Review: COSRX Full Fit Propolis Light Cream

Where to purchase: Yesstyle HERE – Discount Code: CVQFZA

Price: £28

Volume: 65ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A Moisturising Cream containing 65.69% Black Bee Propolis Complex

Brand Description: A Cream containing Full fit Pro Complex (Black Bee Propolis, Honey Extract + Royal Jelly Extract) which supposedly provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, to improve the condition of the skin, make it plump and provide hydration.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: I would say sensitive + dry skins + dry-combo skins (due to the viscosity of the product).

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Vegan?: No (Contains Propolis)

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Plastic Jar with a Screw Top lid + a Hygiene Tab.

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Directions: ”Apply a proper amount of cream to the face, avoiding the eye and mouth area. After cleansing + toning. Tao the area where the cream was applied gently (to promote skin absorption)” – From the COSRX website.

How I use it: I have found this to be just a bit too thick for me to use in the AM, SO I used this in the PM as a moisturiser. But to be honest, after using this for a month, I found that it was still a bit too thick for me to continue using (Oily-Combo skin during the winter weather). But I should add that I do use 1-2 serums after toning. I think perhaps this would feel more tolerable on the skin if one had a very short routine i.e. Cleanse – Tone – Moisturise, then it wouldn’t feel as thick.

Key Ingredients: Propolis Complex: Black Bee Propolist Extract + Honey Extract + Royal Jelly Extract. All supposedly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidants.

Full Ingredients: Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Allantoin, Arginine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

My Thoughts: I would have enjoyed some hyaluronic acid in here, some water and perhaps some niacinamide for an added kick and also to thin out the formula a bit more.

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Texture: This is not milky, this is a creamy texture. It’s not sticky or tacky either. Yes there is some liquid consistency to it i.e. it’s not totally a Shea-butter like formula. It’s somewhere in between I would say. This is definitely easy to spread and doesn’t take too long to settle in and absorb. But I would say that this has some viscosity to it. I have combination/oily skin and I love watery/ lightweight formulas BUT I would say that this is on the higher oil-water ratio for me in terms of viscosity i.e. this is definitely more of a PM ”intensive” cream for those with oily combo or oily skins. WHEREAS I think Dry skins would say this is a light cream for them. It’s not thick enough to make this cream uncomfortable for me, but I wouldn’t wear this in the AM, especially on a warm day.

Cosrx state that this is a light-weight, gel-like cream (I think it is if one has dry skin OR if your routine is extremely short i.e. cleanse, tone and this cream – it may not feel too thick or too much. It gets thick when your skincare steps are longer i.e. more product on the face + this cream, may be too much for those with oily skins).

Cosrx state that this is good in any weather, I would say it’s more suited for cold dry weather, but even in the winter I found that I preferred ot use this in the PM and not the AM.

Cosrx also state that this sinks in easily without a greasy feeling – I would agree that it’s not a horrible oily greasy feeling on the skin, but it’s not gel-like and watery (for someone who likes gel-like and watery formulas).

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You can see this has a cream-like texture. It’s not simply a ‘milky’ lotion. This is definitely a CREAM.

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This spreads and of course does settle into the skin and DOES NOT feel sticky or have a horribly greasy finish. I do think this makes for a good makeup primer.

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You can see it’s got a very creamy texture – it sort of reminds me of an Ato Lotion.

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Fragrance?: No added fragrance + Essential oils. This literally smells like a regular moisturising cream (not a heavy scent).

Good Under Makeup?: Yes this is quite good as a primer! Reminds me of the Glossier Priming Moisturiser (Review HERE).

How long have I been using this?: For about a Month and a half.

The Effect?: More moisturised than hydrated skin for me.

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What I like:

  • It does moisturise the skin
  • Decent Primer
  • No added fragrance or essential oils
  • Didn’t irritate my skin or sensitise it
  • When my skin was irritated / sensitised, this didn’t irritate my skin

What I don’t like:

  • Just a bit too thick for me – and so I actually stopped using this midway (and this is during the winter months).
  • No spatula
  • Doesn’t feel that ”hydrating”
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – I love that this is unscented, unfragranced and contains some skin-beneficial ingredients. Just for me personally and my skin type, I find this just a tad bit too thick. I much prefer my replacement which is the Curel Intensive Moisture Cream (Blog Post HERE). This is a good makeup primer for me, so that’s been good to prep the skin + even out the texture of my skin before applying foundation.

Would I repurchase?: No I would not repurchase (just a bit too thick).

Dupe?: I think for OILY skins or Combination oily skins, you may prefer another COSRX cream, the Advanced Snail Cream (Review HERE) OR The Propolis Sleeping Mask (Review HERE). If you want a dupe from another brand, then the Curel Intensive Moisture Cream is lighter and more watery (Blog Post HERE).

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.

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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