Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick review


Hello you. A couple of weeks ago, I featured the Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick (0.05 oz: 26 USD) in one of my Insta Story when I happened to roam around inside Sephora. I’ve always wanted to try that lipstick especially after having a good review of the Shiseido Modern Matte Powder (link HERE). If you’ve read that particular post before, then you’d know by now that I have a serious appreciation for Shiseido lip products and lip colors. While I haven’t tried them all, I do think that Shiseido’s lipsticks are the type that really needs to be in everyone’s holy grail list, despite being quite underrated here in the US.


Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick swatch and review


Since being on my radar for a couple of months now, I was pretty sure that the VisionAiry Lipstick is going to be quite different from the Modern Matte Lipstick but all the while still be very interesting to try. I was also quite certain that the quality and lasting power of it will be just as good if not better than the Modern Matte, which is the type that you’d typically expect from Shiseido’s very good quality of lipsticks.



Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick


I remember losing one shade of my Modern Matte Powder Lipstick collection during one of my trips and I felt really bad about it, so I ended up replenishing the shade I lost and collected even a few more colors since then. Yep, once you find the right lipstick/lip color, it’s always a good practice to have a backup just in case it gets discontinued in the future. By the way, the Shiseido Modern Matte Lipstick I lost is the shade 506 Disrobed, it’s a beautiful perfect nude rose for light-medium skintone that looks really nice during the Spring and Summer. My other fave shade from this Shiseido lipstick line is the 508 Semi Nude.


The Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick has a very similar packaging to the Allure Best of Beauty Winner 2018 Modern Matte Powder Lipstick, only that it’s on the slimmer side, and it’s also not magnetic compared to the Modern Matte. It doesn’t have any scent and the shades are mostly full-coverage at just one swipe, although some of the lighter ones may need to be swiped a few times in order to get the coverage you want. Upon initial application, I find the lipstick to be extremely weightless, super light, and yes it does feel very airy. It’s basically like a very lightweight gel lipstick that feels like nothing on the lips. It’s an interesting lipstick to look at because it looks very soft and it melts easily on the lips right after a few swipes. For me, it feels too soft and too buttery once it comes in contact with my skin, however, this lipstick did not melt when I took it out in the sun. Its similar texture and feel remind me of the YSL Volupte Shine (reviewed HERE) but that’s not the only thing. I wasn’t quite sure what the finish of this lipstick is going to be. A lot of folks mentioned that it’s going to be satiny, but at first swipe, it actually looks quite glossy.


Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick lip swatch


Rose Muse – dusty rose

Night Rose – vintage rose

Streaming Mauve – rose plum


After 15-20 minutes, this lipstick sets into something completely different than what I thought it would be. It transforms into a satin matte lip color that looks more diffused, blotted, and soft-focused, kind of like the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips (seen HERE) in that effect, which honestly looks really really nice. It does feel a bit sticky on the lips, the kind that will remind you of most matte liquid lipsticks and it does transfer quite a bit. But since it’s very pigmented, the color stays mostly on the lips and on me, it lasts about 4-6 hours without reapplication.


The following swatches below show the first few minutes right after the application, followed by several minutes that passed after application. You can see how the texture of this lipstick changed from being glossy to being matte.


First Few Minutes of Application

Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick swatches


20 Minutes Later

Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick swatch


There are several shades to choose from this weightless Shiseido lipstick line and I would love to get more of them in the future. When compared to the Modern Matte Powder lipsticks, I think I like them both. If you prefer a weightless lip color with the finish of a very pigmented liquid matte lipstick, then you might like the VisionAiry Gel Lipstick. For an overall high-quality and long-lasting matte lipstick, I highly recommend the Shiseido Modern Matte.


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Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick


The Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick is currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Harrods, and Walmart