The first up for review are the Moistfull Collagen Cream by Etude House. I ordered this as a set off of Amazon. These are two products that I have been dying to get my hands on for over five years now and, with the reviews being so rave, I was very excited to review these two!
I will first be talking about the Collagen Cream. I’ve had my eye on the Moistfull line from Etude house for as long as I can remember, and I was so very excited to finally get to try their products out! When I saw that it came in a pack with the Sleeping Pack, I had to get it.
The marketed ingredients for this line are baobab tree extract and collagen, which are supposed to moisturize and make skin elastic. This product also claims to be free of benzophenone, paraben free, and non-sticky.
As for first impressions, I thought the packaging of this product was extremely adorable. I liked how the look of the product combines both sleek and cute into one. Not only was the product cute, but also practical! The Collagen Cream came with a spatula, which helps keep the product clean from any bacteria or cross contamination when working through your routine. This product also does have a fragrance. The presence of a fragrance did make me a bit wary, as I have sensitive skin and try so very hard to keep away from anything with essential oils or fragrances, but I really have no one else to blame but myself for this since I did blindly chuck items into my shopping cart, so I will not ding Etude House for this. I mean, the smell was pleasant and not overbearing. The smell was actually quite enjoyable, so I was hoping my skin would only agree.
Moving past all the aesthetics, let’s take a look at the ingredients:
Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Betaine, Kaolin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pca Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Poloxamer 407, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Phytantriol, Ppg-5-Laureth-5, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol, Water, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Scanning the ingredients list, I do see no traces of benzophenone, or parabens. Most of us know what parabens are and I feel the topic has been beaten to death, however some of you may be asking “what is benzophenone?.” Simply put, it’s an ingredient that is used as a UV blocker (commonly found in sunscreens) to protect a product’s color, smell, etc. from being deteriorated by the sun. “Why are they bad?” I’ve read around and a lot of articles refer back to a study that came up with carcinogenic effects in lab rats that were fed benzophenone. Now, I know this cream isn’t something that is going to be ingested but benzophenone can be absorbed through the skin and travel through the blood stream, so it is very much suggested to keep away from these types of ingredients. Not only that, but the ingredient also is very harmful to the environment. As I said, benzophenone is commonly found in sunscreens and when sunscreens containing this ingredient find its way to the ocean, we’re seeing very adverse effects, especially to the coral reefs. Though this isn’t a product being used to swim in, it is just another way to get a harmful ingredient washed down the drain and find its way to the sea. A+ to you, Etude House, for keeping this ingredient out.
I see the collagen, fruit extracts, baobab seed oil (Digitata Seed Oil), and emollients making me believe that this will be a fairly thick cream. Everything was looking good until I came across these ingredients; cyclopentasiloxane and phenoxyethanol. Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone used as an emollient; it acts as a lubricant, creates a barrier on the skin, as well as enhances water retention by preventing evaporation. Research on cyclopentasiloxane leads to results of endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity. Though this pack is applied topically, this ingredient can be absorbed through the skin and travel through the blood stream, affecting the areas of concern. Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative. Research on phenoxyethanol comes up with results of irritation and allergic reactions, such as eczema and hives. Despite seeing these ingredients, I decided to spot test it on my skin and thankfully did not see any adverse reactions. From here, I tested the product over the course of two weeks, using it morning and night at the end of my routine to seal everything off.
As the fair number of emollients in the ingredients hinted, the cream is pretty thick. It holds more of a gel-like consistency in my opinion, rather than that of a very heavy cream. Though it is thick, it does not feel like it is suffocating on the skin. The cream feels quite soothing during application, and dries without feeling sticky or looking oily. The fragrance is wonderful and my skin took kindly to it. I do have rosacea, so if my skin doesn’t agree with something, it will flare right up. I did not see the cream reducing any of my existing redness, but it also did not cause it to get any worse.
All in all, I think the Collagen Cream is a fairly decent moisturizer. I did not feel like it was delivering anything too special, which is expected at its price point. I think this would be a great beginner moisturizer for those with dry skin, as it does do a good job of sealing everything off and keeping skin moisturized throughout the entire day. This isn’t something I’d find myself repurchasing, as it is very basic and my skin needs a little bit more, but I would recommend this to someone who is just getting into skincare and Asian beauty.
