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Disclaimer: This is complementary set sponsored by Ujene. However, Ujene didn’t demand anything from me. Therefore this review is solely my independent and honest opinion about the products and hopefully you will learn a little bit about their product here.

 

Ujène Puriste Collagen

 

Being the core range, Ujène Puriste Collagen aims for whitening, anti-aging, hydrating & soothing.

I received the steady-packed parcel by little surprise. To be more precise, personally I was impressed by their professional way in handling the parcel. First, I did not expect they will send me a full size product, all I asked was a trial set that can last for at least 1 week usage, so I can try and do a preliminary review. Each product was wrapped with bubble wrap, they were not only came with purchase accessories like brochure, sample sachets and shopping bag, but also compliance with custom rules by including product MSDS. I was pleased with the “virtual shopping” experience.

 

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What Ujène Puriste Collagen says

Key active is OVILUXE™, finest grade, biocompatible, cell adhesive, 99% purity triple-helix collagen that acts as a moisture-magnet in skin, drawing and plumping up vital moisture within skin’s epidermis. Infused with finest grade botanicals, the PURISTE COLLAGEN range of products revitalizes and effortlessly plumps up skin’s collagen network to rediscover a sublimely youthful bounce in skin, reverse signs of finelines and reveal a healthy, natural glow in complexion. 

Free from – Phthalates, Parabens, Formaldehydes, Propylene Glycol, PEGs, Volatile Alcohols, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffin Wax, Synthetic Dyes, Synthetic Fragrance, Essential Oils, Cruelty

 

Product packaging. Among the three products, the serum is in elegant appearance with friendly button pump. It does have good amount of weight. The day cream comes in decent practical jar but the soft tube of eye gel looked rather substandard considered the steep price.

Generally I was looking forward to experiencing the eye gel most before I tried the products, expecting the serum to surprise me most and assuming the day cream to be mediocre most. After using for more than 3 months, my mind changed. The day cream served my current skin condition best, the serum touched my heart most and the eye gel disappointed me most.

 

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Ujène Puriste Collagen Eye gel,  S56 / 15g

 

As I was constantly in searching of better eye care, I do hope meeting a lovely eye care product by chance. It doesn’t have to carry big international trademark but must show proven result – to treat fine lines and show visible improvement after a reasonable period. This eye gel has lightweight gel texture, non-irritating and feeling gentle. It worked fine when the climate is very humid here that my fine lines are hidden themselves perfectly without any skin care product. However, it failed to show any appreciable result when I used it after the fine lines shown, yet it highlighted the lines on the dehydrated area. Well, obviously it is not functioning as wrinkle filler. Talking about my puffy eye bag… I think that would depend on how much water I drink before sleep. I don’t have dark circle so I could not justify on that. However the freckles around my eye zone appeared lighter than the freckles on other areas, I would give the credit to all three products because I used them on eye zone all times. In a nutshell, it loads a bundle of goodies in a tube but I can go without this.

 

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Ujène Puriste Collagen Eye gel ingredients:      

Rosa Centifolia Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Soluble Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Madecassoside, Asiaticasode, Allantoin, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

 

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Ujène Puriste Collagen Serum ,    $105/30g

The Collagen Puriste Collagen serum on the other hand reminded me of Rojukiss Protox serum, a serum that I loved very much in the past. This serum has 10% OVILUXE with dewy consistency and easily absorbed into skin, instantly giving skin slightly “tightened” and “lifted” feel. Skin is feeling full, firm and bouncy though the skin is slightly sticky touch in first few minutes upon application in humid environment. I normally go with 1/3 of the pump for subtle hydrating effect. Nevertheless, the serum absorbed and dried on skin relatively fast with lower air humidity. Ingredient wise, it is certainly more premium than ordinary hydrating serum, it loads ton of hydrating goodies in a bottle. Overall, this acts as a good complimentary for dehydrated skin.

 

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Ujène Puriste Serum Ingredients:

Aqua, Soluble Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Cabbage Rose (Rosa Centifolia) Water, Glycerin, Aloe Vera ( Barbadensis ) Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hydroxide.

