Cream Skin Mist
Laneige’s Cream Skin Mist is a good moisturizing spray for normal to dry skin – we just wish it had a couple more beneficial ingredients to really take it over the top!
Housed in a frosted bottle with a pump dispenser, this spray comes out as a fine mist… for the most part. We say “for the most part” because while much of the liquid comes out fine, there are one or two larger droplets that spray out, which is something to keep in mind especially if you plan on using this over makeup.
This moisturizing mist is ideal for normal to dry skin since it leaves skin with a slightly dewy, plumped look. It absorbs quickly without feeling sticky. It’s also fragrance free.
Ingredient-wise, this has moisturizing glycerin as well as lightweight meadowfoam seed oil, plus a little bit of green tea and vitamin E – but that’s about it. If this were a basic moisturizing mist, that would be fine, but Laneige claims that this has the ability to provide moisture for 12 hours. For something like that, we’d like to see a bit more robust formula that includes more proven skin-conditioning and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or panthenol.
Still, this is a good option that avoids the pitfalls of fragrance or irritants that many other moisturizing mists contain.
- Mist feels refreshing and hydrating on normal to dry skin.
- Includes moisturizing glycerin and meadowfoam seed oil + antioxidants.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional hydrating ingredients.
- Frosted packaging means this needs to be stored out of natural light.
Deep hydration mist for 12 hour-lasting moisturizing through fine particles sprayed in a circular form, like angel ring.
Strengths: SPF-rated products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; utilization of some intriguing melanin-inhibiting ingredients.
Weaknesses: Highly fragranced formulas put skin at risk of irritation; use of see-through bottles and jar packaging weakens the potency of the beneficial ingredients; claims for mineral water dont stand up to the research; despite a higher-than-average drugstore price point, Laneige products arent superior to their competitors.
Laneige is a South Korean brand owned by high-end cosmetics company, AmorePacific. Launched in 1994, the story behind this brand centers around mineral waterwhich they tend to label Optimal Mineral Waterharvested from the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. They allegedly spent 20 years perfecting its scientifically engineered properties for skin and, according to Laneige, this superior water is the secret to hydrating, protecting, and revitalizing skin.
Heres what we really know: All water thats included in cosmetics, regardless of the source, must go through a rigorous purification process, and there isnt any research showing that water from any one source is better for skin than water from any other source. More to the point, repairing and hydrating skin is not as simple as adding water. Even Laneiges highly touted mineral water wont retain moisture in skin unless the outer barrier is reinforced with ingredients like antioxidants, emollients, and skin-repairing ingredientsall of which are required or the water just evaporates. So, does Laneige deliver in that regard? Yes and no.
The problem is that their products tend to include beneficial ingredients right alongside potentially irritating ingredients (including fragrance), which detracts from what the good ingredients would otherwise be able to do for skin. In some cases, the jar or clear bottle packaging further impedes the potency and stability of the formula because many of the superstar ingredients break down in the presence of air and/or light.
As far as Laneige makeup goes, at the time of this review they sell only a BB cream in the United States, but it is also plagued by the inclusion of potentially irritating ingredients.
In the end, despite their highly touted Korean brand prestige and steeper-than-average mass-market price point (the line is sold at Target stores in the United States), Laneige ends up being more about marketing fluff than whats actually good for skin. Beyond the mineral water, Laneige products would have merit for their anti-aging prowess, but their inclusion of potential irritants and the use of packaging that compromises the stability of the beneficial ingredients renders the products generally unworthy of consideration.
For more information about Laneige, visit www.us.laneige.com.
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