Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium review, swatches and comparisons.

Shiseido Bronzer

There is no denying I have amassed quite a bronzer collection over the years. The purchase of an additional compact may seem like a complete act of insanity; however, as of late, some of the bronzers in my possession have been looking a bit off on my skin. Some are too orange, some oxidize throughout the day (never happened before), while others look too harsh–despite any amount of blending. Perhaps with age, my skin is changing (hopefully for the better) or my tastes are becoming more refined, whatever the reason, Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium ($35 USD/12 g) has been my saving grace. This silky smooth powder has given me the perfect everlasting summer-like tan, where all others have failed.

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Bronzer

The Pros to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer:

  1. Incredibly smooth powder glides on the skin without any patchiness.
  2. Quickly builds-up for the most realistic sun-kissed effect.
  3. Oil-free formula does not oxidize (darken) on the skin throughout the day.
  4. Powder is packed perfectly to ensure the right amount of product clings to the brush without any powder kick-up.
  5. Works with ANY brush for striking results.
  6. Contains the finest milled shimmers which translate to a beautiful satin sheen–makes skin look naturally radiant and healthy without looking shiny.
  7. Contains slight ruddy undertones similar to a real tan.
  8. Lasts all day on my dry skin–seriously does not budge.
  9. Comes housed in an elegant pearlized brown case with a matching brush and a sizable mirror.
  10. Can be used as an eyeshadow, blush and bronzer.
  11. Whopping 12 grams of product will last quite a while.
  12. Comes in three shades: 01 Light, 02 Medium and 03 Darksimple enough.
  13. Does not contain any parabens, mineral oil or fragrance.
  14. Made in USA.

The Cons to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer:

  1. The slight satin finish may not be a favorite for some people.
  2. Don’t be fooled, this powder swatches very sheerly; however, once applied to the face (with a brush), the intensity is very evident.
  3. Although the accompanying brush is lovely, it is not as dense as the brush found in my Shiseido Face Enhancing Trio Compact (see below).
  4. As opposed to the plastic molded insert, a hinged top for the powder and a separate lower niche for the brush would have made for a more logical brush storage design.

Shiseido brush

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer brush

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer brush

  • I know many people will think the accompanying brush is outstanding (which it is), but I can honestly say, I prefer the density and feel of the brush found in my Shiseido Face Enhancing Trio Compact (reviewed here). See, I’m getting quite picky with age.  🙂

Shiseido Bronzer

  • For the above photo, I simply swirled my brush into the bronzer and proceeded to apply the color to the hallows of my cheeks. The design of this brush is perfect for contouring and the soft densely packed hairs blend-out the powder to perfection.

Shiseido Bronzer

  • For the above photo, Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer was blended-out on the hallows of the cheeks, the forehead, nose, jaw line and neck. Honestly, this color is so flattering, one can add a little more color to the apples of the cheeks and utilize this shade as a blush as well.

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

  • The above photo demonstrates the completed look with blush (Estee Lauder Wild Sunset) and highlighter (Dior Cosmopolite). **Sorry for the slight lighting variations–the sun and one of my lights were being uncooperative on this day.**

Bronzer Comparisons:

bronzer comparison

Bronzer Comparison:

  • Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer was an absolute obsession of mine a couple of years ago. Although lovely in its own right, lately I find the strong pigment too striking (orange) against my complexion. On darker complexions this looks downright stunning…lucky.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium Bronzer has been my go-to for the longest time (my second compact). However, lately this delicious all matte shade has been looking muddy on my skin by midday. Why? Could it be I’m getting older? Nah–something must be off about the powder–at least that’s what I tell myself.  🙂
  • Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer subtle red undertone and innocent hue sets this bronzer apart from the others. On first swatch (on my arm), the pigmentation was underwhelming to say the least. In fact, when I started photographing the comparison swatches, I immediately thought, what the heck did I buy?  So the next day, I used my Tom Ford Cheek Brush (to really pack on the color) and quickly discovered, I underestimated the pigmentation of this bad boy. Theoretically, one can use any brush, but be mindful to swirl accordingly–a dense brush will require one pass over the powder for noticeable results, while an airier brush can be use more liberally for harmonized results. My Chikuhodo Z-8 brush (reviewed here) or the accompanying brush work very well for my needs.
  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss is the closest, in terms of texture, to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer. Both are silky smooth, but CK contains more of a coppery undertone and the sheen is also more noticeable on the skin–definitely not for those with oilier skin or those who prefer matte bronzers.
  • bareMinerals Faux Tan has a strong red tone. The dark pigment, paired with the loose powder form, is not the most user friendly bronzer option. I could never get the right amount on a brush and inevitably, there was always spillage. BTW, if this stuff gets on clothes, carpets, and such–be prepared to do some serious scrubbing to remove all traces of the pigment.

