A couple of purchases from Korea I didn’t mention were from Laneige. Being a Korean brand of skincare, it was naturally a little more affordable to get there and I picked up one or two items (including the sunblock I’d been curious about). Thanks to a generous GWP in store (which was the main reason I was tempted), I got a very generous sample of the iconic Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX which got me through the dry air there. I also picked up a tub – the power of sampling 🙂
It reminded me of my first experience with the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack many years ago, when I’d first heard of the brand. We didn’t have a counter here then, so I picked up the Water Sleeping Pack from the Laneige store in Hong Kong. The sales assistant in store told me it was their bestselling product. I bought it and tried it but it didn’t give me wonderful results. I also did not like the scent which I found sharp and very floral. Oh and I found it sticky. I don’t think I ever finished that tub.
Happily, all that has changed. That was over 5 years ago and now, I find that the Water Sleeping Pack EX comes in a sturdy looking jar. The texture appears less gel-like and more like a gel-emulsion, and it is no longer sticky nor chemical scented. Whew!
The scent is still strong and floral, but it is now a more rounded scent, not the sharp scent it was from years before. I am probably the only one here who remembers that sharp scent and the plain white tub it used to come in 😛
The texture now is thicker and it is more opaque. It spreads easily on the skin and absorbs into my skin without feeling sticky. This is a sleeping pack, which for the uninitiated, is a mask you use while sleeping. You apply it on your skin after your moisturizer and go to sleep. You do not have to wash it off, only when you wash your face in the morning, and it works all night to deliver moisture into your skin.
I’d incorporated this sleeping pack into my hydration regime and I have found that it helps my skin remain hydrated and ultimately looking better. Its a million times easier than putting on a sheet mask or cream mask, both of which you have to wash off or use before applying skincare. I sleep in an air conditioned environment which can be drying, so a sleeping mask used about 3-4 times a week is very useful for me. What I also like is that I can slap it on, and then go straight to bed without fuss.
Here’s another way I use it. When I have had a rough day, or I notice my skin looking a little dull from stress, or if I’m having a late night, I slap on this sleeping pack after my skincare; and wake up the next morning with skin that looks brighter and better and more rested.
I do however have to caution against using a thick layer. That was what I was advised before and I did not like it. It felt sticky and I was concerned about spreading it all over my pillow. So what I do is apply enough gel to be thicker than regular moisturizer but not so thick as to feel sticky and tacky on the skin and leave it. It absorbs quite quickly into my skin so it does not feel sticky thereafter. When I wash my face in the morning, it does not feel slippery or oily. I guess they have improved on this product.
Pros: Light texture, Absorbs quickly, Skin feels hydrated the morning after, Quick and easy hydrating mask
Cons: Scent might be a bit strong for some
Here is the ingredient list for anyone interested.
I had no adverse reactions to this product. It felt just like another gel moisturizer on my skin, but I have a friend who felt a slight tingling on her skin. It did not break her out nor turn the skin red, but it tingled so that might be a point to note.
Xin uses her straight after her serum, in place of moisturizer. I on the other hand, as my concern was hydration, use it after a gel moisturizer. Cleanser -> Toner/Lotion -> Serum -> Moisturizer -> Sleeping Pack. I keep it on my dresser and dip into it every alternate day and this, together with my hydration regime is definitely giving me much better, smoother skin.
Have you used the Water Sleeping Pack before? Or perhaps you too remember the days when it was more watery in texture and came in that white pharmaceutical looking jar 😛
The Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX retails at RM100/80ml (I think) at Laneige counters
You can get free samples of this from the Laneige Malaysia website or try asking at the counter. If you have a Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX experience to share, you could win RM500 worth of Laneige products! Find out more here.
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oh!..it’s not as expensive as I thought it would be….then i will definitely aim to pick this up in Korea 🙂
Oh yes do! Its a little bit cheaper there (not very much) but they do have some good sets that incorporate this product because its their bestseller 🙂
I love sleeping packs! It’s for those lazy days when I can’t be bothered to take out a sheet mask or wash of a clay or cream mask 🙂 My pore tightening sleeping pack feels good, but I don’t think it really did anything drastic to my pores 🙂
I’ve never tried a pore tightening sleeping pack but you’re absolutely right. Sleeping packs are for lazy days… and when you still want to maintain your skin hehe… 😉
I was so excited to try the sample, but the redemption period ended on 31 May 2011!…. 0_o
Oh darn! It doesn’t say so in the website 🙁 Sorry about that! Try asking at your local Laneige counter anyway. They should have samples at the counter 🙂
EEEEE I’m feeling like trying this!
