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I tried to choose natural skin care carefully because for sensitive skin, some plant extracts were seriously skin irritant, such as bergamot and peppermint. Although not all Caudalie products suit my skin but I tend to try more product from a brand which I had pleasant experience with them. Perhaps, I should mention I have special fondness for grape ingredient in skin care. (“v)

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This is a small sample given as part of my purchase in Sasa cosmetics store many months ago. The 3ml sample is enough for approximately a week usage as I didn’t use too much for each application.  Therefore, this review will be brief and not a comprehensive one.

The consistency is fluffy light and easily absorbed into skin, leaving a smooth touch. The fragrance is strong but smelt fresh, as Caudalie always did. It is not the citrusy sort of scent by the way.

Having combination skin in summer time, it kept my skin balanced and moisturized nicely in humid tropical climate, for 26~30oC, both under room temperature and mild air-conditioned temperature. My oily T-zone appeared less oily and my normal U-zone was moisturized adequately. I had also tried this for my irritated skin, which resulted from using a high concentration pure Vitamin C treatment, it was helpful to calm the tingling skin too.

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As a whole, I think this is a light moisturizer that pleasant to use, although it seemed to be too light for very dry skin. If not the high perfume in the ingredient list, this is an anti-oxidant moisturizer I might consider when I run out of idea what to put on my face in next summer.

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water*, Dicaprylyl Ether*, Glycerin*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract*, Hexyldecanol*, Hexyldecyl Laurate*, Behenyl Alcohol*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Erythritol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol*, Lecithin*, Caprylyl Glycol, Mannitol*, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice*, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols*, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Sodium Phytate*, Potassium Sorbate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Homarine Hcl, Glyceryl Caprylate*, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15.

*Plant Origin

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I get to know Korea VOV cosmetics long ago but know nothing about their skin care line. Generally VOV is Korean drugstore line, which having similar market position as Skin Food, The Face Shop, Missha, Etude…etc.

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Recently I got a chance to try this Snail ampoule cream for a week when I was stayed with my sister in last month. She had mild sunburn from a trip because she did not wear sunscreen while spending a lot of time in sun. Although she never a beauty nut but she also got worried those small sun spots, hence she asked a sales assistant in the Korea duty free shop to recommend her a skin care cream for her sun spots and this VOV ES:pair Snail Ampoule Cream was highly raved by the SA. Because the SA raved this cream like a magic miracle portion, my sister joked with a serious face that if the cream failed to work, she will fly to Korea and look for her. Haha, the SA seemed to be terrified a little bit and immediately changed her words “ oh…it also depends on individual skin condition….” Anyway, she bought the cream for USD29/50g and quite happy with it.

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My sister’s sunburn had recovered fully after a month and those small sun spots were faded greatly that hardly to be noticed in close distance after 2 months. Besides using this Snail Ampoule Cream daily, she had very minimal sun exposure in normal daily life so I believe all these factors helped her sun spots faded.

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The cream consistency is quite interesting. Lightweight yet moisturizing, glutinous and only small amount  required for each application. The cream felt hydrating on applying, it absorbed into skin quickly, skin was just smooth touching. Nice experience especially in muggy weather. Suitable for combination to normal skin type but not sufficient for dry skin condition.

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The main ingredient of this cream is Snail secretion filtrate. Snail cream made a big hit in Korea lately that many Korea brands have launched their “snail cream”. Frankly speaking, it sounds rather weird to me at the beginning, snail?     What is the benefit of Snail secretion filtrate for skin care? As the product did not mention what species of the snail secretion, hence no specified info can be searched but while doing my research online, I learnt that some western countries had used snail secretion filtrate in their skin care earlier than Korea. From various online sources, the secretion of the little mollusk contains glycoproteins, sugars and amino acids that can be found in human skin, which help to repair photo-damaged and heal the injured skin.

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As I only used it for a week, I couldn’t comment other than moisturizing factor. Speaking from my sister experience, this is gentle and soothing for irritated skin and it seemed easily lasts for a year usage!

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I have some Haba samples from my last Haba purchase. It is still a delightful customer experience of receiving samples but somehow I am lacking interest in trying them after received those samples. The transformation of the emotion state is not only happened to used-to-try Haba product but in fact, I am lacking “motivation” to try all new products too. Despite I still purchase new product from time to time, I think I am quite satisfied with my existing found-and-loved beauty products and remained in the “stable-mode” instead of frequent changing product.