 

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Ujène Puriste Collagen Day Cream,  $96/50g

When the serum left sticky film on skin in humid day, this Puriste Day Cream can immediately ease the stickiness. Well, I like rich moisturizer but afraid of pore pore-clogging and cause breakout, hence I always use rich facial oil which serves my skin wonderfully. It gives matte finish, melts into skin effortlessly, non-greasy, non-sticky, did not clog my pores, instead it made skin felt temporary “tightened” and “lifted”. The longer I use this day cream, my fondness for it deepen.

Although it is Day cream but it does not contain sunscreen ingredient so I actually use it day and night. I guess the lightweight cream texture is meant for day use. As the cream it very spreadable and it feels traceless on (dry) skin quickly, ideally use in morning particularly it saved my skin care time and serve as good base of makeup. For the amount used for each application, it lasts for 3-4 months.

 

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Ujène Puriste Collagen Day cream Ingredients:

Aqua, Soluble Collagen, Cabbage Rose (Rosa Centifolia) Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Syearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Grape Seed (Vits Vinifera) Oil, Apricot Kernel (Prunus Armeniaca) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol Acetate, Tripeptide-1, Hydrolyzed Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy (Glycine Soja) Protein, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Chlorphenesin.

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Overall I have pleasant experience with the products. I did not suffer any adverse effect from these products despite sometimes it caused a little warmness to skin on application. If you purely ask for good ingredients with eco-friendly principle, these are nice try if you are fine with the price tag. If you are expecting luxury richness for its price, this might not satisfying you.

 

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One of my friends is fan of L’Occitane, hence I was blessed from her loyal purchase and received generous samples of this “Divine” Cream. Pricing at £67/$98 for 50ml, L’Occitane has labeled Immortelle Divine as their most “Divine” anti-aging miracle.

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Immortelle Divine series is enriched with organic Immortelle and Myrtle essential oils.

  • Immortelle essential oil stimulates the production of collagens and improves skin microcirculation, and also helps to reduce damage caused by time and restore substance and vitality
  • Myrtle essential oil stimulates the action of the longevity protein to help increase cellular vitality and preserve the skin’s appearance.

“ Deeply nourishes, deeply moisturizes. Radiant, Luminous, Revitalizes, Smoother, Wrinkle Reduction ”

Does the claim sound “divine”?

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I was testing the cream after quite some time I received the samples. Due to unknown factors, the cream mixture was separated into two lipids, oil and cream as shown in below picture. As such, I strongly suggest you to get the fresh stock.

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Nevertheless, the cream smelt natural and serene, carried a hint of citrus or simply Immortelle essential scent. I enjoyed the aromatherapy of Divine cream much more than Immortelle Blue’s Immortelle cream. It was perfect for my early-mature and combination skin which tended to be dehydrated easily. It imparted beautiful subtle glow that caused me being narcissistic in front of mirror.

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However, I do not think this would be good enough for dry skin but should be loveable for drier skin in humid weather. It contains corn starch. Although I am not chemical expert but I can tell any cream with starch in ingredient list would not leave greasy touch. Cream with starch is also moisture-sucker for very dry/ dehydrated skin in low humidity air in my past experience. How I tell? The skin was uncomfortable tight and fine lines accentuated. Just like using a wrong product at wrong time causing a mess.

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Apparently this is pleasant skin care trial and I really love the Immortelle story but I am also struggle to splurge since the selling price in Asia is beyond my budget for a moisturizer. Perhaps L’Occitane can introduce a valuable gift set in this coming Christmas? So I can define the “Divine” better?

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Ingredients:

Aqua/Water**, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride**, Glycerin**, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Ascorbyl Glucoside**, Corn Starch Modified**, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol**, PEG-100 Stearate, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil**, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol**, Cetearyl Glucoside**, Glyceryl Stearate**, Cetyl Palmitate**, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Citrate**, HelichrysumItalicum Flower Oil*, Borage Officinalis Seed Oil*, Myrtus Communis Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract**, Butylene Glycol, Carum Ptroselinum (Parsley) Extract**, Sucrose Palmitate**, Ethylhexyglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzoic Acid, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil**, Retinyl Palmitate**, Glyceryl Linoleate**, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60**, SorbitanIsostearate**, Dehydroacetic Acid, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract**, Polyminopropyl Biguanide, Copper Gluconate, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Citral.

