Even though I had a crazy December last year, I somehow find myself very re-energised and raring to start the new year this month. Perhaps it’s the several days of 12-hour sleeps I got, or perhaps it was the bountiful nutrition I got from the massive feasting – who knows. -pats tummy in contentment- Anyhoos, here’s something else that’s put the spring in my step and the radiance in my skin – something new from Laneige -YAYYYY-
My instagram photo of it when I got it sometime in December 2014 – purdee, right? 😀
This upgraded version of the original Clear-C Effector has upped the ante with its prettier packaging as well as accompanying sidekick (aka fancy cotton pads)
The watery texture differs from the original Clear-C Effector’s semi-viscuous gel-like consistency.
The Packaging: Tall frosted glass bottle (sounds familiar? Every other treatment toner / first care essence I’ve tried comes in this packaging). However, this differs because it also comes with a pump system.The pump is created specially to dispense 2.5ml (which will be an appropriate amount for the entire face), and of course, is also for hygiene purposes. It even comes with special markings along the side of the bottle to serve as a product remnant gauge.
The Value-add: I know it probably doesn’t make much of a difference, but I absolutely adore the fact that it comes with its very own box of 60 specially-designed cotton pads. Textured on one side (for day use) and smooth on the other (for night use), the instructions also come with illustrations and special application motions. The generously large-sized cotton pads can cover your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers, and are soft (but not particularly fluffy so that they don’t leave lint all around the face).
The Ingredients: With a formulation that boasts a 92.5% content of ‘superberries’ – Acerola and Acai Berry extract – this essence is said to prevent the formation of pigmentation, freckles and delay premature signs of aging, thus giving you a clear, translucent and radiant and complexion. Although they are good for the skin and body, vitamin C and antioxidants are unstable compounds, which explains why you should always keep your Vitamin C products out of the sun to prevent any reactions. To help preserve the antioxidant effects and stabilise the active ingredients (Vit C and superberry extract), Laneige has incorporated a patented Silicum Capture Technology, which are silica particles that absorb minerals and hydrogen negative ions. For the full list of ingredients, click here.
The Scent: The scent is rather mild but somewhat distinctive of Laneige – I can’t quite pinpoint which other product has a similar scent (I can defo rule out the Water Sleeping Pack). It’s not overpowering / overwhelming and doesn’t set off my overly sensitive nose, which is great.
The Texture: It is liquid and watery (it’s not the same gel-hybrid consistency of its predeccesor). When applied using bare hands, it is absorbed very quickly and easily even without patting. (In fact, it’s absorbed even faster than Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Essence).
The Aftermath: The skin is refreshed, softer and smoother – in fact, I daresay my skin even felt slightly velvet-smooth after application (at the risk of sounding creepy, I couldn’t stop caressing my skin!) – I could attribute this slightly to the presence of the silica particulars. After just 1 week, the skin also looks more radiant. There was more bounce to the skin as well – boing boing is belly gooood.
The Verdict: I love it! I mean, it smells soothing, leaves no residue, makes my skin feel and look better – there’s really not much to dislike. At SGD$56, it’s a mid-priced item, but since it’s the start of the year I say go forth and invest in this heavy heaping of vitamins and antioxidants for the skin.