Shiseido Bronzer ingredient list.

**Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, etc..**

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium gets five stars in my book. The beautiful color, silky smooth powder, fantastic blendability, plentiful amount, amazing longevity and tasteful packaging does not get any better. This may very well have cross over to HG status–it’s that good. Do you have a favorite bronzer? If so, do tell. Until next time, be well, stay safe, and be happy.

-Maria

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Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach review and photos.

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

This summer season has been so pleasurable, I find it difficult to confine myself indoors to my computer.  The same can be said about going into stores and makeup shopping; the allure of internet shopping has never been so appealing.  However, when I ran out of my Shiseido Facial Cottons, my no-indoor-policy was revoked and I immediately discovered a few other goodies along the way.  Enter Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach ($37 USD/7g.)–this unassuming powder not only redefines subtle blush/highlight sophistication, but has inadvertently jump-started my blogging mojo. 🙂  Was this outing worth my time?  You’ll see.

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

Shiseido OR1 Peach .

Each shade was applied using 4 layers: Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach swatched separately and blended together.

According to Shiseido:

An all-in-one compact with blush, sculpting and highlighting color creates a beautiful, glowing complexion in one simple stroke. Specialized colors and textures create a 3 dimensional look. Shades can be used alone or blended together.

The Pros to Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach:

  1. Unbelievably lightweight texture and smooth finish.
  2. Softly pigmented formula suits lighter skins perfectly.
  3. The finely milled powder does not accentuate pores or fine lines.
  4. When applied with a dampened brush, the powder takes on a delicate pinky iridescence for more luminous results.
  5. Can be layered without looking overdone or caky.
  6. Suitable for layering over any matte blush or bronzer for added radiance.
  7. Accompanying brush is substantial, soft and dense.
  8. Becomes more radiant the more the powder is buffed into the skin.
  9. Formula does not contain any large shimmer or glitter particles.
  10. Lasted well on my dry skin for 8+ hours.
  11. Full length face mirror is wonderful for touchups.
  12. Comes in four color combinations:  PK1 Lychee, OR1 Peach, RD1 Apple, and RS1 Plum.
  13. Made in Japan.

The Cons to Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach:

  1. Despite what the company claims, I found the colors too sheer to use separately for noticeable results (see swatches above).
  2. Due to the sheer formulation, layering is almost a prerequisite–not your typical swipe-and-go kind of a product.
  3. Due to the soft composition, powder kick-up is evident.
  4. This particular color combo can look ashy on darker skins if applied in excess.  An in-store visit is highly recommended to see which of the four-color combinations is suitable.
  5. Does not come in refillable pan form.
  6. For a company rooted in skincare, this powder is formulated with silicones, petrolatum, and parabens (a discovery I made after I fell hard for this powder).  Why Shiseido?

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

 

 

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio packaging.

  • As you can tell, the packaging has an elongated, slim design with the company’s distinct Camellia Logo present on the bottom right hand corner.  Personally speaking, despite the understated elegance of this compact, a more scaled design (similar to their bronzer compact) would have suited my lifestyle better.

 

Shiseido OR1 Peach brush.

Shiseido brush.

Shiseido brush

  • The modest star of this feature is the accompanying brush.  I know true makeup brush connoisseurs will scoff and think me silly, but I’m telling you this brush fits the contours of the face perfectly, and picks up just the right amount of product.  The soft, densely packed hairs are cut to a beveled angle at the top, perfect for holding and placing product exactly where one desires.
  • The fan-like brush shape is also outstanding for contour and bronzer application.  I have to say, the design and quality of this Shiseido brush far surpasses accompanying brushes found in other high-end compacts (looking at you Giorgio Armani Bronzer).
Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach used as a highlighter on the tops of the cheeks.

Full face using Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach on the tops of the cheeks.

Full face using Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach on the tops of the cheeks and bridge of the nose.

  • The finish of OR1 Peach is subtly luminous when applied slightly over my Estee Lauder Wild Sunset blush.
  • For the above look, I simply sprayed my brush lightly with water and swiped the brush in a single downward motion (do not swirl), starting at the top with the peach color and ending with the sculpting shade.  Taking my saturated brush, using a horizontal motion, I applied the powder across the tops of my cheeks, onto my blush.
  • As you can tell, the powder settled nicely on the skin taking on a slight iridescent flush.

Ingredient List for Shiseido OR1 Peach:

Talc, Mica, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Dimethicone, Silica, Nylon-12, Aluminum Distearate, Petrolatum, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Red 30 (Ci 73360), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Tocopherol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tin Oxide, Peg/Ppg-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Methicone, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Tetradecene.

**Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Shiseido.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this would be the perfect everything powder if not for some of the ingredients. Will you indulge in one of these synthetic beauties or move on to “greener” pastures?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate store links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.