 

*Ingredients from organic farming

** Natural origin ingredients

 

Time Revolution White Cure is new whitening line of Missha introduced in 2011 with three exclusive compounds. 1) DN-Aid™ , a DNA repair ingredient created in collaboration with SERO Biologiques of France. 2) White-Cure™ that contains melanin care ingredients of Madagascar island to lighten the pigmentation and control the melanin formation. 3) Seven flower extracts – White rose, Freesia, Edelweiss, Jasmine, White lily, Iris and Lotus for various skin care benefits.

I love flowers, they always have special power to beautify this world. Being a rational skin care person, I tend to take flower formulation in skin care product as emotive ingredient more than effective ingredient, exception given to those are supported with sufficient scientific studies from reputable world organization.



Both White Cure toner and lotion have strong floral scent, which is pretty common trait of Korean skin care. I personally think the fragrance is soapy. The Super Essential Toner (KRW22000/150ml) has a tint of slippery feel, feeling very lightweight, refreshing and absorbed in skin easily; whereas the Super Radiance Lotion (KRW22000/130ml) was feeling light and moisturizing, leaving skin shinny-looking and it was slightly sticky before it dried on skin. For moisturizing effect, I have mixed feeling about them eventhough I have only tried them for a week plus in total. As the skin condition varied in different circumstances, they felt insufficient for drier skin but moisturized just right when skin was oilier. For whitening effect, I have yet to see any result given with the short trial.

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White Cure Super Essential Toner

Ingredients :
Water, Alcohol Denat, Arbutin, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Freesia Refracta Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Methylparaben, Octyldodeceth-16, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, HydrogenatedLecithin, Fragrance, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Caffeine, Buddleja Axillaris Leaf Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Sucrose Dilaurate, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 20.

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White Cure Super Radiance Lotion

Ingredients :
Water, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Arbutin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan, Sesquioleate, Dimethicone, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Fragrance, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Methylparaben, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Freesia Refracta Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyisobutene, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Buddleja Axillaris Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Dilaurate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract.

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Missha Time Revolution White Cure Hydro Gel Mask (KRW5000/28g)

Time Revolution White Cure Hydro Gel Mask contains Swiss Gigawhite (Alps plant complex), arbutin, Q10 and platinum, fortified with Transdermal cosmetics delivery system to assist better penetration of ingredients.

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Gel-textured sheet mask normally costs more than normal mask but this Missha mask is actually affordable for try if you purchase it at its original Korea retail price.

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The mask sheet is held between the transparent plastic film and a white pearl paper. It is extremely slippery!! I need to handle the mask sheet very carefully. It had slipped down from my hands into the basin once, but I still picked up the contaminated mask and applied it to skin, my skin itched within several minutes! Will never do that again.

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Both sides of the texture are different. One side is smooth while the other side is not glossy thus adhered to skin more steadily.

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I placed the unsmooth side to skin but the mask could still slip down easily, so I have to adjust the mask sheet from time to time during application (40 minutes!).

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In spite of the mask ingredients have enough studies backed up their lightening effect, the instant brightening result after application was actually quite subtle compared to those Vitamin C-enriched mask. However, after a close examination, I did see the uncovered skin appeared a shade darker than the skin covered with the mask, hence I believed the skin indeed had been temporary lightened up a little bit particularly it had been “soaked” for 40 mins. The hydration effect was pretty mediocre that skin texture appeared nothing much different before and after.

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I have three pieces of this mask and the last mask sheet that I tried was appeared to be slightly drier than the previous two because it felt not so slippery. Therefore I think the mask sheet would become drier after storing for certain period, best to get the fresher batch. As a sum-up, the Missha Time Revolution White Cure Hydro Gel Mask has never fascinated me since the first use but a new skin care experience anyway.

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Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Arbutin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) , Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Poeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millrfolium Extract, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tretapeptide-7, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Buddleja Axillaris Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Fibroin, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Colloidal Platinum.

In Yang Balancer (KRW55000/150ml) and  In Yang lotion (KRW70000/110ml)

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Yellow-packaging Gongjinhyang is the basic line of Whoo, knowing as a secret royal court formula for empresses. Gongjinhyang (拱辰亨) – Containing “Ginjinbidan” and “Wild ginseng Cordyces sinensis”, through the oriental principle of Yin-Yang harmony, it helps keeping skin balanced, increasing water and diminishing fire to enhance moisture within the skin, giving skin a new radiance and smoothness. 

