SKII Cellumination Blogger Challenge

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

skii cellumination mask in lotion essence ex day surge uv

Prior to trying out SKII Cellumination range, I went down to the SKII counter over at BHG Bugis for my SKII Magic Ring skin analysis.

1st Magic Ring skin analysis result (before starting on SKII Cellumination range)

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I started on my SKII Cellumination Regimen after I came back from Taiwan. This time round I went to places like Yilan, Taichung and Taipei. We visited lots of sightseeing places and boy, the sun was scorching hot! I came back with not just one but two shades darker! Even my fellow colleague was like, "Patricia, you're looking brown after your Taiwan trip!" I even have got colleagues asking me if I went to Phuket instead of Taiwan.

I was determined to get fairer or at the very least brighten up my skintone. I don't want to look like Justice Bao whom I have been made reference to. I guess in our society, especially in Asia, we still embrace fair skin afterall. Why do I say so? Well, I have been asked a lot of times, "Why are you so tanned? Why do you go tanning? Why are you so dark? You mean you like to be tanned? You're not Singaporean, are you? Do you know you look like you're from Country X (usually less-developed countries)? You sure you're 100% Chinese?" I do get hurt whenever someone makes a comment like that. To answer the questions above, I actually do not like to be tanned. The reason why I am so tanned is because I get tanned easily and due to the fact that I had to spend a lot of time in the sun for footdrill and physical training sessions when I was in Secondary school as I was from the Red Cross then. Plus, I swam a lot when I was a teenager. When I was in Polytechnic, I still swam and play tennis occasionally. I haven't been to the beach for tanning session since my Poly days but still, I am not getting any fairer. Sometimes, I will be really tempted to go for whitening drips/injections to get fairer faster but then again, I didn't because I was afraid of the side effects after the treatment plus its not a one-off thing, you will have to go for treatments every  month to maintain it.

I have been using SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion, Cellumination Essence EX and Cellumination Day Surge UV for more than 2 months now and I thought that its time that I share my thoughts on them with you.

Here's a summary of my Magic Ring skin analysis results on 3 different occasions over the period of 2 months.

DateTexture RefinementFirmness Power Wrinkle ResilienceSpot ControlRadiance EnhancementTotal
3 June 265760544955
9 July485150655153
5 August634849575354

Let me share with you my day and night skincare routine.


Cleanser > SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion > Cellumination Essence EX > Cellumination Day Surge UV > Makeup


Double cleanse > SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion > Cellumination Essence EX > Stempower

After 5 weeks of embarking on my SKII Cellumination regimen, I had my 2nd Magic Ring skin analysis.

2nd Magic Ring skin analysis result (after 5 weeks of using SKII Cellumination range)

skii skin analysis 1

3 June 9 JulyDifference
Texture Refinement264822
Firmness Power 5751-6
Wrinkle Resilience6050-10
Spot Control546511
Radiance Enhancement49512

Boy, I was surprised that my total score dropped! Of all, my texture refinement improved the most, followed by spot control and radiance enhancement. My wrinkle resilience and firmness power results became worse, each scoring -6 and -10 respectively.

I was rather concerned about it hence I asked my beauty advisor why is that so. She recommended that I use SKII Facial Treatment Essence after SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion by dabbing it onto my face with a cotton pad before swiping it with upward motion.

Hence, I incorporated SKII Facial Treatment into my skincare routine thereafter. Here's my skincare routine as of 9 July.


Cleanser > SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion > SKII Facial Treatment Essence > Cellumination Essence EX > Cellumination Day Surge UV > Makeup


Double cleanse > SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion > SKII Facial Treatment Essence > Cellumination Essence EX > Stempower

3rd Magic Ring skin analysis result (after starting on SKII Cellumination range including the usage of Facial Treatment Essence)

skii skin analysis

9 July5 AugustDifference
Texture Refinement486315
Firmness Power 5148-3
Wrinkle Resilience5049-1
Spot Control6557-8
Radiance Enhancement51532

After incorporating SKII Facial Treatment Essence into my skincare routine for close to a month, my texture refinement improved the most, followed by radiance enhancement. However, my spot control, firmness power and wrinkle resilience results became worse.

Let's look at my Magic Ring skin analysis results over the period of 2 months, comparing my before and after results of using SKII Cellumination range.

3 June 5 AugustDifference
Texture Refinement266337
Firmness Power 5748-9
Wrinkle Resilience6049-11
Spot Control54573
Radiance Enhancement49534

From the analysis, my texture refinement improved the most, followed by radiance and spot control. As for wrinkle resilience and firmness power, I guess I will still need to work on them.

