Hi everyone! *sweeps tumbleweeds away* This post has been sitting in the drafts section since the beginning of the year and was supposed to be part of a combined review with the Miss Flower & Mr Honey hydrogel masks... but I haven't even opened the box yet .__.
I figured that after four months of nothing, now might be a good time to revive the blog, so I hope you find this useful in the meantime - a review of the hydrogels will follow (eventually...) >.<
Miss Flower & Mr Honey Cream
This is probably my most luxurious K-beauty purchase to date. Just look at it, ITS SHAPED LIKE A
HONEYCOMB!! (Which clicks shut btw, so you don't risk twisting the lid too tightly and cracking the precious.)
Extract, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Dipropylene Glycol,
Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetearyl
Alcohol, PCA Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26,
Petrolatum, Trisiloxane, Glyceryl
Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Chrysanthellum Indicum (Golden Chamomile) Extract,
Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Royal Jelly Extract, Calendula
Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Flower Extract, Chamomilla
Recutita (Matricaria) Seed Oil, Propolis
Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening
Primrose) Oil, Limnathes Alba (Meadowfoam)
Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed
Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100
Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-150 Distearate,
Water, Raffinose, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium
Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root Extract), Adenosine, Arginine, Caprylic/Capric
Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Sodium Starch
Octenylsuccinate, Maltodextrin, Calcium Pantothenate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium
Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCI, Silica, Xanthan
Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 19140
The cream boasts three types of honey compounds: honey, royal jelly
and propolis extract. Based on their place in the ingredients list, the
percentage of royal jelly and propolis extract is likely to be small so bleh. I did a derp when I first looked at the ingredients - I thought the cream contained 42% honey extract AND black yeast (aureobasidium pullulans ferment). It actually contains 42%
‘concentrated aureobasidium pullulans ferment honey water’, which I understand is a combination of those two ingredients. Which means less key ingredients, more silicones and glycols for your money. Yaay... :(
Was that obvious to everyone but me? -__-
Honey has softening and moisturising properties and black yeast is a source of
beta-glucans, which help the skin retain moisture and plump out fine lines.
There are a few brightening ingredients such as niacinamide and liquorice
root extract. Given their place in the ingredients list I didn't expect them to have any real effect and lets be real - I bought it for the benefits of hydrating honey/intoxictaing smell.
Other ingredients to watch out for are acne
triggers and sensitivities. The cream contains two of my acne triggers -
shea butter and olive oil - but fortunately I haven’t had any break outs.
rest of the formula doesn’t interest me much because the bulk of it seems to me made up of glycols and silicones.
How to Use
Apply generously over your
entire face after toner/moisturiser. Use Honey Cream as a base substitution in
the morning to achieve a long lasting sleek and dewy complexion for all day. Apply
generously multiple layers and use it as a sleeping pack at night.
I personally found it too thick
and slippery for daytime use. With suncream and cushion foundation
applied on top and it turns into a gloopy mess and the finish takes you beyond the boundaries of ‘dewy complexion' into oil slick territory. It feels a little heavy on the skin so I mix in a few drops
of hyaluronic acid lotion or serum to thin it out. (If you don't mind the feel of 'sleeping packs', you'll probably be fine with it!)
I use the cream at
night once or twice a week and it leaves my skin feeling so plump and soft the
next morning - like a really good sheet mask with an extended aftereffect. I'd describe my skin as 'normal', prone to dryness and gets really dry when I lay on the Benzoyl Peroxide. A few months back BP left my skin in such a bad
state that I considered taking a week’s holiday to avoid showing my face. (I
also cried. Yep.) The cream didn’t work a miracle overnight but it did help get
my skin back to normal in 4-5 days. (As opposed to the usual two weeks+) I noticed the most improvement when I
started mixing the cream with hyaluronic acid which made it thin enough to
layer and absorb better.
+ Love the packaging, adore the smell (I didn't mention that did I lol)
my face from turning into parchment+ Is
helping me get through a never-ending bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic
+ I like the honey ingredients, but IMO these should form the bulk of the product (not crappy silicones and glycols).
best when mixed with hyaluronic acid (IMO) - I shouldn’t have to add stuff to
make something better
heavy on the skin (without HA)
ideal for daytime use -> skincare routine becomes more expensive
Repurchase? Although I'm satisfied overall with this cream, I can do without it so I won't be repurchasing. It was brilliant for treating my extremely dry/flaky skin but I don't experience that frequently so it doesn't really add anything to my routine.
Price & Where to
Hyundai Department Store: $28.27 (W32,640) + free international shipping!
$39.08 I bought it for $38.00
*The prices on Jolse fluctuate a lot. It's usually around $40
G-Market mini-shop: Usually W48,000, currently W40,320
W48,000 (but often sold with 20% discount for W38,400)
48,000 Won. Or $57.50 on the official English language website (??!!)