I received these samples in a pack from my Singapore haul. I was asked by Beautyandthecat to try them out and review them. Etude House claim the products contain Tahiti black pearl extract as fine particles to promote brightness and moisture.
The Essence contains:
WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, GLYCERETH-26, GLYCERIN, NIACINAMIDE, HYDROLYZED PEARL, SEA WATER, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, PRUNUS MUME FRUIT EXTRACT, CHOLESTERYL ISOSTEARATE, CHOLESTERYL CHLORIDE, CHOLESTERYL NONANOATE, BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, CARBOMER, TROMETHAMINE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE
And the Essence Lotion contains:
WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ALCOHOL, SQUALANE, NIACINAMIDE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), HYDROLYZED PEARL, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, SEA WATER, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, PRUNUS MUME FRUIT EXTRACT, CHOLESTERYL ISOSTEARATE, CHOLESTERYL NONANOATE, CHOLESTERYL CHLORIDE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PROPANEDIOL, BORON NITRIDE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, DIMETHICONOL, POLYACRYLATE-13, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, STEARIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PALMITIC ACID, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, POLYISOBUTENE, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, CARBOMER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, POLYSORBATE 20, TIN OXIDE, MYRISTIC ACID, LAURIC ACID, STEARYL BEHENATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE, TROMETHAMINE, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE
The highlights of the ingredients list are: Niacinamide, Pearl and Fruit Extracts.
The possible irritation inducing ingredients are: Squalene, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Carbomer, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid and Butylene Glycol.
Here are the products in their proper bottles. They are both very pretty, especially the Brightening Essence. It’s nice that the Lotion is in a tube, also. On Etude House’s website they are US$16 and US$12 respectively, so they are not badly priced for both being 100mL each.
After cleansing you dispense the Brightening Essence onto your palms and spread it from inner to outer parts of your face, finishing by lightly patting the product in. You then follow up with the Essence Lotion smoothly spreading it across your face from inner to outer.
First Impressions: Both products smell okay, not great, it’s like a herbal soap. I’m not sure I’m in love with the ingredient list although Niacinamide is always welcome. That just means I can’t really use it in the morning when I use vitamin C, since I’m usually always in a rush and don’t do waiting times then lol. The Essence was a clear, slightly thick liquid and went on easily and sunk into the skin instantly. The Essence Lotion was more between a milk and a cream, it also sunk into the skin instantly. I put on my usual moisturiser afterwards and it’s okay. I’m getting a little tingly feeling, like not pain or itch but something happening on my skin, and it feels kind of tacky and sandy texture at the same time. I guess we will see in the morning and go again tomorrow night!
Final Opinion: I didn’t have any bad reactions to these products despite CosDNA’s listed irritants. I’m not sure it did a lot in the long run. I have other skin issues that need attention rather than brightness so it didn’t affect me too much. Though I will say there was at least a little increased brightness or clearness in my cheeks. The tingling didn’t really go away though and the fragrance started to get on my nerves after awhile. It’s a strange soapy smell. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Etude House skincare ranges and much prefer them for make up. I think you can get a better brightening product line from elsewhere without the scent and possible irritants.
Have you tried these products before, what did you think of them? What’s a brightening skincare product you like instead?