The Sample: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in BE206 Soft Beam Gold (Review, Swatches & Photos)

18 Jun

I remember reading a review on Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Color a while ago and being really curious about it. I always hear rave reviews on Shiseido’s products, but for some reason the brand doesn’t quite get the recognition it deserves. I put both BE206 and RD103 on my “lemming list”, where it was quickly forgotten amidst all my other, more often-hyped or limited-edition products. But recently when I was at the mall (where I may or may not have been purchasing a few other cheek products…), I happened to walk by the Shiseido counter and remembered their Luminizing Satin Face Color powders. After swatching a few of them and falling in love instantly, I decided on BE206 Soft Beam Gold…for now.

Soft Beam Gold appears almost as a medium mustard-yellow hue in the pan but once swiped on the cheeks, it creates a truly seamless so-soft-it’s-almost-champagne golden gleam. Described as a “silky-smooth powder blush that provides long-lasting, true color”, these powders “create a multi-dimensional look…to add depth and glowing radiance.” They are said to contain Micromatic Color Pigment, Satin Smooth Pearl, Dual Optimizing Powder (an “ingredient sold as a component of cosmetics and makeup for the delivery of color and brightness” [source]), and Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE (a term trademarked by Shiseido–which is really just a moisturizer).

The product is housed in a sleek and simple black plastic compact with an accompanying applicator brush. Let me just say, the brush is amazing. Seriously amazing. I actually use it instead of my regular brush–not just when I’m on the go, but whenever I use this product. No joke, it is by far the best brush I’ve ever used that was included in a compact. It’s oh-so-soft and perfectly dense. The hair is long and flexible enough that it picks up literally the perfect amount of product and distributes an even, fine veil of powder onto the skin–definitely ideal for highlighter application. The brush works in perfect harmony with the silky-soft texture of the powder. Yeah, the compact is a bit of a fingerprint magnet (like most other black plastic compacts I own), but the quality of the brush more than makes up for it.

The powder itself is a ultra finely-milled and feels like silk going on. It’s somewhere in between a firm and a soft powder.  It’s soft enough that it’s super smooth and pigmented, but firm enough that I have no problems with it kicking up dust in the pan. The shimmer is very, very soft and fine–very subtle and understated. When it comes to highlighters, the finer the shimmer, the more of a natural sheen it gives the skin. Well not only is there no obvious shimmer to be seen here, there is absolutely no shimmer to be seen, period! It has a flawlessly even sheen without a hint of frostiness–it just looks natural and oh-so-pretty. The powder is nicely pigmented, and just a single dab of your brush on the surface of the powder is necessary to grab enough product for highlighting your cheekbone area. I also find that the powder clings very well to the brush and the skin.

I get the best results when I apply a small amount onto my cheekbones and then work it into the skin with a kabuki brush. Less is more with this powder. When you apply it very heavily or fail to blend it out properly, it may result in the addition of some unwanted color/pigment. But applied sparingly and you’re left with a lovely gilded sheen. Still, it’s not the end of the world if you apply too much–you just have to make sure to blend it out thoroughly. Luckily, BE206 is an absolute dream to blend and almost seems to melt into the skin. It’s not at all like those obvious-looking powder highlighters that just sit on top of the skin. It’s incredibly fine–probably the most fine, even sheen I’ve seen from any highlighter. Upon swatching it at the counter, it was instant love. It made me look like I had the glowing, illuminated skin of some ethereal pixie–crappy department store lighting and all!

BE206 lasted about 5 hours on my bare skin and about 7 hours over foundation and set with powder. It’s not the longest a powder has ever lasted on my oily skin, but it’s definitely not bad at all. I’m very happy with the wear–and the texture and overall gorgeousness of the powder more than makes up for it. The Luminizing Satin Face Color is available in 6 different shades, though BE206 Soft Beam Gold and WT905 High Beam White are the only 2 real highlighters. The others shades, I would describe as “luminous, highlighting blushes”. From what I’ve tried (I played with all the colors are the counter), they all seem to have the same soft, smooth texture and perfect amount of pigmentation (not too sheer, not too pigmented. Just right!).

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Closeup of BE206 blended


*Side note: anyone notice how freaking dark my arm is getting? Most of the color is from taking swatch photos outside for hours at a time (I don’t usually like to put on sunblock before I do swatches because it makes my skin greasy and slick–but obviously I really need to just suck it up! :/)

I know there may be a lot more “exciting” or “hip” brands out there, but Shiseido is a true gem. The Luminizing Satin Face Color is a real knock-out, as is their Shimmering Cream Eye Color (holy toledo, are they smooooth!), brushes (love my Perfect Foundation Brush!), and from–what I hear–their lipsticks (Temptalia recently raved about their Perfect Rouge, stating that they were “a joy to wear…”). For some reason, the first things I always think of when I hear “Shiseido” is skincare–but their cosmetics are truly phenomenal. Their beautiful textures and finishes are right on par with that of other, pricier brands I’ve tried (Burberry is the first that comes to mind, just because I’ve been on such a huge Burberry kick lately). If you haven’t tried anything from Shiseido: run, don’t walk. I really think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find! I know I am…next on my list? The RD103 Petal Luminizing Face Color.

