Earlier this month Sephora offered a free AmorePacific Deluxe Sample set for VIBs. Normally, I wouldn’t be interested in trying new skincare products because I have super sensitive skin and everything irritates it. But this offer came at just the right time. I had noticed that over the past two months my current skincare routine just wasn’t cutting it anymore. My skin had been looking more and more dry, dull and tired. Yuck, right? I am pretty sure it is my age finally starting to catch up to me. I mean, I am not in my 20s or even early 30s anymore and I am so sleep deprived since the baby is back to getting up 1-2x per night (ugh, so painful). Also, I was almost out of my current face cream and I needed conditioner so I thought, why not give it a try?
I did exactly zero research on the line so when it came I really didn’t know what to expect once it arrived. The set included the following:
- Treatment Cleansing Foam (0.5 fl.oz.) – The package says this is a “Refreshing, water-activated cleanser to gently and effectively remove both makeup and impurities in one step.” This cleanser has a nice fresh smell, was super rich and lathered really well. A little goes a long way. I noticed that it has some type of beads in it that burst when you are lathering it on your face. It rinsed off well and left my dry skin feeling clean, refreshed and not tight or irritated.
- Future Response Age Defense Creme (0.27 fl.oz.) – “Hand cultivated Green Tea and Matsutake Mushroom along with exclusive botanical complexes provide the ultimate age defense.” This one I was super skeptical about. I had tried, unsuccessfully, to find an anti-aging product that my skin would accept since I had turned 30. Everything, and I mean everything, I tried in the past irritated my skin. I put a dab on each cheek, my forehead and chin. The creme, again, has a nice fresh smell. It is rich but it spread easily and soaked right into my skin. After applying I couldn’t stop touching my face. It felt so soft, smooth and supple like my skin had a big drink of water and had plumped up. I was really impressed already with this creme.
- Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System (1.0 fl.oz.) – “Water-free, botanical hydration spray veils the skin in a delicate mist of pure stabilized Bamboo Sap and moisture holding botanical agents.” I wasn’t sure if this was necessary after the creme but I applied it anyway since I was excited to try all of the products. The mist is super fine and it smelled as nice and fresh as the other two products. I wasn’t sure if it made much of a difference but could imagine that it would be good to apply midday if my skin was starting to feel dry or after applying my BareMinerals foundation to eliminate any sign of powderiness (is that a word?)
So, those were my first impressions of the products. I decided to continue using them for a few days before deciding for sure that they are awesome because sometimes you try something and the first time they work so great and every time after the aren’t nearly as great. I have no idea how or why that happens but I didn’t want to jump the gun. Well, after three days I was still loving the products so I headed over to Sephora.com to read more about the brand and also find out how much the products are.
I searched for the Creme first and almost choked when I saw the $195 price tag for 1.7 fl.oz(!) Now don’t get me wrong, I am willing to “invest” in really good skin care products but I had never spent over $100 on a skin creme. I wasn’t really sure I could get myself there, no matter how much I loved the results. The Cleansing Foam runs $50 for 4.1 fl.oz. and the mist is $35 for 2.7 fl.oz. which didn’t seem so bad in comparison. All of the products have a 4+ star ratings at the time of this review with price being cited most frequently as the only negative for these products.
About the brand: “Favored for its concentrated, botanical-infused treatments, AMOREPACIFIC unites traditional Asian beauty secrets with modern innovation to delay the visible signs of aging. Packed with nutrient-rich, indigenous Asian ingredients like green tea, bamboo, and Korean red ginseng, the eight-hour time-released formulas penetrate to the skin’s deepest layers to hydrate, nourish, and revitalize. To ensure the highest nutrient potency possible, the brand also cultivates their own ingredients and harvests each plant at peak times—and therefore delivers the best skin-perfecting (and skin-pampering) results possible.”
At this point I have been using the products twice a day since they arrived on 6/15 so 10 days and I am about 1/2 way through the cleanser and creme and 1/5 of the way through the mist… so with a little math…that would mean that the cleanser should last roughly 5 1/2 months, the creme about 4 months and the mist about 4 1/2 months which would be in the neighborhood of $755/yr before taxes or just over $2/day. Still super expensive but maybe it is worth it if it is going to keep my face looking fresh and young. I am still on the fence here and I have at least another 10 days worth of sample before I need to make a decision.
Have you tried AmorePacific? Have you ever spent that much on skincare? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! I’ll be sure to provide an update once I figure out whether I am going to move forward with purchasing or not.