Crys­tal Clear

Is Kanebo’s lat­est ultra-luxe range worth the splurge? El­iz­a­beth Lee heads to Pat­taya in Thai­land, to find out

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Clar­ity, colour, carat and cut—th­ese fac­tors would de­ter­mine how beau­ti­ful, and there­fore valu­able a di­a­mond is. Just like the pre­cious gem, our skin also has a criterion for it to look flaw­less. The lu­mi­nos­ity of skin, re­searchers at Kanebo say, has got to do with six fac­tors: mois­ture, ra­di­ance, tex­ture, smooth­ness, firm­ness and bright­ness. To help the skin achieve lu­mi­nos­ity, the Ja­pa­nese skin­care brand has in­tro­duced The Ex­cep­tional, a trio of prod­ucts com­pris­ing a lo­tion, an emul­sion and a cream. The line is for­mu­lated with a Clear Botan­i­cal Com­plex made from pear juice fer­ment fil­trate, wa­ter­cress ex­tract, aqua glu­co­side and gera­nium rober­tianum ex­tract, which works in three ways to in­crease the clar­ity of skin. Firstly, a light re­flec­tion tech­nol­ogy tar­gets and re­stores the epi­der­mis layer, while pro­vid­ing a pro­tec­tive veil of mois­ture over the skin. Next, it fights against the “shad­ows” of skin caused by sag­ging, wrin­kles, dark cir­cles and changes in the size of our pores. By sup­press­ing the de­gen­er­a­tion of col­la­gen and pro­mot­ing its pro­duc­tion in­stead, the com­plex helps to plump up skin.

Lastly, a smooth­ing ef­fect is no­ticed, thanks to its com­plex­ion con­trol prop­er­ties, which help to pre­vent red­ness and dull­ness caused by ker­atin gly­ca­tion. For a skin­care range to pro­claim it­self as truly lux­u­ri­ous, it is not just the ef­fi­cacy of the prod­uct that mat­ters. The en­tire beauty rou­tine, from how the bot­tle caps smoothly slide open, to the tex­ture and ap­pli­ca­tion, con­trib­ute to a rich sen­so­rial ex­pe­ri­ence. To do this, the team at Kanebo spent much time de­vel­op­ing a unique scent for the range. The re­sult? An el­e­gant flo­ral fra­grance called the Eter­nity Bou­quet. Light and fresh, the yuzu sprout and flower are used to pro­vide an up­lift­ing top note to tease the senses. At the heart is Teatopia, which is made up of a com­bi­na­tion of del­i­cate white flowers. Me­conop­sys, a blue alpine flower, adds a touch of mystery and fem­i­nin­ity with its soft, sub­tle note, while musk, a fa­mil­iar and com­fort­ing in­gre­di­ent to many, is the key to com­bin­ing the var­i­ous notes ef­fort­lessly. Of the three, The Lo­tion has the light­est tex­ture—al­most sim­i­lar to that of wa­ter— which ab­sorbs quickly into skin, leav­ing a smooth, satiny fin­ish. Be­sides the pro­pri­etary Clear Botan­i­cal Com­plex, it also has a liquorice de­riv­a­tive and car­ni­tine (a type of amino acid) to help in­ject a boost of mois­ture into skin. The Emul­sion has a richer, milkier tex­ture com­pared to The Lo­tion, and al­though it has sim­i­lar in­gre­di­ents as the lat­ter, it has been for­mu­lated with a spe­cial oil to firm and smooth skin. The star of the range would most cer­tainly be The Cream. At first, the thick tex­ture al­most feels like a balm, but it in­stantly melts into the skin once you mas­sage it in. The rich, con­cen­trated for­mula is meant to act as a veil for the skin, gen­tly co­coon­ing it with a soft, silky fin­ish. It also has the ad­di­tion of vi­ta­min E, mal­low flower ex­tract, moon peach leaf ex­tract and clove flower ex­tract. When used to­gether, the anti-age­ing trio ef­fects vis­i­ble changes on the skin: wrin­kles and other signs of age­ing seem min­imised, skin feels baby-soft, and there is a glow from within.

PRIMPED FOR PAM­PER­ING Clock­wise from left: Taking in­spi­ra­tion from wa­ter it­self, The Lo­tion gen­tly in­fuses skin with mois­ture; rich and creamy, The Cream melts into skin eas­ily upon ap­pli­ca­tion; The Emul­sion nour­ishes and plumps up skin, leav­ing a silky fin­ish

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