Not many might know this but Porcelain is a Singapore beauty brand known for high-tech facial treatments offering painless extractions and effective skincare. In fact, Porcelain has even been featured in the Louis Vuitton City Guides, in 2015 and 2019.
While I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing Porcelain facial treatments myself, I recall fellow beauty editors telling me how much they loved going for them. In fact, one editor was so impressed that she even signed up for a facial package and swore that the facials, together with the skincare, was what helped her clear up her blemish-ridden complexion.
This year, the brand has embarked on a major renovation of its much-loved skincare products. Porcelain promises that its improved formulas include rigorously-tested ingredients to treat the root of your skin concerns at the cellular level, yet remain gentle enough on sensitive skin. In addition, you are free to mix and match products from its four ranges, to create the ideal skincare routine for your skin’s unique needs.
With glowing reviews from my friends, I knew I had to give the updated Porcelain skincare range a go. Here’s how it went:
Porcelain skincare, from $25
What it is
Porcelain’s renovated skincare range focuses on treating skin concerns by supporting skin’s natural ability to heal itself.
There are four collections:
1. Porcelain Essentials features eight daily essentials, from cleansers and toners to moisturisers
2. Porcelain Control combats blemishes
3. Porcelain Soothe calms irritated and inflamed skin
4. Porcelain Plus+ future-proofs skin by targeting imperfections before the signs of ageing even appear
In addition to active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, vitamins A, E and pro-vitamin B5, the revamped formulas also include botanical extracts like aloe vera, elderflower, cucumber and Damascena rose. Each product is free from sulphates, parabens, silicones, drying alcohols and phthalates.
Being a Singapore-based brand, you’d expect the textures to be perfectly suited to our climate. And they are. Each is comfortable and light, absorbs well and doesn’t leave skin feeling sticky or tacky. Even the HA+ Hydrating Serum, which is lightly viscous, felt delightful to use in the day (I tend to gravitate towards water-light textures that won’t make my skin shine or feel uncomfortable in our humidity).
Unlike most of my skincare reviews, I decided to try out the new and improved Porcelain skincare during my morning routine.
Product #1: Porcelain Essentials Skin Perfecting Moisturiser SPF30 (in two shades: light and natural)
This was the very first thing I picked up that morning. I think the fact that it is a tinted moisturiser made me reach for it. I was running late for a video call with a client and needed a little coverage so I wouldn’t look like an extra from The Walking Dead.
To be honest, I didn’t have very high expectations – my previous experiences with tinted moisturisers have been that they tend to be watery and greasy. Little did I know that this tinted moisturiser, however, would soon become one of my favourites from the Porcelain skincare range.
Here’s why: it applies well, and instantly evens out my skin tone so my complexion looks more awake. Best bit? The matte finish is perfect when I’m working in my living room with the windows open and just the fan switched on. Even at midday, my complexion didn’t look shiny.
More importantly, it was hydrating enough, which is amazing because its water-light texture and matte finish made me think that my skin would be itching from dryness come lunchtime – I even had a moisture mist on standby if that happened.
Product #2: Porcelain Essentials HA+ Hydrating Serum
That night, I gave the star of the range, the Porcelain Essentials HA+ Hydrating Serum, a go. Besides the usual hydrating active ingredients, the fragrance-free serum also contains a boost of probiotics to prevent breakouts.
Since a bout of cystic acne in 2019, I’ve been very diligent in ensuring that my complexion stays as pimple-free as possible. So anything that helps me keep those pesky blemishes at bay, is a keeper. I pair this serum with my favourite retinol-infused night cream and head to bed.
The next morning, my complexion feels soft and supple, despite the retinol use, which usually makes my skin feel a little dry. I’m happy with the results and decide that this is a combination I’ll keep on using.
A week in, my skin is looking healthier. I can’t pinpoint the exact changes, but overall, it doesn’t look as dull as it did in the weeks prior to starting on the Porcelain skincare range. And that’s a good sign.
Product #3: Porcelain Plus+ Bio Cellulose Mask
As an extra treat, I give myself a mini DIY facial with the Porcelain Plus+ Bio Cellulose Mask.
I really like bio-cellulose masks because they fit well, don’t slip around the face or come dripping with too much product. According to the brand, this mask contains 30ml of serum essence, and promises to help clarify and hydrate the skin. I have high hopes as it goes on my face.
Twenty minutes go by in a flash, possibly because I was also catching up on the latest episode of Running Man. And when I remove the mask, I’m surprised. My face looks instantly brighter and there’s a dewy glow; a part of me regrets not saving using the mask for my upcoming dinner date with my girlfriends instead.
I’ve become a Porcelain skincare convert. The formulas work well for my skin and the textures are ideal for Singapore’s heat and humidity. Plus, the elegant zen-like bottles look really pretty on my dresser; they also remind me of bottles of Japanese sake, which happen to be one of my drinks of choice.
So even though I might not continue using all the products in the range, I will definitely be keeping some of them in my skincare rotation.
Hands down, my top pick would be the Porcelain Plus+ Bio Cellulose Mask – I loved the results so much I almost “added to cart” until I remembered I still have a huge stash of other sheet masks to use. But the moment that stash dips, I’m clicking “Purchase” on the Porcelain Plus+ Bio Cellulose Mask.
Porcelain Skincare is available at Porcelain Spas, Porcelainskin.com/shop, Tangs.com, Krisshop.com and its official store on Lazada.sg.