Is SK-II worth it? Which products to buy and where to buy them

Author: Jenny Wu
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  • Jennifer

    These all sound great! I have not tried anything from this brand before.

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Jenny

      Some of their products are worth trying if you can get them at a good price!

  • LindaLibraLoca

    It is one of the brands that I have been meaning to try, but wow, it is expensive to buy out of the blue. Now that I know what to get, I will see if I can find a good deal. I am currently looking into fermented ingredients for an upcoming video, it would be nice to have one of their products to show as an example.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Jenny

      It really is, especially the price markups here in the US (not sure how it is in Europe), which is why I only buy them when I’m in Asia. I do hope you get a chance to try some though of their better products, I know Sephora randomly has the FTE as their rewards!

  • Lisa Autumn

    The clear lotion looks amazing!

    x Lisa |

    • Jenny

      It’s a nice more affordable alternative to their FTE!

  • The SK-II FTE is one of my favorites which I always go back to when I’m not trying our other essences and toners. I actually don’t even mind the smell for the results it gives :) I’ve had the Genoptics Aura Essence on my wish list since you last wrote about it and I’m going to get it once I work down my stash. Brightening products that work are always worth it in my book. I tried a deluxe sample of their Cellumination Cream EX last year and I was hoping I wouldn’t like it but it’s pretty good.

    • Jenny

      I’m the same with the FTE! I love my Amorepacfic Essence but it just doesn’t refine my skin like the SK-II does. Since I’m a big fan of their brightening products I’ll have to give the Cellumination Cream EX a try next!

  • Shireen L. Platt

    I remember you saying that you didn’t like the FTE when you tested it the first time but when you gave it another try, you love it. I wonder if I should give it another go myself.

    • Jenny

      I think I was too young when I tried the FTE to really see any of the benefits, lol. But if you can get a sample from Sephora, giving it a second chance never hurts!

  • Mica

    It’s interesting that there are some products you don’t recommend, it’s a shame with the high price tags they aren’t as good as you’d first think! I’ve never tried anything from the brand but it’s a bit out of my price range anyway!

    Hope that you had a great weekend :)

    • Jenny

      Thanks Mica! I’m kinda glad I didn’t love everything, otherwise it’d make for a very expensive skincare routine!

  • Mai

    Last time I was abroad, I couldn’t decide if I had wanted to buy any of the SK-II products because I didn’t know if they were worth it. I might have to pick this up next time I’m at Costco since I won’t be traveling internationally again any time soon.


    • Jenny

      You can order it online too! The great thing about Costco is that if it doesn’t work for you, you can always return it :)

  • gabrielle

    I love how honest you’ve been about the best products from the brand to try, or alternative to skip. As always, your product photography is an absolute DREAM by the way!! x

    • Jenny

      Thank you Gabrielle! I’m extra strict when it comes to expensive brands, so if it doesn’t live up to the price, it’s a pass for me!

  • Bambi

    Thank you so much for this post, I still dream about trying SK-II but I’ve heard mixed opinions about it :)

  • Bernadette Rihana

    I’ve wanted to try this brand for ages but I’ve never known where to start so this post was super helpful! x

  • I haven’t tried this brand before but would love to! Thanks for sharing.
    Adi xx |

  • Allie Mackin

    Wow they have SK II at Costco? Who knew? They are pretty expensive so this is good to know. The products sounds truly amazing. And yeah eye creams, most of them can not do anything about what really is bothersome problems: dark circles, puffiness or fluid retention and fat deposits under the eyes. No cream can change this.

    Allie of

  • Alyssa

    I will take note of this! My mom and I always wanted to try Sk-II but we don’t know what to get. It’s quite overwhelming, and the prices are not cheap XD

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  • Jenny Yang

    love how you broke everything down! this is my mom’s go-to brand for everything since I could every remember!
    xx jen

  • SundayDahlias

    Their products are pricey, but they have such a loyal following and great reviews!

  • Sam | Violet Hollow

    Such an interesting backstory! I have been curious about their products for a long time but the price tag is steep, so really great to hear some of the products worked so well for you Jenny. I will add them to my wish list, I don’t know of anywhere you can get them in the UK but I will do some digging xx

  • Nikki Living Life

    I couldn’t decide if any of the SK-II products were worth it at that price tag. Thank you for this very helpful review and and taking the time to break down each of the products.


  • Nina

    Thanks for sharing this informative post . Loved the packaging.

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  • sonia // daring coco

    I’ve always been curious with this brand but never really seen any decent reviews on it. Everything is always so glowing and exceptional so I really welcome this one. I’m not so averted to the brand anymore having a better idea. I definitely want to try out that Genoptics serum. I’m curious about the glow!


    • Jenny

      Thanks Sonia! I think people either love or hate SK-II, and I’m guessing that not too many of the haters are writing reviews, haha. The Genoptics Aura is lovely, hope you get a chance to try it!

  • Via Singh

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. SK II is one of the brands that I want to try, but it is so price and I don’t want to do trial and error. I can refer to your post before I purchase anything. :-)

    Via |

  • kc

    R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age Cream very heavy . The texture wasfor me a liitle uncomfortable.
    but a great product.

  • vilincia

    I usually buy my fte in Changi airport. I think nothing beats their price (lemme know if I’m wrong) I got a set of two fte bottles (230mlx2) for S$258 (black friday sale) at krisshop. Original price is S$304 for two bottles without black friday sale.

    • Jenny

      I haven’t been to all the duty free shops to compare so I can’t say, but that is an excellent price! This is why I have duty free shops listed as the best place to purchase SK-II outside of Japan.

  • Brenda Caraballo

    Great review. Years ago I got corralled into purchasing the entire SKII line. You are correct to mention the sales. I bought my SKII facial line in Neiman’s. My sister asked if they had any sales or discounts. They said no but since my purchase was “substantial”, they gave me two extra products for free. The one product I didn’t see in your review was the SKII Facial Treatment Repair C. What is your opinion on this product?

    • Jenny

      Thank you Brenda! That’s great that you were able to get some free products in lieu of discounts, it shows that it never hurts to ask! The Repair C is new to me, I haven’t seen it before and had to Google it, but it seems like a more hydrating version of the essence due to the addition of hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Will add this to my wishlist and update my review when I do try it!

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