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These trial kits were given with every $100 Whoo purchase at Korea duty free shop last year summer.

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I have two sets of the In-Yang Balancer and Lotion (6ml each), as I never tried the old formula so I could not do any comparison here. According to those who are familiar with this brand (click here and here), the renewed version contains newly added ingredients Aloe Vera and Metasequoia Glyptostroboides extracts that aim to enhance the effect of the old version.

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The In-Yang balancer has runny consistency but not completely watery. As you can see from the above pictures, it has hint of gel feature that can be easily sensed upon smoothing on skin, it is non-sticky and is easily absorbed by skin. Frankly… the most visible function of this balancer is to prepare my nose and mind for the strong fragrance.

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The In-Yang lotion on the other hand is very moisturizing, it is more moisturizing than the whitening lotion of Seol (Whoo’s whitening line) and Sulwhasoo Balancing Emulsion. I think the In-Yang lotion is too rich for oilier skin. Using both In-Yang balancer and In-Yang lotion already provide sufficient moisture for combination to normal skin in tropical climate. Oilier skin definitely needs less amount for each application where drier skin need extra moisturizing cream on top. Imagine the first sample set lasted about 3 weeks trial in humid season while the second set only lasted for a week when weather is less humid. Talking about the skin care effect, it has kept my skin soft and moisturized, I think my skin looked glowing in the morning eventhough I did not sleep enough, but the skin texture and fine lines had not seen improved.

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As Gongjinhyang is using oriental herbs as main ingredients, I actually expect it has herbal scent. However it gives me a feeling as though I apply an elegant light perfume to my skin that sometimes made me feel dizzy (FYI, I have sensitive nose). It is a pleasant rosy kind of scent and it does lingering for long while, if you love the scent then you would enjoy it but I personally much preferring natural herbal scent of Sulwhasoo basic line.

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Image credit : Missha Korea

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Missha is a very popular budget cosmetics brand in Korea, their main targeted market is basically teenager and young adult. In past few years they started creating their premium oriental herbal Misa (美思) series for more mature group of woman. The  Misa Geum Seul series is Colorants-free, Paraben-free, Triclosan-free, Mineral oil-free, GMO-free and Dermatologist tested.

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Misa (美思) series is containing more than 80 selected medicinal herbs from Dongeuibogam (东医宝鉴,a standard of Korean medicine). The main ingredients of this Geum Seul (金雪) Series included 100% ginseng water, wild ginseng, deer antler, cordyceps, reishi mushroom and other plant extracts to nourish and vitalize skin, together with precious 99.9% pure gold for skin purification and balancing. It aims for wrinkle care and whitening, suitable for woman in 30s and above.

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Sequence of use : First essence booster -> Toner -> Essence -> Emulsion -> Cream

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This was the complimentary gift of my small Missha purchase but my Korea buyer helped me to get more free gifts since I am her big customer I guess. I do not have their English ingredient list because I was using a trial set. Missha Korea has listed their product full ingredient lists (Korean) on the web, a very long list that I was unable to translate it correctly into English. I used this series for about 3 weeks and the weather during the period was roughly 20-33°C, humidity 40-60%, cool breeze, warm & dry weather.

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The temperature during the trial period

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Misa Geum Sul First Care Essence Booster (KRW48000/100ml)

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Korea probably is the first country to introduce essence/serum as the first-step of skin care after cleansing. The concept is similar to using skin enhancer in Japan skincare and botanic face oil in western natural skincare regimen. This First care essence booster aims to soften the skin and restore skin balance after cleansing, hence increase the penetration of subsequent products.

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Enriched with 100% ginseng water, 5% wild ginseng extract, 5000㎍ pure gold/100ml and other plant extracts, it said to awaken tired skin and re-hydrated the dry skin with nutritious ginseng water. The lightweight gel-like essence was very hydrating and quenched the taut skin instantly without leaving sticky residue. The small gold flakes also dissolved easily on massaging. It was nice to use and I quite liked this.

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larger piece of gold flakes sometimes can be overlooked, needs extra finger massage to dissolve it.

