This toner, which comes in one of the smallest containers we've seen for this type of product, is based around a bamboo plant extract and ginseng root. There is no research showing that the bamboo juice in this toner has any benefit for skin. Ginseng does have some research showing it can have anti-tumor and antioxidant activity when eaten, but whether or not there are any benefits when applied topically to skin is unknown. What follows these two plant extracts is a confusing blend of helpful and potentially irritating ingredients, although the helpful ingredients do outnumber the problematic ones; for this amount of money, however, you shouldn’t tolerate any shortcomings. Although far from the best toner around and vastly overpriced, this is an OK option for normal to dry skin.
A pure botanical moisturizing mist that provides an instant and lasting boost of refreshment for any skin-type, anytime, anywhere. Give your complexion a dose of botanical moisture with this best-selling, on-the-go, rejuvenating solution for ongoing radiance whether you are at home, on a plane, or in the great outdoors.
Phyllostachys Bambusoides Juice, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycerin, Betaine, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Kaempferol, Sodium Pca, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol, Serine, Glycine, Ethyl Hexanediol, Glutamic Acid, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Lysine, Arginine, Alanine, Threonine, Proline, Dimethicone, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, PEG-75, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, BHT, Triethanolamine, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Fragrance
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 can’t 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 isn’t 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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