Fancl Whitening Essence Review

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Price: HKD335
Volume: 18ml

Continuing with my Fancl haul, the Whitening Essence in the Perfect Whitening Kit is the pièce de résistance as it is recommended to use this product prior to putting on the Whitening sheet mask, and then one would follow up with the Overnight Brightening Mask; in addition, the Essence is also safe to use for both day and night even on non-mask days — provided that proper sun care is in place in one’s routine.

As per my research, I love the fact that all of Fancl products are created with only essential ingredients beneficial to our skin and are free of additives like fragrance, alcohol, petroleum surfactants, mineral oil, parabens, and artificial colors. The brand also places a lot of emphasis on their products being gentle and safe and thus the reason why many of their products are deliberately packaged in small bottles as it would be enough for a 30-day supply to ensure freshness and all bottles come with fully sealed caps to be removed before use. Best of all, all skincare packages bear a manufacturing date, providing total transparency for consumers.

In regards to the product itself, the pump bottle is a great dispenser for the product and I like how there is a small grey back at the back of the bottle that changes colour when it’s almost empty. Being fragrance-free, the the Essence has a gel-like texture and it is easily and quickly absorbed upon application. I used this Essence diligently day and night on my entire face as opposed to a spot treatment, as well as in combination with the Whitening and Overnight Brightening masks; given that I have sensitive skin, I was and still am very wary about whitening/brightening products as there is a high chance of my skin turning red, raw and itchy if it’s too strong of a formula/has artificial fragrance/ just plain makes my skin unhappy. I am, however, very happy to report that up till now, my skin is still good to go with zero irritations or redness 🙂

With this in mind, I feel that this Essence works a little slower than what one would imagine with whitening/brightening products. For my skin’s sake, I’m completely okay with this kind of treatment process to go a little slower; I would rather have my skin gradually clear up and brighten up with a little extra help from treatments like this, rather than a relatively instantaneous peel that would most likely leave my skin a titch too red and raw. Just a titch 🙁 In terms of results, my skin looks brighter and clearer; my acne scars have lightened up quite a bit and I feel that it’s because I used the Essence in addition to the rest of the products in the Perfect Whitening Kit 🙂

All in all, I can see myself popping back out to Fancl for a second bottle once this one runs out as an ongoing skin brightener as opposed to a more…fast-acting, short-term treatment. <3

Fancl Whitening Mask Review

Fancl Whitening Maskimage

Price: HKD340/6 sheets
MADE IN JAPAN

Continuing with my Fancl haul, I tried out the whitening mask along with the essence to see if it can do (any) wonders for my currently acne-scarred face. I’ve fallen in love with Fancl products as they are created with only essential ingredients beneficial to our skin and are free of additives like fragrance, alcohol, petroleum surfactants, mineral oil, parabens, and artificial colors. The brand also places a lot of emphasis on their products being gentle and safe and thus the reason why many of their products are deliberately packaged in small bottles as it would be enough for a 30-day supply to ensure freshness and all bottles come with fully sealed caps to be removed before use. Best of all, all skincare packages bear a manufacturing date, providing total transparency for consumers.

Right off the bat, I’ll say that with the mask, the whitening aspect has yet to be observed as I feel that this would be more of an ongoing process and product to use to achieve (any kind of) whitening/lightening effect for scars. What I did like about this mask was how surprisingly hydrating this was when I used it on its own and on top of the essence (recommended method).

In terms of its individual packets, the packaging is nothing to write home about but the fit was quite good; I found it relatively easy to put on and peel off the mask without ripping the contour edges. Given that it’s a whitening/brightening mask, I didn’t feel that it had much extra essence in the pack for me to squeeze out after I’d taken the mask out; this is purely a preference aspect as I really loved how much extra essence I had with the Mandom Beauty ones 🙂 With this in mind, I don’t think that its lack of extra essence affected the mask’s hydrating properties in this respect; I just prefer to have the extra essence for my jawline and neck 🙂

