I have had this Pola Sakura Veil Tokutoku skincare set for a while now. I can’t seem to get my head around it, hence the delay telling you about it. Pola is a range of skincare from Japan that we do not hear much about. One of those brands that fly under the radar, and which are available to those in the know, it would seem.
Interestingly, the reason I agreed to give the brand a go when approached by a local online store, Luscious.com.my, is because a reader, Jayne, had written in a few months ago, asking me if I’d tried Pola skincare and what I thought about it. Not long after that, I had an offer so I thought it was a good chance to try the brand out since I didn’t know where to obtain it before. Jayne, if you’re reading this, here is your answer ;)
I received the Pola Sakura Veil Tokutoku Set I which comes in a well packaged box, containing full sizes of the Wash, Lotion I and Emulsion I and samples sizes of the Hydrating Essence and Massage & Mask. The products are made in Japan, and Pola is a Japanese brand. With that sort of knowledge, what I expected was therefore, a face wash that tends to be a bit drying (I find it happens with most Japanese face washes personally), a lotion that serves to soften and hydrate skin, and a liquid emulsion to moisturize skin. That is really what you do end up getting ;)
The Pola Sakura Veil range contains extract of sakura flower as the name implies, green tea extract (antioxidant protection) and rice bran extract (hydrating). Here are my quick thoughts on the range and the products I tried.
I’ve used Japanese skincare quite a lot, and I have noted that the Japanese are very exact. Within the same range of products, they will provide an option for their Lotion and Emulsion for normal-dry skin and normal-oily skin. However, it usually works as I – normal-oily and II – normal-dry. Since this was the Tokutoku Set I I thought it was meant for normal-oily skin, which explains the very light textures. But when I researched it, I realised that Pola does it backwards, so I – normal-dry skin.
And that is why I found is a little surprising, because I found that although the Sakura Veil range of products were very comfortable on my skin, they did not feel sufficiently hydrating. I have normal skin tending to dry, and although I used each product from beginning to end, my skin did not feel as comfortable as it does with my regular skincare.
I personally found the Sakura Veil Wash a little drying, but I find that is true of many Japanese brands of face wash. The Lotion is liquid and feels quite lovely patted on my skin, and then I follow up with the Hydrating Essence which feels a bit sticky, and the Milk Emulsion which too, feels a little sticky. It all absorbs after a spell, but as I have noted, I still find it too light for my skin in the evenings.
In the day however, it does feel a bit more comfortable and the light texture is very nice against the skin. For those who have normal-oily skin, then you should go for the Lotion and Milk labelled II. I would imagine it feels even lighter.
On an overall basis, I am glad to have given the brand a go. The products seem good, very typical of many brands of Japanese department store brand skincare, but perhaps this specific range just didn’t do it for my skin.
In a nutshell
Pola is a range of Japanese skincare and Sakura Veil is one of their popular ranges. Items are sold separately, or as a set. The Lotion and Milk emulsion can be tailored to your skintype as it comes in 2 varieties: I – normal-dry and II – normal-oily. I found the face wash a little drying but then I find that is true for many brands I have tried. The Lotion and Milk went well together and sinks into skin, without feeling too sticky or uncomfortable. I found the Hydrating Essence a little sticky but if you lightly pat it in, it sinks in after a spell. I don’t have much thought about the Massage + Mask. Overall, I found that although the products felt comfortable on my skin (my skin takes well to Japanese skincare) I did not find them sufficiently hydrating for my skin for overnight use. It was alright in the day.
Pros: Feels comfortable without being too sticky, Light textured Lotion and Milk absorbs easily into skin
Cons: Not easily available locally, Wasn’t sufficiently hydrating for my slightly dry skin
Who will like this: Anyone who is familiar with Japanese style skincare and want something hydrating
Here are the ingredient lists for the Pola Sakura Veil products in this Tokutoku set. You may have to squint a little :P
This Sakura Veil Tokutoku set retails at RM378 and each individual Sakura Veil item starts from RM99 – 148. It might seem pricey, but I think for a Japanese brand, its actually averagely priced, and more affordable than a brand like Kanebo or Shiseido, so I make no mention of the price as a con. I think it reasonable.
Have you tried any Pola skincare?
I can’t say I’d never try anything from the brand again. I have a soft spot for Japanese skincare and colour cosmetics but after many years of experimentation, I’ve found that I prefer to use their Lotions and maybe treatment serums. Their Emulsion moisturisers don’t usually do much for me (I prefer creams or oils now) and their face washes tend to be a bit drying to me. But for Lotions and some Treatment products, they are stellar.
Pola Sakura Veil Tokutoku Set Price: RM378 Availability: Online at Luscious.com.my (Malaysia)