20 Apr 2019

Review: SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age - Eye Cream and Cream


After many trials and errors with luxurious skincare brand, I think I am finally having enough with many of them. Brands like Biotherm, SU:M37, Estee Lauder, The History of Whoo and so on actually failed to impress me in many ways. I am not saying that they are not good, but they are not as good as what I expected them to be based on their price point. But SK-II is an exception. They are pricey, but excellent. They are the products that you will think “oh, these are expensive, but I know why people are still coming back for it”. And this doesn’t come from just me alone, but a friend of mine with extremely sensitive skin.

I have tried both the Facial Treatment Essence and Clear Lotion, and love them both (definitely the FTE better). After trying out many FTE dupes, I still think SK-II FTE is the best. After my great experiences with SK-II, I quickly invested in their R.N.A cream and eye cream and was quite impressed too, which I am excited to share with you guys!





Enter R.N.A Power.

SK-II has this red R.N.A line that is meant for anti-aging and deep moisturizing. The whole line is powered by this patented Pitera™ x Radical New Age Complex, which works to firm your skin from all angles, to reduce the size of visible pores and wrinkles.

SK-II is even ambitious enough to claim that:
• After 1 day: Pores are less visible
• After 10 days: Noticeable improvement in multiple signs of aging, including increased hydration and firmness, smoother texture, better elasticity, and improvements in dullness and the appearance of wrinkles
• After 1 jar: Lines and nasolabial folds appear less defined


You can also pair R.N.A with its special tool called the Magic Ring and Magic Wand to activate the active ingredients and push it deep into your skin.

SK-II R.N.A Cream is called R.N.A.Power Radical New Age.



It is a rich but fluid cream that will suit normal to dry skin. It basically nourishes your skin thorough the days and nights to help reducing wrinkles formation as well as to improve the suppleness and elasticity of your skin. In short, it moisturizes, nourishes, and un-ages your skin.

I don’t have a before vs. after picture of this cream. But I know it works, because except for this R.N.A Cream, I am only using Belif Aqua Bomb and I know Aqua Bomb doesn’t firm your skin. This cream feels a bit rich at first, but it absorbs well after some massaging, and then works to “pull” my skin up, giving a nice lifting effect. The effect is there, but not “dramatic” like one would expect. It is a great moisturizing cream too, hence making it great against dry lines and wrinkles.

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate*, Isohexadecane, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Methylparaben, Peg-100 Stearate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysorbate 80, Stearic Acid, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Ethylparaben, Sorbitan Oleate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Methylsilanol Tri-Peg-8 Glyceryl Cocoate, Methicone, Ci 77891, Ci 77492.

*Pitera™



INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

This cream uses mainly water, glycerin (humectant), pitera (fermented yeast extract), isohexadecane (emollient), niacinamide (vitamin B3), and shea butter (emollient) as the top ingredients. The rest are mostly moisturizers, viscosity controls, and so on that form the texture of this cream. There are also some botanical extracts being added here too that function as antioxidants and skin brightening agents.

Pitera is basically a bio-ingredient rich in vitamins, organic acids, minerals and amino acids that work to enhance cellular renewal of the skin. It helps to increase the turnover of your cells, making it appears younger and brighter over time. It is kinda like AHA but milder and does more than AHA. Overtime, your skin will become fairer, poreless, softer, younger, and firmer with prolonged usage.

This cream is also instilled with its patented radical new age complex that harnesses the power of soy protein and yeast protein to firm up your skin. This is complimented by the elasticity-improving and dark spots reducing effects of niacinamide. Chlolleragen and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 are also added to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your skin. Many humectants and emollients are also included to provide long-lasting moisture and comfort for your skin too.

Next, we have the eye cream known as SK-II R.N.A.Power Eye Cream Radical New Age.


I love this eye cream. I call it my favourite eye cream for year 2018.




The eye cream comes in a tiny 15g jar with a magic wand spatula. Like the cream, this eye cream harnesses the power of RNArchitect Complex, chlorella extract, and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 to firm the skin around your eyes.

I like how it is creamy but has good absorbency for a firmer and supple skin. I notice that new fine lines don’t emerge, although existing fine lines are still there, after using this eye cream. And the best part is how this stuff has helped to reduce my dark circles after massaging it with the magic wand!

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate*, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol Pentylene Glycol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/ Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Behenyl Alcohol Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol, Nylon- 12, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimenthiconol, Methylparaben, Peg-100 Stearate, Laureth- 7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Mica, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Ethylparaben, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Decyl Glucoside, Medicago Sativa Extract/ Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polyquaternium-7, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Dipeptide- 7, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Acanthopanax Senticosus Root Extract/ Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Methylsilanol Tri-Peg-8 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Methicone, Tocopherol, Cynara Scolymus Leaf Extract/ Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Bht, Parfum (Fragance), Limonene, Linalool, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77492 (Iron Oxides). *Pitera™.


INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS

This eye cream has a similar skeleton of the cream. Top ingredients remain water, glycerin, pitera, niacinamide, and isohexadecane. But for the eye cream, instead of shea butter, it uses petrolatum and many other emollients. If you ask me, I think these combinations make the cream rather creamy and not that easy to be absorbed but overall, they will serve dry skin or those living in cold climate well. Mica is also added to this eye cream just like most other eye creams to add that illuminous effect to it. Finally, this eye cream also has artichoke extract added to it to reduce pores and to firm up the delicate area around your eyes.

CONCLUSION


I have a mixed but generally positive feeling towards both RNA eye cream and cream. The eye cream works really great against my dark eye circles, especially with the use of the “magic wand”, that no other eye cream ever does. Although the firming effect is not as visible, but the dark circles reducing effect is there. The eye cream is also not greasy or overwhelming at all despite its rich texture.

The RNA cream, on the other hand, may be too rich for some skin types. It will work best for dry and mature skin but definitely not for oily, acne-prone and clogged skin. Its fluffy texture may feel greasy on most skin types too. I can see that my skin is firmer especially along the jawline after using this product, but I think that is also attributable to the use of Neogence facial lifting massager too. This cream alone won’t produce that firming effect without ample massaging. Similar creams like The History of Whoo Bichup Cream, Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum, and even Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream are equally nourishing without the associated stickiness or creaminess. But if you are someone who enjoy a great massaging cream then this will be perfect for you. Also, you will love this most during winter season too as it nourishes and protects you against any dryness or external aggressors.

I think I will most likely repurchase the RNA eye cream, but for the RNA cream, it is a bit rich for my liking so I am most probably gonna try out the Airy version that it launched last year.

That’s all for my share today. I hope you like it. Have you tried out any SK-II products? If so, what are your thoughts on these expensive products? Do they work well on your skin or they are just as “meh” as other cheaper brands? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

I will see you in my next post!


[Disclaimer] Product(s) mentioned herewith is purchased with my own money. All opinions expressed here are my honest views on the product(s). All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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