Now, out of this entire package, I was most excited to try out the Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack. I’ve used many masks in my lifetime; clay masks, mud masks, sheet masks, and the typical homemade avocado masks. However, I’ve never had a mask that I was able to sleep in.
The Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack is a moisturizing night mask that you use in place of a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated all through the night. The concept of this is something I found really interesting because after going 6 or more hours without drinking water I always wake up feeling super dehydrated, and the first place it shows is in my face.
Just like the Collagen Cream, this product claims to be free of benzophenone, paraben free, and non-sticky.
Ingredients: Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Beta-Glucan, Stearyl Behenate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Carbomer, Poloxamer 407, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, Phytantriol, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Looking at the ingredients, the above holds true. No benzophenone, no parabens, and again we see a long list of emollients. I do see cyclopentasiloxane and phenoxyethanol again but, considering I didn’t react poorly to the Collagen Cream that featured the same ingredients, I cut this pack some slack. However, there are two ingredients I do want to mention.
The first, is alcohol. My concern with this ingredient is that it is so high up on the list, coming in at number six, meaning that there’s a lot of it in this pack. Again, having sensitive skin, I was pretty worried. Normally I don’t put anything with that much alcohol on my face, but I really wanted to try this and it came with the Collagen Cream so I felt I really had no other choice.
The second is dimethicone, which is a well known silicon used in many makeup primers, shampoos, conditioners, etc. It’s used as an emulsifier, to seal in moisture, create a matte finish, etc. This ingredient creates a seal over the face, not letting anything out or in (which is what most silicons in products do). This may pose a problem for those with acne prone skin, since you’re not only trapping in moisture, but also bacteria which can cause even more breakouts over prolonged use. However, for some it’s beneficial by protecting the skin from irritants, locking in much needed moisture, etc. I’m not saying that the presence of this ingredient is OK, it’s just that some are far more strict about ingredients and others couldn’t care.
Now, past all the scary stuff. There isn’t much to say about the packaging, since it is the same as the collagen cream; still cute nonetheless. Fragrance, consistency, and color of the product is about the same, as well. Though the Collagen Cream came with a spatula to get product out, this did not. I figure that is something I can buy myself if I felt the need, but I just found it odd.
I read the directions and used it as directed; I cleansed my skin and used this as a finisher in my routine in place of moisturizer. I scooped some of the the product out of the pot and applied to to my cheeks and forehead first. The product felt very cooling and the consistency itself was very nice to work with. As I spread the pack over the rest of my face, I could smell the fragrance which was actually kind of relaxing. Everything seemed fine, but then I applied this a little too close to my upper lip and I immediately felt a stinging sensation. This wasn’t a light tingle, it was actually very uncomfortable and felt that way until the product set (even then, my cupids bow was pretty red and irritated). I know I shouldn’t have gotten the product on my lip as that is not its intended use, but I honestly wasn’t even trying to. For a product that goes onto your face to sting that bad, I was very much turned off. However, I took it as “my bad” and continued on. As it dried, I noticed it set as a film over my face. A very sticky film. I’ve experienced the sticky feeling from many collagen products before, but usually that goes away within a couple minutes. Not with this stuff. It stayed sticky all night and even felt pretty tacky in the morning as I washed it off. So much for being non-sticky.
As far as results, I didn’t notice much of anything aside from my irritated upper lip. I wasn’t exceptionally soft, glowing, plump, or anything of the sort. I honestly think it just left a barrier on my face, and that was it. In combination with the ingredients (alcohol and a scary number of silicones), irritation, and the unpleasant experience while using this product, I refused to give this pack a second chance. I put it back in its original packaging and sent it back for a refund (bless Amazon’s great return policy).
This made me kind of sad. I had high hopes for the sleeping pack, especially with so many positive reviews and the Collagen Cream being quite nice. I really tried to find a silver lining with this sleeping pack, but the ingredients were sub-par and the results just weren’t there. Perhaps this would work on someone who isn’t as sensitive, but I don’t think I’d even go as far as suggesting it to anyone.
With the Collagen Cream being OK, and the Sleeping Pack being a complete miss, I’m still pretty glad that I was able to try these products. They didn’t live up to the hype, but my inner teenager wanted so badly to experience the wonders of Etude House. I do feel I will be buying from this brand again, I will just skip over the Moistfull range and explore elsewhere.