Shu Uemura has always been synonymous with beautiful makeup, and it has propelled the cleansing oil into our mass consciousness. The brand has a diverse selection of skincare products that I am just starting to explore; beginning with the Tsuya Skin series, which is specially designed to address the Asian obsession with fair youthful radiance.
“Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin.
With a beautiful, healthy skin canvas,
we have more freedom and flexibility for unlimited makeup expression,
and can maximize each woman’s individual beauty.”
— Uchiide, Shu Uemura International Artistic Director
Shu Uemura’s Tsuya Skin series revolves around the proprietary ingredient Rhamnose, which is a hi-tech molecule discovered by Shu Uemura’s research center, to boost cell regeneration. It penetrates deep within the skin to reactivate the skin’s youth power switch, and helps to increase the thickness of the epidermis and pro-collagen expression for smoother and plumper skin.
The Tsuya Skin series consists of 3 products – lotion, serum, and eye cream.
The latest product to join the Tsuya Skin family, the Youthful Purifying Lotion helps to boost the skin’s self-cleansing mechanism to enable crystal clear skin. This is achieved with the inclusion of a new CP Complex that is a blend of an yeast extract and Rhamnose. The CP Complex boosts lysosome in the skin’s cells, whose function is to clean up impurities within skin cells, thereby allowing cell metabolism to return to normal levels and regain health.
The Youthful Purifying Lotion is designed to be used after cleansing, and is available in 3 different textures for different skin types – I is a fresh watery lotion for oily skin, II is a similarly watery texture for nomal to dry, and III is an interesting gel-like lotion for dry skin. When I first tried it out, I found III to be not as refreshing as either of the watery textures and went with I instead since I have combination skin. However, if you have dry skin, III really felt enriching and worth a try if normal moisturizers are insufficient.
Generally speaking, I don’t have very strong opinions on lotions as they do not linger long enough on my skin and do not have very far-reaching effects. However, this Tsuya Lotion is truly unique for a number of reasons.
Just as with its Lightbulb foundations (reviewed here and here), Shu Uemura artisans have designed a special cotton pad to complement and enhance the efficacy of the Tsuya Youthful Purifying Lotion. This Silk Supreme Crystallizer is an innovative dual-sided lotion pad with 100% silk on 1 side, and 100% cotton on the other. The silk side is slightly more fibrous and therefore helps to gently exfoliate and remove any residual dirt, sebum and impurities from the skin. This is followed by the cotton side which is meant for patting the remaining lotion deeper into the skin to hydrate and cool.
Based on decades of experience preparing models for the runway, Shu Uemura has discovered that makeup goes on much more smoothly and stays flawless longer when the the skin is cooler. And so, the Tsuya Lotion is designed to give a cooling effect to the skin when it is patted in quick successive motions.
I have been enjoying the Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youthful Purifying Lotion tremendously (which is saying a whole lot!) as it really feels hydrating (a claim I never believed was possible for a lotion) after use. Patting it in makes my skin feel cool and refreshed, and also looks visibly plumper! This will be available from September, and will retail at SGD70 for 150ml which does not break the bank!
To complete my Tsuya Skin experience, the generous folks at Shu Uemura Singapore also provided me with samples of the serum and eye cream… and it would be churlish of me to omit them in this review.
Centerpiece of the Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin series is the Youthful Radiance Generator, which is a serum designed to be used after the lotion before moisturizer. It contains the Rhamnose molecule, and is formulated to jumpstart your skin’s condition, getting rid of dullness and bringing back radiance. It comes with a dropper that dispenses just the right amount of product for my face and neck.
The product itself is a runny, pearlescent fluid that is easily absorbed without any sticky or uncomfortable sensation. When I first started using it, my skin was in a very precarious situation with some patches of irritation. Whilst I did not notice this boosting the healing of my skin (admittedly it is not designed for that), it did not irritate my sensitive skin further. Nonetheless, I took some time off to allow my skin to reset, and since it is much better lately, I decided to give this another shot. And miracle this most certainly isn’t (not that anybody would believe that anyway), but over time (about 2 week’s conscientious use) I did notice my skin tone evening out. The improvement is very subtle, and almost ephemeral if you are also dealing with other changing factors (in my case insufficient sleep, testing out other beauty products, stress and anxiety, etc). But skincare is often like TCM… it takes a long time for true benefits to become visible. And if your skin is already healthy and in good condition, the incremental change is even less noticeable.
Tsuya Skin Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate combines the Rhamnose molecule with Umaguri Suponin to boost microcirculation and reduce dark circles, and a tripearl complex to increase luminosity to the eye area. Interestingly, it also claims to be able to lift lashes higher to give the appearance of “bigger” eyes.
On initial swatch, I was surprised by the dense and relatively thick texture of the Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate. It doesn’t feel “rich” like other anti-aging eye creams, but instead has a sort of silicon feel to it. A quick look at the ingredient list showed cyclohexasiloxane listed as the 2nd highest after aqua, and dimethicone mid-way down. The purpose of these silicons is to act as a primer to help eye makeup go on more smoothly, look more vibrant and last longer. And it does perform beautifully.
Whilst silicons do appear commonly in skincare, I’m not sure about such high concentrations especially on my eye area. I have experienced breakouts when using makeup primers containing high doses of silicons in the past and so I generally steer clear of such products. Thankfully, the Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate has not caused any breakout or allergy on my eye area in all the time that I’ve been using it!
As an eye cream, I did notice my lids looking less droopy (though I am not sure if my lashes are lifted). And in terms of smoothening lines around my eye area, Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate is quite helpful too (although I sense this is more a result of the silicons than actual hydration properties).
Both Tsuya Skin Youthful Radiance Generator and Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate are available for sale, and retail for SGD108 for 30ml and SGD70 for 15ml respectively.