Kanebo Sensai Prime Solution Review

Besides switching to a lighter foundation, the warmer weather also calls for a lightweight, no-fuss moisturizer. And lately, my dehydrated combo skin is really loving Kanebo Sensai Prime Solution. Read on to find out why!

Kanebo Sensai Prime Solution Review

Packaged in a white ribbed glass bottle designed by renowned French architect Gwenael Nicolas (the mastermind behind the Louis Vuitton store in Omotesando, Tokyo), the sculptural design of the Prime Solution resembles a silk cocoon with deep ocean waves cascading down its length.

The product should be used after cleansing and before any treatment so the skin is hydrated and in its prime condition to better absorb anything that follows. Key ingredients include Kanebo Sensai’s signature Koishimaru Silk along with Sanzashi Extract to increase cellular receptivity, collagen and hyaluronic acid metabolism. There is also a light floral scent composed of gardenia, jasmine and lily of the valley.

The fluid, serum-like texture feels incredibly lightweight and sinks into the skin easily without any greasiness. My skin is left feeling hydrated, soft and supple and no additional moisturizer is needed. I also love that it creates a smooth canvas for foundation and concealer, making it a great makeup primer as well.

Overall, a very nice product for the summer that is suitable for any skin type!

Kanebo Sensai Prime Solution is now available at Bergdorf Goodman and NeimanMarcus.com for $170.

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Image: Bergdorf Goodman.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I remember loving Kanebo skincare and learning about their double cleansing method. Their liquid foundation is one my favorites. I need to revisit this brand for skincare. I do not mind ordering online, but I just wish their products are available in stores.

  2. Thanks for this wonderful and informative review. You have made it easier for me to decide.
    With much love and appreciation.
    Maha UK

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