Shiseido Haku Inner Melanodefenser is oilier, and no sting

I had reviewed HAKU Lotion & brightening essence before, but seems I have perfectly forgotten to review for Inner melanodefenser, emulsion. I bought a trial kit, and let me finish the review of Haku products.

HAKU by Shiseido is one of the most famous and common products for brightening in Japan. This emulsion is new for SS2016 under HAKU brand.

Review by Cherry

HAKU Inner Melanodefenser

Unfortunately, I often feel sting from brightening items and some emulsion, and they are the reason why I had not reviewed this product. Recent few days my skin condition is better (as the season of Spring), I was hesitating to use this.

HAKU Inner

This emulsion is oilier. It has perfume, but it is not pretty much strong (as Shiseido).

Shiseido recommends to apply those items by cotton, but to be honest I prefer applying by my hands. There are many quality cottons, but it is also “scratch” my skin.

Anyway this emulsion.

It is oilier than I had thought, but compared with milks in Albion, this Haku is not pretty much oily product.

This emulsion is for the final step of the routine, and I felt it moisturized my skin well, without sticky.

Sting — due to my skin condition is better now, and I do not feel anything irritation.

Brightening — I do not see that. My problem is partial spots or uneven skin tone. I think I need something special care, like Haku 3D, not the products what spread whole of my face like this emulsion.

Please check the latest price, and order from here: “Shiseido Haku Line”.

The way to use

There are also lotion and emulsion in Haku brand.

According to Shiseido, the order to use is below.

  1. Haku Active Melanoreleaser (Lotion)
  2. Haku 3D
  3. Haku Inner Melanodefenser (emulsion)

Haku set

Review by Hazelnuts of Philippines

The last product I tested for the mini-Haku skincare I got is the Inner Melanodefenser. It has a lotion-like texture but I think it functions more as a moisturiser. It also has skincare ingredients, with whitening/brightening effects.


I tried to test each Haku product one by one, to see their individual effects. Aside from 4MSK, it also has glycerol, retinol, and allantoin to complement its whitening function.


As I’ve mentioned, the texture is runny and milky, but it absorbs quickly without the greasy effect. I tried using it with a cotton pad, and at times I only use my fingers to massage it onto my skin.

It leaves a pleasant, silky feeling that I don’t feel the need to use additional moisturiser or treatment.
Despite having retinol I feel that it is quite gentle on my skin. I never noticed any spots or redness forming while I was using it. It made my skin smooth and bright.

Right now my skin is back to its original color, and all my tan lines are gone. I also noticed very mild peeling, which improved the look of my dark spots. They are less noticeable now.

Overall I do like the Haku line very much, but those with already fair skin would probably see less noticeable results. I will continue to use it because it works well with my skin.

Please check the latest price, and order from here: “Shiseido Haku Line”.