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Misa Geum Sul Toner (KRW32000/145ml)

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Geum Seul toner has 100% ginseng water, 240㎍/145ml pure gold and 1% wild ginseng extract. The running liquid was a little bit gel-like feeling, absorbed into skin rapidly and feeling very hydrating. Besides, the toner has some tiny shinning particles which I think they were gold powders. As all product of Geum Seul contained pure gold, thus skin will look glowing after the application. Apparently the hydrating effect was alike to the First Care Essence Booster, when my skin was oilier and acne-prone especially the T-zone, I could just apply the booster and this toner only.

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Misa Geum Sul Rejuvenating Essence (KRW38000/40ml)

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This essence contained 4400㎍/40ml pure gold and 15% wild ginseng extract, you can see it was the most concentrated amid the Geum Seul line. However, I really do not favor rich and creamy essence, it seemed to be as rich as my eye cream. In humid season, I used it mostly on my neck since my combination-normal skin has already loaded enough the essence booster, toner and emulsion/cream. I had tried using the whole line together but my forehead was broke out like crazy in just few days. Nevertheless the whole line worked very well on my drier skin so I think it was best for dry skin. Except the booster and this essence has more floral scent, the rest of the products were herbal ginseng scented.

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Misa Geum Sul Emulsion (KRW32000/100ml)

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The emulsion was very moisturizing and creamy. It included 100% ginseng water, 170㎍/100ml pure gold and 1% wild ginseng extract. You may notice the toner and emulsion were less concentrated because they have more water content than other. This emulsion sometimes caused me clog pores that I would be careful with the use amount. When weather is more humid, I found it was difficult absorbed by skin together with the booster and toner. What I did is using cotton pad for application which really allowed the layers settled in skin quickly! Unfortunately the friction irritated my skin eventhough I had tried with different texture of cotton pads/ball, prompted me to give up the method after trying for two days. I think it was suitable for combination to normal skin type.

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Misa Geum Sul Rejuvenating Cream (KRW35000/50ml)

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This has 100% ginseng water, 1650㎍/50ml pure gold and 10% wild ginseng extract, said to create radiant glowing complexion and boost the skin elasticity. It was butter-like and being very creamy, I would either use this with the First care essence booster or the Geum Seul Toner only. Unlike some people using the dotting application method, I personally loved to warm and rub a rich cream in palms then massaged the skin in upward and lifting motion, starting from neck then proceed to face, forehead is last (from driest area to oiliest area). I could see my two neck lines were faded slightly in just first week! I must credited the result to the anti-gravity massage technique and rich texture of the cream, perhaps the ingredients also contribute to the improvement? Nonetheless, this was truly for dry skin only, else it caused comedogenic problem.

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I never fond of using gold in skin care but I must say this Misa Geum Seul series is comfortable to use for drier skin condition, I did not suffer any skin irritation from using the line too. My skin texture appeared smoother with tighten pores, moist and firm, and bare skin always glow healthily which I believed the great moisturizing factor played the main role of the improvement. On the other hand, I did not see my fine line faded and skin tone was not a shade lightened either, the emollient texture did give me some blackheads when skin is on oilier stage too. Overall it was still a nice surprise in 3-week trial. To be frankly I do not expect anything from this budget brand but Missha seemed to be serious in developing elegant quality skin care line with relatively affordable price, though it was overpriced outside Korea. I would be very happy to recommend this to my mum in her 60s.

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My sister gave me a sample kit of Korea UGB which consisting of Peeling Gel, Facial Essence Collagen Mask and Aqua Cream. I read about this brand online before because some beauty bloggers had done review on the Aqua cream but when I asked my counterpart in Korea, she actually never heard about this brand. Sounds like some cosmetics brands in Korea are mainly targeting foreign market only.  f(“ .)??

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According to Korea Tourism, UGB is a house brand of Ani Place, using Korea ginseng as their main ingredient. The brand is also available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. I got the latest (Sept 2011) Korea retail prices from a Hong Kong forum, from their discussion the price was soaring nearly 27% within this year!  (” w)

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UGB Facial Essence Collagen Mask (KRW38000/8pcs)

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The mask sheet was very wet and adhered to skin extremely well. I was wearing the mask and doing my work in front of my laptop, and did not realize the time had passed by so quickly. My goodness, I wore this mask sheet for nearly an hour! Still it well-adhered to skin, only the mask sheet became more drying. Although skin was a little bit sticky touch right after removed the mask sheet, the skin was very nice hydrated and soft, the pores also looked slightly tighten due to hydration.

