[Mizon] Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream Review

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Today’s quick review is on Mizon’s Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream. I finished the tube quite a while ago (purchased it from RoseRoseShop) and published this review on my old blog. I haven’t tried the cream ever since but I thought it may come useful to some of you and so I decided to repost it here.

What drew my attention to this Hyaluronic Ultra Subook Cream was its relative affordability (relative, because it was quite cheap but with a shipping cost not so much anymore) and the cream’s ingredients- it was supposed to contain 30% of Hyaluronic Acid- a very potent hydrating ingredient. The reality turned out a bit different, though. But! Let me explain everything in order so let’s dive right in.

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, 1,2- Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide NP, Betula Alba Juice, Alcohol, Glucose, BHT, Tocopherol, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phosphatidylcholine, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Phenoxyethanol

 

The good:

  • contains a variety of plant extracts, such as Arnica Montana Flower Extract, which come with a number of skin benefits (for example the Arnica extract mentioned above has anti-inflammatory properties) as well as two plant oils (Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil)
  • there’s also the staple Sodium Hyaluronate (derived from Hyaluronic Acid and supposedly absorbing faster) that hydrates the skin very well, and Panthenol which attracts and holds the moisture in the skin
  • the cream also contains ceramides (Ceramide NP helps to restore the natural lipid barrier of the skin and keeps the skin’s moisture balance in check), Biosaccharide Gum-1 (soothes and moisturizes) and Adenosine (provides anti-wrinkle benefits)
  • and a range of amino acids (Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline)- each of them has a different function in skincare- some transport moisture through the skin and some work as antioxidants (but most help your skin to reproduce its own antioxidants)
  • most of the ingredients have a green rating meaning they’re safe for the skin

 

The bad:

  • there are a number of ingredients that have 1 or 2 rating for acne/irritation (Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Tocopherol, ) which means if your skin is sensitive to any of them they can potentially irritate your skin or break it out
  • contains three potentially skin-irritating types of alcohol– Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol
  • according to Skincarisma, there are five ingredients that may trigger fungal acne: Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stereate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Polysorbate 20
  • some ingredients are yellow-rated (lower rating than green which is the highest)

 

 

When it comes to the texture, Mizon’s Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream itself is white, light and extremely easy to spread. It absorbs quickly, too. And that’s pretty much all I can say about the texture. Nothing to complain about.

 

My thoughts

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So, here comes the verdict. First of all, I’d like to voice my disappointment regarding the ingredients, more specifically the claim that the Mizon cream contains 30% of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a kind of a shady claim (which as far as I remember was on the website from which I bought it and, just as a side note, it’s a legit website) and seems to be totally invalid- Sodium Hyaluronate is put as the 23rd ingredient on the ingredients list! I’m already aware that the order of the ingredients list does not fully reflect the ingredients’ proportions in the product (at least when it comes to Korean products) but it definitely does not even slightly indicate that the cream contains 30% of Sodium Hyaluronate. And there’s no Hyaluronic Acid in it either. So I feel totally misled. After all, it was one of the two major reasons why I bought it.

However, despite being disappointed, I finished the cream. What are my thoughts on its effectiveness? It definitely didn’t break me out. Didn’t clog my pores. Did moisturize my skin but I wonder if it was any more moisturizing than an ordinary moisturizer. It felt good on my face, especially after applying a bit of a drying vitamin C serum. It was lightweight and left a nice feeling after application. And there was no sticky feeling left either.

How much would I give it?

I think 6 out of 10, on a 10-point scale.

The Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream wasn’t an outstanding discovery- it wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would’ve been. But it wasn’t bad either. A big minus was definitely that lack of the 30% of Hyaluronic Acid but it worked well on my skin and didn’t cause me any issues.

I wouldn’t purchase it again though. I’d find it a bit of a waste of money-  a good and cheap regular moisturizer can do as well as this cream.

