Hot or Not? SK-II facial treatment essence and cellumination essence

My review on SK-II Facial treatment and Cellumination Essence. I will start with FTE then the Cellumination essence because I do have quite some specific details that I would want to share with you while using each product.

SK-II website

Facial Treatment Essence

Product claims
Skin Balancing Essence. Women everywhere are so passionate about Facial Treatment Essence that they describe it as their 'holy water.' Pitera, the seemingly magical ingredient found in all SK-II products, helps restore vital balance by promoting the skin's natural 28-day surface renewal process. This singular blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids produces a seemingly miraculous rebirth of skin's appearance. Over 90% pure Pitera, Facial Treatment Essence is the 'heart' of every SK-II skincare ritual. Rely on it daily to moisturize instantly, and renew skin's surface for a smoother texture. Skin absorbs the benefits almost on contact. The result is supple, smooth, radiant skin.                     

Application guide   
Sprinkle about a teaspoon of Facial Treatment Essence into the cupped palm of your hand. Rub hands together and press gently and evenly onto face and neck. Your skin will absorb the Essence quickly and naturally.

My story and review
I am so excited to post this review seriously lol! okay enough of that side track!

After my battle with acne (I still do get some breakouts here and there but honestly comparing my face right now and before, I did have a big improvement in my opinion looking back at some photos I took when I last had a massive pimple attack) I decided it is time to find the right products for my face and I stumbled upon this skin care line from Japan which has been on the market for the longest time and I only discovered this like what? 2months ago? (maybe because I love using drugstore products before or anything more than $15 is considered VERY EXPENSIVE already)

So I read read read and watched so many reviews before deciding to purchase this FTE because with its price tag, its WAAAAY beyond my budget to tell you honestly! If I was a celebrity or I have a high paying job I would totally know that I'm secured to use this FOREVER, Sadly, I don't know my future but as long as I can afford this, I would spend my last penny buying this FTE.

So much side-tracking ugh! sorry =( I have so much to say about SK-II lol!

So before using this, I remembered my boss from the office telling me that I had sunburn! (little did she know that I just got over with my acne attack and my red uneven dry face was all scars and yes! my skin was that bad!) and I was a little hesitant to buy this because If you go to makeupally facial treatment essence review you would see that only 55% would buy this product and I also read on some blogs that it made them break out or somethin but with Cate Blanchett being the spokesperson of SK-II, I was sold, I also read on one article that she has been using this for years now. (I know I spend so much time browsing for reviews before purchasing a product)

*Smell of this product is not as bad as what I have read on other blogs and like what I said on one of my posts, I would totally use the most unpleasant smelling product in the world so as long as it works well with my skin rather than a scented one.

*Consistency is like a little thicker than water

My own way of applying this product
1.I use this after my anti acne soap every morning and night
2.Before my morning moisturizer which is the Hada Labo Super Hyalunronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion
3.Before my night time serum which is the SK-II Cellumination Essence.
4.I use quilted cotton squares with it so I basically use this as a toner or you can sprinkle some of it on your palms then pat/massage it on your face.

so without further ado here is the before and after 4weeks 1/2 photo of me using this product! take note: I was using Maxi peel exfoliant soap, AHA+BHA hada labo (once at night every 3days), Hada Labo Super Hyalunronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion(morning), SK-II Cellumination Essence (at night) and my Clarisonic with it.

SK-II Cellumination Essence

Product claims
Cellumination Essence (Hydrating Serum) hydrates and refines the surface to boost skin’s natural, healthy-looking glow and to help diminish the appearance of discoloration for a more even tone.
  • It conditions and refines for a skin surface with more even texture and transparency that boosts light transmission within the surface. More light transmission creates a healthy looking natural glow and makes the look of discolorations such as age spots have a less obvious contrast to natural skin colour.
  • It contains concentrated SK-II <Pitera®> that helps lead to improvement in overall skin appearance.
  • It permeates quickly into the skin and gives a light and smooth feeling when applied.

My review
The consistency of this serum is not too thick so your face abosrbs the product in less than 15 seconds, this is like the opposite of hadalabo Hyaluronic Acid in terms of consistency.

Smell is very pleasant for me.

