Sometime during the earlier part of the week’s challenge

Starting the 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge
Oh no, nag-b-break out ka.
(Oh no, you’re breaking out)
Yeah, pero ok lang yun.
(Yeah. But that’s ok.)
Pano na yung shiseido project mo?
(What will happen to your shiseido project?)
O_o Is this for real? Concerned sya sa blogging hobby ko!?)
I think mas ok nga yun, malalaman natin kung hindi nga talaga ako magkakaron ng post-acne marks.
(I think that’s actually a good thing. We will really know if it will keep me from getting post-acne marks.)

I will forever remember last week as the week when I knew how much E takes my beauty blogging hobby seriously.

It was also the week when my skin got the most compliments it’s had in 29.75 years of existence.

As expected, I didn’t experience significant change spots-wise.  To my standards, my skin is already pretty great compared how it was more than a year ago.  It’s not poreless-level smooth but it’s the best it’s behaved since I was a baby.

Conclusion: 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge
The 7th Day
Before Serum and Mask
Please excuse the messy hair.

With the minor spots that I have, no significant fading occurred.

Starting the 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge
Conclusion: 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge
After 7-Days
Hello spots! You’re still there.

But skin texture-wise, oh… my… goodness… I feel like everyday was facial day. My skin looked smoother, my pores seem blurred, and the fine lines seem diffused. Every single day, I received compliments along the lines of:

Parang blooming ka…

 Anong ginawa mo?

You look good today (with matching himas sa mukha) – E.

Note that my skin didn’t get lighter. I’m just not skillful with the camera. I think I was supposed to adjust the white balance feature (?).

Conclusion: 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge
The Finale
Putting on the facial mask for 10 minutes.
Conclusion: 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge
After removing the mask
and washing off the “essence”.
Aaaahhh… Suppleness.

I wish my skin could look like this foe-ever.

I don’t think the serum and the mask made my skin lighter in any way. I didn’t put the serum on my neck and if you check the photo below, you can see that my face didn’t get lighter than the rest of me.

Conclusion: 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge
 Again with the white balance,
aargh, must learn to tinker with my camera.

To be honest, I don’t care much for whitening. What matters to me is what it did to my forehead after it suffered a pimple apocalypse earlier this week.  Look how the pimples didn’t leave any evidence of existence.  Ok, there’s a few very light marks here in there… But as I said — VERY light.

Conclusion: 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge

I don’t think the serum made the zits disappear though. Credit for that should go to the ton of topical acne medication I was using alongside this serum. But the dark marks that I usually get from when my pimples heal… they’re absent with this bad boy. Usually they fade only until after 2 weeks. With the serum, my pimples turned from red to very light freckle-like brown spots that can be left without makeup.

If the serum + mask combo were currently within my current acceptable spent on skin care, I would repurchase. Currently, the 19g tube is still not empty, I wonder how long before it goes out. If the cost per day falls within an acceptable range, I just might get it (taking into consideration the discount coupon that Shiseido sent me. If not for that, I won’t even consider).

Nonetheless, it was a really fun experiment.  I get a kick for everytime E examines my face to see how the 7-day challenge was going.

I can’t say much as to how it would work for freckles and age spots coz I don’t have them. But with old pimple marks, 7 days wasn’t enough to make them fade. With fresh ones, this is awesomeness in its purest form.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. Nice review and post babe! I just came across your blog and I'm your newest follower :) Would you mind checking out our blog & if you like, following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Looking forward to your next post! xx

  2. Aww, I think it's sweet that your significant other keep tabs on your blogging, too. And I agree, you have great-looking skin already! But if you ever find out how to make skin more poreless-looking, I'm all ears, too haha.

  3. Wow! I've read a lot of positive reviews about this. Sayang I wasn't able to get any sample :(

  4. Interesting! It looks like we have the same skin problems. Wouldn't pick this up though, the price is prohibitive.

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