Cellumination mask in lotion

Overall Score: 71/100

Tested December 2014

SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion is formulated with SK-II’s unique brightening complex Aura Bright Cocktail EX that contains Pitera™. It is a semi-translucent toning lotion, like a mask, which claims to brighten and soften skin. It is available in 100ml bottles.

Available from: harrods.com

Price when tested: £59.00

GHI Expert Verdict

The SKII Cellumination Mask-in Lotion is a little tricky to dispense but it has good absorption and results were noticed in most areas, including smoothness and firmness of the skin. Quite expensive but a little goes a long way.

Overall Score: 71/100


  • Testers find the lotion easy to use and quick to absorb into the skin.
  • Testers feel their skin was smoother and softer.
  • Some say their skin feels firmer.
  • Skin feels more moisturised and hydrated.


  • The product is awkward to dispense from the bottle – the orifice needs to be larger.
  • It feels tacky and sticky on the skin for some after application.

All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.

Previously, I wrote a post about the SK-II Treatment Essence–challenging the idea of it being worth the hefty price tag. It’s been another near two months since that post and since then, I’ve had a chance to continue using my SK-II products. In my experience, it seems that the improvements I’ve seen in my skin can be attributed to SK-II products because that’s what I’ve switched to in the last 6 months. Also, I’ve noticed that the more I add onto my SK-II collection, and I continue to use the products together, the results get better and better.

I’ve added a new item to my skincare routine. I purposely waited to have used up all my sheet masks, because apparently the Cellumination Mask-in Lotion is a substitute. So after diligently using up my sheet masks, I placed my order for the Cellumination Mask-in Lotion to see if this product was worth the hype.

“This leave-on lotion brightens your skin tone, allowing for skin to feel soft, smooth, and hydrated. An ideal product for those who do not have the time to use a cotton substrate mask.” As a product for “radiance enhancement,” the Cellumination Mask-in Lotion is a unique product that is surprisingly easy to use.

Application guide: “After cleansing, put about 1ml of SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion on your cupped palm, and quickly spread the Mask-in Lotion by gently pushing over the entire face with the palms of the hands. Blend the lotion into the skin to envelope the entire face.”

For me, I use this by pouring a little bit of product into my hands and apply it directly to my face before the Treatment Essence, as directed. While the product is in liquid-form, it’s not as runny as the treatment essence. The near-gel-like texture is easily to scoop from your palm with your finger to apply it to your face directly.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate**, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycereth-25 PCA Isostearate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Centella Asiatica Extract, Nylon-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance).

The benefits? Instant brightened, tightened, and glowing skin — but, of course, this isn’t permanent. I think this is best used at night before the rest of your nighttime skincare, and you’ll wake up with great results! 🙂 I recommend this product over the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (they’re very expensive and are one-time use each). If you’re trying to decided which SK-II product is best to try first, I wouldn’t say this would be your option — especially, since this product is designed to be used with other SK-II products. This is a good add-on, but certainly not necessary.

100 ml (3.4 oz)
Made in Japan.
Retails for $75.00 USD.

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Fit for Queen Elizabeth: SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion Review

If it’s good enough for Cate Blanchett, it’s good enough for us. The actress’ (think Elizabeth) skin is always flawless, thanks to her skincare regimen with SK-II.

Whenever the skin feels windburned, dehydrated, or jet-lagged, I reach for my Facial Treatment Mask. It’s a veritable feast of goodness that is rich in enzymes and nutrients.

New on the block is the brand’s first pre-lotion which offers a mask like experience in addition to skin conditioning function. The product aims to deliver a boost of moisture while improving skin’s radiance.

It promises to give you the same amount of hydration in a mere 15 seconds as the substrate mask (the mask I “oohed” and “aahed” about above). This is possible using the Aura Bright Cocktail that contains Pitera, the ingredient exclusive to the brand. The “see-through” mask technology also gives a completely sheer, transparent quality to the pre-lotion, which is light and completely non tacky. It absorbs into the skin extremely well and does not glide or stick.

We used this night and day and felt a cooling sensation. Ideally, you’ll use this before using the Facial Treatment Essence. It is priced at $75 for 100ml. We give this lotion a two thumbs up for several reasons:

a) If you look at the luxury anti-aging options available, they pretty much all promise hydration. A few give you superb hydration and radiance at the same time, and for $75, the SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion is one of the few;

b) If you’re like me and are hooked to the Facial Treatment Mask, then you know how pricey this can be. In 15 seconds, you get the same levels of hydration as the substrate mask — it doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out;

c) It is a good prelude to your hydration routine; and studies have shown that more mature skin does needs extra love and care when it comes to moisture. The Pre-lotion + the Facial Treatment Essence will give you just the correct level of moisture your skin needs without feeling too dry or too greasy.

And there’s the radiance bit to the equation as well. It looks a lot like a Swarovski crystal.

Have you tried SK-II? What are your thoughts? I always find Asian skincare to be extremely calming, and wondered if you experienced the same.

– Charu Suri

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