[SAMPLE] THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum

I’m on a spree to try out all these samples I have lying around, so here’s one of the first few that I’m trying! I’m actually quite excited about this because it’s from TFS’ ‘luxury’ line 😀


Product Description

This revitalizing serum is formulated with extracts of seeds, roots, flowers and fruits from Korean natural ingredients to provide the finishing touch for a healthy, vibrant look.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 77

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Ingredient List

WATER/EAU• GLYCERIN• DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL• PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL-8/5/3 GLYCERIN• GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE• DIMETHICONE• LACTOBACILLUS/SOYBEAN FERMENT EXTRACT• 1,2-HEXANEDIOL•PEG-150•PROPYLENE GLYCOL• PHENYL TRIMETHICONE• PANTHENOL• METHYL TRIMETHICONE• C14-22 ALCOHOLS• SQUALANE• MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL• CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED EXTRACT•PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT• LYCIUM CHINENSE FRUIT EXTRACT• CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) FLOWER EXTRACT• LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE) FLOWER EXTRACT• TRIETHYLHEXANOIN• ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE• BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER• STEARIC ACID• CHOLESTEROL• PEG-100 STEARATE•BETA-GLUCAN• SACCHAROMYCES/POTATO EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE• SACCHAROMYCES/BARLEY SEED FERMENT FILTRATE• POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE• ALGAE EXTRACT• BUTYLENE GLYCOL• CYCLOPENTASILOXANE• DIMETHICONOL•CERAMIDE NP• HYDROGENATED LECITHIN• PEG-10 RAPESEED STEROL• GLYCERYL STEARATE• GLYCERETH-20• NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT• PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL• CARBOMER• ALGIN• SODIUM POLYACRYLATE• AC RYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER• ADENOSINE• MICA (CI 77019)• TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)• IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)• TROMETHAMINE• TRISODIUM EDTA• PARFUM/FRAGRANCE

This is one particularly long list of ingredients. What jumps out at me are these:

  1. Main ingredient: water. Not a bad thing, it’s always better than having too much of some irritant.
  2. Lots of natural ingredients. This could be the only product I’ve seen so far with so many natural ingredients used. Soybean ferment extract, algae extract, barley seed extract, potato extract ferment, honeysuckle flower extract, shea butter, nelumbo nucifera flower extract etc. You can imagine how well formulated this must be!
  3. Presence of fragrance. Sadly, this product is not void of fragrance, so do take note if you have sensitive skin.

THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum 1

THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum 2

THE FACE SHOP Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum 3

Packaging: Nothing much to comment on the packaging for a sample, but I do think the full-size bottle looks quite classy, definitely befitting of a luxury skincare product.

Texture: I was a bit surprised that it was a beige-coloured gel/cream, rather than liquid. I’m quite used to liquid serums, so I had to double check if the packaging indeed said serum. It’s not too sticky or thick and spreads easily on skin, although I would definitely have preferred something more aqueous. It also smells faintly of some herb/plant, although I can’t really pinpoint what.

Effectiveness: It’s hard to tell from samples, but I do have to say that it delivers as promised about giving you brighter, healthier-looking skin. It also delivers hydration, so you can use it as moisturizer as well. However, don’t expect it to solve other skin problems such as acne, huge pores etc.


Final Verdict

I’ve read a few good reviews online for this product, but I don’t see myself buying this anytime soon as my current skincare priorities include hydration and getting rid of acne.

If you want to invest in something for dull skin, this might be a good option for you to consider. You can try asking for a sample of this (if there is a physical TFS store in your country) before you decide to invest in the full-size product 🙂


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

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[SAMPLE] Etude House UV Double Cut Fresh Sun Gel

As I mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to my UV protection these days (maybe it’s a side effect of growing old – you start to realize your skin isn’t as resilient to external pollutants). I got this sample from Etude House when I made a purchase there, so I wanted to try and see if I would be interested to get a full-size product in future.


