Taking a break from Face Makeup, I want to discuss about this Korean product from Etude House
The lettering on the front of the bottle has been peeling for the past three years now.
Yes, three friggin’ years!
I bought this around 2011 of February and it retailed around Php 728.00. It probably still retails 700+ pesos, though I haven’t been inside an Etude House store for a long while now and haven’t checked their skin care lines. Etude House has a Philippine website that lists their prices; when I bought some eyeshadows from them before on a store in Robinsons Ermita, the price online and on their store matched exactly the same; but that shopping was over a year ago already and their rules might have changed.
When bought, it comes in a glossy, cardboard box with similar designs from the bottle itself. I’ve thrown away the box ages ago, but on one side is the Korean description, ingredients and claims, while on the other is its English counterpart. If only past-me should’ve known I’d be running a blog and posting about this product, maybe I would keep that box…
Here’s the expiration date at the bottom of the bottle.
I had been suspicious since I bought it on 2011 if it was already going bad; it’s a BIG bottle and by 2012, I was like, “Hey, I haven’t finished up at least half of it. Has it gone bad?” The thing about this product is that the fragrance isn’t overpowering; it smells floral and fresh dewy grass, it’s like you’ve had a nice, long warm bath and you can smell it on your skin until it fades in a few hours; it’s that kind of fresh, subtle scent. I tried smelling the product from the open mouth dispenser on this bottle…and there had been no tell-tale pungent odor or anything. By 2013, I was really worried, I had only used half of the product, and there’s still a lot to it!
I don’t pour out the contents to be cautious; I don’t want it unnecessarily tainting the palm of my hand if the product did become bad. Fortunately, I smelled it, it was still the same. Even up to this day, like right now as I am writing this, I am smelling and running the contents of it on my fingers, and the product is at it is since! I do gently stir the bottle in a circular motion because, as the product claims, it is an emulsion so the properties could separate while not in use.
No breakouts from this thing whatsoever!
All rightey, onto the analysis!
On the Etude House Philippine website, they claim that the product will give a “moist and rich textured” facial complexion that has “penetrating moisture and collagen treatment” to improve the skin over time. It comes in a 180 ml bottle–which explains how I can’t finish it in two years time–and is made of a peach-y, orange colored glass bottle.
It’s active ingredients are baobab tree extract and collagen to firm, plump and hydrate the skin.
Further research and investigation, and I am able to find a blogger who has a close-up photo of the box and provide you the ingredients list on it:
Texture and Effectiveness
The liquid that gently flows down this bottle is kind of like a thin milky-yogurt consistency; it’s watery, so I’m always careful when I’m pouring it out of the bottle, but it’s not immediately gushing out of. If it were a pump, I think it could be much more sanitary; however, it’s so thin the pump dispenser must dispense it carefully and similar to a dime-sized amount; otherwise, it’s going to pump and spittle the product elsewhere, or not pump enough at all once you’ve reached the bottom of it.
Trust me, I’ve had this for four years. I put some of the product on a small, empty pump dispenser once, and the pumping was so inaccurate it went flying to my shirt instead. Ain’t gonna happen again!
If it’s going to be repackaged in anyway with the same consistency, it’s going to be a very careful dispenser or probably something revolutionary, as is the case with BB and CC cushions nowadays…
It’s thin texture allows it to absorb on my face in roughly two to three minutes. On day time, during that absorption time, I’m washing my hands again to put on coconut oil to my lips and layer that with a multipurpose salve to keep the coconut oil from slipping. After the product has absorbed, I’ll layer it with Clinique’s Repairwear day cream. At night, the Moistfull Collagen serves as my final step. I’m still on a look out for a good night cream but right now, since I don’t require anything too heavy yet, I’ll stick to this. (I had layered my mom’s night cream over this Moistfull Collagen before, and the results are AH-MAE-ZIIIINNGG!!!! Her night cream is Mosbeau’s all-in-one night cream with collagen as one of its active ingredients. The collagen from both products must’ve worked for my favor. Alas, my mom suspected I was using some of her product, so she stowed it away in secret [the thing is, she doesn’t use it as often as recommended, I’m worried it’ll go bad like the rest of her skin care graveyard that had never even become at least half-empty!] shhhhh)
The strength of this product, to me, is its quick absorption to the skin’s surface; if anyone is in any hurry to get out the door to go work or do their errands, but don’t want to sacrifice their fragile skin, then they have this product to thank for. It’s also lightweight and the fragrance is not strong, so anyone with sensitive olfactory senses will not even notice it. It can also be layered over and under other skin care or makeup products.
Since it’s a lot of product, I also use it for my body. I mix with another body lotion just to add collagen to my skin or layer it on top of a very creamy lotion. After five minutes of the creamy lotion, I slather this on, and I swear, the emulsion was absorbed just as quick. The skin texture is smoother as well. You can layer sun screen before or after this emulsion. Because I use it for my body as well, the bottle’s contents is one-fourth of it now, than how I’m just going to use it for my face, and i will regret not finishing this product before June of 2015!
However, its lightweight, quick absorbing liquid is also its own small con. I feel that it’s not as hydrating and “moistfull” as it claims. Sure, put on two to three layers of it, and you could probably feel it becomes so thick and goopy, it will not absorb as quickly compared with just a dime-sized drop of it. Moistfull Collagen is meant to be layered after other heavier and potent products that its thin, lightweight texture and consistency may not provide so much as, let’s say, a night serum and cream.
If you are going to use it on its own after you have exfoliated, cleansed and toned, and use this to moisturize, you may be disappointed, especially if you have very dry skin. I find that my skin on the chin area, which is my driest part of the face, still flakes even after I’ve used this on its own.
How to Use
The Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion is claimed to work in tandem with its other Moistfull Collagen products.
Here’s an image from Etude House’ Korea on the skin care series:
The Moistfull Collagen I have is renamed in the image as Lotion. In Korea, Lotion and Emulsion are used interchangeably, but the overall consistency of Emulsions are thinner compared to Lotions. From this image, the Moistfull Collagen Emulsion is second to the last step of the skin care layering routine that many Asians, particularly Koreans, do to achieve a healthier, plumper and brighter skin.
Personally, I don’t buy into this layering. I do it, but not using 10 to 15 products all at the same time. It’s good to invest on your care and hygiene, but let’s face it. too many products on your face and body may do more harm than good because all those chemicals–“organic” or not–is going to ruin the natural oils on your face. Let your face heal and only put on what you need.
Whatever skin care steps you have, it may not hurt to add this as a last or second-to-last step if you have a day or night cream. Also, you don’t have to buy the rest of the series if you already have a similar product that’s already working a lot for your skin.
Overall Thoughts and Recommendations:
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion is a good skin care product that is perfect for those who layer a lot of skin care products or when they prefer it as a lightweight facial moisturizer that’s good for hasty days. The packaging may not be travel-friendly as it’s inside a 180 ml glass bottle and with an open mouth dispenser, it may be deemed unsanitary; it’s also not going to finish within a year or so if solely used for the face. I have resorted to using this as a lightweight body lotion as well and it’s great; it can still be layered with other body products such moisturizing lotions and sun screen. Drier skin users may find this not as hydrating and “moistfull”, although it can work in tandem with other potent and hydrating skin care products. Do read its expiration date; coming from my experience, make sure to smell and test the product. If you’re not ready to commit to a full on, BIG bottle of this, perhaps your store of Etude House or online sellers may provide samples instead (I should’ve done that, but alas I was too naive and ignorant about it back then.).
I hope this review is helpful to anyone.