 

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[A’pieu] Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! And many, many apologies for such a long period of absence. I had a few things going on in the past two months that totally knocked me off my feet and I had to work hard to pull myself together. As many of you may know, I lost my only and very close grandmother and my mom was diagnosed with cancer a month after that and had a surgery fairly recently. Please, pray for her. 🙏

Due to the circumstances, I went silent here, on my social media and with skincare, sticking just to the basics. But I finally managed to get back to enjoying skincare and writing about it and so here’s a review after over two-month absence.

I tried this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask fairly recently (well, yesterday) so the review is as comprehensive as I could get it. And, obviously, very honest. I hope you enjoy it.

 

About the sheet mask

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According to the packaging, the sheet mask is designed to provide the skin with hydration, to make it brighter and more translucent. It’s made of Tencel fabric (cellulose) that is meant to adhere to the skin well. The serum the sheet is soaked in (and it’s soaked really generously, with the serum dripping when unfolding the mask) is transparent and watery. The ingredients of the sheet mask’s serum are listed below (matching the ones on the product’s label).

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Arginine, C12-14 Pareth-12, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

 

 

My thoughts

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So, after a short introduction to the product, let’s move into what I think about the sheet mask. First, the appearance. Can I just say how cute and yummy-looking the packaging is? After the first short glimpse at it, it made me want to eat it straight away and, when I finally opened it and smelled that delicious citrusy smell, I suddenly felt like I’m in the middle of the summer, somewhere on the beach, eating an orange fruit salad. Such a reinvigorating and pleasing smell!

The packaging was relatively easy to crack open (on the picture above you can see how clean the tear is- it was really easy to tear it apart) but unfolding wasn’t as much. The sheet was quite thin and so well-soaked in the essence that I had to do it over the sink not to spill anything on the carpet. But the dripping of the serum is always a good sign- it means the sheet mask won’t get dry quickly and you can easily enjoy that 20 or even 30 minutes relax with the mask on.

When I finally put it on the face, it adhered quite well but the cut wasn’t one of the best- my under eye area wasn’t covered at all because the cut was too small. The rest of the face was thoroughly covered with minor creases due to the imperfect cut but that wasn’t too bothersome to me.

I left the A’pieu mask on for 15 minutes. After I removed it, I tapped the remaining serum into my skin. It left a slightly tacky feeling but that too was bearable and I could put on my moisturizer after a few minutes without feeling I’m overwhelming my skin.

Now, let’s go back to the ingredients because this is something I pay close attention to when I use any skincare/beauty product. But particularly skincare products. All of the ingredients of A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask are very safe (according to CosDna), apart from Fragrance which to some people may cause adverse skin reactions. It also contains a silicone (Dimethicone); however, although some people may be allergic to silicones, they don’t tend to cause/worsen acne nor do they seem to clog pores, unlike some popular beliefs claim.

Aside from that, the sheet mask is full of wonderful ingredients. It’s got Betaine (a gentle hydrating ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid derivative that also acts as a potent hydrating ingredient), 9 plant extracts, including Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract and Citrus Junos Fruit Extract (both providing the skin with vitamin C), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (anti-inflammatory properties), Panax Ginseng Root Extract(boosts skin hydration, diminishes rough texture, helps fade uneven skin tone, and help visibly improve wrinkles by working within skin to bolster its natural firmness), Aloe Leaf Extract (soothes the skin) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (potent antioxidant properties). The vitamin C delivered by the first two plant extracts helps to reduce the discolouration and brightens the skin. Additionally, Allantoin and Arginine, both act as great hydrating ingredients while boosting collagen production (Arginine) and increasing skin smoothness (Allantoin).

 

So, what were the results? My skin definitely looked healthier and more hydrated. It was bouncy, smooth and happy. 🙂 However, I didn’t notice any brightening effect or maybe there was one but I’m used to seeing better effects with a more potent vitamin C serum from Purito (the review will be coming soon). I was expecting something more but I guess you can’t get much with just a single use and such a vitamin C concentration. Anyway, I did enjoy this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask not just in terms of the packaging and its aesthetics but also in terms of the hydration and the healthy look it gave me. It’d definitely recommend trying this mask, if you have a chance. Or maybe you already have tried it? Let me know in the comments. 😉

 

 

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