Product description

The refreshing sun gel in water splash texture provides looking greasy-free, non-sticky and hydration to the skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 18


Ingredient list

WATER, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, HOMOSALATE, ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE, ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE, SILICA, NIACINAMIDE, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, PROPANEDIOL, SACCHARIDE HYDROLYSATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TROMETHAMINE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ADENOSINE, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE STEAROXY ETHER, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, ECHIUM PLANTAGINEUM SEED OIL, SALVIA HISPANICA SEED EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, BAMBUSA VULGARIS WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, CARDIOSPERMUM HALICACABUM FLOWER/LEAF/VINE EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYL HEXANEDIOL, IRIS FLORENTINA ROOT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL, FRAGRANCE

Although water is the main ingredient here (which is great), there are a few ingredients that immediately raise concerns for sensitive skin. Alcohol, butylene glycol, and fragrance are definitely ingredients to avoid if your skin easily gets inflamed (usual symptoms are red, itchy rashes).


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Packaging: I’ll skip evaluating the packaging on this one because it’s just a sample, but I think the full-sized product looks a bit bulky as it resembles a full-sized cleanser.

Texture: I know they advertise this as ‘light texture with moist feeling’, and while I agree on the moist feeling, I don’t think this was really as light as I needed it to be. It’s thicker than that of Biore’s watery gel, and my skin doesn’t seem to absorb it very well, so I immediately got worried that it would clog my skin – and it sure did. It also left a white cast on my skin which I didn’t really like because I’m not that fair, and my banila co. primer also tends to leave a pale cast. That’s like 2 layers of white cast, and it honestly looks very unnatural on me.

Effectiveness: I can’t evaluate for sure if this helps with sun protection – anyhow it’s too small a packet for me to say, but the part about relaxing skin with an airy feeling didn’t really work for me. If anything, I just felt like my pores were clogged.


Final Verdict

My sensitive, acne-prone skin needs a high level of TLC – no irritants, nothing too heavy or oily to clog my big pores, etc. and this has resulted in me being unable to use a lot of products. So do take note that even though a product has not worked well for me, it may actually be great for other skin types, including yours. I can’t speak on behalf of people with drastically different skin types, but I want to share as much as I can for those who have similar skin concerns as mine.

This product just didn’t work for me so I don’t think I’ll be buying the full-sized one. However, I’m quite curious to know how the other products in this UV line fare, so let me know if you have tried them and whether they have worked well for you!


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮

[SAMPLE] banila co. Prime Primer Classic

Korean brands are always superbly generous with product samples, so I got a sample of the Classic version of banila co.’s primer, along with my purchase of the Hydrating one.


Product description

A translucent gel-textured primer that minimizes the appearances of pores and helps your makeup stay fresh all day long. This primer is a Korean favorite for being a silky, lightweight formula that not only provides you a smooth canvas for makeup application, but hydrates as well.

Recommended for normal to dry skin types.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 25 (from Althea)

Get $7 off your first order from Althea here!


I had high hopes for this because of how good the hydrating version has been for me, so hopefully, I don’t have too much of a bias in writing this.

The first difference I noticed was the texture. The hydrating primer is more gel-like and feels extremely comfortable when you apply it on your skin. The classic one feels a lot oilier and greasier on my skin, which I didn’t really like as much because my face tends to get really oily as the day progresses.

There’s also a tinge of fragrance in it, much like the hydrating primer, but nothing too overwhelming.

I tried to control the oil by applying my Innisfree No Sebum powder (which I love and strongly, strongly recommend! will write more about this next time). My makeup did last the whole day (through hot & humid weather), which is pretty amazing, but I could feel that my skin was considerably oilier than when I used the hydrating primer. I also found this out the hard way when I started having a few fresh pimples pop up the next morning, so…


Final Verdict

This product does work well as a primer, but I highly doubt it works on all skin types. If your skin tends to get really oily, this is definitely not the one for you. I guess that’s why the product description says that it’s for normal to dry skin types. I suppose if your skin is on the drier side or you’re using this in a dry climate, this would work pretty well. However, if you’re like me (skin tends to secrete oil to remedy dryness, pretty strange I know), this is a big no-no.

I honestly won’t recommend this for hot and humid climates. I still think the hydrating one is much better, although I’m hoping to try the other products in the range (especially Blur and Purity!)


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