Happy Sunday! Today we’ve got a doozy. I emptied this last month and have been dying to talk about it. I’ve you’ve read the other reviews I’ve posted so far, you know I like to be honest and keep it real. No sugar coating here. So, let me start off by saying the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has won numerous people’s choice awards in various magazines throughout the years There’s a page on SK-II’s website to prove it even! But is it worth the heavy price tag? Let’s talk about what this product is, what the claims are, look into the ingredients, usage and then the final verdict. It’s a lot of steps, but for something like this, we need to get the info out there.
So what the heck is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and why does it cost an arm and leg? According to SK-II, the Facial Treatment Essence is said to help “…replenish skin’s moisture to help prevent skin dryness, smoothen skin surface texture for soft & smooth skin and moderate skin’s renewal cycle.” So basically, you use this and you’ll even out the tone and texture of your skin while combating dryness and exfoliating your skin to promote quicker cell renewal. Sounds pretty excellent in theory.
Before we continue further, let’s take a look at the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid
A very minimal ingredient list here, right? So what makes the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence so special? According to SK-II, its Pitera. So what’s that? Pitera is an ingredient that SK-II developed in the 1970s when the brand was formed. It is a by-product from the yeast fermentation process that is rich in amino acids, vitamins and loads of other good stuff. SK-II has a page all about Pitera. So basically, Pitera is amazingly good for your skin and can help battle everything from tone/texture issues to hydration to fighting fine lines and wrinkles.
Now that we’ve got that info, let’s talk about the product itself. The essence feels watery, but feels so much softer than water once you pat it in. Below is a bit that I poured into my hand.
Now we’ll talk about how the product performed. Before we go into that, let’s talk about my skin: I’m 35yrs old, and while my skin is usually pretty even in tone and texture, I am noticing more fine lines, both from the natural aging process and from dehydration. I was hoping, if anything, that this would maintain the texture to my skin, but perhaps make my skin appear more plump and less dry.
So what did I notice from using this? It appeared that my skin looked supple and glowy while using this, but other than that I didn’t notice anything else. For reference, this small sample provided about two weeks worth of use when used morning and night. In general, not much can really be seen from many products in that time frame, especially if use is discontinued at that point. Just something to keep in mind.
Now to be fair, I think I’ve always felt a particular way about essences in general, but knowing that the creme de la creme of essences didn’t impress me? I think it’s fair for me to say that I don’t think I’d spend my money on this. However, and this is a big however, I really did enjoy how this felt on my skin. I hate that honestly! That being said, I’d use this if given to me, but I wouldn’t be spending my own money on this. Because of the consistency and feel, I would say this would be an excellent product to use for the Seven Skin Method, but at the cost, I would feel pretty terrible about applying seven times each routine.
And because I keep talking about the price, let’s talk about how much this would set you back. You can buy this at Sephora* in the standard size for $179 for a whopping 5.4oz (160mL) (Ok, I’m being a tad sarcastic with that remark). That equates to about $33.15 per ounce. Definitely not liquid gold, but it is pricey. There is a value size as well that retails for $229/7.8oz, but that only comes to about $29.36 per ounce.
Again, would I purchase? Meeeeh.. Even if I could afford it on a regular basis, I wouldn’t. At least not based on my two-week trial of using it. I’m more interested in the mist personally. There are rumors of dupes out there and I do have samples of one… Stay tuned for further posts!
Have you tried the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence? If so, what are your thoughts? Would you buy before try? Share your thoughts in the comments!