All about: WASO Eye Opening Essence

An off shoot of the iconic Shiseido brand, WASO skincare is such a joy to behold – and to use – due to its totally unique take on beauty and the way it presents itself. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Washoku (which is usually applied to simple yet nourishing food), WASO skincare is crafted with the utmost respect for nature, using simple, pure ingredients, and working with zero regard for worlds, genders and styles. It draws inspiration from its distinct Japanese heritage and harnesses the power of natural ingredients that are extracted using Shiseido’s unique Whole Cell Release System W. This gathers up the raw actives in each hero botanical to work their magic on skin, and the end result is some pretty gorgeous products. And as for the brand name? WASO derives from two Japanese words, “WA” meaning gentleness and harmony, and “SO”, which stands for inspiration.
Which brings me to their latest release – the simply gorgeous Eye Opening Essence. An icy eye essence inspired by Japanese momiji oroshi, a vitamin-packed daikon condiment, it is moisture-rich and goes to work straight away to lessen the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Little jelly droplets and an odd – but pleasing! - snow-like texture deliver an instant cooling sensation that improves the look of tired eyes. It also has ingredients like Carrot Root Protoplast in there to add an extra boost of health to the skin, and a pearly, colour correcting agent to address the bluish dark circles that so many of us have around the eyes. It’s also great for reducing puffiness, so is perfect before AND after a big night out.
To use this little marvel, apply a small amount (the size of a grain of rice) to the eye area and gently massage. You can use it as many times as you like during the day, and I’ve found it’s perfect for no-makeup days when you forgo concealer but still need a little something-something around the eyes. I think it’ll be a great travel companion going forward as well, for an ideal pre-landing pick-me-up on the plane.
This J-beauty baby is available on counter now with an RRP of $45 for a 20ml tube, and comes highly recommended.


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