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As my sensitive skin had not sensed any skin irritation at all, I paid extra attention to its ingredient list and trying to figure out why. Noticing it contains several skin calming ingredients, one of them is Centella Asiatica Extract which is an oriental herb that used to treat variety of ailments, promote wound healing, improve blood circulation and scar appearance. The Centella Asiatice (a.k.a tiger herb or gotu kola) is also the main ingredient of Kiehl’s Centella Skin Recover Salve and Clinie Teatree series mask (no wonder I felt very familiar with this ingredient, haha)

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I massaged the remaining mask essence until it absorbed and then followed by applying a light BB cream, the mask essence kept my combination skin moist all day long. Overall I am happy with its excellent moisturizing effect and the quality mask sheet.

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Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Natto Gum, Wheat Amino Acids, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Collagen, Betaine, Sodium PCA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Niacinamide Amylodextrin, Calcium Pantothenate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCL, Silica, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Parfum.

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Aqua Cream  (KRW38000/50g)

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This aqua cream simply reminded me of Bihada Ichizoku Finishing Aqua Gel Cream. The aqua cream is gel liked and becoming dewy upon massaging on skin. Comparing to Bihada Ichizoku’s, this has strong ginseng scent (dissipated after few minutes) and apparently  it generates smaller water droplets on massaging.

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The cream became fairly watery after breaking into droplets and sank in skin rapidly, leaving a smooth veil. Since I used it once, thus I would not be able to comment more. I personally did not fond of this type of aqua cream, I felt it was too light that cannot protect my sensitive, easily dehydrated skin. I applied Biore sunscreen and compact powder after using the aqua cream and my skin felt uncomfortably dry after few hours. It might work better for oily skin.

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Peeling Gel (KRW38000/50g)

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The product claimed to gently peel the dead cells off with cellulose and vegetable ingredients. It is very lightweight and has ginseng smell too. This is to be used on cleansed and dry skin, apply appropriate amount and gently massage on skin. The gel would quickly turn dewy and become flaky as shown in my below pictures.

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Frankly I have kind of feeling of rubbing many rubber particles on skin since my skin soaked up the gel hydration quickly. As my skin was not dull that could not justify the peeling result, so I also tested this on the back of hand. I must admit the instant result did impress me, the hand appeared a shade lighter (temporary only) than the other hand. As I have no ingredient list of this peeling gel, that was no way to tell what made the skin appeared whiter. In addition, I felt my skin was quite drying afterward and those annoying blackheads on my nose bridge were still sitting there gloatingly.

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This type of exfoliator was nothing new to me because that was main reason of why Ginvera marvel gel was so popular in SEA region many years ago. Please do not mistake the white flaky particles as skin dead cells (though they look similar), the concept of this kind of exfoliator is actually using those soft particles for physical exfoliating.  This type of exfoliator cannot work on dampened/wet skin else it will not generate those rubber-like particles, while dead skin cells can actually be rubbed off easily by fingertips from wet skin, which my mom always asked me to do in shower when I was a kid.  Some cosmetic brands also included humectants to soften skin or fruit acids to loosen the binding in between dead cells so the subsequent physical exfoliation can be done more easily.

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As a whole, I think UGB is a nice trial and loveable for oily skin. The reason of its soaring price is unclear, anyway, according to the HK forum, UGB is always on promotion “Buy 5 Get 1 Free” in Korea so for those who like this brand, it is really a big saving if you happen to shop in Korea.

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Being LG niche skincare, The History of Whoo is an oriental medicinal skincare based on secret royal court ingredients – Gongjinhyang (拱辰亨) with modern cosmetics technology. Seol (雪) literally means ‘Snow’, is Whoo’s whitening line. According to Whoo, Seol uses oriental herbs to treat the hidden speckles under the skin, producing internal glow from the depth of the skin. LG has revamped some of the product in Seol line in early 2011, adding new whitening ingredients Seolgamsan (雪感散) and Chilhyangmibaeksan (七香八白散)..

