The Essential Crème Fluid
Amorepacific The Essential Crème Fluid has an accurate name, as this fluid cream is an interesting option for those with normal to dry skin who don’t want a thicker cream formula.
Housed in an opaque pump bottle that oozes sleekness (it’s really beautiful) and keeps its delicate ingredients stable in use, the brand promises this can provide instant hydration, and delivers! It slips over skin to hydrate with a silky, near-weightless finish.
AmorePacific has one claim that’s a bit hokey: supposedly, each bottle of The Essential Crème Fluid contains “150 baby green tea leaves handpicked from AmorePacific's green tea gardens”. We hope the green tea is cleaned before being added (presumably this is the case) because adding something right out of the garden isn’t necessarily the most sanitary option.
Regardless of whether the baby tea leaf story is true, this moisturizer contains an impressive amount of green tea extract and oil for robust antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. And the green tea is blended with proven hydrators (glycerin and dimethicone) skin-restoring lecithin, and the replenishing amino acid arginine.
The one misstep is fragrance, because fragranced moisturizers pose a risk of irritating skin. But, in this case, the fragrance is minimal so, while not perfect, poses less of a risk.
- Provides great hydration for dry skin without being too thick or creamy.
- Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Impressive amount of two forms of green tea.
- Contains proven hydrating and replenishing ingredients.
- Fragranced formula poses a slight risk of irritating skin.
Antioxidant nourishment in one simple step. This lightweight formula offers instant hydration of a fluid with the lasting benefits of a rich cream. This soft, milky-type texture created with Neutra-Melting Emulsion Technology™ allows the active components to quickly penetrate into skin and moisturize without stickiness. Each bottle contains 150 baby green tea leaves handpicked from AmorePacific's green tea gardens, while the Micro moisture capsule factor unlocks moisture to keep skin nourished throughout the day.
Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.
Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.
AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about beauty secrets found in nature. Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don't have solid research backing their benefits for skin, but at least they're not hurting it.
Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a superstar ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that cant make good on their anti-aging claims.
Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they're part of your daily skincare routine.
Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That's disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that's a major waste of money.
Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren't justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you'll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.
For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.
Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isnt there, likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn't mean better products or better results!
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