I purchased most of the Curel Brand Products from Boots UK as I was really interested in the brand being compared to Muji (a brand I like), or the Ordinary, and even Hada Labo. I.e. quite simplistic, gentle products made with sensitive skins in mind. Besides, I haven’t tried much J-Beauty products, and so when I saw that Curel was available at my local Boots store, I went in to check out the range.
I ended up purchasing everything but the cleansers as I have far too many cleansers I already need to get through – BUT if you guys would like a video, then please let me know.
The products I purchased could basically be a person’s whole routine as it includes and eye cream, an essence / toner, a lotion (milk) and a cream!
I hope you enjoy watching the video!
I MUST SAY: I am VERY confused as to why this is targeted to dry skins. None of these products, not even the cream is nearly as thick as the Muji Creams (so thick, containing shea butter). I have oily/combination/dehydrated skin and these products seem quite watery and light to me. They don’t immediately make my skin feel like it can’t breathe.
So personally I would recommend it to all skin types.
- I think dry skins would find this best if all products were layered over each other i.e. the cream wouldn’t be enough moisturisation, but adding both the milk and the cream together is a great moisturising/hydrating combo for one with dry skin.
Whereas I would say those with oily skins could use the Facial Milk as their moisturiser in the AM and then the cream as their moisturiser in the PM. And even so, you could use these products and adjust the quantity you use during both the summer and the winter, for any skin type.
I think this is a very simple, accessible range. It’s fragrance free, there’s no alcohol or potential irritants to sensitised skin.
Don’t expect these products to do anything drastic as they don’t contain ingredients like retinol, vitamin C or niacinamide, or any exfoliating acids – but I think, like the Krave Oat so simple water cream – they’re simple so then you can use them either when your skin is sensitised and you cant use actives in your skincare at the moment, if your skin flares up due to actives anyways, OR if you want to mix in actives. I.e. I apply my NIOD FECC eye serum which contains actives, and then apply this lightweight, hydrating eye cream on top to seal the moisture in – perfect!
-Or the Facial cream – I can mix in a few drops of my Good Molecules Discolouration Serum, and rub into the face – there is no aggro and no clashing of too many acids. I like this idea!
1.Moisture Eye Zone Essence – Yesstyle LINK
- Overall, I would call this a gel more suited to those who like lightweight eye creams that aren’t so emollient. I do like the texture + the way it comes out of the tube (as I don’t accidentally squeeze too much out which annoys me).
- A thicker eye cream would be the Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream (Review: LINK)
- An essence. I don’t know why it’s called a lotion. It feels exactly like a lightweight, watery toner/essence that simply disappears into the skin. Probably the least moisturising out of all the products. But I think oily and dehydrated skins could enjoy or those in hot + humid weathers.
- A very nice, ceramide-loaded liquid moisturiser. Great as a moisturiser for oily skins and as a first moisturiser for dry skins.
- I don’t think this is intensive (i.e. when I hear that, I think it’s going to be thick + heavy). This very much feels like the Propolis Light Cream, or even lighter in texture.
Overall, I was genuinely really impressed by the brand and the range! I do hope that Boots UK does end up bringing in more products from Curel as I know this isn’t their full range that’s available in Japan (view the full range on Yesstyle LINK or Stylevana: LINK UK Website: LINK).
Products Mentioned in the video!:
- Krave Oat So Simple Water Cream Review: LINK (I mention the texture of this)
- Stratia Liquid Gold Review: LINK (I mention cholesterol)
- Etude Soon Jung Emulsion Review: LINK ( I compare the texture with the milk – which I prefer).
- Hada Labo Gokujun Lotion Review: LINK (I mention its texture)
- Muji Moisturising Milk (available on Yesstyle): LINK (I mention how it is similar to the curel milk)
- Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate Review: LINK (I mention this layering with the eye gel).
- The Inkey List Niacinamide serum Review: LINK (I mention mixing this in)
And let me know if you want a video comparing these two from Curel:
Stratia Brand Review + Swatches:
In this video, I swatch the Stratia products I recieved in PR. I mention the liquid gold as it also contains cholesterol like the curel cream does.
COSRX Propolis Review + Swatches:
In this video I swatch the Propolis collection by Cosrx. I compare the cream to the Propolis Light cream in my Curel video.
K-Beauty Essences Swatches + Review:
In this video, I swatch 3 different essences from 3 different K-Beauty Brands. In my Curel video, I mention the ISNTREE essence in terms of mixing it in for added HA benefits.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated 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.
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