I happen to love Amore Pacific. Well, that’s not quite true. I have never been able to justify the cost of Amore Pacific, but I love their high-street brands, Laneige and Innisfree, for a very long time.
I was so excited to try this sample.
What is it?
Amore Pacific is a high-end Korean brand and an umbrella company comprised of other companies with various offerings and – most importantly – budgets.
Amore Pacific’s namesake brand is all about luxury skin care: primarily concerned with anti-aging and committed to preserving and improving the skin’s current condition. Apart from Moisture Bound, they also have four other lines: future response, time response, luminous effect and prime reserve.
The Moisture Bound line has a slew of products besides this creme. With the exception of cleanser, you could go broke using their fairly complete skin care regimen.
Literally go broke.
The featured ingredient in this line is bamboo sap – apparently very good for delivering hydration.
According to the packet, this particular cream is designed to bind moisture, helping to prevent and correct the visible signs of aging, such as surface lines and wrinkles.
In brief: the good and the ugly
The ingredients list didn’t include parabens, sulphates nor phthalates.
I didn’t need a lot of cream for my combination/dry skin. Granted, it’s still fall – not winter – but my skin tends to dry out fairly quickly once it hits mid-September. I also liked how light it was for a cream. I usually put on SPF and a light base daily on top of a moisturizer. This didn’t feel heavy at all.
My skin didn’t really feel dry nor did my makeup look a bit whack (read: cakey) until the tail-end of the day, so the moisturizer held up pretty well.
The scent. It was a nostalgic very floral smell. It made me slightly nauseous but after application, the odour virtually disappeared.
All good moisturizers are supposed to deliver at least adequate hydration. Hydrated skin is generally youthful looking because plump skin keeps age indicators on the low.
Dry skin, like a harsh flash, calls attention to imperfections: wrinkles, age spots and even enlarged pores.
Like all Amore Pacific offerings, this is way too much money for me. While I would probably spring for a product from the company, it’s unlikely to be this one. I found it to be a good moisturizer, but not worth its cost.
Who would this product not be good for? Spendthrifts and people with very dry or dehydrated skin.
Who would this product be good for? People with ample disposable income and people who have normal, combination and sensitive skin. Oily skin types could get away with this; use sparingly depending on the degree of shine you may possess.
Would I purchase?
Maybe – if I were made out of money.
Moisture Bound rejuvenating creme (1.7 oz, $160 CDN, plus tax) can be bought online and in store at Sephora or in store at select Holt Renfrew locations.