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Japanese KOSE Sekkisei Eye Cream Review

Skin Care
February 27, 2011
Composed by : Bun Bun

I was apprehensive at first on whether to take the plunge of trying a new eye cream because ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t change it’. After my second round of Clinique All About Eyes eye cream panned out (perfect timing!), I decided that although it did the basic duties of eye creams (like moisturizing), it had its flaws too (like TOO MOISTURIZING).

Time for a new contender!


Welcome the KOSE Sekkisei Eye Cream!


The texture of the cream makes it one of the top reasons I like this KOSE Sekkisei Eye Cream. It absorbs quickly into the skin and turns matte seconds after application without any heaviness around the eye area. It is definitely thicker in consistency than most eye gels and eye lotions since it is a cream. Creams usually feel oilier but this eye cream doesn’t feel a wee bit greasy. I need to just dip my right ring finger lightly into the little blue jar and that little bit that gets onto my finger is more than enough for both eyes. A little really does go a long way for this eye cream!


In a simple yet elegant-looking little blue container with a white cap and silver top is 20ml/0.7oz  of creamy white goodness that promises to hydrate, revitalize, pamper and provide anti-ageing moisturizing capabilities.

It comes with a spatula, which KOSE is obviously trying to encourage a more hygienic way of swiping the product than using our fingers. A spatula helps in minimizing bacteria input from the hands with the rest of the product, but really, to scoop the product out and then transfer it to the fingers and then wash it and then find a hygienic place to dry it afterwards is one extra step too many!

I just use my right ring finger and transfer some to my left ring finger before dotting and patting the product under and around my eyes.

Absorption Power

Just for comparison, Clinique All About Eyes eye cream took forever to dry on the undereye area and I could feel a layer of substance over the skin even long after. I could never put on my contact lenses 5 minutes after applying the Clinique All About Eyes eye cream because the skin around the eye area would still be very slippery.

The KOSE SEKKISEI Eye Cream absorbs quickly into the skin, fades into a matte texture, yet keeps the eye area moisturized. What’s not to love? Oh! And do you know having eye cream underneath face primer, foundation and concealer also helps in making makeup stay on longer? It’s just like how our face must be moisturized first before any makeup goes on!

Gentle to the skin

In KOSE SEKKISEI Eye Cream are Herbal Extracts: Coix Seed Extract, Licorice Extract,Citrus Junos Extract, White Tea Extract, Ginseng Extract. KOSE products always give me the feeling that they’re very ‘herbal-oriented’. They even have a medicated line.

I haven’t had any allergic reaction to the KOSE Sekkisei Eye Cream, which is important to the delicate eye area. After we hit 25, the speed of deterioration of elasticity and firmness around the eye area (or any part of the body!) is like a unstoppable bullet train. If we can’t stop it, at least give it more TLC and try to slow down the ageing process.


They say ‘Feel inspired by the refreshing scent that brings revitalizing and pampering fulfillment to your over-worked eyes’. I wouldn’t say I feel like *ooh wow!* refreshed every time I open it, but KOSE products consistently smell like that and I can recognize the scent every time there’s a KOSE counter in a departmental store. The KOSE SEKKISEI Eye Cream scent doesn’t bother me much, I don’t like it nor dislike it. It’s just a scent to me. It actually smells very… neutral, if there’s such a thing called neutral smell~

One thing I don’t understand is that it says ”Apply nightly after your usual skincare routine.” But why only nightly? I like to apply it in the day too! After my routine cleansing, I apply this eye cream to moisturize the skin under the eyes. This helps smooth the under eye area for easier makeup application and prevents dry patches. Remember to let it dry before applying primer or concealer on top.

I have been using the KOSE SEKKISEI Eye Cream for about 5 weeks now. I love how silky, gentle and light it feels on my eye area. Hydration, moisturizing and absorption power are excellent however I don’t see any significant reduction in puffiness or dark eye circles. I have serious eye baggage since young so I don’t think anything except surgery can reduce it. As for dark eye circles, I think I should just sleep earlier, sleep more.

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