-Facial Treatment Essence (30ml) SK-II's most popular product, a balancing treatment essence containing over 90% pure pitera (a nutrient-rich antioxidant found in sake yeast) that smooths and renews skin -Skin Signature (15g) An anti-aging, moisturizing cream that helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and firms skin. -Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask (1 mask) A 2-sheet mask containing Saccharomycopsis (also known as "pitera") that soothes and softens skin, as well as improve elasticity. -MF Quality Cotton N (10 sheets)
and a booklet/diary with detailed instructions on how to use and when to apply the products. The 1-week trial kit cost 1,000 yen (including shipping) which is the standard price for drugstore skincare trial kits and a fairly good deal considering that just one SKII 3D sheet mask costs over 2,400 yen.
Carefully following the instructions, I used the 3D Redefining Mask the first night I began SKII's week-long Skin Power program. The mask was chalk full of milky-white essence that was extremely soothing. The design of the mask also made it very easy to apply to and keep on my face. (It comes in two separate sheets: one to wear over the forehead and eye area and another for the nose on down.) The next morning when I looked in the mirror, my face looked brighter than usual; my skin was smooth and hydrated (but not oily or sticky); and the redness from my rosacea was visibly toned down. The only disappointing aspect of the 3D Redefining Mask was that the holes for the eyes and mouth were very small and the actual price of the masks is quite high.
My experience with the Facial Treatment Essence and Skin Signature cream were not as pleasant, unfortunately. I noticed that, as soon as I applied the Treatment Essence, I felt a prickly sensation and the cream, except when applied after wearing the 3D mask, dried out my skin. Itchy, tiny red bumps began to show all over my face, which also felt more tight than firm in an almost painful way, and I had to quit using the trial kit. After reading many other reviews from others who participated in the Skin Power campaign, I have found that most either love these two products or have experienced some kind of allergic reaction to them.
If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend testing the Treatment Essence before making a purchase. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably avoid the product. I also think that anyone suffering from dry and/or sensitive skin should stay away from the Skin Signature cream. However, SKII's 3D Redefining Mask is an excellent product and I highly recommend it to anyone willing to pay 14,175 yen (including tax) for 6 masks. For a cheaper alternative, InnerSignal's Rejuvenate Mask comes at 6 masks for 8,400 yen (including tax). Though both are on the pricey side, they are some of the best sheets masks on the market.