#WorthIt? / Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel

Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel

TGIF! Hope you're all doing well this Friday morning. I've been doing these #WorthIt? posts in lieu of something general like #Review, but essentially I'm doing the same thing, but then asking the question on whether you should drop the cash for it.

Today's case in point is the Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel, (1oz/$38) a quote, "...Uniquely textured beauty gel that targets breakouts, roughness, and the look of visible pores for clearer, smoother, and more beautiful skin." according to Sephora. I was lucky enough to receive this from the company and have not only emptied one jar, but just began (like three days ago), a new jar. So is that a sign of the awesomeness of the product? Well, let's talk about the claims first, take a peek at the ingredients and then delve more into my experience with the product. After all that is done, we'll ask the age old question, was it really worth it?

So, back to those claims, also according the description on Sephora,  the  product "...rapidly repairs breakouts, roughness, and dry patches while minimizing the appearance of visible pores. This multitasking formula leaves skin feeling supple and smooth, while its dewy concentrated gel texture moisturizes and adheres well to trouble areas. Rescue skin with this rebalancing formula that gives skin a smoother, more beautiful appearance. " The formula does not contain phthalates either. Lastly, because we all know we love clinical studies, according to Shiseido, "80% felt skin's roughness improved, 89% felt areas with skin troubles become softer and more supple and 80% felt areas with skin troubles became smoother." That's a good amount of above average felt their skin being softer. But did it?

Before we get to that, let's take a look at the ingredients: (as listed on CosDNA):
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (0.5%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40B, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Glycyl Glycine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Trehalose, Sodium Chloride, Gellan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Serine, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, BHT, PEG-30 Soy Sterol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Blue 1
As you can see from the ingredients, this is a salicylic acid based product. For those looking for an easy to read science lesson, check out this article on Allure (PS, don't watch the pimple popper vid at the end >_< ick!). And if briefly skim that, you'll learn that salicylic acid is excellent for blackheads and whiteheads and exfoliates and smooths the skin. That goes in part with the claims, right? Well, let's see...

Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel

Above is what the Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel looks like. The product is a runny gel, so you have to be careful when you open it. I've definitely been surprised a few times with a few little spills when I initially opened the product. It's filled to the brim, which is nice to see in a product. The picture above was taken when I was in process of using the first jar I finished up. The gel is green in the jar, however, it appears more clear when its on your finger.

As far as how it worked.. I'm mixed on this. I do think it works for whiteheads and does help with texture. It definitely helps in drying out the breakout, but as far as whether it eliminates them on its own, I would say that you still need something to help with that. I tend to use this as a base to treat the breakout area and then spot treat specific pesky pimples. Due to the salicylic acid, this can dry the skin out, so definitely make sure to compensate by adding a bit more moisture than you usually would. Over time, I do notice the skin appearing smoother, but once a breakout is clear, I stop using this. As far as the added fragrance, the scent is fresh and clean; not heavy at all. I feel its interesting to add fragrance to a product that's being slathered on a troubled area though. Additionally, I'm not sure why this comes in a jar and no spatula. Would definitely say they need to rethink the packaging.

But is it worth it to get this over some other, more budget friendly options? Or is it even worth it over some more expensive options? Let's take a look. And just to clarify, these are products I've tried, both before and after I started blogging, and feel they could be comparable.

First up is the Murad Acne Clearing Solution (1.7oz/$42). This is a product I've sampled and I know I was going to write a #SampleSunday on this at one point, but I didn't really need it anymore, so I didn't bother. However, upon using the Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel, I was reminded of this product. Price wise, if you increase the amount of the Shiseido product to 1.7oz then it would approximately come out to a worth of $49.40. So the Murad is a better option on that respect. As far as the performance of the product, I would say they work relatively the same. I do think the Murad Acne Clearing Solution is a bit easier on the skin, so I would recommend that for those with more sensitive skin.

Second is the Neutrogena Naturals Acne Spot Treatment (0.75oz/$7.99). This product is less slimy and more fluid-like and easier to work with as its in a tube. Just like the Murad product, I do think this works pretty much the same. However, I would recommend this if the $38 price tag is not in your budget.

Lastly, for those looking for a K-Beauty option, The Face Shop Clean Face Spot Corrector (0.5oz/$5~6), one I've personally emptied and loved quite a few times. I love this product, however I'm only comparing this because of the texture and that it does the same thing. This option does not contain salicylic acid, but is tea tree oil based, something that works very well for me. I would recommend this if you find that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are too drying for you.

But, is it worth it?! Well, if I wasn't sent this, would I go out and buy it? Personally, no. I would say that if I needed something right away and didn't want to wait for the Face Shop option to arrive, I'd head for the Neutrogena Naturals option due to ease of access. I don't think this is a bad product by any means as it certainly does what it claims. I just think that if you don't have the funds, that you could certainly find something else to suit your needs.

The product titled in this post has been provided for an honest review. Opinions are my own. Affiliate links are marked with a *.
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