Friday, March 17, 2017

Meishoku Placenta Whitening Eye Cream

Or Medicated Whitening Eye Cream, or whatever the heck this thing is called.
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
or even
  • 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.

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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.

***No affiliate links!!!***
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.


  1. Oh China ... I think all of the different names for pearl barley/Job's Tears, just in English, is kind of interesting. I'm using a lotion with CoQ10 and the appetizing placenta for the first time. It's not wowing me so far ... but it was like 500 yen so who can complain?

    1. I am using a placenta lotion (toner) made by Japan Natural Laboratories exclusively for Ainz and Tulpe. It's cheap cheap cheap (1000 yennies or so for 500ml) and it works like MAGIC. A lot better than their overpriced La Mente line.
      And speaking of names, translating these ingredients was a bitch, because Meishoku had to be special and use nonstandard names for very ordinary ingredients.

  2. Oh Dear! Probably you will be surprised to hear that, but this winter in Krakow (sic!) the level of smog several times was higher than in Beijing. In other words: I NEED this "fancy Fukushima grade face mask."

    1. Actually, the PM2.5 numbers are tabulated slightly differently in Europe, so China is still dirtier.

      The Fukushima masks are da bomb!!! 3M!!! Don't leave home without it :-)
      And you can get it on Amazon quite cheaply, too.
      Just make sure it has N100 rating.

      Normal smog rating is N99, I think ;-)

  3. Chciałabym zadać Ci osobiste pytanie, jeśli można... tzn. jestem ciekawa jakie masz obywatelstwo (pewnie polskie, ale chciałam się upewnić, bo czytałam kiedyś że od bardzo dawna nie mieszkasz w Polsce, może podwójne jakieś...?) i jak Ci się żyje z tym, co masz w Japonii, jeśli nie jesteś obywatelką Japonii to jakie masz tam prawa. Czytałam, że ciężko obcokrajowcowi dostać obywatelstwo japońskie. Czy żeby pracować w Japonii musisz załatwiać sobie wizę pracowniczą jak masz męża Japończyka i tam mieszkasz na stałe?

    aha, i czy wiadomo już coś więcej na temat wydania kolejnej książki? Dosyć dawno wspominałaś, że szukasz wydawcy. Poczytałabym sobie coś na papierze, ciepło się robi, na piknik się przyda ;)


    1. Mam polskie obywatelstwo. W Japonii mam prawo stalego pobytu. Zyje mi sie tu dobrze. Prawa mam takie same jak Japonczycy, z tym wyjatkiem, ze nie moge glosowac w wyborach, ani w nich startowac. Aby zdobyc obywatelstwo japonskie trzeba zrzec sie obecnego obywatelstwa. Wiza pracownicza nie jest potrzebna jesli ma sie prawo stalego pobytu. O nowej ksiazce nic nie wiadomo. Manuskrypt jest gotowy, jesli znajdzie sie chetny wydawca to ksiazka bedzie. A jak nie, to niestety nie.

    2. Dziękuję za wyjaśnienie. Szkoda, że o książce nic nie wiadomo.


  4. I have been searching the right product to hide my under eye circle and I will definitely try this one. Thank you for sharing some thoughts. I'm really having some hard times when it comes to choosing the beauty product that will suit in my skin because I have dry and sensitive skin.

  5. I bought this product but as i don't understand japanese, i started to look on some reviews and this is the best i've ever read! 🤣


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