The Power of Four – that’s Laneige’s tagline.
Anyway cartoons aside, Korean cosmetics brand Laneige tells you that there are 4 items which are “essential” to keep skin looking fresh and moisturized.
In Laneige, you are recommended to use 4 items (after cleansing)
- Power Essence Skin Refiner
- Balancing Skin Emulsion
- Water Bank Essence EX
- Water Bank Gel Cream EX
I received a set of samples, which I used up over the course of a weekend. Not quite enough for me to tell you what I really thought about it so this will be brief. Hopalong if you’re interested 🙂
I found the Professional Makeup Remover Multi Cleanser a little drying. Highly recommended for you to use a moisturizer after cleansing. It did not quite remove all my makeup especially waterproof mascara.
The Power Essence Skin Refiner refines (before toner) and the Balancing Emulsion acts as a lotion or toner. For both, you saturate a piece of cotton pad with the liquid and apply with a light patting motion on the skin. This helps cool down your skin too.
You then follow up with the Water Bank Essence which is optional and the Water Bank Gel Cream which has a light gel texture and forms the moisturizer element of skincare.
As I said above, a weekend wasn’t quite the best time to test if this method or skincare works for me. My skin did feel and look moisturized, but not exceptionally so. Perhaps after longer use it might have a better effect.
Let me tell you also about another product from Laneige I tried many many many years ago (before Laneige was even introduced into Malaysia and before K-pop took the world by storm). It is the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.
I bought mine in Hong Kong because I wanted to try something that wasn’t available in Malaysia at the time. In Mongkok, I stepped into the Laneige store and stepped out with the Water Sleeping Pack which is a mask you can go to sleep in. Its still one of their bestsellers but now comes in much more luxurious looking packaging.
When I bought mine (I don’t have a picture anymore) it was in a plastic tub that looked like it came from a pharmacy. Nothing special about it. When I sniffed the gel in the new packaging recently it brought me back. Yes, I remember that smell – sharp and floral.
The Sleeping Pack gets raves from everyone who has tried it. I on the other hand did not find it as impressive as it is hyped to be 🙁 It did not help my skin look or feel more moisturized in the morning when I wake up. Perhaps the formula has been improved upon? I hope so.
So that was my early experience with Laneige. I must say I was pleased to see the brand enter Malaysia after years of having no access to it except in Singapore. Perhaps some day I’ll try something else from the brand and if I do, I’ll tell you about it 🙂
Have you tried anything from Laneige that you like?