Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Up Spot Review:
When I was in Seoul during the summer, I must have spent all my life savings in Myeongdong on K-beauty products (kidding….or am I?). I decided to venture outside my comfort zone and try some brands that I normally would not have even thought of purchasing. Nature Republic was one of those brands, mainly because they were everywhere and also because the salesperson was handing out sample sheet masks outside the store….I am a major sucker for freebies. I decided to venture outside my comfort zone and try some brands that I normally would not have even thought of purchasing.
One of their bestsellers was the Ginseng Royal Silk range. I bought a few products from that range but the one I started using first was the Wrinkle Up Spot. The saleslady told me that this product was good for removing wrinkles especially under the eyes and smile lines around the mouth. The main ingredient in this product is gold (99%) which promotes blood circulation and has a brightening effect. Perfect for dark circles! This product also contains ginseng for revitalization of the skin, silk compounds for cell regeneration and royal jelly which again, has brightening properties as well as helps to keep the skin firm and supple. “Sold!” – I thought to myself. Give me a tube of that golden ginseng goodness!
Wrinkle removal and whitening effect Restore skin’s density (firmness) and evens out the skin tone Activates regeneration of the skin cells Moisturizing effect Ideal as well for age spots, pigmentation, scars, blemishes and sun spots
Water, Dicaprlyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Methylpropanedol, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Butyrospermum Parki (Shea) Butter, Niacinamide, Silica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stereate, Panthenol, Methyl, Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate (Sotridecyl) Isononanoate, PEG-100 Stearate Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-75 Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Adenosine, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, C12-14 Pareth-12, Trideceth-6, Dextrin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Silk Amino Acids, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Gold (CI77480)
Volume: 6.5ml + 6.5ml (refill)
How to Use:
1. At the bottom of the tube, turn the knob in the direction of the “Open” arrow.
2. To dispense, depress the knob inwards and this will release some of the product from the silicone tip at the top.
3. I apply the cream around my eye area as that is where I am beginning to see some fine lines.
4. Use your ring ringer to gently pat the cream into the delicate area around your eye to promote better absorption.
My Skin type: Oily / Combination: Oily T-zone, Dry U-zone; sensitive skin
Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Up Spot Review:
Let me first talk about the packaging…I hate the design. Maybe I am more bias towards conventional packaging like skincare that come in screw-top tubs, squeezy tubes and pretty bottles. I have also used a lipgloss in a similar pen-like design where you twist the base to release the product. That worked fine too.
What I dislike about this design is the push button at the base which you depress slightly in order to get the cream out of the silicone nozzle at the top. I had a bad experience the first week into using this whereby my palms were slippery / oily from all the serums and creams I applied before getting to the last step in my routine – eyecream.
After using it, I had some difficulty replacing the slim and frictionless cap back on. So, in a moment of what I thought then was inspired genius, I decided to use my dressing table as leverage and stood the tube upright and pressed down (hard!), on the top with my palm. A split second after I did that did I realise what I had done.
Gingerly I opened the cover and lo and behold, it was a huge wasteful mess inside the cap and all over the nozzle. Safe to say I was quite unimpressed, both with myself for not turning the base to “Close” but more so with the design of the product.
In terms of smell, the eyecream is quite a pleasant smell. Reminds me of baby powder for some reason. The cream itself is a milky white with not a single fleck of gold visible to the naked eye. I repeat: Not. A. Single. Fleck. When I looked at their Korean website, the picture showed a whitish cream but with tiny spots of gold in it.
Furthermore, on their Canadian (English) website, it also claims as part of their active ingredients to have “99% gold, red ginseng, golden silk cocoon, royal jelly”. Well, let us just say with all this mention of gold, the reality was far from it.
I suspect it is another one of those cases where you need a magnifying glass to even see a hint of a golden glint.
The texture of this cream was light and quite pleasant on the under eye area. The application goes on smoothly so there is minimal tugging of the delicate skin around that area. It also absorbs rather rapidly into the skin leaving behind no sticky residue so you can apply your eye makeup shortly thereafter.
Nevertheless, I was not too keen on this cream as neither was it particularly moisturizing nor did it remove my fine lines (although I am not sure if there is any such cream out there that will actually do so despite its claims).
It was just OK and there are definitely better ones out there in the market. I personally would prefer a richer eye cream for the night whereas the Wrinkle Up Spot was a bit on the light side.
More importantly, how did it work? Well, my undereye area did not have an adverse reaction to it. Thank goodness. Normally I do a patch test on any new products as I have rather sensitive skin but with this wrinkle cream I kind of forgot.
Maybe I got too excited about the idea of slathering invisible “gold” on my face. Who knows. As for those pesky deep undereye lines…they’re still there. Personally, I did not hold out much hope that this cream would work. There were minimal reviews on this product with the hype mainly focussing on their watery cream and essence from the same range.
I will finish using it of course but will not repurchase. I was using the Laneige Timefreeze eye serum prior to this and Nature Republic’s winkle cream is nothing in comparison in terms of its moisturizing properties. Also, as for price points, the Nature Republic cream costs more than Laneige despite it having less in terms of quantity.
I am still attracted to the concept of Nature Republic as a whole with its utilization of natural ingredients. This product has definitely not put me off the brand. I would still look at their other products and have in fact a shortlist ready to be checked-out on eBay.
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