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Although named the Tsuya Lotion, this product is actually a toner, intended for use before your daily serum and moisturizer but after cleansing the skin. The unique formulation helps boost skin's natural self-cleansing mechanisms. I first tried the type I Tsuya Skin Lotion when I visited the new Shu Uemura counter in Richmond Center. The makeup artist helped me cleanse my skin and applied the toner by gently tapping it into my face with his fingers, my skin felt instantly refreshed so I knew I had to give this another try to see if I too can achieve "tsuya" skin.
The product comes in a simple bottle with a small spout opening. To dispense the product, you have to shake the bottle up and down a bit. The product is designed to be applied directly with the fingers tips, which eliminates a lot of waste than if applied with cotton pads. Hence, the small opening gives more precision as to how much product comes out of the bottle.
Because I have oily skin, I have been using the type I Tsuya Lotion, which has a watery consistency and a light, refreshing fragrance. When applied using the fingertips and utilizing the tapping motion, the product absorbs very quickly, leaving the face feeling cool and soft. I find that the toner leaves my face with a dewier finish, so I use this only at night time. On days that I am too lazy to use a moisturizer, this toner alone will keep my skin hydrated until the next morning.
Lightweight and nourishing, this is a very lovely toner. The only downside is that it make my skin look shinier sooner than if I used another toner or no toner at all. So if you have very oily skin like mine, only use for the night time.
Shu Uemura is available online at in stores at Holt Renfrew and The Bay.
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