Review: Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream

Day 2 of being back in Singapore, and I’m still in recovery mode (although somehow, I miraculously manage to survive being at work heh). After some relatively intensive shopping (along with a lot of sweating cos of the icky summer weather), my dark eye circles are now similar to a cosmic black hole on my face, sucking in any radiance. Time to pile on the eye creams (and of course, 24 hours of continuous sleep).

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye CreamSulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream – KRW260,000 – The Extra Refining Range has now been rebranded as the TimeTreasure range.

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream (1)An extra posh packaging – fancy box with fancily-packaged spatula. heh.

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream (2)

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream groupThe priciest range in Sulwhasoo’s stable of products. So far, I’ve only managed to afford the Extra Refining Emulsion.

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream (3)

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream (4)Check out the texture – totally different from usual eye creams.

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream (5)

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream (6)Disappearing without the usual creamy / oily residue

I say…

Now I know I usually spend money in Korea like there’s no tomorrow, but if you notice, I’ve never spent on extravagant items. This is my very first extravagant item – at KRW260,000, it’s a SGD294 eye cream. Holy motherofexpensiveshite.

  • As a plus point, it comes with a posh packaging – fancy magnetic closure box with spatula packed in a separate sachet.
  • The scent is herbal, as per Sulwhasoo products – relatively aromatherapeutic and non-overwhelming.
  • The texture is ridiculously, awesomely smooth. It isn’t your usual cream – it’s kinda like very finely ground paste (perhaps fine ginseng powder or something similar). You can actually feel how fine the texture is. Like WOAH.
  • I also like that even though the cream is substantial (it isn’t too watery) and yet still is super easily and quickly absorbed into the skin.
  •  I initially thought that since it’s the most expensive range – and perhaps therefore the richest range – it would be totally unsuitable for my skin and result in break-outs or millia seeds, but so far, hey, it’s been smooth sailing!
  • The area around my eye is also looking slightlyyyy improved – lesser fine lines and not as dry and wrinkly.
  • Best of all, I like how it doesn’t have that greasy oily or a layer of film around the eyes. After application, I can apply makeup to that area and it won’t slide off.
  • You only need a very, very minimal amount for both eyes – I think I use about a 0.5cm blob of cream for both eyes. I guess this is good, since it’ll make my SGD300 go a long, long, loooong way. Heh.

In terms of eye creams, this is one of the best that I’ve used – I guess the almost-SGD300 price tag is worth it. If you’re in a mood to invest or are looking to replace that just-finished eye cream (and you’ve got relatively deep pockets), get this one.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Eye Cream

  1. Hi Cheryl,

    Can I check with you whether the Extra Refining range is the same as the Timetreasure range in Singapore? Thanks!

  2. hi cheryl,
    can you recommend best eye cream to date that you have used?
    and how do you integrate drx cf into your daily skincare routine? before serum?
    lastly, i just want to say you are like my makeup skincare wikipedia these days. and always go to you first when i want to check product review. congrats on the blog award too!!!

    • hi hi! my current favourite eye cream is the Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Eye Treatment – it doesn’t give me millia seeds, it brightens up my under eye area, and I love the Zamak metal applicator which cools my skin and takes away the need to use my hands – it’s so convenient.

      Here’s how I apply the DRX CF (in general):
      Essence Loton (wait for it to dry, or pat dry) –> DRX CF –> Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum / Hanyul Optimizing Serum –> Emulsion –> Serum –> Cream

      My choice of emulsions/serums/creams depends on my skin condition for the day 😀

      And thank you for the blog love! I shall go forth and try on my skincare products so that I can review them for you guys xoxo

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  4. Hi Cheryl, can I get advice on where to buy this at the most jjang price? At Airport or just at one of the Aritaum shops or where? Thank you! Btw I will be on Seoul during Christmas so I am determined to get this! 😉

    • hi julie
      so sorry for the late reply! I have too many comments to tend to – best price is probably at the duty free sections of lotte dept store – not sure if they have it at Airport cos they might only have limited selections of items.

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  6. hi, Im looking for the effective eye treatment to chase away my dark circles, fine lines from smiling and emotions.

    I have read your eye cream reviews….and also other’s and that makes me very confused HAHA

    now Im considering, Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Eye Treatment. but when I went to the counter of sulwhasoo, the BA recommended me to use ginseng eye cream instead.

    I am also interested in The history of whoo wha hyun eye cream as well. not sure if it can help with dark circle or not(not many reviews about Whoo)

    and another one is Kiehl’s eye opening serum!

    OHH so confusing, hope you can help me to choose T.T

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