Glow Revival Serum Reviews

SHISEIDO Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum

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Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum is the etheric serum capable of regenerating and repairing the blood system of the skin of the face, deteriorated by external aggressors and age, and rekindle the skin, as it guarantees the optimal supply of nutrients and oxygen without them being lost along the way.

Available in 30ML size and a 50ML slim edition.

Thanks to its micro-intensive technology, which features the exclusive Multi-Capisolve 1124 TM complex, Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum revives cells and brings your skin back to life.

It achieves a homogeneous tone and visibly minimizes redness, wrinkles and pores, resulting in a firmer, more young face with infinite luminosity.

The only serum that features the Multi-Capisolve 1124TM complex that regenerates and repairs your face’s hair system

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum is inspired by cell regeneration techniques. Recommended for women of all ages concerned about the overall appearance of their face, who seek to solve multiple alterations with a single product.

Apply the serum morning and night after cleansing, balancing and activating the skin, just before the daily cream to perfect the skin. Press the dispenser once to dispense the serum in the palm of your hand and apply evenly to the face.

To increase the action of the serum, it is advisable to start applying it gently throughout the face and then, with the heart finger and ring, perform circular movements in the areas of greatest concern.

Suitable for all skin types. Dermatologically tested. It comes in a 30ML package.

In this video you can see Shisheido’s recommendations for the product application in the most correct way:

Glow revival serum reviews

What is it?

This serum is said to revive and energize the skin, restoring its glow and giving it new life. Like a defibrillator to the heart, but for the skin. For the past three months, the Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum has been a part of my skincare routine. Is it worth incorporating into yours?

What does it do?

Inspired by advanced regenerative science, Shiseido’s skincare research narrowed in on the glow-creating potential within skin’s capillaries, where the body’s circulatory system meets the skin’s surface. Connected in a fine network, capillaries transport vital nutrients and oxygen to every part of the skin, providing the reach and power to ultimately improve skin overall, beyond merely addressing individual skin concerns. Capillaries have the potential to regenerate the skin itself, reviving a natural glow from within.

What is in it?

TXG Complex – formula composed of Tea Tree, Liquorice Root and Xylitol that prevents the abnormal growth of capillaries to improve redness and prevent formation of wrinkles.

Vitamin C Extract – decreases excess melanin and reduces surface discoloration.

Glycylglycine – suppresses inflammation and improves the look of pores.

Hawthorne Extract and Rice Bran Protein – supports circulation and enhances skin clarity”

The Packaging

You get 30ml/1 fl. oz. of Shiseido’s Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum in an extremely futuristic (and cool) looking silver chrome bottle. The container looks quite pretty on top of my vanity and the reflective property goes well with the radiant concept. The twisted capsule design of the bottle is surprisingly kind of ergonomic. When you grip the bottle, your thumb and fingers lie in the twisted edges. The product is cleanly dispensed via a pump.


The Opinion

Pearly, milky white. The silica in the serum leaves a subtle shimmery sheen to the skin for an immediate glowing skin effect. Texture-wise, it is smooth and lightweight. It takes seconds to completely absorb into my skin and leaves me with no sticky residue.

A pleasantly light, fresh citrus-y floral scent. For me, it has an energising effect that helps wake me up. I’ve found that my skin does appear more radiant, vibrant and less dull, giving that ‘lit from within’ look that most of us strive for.

You do not need very much of the product to cover the whole face, half a pump should suffice for those with a normal sized head. I use this in the morning only and forgo the moisturiser. My skin can get super greasy during the Dubai heat, so I don’t feel like I need more moisture than this serum gives. My skin feels hydrated, soft and radiant. Makeup goes on like a dream!

Who is it for?

For those of you who are looking for a general skin pick-me-up, this product is for you. Any age would see more radiance in the skin, and the product claims to also reduce wrinkles.

Would I recommend it?

If you feel like you need a helping hand in the ‘glow’ department, yes! This serum will help to brighten the dullest of complexions!

Note, that this does not include all ingredients part of the Silicone class of ingredients.

Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum

Parabens are a large group of preservatives which are used to prevent bacteria growing in cosmetic formulations. There has been some healthy controversy surrounding them due to a few studies finding paraben presence in breast tumours and breast tissue. However, the majority of the scientific community have deemed these findings non-conclusive due to the limitations of these studies. There’s still a lot of support for avoiding parabens following the better safe than sorry route. If you do we completely support you! If you are concerned about the health safety of parabens, then feel free to avoid them by looking out for the Paraben-Free icon. If not, don’t worry about it – they do have had one of the longest safety records as preservatives!

Which Ingredients are classified as Paraben?

A product will be paraben-free if it does not contain any of the following parabens:

  • Sodium Isobutylparaben
  • Sodium Ethylparaben
  • Sodium Butylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Sodium Propylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Sodium Methylparaben
  • Methylparaben

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum is free from SkinCarisma flagged Sulfates

Understanding Sulfates

Sulfates are a large group of ingredients which act as cleansing agents in Cosmetics. They help loosen up the dirt and grime from your skin and hair to allow for water to wash it away with ease. However some sulfates are so good at their job, they can wash off your skin’s own natural oils that keep it moisturised and protected which can lead to dryness and irritation. Most people will find no issues with sulfate, however if you find your skin doesn’t like sulfates then free feel to avoid them by looking out for the sulfate-free icon on Skincarisma.

Which ingredients are classified as sulfates?

We’ve taken the Sulfates which are considered more harsh for our Sulfate-Free status. A product will be Sulfate-Free if it does not contain any of the following Sulfates:

  • TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • PEG-15 Cocamine
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
  • Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate
  • Ammonium Xylenesulfonate
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Xylenesulfonate
  • Sodium Myreth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum contains a SkinCarisma flagged Alcohol

Understanding Simple Alcohols

Alcohol ingredients are widely used in cosmetics and come in different types. For the most part alcohols are not problematic at all. However one type of alcohols, simple alcohols can be quite drying to the skin because it evaporates very quickly. This can cause irritation which can also lead to other skin complications. These alcohols should never be used alone on your skin, but combined with other cosmetic ingredients, they are normally without issue. However, for some people with sensitive and easily irritable skin, avoiding products with these simple alcohols may be beneficial. If you find your skin doesn’t like these simple alcohols, then free feel to avoid them by looking out for the Alcohol-Free icon.

Which Ingredients are classified as Alcohol?

A product will be alcohol-free if it does not contain any of the following alcohol ingredients:

  • SD Alcohol
  • Alcohol Denat
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Alcohol

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum contains a SkinCarisma flagged Silicone

Understanding Silicones

If you’ve ever used a skincare, makeup or beauty product that’s made your skin look and feel smoother tempoarily – it’s likely contained Silicone. They are a popular class of ingredients found in cosmetics due to their smooth, soft, easy-to-spread and smooth properties that help creates an artificial layer/barrier on top of skin or hair (commonly found in conditioners).

For the same reasons they are popularly used, they are also commonly avoided. Anecdotally, many individuals have reported that Silicones cause/excerbate breakouts, irritation, cause a feeling of skin being unable to breathe, cause clumping of cosmetic products and find it difficult to wash off. As a result, those who find them problematic are avoiding them and increasingly, cosmetic companies are avoiding them as well.

If you have had bad experiences with Silicones in the past, or suspect they are problematic then look out for the tick on the Silicone-free label.


The Silicone-free label only includes the most common Silicone ingredients that have indentified been reported by individuals that could potentially cause issues.

These include: Amodimethicone, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, Dimethiconol, Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Stearyl Dimethicone, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone.

Note, that this does not include all ingredients part of the Silicone class of ingredients.

EU Allergen-Free

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum contains a SkinCarisma flagged Allergen

Understanding the Identified Contact Allergens

The EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has identified and established 26 cosmetic ingredients that are likely contact allergens (potential to cause skin allergies) as demonstrated in clinical or epidemiological studies. The EU’s SCCS have recommend cosmetic companies to disclose them on the labels if used and in cases where the concentration exceeds 0.001% in leave-on products and 0.01% in rinse-off products, then they must be labelled.