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Tuning back to my samples review channel. I had good experience with Haba product especially their products always being gentle for sensitive skin. In the past, they did not “wow” me by extraordinary skin care result but they were something feeling safe and please to use. There is why I felt compelling to write a brief review of them here.

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HABA VC Lotion (S$37/60ml, S$66/120ml, S$120/240ml)

VC lotion is hydrating toner with 2% Vitamin C derivative (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) for pigmentation care.  It has  very faint yellowish colour. I had tried the old version and the new “Pure Roots” VC lotion is also feeling gentle and hydrating for my combination-normal skin in high humidity climate. It hydrated the skin quickly and left skin moist and smooth touching once the lotion had completely dried on skin. Although it is fragrance-free but it has kind of smell which not what I liked, particularly I had been enjoying so much of aromatherapy of face oil lately. If the smell is not an issue then I would have no complaint of this watery lotion.

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Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Malitol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Oryza Sativa Bran (Rice Bran) Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Sea Salt, Sodium Riboflavin Phosphate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Dextran, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Lysolecithin.

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HABA Squa Balancing Gel (S$38/30g)

According to HABA, this is gel type moisturizer/Squalane for oily and normal skin types. It aids to maintain balance of skin moisture and oil, regulate sebum secretion and melanin production with Rose apple leaf extract, restore the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis) and fortifies skin barrier function with Gold Seaweed Extract.

This is easily absorbed and left a light weight smooth veil on skin. I tried this when I was suffering breakout (several small red bumps) on my forehead from a BB cream, it did not contribute extra acne for my non-acne prone skin but it did not help the acne recovery either. I could not justify whether it worked for skin balancing because I had two samples that enough for two applications only. Furthermore, with this Squa balancing gel alone my oily T-zone was still shined and greasy after several hours spent in warm room temperature but on the other hand, it is an effective hydrating base under makeup in low humidity environment for combination skin type.

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Ingredients:

Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Stearoyl Inulin, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Sodium Chloride, Laminaria Ochroleuca (Gold Seaweed) Extract, Syzygium Jambos (Rose Apple) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone.

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HABA White Lady (S$29/10ml, S$78/30ml, S$120/53ml)

This is medicated whitening serum, contains 8% mineral enriched Sasa Kurilensis Water and 6% water soluble vitamin C derivative. I used to try the 30ml full size serum many years ago and I remembered vaguely it was something hydrating, non-irritating and my skin tone looked more evenly after used the serum for few months.

Each Haba White Lady sample (2.5ml) is enough for 3~4 applications, as the watery serum is very hydrating for my combination skin in tropical climate, hence I did not need much. It has identical smell with the VC lotion, yeast or bamboo sort of odour if you know what I mean. The odour lingered for long time and I personally did not find it pleasant actually. By the way, the odour reminded me of Clinique C10 Anti-aging Clarity Formula.

The slight viscid serum drenched the skin nicely despite it left slight sticky touch on skin. Using both VC lotion and White Lady were sufficient for spending overnight in mildly air-conditioned room, my combination skin felt moisture and supple in next morning. For whitening effect, I certainly unable to comment on it  in such a short testing period,  particularly I did not have dullness issue lately.  It generally has positive reviews online and it has been Haba’s star product for many years, hence you know it is not something useless for sure.

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Ingredients

L-Ascorbic Acid Sodium Phosphate*, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizin*, Purified Water, Sasa Kurilensis Water, Glycerin, 1.2-Pentanediol, 2 – Butyl Methacrylate Copolymer Fluid Methacryloyloxyethyl Phosphorylcholine, Sodium Hyaluronate (1), Citric Acid
* The Active Ingredient

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HABA Point Repair II (S$75/16g)

 

This is medicated Retinol treatment for eye and wrinkle. Cherry leaf extract helps to alleviate irritation, 13% Squalane to moisturize skin and yeast extract has effects to improve skin elasticity and promote cell proliferation.

