Review: Beauty of Joseon Repair Serum

Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle: HERE

Also Available on Stylevana: (UK): HERE / (US): HERE / (AU): HERE / (EU): HERE / (CA): HERE / (FR): HERE

Price: £22.50

Volume: 30ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: I would call this a fragrance-free and lighter version of the I’m From Ginseng Serum (Review HERE).

What does it do?: A very lightweight serum containing Snail Mucin + Niacinamide to help with both skin elasticity and pigmentation.

Description: This lightweight serum aims to reduce the signs of ageing and help with pigmentation.

Do I agree?: I think this helps plump up the skin therefore helping with fine lines. Pigmentation issues are helped with, as this contains some brightening ingredients (i.e. Niacinamide and Liquorice Root Extract). Snail Mucin at 3% helps hydrate the skin (and helps with elasticity by aiding with skin reparation) and Ginseng Root Water is used 63.5% but ginseng water may help with collagen stimulation/ skin regeneration HERE

Supposedly Good for: Dry, Normal and Combination skin types.

What I think: I would agree with the above. I will say to dry skins that this is very lightweight (don’t expect a thick, viscous serum) so this needs to be layered under a lotion and a moisturiser. But for Normal —> Combination and Oily skin types, this should feel nice! I wouldn’t say sensitive or sensitised skins due to the addition of Hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide (can be a bit stingy if the skin is sensitised).


pH: 6

Vegan?: No (Contains Snail Mucin)

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Plastic Bottle with a Plastic Dropper. It also has that safety cap in the middle to prevent the product from dripping (I like that). I don’t seem to have issues picking up product either.

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Directions: Apply an adequate amount to the face and pat.

How I use it: I apply this in the PM after toning. It seems to layer fine under moisturisers/creams and pairs well with serums as well.

Key Ingredients: 63% Ginseng Root Water (Might be good at healing the skin and preventing oxidative damage HERE), 2% Niacinamide (Brightening + Sebum regulating). 3% Snail Secretion Filtrate (Antioxidant), Ginseng Root Extract (Also an antioxidant). 2% Adenosine (Skin-barrier reinforcing). Liquorice Root Extract (Brightening + Soothing). Hydrating: Hyaluronic Acid + Sodium Hyaluronate + Glycerin. Chrysanthemum Leaf Extract: Soothing.

Full Ingredients: Panax Ginseng Root Water (63%), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Snail Secretion Filtrate (3%), Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Niacinamide (2%), Glycerin, Propanediol, Trehalose, Xanthan Gum, Glycereth-25 Pca Isostearate, Glyceryl Acrylate/​Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Adenosine (2%), Cocoa Seed Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Tromethamine, Rhododendron Chrysanthum Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Cicer Seed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Dextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Akebia Quinata Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This really reminds me of the By Wishtrend Propolis Ampoule (Review HERE) – in terms of, this feels very similar to propolis for me. It’s a nice, smooth texture along the skin (not gloopy like mucin). It doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin and doesn’t leave me with a sticky residue, but there is a residue nonetheless when this dries down (i.e. when I touch the area where the product has absorbed, it’s not velvety-smooth, but has a dried down residue).

That doesn’t mean that this is hard to layer, it just means that this product doesn’t disappear into the skin and make it feel dried out. It’s genuinely pleasant to apply this. It doesn’t make me feel like my skin can’t breathe. This definitely isn’t enough for my skin to be fully hydrated so I like to paid this with the Iunik Black Snail Restore Serum.


Look at that shine! You can see the brown colour of this liquid fades out once spread along the skin.


This does not feel oily or greasy


As you can see this gives a nice glow/sheen to the skin.

Video Swatch:

Summer or Winter?: Summer. I think those in the Winter would prefer a slightly thicker, more viscous serum for hydration. This is very lightweight for a serum and almost feels like water so it’s great for hot and humid weathers.


Fragrance?: No added fragrance and/or essential oils – I get no scent from this 🙂

Good Under Makeup?: Should be fine as long as one doesn’t apply too much product.

How long have I been using this?: For about 3 months.

The Effect?: Hydrated skin and an improved tone (less patchy/uneven, but ofc used in conjunction with other great skin pigmentation and hydrating products like the Geek&Gorgeous aPAD Serum Review HERE and the Cosrx Propolis Toner Post HERE ).

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What I like:

  • No added fragrance / essential oils
  • Didn’t aggravate my skin / mate it worse.
  • Lightweight, watery texture
  • Not sticky or gloopy
  • Hydrating
  • Improved the tone of my skin
  • Layerable

What I don’t like:

  • Packaging feels cheap
  • No huge changes in the skin (wasn’t life changing), but a good supplement to go with acids etc.
  • Possibly wished for a bit more thicker/viscous texture?

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – A very nice supplement to any skincare routine. It’s non-offensive, not heavy and layerable. I think only very sensitive skins would have a problem with this or sensitised skins (as Hyaluronic Acid / Niacinamide can sting if the skin is sensitised). I like that this has a cocktail of ingredients I love like Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Snail Mucin and Liquorice Root Extract (and ginseng may help with skin rejuvenation + protect against oxidative stress). . I think it’s help even out my skin tone and not make my skin look worse. It does a good job at hydrating the skin and I can use it alongside other heavy hitters like my Granactive Retinoid / Cheer Up Exfoliating Solution. The packaging is a little cheap, but the juice inside is decent. I do think people would prefer this to have a thicker, more luxurious texture, but I’m ok with a lighter product in the Summer.

Would I repurchase?: Yes I would as this is gentle and inoffensive. Is it the most luxurious feeling serum I’ve tried? No. But it has some nice ingredients that work (i.e. Niacinamide) so it’s a good supplement.

Dupe?: I think this is a dupe of the I’m from ginseng Serum and a dupe of this product is the Iunik Black Snail Restore Serum (K-Beauty Video 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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