexion as blotchy and dry.
It’s been almost 3 weeks and I’m back to my original skin color. Aside from limiting my sun exposure, this serum helped in making my skin tone more even. Dry, patchy marks have faded and I can now wear my regular shade of foundation, compared to when I was a shade or two darker. When used together with other Haku products, the brightening effect is faster.
I like the Haku line. It feels gentle yet it is quite effective for me. And the products are moisturizing enough for my combination skin, so I do not have to layer them. Every now and then a pimple comes up, but it fades away easily and does not leave a dark spot behind. Brightening products can be quite tricky, so it is important to do a bit of research and test if the active ingredients work for your skin. As for me, this is a good line and I will continue to use it.