This cream is so delicious on the skin. I've been using Shiseido and while it's great, it also comes with that hefty pricetag! This cream seems to be as good if not better. It doesn't ball up under makeup and my skin has the look of a fresh facial after using it. Using the serum first isn't a MUST but they do pair very well together. I'm very happy with both and will repurchase. A little goes a long way.