Look out for the tick on the EU-Allergen free label to know your cosmetic is free from any of the 26 identified cosmetic ingredients.

For more information regarding the EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, please visit their official website.


The EU Allergen Free label is for the 26 ingredients identified by the EU SCCS and products will be only flagged if a suspected ingredient is on it’s ingredient list. It is possible for cosmetics to contain one of the suspect ingredients without it appearing on the ingredient list due to it not reaching the concentration threshold to disclose it and cosmetic manufacturers choice to not disclose it.

Also note, the EU Allergen Free label is not personalized for your own allergies you may have and it does not constitute as medical advice. For your specific case, always consult your medical professiona such as dermatologist, physician, pharmacist, or health care provider – please read our medical disclaimer for more information.

Fungal Acne (Malassezia) Safe

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum contains a SkinCarisma flagged potentially Fungal-Acne feeding Ingredient

Understanding Fungal Acne (Pityrosporum Folliculitis/Malassezia Folliculitis)

Pityrosporum Folliculitis/Malassezia folliculitis or simply known as Fungal Acne is a persistent acne-like condition that commonly responds poorly to traditional acne-treating methods. Unlike most cases of Acne where bacteria is the culprit, Fungi is the culprit of Fungal Acne (Hence the name!). There are certain classes & groups of ingredients that have been shown to promote and feed the growth of the Fungal Acne, Fungi such as fatty acids, oils, esters, polysorbates and fermented ingredients.

For more information regarding Fungal Acne, please visit Simple Skincare Science (f.c) – #3 of our Recommend Skincare Resources for an amazing comprehensive guide!

Please Read: How to use the Fungal Acne (Malassezia) Label

At SkinCarisma, we’ve done our best to identify as many ingredients as possible but note the fungal-free label may not be 100% accurate due to the complexconditions and combination of ingredients that malezzeria can thrive on.

Additionally, products that may contain ingredients that have shown to feed Malassezia may not neccessarily exacerbate the condition due to concentration of ingredient used in the product, this information is simply not available on the products.

As a result, please note this is only an experimental label that can be best used to possible identify problematic products you have used in the past. It is in no way a perfect identifier nor a predictor in whether or not it will exacerbate or cause fungal acne. It will continue to be worked on as more information and research comes to light.

If you find any ingredients you believe should be included, please email us at [email protected]


Due to the lack of substantial research into this area it is very likely there are other ingredients and class/groups of ingredients that could feed Fungal Acne which have not been indentified.

The Fungal-Safe label does not constitute as medical advice. For your specific case, always consult your medical professiona such as dermatologist, physician, pharmacist, or health care provider – please read our medical disclaimer for more information.

Shisheido is a Japanese skin care brand founded in 1872. It is one of the oldest beauty companies in the world; however, it continues to dedicate its resources in discovering new richer ingredients and scientific advancements to create better products. Shisheido offers a full range of luxury skin care, such as makeup, sun care and skin care.

  • Some customers say it triggered breakouts.
  • Contains PEGs and skin irritants like glycols.
  • Prolonged use may cause skin dryness due to alcohol content (alcohol denat).
  • May cause stinging or irritation to the eyes and skin, especially to sensitive, acne-prone skin.
  • Limited amount of reviews on this product is not sufficient to weigh the pros and cons.

Shiseido Bio Performance Glow Revival is created by a renowned Japanese skin care company and knowing that a consumer study was conducted, it makes you trust this product instantly. However, delving deep into the ingredients, PEGs, glycols, harsh forms of alcohols are red flags – period. PEGs and glycols are penetration enhancers, but as they allow greater absorption of the formulation, it also allows harmful ingredients to enter your skin and go straight to your blood stream. Some of the other negative ingredients are skin irritants and drying to the skin. Bottom line, try to look for other serums that promote skin radiance with anti-aging benefits, but without the harsh chemicals.