First Impressions: Flawless Stem Cell Day Cream and Night Serum

One of my favorite booths at the recently concluded Blogapalooza 2014 was the one by Flawless. Their booth people are friendly, and the activity was short but fun. After registering at the booth, participants are given three standard darts to try and pop “zits” (balloons). I think each successful pop will net you a loot bag. Something better will probably happen if you were able to pop balloons with all three of your darts. I got two, so I got two loot bags. Each loot bag contained full sizes of the Flawless Stem Cell line’s Day Cream and Night Serum.

flawlessstem01

Let’s first take a look at the Day Cream. It comes in a white-and-silver theme as with the whole Stem Cell line I think.

flawlessstem02

The list of ingredients as well as manufacturer information are printed at the back. It also indicates here that the tub contains 15 grams of product. It is made in the Philippines, which is always a good thing in my book. The expiry information is found at the bottom of the tub (not pictured).

flawlessstem03 flawlessstem04

When you open it up there is a plastic protecting inner lid before you see the actual product. This keeps things hygienic, although of course it always helps if your hands are clean before applying this.

flawlessstem05

After removing the inner lid you’ll see the actual day cream. This is one of the densest and firmest creams I’ve ever tried. Both of my tubs of day cream have this consistency. It makes it a little hard to apply onto the face, but it warms and softens up when applied with fingers. I have only used it for maybe a week so I haven’t seen any big improvements yet, but it does keep my face moisturized.

flawlessstem06

Now we come to the Night Serum. Again it comes in that same packaging theme of white-and-silver. This is actually just a plastic bottle but it looks more luxe than it feels.

flawlessstem07

Ingredients and manufacturing information are at the back. This contains 15ml of product.

flawlessstem08

What I like about this bottle is the pump mechanism. The pump itself is depressed into the tube, and you can reveal it by twisting the upper portion until the pump emerges. At that point you can use it the usual way that pumps are used. It does have a tendency to twist back down, so one has to be careful with that.

flawlessstem09

Here is a tiny amount of serum. It has a good consistency, not very watery nor too thick either. I use this with my night routine, after the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Essence, but before the ZA Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream. I like how this feels on my skin, but it takes a bit of time absorbing compared to Japanese/Korean products.

flawlessstem10

Here is the same serum, blended. This is the stage where it’s newly smoothened out on the skin and not yet absorbed.

flawlessstem11

These products is available at Flawless beauty centers and at their website.

Review: Celeteque Hydration Line

Today I will review my new favorite brand of skincare: Celeteque. It all started when I realized I needed to apply moisturizer before applying on makeup in the morning. I am not growing any younger, and I want to start a good skincare routine. I chose Celeteque primarily because it’s very accessible (available in most supermarkets and drugstores) and the price is reasonable. celeteque1

The first product I tried is Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer.

celeteque2

This moisturizer applies on very lightly on the face, and gets absorbed fast. This is a huge deal since it doesn’t add up to the preparation time in the mornings, as you will be able to apply your makeup over this a few seconds after applying moisturizer. It keeps the skin fresh and supple even under heavy makeup. This small tube lasts me for a long time (about 3-4 months) and costs only Php127 for the 50ml size, and Php 210 for the 100ml.

celeteque3

Emboldened with my success with the moisturizer, the next one I tried is the Celeteque Hydration Alcohol-Free Toner. I’ve not had much luck with my toners recently as they all turned out to be too harsh. I always experienced some amount of stinging and I was really getting tired of that. Luckily enough, this toner from Celeteque was very gentle, yet effective enough to clean out my pores. The downside to this is that since this is very watery, you’ll need to put a lot of it onto a cotton pad to effectively reach out to all the pores. I’ve been using this for about a month now, and I have not experienced any stinging or breakout. As a bonus, it doesn’t smell bad or strange. This costs only Php82 for the 65ml bottle, and Php 129 for the 125ml.

celeteque4

Lastly, I recently added to my routine the Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash. A little goes a long way here. Just a very small dab of product will lather up pretty well, and you can really feel it do its cleaning powers on your face. It doesn’t bring the squeaky clean feel, but the face feels so much brighter and refreshed. This really works for the everyday, non-heavy duty cleansing needs. This facial wash costs Php75 for the 60ml bottle, Php118 for the 100ml, and Php270 for the 250ml pump bottle.

I reviewed a fourth product, the Celeteque Hydration Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes, in a separate post.

Bonus review! I’ll add a short word on the Celeteque Ultra-Lifting Concentrated Serum from the Restorative Line. I won this product from a Celeteque twitter contest, and I was so lucky to receive a full-sized bottle! This is the first serum I tried (I have started using this before the Shiseido products) and I was really interested in trying it out.

celeteque5

This serum has a very thick consistency. The bottle comes with a dropper to dispense the product, and a small squeeze of the dropper will give you a tiny blob of serum. This tiny blob is actually enough to cover the entire face! It glides on smoothly, and doesn’t feel greasy or oily. It gets absorbed by the skin within a couple of minutes too, so again it saves you a bit of time in the evening. The bottle actually recommends you to use this morning and evening, but I opted to only use this with my evening routine. I can say that I am very impressed with this product, and I have confidence that this will help maintain my skin elasticity as well as reduce whatever wrinkles I may be developing. This 30ml bottle costs Php899.

Pros: reasonably priced; available in most supermarkets and drugstores; a little goes a long way; effective in their respective areas

Cons: none really

Disclaimer: All products except for the serum are bought with my own resources. All opinions are mine and are in no way endorsed by Celeteque.

Learn more about Celeteque products in their official website.