Laneige - Water bank Essence 60mll (Made in Korea)
http://us.laneige.com/en/home.html

Description of the Product:
Long-lasting moisture essence for all day long
Twice stronger 24-hour moisturization keeps skin from dryness and dullness and ample moisture from Natural Moisturizing Factors smoothes and energizes rough skin.
Mineral Water in Water Bank regenerates the skin and fills inside the skin with ample moisture.

Direction to Use:
After using the emulsion, release about a hazelnut-sized amount.
Gently spread from the center of the face towards the contours.
Cover the entire face with both hands to enhance penetration.

Effectiveness:
* A 24-hour long-lasting moisture essence 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.
* 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.
* Contains chestnut extracts and seaweed extracts to enhance keratin turnover to fight roughness and energizes the skin for a smooth and healthy texture.

 

Ingredients:  (From USA – Target)

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Beta-Glucan, Magnesium Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cocamide MIPA, Zinc Sulfate, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Glyceryl Oleate, Dimethiconol, Lysine HCl, Mannitol, Betaine, Behenyl Alcohol, Sucrose, Stearyl, Behenate, Citrulline, Alanine, Arginine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Calcium Citrate, Serine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Histidine HCl, Threonine, Trehalose, Phenyltrimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Poly Silicone-11, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, PCA, PCA Dimethicone, PEG-15 Pentaerythrityl Tetra (Laureth-6 Carboxylate), PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.

Ingredients: (From Korea)

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethyhexanoate, Squalane, Glycereth-26, Cyclopentasiloxane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Water (Himalaya Snow Water), Beta-Glucan, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Cyclomethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Dimethicone, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonum Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Carbomer, Honey Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rhododenron Arboreum Flower Extract, Fragrance, Phenyl Trimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta, Pca, Serine, Sucrose, Mannitol, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Arginne, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Polyglyceryl-8 Stearate, Peg-15 Pentaerythrityl Tetra (Laureth-6 Carboxy-Late), Histidine Hcl, Glylogen, Citrulline, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Soy Sterol Acetate, Yeast Extract, Threonine, Glutamic Acid, Alanine, Lysine Hcl, Stearyl Behenate, Magnesium Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Anona Squamosa Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Inulin Lauryl Carbomate, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Magnesium Aspartate, Atelocollagen, Copper Gluconate.

Nokie’s Rating: 3/5 stars
$$$ (60 ml $35.00 @ target.com/ $44.94 @ cosmetic-love.com)

Nokie’s Review:
(I am reviewing the product I purchased from Korea)

I originally purchased the Essence for my skin hydration. I have been using it over a year and finished 2 bottles. The product comes in a blue glass bottle with a pump. It is not ideal to travel with it since it is heavy. The essence is sheer white and gel like texture. It easily absorbs onto the skin and goes on smoothly. I would use the essence after my moisturizing toner. During the summer, this would be my last step as I have combination skin type. However, during winter time, I would need to add an extra moisturizer to keep my skin from flaking.

I do like the concept of the water bank line, having skin care products that hydrate the skin with water. However, all of the products contain fragrance which sometimes breaks me out. I don’t think I will continue the product as I started reading the ingredients and realized it contains parabens. I don’t mind a little here or there with mask products but I do mind, using toxic ingredients 2 times a day and 7 days a week compared to a masks which once a week or even less.

After using the product for a year, I didn’t feel my skin got any better. Actually it felt drier and flakier which disappointed me a bit. In the beginning, the product works well but perhaps my skin got used to it and maybe I needed to change it up once in a while? If I do try this product again, I’ll buy the USA – Target version as it does not carry parabens.
Korean version is called Water bank “Essence” while the USA version is called Water bank “Serum”.  However, I did noticed that in Korea, they are selling Water bank “Essence _EX” Which means, it’s an upgraded version of the Essence.

Pros:
Beautiful blue bottle
Comes with a pump
Light weight texture
Smooth on the face

Cons:
Mid-high end
Contain parabens
Phenoxyethanol (can cause irritation)
Strong smell
Fragranced
Can cause breakouts for sensitive skin

Bottom Line:This product can be expensive for an essence/serums. I do like the fact that it does help my skin hydrate but unfortunately it didn’t last long.  It did cause me to break out once in a while and made my skin flaky. Depending on where the product was purchase, the ingredient can contain parabens. This product is decent but the performance was just OK and didn’t do much for me. At the moment, I am will not repurchase this essence/serum there are other options without any parabens/toxic ingredients.