10 Apr 2017

Comparison Review: Primera Oil Free Watery Gel Cream vs. Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream

I talked about  Primera earlier. It is a lesser known Korean brand that uses only natural ingredients. Its products are mainly made of germinated seeds, which are believed to contain enormous vitality that allow a seed to grow into plant. These Primera creams that we are gonna talk about today are made of alpine strawberry sprouts.

Primera shares a lot of similarities with brands like Jurlique, Aesop, Melvita, Whamisa and Aromatica. It is a middle to higher end skincare brand in Korea that is only retailed in selected departmental stores. It selects only the best ingredients for their products. Their products are said to be suitable for sensitive skin and even pregnant women!

Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream and Oil-Free Watery Gel Cream are one of their best-sellers, but the Watery Cream is more popular than the Gel Cream. I have started using both creams for over a year now and I want to talk about them in details in this post. You can check out this link to read my summary review on these products.

Primera Oil-Free Watery Gel Cream

Primera Oil-Free Watery Gel Cream is a water based gel cream that is designed for dehydrated, oily-to-combination skin. Those who live in a hotter climate can also use this. Primera claims that this gel cream can help to regulate sebum production on the skin, and can deeply replenish the skin with moisture without leaving any stickiness or heaviness. It is also free of synthetic colorants, artificial fragrance, animal ingredients, mineral oil and silicon oil.

It is housed in a light blue plastic jar with a lid on top. The jar won't break even if you drop it to the floor. It doesn't come with a spatula.

The cream looks and feels like a gel, but if once you spread it out, you will find that it will form a moisture film over your skin. So, this is an emollient, occlusive and humectant in a jar. It has a refreshing herbal lemon scent that I personally find it therapeutic.


Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Sprout Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera (Brussels Sprouts) Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Acrylic Acid/Ma Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer, Tromethamine, Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Fragrance


There are a lot of solvents, viscosity controls and emulsifiers used. Despite its lightweight consistency, this cream doesn't contain any alcohol. Instead, it uses propanediol, a gentle solvent that is super lightweight, hydrating and smoothing on the skin.

Key botanical ingredients used here include sesame seed oil, soybean oil, aloe vera, papaya fruit extract, broccoli sprout, indian gooseberry, strawberry sprout, and brussel sprout. Most of them are vitamin C enriched germinated seed extracts, giving this a good punch of brightening and anti-oxidizing effects.

Among these, sesame seed oil is a moisturizer rich in vitamin E, B and A that can nourish and rejuvenate the skin. It can moisture loss from the skin and defense the skin against any external aggressors. It can also repair sun damage and prevent premature aging of the skin. It is also perfect for acne-prone and oily skin as it has sebum controlling properties.

Soybean seed extract and strawberry sprout are both emollients and antioxidants that can improve the skin texture. They can increase skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and repair uv damage. Papaya fruit extract also contains enzyme that can gently slough off dead skin cells and reduce flakiness or roughness on the skin. In the long run, it can also reduce dark spots and dullness. Broccoli extract and indian gooseberry are both vitamin C enriched antioxidant that can control pores size and sebum production thus eliminating skin troubles caused by excessive sebum production. Broccoli is also used in Primera Mild Peeling Gel as a purifying and clarifying superfood.


I don't have oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin, so I can't judge whether or not it works well for those skin types. I had tried using it on my bf with troubled skin and I do observe that his had become smoother and clearer the next day so I think it does work to some extent. But for a normal skin person like me, this is a lightweight gel cream that feels really cooling and fresh on the skin. I didn't notice any pores controlling properties, nor does it vastly improve my skin's moisture-holding ability though. For me, it is just a lightweight hydrating cream that I don't feel like repurchasing after I finish.

Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream

Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream, on the other hand, is designed for normal-to-dry skin. They just came out with an Intense version for very dry skin but I think this is good enough for dry skin. I had a love-and-hate relationship with this cream at first. I found it too oily and greasy on my normal skin. It was not until one day when my skin suddenly got extremely dry and sensitive that I thought about trying this one out. And it just soothed and moisturized my skin within seconds. And that's how I changed my mind on this cream totally after this.

Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream is an emollient cream formulated with mainly strawberry sprout, aloe vera extract and papaya fruit extract. It is richer than Oil-Free Watery Gel Cream and thus is more suitable for individuals with drier skin or living in a colder climate.

