I was lucky enough to receive the laneige water bank to test upon when I order at sephora. The sample I received inside in a goodies bag include a few samples.
What was this product supposed to do?
The Water Bank Gel Cream retains most things that are uniquely Laneige like quinoa seed extract, mineral components, sodium hyaluronate, meadowfoam seed oil, and so on. Major revolution is the technology part, which is not really reflected in the ingredients list. I like Laneige Water Bank series due to the rich mineral components inside. For some reasons, they tend to plump up and hydrate my skin a lot better than non-mineral skincare.
Laneige’s claim that the olive squalene would “reinforce the lipid barrier in the epidermis” is hard to prove outside of a lab, though my skin’s slightly increased plumpness is evident of the gel cream moisturizing power at work in one way or another. My skin had already mostly recovered from being dehydrated-oily in the past, too, so I really can’t attest to that claim being true. As for “non-comedogenic,” while it’s an unreliable term in the skincare industry, I can attest to the Water Bank Gel Cream thin gel texture and, hey, no extra grease or acne for me. Everyone is different, though.
At first glance the container itself is a soothing blue that pretty much screams hydration based on looks alone. The cream is very lightweight, and is scented. It smells really good to me – I suppose it would depend on who was using it if they liked that it was scented or not, but I thought it had a great scent!
I know this is important for some folks. The scent is pleasant with floral notes, comparable to “shower-fresh” and “powder-fresh” fragrances. For me personally, it reminds me of something I’ve smelled before, but can’t quite remember…! The scent disappears after a few minutes. I might not recommend this for those whose nosy-wosies are sensitive to fragrances in general, but for everyone else, it’s perfectly fine. The scent adds a luxurious feeling to the end of my PM routine.
I like that Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream is doesn’t leave an oily finish on the skin. It has a nice creamy texture without any hint of the heaviness or oiliness that petrolatum-based moisturizers like CeraVe moisturizing cream has. The texture is actually quite nice, and soaks into the skin nicely, and leaves my skin feeling plumper and smoother.
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Dimethicone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sucrose Polystearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Urea, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Tribehenin, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
– Hydro Ionized Mineral Water. Infuses six moisturizing minerals to deeply hydrate and circulate essential moisture while improving moisture retention.
– Quinoa Extract. Widely known to be rich in vitamins A, C, and E, quinoa extract nourishes and hydrates skin.
– Olive Squalane. Micro-sized botanical oil particles absorb quickly into skin to strengthen the moisture barrier, helping to lock in moisture.
– Tillandsia Extract. Rich in betaine, which helps to draw and retain moisture, Tillandsia extract replenishes moisture.
With my dry/dehydrated skin type and with the environment I lived in a humid weather, I decided to use this after the ordinary 100% plant derived squalane and as moisturizing step in my PM routine because of its silicone ingredients and, well, it says “Gel Cream” on it. The product is somewhat thin and quite light; it goes on like a smooth criminal. It’s like patting a silky, liquefied cloud-pudding onto your face. Heavenly! On a humid evening, it feels a little sticky at first. Give it a few minutes to sink in, and it’ll be fine. As an occlusive moisturizer, it is certainly lightweight. It does its job helping my previous essence and serum sink into my skin. It certainly wasn’t suffocating with lots of silicone.
After about a months of PM use, my face felt a bit plumper and more hydrated than usual when I woke up. As usual, though, I had greasy skin when I woke up. I should probably address that, but I’ll do it sometime in the future… While it didn’t make me greasier than usual after my AM routine, it didn’t seem to help “[control] excessive sebum” either, like Laneige claims. I still needed to use blotting paper midday. I prefer using this in the PM, or as part of a shorter AM routine (i.e. just the Gel Cream). Although it might be better when the humidity eases up!
I am sincerely impressed by the reformulation. I tried a trial sample of the older formula before, which I thought was quite greasy. But this reformulation is totally different! It feels airy and lightweight enough. Most importantly, it is so hydrating for my skin that my skin stays oil-free (it only gets oily when my body isn’t feeling well or my skin is too dehydrated) and supple for a few hours!
For me personally, it provides excellent moisture without adding greasiness or heaviness at all, like the description claims, but it also doesn’t help much in controlling oiliness. This is mostly a “nighttime” product – it’s very moisturizing, but can also leave me looking kind of shiny, which I don’t necessarily want during the day. With that said it doesn’t break me out or anything like that, and is absolutely fabulous as a hydrating night cream.
Based on 1 months of use, I can say that the Laneige Water Bank line does provide moisture and hydration. It’s perfect for summer because the products don’t feel heavy or sticky. If you are like me, and your skin suffers from substantial dryness and redness caused by irritation from the heat, humidity or air-con then these products are sure to work wonders for you.
Have tried Laneige water bank series??!! What’s your experience with laneige?? Please leave a comment if you have something to ask or share your experience. Thank you.