[Review] Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel

Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel Review:

I have witnessed how awesome Asian skincare products can get especially with consistency so I am truly committed with routines this time –they aren’t especially long but I feel that my 4 to 6 steps at night has improved my skin’s overall condition.

This thought made me consider to invest more on my skincare so I thought of stepping up my brand a bit and see if my skin would get better results. I have no complaints with the current brands that I am using, most of them are well performing, but it would be nice to get something that gives you the Hey-I’m-talking-business vibe. One of the brands that I have been eyeing is Sulwhasoo –specifically, the Snowise line. Of course, I didn’t go mad and cart them like crazy! Luckily, there are a lot of online sellers who sell deluxe sized of these, but really? It’s kind of nuts to get them at high price point considering these were just testers/GWP but whatever.  Since exfoliating is my favorite part of routine, I tested Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel first.


Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel claims to purify the skin by gently lifting aged skin cell for a more radiant and clear skin. It said to be formulated with fine powders of White Ginseng and Walnut’s skin that in gel formula, removes excess sebum from skin, leaving it clear and smooth; it also contains Honey and Beta Glucan extract which absorbs excess sebum, adding a refreshing feel to the skin, and at the same time controls moisture balance, keeping it hydrated and firm and free from tightness and dryness after washing.


Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Propanediol, Peg/ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Alcohol, Panax Ginseng Root Powder, Peg-15 Glyceryl Isostearate, Pvp, Butylene Glycol, Broussonetia Kazinoki Root Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Oldenlandia Diffusa Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Hydrolyzed White Ginseng Saponins), Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Beta-glucan, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2-hexanediol, Methoxy Peg-114/polyepsilon Caprolactone, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel Review

Volume: 15ml / 100ml

How to use:


  • After cleansing your skin, apply the product to your face when it is still damp and lightly massage it into your skin for 2-3 minutes.
  • This helps the nutrients absorb into the skin and stimulates circulation.
  • Recommended usage is once or twice a week.


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My Skin Type: Combination, Acne-Prone, Occasionally Dull and Sensitive

Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel Review:

Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel comes in a white, no fuzz squeeze type of tube –I believe the full and deluxe sized tube is pretty much identical. I actually like this size because it is also perfect to pack for when you are traveling!

The scent of this gel is of ginseng/medicinal that is quite powerful but I am not surprised because I know that Sulwhasoo is notorious to its hanbang scents. Even if the scent is a bit strong, I wasn’t really turned off because it gets relaxing after a few sniffs –this one is even mildly scented if I compare it with the cream from the same brand that I have tried before!

Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel Review

Since it is in gel form, the consistency is a bit gooey but can be easily spread nonetheless. The gel is golden which is quite similar to honey if not for the specks of raw extracts. You can see in the swatch that this one’s got super fine beads, a lot finer than Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off.

Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel Review

Truth be told, I can barely feel the exfoliants in the gel because they were so fine and gentle on the skin. It naturally follows that I am getting a bit skeptic as I was working it on my face but after rinsing, I couldn’t believe how smooth my face was! I kept touching my face because it was really really soft and super smooth! I wasn’t wowed by its brightening effects but I am at awe on how it improved my skin’s texture.

I’m not sure how efficient it is in terms of exfoliating because it is way too gentle for a physical exfoliator but I believe it is working because my face feels clean and heaven smooth! This definitely tramps my rice wash off mask in this aspect, no doubt!

It is also worth mentioning that Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel may be a little steep compared to other exfoliating gel out there but I believe this would last long because a little goes a long way! I am so used to applying wash off mask directly to my dry face but I find this gel easier to work with if I apply it on a damp face. I also love how it doesn’t leave my face dry after use; my face feels nice and plump after rinsing like I applied a very good moisturizer sans grease –which may be due to honey.

Overall, I find Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Gel an amazing product! It may not be the best in terms of brightening but it is exemplary in improving skin’s texture. In addition, it is very gentle on the skin –I didn’t experience any stinging, itchiness or redness when I used this product so this may also work even for people with sensitive skin.

I highly recommend this product to everyone –if you are worried on spending money on something that you might not like, then, I suggest getting samples to test how it would fare on you first just like what I did.

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