In Britney Spears’ voice: This is a story of a naïve girl.
It was 6 years ago when she gave SK-II a try. Back then when she was still a student, SK-II was very pricey, so she saved up her earnings from working as a part-time freelancer to buy herself some SK-IIs. It still is expensive, thanks to price increase of its products every now and then. She, like most women out there, somehow got herself “persuaded” by the never-ending advertisements shown on the TV and magazines to use SK-II for crystal-clear skin, and then she regretted it. VERY. MUCH. INDEED. Something basically murdered her skin. 6 years later, the same OCCASIONAL adventurous naïve lady decided to give this brand another go. On that fateful day, she met a nice SK-II consultant at Isetan, The Gardens Mid Valley, and she went home with these:
1. Gentle Cleansing Foam 125ml (RM 219)
2. Cellumination Mask-in Lotion 200ml (RM 269)
3. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 330ml (rm 699)
4. GWP: Stempower Cream 15ml
5. GWP: 1 Facial Treatment Essence Mask (sheet mask)
*the end of the vocal narration, thank you!
The above picture shows these empty bottles, and I am going to share with you about them and the sheet mask. First, the mask-in lotion, which is a toner, was said to provide intense moisturization with some whitening benefits to the skin. This mask is AHA-free, so those with dry or sensitive skin could opt for this instead of SK-II’s regular Facial Treatment Clear Lotion. The Cellumination Mask-in Lotion was supposed to impart glow on my face, which I did not see but I have to agree that it is indeed very hydrating for my dehydrated, combination-dry skin. I like this toner, but I am not willing to fork out RM269 to repurchase it. I have tried other hydrating toners that worked just as good, but at a lower price.
What about the Holy Water that works like a magic potion for many men and women on earth? SK-II’s star product, Facial Treatment Essence is THE KEY to crystal clear skin. Who on the right mind does not want that? This is raved by many, yet disputed by quite a number, too. After diligently using up this big bottle, I was BUMMED. The first month was perfect, but after that my skin became inbalance, and it started to produce tiny bumps on my forehead and cheeks! However, I did purchase the smaller size available at the counter, which is 75ml, because I found one little GOODNESS in this Holy Water. This essence is really great if you are sunburned! All you need to do is pour some essence onto your palm and pat it on your dry, parched, burned skin (due to sun exposure) before feeling the burning sensation significantly reduced.
Lastly, I must THANK GOD for giving me wisdom not to splurge on SK-II’s sheet mask. I have always heard about the great things about this mask, but since I was given a sheet for free, I put my temptations on hold. After all, this sheet mask does not come cheap. The sheet masks are packed in a box of 6 sheets (6 usage only), and each box cost more than RM300. So, I put the mask on my face for 30 minutes and looked how smooth, hydrated, and radiant my skin was at THAT time, which was already at night. My pores were tightened, and I looked so healthy! I hit the sack right after that, and I woke up the next morning by big red bumps on my cheeks! I rarely have acne problem, and the mask gave me that in one night. Yayyyyy…………
I know there are many die-hard fans out there who swore by SK-II, but sorry, this poor consumer was of no luck, even when she gave SK-II another shot after 6 years. I was disappointed, but I will not let the search for crystal clear skin to end right there and then. Will I give try SK-II again another 6 years? I don’t know. Yes, I am vain, but I have pleasant experience with its gentle cleansing foam (reviewed here), so why not?
Have you tried SK-II before? How do you like it?