Korean Beauty Skin Care Review – Part I

I’m not usually one to get sucked into fads, especially when it comes to skin care. But Korean beauty (AKA K-beauty) was always intriguing to me. After all, Korean have some of the best skin I’ve seen!

After a lot of research and reading reviews, I knew what to stay away from and what I should try. So I picked a few Korean beauty skin care products and tested them out. Some I loved, others not so much. Continue reading to find out more. After writing this post, which turned out pretty long as I wanted to go into details so you get a very clear idea of the products, I split it into two parts. I’ll be publishing the second part next week, so stay tuned!


I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food, I’ll try a lot of “weird” things at least once. For example, one of my favorite delicacies are snails. When I heard about the snail slime face cream and all of it’s benefits, I knew I had to try out!

The Mizon all in one snail repair cream claims to be anti-aging and help you with blemishes and acne scaring. As you may know, I suffered from acne in my teen years mostly and as a result I was left with mild scaring on the cheeks. So needless to say, I was very excited to test this cream out. It also promises to leave your skin bouncy, hydrated and radiant.


The cream does feel a tad slimy, nothing too disgusting even though it’s made 92% of snail slime extract. It smelled and looked like any other facial cream. It sank into the skin pretty quickly, without being sticky whatsoever. My face felt well hydrated and bouncy, even after the first application. Unfortunately though, after a few days, it caused my skin to break out. Naturally, I stopped using it immediately. I can’t say I felt my skin tighter or the scars disappear as I only used it for only a week. If you have acne prone skin like me, this product is probably not for you. Instead of helping improving my skin, it caused it to breakout.DSC05821

The next  item is rather new, or at least it is on Sephora.com. The Primary Raw DoYou Azulene gel cream caught my eye because of the packaging. It looks like something you might find in your grandma’s pantry. It’s unique and one to be displayed on your vanity for sure!

DSC05824This gel is for is for normal to oily skin, which is a perfect fit for me. It contains tiny vitamin capsules, that you can actually spot in the jar. These capsules are gonna dissolve once massaged into the skin, giving it a dose of nourishment.

The first thing I noticed once I opened the jar, was the rather “manly” smell! It’s a very nice smell but definitely a tad too strong for my liking, especially to smear it all over my face. Unfortunately, the smell wasn’t the only con. The Primary Raw DoYou Azulene gel doesn’t get absorbed quickly and feels very sticky on the skin. It almost feels like glue! I couldn’t stand that feeling at all, I had to go wash it off just after a few minutes of applying it. Needless to say, I’m not a fan at all of this gel cream and it would be better to skip this one!

Stay tuned for the second part of this k-beauty skincare review next week!

Have you tried any Korean beauty skincare products? Let me know your favorites, I’m always looking to try new stuff!

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  1. July 22, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Seems to be nice products, would like to try korean beauty products 🙂
    have a nice weekend
    XoXo – Vettae
    Simply Vettae | Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  2. Velvet Blush
    July 22, 2016 / 11:58 am

    I haven’t tried any Korean products yet, so these reviews are super helpful so I can see what’s good and what’s not so good 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  3. July 22, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I’ve actually just been using a snail face cream and it is really really great. I was a bit squeamish about the idea of it at first though!

  4. July 22, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    That is such a huge shame that the first broke you out and the other was too sticky for your liking. 🙁 That’s the problem with skincare or beauty products in general, what works for others doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for you.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  5. July 23, 2016 / 2:02 am

    I’ve never tried Korean beauty products but I’ve heard many times of the amazing properties of snail slime. Apparently, snake venom also has many good properties for skin care but I haven’t tried those products either. I started using La Mer soft cream back in February and I love it so I’ll stick to it for now 🙂


  6. July 23, 2016 / 3:06 am

    I have never really tried Korean products but yes,I do agree that they’ve got great skin so the products are certainly worth a try.Nice review

  7. July 23, 2016 / 7:53 am

    I am actually using some Korean skincare in my daily routine now, well on/off as I alternate a lot with other stuff but I do enjoy Korean skincare as there are some really great products out there. I believe that some are a hit and miss too and you just gotta find the ones that works best for your skin type because some can be sticky and break you out like what you went through and then their are others that will do wonders for your skin. Excited to read Part 2. x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  8. July 23, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    That face gel looks very interesting, but sounds a bit odd. I’ve never used such a product on my face.
    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.

