Remember Laneíge’s Newly Revitalized Water Bank Series I spoke about here? I have finally gathered my thoughts about the Essential Care Trial Set and in this post, I shall talk through each of the 6 products included in the set. I put aside my usual skincare routine (can be found here) and have been using mainly items from this set for approximately 6 weeks.
LANEÍGE Multi Cleanser [For all skin types] 30ml
Mild and thorough cleansing for clear and bright skin
This is a new 4-in-1 cleanser which removes makeup, sunscreen, exfoliates and cleansers at once. It also contains micro-sized dense foam leaving skin feeling clean and fresh. A mild plant-based cleansing ingredients and Papain exfoliating enzymes extracted from papaya fruit, gently exfoliate skin for smoother appearance.
More about the LANEÍGE Multi Cleanser here.
I really like the smell of this Multi Cleanser, it’s very pleasant and calming. A little goes a long way, just like the Pore Deep Clearing Foam (reviewed here) I have tried previously. Does all Laneíge cleansers smell so good and foams up so easily? Because this cleanser contains exfoliating enzymes, I could feel the micro-sized beads while foaming the cleanser with both palms but it doesn’t feel like a facial scrub. The micro-sized beads kind of dissolves upon contact with more water and rubbing. After washing, my face feels extremely clean and supple – no tightness nor dryness.
Although this is a 4-in-1 cleanser which removes makeup, I feel more comfortable using my regular makeup removers prior to washing my face with this cleanser.
LANEÍGE Power Essential Skin Refiner_Moisture [For dry to normal skin types] 50ml
Moisturizing skin refiner with purifying and softening effect for clear skin
The skin refiner removes dried keratin and purifies the skin to achieve a clear and transparent complexion. Bio Dusali, extracted from fermented seaweed has a strong energy of life which supplies energy to the skin and promote keratin turnover. Exfoliating enzymes gently remove the dead skin cells with less irritation. Skin-nourishing royal jelly extracts and sugar cane extracts refine dry and rough skin for moist and healthy looking skin.
More about the LANEÍGE Power Essential Skin Refiner_Moisture here.
Applying the Power Essential Skin Refiner_Moisture is the second step, after cleansing. I usually pour a generous amount onto a cotton pad and gently pat on my face and neck. I allow about 3-5 minutes for the product to penetrate into my skin before moving on to the next step. This skin refiner is very light and watery – it calms and soothes my skin very well (I am quite sensitive to toners, some tickles, leaving my skin red).
LANEÍGE Balancing Emulsion_Moisture [For dry to normal skin types] 50ml
Moisturizing emulsion with purifying and hydro balancing care for soft and clear skin
This emulsion balances oil and moisture for dry and rough skin to keep skin supple and transparent. It also contains Jojoba oil which is similar to the moisture barrier of the skin and royal jelly, rich in nutrition, effectively moisturizes dry skin.
More about the LANEÍGE Balancing Emulsion_Moisture here.
Next, I apply a thin layer of Balancing Emulsion_Moisture. Again, it’s very lightweight, smells great and blends easily. My only complaint about this is – the packaging. It would have been a lot easier if it comes with a pump. During the day, I stop my regime at this stage. I move straight to applying my sun screen, primer, foundation etc. because I prefer a simple routine in the morning due to time constraints.
LANEÍGE Water Bank Essence [For all skin types] 30ml
Long-lasting moisture essence for smooth and clear skin texture
This essence features a 24-hour long-lasting moisture power that contains mineral water for skin regeneration and Water Pump System for moisture circulation to safeguard skin moisture and hold it in to leave the skin moisturized and smooth. It instantly dampens the skin with ample moisture and forms a natural moisture barrier on skin surface to protect the moisture that is in the skin. This essence also contains chestnut extracts and seaweed extracts to enhance keratin turnover to fight roughness and energizes the skin for a smooth and healthy texture.
More about the LANEÍGE Water Bank Essence here.
The Water Bank Essence is a hydration booster for my skin after a long day, especially with makeup on. It comes with a pump and I use it after the Balancing Emulsion_Moisture at night. The texture is very smooth, light and airy – I also allow approximately 3-5 minutes for my skin to absorb the product before moving onto applying the next product.
LANEÍGE Water Bank Moisture Cream [For dry to normal skin types] 20ml
A moisturizing and hydrating cream for soft and plump skin
This moisture cream also features a 24-hour long-lasting moisture power (like the essence) with a strong hydrating effect and a rich texture to refine a rough skin into a smooth and shiny skin. It contains grape seed oil and mango seed oil with anti-oxidant and soothing properties to emulsify the skin and supply nutrition and energy.
More about the LANEÍGE Water Bank Moisture Cream here.
Last step of my night routine is applying the Water Bank Moisture Cream. This product is thicker and denser as compared to those mentioned above. It’s firm and spreads like butter. I use a spatula or a cotton bud to pick up product from the tub, warm it up with my palms and gently press the product onto my face. Only a tiny amount of product is needed and because I sleep in an air-conditioned room, it’s very important to keep skin well hydrated.
LANEÍGE Water Bank Sleeping Pack_EX [For all skin types] 20ml
An overnight mask pack with light gel-type texture gives intensive hydration, vitality and brightening effect while restoring skin with deep relaxation through aroma scent
Because during the night, our skin transmissivity shows higher rate than that during the day, applying the sleeping mask just before going to bed is the best state for skin transmission according to the skin circulation rhythm. It maximizes the efficiency of overnight water supply. An anti-oxidant effect of Hunza Apricot extracts brings crystal clear and even skin tone by removing harmful oxygen and by purifying the skin. Recoverine from Chestnuts promotes turnovers of horny layers to remove dead cells for vigorous water supply and sleep skin texture.
The sleeping mask also contains an aromatic essence compound exclusively developed by AMORE-PACIFIC, Sleepscent™ which helps to relax your mind and body to promote good sleep. A good sleep with sufficient relaxation eventually strengthens skin revitalization. Essential oils from Orange Flower, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Sandal Wood etc. are contained in the Sleepscent™. The light gel-type texture allows comfortable sleep without stickiness.
More about the LANEÍGE Water Bank Sleeping Pack_EX here.
I apply the Water Bank Sleeping Pack_EX once a week or whenever I feel that my skin needs an extra boost. So far, the maximum amount of times I have used this product is twice a week and that was the first two weeks I returned from Sydney. Traveling and the change of humidity can cause dryness to the skin and it’s crucial to inject moisture back into the skin. I only apply a very small amount each time, it’s light gel-like texture feels comfortable and weightless. And I really like the scent.
I am less than half way through the Essential Care Trial Set and I think it will last for another month or two. Usually, cleanser is the first item to run out for me, followed by toner.
Overall, this set of skincare served me well. I like the scent of all the products and after the second week, I noticed my skin has become more supple and luminous – my boyfriend actually commented about my skin looking more radiant too.
I feel that this set if worth checking out if you are interested in exploring this skincare line, particularly the Water Bank Series. This set is also perfect for you if you are looking into switching skincare brands because the size of these products allows you a long enough period of time to see if it works. And if it doesn’t, it wouldn’t have been a waste as they aren’t such a huge commitment. This set is ideal for traveling too. They are great basic essentials.
I also like how light and weightless all the products feel on my skin, even after layering them.
Thank you for reading and I hope this post helped.
The Laneíge Essential Care Trial Set is available for sale at all Laneíge counters islandwide and it retails for S$39.