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KOSÉ – Serum/Essence Reviews

Posted on: November 6, 2008






I really spent a lot of money in Kose last year, including high-raved essence or serum.


* Astalution Wrinkle Essence

Formulated with Astaxanthin that highly raved by beauty magazines when it launches in 2006. The orange color essence is very moisturizing, thick consistency that only a pump was enough. Apply too much could be too heavy for my combination skin. The essence packed in sturdy glass container to avoid degrade of the precious Astaxanthin.


According to. Kose, Astaxanthin’s anti-oxidant power is 500 times power than Vitamin E and 150 times than Coenzyme Q10. My skin did feel tightness upon application as Kose claims this essence to give skin firmness and resilience. Despite the moisturizing and tightness, I did not see a visible improvement of my fine lines. The pricing is affordable at RM155 for 30ml.


Rating : …))) good Good. May buy again



Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, Alcohol, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate,  Dipentaerythrityl,  Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/ Hexarosinate, Polysorbate 80, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Astaxanthin, Glucosylrutin Isoquercitrin, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Florentina Root Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Nicotinate,  Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Sodium Acrylate/ Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Oleate, Triceteareth-4 Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben,  Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance



* Moisture Skin Repair With Rice Extract Serum

Recommended by Beauty consultant for sensitive skin. The mild fraganced opauge fluid serum did not irritated my skin yet comfortable and calming. PersonalIy I do not think this is good for sensitive skin in long term use because it contains alcohol still. My dehydrated skin didn’t seem to improve better then. RM150 for 50ml.


Rating : …))) so-so  So so. Will not buy again



Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Glycerin, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides, Hordeum Vulgare Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Choleth-10, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Disodium Phosphate, Octyldodecanol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castol Oil, Sodium Thiosulfate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.



* Beaute de Kose Pore Serum

White-emulsion consistency, light weighted and settle easily. Pores did look slightly smaller but not amazing after application. However It has good   sebum-controlling power that my oily spots keep matted. I only use this occasionally, still can not finish after 1 year because I think it is unnecessary. I bought this on whim. 31g, RM158.


Rating :  …))) satisfied  Satisfied. Unlikely to buy again



Water, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Silica, Dipropylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyproline, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Theanine, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cholesterol, Isohexadecane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polyisoprene, Polysorbate80, Sodium Acrylate/ Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sorbitan Oleate, Methylparaben, Fragrance(Parfum), Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891)



Kose tends to include alcohol in most of their products like most of the Japanese cosmetic company did. Alcohol in skincare aimed to kill bacteria and give refreshing feeling, but then it seem more suitable for oily skin. I just wish I can aware the important of understanding of detailed ingredient list before I purchased Kose to avoid unsuitable product.



2 Responses to "KOSÉ – Serum/Essence Reviews"

hi sis…it’s a good thing u’ve done. i like it! i have high awareness about skincare too. hope we can share more and more….bye..

Hi Elke Natalia,
You make my day! Thanks for your appreciation and I always love to share. Hope to hear from you again. “v

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November 2008

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