Each sample contains 2ml that enough for 6~7 applications (only used for specified area). The treatment has emulsion/milky lotion type of consistency, non-greasy and absorbed in short while. I must say it excited me that it smoothed the fine lines immediately! We know there is no skin care product can “permanently” improve the biologically degraded skin but a product which delivers instant result is somehow addictive. I noticed my expression lines under eye were shown again after applying drying milky sunscreen, however the lines disappeared instantly once I re-applied this treatment onto the area, it has good moisturizing effect indeed. I also applied this on nasolabial lines and the area seemed plumped up quite a bit. The long-lasting moisture is fantastic, lovely. Recommend to use for non acne prone skin/area only.

I think this emollient treatment is comparable with Shiseido Revital WrinkleliftAA, not to say Haba Point Repair II costs half of the Shiseido’s price. In fact, this is on my wish list, hopefully it will has better value than Shiseido’s.

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Ingredients:

Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate*, Vitamin A oil, Vitamin E, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate (2), Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Cerasus Pseudocerasus (Cherry) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Yeast Extract (1), Phytosteryl Oleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Behenyl Alcohol, 1,2-Pentanediol, Glycerin, 1,3 Butanediol, Carboxyvinyl Polymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Purified Water.

* The Active Ingredient

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Generally I have positive experience with Neogence product hence no surprise you will see more Neogence’s review in my blog. For those who are new to this brand, it is Taiwan cosmeceuticals brand selling at affordable budget price that founded by a group of medical professional in Taiwan.

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I got this Hyaluronic Acid promotion set at S$49.90 for the lotion and cream in Singapore. At my age in 30s, theoretically I should remain devoted to anti-age skin care for beautiful and healthy skin but after years of trying different products, I knew anti-age skin care is understandably limited performing. In some cases, moisturizing seemed to “improve” skin texture faster. Please do not get me wrong, anti-age skin care is indeed important, just I do not think we must use full range of anti-aging product. I used an oil serum with anti-aging properties in conjunction with this Neogence Hyaluronic Acid hydrating line anyway.

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While Hyaluronic Acid is scientifically proven effective skin humectant, it does not work for all skin conditions. I had witnessed it did not help at all for severe imbalanced, dehydrated, dry, parched skin conditions. As such, please take note my following reviews are based on my current balanced combination-normal skin in tropical climate. (I also left this remark in my Neogence HA essence and mask reviews).

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Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cream (S$36.90/50ml)

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First I tried the complimentary 15ml sample last year and loved it enough to buy a full size during the promotion. This was the only moisturizer sitting on my dressing desk for the past 5 months and I was still using it now since I did not use it everyday… I used face oil more frequently.

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The white cream dried on skin in short time and always keeping my skin firm and supple. It added glow to my combination-normal skin but turned to impart more shine when the skin became oilier. Overall it felt non-heavy to skin and non-greasy to touch due to the starch content.

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This is ideal for normal to dry skin in humid climate, it did “gift” me small breakout occasionally when my skin condition was rather combination than normal. Besides, when my sensitive skin was inflamed and irritated, regrettably this was not calming enough but the poor skin felt much better by adding the Neogence HA essence in the routine. In addition, it seriously failed to moisturize in dry climate that the skin felt very tight and dry in few minutes after application despite Neogence said it also suitable for autumn/winter, no matter how many layer I applied to skin.

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This is quite pleasant to use actually, as long as you use it for correct skin condition. At now, I prefer using botanical face oil instead of common moisturizer, not only my skin get along with face oil really well in all seasons but also because quality face oil gives me less comedogenic issue when used it properly. Although I found comedogenic ingredients such as Dimethicone is very helpful to protect fragile skin in harsh climate but that did not mean it created no other skin issue – comedogenic.

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Rating: ….)))     Good. Unlikely to buy again.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 2, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Mannitol, Sodium Citrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Carboxymethyl Chitin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

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Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (S$22.90/180ml)

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I actually did not expect a watery consistency from this lotion as in the past, most hydrating lotion that I tried had a little bit gel or viscid consistency. As I started using it in muggy summer, I loved the watery consistency more than viscid consistency of toning lotion.

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Both HA cream and lotion have same mild floral scent. I just take a coin size amount and gently pat into skin. The watery lotion felt very refreshing and quickly absorbed in skin and it was hydrating enough for my combination-normal skin in tropical climate.