Post-mask, I liked the smooth, hydrating feeling afterwards as with a whitening/brightening mask, I’d actually expected it to be less hydrating than the masks that are supposedly made for that purpose alone, so this was pleasantly surprising 🙂 My skin looked slightly brighter, and frankly, I looked more awake and refreshed than before the mask 🙂 In addition, although this is a whitening/brightening mask and I tend to be sensitive to products that have those properties, my skin did not feel irritated or itchy after using the masks both with and without the essence 🙂

All in all, I’ll decide whether I will repurchase this mask after I have finished using the essence so I can see whether it has helped out with my scars. I will say though, if you’ve got super sensitive skin and you have acne scarring issues, you can give this delightful brand a shot <3

Fancl Skin Renewal Pack Review

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Price: HKD210
Volume: 40g

Fancl is a relatively new company on my docket as although I’ve definitely heard of the brand and seen the products while passing by in the mall and so on and so forth, it never really occurred to me to try it out for…no real reason, really. I just haven’t.

However, I’ve recently been riddled with a case of hormones + crap sleep + a steady diet of coffee because of work and now I’m just positively glowing with post-acne scars and dull skin.

Whoo. I’m a sight to behold at the moment.

In the midst of my trudging around the mall, I walked into a Fancl store and after trying out their products on my hand and actually reading the pamphlets and googling products as I went along, I was sold. 😀

The best part of my research was finding out that all of Fancl products are created with only essential ingredients beneficial to our skin and are free of additives like fragrance, alcohol, petroleum surfactants, mineral oil, parabens, and artificial colors. The brand also places a lot of emphasis on their products being gentle and safe and thus the reason why many of their products are deliberately packaged in small bottles as it would be enough for a 30-day supply to ensure freshness and all bottles come with fully sealed caps to be removed before use. Best of all, all skincare packages bear a manufacturing date, providing total transparency to consumers.

I already have so much love for this. <3 I bought the Skin Renewal Mask as well as a Perfect Whitening Kit in a bid to banish my acne scars that have cropped up as a result of hormones and just…not getting enough sleep 🙁

Housed in a plastic squeeze tube with a screw top cap, aside from a specially-engineered way of removing the inner plastic cap and then screwing the outer grey cap back on to magically and hygienically puncture the tip of the tube, the tube itself is nothing much to write home about. The product is of a scent-free smooth gel texture that goes on smooth and is seemingly mild enough for me to use it on for five minutes every day, as it is recommended for customers to do so.

I’d like to note here that if one were to follow the actual instructions to use a 500yen (approximately an American dollar) size amount for the face once every day, the tube itself would probably last around 10 days. It’s rather pricey for such a small tube! I went back to the store the next day to ask the Fancl girls about this particular aspect and wondering if I was misunderstanding their product’s instructions; they noted that indeed I’m supposed to use it daily and although the small tube only lasts about 10 days or so, they actually have customers repurchasing their products in bulk (i.e. sets of 3) for a more discounted price…and I thought they were a bit humble-bragging at this point LOL

However, by now I’m starting to see why.

After three to fours days of diligently using this mask every evening post cleansing as noted in their instructions, I noticed that my foundation went on and looked much smoother than usual; the stubborn white and blackheads I had on the area around my nose and the spots right around my nose bridge and nostrils themselves? Gone. The area is smooth and clean. I kid you not; I used zero tugging and scrubbing to get those pesky bumps out of my pores that have been there…for ages. These are the small spots that don’t seem to do much other than look obnoxiously back at you if you zoomed in close enough in a mirror to look at them. I  like how this cleansing/skin renewal mask did a bang up job of clearing out my pores and brightening my complexion without burning it to a crisp with harsh chemicals — something that this company is famous for NOT having in their products — or drying it out so badly with rough beads or scrubs.

I’m on the wagon back for a second tube <3 If you’re like me and you have sensitive skin that needs a bit more TLC without the harsh chemicals or dehydrating beads and scrubs, look no further than Fancl 🙂

Fancl Haul <3

As part of my bid to banish my acne scars and even out my skintone, I went out on a limb and popped into a Fancl store; I ended up picking up this Whitening kit and then some…

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