New Skincare Alert: Praises for the SK-II Pitera Essence Set

Above: The SK-II Pitera Essence Set…a marvelous introduction to the venerable SK-II skincare line.
I only have a few moments before running off to help my brother at his booth again today (a big thanks to all of you who stopped by yesterday…what a treat!  He had such a successful Saturday!) but wanted to quickly broach the subject of the SK-II Pitera Essence Set.  With current changes in the weather, my work schedule (hello again, early mornings) and the constant stream of experimentation with cosmetics (namely, base products as of late), my skin has been under a bit of stress.  The SK-II Pitera Essence Set couldn’t have come at a better time.  I have discovered that the heat and humidity (coupled with time spent in an inordinately hot classroom) is making traditional moisturizer “too much” for my skin, resulting in a few clogged pores and excess oil production.  The light, clarifying properties of the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and Facial Treatment Essence have transformed the quality and clarity of my skin in a matter of days…light, nourishing and easy to use (just have some cotton pads handy for application!), oil production has been reduced and my canvas is smoother and healthier than I’ve seen it since my schedule has changed.  I use both products in the morning and the night, followed by sunscreen, Peau Vierge and the foundation of my choosing and I am finding that this skincare combination is even contributing to a more lasting finish for my makeup! 
Kindly scroll on for the rest of the details and the Bottom Line…
Above: The set comes with the Facial Treatment Essence, Facial Treatment Mask (1) and Facial Teratment Clear Lotion.
Here are the official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:
Pitera Essential Set

An essential collection of three of SK-II’s bestsellers to begin the skin’s journey towards crystal clarity. Discover a life-changing skincare regimen beginning with the signature Pitera™ rich Facial Treatment Essence, complemented by the clarifying Clear Lotion. It also includes the favorite Facial Mask for an unforgettably indulgent moisturizing experience. Used together, skin becomes significantly clearer, firmer, and more radiant.

Each set contains:

  • Facial Treatment Essence 75 mL
  • Facial Treatment Mask 1pc
  • Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 40 mL

At a Glance:
An essentials collection of three of SK-II’s bestsellers to begin the skin’s journey towards crystal clarity. Skin becomes visibly clearer, firmer, and more radiant.

  • After cleansing, pour a few drops of the Clear Lotion on a cotton pad and wipe around the face and neck.
  • Follow up by soaking a cotton pad with Facial Treatment Essence and gently smoothing onto your face for 1 minute.
  • Use every morning and night.
  • For an instant and intensive boost, place the Facial Mask starting from the center and patting outwards. Leave on for 5-15 minutes.

Above: The very short ingredients lists of the products…always a promising sign.
Above: After being a bit reactive and fatigued, my skin is smooth, clear and glowing after a few days with the SK-II Pitera Essence Set.  I am also wearing the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink, a divine nude beige (discussed HERE).
Above: These two gems truly have made a difference…off to go apply them right now ; ) 
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Bottom Line: I have long heard glowing praises for SK-II skincare line and am thrilled to have finally had the chance to try it.  In combination with another Japanese skincare product from Shiseido (more on this in the next week or two!), I am finding that my skin is reacting so very well (smoother, clearer, brighter!) to the gentle yet effective ingredients of the SK-II Pitera Essence Set and look forward to experiencing other SK-II products in the near future.  This is an excellent, affordable set for those looking to try the most popular products in the SK-II line.  Will update again next month to discuss my results over time! 
I hope your weekend is lovely…xx,
–The Beauty Professor

**PR sample  provided for review however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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Comments (8)

  • Shireen L. Platt Reply

    SK-II is HUGE here in Asia, expensive but you see almost instant result. The one downside that I have been hearing from almost everyone (friends, colleagues) who uses it is their skin goes back to previous state and sometime even worse after they stop using the product. This was the reason why I dare not try SK-II products, didn't want to wreck havoc on my skin. 🙁

    Reflection of Sanity

    September 7, 2014 at 11:24 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Interesting, Shireen! Thanks for sharing your observations. So far, I have been loving how my skin has reacted to these two basic products ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      September 12, 2014 at 1:48 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    This was in my first Sephora order to Germany.
    The clear lotion was a bit to much for my skin but I like the mask and the essence.I do not see dramatic results but my skin looks good in the moment,a bit more transparent.
    I want to try more from SKII in the future.
    Greetings from sunny Germany ( the summer is back! )

    September 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Susanne!

      Glad to hear you've had a positive experience with the Essence…I can see this formula seamlessly working with all the other skincare I try!

      I hope all is well in Germany…xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      September 12, 2014 at 1:51 am
  • Kimberley Reply

    I've been using the Facial Treatment Essense daily for a few years. I use apply it as a hydrating toner after my exfoliating P50 by Biologique Recherché, and before serums. It's incredible and a 150ml bottle lasts me exactly 3 months morning and night. Also please don't use cotton wool. Just sprinkle several drops in your hand, gently rub your palms together then pat into your face and throat. Any excess I rub on the back of my hands for radiant results. You really do see results after a few months. The essence and their face masks are the stand out products. 🙂

    September 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Marvelous, Kimberley! Thanks for sharing. I am glad to know that the Facial Treatment Essence lives up to its claims, especially in the long term. I have heard good things about the Biologique Recherche line and your mention has piqued my interest further…off to investigate ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      September 20, 2014 at 9:47 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    How does this line compare to other skincare lines you have tried. …particularly amore pacific and omorvizca? I have combination skin and like balanced translucent skin that looks relaxed. Also have you tried la mer line before?

    September 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Anon,

      So far, I am loving the SK-II as much as I loved the Kanebo Sensai routine I had before the line left the US. Amore Pacific is lovely but I am liking the SK-II better…Omorovicza masks are in insanely good and I am still using them ; ) I also still use and love the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Oil! Oddly enough, in all of my testing, I haven't tried the La Mer line yet ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      October 4, 2014 at 5:06 am

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