Ladies! Welcome to Casa MWS!
Let us pretend for one moment that we have deep pockets and are Ladies who Lunch. A little bit of fantasy is a good thing at this time of year 😉
Will you put on your pretty frocks and pick up your Birkins and Kellys and join me in the garden where we’ll have the liveried butler of Casa MWS pour us tea? Don’t worry, we’ll have umbrellas and tents and all sorts of creature comforts in this little fantasy wonderland 😉
Now while we wait for the tea to be brewed and poured into the Wedgwood gold edged bone china tea cups, I’ll tell you about the newest most expensive luxury skincare cream. Ever.
James (thats our butler) will bring around the new Kanebo Impress Granmula skincare range, comprising the Lotion, Emulsion and Cream which target lines and uneven skintone i.e. anti-aging and whitening/brightening concerns.
I tested the sample sizes which lasted me about 3 weeks and I don’t know whats in those plain glass bottles, but damn! its good! (excuse my language). The Granmula lotion goes on after cleansing and although they say to use a cotton pad, I just use my hands to pat it on. At RM800 a bottle I cannot afford to let a single drop go to waste!
You follow up with the Granmula Emulsion and then Granmula Cream. Now in Japanese skincare they double-moisturise i.e. they apply an emulsion and then a cream. If you have oily skin, you can get by with just the Emulsion. I used both at night, but only the Emulsion in the day. They are both very lightweight.
I tried these products about a month ago, when my skin was feeling dry, rough and dull after too much travel, air-conditioning and late nights. For the 3 weeks I was using this range of skincare, my skin felt moist and satin smooth to the touch, and it also looked markedly smoother with minimised pores. I experienced no breakouts and things were hunky dory. I had a spot of flaky dry skin on my chin area and this cream cleared it up in 2 days. I let my friend try the remaining sample of the Granmula cream for a few days… and I could not get it back 😛 Apparently it was that good for them too. Sigh.
If you are familiar with the Kanebo Impress skincare range, you will be familiar with the “adhesive application method” where you basically roll, not pat, on your skincare by rolling the product with your palms on your skin. You do the same thing with Granmula and I find that it helps it penetrate better and more quickly into the skin. The scent is nice and relaxing, smells a little of green tea and spring flowers, and I’m told specially formulated for Granmula.
But I had to get myself back down to earth at some point or another, because I know I can’t afford to maintain this skincare regime. The Granmula Emulsion retails at RM1,200/100ml and the Granmula Cream RM4,600/40g.
Now, now. Staring bug-eyed isn’t ladylike 😉
I’ll say that the Impress Granmula skincare range is definitely one for those with very deep pockets. The rest of us will have to be content with the regular Impress or Impress IC range, which is significantly more affordable (and I personally feel, works well enough for us less moneyed folk).
Cons: Price is out of reach for normal folk
I must hand it to the Japanese though. They are the only people I know who can launch a super-luxury skincare range without infusing it with obscure ingredients or precious metals like gold, diamonds or platinum; and package it in plain nondescript bottles and tubs… and still sell. Maybe its because it just works 🙂
You can try the Impress Granmula facial at Kanebo Salons if you’d like a taste of what a RM4,600 cream feels like. The facial is RM688 and I tried to see if my regular salon could do it for me for less, but my persuasive powers came to nought 😛
I did ask the girls at the salon if Impress Granmula was well received among their clientele since its launch in end Nov/early Dec, and surprisingly, the answer is yes. The reason, they told me, is because its just a little bit more expensive than the Kanebo Sensai Ex La Creme cream that is also in the 4 digits so those who were replenishing their creams were willing to try this new one.
Evidently, there are ladies out there with seriously deep pockets 😯 Those who do actually lunch with their Birkins in real life, not just in fantasies 😉
And so ladies, that’s the newest, priciest skincare range in the market to date. Perhaps not one for you and I in the real world, but for those for whom money is no object, its a choice they have 🙂
Tea’s brewed. Sip up! Now who’s got the crocodile skin Birkin and is that a purple ostrich skin one I spy? 😉
Kanebo Granmula luxury skincare retails at all Kanebo counters and salons and retail at RM800/120ml (Lotion), RM1,200/100ml (Emulsion) and RM4,600/40g (Cream). The Granmula facial is RM688 or they might have package deals if you ask.