Korean beauty has gained so much popularity over the last few years. Contrary to western skincare routines, Korean women prefer ones that focus on clarifying, toning and hydrating the skin rather than caking on foundation to conceal blemishes. It seems like they all have flawless and glass-like skin, and now we know what their secret is!
I was a gifted ‘The Case Full of Seoul‘ and it’s literally a case full of Korean skincare products. The case includes: a foaming cleanser, a toner and emulsion in one, an essence, an eye cream, a moisturizer, a primer, an oil serum, and 2 sheet masks.
Ranging from a cleanser to an essence and from an eye cream to face masks, it’s definitely a complete skincare regimen of products that work together to provide you with the most optimal results. I really appreciate the thought that goes into creating these products. They focus on nourishing the skin and giving it what it needs without overwhelming it. Although the case contains 8 full-size products, I’ll be focusing on 6, which are the ones that I have been using on the daily as part of my morning routine.
The 9Wishes Rice Foaming Cleanser acts as a cleanser and an exfoliator, as it contains micro-ground rice powder to cleanse and hydrate the skin while minimizing and removing impurities from pores. Massaging this in the skin, I really felt like the product was helping to rid the gunk that my skin accumulated overnight along with excess sebum. I really like how this product has been working for me so far! The complexion felt smoother and healthier. Although it’s an exfoliator, the ground rice won’t cause any irritation, so this is a great product to use if you have sensitive skin.
SRP: $28.78 for 120mL
Once the skin is cleansed and dry, I apply the May Coop Raw Sauce with a cotton pad all over the face. It’s a gentle toner that has a texture that’s a bit thicker than an essence, as it’s made with 93% maple tree sap, but thinner than a gel. This is due to the fact that typically, toners contain water as the main ingredient, and thus giving them a more liquid state. It’s also formulated with fructan powder and Asian herbal and fruit extracts, which together hydrate and nourish the skin to achieve that natural dewy look.
SRP: $13.63 for 40mL
After cleansing and toning, I alternate between two products: Urang’s True Rose Repair Essence and their Vitamin Oil Serum. Fun fact: Urang stands for Ultimate Radiance And Natural Glow!
The Urang True Rose Repair Essence gives dull skin suppleness and a bouncy texture. It contains organic Bulgarian rose water that’s packed with vitamin C and vitamin A, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties. If you have acne-prone skin such as I, this is a wonderful product to calm your skin. It also contains rose flower oil to soothe and protect it. With many rose ingredients, this product smells so wonderful! Its serum-like texture quickly absorbs in the skin to give you a glowing complexion. Gently tap the product on the face and neck (don’t forget the neck!) until it’s fully absorbed.
SRP: $47 for 50mL
Either I’m in denial or didn’t think it would come so quickly, but now being in my thirties, I have to remind myself to use anti-aging products. Although I don’t see any visible signs (yet), it’s important to take precaution and to stay ahead of the game! The Urang Vitamin Oil Serum is packed with a powerful blend of oils that targets signs of aging. The main ingredients of jojoba and rosehip oils contain linolenic acids, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-carotene and vitamin E that together penetrate deeply to nourish and repair the skin. It also helps to brighten and improve skin texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Since it’s an oil and the fact that I have acne-prone skin, I was a little reluctant to try this one out, but rosehip oil contains anti-inflammatory properties as well as helps to regulate sebum production, which can prevent blackheads and whiteheads from forming. All in all, don’t be afraid of using this oil serum on your face if you’re prone to acne!
SRP: $78.45 for 30mL
The eye contour is the thinnest and most delicate area on the face so it’s important to target this area with a product that will gently nourish it. The TOV Camellia Wrinkle-Free Eye Solution comes in an interesting packaging that mimics the act of injecting a product to the skin. Like most other eye contour products, I would have liked for the tip to have been a massaging applicator that would provide a cooling effect to help with decongesting the area. Packaging aside, this eye cream brightens, reinforces elasticity, protects from free radicals and helps to reduce the appearance of pores and to control sebum production.
Eject a bit of the product onto the tips of your ring fingers and gently tap around the eye contour. The skin is soft, smooth and hydrated.
SRP: $44.99 for 12g
Last but not least, the May Coop Raw Moisturizer with Acer Maple Water is the last step to complete this skincare routine. Similar to the Raw Sauce, this moisturizer is formulated with 70% maple tree sap, along with a blend of aloe, baobab tree and cactus extracts to deeply hydrate the skin. It absorbs quickly so that you can get on with the rest of your day.
SRP: $39.80 for 50mL
The Case Full of Seoul was launched at Costco, but can now be found on Amazon and retails for $75. Considering the prices for the individual products, this kit is definitely worth it!
Have you tried any of these K-Beauty products? Are any of them your faves? Let me know in the comments below if you have any other Korean beauty products to suggest that I check out!
| The products in this post were sent complimentary for review.