I love this serum, if only I was dang rich I would totally stock my closet full of SK-II products, specially this one and the FTE =( but If I would have to give up one product once both container runs out It will probably be this one ( don't get me wrong! this is the best serum I have tried! It doesn't break me out, and whenever I wake up in the morning I can totally see an improvement! As you have seen in the photo above, my skin has evened out in just 4 1/2 weeks to be exact and I would give SK-II FTE and Cellumination Essence the most credit for that and also my skin care routine although I am breaking out a little just because I sleep 4am every night, eat oily foods, play online games whenever I'm off and not get too much sleep! So once again I would like to thank my current skincare products for maintaining my face =)


Price Paid?
Facial Treatment Essence- 215ml $150
Cellumination Essence- $150

What's hot about it?
-the Facial Treatment Essence itself is enough to keep my skin moisturized
-skin tone has evened out (some scars/discolorations are diminished)
-my skin's texture is much much softer and before whenever I get pimples it's kinda hard to notice just because my face was full of scars but now, my skin is much clearer, so whenever I get a bump, I notice immediately
-My skin before was DRY believe me and it has always been that way! but now It's like I have a shine on my skin

What's not hot about it?
-We all know the price tag is
-I get huge acne breakouts sometimes but it eventually goes away, (I am not entirely sure if it's because of SK II or not but it doesn't really worry me just because the overall appearance of my skin has become better)
-I have read on some reviews that your skin gets too dependent on FTE product, so if you stop using it, you will breakout (I will keep you updated on this but as for now i would purchase FTE as long as I can)

****update July 22, 2011
I kinda lessened the use of skii since IDk I was breakin out or somethin? or maybe it's just me again =) but all is good! still use it like once or twice a week or when I feel that my skin needs a good moisturizing.

For my current skin care routine click HERE.

FTC: I bought the Facial Treatment Essence with my own money and my mom gave me the Cellumination essence as a birthday gift.  I am not getting paid or compensated for this post. I am not affiliated with this company and this is my honest opinion.

Note: What works for me might not work for you and vice versa. This entry is based on my experience only. 


  1. try vitamin c + colagen injection instead. it will heal your skin faster.

  2. I love reading your blog ^_^ Our skin condition are pretty much similar thus I can totally relate to your acne-related entries. After trying numerous hit&misses products, I finally splurged on SK-II products as well(I'm considering this as my last resort to finally clear my acnes) I've been using SK-II FTE, FTC and FTL all together and so far the results are GREAT!!! ...
    You might want to skip the cellumination essence and just use the FTE alone..or vice versa..Who knows, maybe the reason that triggers the breakout is using 2 essence @ the same time..=)

  3. hi thank you for your visiting my blog =) and yea I notice when I put too much stuff on my face I break out easily, right now I have like 5-6 pimples ugh anyways yes I'm still using FTE like once a week whenever I feel really really stressed out from work =)

    have a good day

  4. Hi, i can understand your struggle with acne. i had the worst experience with acne several years ago and i had to consult dermatologist expertise for treatment and one of the prof gave me life saver product that i used for several years - neostrata product. only recently that i change my beauty skin regime to neostrata and SKII treatment essence because of age and my skin condition - i'm free from acne and i have dry skin due to prolong use of neostrata product. i'm bit skeptical first when i use SKII essence because i never change my neostrata for years and bit afraid of acne break out. but to my relief nothing bad is happening. my skin seems to love treatment essense, it glows, looks healthy and young, radiant, and well moisturized. i know this product is really expensive but i will go for it if this is the best as long as i can afford it. i'm not using full range of SK2 product, i dont want my skin to get shock. i just focus on the essence and maybe i will extend to SK2 mask sooner.

    i wish u all the best.

  5. oh thank you for dropping by! and yes I only have 1 pimple now I have been using the sk II treatment essence like 2-3 times a week now and I stand by my promise that I will keep using it as long as I have extra $$ because I really notice that it makes my skin really dewy and flawless-looking. thanks!

  6. Great reviews on different products. Just like you, I'm looking of products that would help clear my shy-acne face! Where can I buy SK II FTE here in the Philippines?

  7. I bought it from eBay when I was in the US, so I'm not really sure where to buy one from here sorry. ^_^

  8. i was shocked to c actually there is a guy passion in skincare like me,i4m a sk2 user also,except from the two products u r using,i also use the aqua physic gel,try it,it is the smoothest gel moisturizer that i ever experienced

  9. i was wondering where you ordered yours from?
    i've been debating whether to invest in the essence for quiet some time now.... i wish i could find a 100ml one, but i seem to be unable to find it online...

  10. I bought mine from eBay, you have to make sure that you're buying from a VERY TRUSTED seller though, I mean I wouldn't know if there are fake skii out there but don't want to take that risk. =) take care!

    1. may i know the ebay seller? thanks

  11. Oh thank you for this wonderful review. I've been hearing a lot of good reviews bout this but sadly, my budget can't afford it. poor me =_=" your after results are great! :D

  12. you're very welcome the doll princess! it's my pleasure!

    yea I know, the price is expensive -_- oh well!

  13. nice idea... thanks for sharing...


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  16. mier.mina@gmail.comMarch 12, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    I use the complete set of SK-II Men and i must say I am very very very satisfied with the effects. The high cost really pays for the results. I bought my set in Seoul @ the City Duty Free Shop.

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