Monday, May 3, 2010

SkinFood Lettuce & Cucumber Water Drop Essence

Almost done with this SkinFood Lettuce & Cucumber Water Drop Essence bottle, and I think I will not repurchase. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but it's not working quite right for my skin, alone or underneath its sibling Lettuce & Cucumber Water Jelly Cream.

Just a quick description first. Like the Water Jelly Cream and many other items in this Skinfood Lettuce & Cucumber line, this Water Drop Essence comes in the same pretty translucent glass packaging with an iridescent green tint and aluminum snap on cylindrical cap. It dispenses with a pump so for those who dislike dipping fingers into jars, this is very hygienic and a definite plus. I do have issues with the cap though. Let's just say after the first few times, it just doesn't stay close anymore and would pop right back off after snapping close.

This Water Drop Essence has one of the most unique texture I've seen in a skincare product. It dispenses as a gel cream, however upon further contact (applying directly to facial skin or rubbing in between the fingers or palm), it literally melts into a runny, water-like liquid! I guess this is how it gets its name? Anyway, my first application was a bit of a surprise as the spilled fell right through the cracks of my fingers :D

Unfortunately, I won't be repurchasing this. I don't know why this is, but this product is oddly too much on its own, good when layered underneath just a moisturizer/hydrator (the Water Jelly Cream), but was then ultimately lacking when topped with sunscreen. I have tried using it just by itself and nothing else, and it turned my face into an oil spill after an hour or so. Then I tried it underneath the Water Jelly Cream and skipped sunscreen on my lounge-around-at-home days and it was good. But when I did go out and had to wear sunscreen, it struggled and ultimately failed to keep the balance and I ended up with tons of dry flakes around the mouth, chin, nose, and cheek areas!

I mentioned in my review for the Water Jelly Cream that the Water Drop Essense and Jelly Cream combo was okay underneath the Mentholatum Skin Aqua UV Moisture Milk. However, I didn't like the finish, and as non-drying as the Skin Aqua UV Moisture Milk was, I still got the occasional dry flakes. The same Water Drop Essence and Jelly Cream combo struggled even harder underneath Allie Comfortable Sunscreen EX Watertouch. In the end, it lost the battle, and there were mornings when my face was freshly washed, moisturized and applied with sunscreen but I still looked like I was molting! Yuck!

So if I were a hikikomori, this Water Drop Essence would be perfect because I would never go outside, therefore would have no need for sunscreens, and underneath the Water Jelly Cream it would keep my skin nice and matte all day. But I do go outside and do wear sunscreen every day, so buying this Water Drop Essence just for the sake of keeping my face nice and matte on those rare stay-at-home days makes no sense!


Ki said...

The transformation into water thing? VERY COOL. :D

D. said...

Hi Ki!

Yes it is totally unexpected. I was wondering why it was called "Water Drop Essence" and after the first use, it was an "ah hah!" moment.


Mischievous Mack said...

I've been wanting to try this. Now I'm not so sure... It's so surprising that it was so lackluster, usually skinfood has such good products.

D. said...

Hi Mischievous Mack,

Well, if your skin is not super duper dry like mine, I would still recommend you trying it. Products react differently on people, so it might turn out well for you. Give it a chance.

As for myself, I'm really sad it didn't work for me because I really like its texture and how it turns into a water-like liquid and absorbs instantly :(

Kiwee(: said...

Hie~ I have super dry skin as well! And i tried the sample one. I thought its pretty good but I did not know when I should apply. At first, I applied it AFTER i wear the Skinfood Red Orange Jelly BB cream xD Now i know. Haha. Thanks for the honest review!

D. said...

Hi Kiwee,

You're very welcome. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.


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