The Kanebo Impress Lotion comes in what is commonly known as the toning step. In the Impress line it is known as the first step of double moisturizing. In Kanebo skincare, there is double cleansing and double moisturizing. The Lotion acts as the first layer of moisturizer.
The Impress Lotion comes in 2 formulas:
- Kanebo Impress Lotion 1- normal and combination skin (Fresh)
- Kanebo Impress Lotion 2- normal to dry skin (Moist and Smooth)
I test drove the Impress Lotion 1. The texture is quite different from the Kanebo Blanchir Whitening Clear Conditioner which I am used to. The Blanchir Clear Conditioner is very liquid and soaks into a cotton pad quite easily. The Impress Lotion however is more viscous and less watery.
Pour some into a cotton pad, soaking about 60% of the pad and pat lightly over the face. For Impress skincare however, there is a specific method of application called the “Adhesive application method“. You can read the specifics on their website. Essentially, what you do is lightly press the cotton pad on your skin to apply the lotion all over the face, then with your palm and fingertips, lightly apply pressure to help the lotion “adhere” to the skin.
I love my Blanchir Clear Conditioner but this one takes the cake! My skin immediately feels soft and dewy and prolonged use is supposed to help refine the skin and reduce and treat problems like coarse skin or dry skin, to leave the complexion looking clear and radiant.
I briefly tested the Impress Lotion 2 and the difference lies in the texture. Lotion 2 is even more viscous than Lotion 1 and I can imagine would be wonderful for dry skin because it feels very moist.
There is a light fragrance that doesn’t bother me. The setback however, is the price. The Kanebo Impress Lotion retails for RM330 for 150ml, at Kanebo International Salons and Kanebo cosmetic counters at Isetan only for now (Malaysia).
Pros: Makes skin feel soft and dewy
Cons: Very expensive