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A Face Cream Worth a Thousand Words (and $260)

Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

Sometimes when I am applying the dense (but inexplicably light), dry (but mysteriously buttery) SK-II Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream, I get hung up on the name. The five words roll around in my mind in different configurations and I say them in my head, switching which words I place the emphasis on:

Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream.

Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream.

Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream.

But by far my favorite combo is:

Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream.

For reasons that would probably be better explained by a psychotherapist, I particularly enjoy the idea of “Melting Rich.”

Simply holding the shiny red tub creates a vast inner monologue: Is this a cream made of melted rich things? Does it melt rich people? Will spending so much money on a face cream melt my wrinkles, or will it make me look like a melted rich person? Rich people always look sort of the opposite of melted, now that I think about it. If I took my money and melted it, would it come out a soft, smooth, white cream imbibed with a secret age-defying essence, meant to be rubbed between my fingers and patted onto my face? Would it make me feel as good as this Signature Melting Rich Cream does?

I am able to have all these thoughts in the time it takes me to smoosh a three-carat-diamond-size dollop of Melting Rich cream between my palms and rub it in gentle circular motions around my hard, middle-class face.

Even if the Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream wasn’t a perfect cream for day or night, even if it wasn’t the only cream I never once had any complaints about, even if I didn’t love the faintly medicinal smell and the balmy texture that morphs into silky cream, I’d enjoy it just for the words I get to roll around in my mouth when I tell other people to buy it. Now the only thing left to try is SK-II Essential Power Rich Cream. Because obviously I want to know what rubbing the Power Rich all over my skin would feel like.

SK-II Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream

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A Face Cream That Makes Me Question Everything