Moisture Bound Vitalizing Creme
1.7 fl. oz. for $150
Last Updated:11.19.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Why this moisturizer is considerably more expensive than any others AmorePacific sells is a mystery because the main ingredients are the same plant extracts that are the main ingredients in their less expensive moisturizers. Of course, with this line “less expensive” is a relative term, but still, talk about marketing hubris!

The bamboo juice (the company refers to it as sap, but sap would feel terrible on skin) and other plant extracts do not have an intense hydrating effect on skin, nor can they make skin age resistant (what we think of as aging on the skin is really about sun damage anyway). What can have an effect on skin’s hydration are the common emollients and skin-identical ingredients present in this moisturizer, but we guess AmorePacific figured that highlighting those wouldn’t make this product seem so special, so that honor went to bamboo and red ginseng. All of the interesting ingredients would have earned this product a Good rating except that the jar packaging won’t keep any of these air-sensitive ingredients stable once the product is opened. That’s a shame because the formula contains some wonderful ingredients for dry skin and it has a lush, creamy texture that speaks to the elegance lines like this strive for.


A luxurious, mineral-rich emollient that harnesses the power of bamboo sap, a blend of Asian botanicals, and red ginseng to nourish and intensively hydrate skin. The skin's protective barrier is immediately restored, promoting strong resiliency and optimal moisture balance, so skin is prepared to withstand environmental aggressors. The appearance of fine lines is minimized and skin becomes comfortable, age-resistant, soft, supple, and luminescent.


Phyllostachys Bambusoides Juice, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Lauryl Esters, Jojoba Esters, Beta-Glucan, Hydrogenated Olyisobutene, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trehalose, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginsengsaponins, Kaempferol, Sorbitol, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, C12-16 Alcohols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysilicone-11, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethiconol, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Arachidyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Phenyl Methicone, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arachidyl Glucoside, Triethanolamine, PEG-15 Pentaerythrityl Tetra (Laureth-6 Carboxylate), Biosaccharide Gum-1, Betaine, PPEG-5-Laureth-5, Papain, Sodium PCA, PEG-75, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, 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!

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