  9. July 23, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    I love korean beauty products ! They are pretty awesome.
    Living in S Korea this year, i love trying a lot of different products.
    It’s the only reason which will me miss Korea !
    Never tried theses products but they seem pretty nice ☺

  10. July 23, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Shame the products weren’t right for you, but great you could give them a go! 🙂

    The snail cream sounds to scary for me, I’m surprised it wasn’t sticky while the gel was, complete opposite of what I would have thought!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  11. Siffat Haider
    July 24, 2016 / 2:44 am

    These look like great products. I’m currently using collagen cream from The Face Shop, which is also a Korean brand, and I love it!

  12. July 24, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Korean beauty products are the best! My favorite is Nature Republic’s bee venom cleanser. That snail repair cream sounds great as well!


    Looks by Lau

  13. Zeynab
    July 24, 2016 / 6:38 am

    I am so intrigued by Korean beauty products. I am so glad you reviewed the snail repair cream, I was so close to getting it, and I am really prone to breakouts.

    The Beauty Load

  14. July 24, 2016 / 6:45 am

    Nice review, I like that you kept it honest even if it means that you have to give those products a thumb down. I love K-beauty and heard a lot about this snail cream. Some people swear by it, but I guess it depends on your skin sensitivity.
    Can’t wait for part 02.
    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

  15. July 24, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    These are very interesting Korean beauty products! I love how you described your experience with the snail repair cream. Since it’s my first time to read a review about this kind of cream, your made me want to try it even more. Have a nice day babe! xx


  16. July 25, 2016 / 1:30 am

    Hi love! I’ve been reading so many things about Korean skin care lately. I’m definitely willing to give it a try after reading your post. Thanks!
    Happy new week, xx Frederique
    http://fablefrique.com // FAB le Frique

  17. July 25, 2016 / 3:44 am

    I am also really interested in using K-beauty but too bad these products were not upto the mark.

  18. July 25, 2016 / 5:02 am

    I haven’t tried much Korean beauty, even though there are quite a few places which sell it here. Too bad these didn’t work out!

  19. July 25, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Wow that Soy Milk gel creme is so interesting! I love the packaging. I am all about any regimen that is all about anti-aging. Loved this post since I haven’t seen any of these products but I must admit… I am intrigued! Thanks for sharing babe! x Shannon


  20. Emily
    July 25, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Admittedly, I’ve never tried Korean skincare so I found this blog post really interesting! I really enjoyed hearing what you disliked and liked!

    Musings & More

  21. July 25, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    My sister in law bought me a couple of this skincare products, after reading your review I cannot wait to try it out!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  22. July 26, 2016 / 10:26 am

    These seem so luxurious! I haven’t gotten too far in to Korean skincare yet, mostly because it seems intimidating haha. These sounds lovely though!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  23. July 26, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Korean Beauty is absolutely foreign to me but I can agree that they have some of the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen!! Thanks for sharing!!

  24. July 26, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I haven’t bought any Korean products in awhile, but you sparked a need for it now! I love the packaging of the Primary Raw DoYou Azulene gel cream…I would probably buy it just for that one reason as well lol. Great review on all of these though!

  25. The Fashion Heist
    July 26, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Oh wow! I have never tried k-beauty products but sounds like something I may have to try out 🙂 Thanks for sharing x

    Aicha | The Fashion Heist

  26. July 27, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Definitely want to try Korean beauty products! Will keep this review in mind before I try! Thanks for sharing!


  27. August 6, 2016 / 2:53 am

    awww what a shame the mizon cream broke you out. I was considering that product. Might find an alternative instead
    Kookii || Beauty By Her♥

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