Anyone interested in beauty knows that Korean skincare has rapidly created a market for itself in the west in the past few years. For those like myself with considerable interest in skincare, the emergence of this trend was probably not surprising. Asian skincare has been lauded among skincare fanatics for quite some time, and frankly, it took a shockingly long time for the west to catch on as a whole. Personally, I could not be more ecstatic about this. People are paying attention to active ingredients in skincare, the percentages of those ingredients, and are learning that price points for effective skincare don’t have to be outrageous. The influx of brands available in the west has been incredible for those of us who used to scour Ebay and Amazon for these products, using google translate to make sure we were purchasing the right product. No longer do we have to wait 2-3 weeks for our products to arrive, no more wondering if they will be authentic products, rather than counterfeits.
Klairs is a brand that I only discovered within the past year. The Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops ($23/1.18 oz / 35 ml) and the Supple Preparation Facial Toner ($25.5o) have received an incredible amount of buzz and praise. When I was looking to add a vitamin C serum into my skincare routine, I was repeatedly suggested this product. It’s affordability, aesthetic packaging, and further online research drew me in and I decided to test it out. I have finished about 3/4 of the bottle, using it regularly for the past 3 months, and have formed a final opinion of the product and my experience with it.
The texture of this product is strange–it’s somewhere between an oil and serum upon first application. I was thrown off by this at first, but found that it did not sit on top of my skin like an oil would. It sinks in quickly, but does leave a slight tackiness to the skin. After moisturizing I found that this tackiness is unnoticeable. The second thing you will feel when applying this product is a slight warming sensation on the skin. It’s subtle, and goes away after multiple regular uses. Your skin will begin to tolerate the product over time. I have sensitive skin, and I did become a little red the first few applications, but with all chemical exfoliation’s this is something to be expected. A few days of continued use and I no longer became red.
When testing a product such as this, I keep the rest of my skincare static so I have a clear picture of the changes the product impacts on my skin. I have used this product for a total of 3 months, and tested it with the rest of my skincare routine static for the first month and half of the three months. I found that this product was highly effective at bringing radiance to my dull skin, which was one of the reasons I was eager to incorporate a vitamin C serum into my routine. I have noticed the sebaceous filaments on my nose are less pronounced than they were before. This product is advertised as non-drying, but I have found that I do have to occasionally layer my moisturizer or add an oil because it can leave my skin a bit parched. If you have oiler skin than I do (which shouldn’t be hard, I’m basically rocking the sahara of skin) you might not have this issue. I also do not have dark spots, or hyper-pigmentation, so I cannot comment on that, but other reviews online have shown that it is adequate for mild-medium hyper-pigmentation with regular use. Note: there is 5% vitamin C content per bottle.
My biggest gripe with this product, and with any product making this claim, is that it states that it protects from UV rays. I know the product isn’t claiming to replace an SPF, but I do always find these claims a bit dubious and misleading. Please please pleaaaaaase wear SPF. Especially if you are wearing a chemical exfoliant on your face. They can exacerbate pigmentation and skin damage without an SPF.
This is the perfect vitamin C serum for people with dull skin, but little to medium hyper-pigmentation. It’s amazing at boosting radiance and clearing congested spots, but it might not be strong enough for those looking for advanced dark spot reversal.
- Sturdiness: 3/5–sometimes the cap leaks if not upright.
- Functionality: 5/5
Value for Price: 5/5
- Amount of product per price: 5/5
- Approximate CPW (cost-per wear): 5/5
- Does the product do what it claims? 4/5
- How does it compare to competitors in the market? 4/5
Total Rating: 4.3/5
Sources for opinions other than my own: Here
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