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It said to balance skin pH after cleansing and enhances skin care ingredient penetration at later time. Since I started using face oil, I personally found my skin also behaved in good manner without using any toning lotion. Therefore, this is also the only toning lotion that had been sitting on my dressing desk for past 5 months and still half-full. (You get the point how much I loved face oil “v)

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Rating: ….)))     Good. May buy again.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Jojoba Wax Peg-120 Ester, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Carboxymethyl chitin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

 

I received these three samples when I purchased Neogence skin care from Sasa beauty store. Since the samples only lasted for few applications, I thought to combine these very brief reviews into one post. (Click the pictures to enlarge)

 

 Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Oil-Control Water Gel  (NT800/50ml)

This is suitable to anyone that preferring lightweight moisturizer for balanced skin. The emulsion has slippery consistency and imparts a little bit cooling sensation on skin. It was easily to absorb and leaving skin moist and non-greasy. No detectable scent, comfortable wearing for sensitive skin and enough for oily to normal skin types. I quite liked this honestly.

 

Ingredients of Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Oil-Control Water Gel:

Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-15/15 Butyl Ether Dimethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Zinc Gluconate, Caffeine, Biotin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Mannitol, Sodium Citrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone.

 

 

Neogence C+ Quick Lifting Whitening Eye Gel (NT800/15ml)

This eye gel has hint of yellowish tone, I was not sure the original colour though. The ingredient list looked fairly impressive with several anti-aging ingredients included but practically I did not like the gel texture. First, the eye gel was feeling slippery and was actually quite messy to apply. Secondly and most importantly, it did not smooth out the fine line instantly, even my hydrating essence or Neogence C+ Whitening Serum did much better in this aspect. This probably suitable to those are looking lightweight eye gel with preventive purpose.

 

Ingredients of Neogence C+ Quick Lifting Whitening Eye Gel:

Aqua, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (1.0%), Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Dipeptide-2, Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ubiquinone, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Xantham Gum, Disodium Sebacate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben.

 

  

Neogence Whitening UV Protection Makeup Base SPF42 PA++ (NT550/30ml)

This formulated with Titanium Dioxide, Octyl Methoxycinnamate and Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (DHHB) to against UV rays. In addition, it also included ingredients of whitening, soothing and anti-oxidization. The content was beige-tinted but it has very sheer coverage. The light texture was very spreadable and easily settled on skin, non-greasy yet hydrating. I had tried this twice together with powder foundation in humid weather, it did not control sebum that my face shined after few hours. Nevertheless, I had no irritation with this and in fact I think this was fairly nice to wear and its was not comedogenic too. This should be enough as sunscreen on Good-Skin day and may be, just touch up with loose powder to control oily shine of T-zone.

Nevertheless, I encountered the uneven application as shown on above picture. Most likely because I applied this makeup base before the  Neogence Neogence C+ Quick Lifting Whitening Eye Gel had been fully dried on skin.

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Ingredients of Neogence Whitening UV Protection Makeup base:

Aqua, Titanium Dioxide 6%, Octyl Methoxycinnamate 5%, Isohexadecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Exract 3%, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate,  Dimethiconol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate 2%,  Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 1%, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate 1%, Hexyl Laurate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid 0.5%, Tocopheryl Acetate 0.5%, Phenoxyethanol 0.5%, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, CI77491, CI77492, Chlorphenesin, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract 0.1%, Centella Asiatica Extract 0.1%, Panthenol, Calendula Officinalis Flower 0.1%, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein 0.1%, Aesculus Hippocastanum Extract 0.1%, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA.

 

 Images credit: neogence.com.tw

 

 

According to Dr.Cilabo, Super Photo-White-C contains a full 20% of the brightening ingredient VC-IP* (oil-soluble vitamin C derivative), which can easily penetrate skin via the action of time-release polyolprepolymers, the ingredients are delivered gradually to every part of your skin to give it long-lasting firmness and luster. It shrinks pores and smoothes out rough skin, enhancing its natural translucence.

With such a high concentration, this can be considered treatment type of moisturizer. Be frankly, how many product provide 20% Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate) and only cost S$85 or RM195/55g?

 

When I tested the cream on the back of my hand at Dr.Cilabo beauty counter, it felt somewhat emollient and greasy, hence I was quite surprised when I found it was actually lightweight, easily absorbed into skin and feeling hydrating at later time. The texture was more like gel-cream whereby cream portion seemed to has higher ratio. I think it was sufficient for my combination and easily dehydrated skin in humid weather (not airconditioned though), besides, I also used it as day moisturizer occasionally but remember to put on sunblock then.

