The shiseido skincare line is superb. That said, the shiseido skincare hydro nourishing softener is fantastic. It works great, and it just really does provide a nice balance between a lotion and a cream to stick to your face and soften it. The scent it nice, and light. The softener product is a great base for makeup. I have combination/normal skin - greasy in the t-zone. i find that when I use this in lieu of my moistureizer, the makeup stays on longer. I also use shiseido foundation (liquid), and it works well, to not emphasize my skins drier areas. I do have asian skin, light, and kind of prone to breakouts. This product has worked really well for me, and has not caused my skin to break out.