Laneige Pore Care Trial Kit Review
Laneige is a Korean brand “inspired by the beauty and purity of snow.” Their Hydrating Gel cream was the first prestige skincare product I ever purchased, and it started my downward spiral into skincare addiction ;) When I saw that there was a trial kit that would not only contain my holy grail Hydrating Gel, but 4 other fun things to try, I snapped it up!
What’s in this trial set?
This kit comes in a little baggie with a roll of stickers. (That’s right, stickers! How millennial!)
- Mini Pore Waterclay Mask (15 mL)
- Water Bank Hydrating Gel (10 mL)
- Mini Pore Blur Perfector (10 mL)
- Multi Cleanser (30 mL)
- Essential Power Skin Toner for Combination to Oily Skin (50 mL)
Mini Pore Waterclay Mask
Sea silt, white clay, mint. This mask is the lightest clay mask with the smoothest finish. It’s like going to the beach and playing in the silkiest sand, then emerging from the mud like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. This is probably my favorite clay mask of all time because it leaves my skin feeling really smooth and refreshed for the entirety of the next day. A little goes a long way - I’ve used it once a week for the last month. When this little jar runs out, I will repurchase.
Water Bank Hydrating Gel
Ceramide 3, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid. I’m cheating a bit because I finished a full size of this before even getting the trial kit. The full size took about 6 months of daily use to finish and is not part of the trial kit. The trial kit comes with a mini. I love the way the gel texture absorbs, and it is perfect for my combination skin. Will repurchase (and already have).
Mini Pore Blur Perfector
Mint water, silica. This is a mattifying finisher that goes on after make-up - think of it like a water-based setting powder. It controls the shine from my oily t-zone, and I do like how light the product feels. However, it isn’t amazing enough that I would buy this for $32 in full. My Innisfree setting powder achieves the same results for $9. It’s OK, but would not repurchase for myself.
Essential Power Skin Toner
Quinoa seed, niacinamide. This is mostly alcohol and fragrance. I could probably re-purpose this into a perfume. It is not hydrating at all, and I feel like I’m doing a disservice to my skin by even putting it on. Would not recommend.
Stearic acid, matcha extract, papaya. This is a foaming cleanser that is also heavily fragranced. My face felt dry and tight after using. I was surprised since I use foaming cleansers every day (mainly the CeraVe one). Would not recommend.
This set is available for $25 at Sephora in the US. That’s about $5/deluxe sample size.
2 holy grails, 1 shrug, and 2 fails. I love the Waterclay Mask so much that I am happy that I stumbled upon this kit. While Laneige has other trial kits available, in lieu of buying another one, I think I would rather invest in buying a full-size of a favorite.