02.22.2013
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Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel Oil Free
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $100
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.22.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This lightweight moisturizer has a formula that doesn’t justify the expense. It contains the same selection of plant extracts as AmorePacific’s other moisturizers, even though the company describes this option as “unique.” This product cannot make skin age resistant because it doesn’t contain anything of substance for aging skin; it doesn’t even contain the most essential anti-wrinkle element—a sunscreen. This has a silky texture, but the main ingredient (bamboo juice) offers no special benefit for skin. Although it does contain an impressive range of water-binding agents and a cell-communicating ingredient, alcohol precedes most of them on the list, which isn’t good news because alcohol causes skin damage; it isn’t beneficial in any way. Even if that weren’t the case, the potentially positive ingredients will lose what little potency they have due to the jar packaging, which allows air in and causes the plant extracts to deteriorate, which further diminishes the quality of this moisturizer.

Claims

A lightweight, refreshing hydrator that harnesses the power of bamboo sap and red ginseng to revitalize normal-to-oily skin. This unique moisturizer bolsters the skin's defenses against environmental aggressors, promoting resiliency. The appearance of fine lines is minimized and skin becomes age-resistant, comfortable, supple, and luminescent.

Ingredients

Phyllostachys Bambusoides Juice, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Xylitylglucoside, Alcohol, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Trehalose, Serine, Glycine, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Kaempferol, Glutamic Acid, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Threonine, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Anhydroxylitol, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sucrose Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polysilicone-11, Xylitol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, PPG-5-Laureth-5, Betaine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium PCA, Hydrated Silica, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Aluminum Hydroxide, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Proline, Zinc Gluconate, BHT, Magnesium Aspartate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Blue 1, Fragrance

Brand Overview

AmorePacific At-A-Glance

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!

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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