New Products! – Swatches and First Impressions! [Video]

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In this video, I show you some new PR I was sent from the companies: Antipodes, Atopalm and Open Formula (Side Note – Open Formula have sent me a few more products I will be revealing in future videos). Please let me know which products you are most interested in and what you would like to see reviewed!

I will give you my first impressions, swatches and highlight a few important notes about the products!

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First up, I received a product from the company Atopalm – I believe their parent company is based in Korea – and they’ve done that thing where they repackage, re-formulate (possibly) and re-brand when selling in Europe or the US, as Hada Labo has done.

This is their Undermakeup Moisture Cream (£16.50 for 30ml). Basically, this is a primer/moisturiser hybrid. Previously, I tried and reviewed their intensive moisture cream which I found moisturising and nice to apply onto the body (but I wasn’t a fan of the scent), so I was intrigued to swatch this and give my thoughts.

Atopalm products contain MLE formulas – this is Multi-lamellar Emulsion formulas – meaning they use ingredients that mimic the skin’s lipid structure to restore the skin’s protective moisture barrier system. This includes natural moisturising factors i.e fatty ingredients. They use  plant derived ingredients that mimic the skin’s natural lipid structure to restore the skin’s protective moisture barrier system and prevent TEWL. It’s stated that the product shouldn’t irritate the skin but it does contain fragrance so sensitised skins may not find it too agreeable.

In terms of the texture, this felt very nice on the skin! It has a similar texture to the Inkey list’s Hemp moisturiser (Review HERE) in terms of a more oil-based cream compared to a water-based cream like the glossier priming moisturiser (Review HERE) – (which I would recommend for more oily skins). And this product I would recommend for more dry skins. This is non-sticky and it is quickly absorbed.

My only issue with this Is the scent isn’t my favourite as it smells like a perfume.

This does also contains Vitamin E and ceramides to soothe the skin. It’s formulated to prevent TWEL and glide over the skin. This also contains Allantoin to soothe reactive skin as well as Green tea (antioxidant), Grape seed oil (emollient), Olive oil (Emollient) and Triglycerides to lock in moisture and protect the skin from environmental stressors. Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium hyaluronate). And fragrance….


The next product is from an American Company called Open Formula, their products are cruelty free and made in the USA – I will be showing you 2 out of the 4 products they sent me in this video so if you’d like to see the other two then please let me know!

This is their 10% Lactic Acid Peel (£8 for 30ml) which of course is similar in name to the Ordinary’s 10% Lactic Acid peel (full review of the Ordinary’s LA peel HERE) and what is good is that they both don’t contain essential oils or fragrance. However, this formula contains only 5 ingredients compared to the ordinary. However, the ordinary contains more skin-soothing ingredients and of course HA (and a higher pH of 3.6-3.8 which could explain also why it doesn’t sting the skin).

I use lactic acid for the bumps on the back of my arms (Keratosis Pillaris) and ingrown hairs. This has a pH of 3.0-3.3. This product helps exfoliate the skin for a more even skin tone.

Lactic acid is an AHA and isn’t as irritating as Glycolic acid. It helps to slough away dead skin cells by dissolving the bonds that hold them together. Lactic acid also supports the skin’s natural moisture factors to help keep the skin hydrated.

However, this shouldn’t be used on compromised or peeling skins (REMEMBER TO WEAR SUN BLOCK IF EXFOLIATING).

This apparently can be used for all skin types and should help with fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

This contains just 5 ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Potassium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin.

When swatching – it does smell i.e. it has that potent lactic acid smell. But didn’t seem to sting. It is very water, not sticky, thick or gloopy – feels like the ordinary but thinner (waterier) probably because it doesn’t have HA which I find can thicken a formula.

This is to be used in the PM daily. It can be diluted with other products to reduce the strength of it.

I look forward to using this and seeing if it maintains my results I achieved from the ordinary’s LA or if it does even better.


The next product from Open Formula is the Olive Oil cleanser (£7 for 100ml). This is a dupe for the DHC Cleansing oil (Review HERE) in my opinion as both consist mainly of olive oil and also emulsify when water is added, making them easy to wash off. this is recyclable however and this does not contain fragrance unlike the DHC.

The DHC however has a much darker yellow colour whereas this is lighter and also slightly (just slightly thicker) than the DHC oil. But this is much cheaper. I haven’t yet tried it on makeup so I’ll have to see if it is equally as effective.

This is a makeup remover and cleanser which should be gentle enough for daily use. Apparently, it can remove sunblock and cleanses inside pores. I agree that there is no oily residue when washing this off. It contains 80% olive oil (don’t know the amount in DHC) and contains vitamin E and K as well as omega fatty acids. this is supposed to not strip the skin of essential hydration. This apparently can be used as a double cleanser.

I also prefer the packaging of this to the DHC as when it comes to cleansers I prefer a tube format so I can control how much product I want rather than a pump.

You massage this onto dry skin and then wet hands and gently massage, letting the product turn milky, and then rinse off.

I’m excited to try this and see if it does remove makeup and SPF adequately and also makeup.


The final product is from Antipodes which is the Baptiste H20 Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel (£25.58 for 60ml). This is a water-based gel type cream.

This is aimed at dehydrated skins and is supposed to hydrate without feeling greasy or oily which I can attest to. This is supposed to easily absorb and provide long-lived hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant so it draws moisture into the skin. The Manuka Honey is supposed to hydrate the skin as well as Harakeke gel that’s in here. South Pacific Hibiscus Flower exfoliates dead skin cells apparently. This can be used both morning and night.

This does contain colouring, I don’t know why and yes it contains Rose Anatolia, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol and Linalool (all for fragrance) so beware sensitive skins. This contains Glycerine (moisture), things like Ginger root and Aloe Vera Extract. This contains Mica and Titanium dioxide. Mica to brighten the skin?

This also containins Hyaluronic acid (for moisture).

I don’t know what scientific basis there is for manuka honey doing anything on the skin apart from fragrance, but as long as it doesn’t hurt then I’m fine with it. It does contain Mica and Titanium Dioxide which I believe is used as colourants so that’s unnecessary. It contains Glycerin as a humectant and Aloe Vera.

This comes in a plastic screw cap top lid.

In terms of texture, it feels refreshing on the skin – it’s water based which is what I prefer, it absolutely does feel lightweight. This didn’t ball up or pill.

And as you can see it has that sort of watery look to It i.e it doesn’t dry down instantly and look matte, it’s taking its time and it did feel like a drink of water to my skin when swatching. I do think the aloe vera helps in terms of adding to that texture and then the glycerin and hyaluronic acid helping with the humectant effect.

And that is all the products! I hope you enjoyed reading/watching the video.

My Skin type: I am acne prone and have combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

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.


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