Glowy Makeup Serum
Laneige’s Glowy Makeup Serum is billed as a multifunctional serum, and while it doesn’t quite live up to every one of its claims, it’s still worth your consideration.
Housed in an opaque bottle with a dropper dispenser, this has a classically “serum” texture that spreads easily and absorbs quickly. It’s lightweight, has a non-sticky feel, and works well both over and under other skin care products, making it a good texture for all skin types.
As claimed, it does give skin a slight “glow” (hydrated skin generally looks more glowy), but it’s not at all shiny, despite the diamond powder the formula contains. One note: Laneige claims that this controls oil, and while the initial finish is somewhat matte, if you have very oily skin you will likely see some shine develop throughout the day, as there aren’t many oil-absorbing ingredients included here.
Skin is treated to hydrating sugars, non-fragrant, antioxidant plant extracts (including Chinaberry, aloe, and eggplant) a ceramide, and barrier-repairing amino acids. Unfortunately, they’re towards the bottom of the ingredient list. They’re still worthwhile additions – just know that this doesn’t rank among the most robust serums we’ve seen.
As for the claim that this enhances makeup application, it does – but no more so than any other good serum or moisturizer. Laneige make claims that this extends the wear of makeup, which we found it didn’t, but it does provide a smooth canvas for makeup application. But as we mentioned, there are lots of other products that can do the same. With that in mind, this is still a product worth considering!
- Lightweight serum texture works for all skin types.
- Imparts a hydrated glow to skin.
- Contains hydrating, antioxidant, and skin-repairing ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Serum formula would be more impressive with a greater amount of beneficial ingredients.
- Isn’t any more effective as a makeup primer than any other moisturizer or serum.
Get your glow on with a lightweight, hydrating serum that keeps oil in check for visibly smoother skin and long-lasting makeup wear. The hydrating formula delivers and locks in moisture while maintaining oil levels. Diamond mineral powder creates a healthy, reflective glow, while Light Fit Prep Technology comfortably adheres to skin for extended makeup wear. Use with or without makeup for a hydrated glow.
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.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.