After sharing my Magic Ring skin analysis results with you, I would like to share with you my thoughts on each of the SKII products I have tried from SKII Cellumination range. 

SKII Cellumination Mask in Lotion

skii cellumination mask in lotion

What is it:

First step in the way to glowing skin is the Cellumination Mask-in Lotion. This unique everyday lotion offers mask-like hydration benefits, boosting skin’s hydration levels throughout the day so skin stays well-moisturized, soft and supple.

My thoughts:

I first came across SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion at Translucent Aura Bright Skin Media Event and I told myself its one of the SKII product I must definitely try out. You might be wondering why is it called Mask-in Lotion. Well, it is because SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion hydrates the skin just like how facial masks do!

skii cellumination mask in lotion swatch

You can use SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion either by pouring it onto a facial cotton pad before patting it on your face or pouring it directly on your palm and pat it onto your skin (akin to how the model uses Hada Labo SHA lotion on TV commercials). Personally, I prefer the latter as I feel that it absorbs better and faster into my skin.

In terms of texture, its slightly thicker than Hada Labo SHA lotion. SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion reminds me of Albion Excia Whitening Lotion.

I might use SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion as a lotion mask in future if I'm feeling extravagant.

SKII Cellumination Essence EX

skii cellumination essence ex

What is it:

Designed to improve both RGB balance and RGB variance for brilliant translucent aura skin, as if you are wearing light foundation. Its Aura Bright Cocktail with Pixel White™ evens out texture & tone from micro level on top of treating spots or freckles as well as epidermis plumpness and collagen glycation.  

My thoughts:

SKII Cellumination Essence EX has got to be the star product out of the 3 that I'm reviewing today. It brightens up my skin immediately after application, giving the pearlescent effect.

skii cellumination essence ex swatch

If you have been following SweetestSins, you would have know that I am quite wary when it comes to whitening or brightening products because generally, my skin can't take them anymore due to whitening overload (there was a period of time when I piled on and used too many whitening products at a go). Hence, now I can only use whitening products from a few brands. If you haven't guessed it, SKII is one of them!

SKII Cellumination Essence EX glides onto my skin really well. Upon application of SKII Cellumination Essence EX, my skin looks brighter and more radiant. SKII Cellumination Essence EX absorbs into my skin faster when I use SKII Facial Treatment Essence prior to applying SKII Cellumination Essence EX. When I did my Magic Ring skin analysis, the SKII beauty advisor recommended that I use SKII Facial Treatment Repair C before SKII Cellumination Essence EX to combat dryness.

SKII Cellumination Day Surge UV

skii cellumination day surge uv

What is it:

Dual-action whitening emulsion with UV protection (SPF30/PA+++) for daytime use.

Cellumination Day Surge UV primes skin to realize the full benefits of a night time skincare regimen through the management and prevention of daytime skin damage.  Cellumination Day Surge UV balances skin’s red, green, and blue light (RGB) variance, paving the way to Brilliant Translucent Aura.

My thoughts:

I was quite hesistant to try SKII Cellumination Day Surge UV initially. You know, most of the time we will be worried as to whether new sunscreen will be too oily for our skin, make our skin feel tight or even break us out.

skii cellumination day surge uv swatch
I guess my worries were unfounded because SKII Cellumination Day Surge feels like an emulsion, it is rather moisturizing and it didn't make my T-zone look shiner. One of the SKII beauty advisor that I spoke to refer SKII Cellumination Day Surge as the day version of SKII Cellumination Deep Surge EX.

Being someone whom emphasize a lot on base makeup, I can say that I almost never leave for work without having at least foundation or BB cream (now sometimes CC cream) on. I guess it has very much to do with my complexion. Without base makeup, my complexion is yellow-looking and looks dull.

Recently, I have been gyming a lot (this won't be new to you if you're following me on Instagram) so there are days when I head to work without any makeup - just SKII Cellumination Day Surge after my usual regimen that consists of SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion, SKII Facial Treatment Essence and SKII Cellumination Essence EX. 

Here's a picture of me with no makeup, just SKII Cellumination range skincare.

after using skii cellumination without makeup
Sans makeup
Surprisingly, I felt good about it and confident enough to show my bare sans-makeup skin! I need not worry about my makeup oxiziding or my skin feeling dry by mid day.

In fact, I remember there was a day where I had to head out for a gathering last minute after work and I didn't have any makeup on. Thus, I reached out for the makeup pouch that I have on standby in office (you never know when there will be an emergency!) to whip out my foundation. I was applying my foundation halfway (I usually start with half of my face before moving on to the other) when I realised that the side that had no foundation actually looked brighter as compared to the side with foundation!

I hope you like this entry. Thanks for reading .


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