Review: Sulwhasoo Essential Firming Cream

Finding out about those sample bundles that have allowed me to not only try, but use some high-end Korean brands, was a game changer for me. I'd say that about half of my current routine consists of such products which I would never be able to afford otherwise.
I bid on eBay, or just pick up a ten-to-twenty-pack of samples of products which I then decant into jars, bottles-with-droppers, airless pump thingies, you name it. It all makes the samples a whole lot easier to use, and I don't have to mess around with the little sample packs.
Unless I get a bunch of stuff in small bottles. Those are truly convenient.

An AB favorite and a baseball favorite in one photo
I got a 5 ml jar of the Sulwhasoo Essential Firming Cream in a small set along with 4 ml of their First Care Activating Serum (which, to the best of my knowledge, is the equivalent of a first treatment essence or FTE.) I used up the latter a while ago and am planning to get more because it's a fabulous product.

According to the brand's US website, this is a "firming cream that nourishes the skin from deep within to restore resilience." 
Furthermore,
  • Blended with potent Korean medicinal herbs to instantly firm and tone while stimulating collagen for a long-term lift
  • Adlay Millet detoxifies and promotes elasticity
  • Pomegranate, Green Tea, and Gingko fight free radicals to maintain youthful radiance
 The ingredient is incredibly long, but CosDNA doesn't reveal any major red flags.
WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, PVP, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA SEED EXTRACT, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, LILIUM TIGRINUM FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, REHMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CHRYSANTHEMUM MORIFOLIUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ADENOPHORA STRICTA ROOT EXTRACT, LYCIUM CHINENSE ROOT EXTRACT, COIX LACRYMA-JOBI MA-YUEN SEED EXTRACT, ANGELICA TENUISSIMA ROOT EXTRACT, HONEY, GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT, ASTRAGALUS MEMBRANACEUS ROOT EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, BETA-GLUCAN, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER, JOJOBA ESTERS, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL LAURYL ESTERS, STEARIC ACID, PEG-100 STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, PALMITIC ACID, PHYTOSTERYL/BEHENYL/OCTYLDODECYL LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, POLYACRYLATE-13, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, POLYISOBUTENE, PROPANEDIOL, CAFFEINE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POLYSORBATE 20, STEARYL BEHENATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE
Phew.


Even though my skin (and especially my closed comedones) doesn't like dimethicone, and it is included on the list, I assume it's present in small enough amounts where it doesn't clog my pores, so that's a definite plus, for me.

The original product (as in not-sample) comes in a pretty, 75 ml bottle (with a spatula!) and sells for a whoopin' USD 95.00 on Sulwhasoo's US website. So, you're paying about USD 1.30 for each milliliter. That's a lot of money.

Whether you purchase the full-size, pricey product, or go for the much cheaper sample bundles, your skin will thank you.

Pre-AB, when my face was constantly covered in a thick layer of oil, I probably wouldn't have used this cream. See, it's very soft (I almost said "fluffy," which it really isn't, and yet I feel like it wouldn't be an awful adjective to use,) but it's not a light cream by any means. Still today (when I like to think of my skin as "normal," which I never thought I would,) I prefer to use it at night, even though I am pretty sure I could get away with it during the day in the colder months.
It doesn't make my skin oily. It does take a minute or two to fully absorb, and it makes my skin so soft that I keep touching it (yeah, I know, great idea...)

The cream does have a very strong smell (think "sweet and spicy," if you will,) which doesn't bother me, but I understand that it might irritate others. The smell doesn't stick around, though, and you need only a little of this cream, anyway; trust me, it will go a long way. Which helps if you end up paying allthatmoney for the full-size product.


I have only been using it for a couple of weeks, but my skin is very happy with it. It hasn't caused any issues, and my face is brighter, dare I say younger-looking. No, this is not plastic surgery in a bottle, but if you're like most people I know who are into Asian Beauty products and pay very close attention to your skin, I am positive this is one of those products that will produce visible results within a relatively short amount of time.
I know, I know, YMMV... And it is true. However, I do encourage you to give this cream a try and see for yourself how your skin likes it. I hope you will be as happy with it as I am.

Recommend? Absolutely. It is very expensive to buy a full-size product, but there are lots of very affordable sample options out there.

Where to buy? Either on Sulwhasoo's US website (USD 95.00 for 75 ml,) or on eBay where several sellers offer affordable samples.

 

1 comments:

  1. So nice and helpful reviews all about firming lotion. Those are so natural and have no bad effects:
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