A blog visitor/reader hydeusrey has requested for my initial review on Hera aquabolic line vs the Sum37 waterfull line.
I was thinking to use them a little longer before i review, however, here are my initial views on both these lines.
First off, Hera's hydrating line (aquabolic, endorsed by Kim Tae Hee). Sorry, i don't have the ingredients list for any of these products.
Note: i've skipped the water (toner) and the emulsion as i layer on other serums.
order of use: preperfection serum --> moisturising/balancing water (i skipped this)--> waterfall serum --> moisturising/balancing emulsion (i skipped this)-->waterfall cream --> sleeping mask (night use)
So far, i'm loving the entire line and it really helped to plumped up my skin and reduce the dreading effects of dehydration.
1. Prepefection serum
The preperfection serum is a first serum to help skin cells regenerate and to refine skin texture. It also helps cells to absorb efficiently your next skin care products.
The texture is runny gel-ly like liquid slightly brownish in colour.
The fragrance is strong but not overbearing. Easy to spread and delightful to use! it plumps up my skin tremendously! if i don't use this, my skin does not feel as plumped. It does refine the skin texture as it hydrates very well. Although it is fragranced, it does not irritate my sensitive skin at all. Thumbs up!
2. Aquabolic waterfall serum
It does not absorb instantly. You will need to massage it for a while before it absorbs.
thus, it can feel a little heavy for oilier skin types, so beware.
3. Waterfall cream
Protects skin cell activity by supplying continuos long lasting hydration. Keeps skin moisturised for 12 hours. Contains Beta-glucan, mushroom polysaccharides, betaine, hyaluronic acid complex, and ceramides.
Texture wise, it is a gel- like cream, almost translucent in colour.
Very light and spreads easily. You can feel a burst of water when you massage it into your skin. You don't have to use a lot, just a few dots on your forehead, chin, cheeks will do. Massage it in and your skin plumps up instantly! Very good product.
4. Mineral sleeping mask
Helps boost moisture overnight. Containing 13 kinds powerful moisturizing ingredients including bio-lipid ™ capsules. What are these bio lipid capsules? they help recreate a moisture barrier for the skin. These tiny capsules when massaged is easily disintegrated and can be absorbed into skin.
A jelly like texture with tiny white beads (the bio lipid capsules)
This is also a fragranced product. Very light and easy to use. Just massage in until all the tiny capsules disappear. This leaves a protecting film of moisture that clings to your skin all night. You will wake up with soft will hydrated skin.
Overall rating: 9/10 points. This is a superb line and if anyone has dehydrated skin, this will be your saviour.
Over to Sum 37's waterfull line now. Again, i do not have the ingredients list.
It uses the fermentation process using three kinds of flowers and bamboo sap to increase the density of deep hydration to make skin moist and vibrant. The fermented bamboo sap particles can penetrate into the skin layers deeply, thereby increasing the depth of the water density in the skin.
Items that i will be reviewing: timeless water gel cream, waterfull recharge essence, waterfull rebalancing gel lotion, waterfull skin refresher, waterfull perfect relief eye cream, waterfull timeless moisturising cream
Order of product: refresher --> serum --> gel lotion --> eye cream --> moisturising cream or gel-cream
1. Waterfull skin refresher
This is the toner from the line.
2. Waterfull recharge essence
This essense is more like an emulsion to me. It is rather thick white creamy like, and it can even count as a moisturiser. It is very emollient.
3. waterfull rebalancing gel lotion
This is the emulsion from the line. Surprisingly, this has a much lighter texture than the serum and is a translucent gel texture.
Again this has a citrusy refreshing scent. Absolutely pleasant.
4. Waterfull Perfect relief eye cream
Hmmm, this eye cream is not a cream at all. More like a lotion gel. I don't find anything praise worthy about this. Hydration wise, it is passable.
It's texture as can be seen above, is a gel-like thick lotion. It needs quite some time to absorb so a little goes a long way.
5. waterfull timeless water gel cream
This is a new product added to the line. Originally, it was only the waterfull cream, now this is added for those who prefer a lighter version of it.
The texture is gel like, translucent cream. The scent is amazing! it reminds of you soft waves in the ocean!
It is surprisingly quite heavy and sticky and i must say, takes some time to absorb. Use only very little or you'll end up with some grease slick on your face. I find this a little too heavy for oily/combination skin types. Even with my dehydrated skin, i find it does not drink up the gel-cream.
6. waterfull timeless moisturising cream
There is a recent upgrade on this cream. However, what i'm reviewing is the old version, not the upgraded one as i have not purchased the new one yet.
This is my second sample-sized tub and as you can see, it has reached the bottom! Tells you how much i like the cream. The scent of this is also very pleasant, and reminds of you of the perfume "oceanus"
The texture , although creamy, is light and easily absorbed. The finish is not as sticky as the new gel-cream, and it even ever-so slightly mattifies the skin. I find this pleasant to use and sometimes i would just use this alone after a warm shower. My skin drinks this up and it will feel nice and plumped.
It can get slightly oily if you apply too much. So just be miserly and use just enough to spread all over your face.
Overall rating: 7/10. From the entire line, i would recommend the refresher, emulsion and the old-version cream. Will need to try the new-version cream to see if it does any better.
I much prefer Hera's entire line to Sum 37's. Given sum 37's waterfull essence is quite heavy and their new gel-cream doesn't quite agree with my skin. The refresher and gel -lotion only mildly hydrates although they do refresh your skin.
Also, Hera's is way more hydrating than Sum 37's without being too emollient. I find sum37's waterfull line can leave me feeling sticky at times.
It is ironical that Hera's fragranced products goes so well with my overly-sensitive skin, yet Sum 37's natural products does not quite agree with my skin type.
You can purchase both lines in travel sized gift sets and give both a go. Who knows, you may like Sum 37's natural line more than i do.