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I must admit the whitening line is immensely pricey! The most expensive whitening line that I have used to date. Seol has been received good reviews online and I was tempted to splurge! I had known places like Korea Gmarket is selling high-end Korea cosmetics samples at incredible cheap price but I didn’t buy from them at the end because I was unable to differentiate between authentic and the fake one, later my Korea counterpart told me that KBS had broadcasted the fake cosmetics crackdown program on TV (source), which involved both high-end and popular Korean cosmetics. Anyway, I finally purchased a gift set in Korea with normal retail price because the gift set was not available at the duty free.

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These were the whitening products I used – Whitening Pure Essence (5ml), Whitening Lotion (20ml), Whitening Skin Balancer (20ml), Whitening Soft Toner (100ml), Brightening Cleansing Foam (40ml), Whitening Intensive (20ml) and Whitening Cream (10ml).

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This is going to be a long post, so please bear me some patience (“v). I will do a separate review for full-size Whitening Intensive because I wanted to see its long term effect, so I would need another few months before I conclude my final thought on it. Therefore, please note this review is mainly based on trial set that enough for approximately 1.5 months (Sept – Nov) use. My skin was generally oily-combination in Sept to Oct and combination-normal-easily dehydrated in Nov, weather temperature averaging 28-30°C and humidity ~ 50-70%.

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Whitening Soft Toner ( 65,000/100ml )

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Having sensitive skin, I rarely use toner. I had only purchased three toners (Muji, Eucerin and Vichy) in past several years and they are all formulated for sensitive skin. Toner in my beauty lexicon is mainly meant for purifying and clarifying, which sometimes could be too harsh for my naturally sensitive skin especially my early years of skincare had proven the fact. I splurged this on whim and regretfully, it didn’t work for my skin either.

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This whitening soft toner said to tone the skin, creates a clear and smooth base, and helps increase absorption of herbal elements. The clear watery content is absorbed quickly into skin, it isn’t hydrating that I need to apply the skin balancer as soon as the toner dried on skin else the skin would feel tight. I only sensed the mild tingling skin on 2nd or 3rd day and thought this was the culprit since I didn’t start using all the Seol products together. Having said that, I do think toner is useful to help skincare ingredient absorption, you can read my review of Eucerin Skin Balancing Toner that I had performed a simple test to tell the difference. The problem is, this Seol whitening soft toner isn’t suitable for sensitive skin.

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Update @ December 2012 : Whoo Seol Soft Toner

Ever since I live in Malaysia, I notice my skin dryness has improved tremendously by itself. Thanks to the warm & humid weather here, I am going to save a lot on cosmetics. Considering of more balanced & stable skin here, I decided to give second chance to Seol Soft Toner, a whitening toner that irritated my sensitive skin before but too painful to discard it.

A little bit more about the packaging. The glass bottle is very heavy, I think it can be a very sturdy vase too, of course it can only hold a stalk of flower..haha. The spout allows precise dispense, though the opaque bottle has no way to tell how much it left.

The clear watery toner turned slight yellowish after storing in a very warm room for a period. However, I had not experienced any skin irritation this time, it hydrated my skin nicely and brightening effect was noticeable.

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Whitening Skin Balancer ( 55,000/130ml )

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You might notice most Korean skincare have non-watery consistency for their skincare “primer”, often called skin balancer or skin refiner. This is to be used after the whitening soft toner. In the pamphlet, it said to be used after using Cheongan Brightening Water, well, I couldn’t find a product called Cheongan Brightening Water in Whoo’s 2011 brochure and their website, it seemed that the product has been discontinued. (“ c)?

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What Whoo says about this, exotic oriental medicine-based chilhyang palbaeksan ingredients and gemguksu, a simmered and cold-processed wild chrysanthemum essence, are absorbed deep into skin to make the skin as clean and clear as a white gem. It enhances the effectiveness of skincare products used in subsequent steps. (So, this also helps absorption and the soft toner isn’t that important in the routine actually).

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As you can see, it’s a milky fluid. It’s very lightweight yet feeling moisturizing for my combination skin. I take a small amount on palm and apply with fingers, the milky fluid is absorbed into skin rapidly! It was quite moisturizing when my skin was on oily side but when my skin felt slightly taut after facial cleansing, this was very comfortable to soothe and hydrate. I really love this.

