SK-II - Facial Treatment Essence


Facial Treatment Essence

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence was the first SK-II product to be released. It was launched in Japan in 1980 and the formula has not changed since. Rich in Pitera, it contains 90 per cent, which is the highest concentration in the whole range. It works to boost the skin's moisture intake, smooth skin texture and renew dull looking skin. Japanese women who have been using the product for more than 20 years, refer to it as "miracle water".

$100 / $185

Pack size:
75mL / 150mL


Myer and David Jones

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I started using this product after the birth of my second child, at a time when I just couldn't stand looking in the mirror anymore. I was sleep deprived, my hormones were all over the place and it was the first time I noticed myself looking old. I bought this product in sheer desperation, as I hadn't spent anything like that much money on a skincare product before, but I haven't regretted it for a second. It has improved every aspect of my face; fine lines, uneven tone, hydration, pores, absolutely everything. I absolutely refuse to be without this product now, it's worth every cent.


Buy this product.

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Smells like feet and does basically nothing.

I've had a few sample bottles of this and also a full sized bottle that I received in my BiB prize pack last year.

This facial essence looks and feels like water but smells like a pair of dirty feet were washed in it.

You can apply with a cotton ball/pad or tip a small amount in to your hand and pat on to your face, I like to use the patting motion with my essences as there is zero waste that way and I can rub my hands together after applying and they get a little special attention too.

I found this product did nothing, it possibly offered some extra hydration but ultimately the results are far from being worth the price in my opinion.

I think I will stick to my cheaper essences and skip the stinky foot water from now on.



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Best in Beauty 2014 - Not your ordinary water!

I have a soft spot for SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence. I don’t consider it a toner, nor a treatment product. In fact, I don’t know how to categorise it; all I know is that it does a wonderful job at calming and hydrating my skin. It is a pleasure to pop this on my face, and for that reason, it gets a five start vote from me for best toner.

Facial Treatment Essence looks like water, feels like water, and pretty much smells like water. For a bottle of water it sure is damn expensive! I don’t consider it a toner, per se, however I do use this product like a toner – apply after cleansing and before moisturising. For me, the key to this product is to apply it with your hands. I put a few drops into the palm of my hands, rub it in a touch, and pat it into my face. After applying this wonderful liquid, my face looks and feels soothed, redness is reduced, and my skin feels like it has been given a slight moisture boost. With regular use, I have found this product makes my skin feel more hydrated and clarified than usual. Facial Treatment Essence seems to work exceptionally well at combating and calming the skin – hence addressing any redness.

I’ll be honest and say I think this has very little effect on wrinkles or even fine lines. I feel this is more of a preventative measure which works by keeping your skin moist and making the most of the hydrating properties of your moisturiser. I love this product for how it makes my skin look and feel so calm and refined. If you are in a position to make an investment in this product, I suggest you look into this product depending on your skin’s needs. It isn’t a miracle worker, nothing is, however this does work a bit of magic on my skin. It is by far the best “toner” I have ever used.



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OK Toner

Not sure that I could classify this as a treatment essence as it felt more like a toner to me, and I used it as such.

I received a large sample size in a DJ's tote bag and had also picked one up on a freebie magazine offer, but I've only used one of these sample bottles as I was underwhelmed.
I'd read such wonderful reviews of this product, but I wasn't impressed.

I used it after cleansing (not an SKII cleanser) applying it to dampened cotton wool and wiping over my face. The cotton wool did have some grime on it, but that is the only observation I made. It didn't appear to renew my dull skin or smooth my skin texture.

Perhaps if used in conjunction with the SKII range it would perform better.



