I can't quite make my mind up on this essence. It was horrendously expensive and I didn't even buy the largest size bottle but bought the 150 ml bottle. I use this after cleansing and toning and find that it's applied better when my skin is just a wee bit damp from my toner.
Considering the premium price and branding the packaging is very cheap and they could well improve with how the liquid is dispensed to both save product and also to reduce the risk of contamination.
I have been using this for 3 months now. I have combination skin, early-mid thirties with no obvious lines or wrinkles. It doesn't cause break-outs or dry my skin but but I really done see much of an improvement for the price tage (much like the Genifique serum). In saying this though I think this product is a preventative anti-aging essence so unless I can do a 'Sliding Doors' moment I will never really know if using this will help slow down the aging process.
Not sure how people hate the smell - its so subtle it's not worth mentioning and one you apply any other face creams it is undetectable. Using it twice daily my bottle will probably last 6 months so i will have to review it later on to see if something better is on the market. If you don't mind spending the extra money on a product which is probably not an essential for your daily skin care routine then you should at least try it out but otherwise I wouldn't worry about buying it.
I had this for 3 years, initially I used it and find nothing significant. The effect is nothing short of using some scrub or AHA, but for the price, its not worth it. I used about half of it (4 oz) and I tried it the other day again & still .... not much difference.
This product broke me out HORRIBLY, I have sensitive skin and the sales women promised me that it would be ok for my skin. The first day I used it, it was ok...but by the third day, I broke out on my cheeks and could not continue to use it as it started to itch. I gave it to my mom and hope she gets use out of it or it will be money going down the drain..
My only negative comment about this is the price - why SK-II whyyyyy!
I don't use their whole range, I only use the essence because i got it as a free sample (30ml size). I'm using it as the SA reccomended for my oily/dehydrated acne prone skin - press into my skin with my fingers after toning and before moisturiser. I've been using it for about 2 weeks now.
I'm loving the feeling it gives me and my skin is definitely more glowy - a nice difference to my normal dull oily skin.
It hasn't negatively affected my acne either but it hasn't really prevented new pimples either. It seems like its making my pores smaller though, so that can only help my acne right?
I'll update after a few more weeks of use :)
I ended up buying the big bottle :D
I don't use it every day twice a day like suggested, but more like every night or second night when I feel like I need some extra moisture etc
its made my skin softer, brighter and seems to help with my acne scars
Will buy again <3
Despite my acne condition, I have to say this is a good product. Together with the clear lotion, I can see that my skin is clearer. Remember to use it with the clear lotion. I used 2 bottles without the clear lotion and didnt think i saw any good result till I added clear lotion.
It really works! After day 2, I could see my complexion got brighter, tightened pores and became more radiant. I use it together with the clear lotion and together they work wonder :) My skin texture is improved, the T-zone area is normalized. Everytime I look in the mirror I look like someone who has been going regularly to her dermatologist for routine facial treatment. I didn't experience break-outs or allergic reactions to pitera that some might encounter. Yes the price is a bit high for it, but you only need small amount at each application...so a bottle is such a good investment for a healthy glowing skin. Love this essence and will repurchase it for sure! My suggestion is get the essence kit first so you know whether it's ok for ur skin...
No effect on my skin whatsoever. Used for about 2 months - have given it away to my mom for her to try.
UPDATE; I have started to use this with the Clear Lotion and it works miracles. My skin is glowing, smooth and soft in the mornings.
The SA told me to dab the Clear Lotion on a cotton pad and dab it on the skin for about 1 minute. (yes 1 minute). Followed by the FTE on a cotton pad for 1-2 minutes, dabbing gently (beauty is hard work but worth it). The results was abut amazing - I truly think the difference is the Clear Lotion and the technique of application.
Yes its expensive, but its still cheaper than, La MER!
Facial Treatment Essence is my HG. I am 20 and I will use it until I die, I am sure of it. My skin wasn't bad when I started using it, but pores were starting to open up, and because I had been doing water sports under the sun for a whole week, I had developed freckles on my left cheek (I don't usually have any on my face). Furthermore, I had red pigmentation (dots that seem to go deeper than the skin surface) on my nose edges and chin.
Once I started using this, saw the bumps and uneven skin clear up to flat, clear skin. That happened within 2 weeks. Fast forward 2 weeks later (1 month from starting) I realised that my freckles were fading - even a mole which I had on my right cheek. Now, if you have tried using other skincare products, you will realise that freckles are mostly unfadeable without invasive treatment (in Clinique's words: "sorry, but freckles are forever".) My pores are now so amazingly tightened that I have to search for them in the mirror - a big change from their obvious visibility before I started. The red pigmentation has also completely disappeared. I am looking forward to enjoying 50, 60 years of this product on my face, nothing else will do.
TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO CLAIM IT DOESN'T MAKE MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE: you either already have porcelain skin to begin with, or you aren't using this right. To enjoy its full benefits, you MUST use a facial cleanser and then toner/ exfoliator on your skin beforehand. Otherwise, the Facial Treatment Essence won't be interacting with new skin cells (it needs to do so in order to regenerate them). TRUST ME. And when you apply it - don't stinge. Put 2-3 drops in the palm of your hand, then spread it swiftly all over your left cheek, repeat for right cheek, repeat for forehead and nose. Then wipe your hands on your neck. Don't use the cotton pads like they advise on the site - the pads just soak everything up and don't go anywhere else.
Good luck xxx continued >>
I put this on every night and every morning. I is not a dramatic change but on the days I forget to use it, I do notice my skin is not as bright. It really balances your skin. The trick is to put a few drops in your palms and press them into your face and let dry.
Can't live without it. No matter what brand i use for my skin, this FTE is a must have for me.. i apply it religiously, every morning and night, and its a must for me. Best to prepare the skin before any other treatment and make up routine