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Whitening Lotion ( 70,000/110ml )

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I think this whitening lotion and the whitening Skin Balancer are good combination for the combination skin. The emulsion has abundant tiny granules as shown in my below picture. I didn’t sense those granules upon applying as it just smoothed on like normal emulsion. I warm the lotion in palms prior to applying, then lightly press the palms on skin to facilitate absorption. My face is shiny and wet right after the application but it actually quickly dried on skin after several minutes, feeling non-oily and no stickiness, it just moisturized adequately although I still wake up with oily face next morning.

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When I first started the skincare routine with Seol, I only used the whitening skin balancer and this whitening lotion because the Seol line is completely new to me, by trying them step by step, it would be easier and helpful to identify which product has caused problem at later time. Totally surprise. I saw a radiant skin in the first week! The result was simply remarkable and I was so glad I have found another whitening skincare that delivered translucent skin tone other than the blue-bottle Kose Sekkisei. Most whitening products I have tried do give me radiant and even skin tone too, but not the type of translucent, soft illuminating, rosy skin tone that I always admire. Besides Kose Sekkisei is probably more irritating to sensitive skin, I love this Whoo basic care imparts glowing skin from within. Nice……

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Whitening Essence ( 140,000/45ml )

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I think this essence is the most emollient stuff among the Seol line although its consistency is lotion-like, it is too greasy for oilier skin. From the user manual, it should be applied after using the whitening skin balancer and before the whitening lotion. It said made by precious medicinal herbal and secrets from courts in ancient times, manages dark skin blemish and help to provide balanced and transparent skin tone.

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Like the whitening Lotion, it loaded with many soft granules and it does require quite a while to be fully absorbed for combination skin, skin also looked quite shiny. However when I tried it in early Nov, it absorbed more easily and didn’t look very shiny. In order to see its effect, I had tried both routines [ Skin Balancer + Lotion + (with or without Essence) ] and I did notice the skin glowed more intensely by adding the essence into the routine but I didn’t see appreciable lightened freckles. I was wondering if it was due to my lightened skin tone that reflected the freckles more obvious (??). Probably only an electronic skin analysis device can answer me.

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Whitening Cream ( 150,000/50ml )

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I actually bought the full size of this whitening cream first before I discovered the gift set. This whitening cream is the revamped 2011 formula. With new ingredients Seolgamsan (雪感散) and Chilhyang Palbaeksan (七香八白散), it said to enter deep inside the skin to create bright and clear skin like porcelain. It is advised to be used after the whitening lotion.
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The gel-cream is feeling lightweight and hydrating, it imparts cosmetically glowing skin as most gel-cream did. There is no greasy and sticky touch. In term of texture, I liked this more than the whitening lotion particularly when skin turned drier, however this most probably contains silicone ingredients that acne-prone skin might want to avoid. When my skin is oilier, using the entire Seol line caused me minor bumps on next morning eventhough I used a small amount of this whitening cream only. When the skin turned combination-normal and easily get dehydrated especially the dry season is approaching here in November, the whole line worked really great for me. After finished the whitening skin balancer and lotion, I used this whitening cream together with the Whitening Intensive (treatment),  they have been kept my skin moisturized adequately day & night. No tingling skin even I didn’t wear the Clinie mask in morning. However, it won’t be sufficient for very dry skin in harsh climate.

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Generally I’m highly satisfied with the whitening effect. In fact I’m amazed by the powerful effect of oriental formula. Whoo only lists the ingredient list in Korean in the pamphlet, nonetheless thanks to this blogger has posted the English ingredient lists here. The Seol line also contains alcohol. I understand from a cosmetic ingredient expert that certain oriental herbs need to be dissolved in alcohol but I wasn’t sure if this applies to Seol line too.

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As a whole I would say the Seol line lives up to its whitening claim, though skin texture seemed to remain unchanged. Sometimes skin was still experienced dullness especially when I was glued to chair long hours in the day but normally the skin returned to naturally glowing tone the next day. After seeing the beautiful whitening effect of Seol line, I was disappointed they performed limited to those stubborn freckles. Together with sun care, the freckles appeared slightly lightened after a month use but they are still quite visible in my eye, that is main reason of why I wanted to give the treatment – Whitening Intensive a longer try despite I already tested it on a dark spot of my hand and it had shown lightening effect. May be just my wishful dream to vanish the 22-year-old freckles, especially when clinical IPL treatment also did nothing much to my freckles.

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