AUTHOR: Stella from Oh My Stellar!
THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG HERE IN MARCH 2018.
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Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum Review
This product was provided to me by Purito for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.
I was recently approached by a Korean skincare brand called Purito to test out some of their products and, with the experience that I had with them, I was more than happy to. They showed me their English website which talked about their natural and ‘honest’ approach to skincare, focusing on safe and pure ingredients.
I’ll go into that a little further down but basically they asked me to choose a few products and to test them out for at least 2 weeks (and I liked that they seem genuine in wanting to demonstrate the effectiveness of their products). I’ll be starting off with their Centella Green Level Buffet Serum – which is one of their hero products. This is sort of an ‘all in one’ product, meaning that it has a buffet of essential ingredients to help target multiple skin needs at once. This seems really great as a daily serum and you can definitely boost it with a second serum depending on the seasons.
I think that Purito products would be well suited for people with sensitive skin or those who just prefer to use natural products in their routine. So, if that’s you (or if you’ll read what I write regardless), let’s get on with the review!
As I mentioned earlier, Purito is a brand that aims to focus on high quality, safe and natural ingredients. They use EWG green level ingredients (EWG stands for The Environmental Working Group and you can read about them here, as well as their rating system) meaning that their products are also safe for varying skin types.
They also have a number of brand promises, which I thought were really great and would be particularly interesting for people who are especially environmentally aware and who have sensitive skin. The following is taken from their website. There might be some awkward grammar due to the translation and language barrier, but it’s all pretty clear and pretty good:
- Based on the data of EWG skin deep, we will continuously give a challenge although it may be difficult to produce it.
- We will never put bad ingredients such as 20 types of ingredients that require caution and 26 types of allergic ingredients.
- Our focus will continue to be on ingredients rather than glamorous containers.
- We will keep the environment in mind, removing unnecessary packaging and eco-friendly material.
- We will never conduct tests on animals.
- We will only make mild, non-allergic products to strengthen natural resilience of skin.
- Until the day comes when everyone uses Purito, we will keep our price at more reasonable levels to get closer to you.
Basically, the brand swears by using only skin safe products, focusing on ingredients rather than elaborate packaging, being environmentally friendly, not testing on animals and also being affordable to the average consumer.
Although the brand states that they don’t put their focus on glamorous packaging, I personally think that it’s important to also keep it in mind – after all, great packaging always makes me more interested in continuing to use a product, and good quality is also a necessity. That being said, even though Purito’s approach is very simple and basic, the quality and aesthetic is still there – they just don’t have any brand gimmick.
The serum comes in a brown cardboard box – the actual design of it really suits the brand image, and this type of paper is also better for the environment (it’s uncoated, so there is no unneeded plastic in it). The bottle of this Centella Green Level Buffet Serum is made of a light but sturdy plastic, with a dark green colour. The pump is black and it’s smooth so it’s easy to control how much you want to dispense.
With 60mL in a bottle, I’ve been using it twice a day over two weeks now and I’m maybe 1/8 in… so I think that this would last me around 4 months if I continue in the same fashion. It’s a good amount of product, and the price is good too, selling at USD$17.30
This product claims to have four main skin benefits:
- Strengthening the skin barrier
According to the website:
- With collagen, ceramide, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide compounds in it, Buffet Serum will brighten and moisturise your skin
- The Cica serum contains 49% of Centella Asiatica Extract and Centella Asiatica powder from Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid and Asiatic Acid
- With Adenosine and four peptides, the serum will help alleviate deep wrinkles
This product is recommended for people who want to target multiple skin problems and people with sensitive skin, especially those who are concerned with blemishes and pigmentation. The serum has a light texture and is meant to absorb quickly. However, since there is no alcohol in the formula, it does not evaporate and retains moisture.
According to your skin needs, they also have a recommended skincare routine on the product page. For myself, I worked this product into my normal skincare routine (so that I could observe the changes with only this additional product) but took out my whitening serum as I didn’t want it to overlap.
So following the recommendation from Purito, I used this serum for a total of two weeks and a kept a close eye on my observations during that time.
My immediate thought is that the serum has a very light, almost liquidified gel sort of formula. It feels a bit slippery and spreads/pats easily on the skin without any need for rubbing to help it absorb. There is a fresh scent but it’s very light and not noticeable enough to bother anyone. I typically use 2-3 pumps at night, and then 1-2 pumps in the morning (when I have to put make up on over it). Once applied, it leaves no sticky residue or heaviness. Other products are easy to then layer on top of it and I find that it also wears well under make up.
Since the formula is a little bit cooling when you apply it, it’s also a good addition to my morning routine.
After using it for two weeks, I noticed that my skin was feeling very well hydrated and smoother than usual. I also had a minor break out on my chin when I first started to use this, and it cleared up completely within the week (and it was one of those awkward ones that I had issues with for a while). This is still some scarring, but I’m hoping that longer term use will fade that more. That being said, I’m unable to comment on the anti-wrinkle properties of this product and I didn’t see much brightening, so I will likely add in the Vitamin C serum after this weekend to boost that property more.
I don’t feel that this serum is a sort of miracle product that will perform miraculous feats that you see advertised pretty often, but instead it is a gentle formula that is effective over time. This is definitely very suitable for sensitive or problem skin and I think that this sort of slow, nourishing approach will be very beneficial for my skincare in the long term.
Overall, I really like Purito’s brand philosophy and I’m happy that they gave me the chance to try out their range! I’m going to continue to use this Buffet Serum in my skincare routine, as well as adding in their Pure Vitamin C Serum to see if it will help fade this acne scarring on my chin as well as some of my sun spots. I am currently also using their exfoliation pads, which I will also continue to do, and I intend on writing a thorough review for that at the end of my testing period.
So, until then, here’s my verdict!
SO WHAT IS IT?
A light, buffet serum that targets multiple skin concerns (Skin barrier, whitening, anti-wrinkle and hydration).
- Safe and natural ingredients
- Environmentally friendly paper box packaging (for those who look for this)
- No animal testing
- Very hydrating and maintains that moisture through the day
- Obvious improvements to skin breakouts
- Fresh scent that isn’t overwhelming
- Absorbs quickly and easy to layer other products
- Works well under make up
- Not immediate results – product needs to be used over time
- Brightening/Whitening benefits aren’t visible
- Average, simple packaging (which some people may prefer and others may not)
- PACKAGING | 3/5
- PRICE POINT |4/5
- HYDRATION | 5/5
- BRIGHTENING/WHITENING | 1/5
- ANTI-ACNE | 4/5
- ABSORPTION | 5/5
OVERALL RATING? 7.3/10
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
This is a product that would definitely benefit someone is a sensitive skin type. Personally, my skin isn’t very sensitive so I’m used to using stronger and more potent products and ingredients (some of which probably aren’t suitable for all skintypes). For that reason, Purito is a brand that I would recommend people to check out themselves and to see if it suits their needs.
WHERE TO GET IT FROM
If you want to get your hands on the Centella Green Level Buffet Serum it is selling on for USD$17.30 for a 60mL bottle. Alternatively, you can also visit the Purito website to see all of the other products that they sell.