I bitched before about the names that Japanese beauty companies give their products. You have one name on the front of the product, another one on the back, and something totally different listed on the brand's website. What the hell, people?
Today's contestant is known as:
- Meishoku Placenta Whitening Eye Cream
- Meishoku Medicated Whitening Eye Cream
- Meishoku Placenta Medicated Whitening Eye Cream
- Meishoku Medicated Whitening Essence EX (this is what it says on the back of my tube)
- and Meishoku PlaseWhiter Medicated Whitening Eye Cream
- Meishoku Place-Whiter Medicated Whitening Eye Cream
F*ck that. Whoever has time for that? I kid you not. Meishoku, it's time to get your shit together.
But before we get started, here's a little back story.
I needed a cheap cream. And especially, I needed a cheap eye cream. Something small and easy to travel with. Something plain and very unsexy so it wouldn't attract the attention of housekeeping staff in certain hotels. Yes, Novotel in Shanghai, I am looking right at you.
And then I remembered I had this Meishoku Placenta Whitening Eye Cream in my stash. I took it out, opened it up and realized it fit the bill exactly.
image source: http://www.meishoku.co.jp/
According to the company, this Medicated Whitening Eye Cream does everything but the dishes. It whitens the dark undereye area, it erases wrinkles, it moisturizes, it nourishes aging skin, oh my. All for the super low price of around 1200 yen for 30 grams, tax included. All through the magical power of placenta (domestic, of animal origin).
Yeah, me too.
I took it with me to China. It looked so cheap and boring that even the most inquisitive hotel room cleaner did not bother to touch it. My Dior samples, on the other hand, they loved them.
I took it with me to Pyongyang. And even there nobody was interested in it. My Shu Uemura samples, on the other hand, they loved them. One sachet disappeared every day from the hotel bathroom.
And it was in China where Meishoku Placenta Whitening Eye Cream finally showed its magical powers. But not in the way you would expect.
I schlepped around China during the worst smog days in recent history. Flights were cancelled, trains weren't running, highways were closed, and people were told to stay indoors.
But there were times when I had to go outside.
I sprayed myself with a fine particle (PM 2.5) blocker, but I'm not really convinced this spray worked.
I wore a 3M N100 particulate respirator, a.k.a. a fancy face mask, Fukushima grade.
I tried to wrap every exposed bit of skin in something. I looked like an idiot. Or like a native. I blended in perfectly.
I needed a way to protect the rest of my skin. And by "protect" I mean "a barrier that would stop PM 2.5", or at least make me think it would stop it. Also, I needed some relief for my poor skin after super diligent cleansing twice a day.
Enter Meishoku Placenta Medicated Whitening Eye Cream. I would smear it on my entire face. It formed a thick protective barrier. I would top it up with a sleeping pack, or when I was out of sleeping packs, with straight up vaseline. On top of all that grease, I would put on a respirator mask and I was ready to brave the smog.
Initially I tried using vaseline directly on my skin, which resulted in angry red splotches. I needed a barrier between the layers and here Meishoku Whitening Eye Cream worked like a superstar.
Just take a look, this thing is thick. Very thick.
Yet it gave me zero additional milia (because I already have some) and zero unhappy breakouts (apart from what could be expected from days spent in some of the worst smog on the planet).
When used on the entire face, it kept it deliciously moisturized and protected from the bitter temperatures of Pyongyang in winter.
Did I notice any whitening results? Nope.
Did I notice any improvement in the state of my wrinkles? Nope.
Did I notice my skin was moisturized and vaguely plump? Yep.
Did it aggravate my rosacea? Nope.
For around 10 bucks I can't complain.
Meishoku Placenta Medicated Whitening Eye Cream did some heavy lifting. Just in a different way than originally intended by the manufacturer.
How about the ingredients?
Here you are.
Meishoku Placenta Medicated Whitening Eye Cream ingredients:
(translated from the brand's website)
As you can see, they are not totally crappy, especially considering how cheap this cream is.
This cream is considered a quasi-drug in Japan.
It's a very basic cream for a basic price with basic results.
Having said all that, would I buy it again?
I won't go to China without it.
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I buy it at my local drugstore, you can find it on:
Amazon and Ebay (Google is your friend)
PS. This Placenta Whitening line also includes a lotion (toner) and a face cream. I might look them up.