 

 

Basically I had no comedogenic issue with this, sometimes there was a short redness upon applying but not a problem to me since my sensitive skin flushed quite easily, generally no irritation had been noticed.

 

 

It has kind of citrus scent, unfortunately the scent was over-powering in first few days that remembered me of lemon-fragrant floor cleaner! Fortunately the scent was getting milder after using a short period and became more pleasant. For your information, this is free of artificial fragrance according to its ingredient list.

 

 

As you and I know that, Vitamin C is very unstable and tends to get oxidized, so I stored it away from heat source and glad to tell, the content remained in white colour after using it for 4 months. The colour is extremely crucial to determine if the product is still maintaining its freshness and quality, thus justifies the value of your money spent too. You might be astonished the cream squeezed out from a newly-opened sample sachet could be appearing slight yellowish, that was obvious, the content started to oxidize during to unclear reason.

 

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In the beginning I thought storing in refrigerator is best until I realized, the dew that formed on packaging surface during change of state when removing the moisturizer out from refrigerator could actually impose higher risk to cause moisturizer oxidized. Please refer to above attached picture, did you notice the un-removable yellowish trace on the inner lid (that used to cover the content and hold the wand)? Well, the cream actually stuck a little bit on inner side of the lid when it first opened, hence I used finger to take off some cream from it for application, then the remaining cream (on the lid) started turning yellow on next day (most probably my finger was not dry enough at that time). With no choice, I just wiped it off with tissue because oxidized cream can do more harm than good. Luckily the content in jar was not affected and I solely used provided wand to pick up the cream for application. Therefore, do make sure the lid and wand are always dry.

 

Another issue to bring out, referring to below attached picture, the arrow-pointed spot was where the cream became watery texture after storing it in refrigerator for nearly a month in last month usage. It made me ponder if storing it in refrigerator was a good idea? 

 

 

Although I was using this Photo-White-C cream and the essence (Super White 377 Extra Deeper Formula) at the same time but I used this for face and neck and the essence for freckled spots only, hence I think I should not have problem of  judging their brightening results separately. Honestly speaking, I could tell my complexion was always bright and glow since the first week usage! Furthermore, I did noticed my pores became so much refined since the third month usage, totally surprised especially I did not expect anything on pore shrink. Anyhow, I am happy with the result and spent much less time on skin care. For complete review of Dr.Cilabo Photo-White-C, please read my next post – review of Super White 377 Extra Deeper Formula. (”U)

 

Rating: ….)))    Excellent. Willing to buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Water, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Saxifraga Samentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Oenothera Biennis Seed Extract, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol.

 



For some reasons, many Asia cosmetics were adopting the word “Brightening” instead of “Whitening”, especially those marched towards international market. I guess any skin colour would love to embrace bright and clear skin.

This 2010 reformulated verson is to replace the Shiseido previous version, White Lucent Brightening Protective Moisturizer SPF16 PA++. I received this 15ml travel size as free gift with purchase and I used coin size for face and neck normally.

The pleasant floral scent is not overpowering and the emulsion is milky rich, emollient and easily smoothing over skin. Due to its moisturizing consistency, it might take a short while (~5-10 minutes) to dry out in humid weather, leaving skin slightly shine (when skin is oily-combi) or glowing (when skin is normal-dry). According to Shiseido, this is suitable for oily to normal skin.

As you have known from the title, this is a brightening day moisturizer, it included benefits of chemical sunscreen, brightening care, antioxidant and moisturizing. However, the complicated formula is really not my cup of tea because that means the chance of getting irritation is also increased. I did not sense any skin irritation from using it in first few days, nevertheless, my inner cheek started to feel stingy uncomfortably in afternoon on following days, yet I did not expose directly under sun. After feeling the irritation for two days, I decided to skip this and used another sunscreen on next day, no irritation had been noticed then. Later I just finished it like body lotion. In summary, this is not suitable for very sensitive skin and hard to tell if it really helped brightening.

Last but not least, it is non water or sebum resistant but is fine for casual sun exposure. The full size product comes with content 75ml and it costs USD64 ~ 86 in Asia.

 


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