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An ok toner but did not work for me

I am so happy I am not the only one who is not overly impressed by this product. I believe that there is a large number of girls who love this product and swear by it, can't imagine their skincare routine without SK-II.
I had heard so many raving reviews about it before actually trying this product that it made me feel that SK-II would change the appearance of my skin, that it will become smooth and beautiful, blemish free.... yeah right? What product does that?
As it is extremely expensive I did not intend to buy it. The chance to give it a go appeared when I grabbed a sample bottle ( I believe 50ml) with a magazine, and one more sample bottle with David Jones tote bag. 100ml would be enough to entitle me to my own opinion. I felt so good the first couple of days of applying this product. I think it was just a placebo, knowing that the product is considered cult and very expensive. SK-II feels like water, there is almost no smell detectable, but when you can smell it , the aroma is not that pleasant. One has to be careful not to spill the contents at once because it is so watery. I used my hand as a container for a few drops and then I pressed my hands together and patted the SK-II essence in to my face and neck. It worked as as long as hydration is concerned. And nothing else. I didn't notice much difference in my complexion. Skin texture was the same, pigmentation the same. Probably the best thing about using this product was in my mind, knowing how posh and sophisticated it is.
I do believe though that SK-II essence might work pretty well when it is combined with other products form the line. Unfortunately, the price tag is at the moment too high for me to go and try them together. I have to say that I much prefer Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner.



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Can't Live without it

This product is a must used product if you are using SK-II range. The first time I used FTE made my skin a bit dry and flaky (my skin was oily at that time) but after 3 months, the oil reduced.

FTE have a special smell because its originally made from rice. It's a fremented rice water. 75ml can last up to 2months for daily usage (twice a day).

If you want to have the best result using this products you have to used other SK-II products. Tapped on a cotton pad for best result. This is recommended by SK-II beauty advisor.

My daily regime: ckeansing oil (after make up) - cleanser - toner - FTE - Serum - moisturizer

This product is pricey and I wish it is cheaper.


Put the bottle on your fridge. It has a calming effect on your skin

Ideal for

Any skin types and climate



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dont understand the hype

So I got myself some of this 'micracle lotion' and it was expensive....
The glass jar contains a white based lotion and firstly the glass scares me in the bathroom, at the price I would just hate to drop it or slip it- so points off for glass!!
I used this like a toner after cleansing and found the best way for me was to apply a few drops onto my palms tapping my face.
Its a light weight lotion in which it absorbs into the skin nicely and doesn't make me break out. Its smooth and clean and does leave my skin soft and smooth. I do notice softer skin but for me that's really it.
Ok I guess I don't understand. This product contains petria and water- that's it. There is no research behind this ingredient apart from a lot of advertising and claims abcout asian woman, so I guess id like to use something a bit more active and researched. I'm quite suprised woman buy this gimick. Plus my skin needs more than one ingredeient not just one like this product. Overall its a niceskin softener but for the price id'spend the money on something a bit more' active



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A Skincare Staple

I've had my fair share of sample bottles and even a full sized bottle thanks to bh and I always notice a huge difference in the complexion of my skin whenever this product is incorporated into my skincare routine.
In the past I would finish off a bottle and move onto a different product to try out. That's when I notice some dullness and uneven skin tone returning and it is all because I stopped using this Facial Essence. So I know now that if I want fab looking skin keep using this product!
Also I sometimes get some scarring on my face and when I focus this product onto the scar it speeds up the recovery of it and gets the scar to fad faster.
I now cannot image a day without this product in it. I really enjoy using it :D



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No miracles :-(

This was one of my most eagerly awaited trials of a skin care product - I collected the equivalent of a large bottle in sample sizes from magazine freebies and DJ's beauty bags, and patted it onto my face morning and night for 3 months.

Sadly it didn't do anything for my skin - not a darn thing :-( Well at least I know that I can't be swayed by marketing hype - I desperately wanted to love this splash-on skin conditioner, but the whole experience was a fizzer. It has a really peculiar smell - kind of stale and musty, not unpleasant, but not something I looked forward to in my regime, but I was prepared to dismiss this little oddity if only I saw some results.

It seems to work for some gals, but I'm so glad I only paid around $30 to find out that it's not for me...


Try and get hold of a sample bottle before you purchase - it's a lot of money to spend for something that may or may not work for you :-)

Ideal for

Some folks just adore this product but I haven't been able to work out what category your skin needs to be in for this to have any benefits...



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It did nothing for me

Not sure what the hype for this product is about. It's expensive and I didn't find the facial treatment essence to do anything for my skin. It had a funky smell I did get used to but that it didn't give me any results.

I noticed no changes in my skin, it didn't even feel more hydrated...nothing! The one thing I liked was the packaging, and that's it. The price is absurd for something that hasn't done anything. (A little glad I don't like it hehe).

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