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Monday, April 13, 2009

Kose Junkisei Prime

Some time back in December/January I decided it was time to try out yet another range of skincare =X I found those super pretty dark red bottles from Kose's new Junkisei Prime range pop up on eBay so I decided to get the whole lot. I know now that there are various lotions and more stuff in the line but I got a complete set of skincare for me.


What attracted me was:
-surely the pretty bottles/jars (love the deep pink red color!)
-good price (between US$14-22)
-target age group of late 20ies - mid 30ies (yup, 28 fits)
-"exotic" look with all those cute Japanese letters on the products
-ingredients contain Chinese herbs (sounded yummy!)

So I purchased the following items from eBay (AlphabeautyUK):
-Junkisei Prime Cream Wash, 130g
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Junkisei Prime Oil Cleanser, 180ml
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Junkisei Prime Lotion, 200ml
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Junkisei Prime Milky Lotion, 150ml
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Junkisei Prime Cream, 40g
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Junkisei Prime
Eye Cream, 20g


I've been testing the range for about 3 months now so I feel qualified to review it =D Most of the items are now at least 1/2 gone =D
All items carry a really refreshing herbal scent that's really delicious!

-Cream Wash:


The Cream Wash comes in a pretty squeeze tube which contains 130g. That's quite a good size in my opinion.
It is a gentle foaming cleanser (needs a bit water to lather up) and I really like to use it alone in the morning. I also use it to follow the Oil Cleanser. However in combination with the Oil Cleanser my skin doesn't feel 100% clean (I'll explain later why).

-Oil Cleanser:


The Oil Cleanser comes in a super pretty clear honey-colored bottle with a red pump dispenser. The oil itsels is clear and thick-ish.
This is probably the worst cleansing oil I have come across. It feels sort of waxy and is really hard to wash off. I always feel it leaves a residue that is only removed with a harsher cleansing foam. The Cream Wash doesn't have the strength to remove this!
All in all this gets a fat nay.

-Lotion:


The Lotion is a liquid unlike the thicker slightly gel-like texture other Japanese brands' toners sport. I actually like the Lotion because it is very refreshing and helps in removing residues from the Oil Cleanser though not completely. If I use this after the Cream Wash alone or when I use a better cleansing oil the lotion is perfect though.
Even though this is definitely a little adstringent it is not too harsh for my sensitive/normal-dry skin.

-Milky Lotion:


The Milky Lotion comes in a pretty red plastic bottle. It's a very runny lightweight moisturizer to be used between the Lotion and the Cream or without the cream if your skin isn't too dry.
It gives a fresh kick of moisture and will probably be enough for summer. I believe this and the Lotion are also available in extra moisturizing formulas but I haven't found them on eBay so far. I think I am fine with the regular Lotion and Milky Lotion though as my skin isn't that dry.

-Cream:


This is a lighweight cream with good moisturizing power. It makes my skin soft and smooth. It comes in a pretty red jar.


The Cream was the first product I got and I wasn't sure if it irritated my skin. The first 2 weeks I used this (in combination with other products and then with the other Junkisei Prime items) I found more red bumps on on my cheeks than normally (I nearly always have a few of them around).


I continued using the Cream though and my skin returned to normal. I think my skin just took some time getting used to this item.

-Eye Cream:


The Eye Cream comes in a small heavy jar with cute adornments on the cover (I think this is the only item packed in glass). The Eye Cream is a lightweight moisturizer for the delicate eye area and makes a great base for eye makeup. Concealers glide on smoothly when I am wearing this.


I don't have real wrinkles yet so I cannot say how good this is in fighting/preventing them.
Like the other items this is lightly scented but it doesn't irritate my eyes at all.


All in all I am pleased with the Junkisei Prime range. I am not that sure if I'd repurchase though as there are so many nice skincare lines out there to try out =P And after all the Junkisei Prime items don't really improve my skin, they just keep the status quo.

7 comments:

Syn@3sTh3sI@ said...

I've tried Beaute De Kose Cleansing Oil some years ago and I found that it doesn't really remove all my makeup. By that time, I wasn't even use any waterproof makeups so I don't think Kose's cleansing oil is worth to splurge...but I do like their skincare range, I'm using Sekkisei and Shirosumi, love them a lot.

LK said...

The eye cream looks reall nice; I'd love to try it in the future!!
Thanks for the wonderful review on these products! :-)

Eve said...

I heard ravings about the eye cream and apparently it helps with fine lines. I started to get fine lines just turning 28, and thought it might be a gd one to try. Thanks for the review!!!

Catherine said...

You're so brave, Kathi! Trying an entirely new line. My skin is really sensitive so I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to try so many new things at once, lol. Thank you for the reviews though! When I start looking for an eye cream I'll have a shortlist ready. =)

fuzkittie said...

Wow whole new line!! Looks really nice~

Kathi said...

Hi Eve,
cool to hear the eye cream has good ratings! I use it daily right now so I hope to prevent those fine lines hehe

Hi Catherine,
I actually received the products one by one so I didn't start using them all at once. I first got the cream and eye cream and the other stuff a few weeks later =D

Kathi

Patricia Tee said...

Hi Kathi, what do you think of the Kose Junkisei Lotion as compared to Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic acid?

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