Review: Pyunkang Yul – Moisture Serum

Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle HERE / Or Stylevana (US): HERE / (UK): HERE / (AU): HERE (CA): HERE / (GE): HERE

Price: ~£20

Volume: 100ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: An Emulsion that aims to moisturise the skin.

Brand Description: An Emulsion (Contains Olive Oil) Serum that aims to balance the skin’s Oil levels, to promote a healthy skin barrier and look. Containing the star Pyunkang Yul Ingredient: Coptis Japonica Root Extract, this also aims to soothe the skin.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types (Including. irritated, dehydrated + sensitive skins)

What I think: Sensitive Skins – Yes. Dry Skins – Yes. Combination Skins (Use this as a Moisturiser, particularly in the PM), Oily Skins – No. I’m not sure dehydrated skins would get as much hydration out of this as a more hydrating serum like the one from Niod HERE


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Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Glass Bottle with a Dropper. I really don’t like the dropper, I don’t think it picks up enough product and is finnicky to use.

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Directions: After cleansing and toning, dot serum on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, gently massage evenly onto face and neck. Then pat gently for full absorption.

How I use it: I apply this on cooler evenings (not summer and not in the AM) for my oily-combo skin, this is nice to either use as a moisturiser (just apply 2 layers), or under a less moisturising and more hydrating moisturiser/cream, to get both water and oil into the skin.

Key Ingredients: Coptis Japonica Root Extract (Traditional Medicinal herb) – Anti-inflammatory + Antioxidant (Soothing qualities) – interesting, may be good to use in an anti-cellulite routine. I may end up rubbing this onto the body too!). Olive Fruit Oil (Emollient) – in one of my favourite Eye Creams (The Innisfree Olive Eye Cream Review HERE) – Gives this product a nice easy, smooth and spreadable feel to it. Arginine (Natural Moisturising Factor).

Full Ingredients: Coptis Japonica Extract, Butylene Glycol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Arginine, Dimethicone

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: As you can see this has a nice, almost liquid-y and milky texture (it will run down the hand albeit slowly).

This has an Olive Oil Base – This is an Emulsion, a Lightweight Emulsion (Like a Lotion or very thin, watery cream). So this is definitely more moisturising than it is hydrating. Pyunkang Yul Describe this as a lightweight product with a lotion-like texture that both spreads easily and absorbs quickly – I agree!

This definitely leaves the skin feeling moisturised and smooth.

This isn’t sticky or tacky and is layerable but can feel heavy on a hot day and especially if layered or used under a moisturiser for oily skins.


You can see how glossy and creamy this product is. It’s opaque.


Video Hand Swatch

Layerability: Yes this layers fine due to the Oil > Silicone Formula.

Stings the Eyes?: No but I don’t put this close to the eyes and wouldn’t recommend it.

Summer or Winter?: For Dry Skins – this is a great, all-round product. I have Oily-Combo Skin and I prefer this in the Winter, preferably as a PM moisturiser or product under a moisturiser.


Video Face Swatch:

Hopefully you can see how nice and lightweight + spreadable and absorbing this product is!

Fragrance?: No added fragrance and/or essential oils (I do get a hint of Olive Oil).

Good Under Makeup?: I wouldn’t recommend for oily skins to use this under makeup, but Dry skins could.

How long have I been using this?: 3-4 Months

The Effect?: Moisturised Skin! Not particularly hydrated skin. But this does make the skin feel smooth.

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What I like:

  • No added Fragrance and or/Essential oils
  • Didn’t irritate the skin (make it look worse)
  • Moisturising
  • Lightweight

What I don’t like:

  • Oil-based product, so I can’t wear this in hot or humid weather
  • The packaging i.e. the dropper barely picks up product

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – The dropper is really annoying, and it makes me not want to reach for this product. Also, I’m not a big fan of oil-based serums/formulations. I don’t think the product is bad, but it’s not for my Combo-Oily Skin. I definitely think Dry Skins would prefer this! I think I will continue to use this but on the body, and apply this to the dry spots like elbows + knees, I think it’ll really help soften dry, rough skin due to that emollient texture.

Also, this is a basic serum aimed to moisturise the skin, and I would have preferred some actives added in here (but I understand it means that more sensitive skins can use this), and since this feels so similar and just as moisturising as The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid Emulsion, I’d rather just use that product (it doesn’t irritate my skin since it’s a Granactive retinoid).

Would I repurchase?: No because I don’t really like the packaging (don’t think the dropper works well), and also because I prefer more water-based serums IF I can get them (i.e. I understand some Actives have to be put in oil-based formulations).

Dupe?: This feels exactly like The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid Emulsion: HERE / HERE or HERE / The Laneige Cream Skin Toner (Slightly Thinner): HERE or 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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