1 Mar 2016

Review: Kose Sekkisei Lotion, Liquid Wash, Emulsion and Clear Whitening Mask


February has always been a busy month for me. Chinese New Year, workload, and housework are all piling up. Hence, I have not been hunting for new products this month, which is perfect because I just received a beautiful Valentine's Day gift from Kose! Love you soooo much, Kose. Soranghey~



About Kose

Let's get some facts and figures about Kose. Basically, Kose Sekkisei is the most popular range in Kose. Their products are 80% moisturizing and 20% brightening. Out of 10 girls who share their skincare routine in a forum, probably 50% use Kose products. Hence, I am always curious about this brand. And I am so glad that I'm now given this opportunity to try out their products myself.


Kose Sekkisei Liquid Wash (140ml/RM 131.40)


I am not kidding when I say this is my favourite cleanser so far. I like it even more than Nature Republic Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser and Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. It is a taurine-based, mild cleansing liquid with moisturizing property that will cleanse your face without stripping its natural moisture barrier. It also contains the herb rubus suavissimus extract to soothe skin damaged from UV exposure. It seems that Kose Sekkisei translucent skin claim starts from cleansing.
Ingredients (CosDNA)
Water, TEA-Cocoate, Cocamide DEA, Potassium Cocoate, Tea-Laurate/Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, PEG-55 Stearate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Akebia Trifoliata Stem Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Melothria Heterophylla Root Extract, Rubus Suavissimus (Rasberry) Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sodium Polyaspartate, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Lauryl Betaine, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Methyl Cocyl Taurate, Squalane, Trisodium EDTA, Xantham Gum, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Let's look at the ingredients used in this cleansing liquid. Almost all of its cleansing agents are mild and gentle coconut or vegetable oil-derived ingredients. Cocamide DEA, despite its "hazardous" rating on CosDNA, is safe for use in rinsing products not containing nitrosating agents. Not to mention many herbs such as angelica acutibola, white lotus, coix seed and so on are added here to boost the moisturizing, antioxidizing, softening and repairing functions of this cleanser.

Another reason to love it is the longevity of the product. 20ml has lasted me for about 4 weeks using it morning and night. Hence a full size bottle can probably be good to go for 6 months, equal to approximately RM 20 per month.

Ideal for dry to normal skin. Oily and combination skin should check out their powder wash although I personally find the powder a bit clumsy and harsh on the skin.

Kose Sekkisei Lotion (200ml/RM 180.20)


Let's look at Kose Sekkisei star product, the so-called toner that had 48 million bottles sold since 1985. How many Tokyo Tower can it build? Basically, this is a refreshing, hydrating and skin-lightening toner. It is so alcohol-dense and refreshing that it takes some almost 2 weeks for me to get used to that tingling effect after each use. Since it contains alcohol and astringent witch hazel extract, I like to use it as a cleansing toner on a cotton pad. It will bring away all leftover makeup, dirt, as well as sunscreen and regulate sebum production of my skin. Don't expect a lot of moisturizing and hydrating properties from this toner if you have dry or normal skin. This is more suitable for oily, acne-prone and combination skin or people living in a hot and humid weather. Dry skin should use a powerful moisturizing serum and moisturizer afterward.
Ingredients (CosDNA)
Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Job's Tears) Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melothria Heterophylla Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Citric Acid, Di-C12-15 Paraeth-8 Phosphate, Ethylexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Citrate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Triethylhexanoin, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
Judging from the ingredients, I can dare say that this is indeed an exfoliating, double cleansing and brightening toner. It has mostly water and alcohol as well as a whole lot of oriental herbal extracts. Dong guai, job's tear, white lotus, licorice root extract, witch hazel extract and so on are ingredients with antioxidizing, skin lightening, moisturizing, sebum-controlling and anti-inflammatory properties. Licorice root extract is a powerful skin-lightening ingredient backed by scientific research as well. I am always OK with alcohol in my skincare as long as they do not dry my skin out. Except for its smell, so far I am surviving well with the alcohol content.

Kose Sekkisei Emulsion (140ml/RM 191.80)


Actually I am always never a lotion-person. I detest most lotion-type products I use, especially Japanese lotion. But this Kose Sekkisei Emulsion is an exception. The texture is extremely light-weighted. It will leave a mild tackiness but still bearable. The cons, however, is its inability to retain moisture for a long period. My skin feels dry 2-3 hours after applying this so I always need to use a moisturizing cream after this. 
Ingredients (CosDNA)Water, Alcohol, Butylene Alcohol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipentaerythritylhexahydroxystearate/Stearate/
Rosinate, Squalane, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Job's Tears) Seed Extract, Gentiana Lutea Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Inula Britannica Flower Extract, Melothria Heterophylla Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Phosphate, Ethylexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Glyceride, Laureth-7, PEG-8, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
The ingredients here really similar to the Sekkisei Lotion, except that this contains more emulsifiers and moisturizers. Instead of licorice root extract, this emulsion contains ascorbyl glucoside to brighten and protect the skin against external damages and aging. It also has gentian root extract, inula britannica flower extract, and peony flower extract to soothe, anti-acne and brighten up the skin.

Although I enjoy the consistency of this product, I think I won't repurchase after I've finished this bottle. It is not moisturizing enough. And the product somehow deteriorates after 2 months with the smell turning foully and strong.

Kose Sekkisei Clear Whitening Mask (80g/RM 94.30)


This is Kose's signature product, a peel-off type mask that removes blackheads and dullness, refines pores and improves skin clarity. My friend used to love this, before this makes her skin so thin that now she cannot survive on products other than Avene and Belif. Just like nose pads, this brighten the skin through physical exfoliating and peeling. I would advise sensitive skin to first get a sample or simply stay away to avoid complicating your skin condition. If you ask me, this is not something I would consider repurchasing given how drying and tight my skin feels afterward.

CONCLUSION


Sekkisei means the elixir for snow-like translucent and glowing skin in Japanese. And it does live up to its name. I do notice clearer and brighter skin after using up the set. Out of the all four products, I enjoy the Liquid Wash and Lotion the most. The Liquid Wash is extremely gentle and moisturizing, perfect for dry and normal skin. As such, I have went to Kose counter to purchase myself the full size bottle of the Liquid Wash.


As for the lotion, it is always good to have a cleansing toner with brightening property ready in your dressing top. I also enjoy how refreshing and hydrating this toner leaves my skin feeling. I know a lot of people are concerned about products that will whiten your skin, but if you go through CosDNA, you'll notice that none of the ingredients are harmful for your skin. Its skin whitening effects are achieved through oriental herbal extracts such as coix seed and licorice root extract, which is also used in many other skincare.


In short, a wonderful experience with one of the oldest yet effective beauty invention since 1985. Indeed a great Valentine's Day gift and I am glad to have this chance of trying out this Kose Sekkisei Trial Kit. Do head down to its counter at Parkson and AEON to get your own. It is available at RM 99, which is already the price of its Lotion (100ml) hence a great deal for anyone who wishes to check out this wonderful skin brightening line!

WHERE TO BUY

Kose Malaysia
Cosme Decorte, AEON and Parkson counters

Official website: http://www.kose.com.my/sekkisei
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kosemy/
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[Disclaimer] Product was sponsored by Kose Malaysia but all feedbacks and reviews here are my own. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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