Pros: texture is super fine and soft with an almost creamy feel; blends like a dream; almost seems to melt into the skin; creates the smoothest, finest sheen I’ve seen, so the resulting finish is extremely natural and luminous; comes with a decent amount of product; accompanying brush is magnificent–and the mirror on the compact is nice and large

Cons: applying too heavily can result in the addition of unwanted color; wear time could be better–but that’s just for my oily skin (those with dry, normal, and combination skin shouldn’t have problems in this department); plastic compact does attract fingerprints

»»Pricing: $30/0.22 oz. (6.5 g.)

»»Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora (online only), Shiseido, and Shiseido counters

»»Recommended for: warm skin tones will find this the most flattering (as always, this is not to say those with cool tones won’t like this. Try it! If you don’t like it, I would suggest WT905 High Beam White)

»»Overall Rating: B+


So what about you–have you tried anything from Shiseido lately and fallen in love? Or do you already have a few favorites from the brand that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your picks. I’m really digging Shiseido right now!

14 Responses to “The Sample: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in BE206 Soft Beam Gold (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Popblush June 18, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I’ve got quite a number of Shiseido products that I have been my favourites. I think one of my first product was their sunscreen and I loved the way it worked so great as sun protection as well as a makeup base. It left my makeup dewy and almost had acted as a base that brightened! I’ve also tried their The Makeup range blushes and lip products and have been quite impressed! I also love their The Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream.

    • Popblush June 18, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      This highlighter is absolutely gorgeous! I love powder products with a creamy feel. Your swatches are making me want to purchase this!

    • becca June 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      ooh, which sunscreen do you like best? I’ve tried both the Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream SPF38 and their newest Urban Environment Oil–Free UV Protector SPF 42 PA+++–I love the Urban Environment Oil-Free. It’s very light and doesn’t make me oily and it really acts as a silky makeup base!

  2. Larie June 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    I had problems loading your blog this morning :( My comment got eaten, ahahah. Anyway! This is gorgeous! I love the candlelit shade and the soft glow. I’ve been meaning to look into the Perfect Rouge lipstick, too. I think previously Shiseido didn’t have paraben-free items, but it seems like they’ve been reformulating lately, so I’m excited! Maybe there are more things I can try!

    • becca June 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

      Oh no, I’m sorry about that! Thanks for letting me know though–I’ll definitely let my boyfriend know (he takes care of all that).

      And yes, this is a gorgeous, soft glowy gold. It really is very subtle and looks incredibly natural. When I was putting up the pic of the ingredients, I did a quick read-through and thought “thank goodness Larie will be able to use this one!” :D

      • Larie June 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

        Haha, you’re so sweet! :D

  3. Memoiselle June 19, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Hi Becca,
    a lovely post as usual :)
    It looks quite frosty when you use a lot of it but it looks much nicer when you only use a bit of it :)

    • becca June 19, 2012 at 4:16 am #

      I agree–thats why I had to dock some points on it. It can get a little too gold and a tiny bit frosty if overapplied but when you apply just a bit and blend it, its incredibly natural and subtle!! I love it! Have you tried any of Shiseido’s powders?

      • Memoiselle June 19, 2012 at 10:26 am #

        I have not. But I am in love with the cream eyeshadow. I have posted few reviews on that and I am really in love with it.

        • becca June 19, 2012 at 11:39 am #

          I know, I played with the cream shadows a few times at the counter and LOVE them! Those are definitely going on my list!

  4. Tracy@Beauty Reflections June 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    This looks so pretty!! Sigh. I need to try more of their actual makeup as well. I’ve been wondering about their blushes ;)

    • becca June 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      You *love* them Tracy! RD103 is the absolute prettiest soft peachy-pink shade ever, and I think Tea Rose would be beautiful on you! They’re very soft and fine–I definitely plan on going back for more!

  5. Shivani June 22, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    This is absolutely lovely, Becca :)
    I agree that Shiseido doesn’t get the recognition it deserves and I am guilty as charged because I don’t have a single Shiseido product in my humongous stash :/ And yes, summer has arrived and we are all tanning. I can not recognize my own arm any longer :P

    • becca June 22, 2012 at 7:03 am #

      Hey Shivani! Yes, I really think you should try something from them–like I said, the lipsticks get a lot of love from Temptalia and the cream shadows are so, so lovely! I am definitely going back for RD103!

      And yes, stupid sun! Lol something funny happened today when I was taking swatch photos–I was outside for probably half an hour taking pictures with 6 stripes of product on my arm and when I went back inside and wiped it off, I had 6 little squareish tan lines from where the swatches had been. I tan fast!! :P

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