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What is it?: A cream meant to soothe irritated skin with the use of Madecassoside (from Centella Asiatica) and Panthenol (B5) to moisturise the skin. This is a water-based cream aimed at sensitive skins.
This product is Vegan and Cruelty Free.
Good for: Oily, dehydrated, sensitive and even dry skins.
Note: I am someone who wants lightweight, heavy and watery creams and I have acne-prone / combo skin
Directions: ”Apply before sunscreen in the morning and as the last step in your skin routine at night.”
How I use it: I apply this usually in the AM before my sunblock. It goes: Tone – (possibly serum if I have time) – this cream – SPF.
Key Ingredients: Panthenol, Madecassoside – soothe and calm the skin. Anti-acne: Lauric Acid / Antioxidant: Madecassoside, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Tocopherol / Skin-identical ingredient: Glycerin 10.0% / Soothing: Panthenol, Madecassoside, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract
Full Ingredients: WATER / AQUA / EAU, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, PANTHENOL, METHYL TRIMETHICONE, HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, STEARIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PALMITIC ACID, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, MADECASSOSIDE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, MYRISTIC ACID, LAURIC ACID, CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FLOWER EXTRACT, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA LEAF EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL
Texture: It’s a cream that boarders on a gel the way it spreads on the skin. It does feel near-watery on the skin. Not sticky, unless you apply a lot. I think less is more anyway with this because it spreads so well.
- Genuinely – I find this texture so refreshing! This contains Shea Butter which I thought would make this product heavy, but no – this cream is a lovely lightweight both moisturising and hydrating product. It is almost like a gel but has a bit more of an emulsif/occlusiv feel which I really enjoy. It also gives a lovely dew to the skin! When I put my Missha Aqua Sun gel on top (which is mattifying) – the glow of this still pokes through.
Note: You can see that this is lightweight, but there is a presence of oil. This cream isn’t entirely water, it almost has a silicone slip BUT IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE PURE SILICONE.
Fragrance?: I Initially thought that this contained essential oils ( Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract) – but these seem to be skin soothers and not EO or fragrance.
I don’t smell anything weird or funky from this. It doesn’t have a bad or harsh smell to me. I thought perhaps it would smell very chemical-y, but no it’s quite mild.
Good Under Makeup?: Yes! I think this is a great ‘primer’ for makeup. This is heavy enough for foundation to stick onto it.
How long have I been using this?: For about a month
The Effect?: Hydrated and moisturised skin. (I don’t think this particularly cooles down or de-sensitises irritated skin, but at least this does not aggrevate or further annoy the skin. The fact that this doesn’t include fragrance, EO and exfoliating acids means that this reduces the chance for irritation.
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What I like:
- This hydrates
- This moisturises
- No added EO or Fragrance
- pH of 5.5 – to mimic the skin’s barrier pH.
- No irritation caused by using this
- Easy to spread i.e lightweight.
- Good for sensitive skin
What I don’t like:
- Would have preferred a pump (since a spatula isn’t provided)
- Although I said the texture of this is light – it’s not as lightweight as the Tony Moly Chok Chok watery cream (as this is a bit more emollient/oily than a watery cream, and I prefer watery creams).
- I think this is a little too dewy for my liking.
- I do think if vitamin C or Niacinamide was added or peptides, this would have really bumped up the ‘excitement’ of this cream.
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4.5/5 – I think I find this a bit too dewy for my liking, but other than that this is a nice cream! I do think the addition of some actives would have been nice BUT I understand that this is meant for sensitive, reactive skins that possibly can’t take actives. So I could always mix in my serums to this cream and then apply it to my face for a minimised step routine! I do think oily (although this is heavier than a pure watery cream) and dry skins will enjoy this and of course sensitive skins and those who live in hot humid climates especially. I think acneic skins would also enjoy this. It is an all-round good cream. I do think that the Glossier priming moisturiser is still the better cream (because it is more emollient) – but this is still good. I also think this would have been better in a pump or at least to be provided with a spatula would have been nice to discourage sticking fingers in.
Would I repurchase?: Yes! This moisturises and hydrates. But I do think that the glossier moisturiser is more up my alley. Also I do think that I prefer the Tony Moly Chok Chok Green Tea Cream Texture over this BUT – the Tony Moly Cream is Essential Oil HEAVY whereas this cream does not contain that, and I absolutely have to give Etude House points for that compared to Tony Moly. But I do prefer the Tony Moly texture the best.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.