After reaching the big two-oh this year, my skin’s been a bit dryer now… Hmmm…
That’s a bit early to have dry skin y’know… but it could be all the air-conditioning esp at Uni. I remember lecture halls being like the tundra.
Rainy Days & Lattes says
I have this and I absolutely love it! 🙂 I use it a few times a week if I do remember before bed and it’s wonderful 🙂
I used to forget it until I put it right on my dresser where I’ll see it and these days, its on me almost every alternate day and its great! 😀
i used their older one, which I like very much~ but am contemplating of getting another jar, since am looking at other brands like H2O and such 😛
what’s your take? this or the H2O? 😛
Erm I think its different from H20+ so I’d use them together the way I’m using mine together with my other gel creams 🙂
I’m loving it since early 2011. Once it absorb to my skin, it feels soooo good! :D. Maybe this is the best product from laneige I ever try.
I might have to agree with you! 😀
I used their older formula, which was okay. I don’t think I finished it as the scent got to me after a while.
Oh so you remember the white tub too? That smell really got to me. It was so sharp!
oh it has been reformulated! the older versions had alcohol in it and that was what put me off buying.. oh dear, paris, there goes my no-buy resolution….
I think the 2nd item could be alcohol… but then chemistry isn’t my strongest point 😛 Best check it out if you might be sensitive to alcohol!
this stuff is magic isn’t it? and very kind to the wallet too =p I have been using this for a few months now and my cheeks do not feel as tight as they used to be when I wake up in the morning!
If it works for you in the UK, you bet its magic! 😀 I’ve been at it for a few weeks and its still almost full! Definitely very kind to the wallet 🙂
You bet it does! My skin cracks (tragic) during the winter months and this, along with the 2314523 products I slap on my face helps soothe them peeling cheeks!! =D
Ouch! That sounds painful! I remember how awful skin can get especially in cold weather! Glad this one helps you… Along with all the rest of the 2314523 products you use! 😉
I am using my 3rd jar now. I absolutely love it. Can see the difference when I wake up in the morning!
Awesome Ellen! A loyal user eh? 😀
i love this water sleeping pack <3 am on my 2nd tub of it already!
So glad to know you’re liking it too! This new formula really does work a lot better than the old one for me.
hi PB! oh yes, the sleeping pack is great! I believe too it is an innovative product initiated first from Soul of Asia and had been the best selling product of most of the Korean brand, well apart of BB cream. I had my first mosturising sleeping pack from WSNature brand, a product from Korea too, (and can u believe that the brand is under Samsung?). Bought it from the Facial Centre during my Korea trip, tax duty free mainly for tourist. Next trip if u are going to Korea again, u may drop by :p
Mine was in pump mechanism type. Cons of the packaging is i dunno how much is left inside coz I cant see inside. But the product is fab and work wonderful as u described!
That’s really useful info Pearl, thank you! I do notice that sleeping packs appear mostly in Korean skincare so it would appear to be their domain for now
I think Isetan is having a promo where you can get it for RM 80 now.
That’s great news! Thanks for the info!
This sounds so refreshing!!! But will it suit a combination-oily skin???
As far as I know, it will suit all skins. Oily skin needs hydration too! 🙂
The sample is still sitting in my cupboard 😀
I have to agree with you on the power of sampling. I cannot recall how many times I have gotten full sized products thanks to the impressive sample. Sometimes though somehow the actual sized product doesn’t feel as good as the sample, maybe that’s just me. 😛
Oh I have to agree with you re: samples feeling better than the full sized products. Sometimes I wonder why this is the case too. I like the samples, buy the full sized and then find it doesn’t work for me.
giddy tigress says
I haven’t used my sample yet! Must try it tonight, maybe 🙂
My sis bought this and i took some of it from her to sample . It didn’t work for me at all. Think i’m back to my oils, balm and serums.
Yikes! Sorry to hear it doesn’t work for you 🙁 But at least you’ve worked out what does! 😀
I used the old Laneige Water Sleeping Pack ages ago when it’s still the old packing. The impression I had from that product was quite negative that I have never made any purchase from Laneige ever since. I’m glad that there’s a new formula.
I too did not like the old Laneige Water Sleeping Pack formula. Glad I gave the new one a go 🙂
Sounds like a great one to have for the dry and cold winter season. Hopefully it’s available at Sasa.
I would think it is! 😉