Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Althea Skincare Line: Bare Essentials Review - Contour Cleanser, Primer Water & Fixer Cream

What comes to your mind when you hear the name of "Althea Korea"? For me, I will immediately relate to e-commerce website that offers a wide range of K-beauty products at the cheapest price in town, affordable beauty box and their in-house translucent and mattifying Althea Petal Velvet Powder. Althea Petal Velvet Powder is such a high performer (and super affordable!) that I really hope that Althea will launch more in house K-beauty products, may it be skincare or make up. When I was shopping on Althea Korea earlier in March, I was surprised to find that Althea has come out with their very first skincare product line - Bare Essentials.

Althea Skincare Line: Bare Essentials

Girls, can you imagine my excitement? My wish has finally come true! More K-beauty products from Althea oh yeah! Packaged in simple yet classy frosted glass containers, the Bare Essentials range consists of 3 hypoallergenic products suitable for any skin types - Contour Cleanser, Primer Water and Fixer Cream. First thing first, I'm so in love with their packaging, minimalist design as usual and at the same time, looking elegant and sophisticated.

Althea Skincare Line: Bare Essentials

Bare Essentials range is specially designed to address a common problem faced by most of us, where we are often confused and fazed by the complicated 10-steps Korean skincare routine. I believe most of you has heard about the famous 10-steps Korean skincare routine, but are you really sure with each of the steps and procedures? On the other hand, not all of us has the luxury time to follow the time-consuming 10-steps skincare regime in the morning. Therefore, Althea team decided to roll the 10-steps skincare routine into 3 essentials and easy steps, which are cleansing, toning and moisturizing.


STEP 1: CLEANSING

Contour Cleanser
RM 23 / 150g


I have to admit that I was confused with the product name of "Contour Cleanser" at the first glance, I mean, how could a cleanser be related to face contour? Based on the product description, it claims that the cleanser is able to promote blood circulation, reduces bloating and swelling for a defined, enviably slim face shape. Wow this is really interesting! This is the first cleanser with contouring effect that I have ever come across by far. 




I'm not very particular when it comes to facial cleanser, I'll be happy as long as it does the cleansing job well and of course, it shouldn't dry out my skin. Althea Contour Cleanser is however, a cleanser that does a lot more than that. The cleanser lathers into a generous amount of bubbles and guess what, there are micro-capsules in it! The micro-capsules are so dense that my skin is gently exfoliated as I cleanse my face. Worry not, the exfoliating action of the micro-capsules is gentle and mild enough for daily usage. These capsules will burst upon contact with water, releasing Ice Plant and Lemon Myrtle extracts which provide soothing and detoxifying effect respectively.

Being sold at RM 23 for 150g, Contour Cleanser is super affordable and pocket-friendly, it's even cheaper than some of the drugstores cleanser! What I love the most about this cleanser is that not only it doesn't dry out my skin, it keeps my skin well hydrated after using. Thanks to the gentle exfoliating effect of the micro-capsules, my skin becomes so much smoother and softer after 2 weeks of usage. When I'm using Contour Cleanser, I stop my weekly exfoliation as I feel that the mild daily exfoliation is good enough to clear all my dead skin cells. Can you see how Althea simplifies the skincare steps by formulating a multipurpose Base Essentials range? *wink* However, I have not seen much significant result on the face contouring part. Well as a matter of fact, I can't afford to lose another gram on my face now, I need more flesh on my cheek so that I don't look fatigue and exhausted all the time.  

STEP 2: TONING & PRIMING

Primer Water
RM 43 / 200mL


A combination of hydrating toner and primer, Althea Primer Water is definitely a life saver for those who are always in a rush in the morning. In fact, I love multi-functional products - not only that they save your time, they are handy to be brought along for travelling too. 



The Primer Water contains patented dewdrop technology (Macro Fluidic Dispersion technology) that gently fills the gaps between pores and allows hydration to penetrate deep within  the  layers  of  the  skin.  Made  with  Snow  Lotus  extracts,  this  skincare  heavy  hitter  has an  incredibly smooth and silky texture that enhances the skin’s natural glow, leaving you with the perfect canvas.


In contrast to the normal toner which is watery with low viscosity, the Primer Water has a thick consistency, just like a serum. Despite of its thick consistency, the Primer Water can easily be absorbed into the skin, all thanks to the dewdrop technology mentioned earlier. I was a bit skeptical with this product because down deep in my heart, I doubted that a toner can also be used as a primer. I thought this is just another gimmick, but I was wrong. The Primer Water did a wonderful job in serving the purpose of a primer. The Primer Water dries on my skin to leave a silky smooth skin finish, so smooth that I thought I have applied a silicone-based skin primer. To be honest, I'm extremely impressed. My foundation adheres to my skin seamlessly and the overall make up stays longer. Sorry Althea, for not believing in your products. XD

By the way, I'm absolutely in love with the fragrance profile of Snow Lotus - the sweet and fresh-pungent scent is so refreshing! I really like how the mild scent lingers on my skin after hours, it makes me feel so good throughout the day! I strongly recommend this Primer Water to everyone, you gotta try it out girls!

STEP 3: MOISTURIZING

Fixer Cream
RM 50 / 50g

Last but not least, we have Fixer Cream, a non-greasy and quick absorbing moisturize to wrap up the skin care regime. 


Key Ingredients & Benefits
  • Trehalose from cactus plant - Prevents moisture loss & provide the skin with 24-hour hydration
  • Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil - A powerful antioxidant
  • Baobab Tree extracts - Promote collagen regeneration




In my early 20s, I have not encountered skin problems such as fine lines, saggy skin and large pores. Hence, I do not have much requirements and expectations on a moisturizer. All I need is just some hydration and that's it. Stepping into my late twenties (oh don't mention it again), I need a moisturizer that can treat my skin concerns. In other words, I need something more than mere moisturization and hydration, and the Fixer Cream has it all covered. 

Tried and tested, the Fixer Cream is indeed a light, non-greasy and non-sticky moisturizer that provides long hour hydration. In fact, it is so moisturizing that it can actually be used as a sleeping mask at night. I woke up with bouncy and supple skin the next day, the best part is that it doesn't feel oily at all. Again, this big tub of moisturizer is retailed at an unbelievable price of RM 50, what a good value for money! 


All in all, Bare Essentials range is worth trying and I will definitely stock up the Primer Water after finishing the current bottle, it works so well in priming and it's super convenient too. I'm happy to see that the beauty world has evolved in such a way that high quality products are so accessible to everyone now. Not only that the prices are really affordable, purchasing is pretty simple through Althea Korea. Look, glowing, flawless and crystal clear skin is just a few clicks away! 

If you're interested to try Bare Essentials range out, I have a good news for you! Althea is giving out an additional 10% off with a FREE special edition mirror if you purchase now, so head on over  to www.althea.kr and shop today!



For more information,
Website: www.althea.kr



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