19 May 2016

Review: Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Night Gelly EX

This Naruko Magnolia brightening and firming night gelly is a sister product of my beloved Beauty DIY Rose Night Jelly that I've raved about many times in my previous review. I also tried their reformulated Raw's Job Tear one but was very disappointed with the melted jelly like texture that is no where near its "gelly" claim. Hence, it was not until very recently that Naruko decided to upgrade its formulation and product size that I finally got my hand on it.

Basically, night gelly is sort of like a sleeping mask. It was named “gelly" by the scientist behind it Nu:er to resemble its unique texture of somewhere between gel and jelly.

As you can see, the texture is very interesting - it is kinda bouncy but not sticky or stringy. It is something mature skin type will find appealing - which promises a lot of energy and resilience.

It blends out well into skin without any tackiness or stickiness. You'll feel the existence of a soft and cooling moisture barrier on your skin but the layer is very thin and "breathable” unlike a lot of heavy-duty night cream that you just can't apply too much. The texture of this night gelly is a little bit thicker and bouncier than Neogence hyaluronic acid jelly mask, but is not at all overwhelming.

It's just like having a layer of "invisible" mask on your face! (Did I say that before?)


This night gelly claims to supply moisture, brightening and firming effects as well age-repairing treatments for the skin thorough the night. It also contains fragranced essential oil to relax and calm your skin and mind.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Chlorphenesin, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Plantago Major Seed Extract, Taiwan Magnolia Grandiflora (Michelia Alba) Flower Water, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Tranexamic Acid, Essential Oil Of Lemon (Citrus Limonum), Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum, Magnolia Grandiflora (Michelia Alba) Leaf Oil, 3-o-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Nephelium Longana Seed Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Arbutin, Snow Fungus (Tremella Fuciformis) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract*, Glycryrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract*, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract*, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract*, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutila (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Propanediol, Carnosine, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citric Acid, Daemonorops Draco Extract, Acetyl Tyrosine, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Paeonia Suffruiticosa Root Extract, Atelocollagen, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Plankton Extract, Glutathione

{good ingredients/plant extracts, brightening agents, preservatives, irritants}


This product has a seriously long ingredients list. Actually, I notice that most Taiwanese skincare have super long list, which leaves me wondering why - are Taiwanese girls more prone to marketing vows with lots of ingredients, or that Taiwanese skincare practitioners are trained to formulate products that way? Or does watermelon, honeymelon and lemon are tastier mixed together to become a supermelon?

Although long ingredients list is not necessarily bad, but if not managed carefully, they might cause real problem such as skin irritation or quick deterioration of products. This Naruko night gelly for instance, must be used within 6 months from opening, which means the products are relatively unstable even though three preservatives are used here.

In addition to a lot and lot of plant extracts, I also notice a good few whitening ingredients:
  • arbutin
  • tranexamic acid
  • 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate

Although personally I am not a fan of arbutin and tranexamic acid, but I think the different forms of vitamin C in here are definitely gonna even out skin complexion, reduce dark spots and improve skin elasticity.

As for the tonnes of plant extracts, I'm gonna list out here a summary of a selected few good ones and their respective skincare benefits:
  • cramble abyssinica seed oil: nourishment, a natural substitute to mineral oil, can control sebum overproduction
  • tremella mushroom: a powerful moisturizing agent
  • magnolia flower extract: relaxes skin, skin whitenor
  • plantago major seed extract / artemisia: wound healing, anti-acne, soothing
  • longan extract: provides nourishment for skin
  • white meadowfoam extract: moisturizing, rejuvenating, hydrating, great for dry, sensitive and damaged skin
  • trehalose: hydrates, de-flakes and soothes dry and dehydrated skin
  • ginkgo biloba: potent antioxidant that can improve blood flow to aid cellular repair
  • scutellaria alpina extract: stimulates serotonin, reduces harm of pollutants, moisturizing
  • masterwort leaf: wound healing, restore youthful complexion, relieve skin of stresses and irritation
  • epilobium fleischeri extract: soothing agent, anti-inflammatory, regulate sebum overproduction
  • daemonorops draco: revitalizes and regenerates skin
  • peony flower extract: antioxidant, improve cellular turnover
  • atelocollagen: moisture-binder, hydrating agent
  • chamomile: antioxidant, soothing agent

Isn't that long and tired just to look at? It takes me a good amount of time just researching the respective skincare benefits of each extracts, which I think much more time-consuming to formulate and squeeze all these ingredients into one bottle of goodness.

In short, based on the ingredients, I wouldn't call this product amazing or super worth-it, but I think it really worths the price you are paying for, if you don't develop any bad reaction towards it. You have a chock full of plant extracts and a few good ones like trehalose, tremella mushroom, arbutin, hyaluronic acid, ginkgo biloba, chamomile, traxenamic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E and licorice extract. And those are not extracts got selected at random, they possess mostly anti-aging, wrinkles-care, moisturizing, soothing, cellular repair, anti-acne, sebum controlling and also skin lightening properties. I mean, a perfect blend of nutrition for elder women or mature skin type. Younger skin can still use this, since this is just a weekly treatment kind of thing, but maybe not the whole set of products. If you love Naruko products, you can mix and match between their lines. Or like me, just get their highly popular night gellies instead!

Packaging ★★★
Texture ★★★
Ingredients ★★★
Scent ★★★

Performance ★★★


In short, this is a decent sleeping mask from a reputable Taiwanese brand with decent quality and price tag.

Texture-wise, this has some bouncy jelly texture that is rapidly absorbed by skin but will form a protective moisture barrier around the skin for added firming and brightening effects.

Ingredients-wise, this has a chock full amount of plant extracts although not all highly popular and commonly used, but are good enough for anti-aging, wrinkles care, brightening and skin soothing. I deduct a lot of points from the ingredients section due to the presence of triethanolamine, a known organ toxin and skin irritant.

In term of performance, this night gelly has done a good job at moisturizing, lifting and evening out my complexion, although I did not notice any significant improvement in my freckles and sun damage. However, my mom who has dull and combination-dehydrated skin reports brighter and smoother complexion after using this. She also finds the scent really soothing and relaxing for bedtime use.

Final thought? An (A/A-) mask for the price.

You can get this from: Naruko Malaysia | Watsons Malaysia | Natta Cosme | Hermo | Beauty Stall
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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