The cream is housed in a beautiful and sturdy plastic jar sealed by a lid. It doesn't come with a spatula so you need to either use your own or use your finger to scoop the product out.

As you can see, this is a emollient with creamy consistency that will leave a slightly greasy finish on the skin. But the greasiness will go away within minutes or gets absorbed into your skin if you have drier or sensitive skin. It is hard to describe my change in preference - I just happen to change my mind from disliking its greasy finish to enjoying the soft creaminess it offers.


Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Dimethicone, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sucrose Polystearate, Urea, Cyclohexasiloxane, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Leaf Extract, Aminobutyric Acid, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera (Brussels Sprouts) Extract, Veronica Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tapioca Starch, Lactobacillus Ferment, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance


There are a lot of emollients, emulsifiers, solvents, viscosity controls, and so on ingredients in this cream. They are mainly safe for your skin with a few exceptions like myristyl myristate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, squalane and so on. These are mainly moisturizers with richer consistency so you will do fine if you have drier skin or stronger moisture barrier. There isn't anything harsh or synthetic here, no paraben, phenoxyethanol, or anything controversial added. This will do fine on sensitive skin then.

Squalane and urea are added to offer moisturizing benefits. They are commonly used emollient that can smooth the skin texture, picking up all cracks and fine lines that are associated with dryness. Urea is also a moisture binder that can pull moisture from your surrounding into your skin. Squalane then locks these moisture in and prevents them from escaping.

Similar botanical ingredients from the Oil-Free Watery Gel Cream are also seen in this cream. We have aloe vera extract, papaya fruit extract, green tea, strawberry sprout, blue mallow flower, and so on. Strawberry sprout is a very beneficial ingredient that can do a lot of things. It is an antioxidant, astringent and emollient in one, and is rich in vitamin C, B5, B6, B9 and K. As such, it will serve as a potent antioxidant to repair skin damages and reverse premature aging. Its vitamin C content also allows it to function as a brightening agent and dark spots-reducing remedy. The brightening effect of this cream is also enhanced with another ingredient, indian gooseberry that is also rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C, in addition to its brightening benefit, is also useful as a wrinkle-repairing ingredient. There are also papaya fruit extract, aloe vera extract and broccoli sprout which we have discussed previously.

Other ingredients include speedwell extract, cowslip extract, lady's mantle, peppermint, lemon balm and yarrow extracts. All of these are herbal ingredients with decent amount of antioxidants content. They are also natural anti-inflammatory rich in amino acids and minerals that can repair and replenish the skin. Speedwell, in particular, is rich in vitamin C, E, K, polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, tannins, resin, and so on. Lady's mantle and yarrow extract are both of my favourite ingredients used in many Belif products, which include my holy grail Belif Aqua Bomb and my recent favourite Belif Firming Essence. Both ingredients are known antioxidant and astringent that can minimize your pores size and enhance your skin texture.


This is my recent favourite. I think I will skip Belif Moisturizing Bomb and change to this instead. Its consistency is between Belif Aqua Bomb and Belif Moisturizing Bomb. It is creamy, nourishing and rich without being too rich. It is slightly lighter than Belif Moisturizing Bomb, and it has done a better job at soothing my skin so I kinda prefer this over Belif Moisturizing Bomb when I am having sensitive or restless skin days. But if you have oilier skin or dislike anything greasy, then I suggest that you try the miniature out before committing into a full product. After all, I don't want you to cry back at me later accusing me of putting you into this one ;)


Both cream is housed in a sturdy plastic jar with a plastic lid that seals the goodness inside. I personally prefer the packaging of the watery cream over the gel cream.

Alpine Berry Watery Cream has richer and creamier consistency that feels more moisturizing on the skin. It is also more soothing than the other. The gel cream on the other hand, feels more like an alcohol-infused gel that is still moisturizing, but not as soothing as the watery cream. I think Oil-Free Watery Cream is lighter than Belif Aqua Bomb without the associated hydrating and refreshing sensation. Alpine Berry, however, is surprisingly lighter but more soothing and easier to blend if compared to Belif Moisturizing Bomb.

Check out my comparison review on Belif Aqua Bomb and Moistuizing Bomb here!

Primera Oil-Free Watery Gel Creampackaging: ★★★

scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★★

overall impression: ★★★
 (neither good or bad)

Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★★★
overall impression: ★★★★ (very good and I enjoy it better than Belif Moisturizing Bomb)

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[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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