12 Jun 2017

Comparison Review and Ingredients Analysis of Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Kit and Essential Balancing Line


As shared in my previous review on Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX and EX Light, Sulwhasoo is a high-end cosmetic brand that not everybody can afford. So consumers who are interested in trying out Sulwhasoo products will sometimes get one of these miniatures or gift sets online from various K-beauty retailers like Testerkorea, Hermo Malaysia, and RoseRoseShop, before buying the full products.


Today, I’m gonna share my thoughts on some of these miniatures I bought from these kbeauty outlets, including a more detailed ingredients analysis, and comparison reviews of the balancing and brightening toners and emulsions; as well as the differences between the ginseng and brightening serums and creams.



Let’s look at the Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Kit, which contains the Water/Toner, Emulsion/Lotion, Serum and Cream. These snowise products are formulated with a patented Snowise Tri-White Complex which is consisted of white ginseng saponin, oldenlandia diffusa, and white ginseng polysaccharides. These ingredients can balance the skin’s yin and yang, detoxify and relief “heat” that Asian believes to be the cause of skin’s dullness as well as enhance the skin’s ability to defend against UV rays and aging.



Snowise EX Brightening  Water is a slightly viscous, runny liquid that feels really moisturizing on the skin. It dries down moist without leaving any stickiness or tackiness.


Snowise EX Brightening Fluid is a lightweight emulsion that leaves the skin slightly tacky and nourished. It is a known fact that I don't like lotion or emulsion so I am not gonna comment further on this.


Snowise Brightening Serum is a transparent gel serum that feels really lightweight on the skin. It is claimed to be able to rejuvenate the skin and protect it against UV rays and external aggressors. This feels really refreshing and hydrating and spreads like watery gel on your skin.


Finally, we have the Snowise Brightening Cream, which reminds me of Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb. It is a super velvety and creamy cream that feels nourishing yet lightweight on the skin. It is also very similar to Blithe Pressed Serum - Velvet  Yam.

Next, we will look at the renewed Essential Balancing Water EX and Emulsion EX pair.


The essential line is suitable for all skin types. It is designed for anyone who are interested in trying out Sulwhasoo products, or younger skin who wants to get a taste on Sulwhasoo before venturing into the brand. All skin types can use this, but I think it will be more suitable for normal to dry skin. Its renewed version with an "EX" also makes the products lighter to apply so I think combination skin will use like it after the reformulation.


The Essential Balancing Water EX is a fairly lightweight hydrating toner that provides your skin with a lot of nutrients and moisture over time. It is much refreshing and lighter if compared to the older version.


All Korean toner comes with an emulsion, since Korean believes that it is essential that you add both "moisture" and "oil" into your skincare to optimize its oil and moisture level. For me, I just dislike how the lotion feels on my skin so I don't quite enjoy this emulsion. But this emulsion despite its creaminess is not as greasy as many other emulsions though.

DIFFERENCES IN THEIR INGREDIENTS:
ANALYSIS


Balancing Water EX


Water, Alcohol, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Glycerin Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Adenophora Stricta Root Extract, Lycium Chinense Root Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Angelica Tenuissima Root Extract, Honey, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Panthenol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycereth-26, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg/Ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Potassium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Snowise EX Brightening Water 

Water, Alcohol, Peg/Ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Oldenlandia Diffusa Extract, Betaine, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Hydrolyzed White Ginseng Saponins), Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Broussonetia Kazinoki Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance 

I think if the consistency of the Snowise Brightening Water (newer version) is the same as the Essential Balancing one, my choice will definitely be the Snowise Brightening Water.

If you look the ingredients, the herbal ingredients such as licorice root extract, peony root extract, lotus extract, sealwort rhizome root extract, lily extract, rehmannia extract, ginseng extract and so on are the same. But the Snowise has extra ones I like such as oldenlandia diffusa, white ginseng saponins, white mulberry root extract and paper mulberry root extract, all of which are herbal ingredients with skin brightening and hyperpigmentation-lightening properties. The Essential Balancing Water EX has similar goodies, and some other ones like mondo grass, which is an excellent hydrating and soothing ingredient, as well as other ones like honey, walnut seed, green purslane, and date. However, these are far than being impressive if compared to the brightening ingredients I can get from the Snowise so I will go for the Snowise if I have a choice.


Balancing Emulsion Ex 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Natto Gum, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Carbomer, Palmitic Acid, Propanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Snowise EX Brightening Emulsion 

Water, Propanediol, Squalane, Oldenlandia Diffusa Extract, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Hydrolyzed White Ginseng Saponins), Morus Alba Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, 1,2-Hexanediol, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohols, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lauric Acid, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Myristic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Tromethamine, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

I wouldn’t purchase the full size of the emulsion/lotion, but I will also provide my 2 cents on it to provide a guide for those of you who are interested in getting the lotion.
The Essential Balancing Emulsion EX is a mini version of the Ginseng Cream. It has all the moisturizing goodies in the ginseng cream, such as the meadowfoam seed oil, green tea, honey, sodium hyaluronate, mango seed butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and so on, without the expensive ginseng root extract. Some of the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing herbal ingredients such as licorice root extract, peony, lotus, and many more are available here so you can get all these skincare benefits with this lotion too.
The snowise is quite similar to the Essential Balancing Emulsion EX with lesser nourishing ingredients. It still has most of the herbal ingredients we mentioned, but it contains more stuffs like ginseng, white ginseng saponins, white mulberry root extract, and shea butter. I think if you have drier skin then the Balancing Emulsion EX will suit you better. However, if you are concerned about the skincare benefits you get from each ounce, then the Snowise might be a better choice.

Next, we will compare the ginseng serum and cream with the snowise brightening serum and cream. I have talked about the ginseng cream previously in detailed so I might not repeat some of the points I made previously.


Ginseng Serum 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Alcohol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Enzyme-Treated Red Ginseng Saponins), Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Enzyme-Treated Ginseng Saponins), Panax Ginseng Root Powder (Red Ginseng Root Powder), Dimethicone, Betaine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Sucrose, Mannitol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cellulose Gum, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Dextrin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Sodium Polyaspartate, Phytosphingosine, Aspergillus Ferment, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyquaternium-51, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Snowise Brightening Serum 

Water, Propanediol, Alcohol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Hydrolyzed White Ginseng Saponins), Oldenlandia Diffusa Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Broussonetia Kazinoki Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyquaternium-51, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium Edta, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance 

Both serums look really great for me. The ginseng serum has the anti-aging ingredients I love such as ginseng, peony, lotus, sealwort, rehmannia, licorice, enzyme-treated red ginseng saponins, whereas the brightening serum has similar stuffs, except for the red ginseng extracts. But for the brightening serum, we have additional ones like white ginseng saponins, white mulberry, paper mulberry, ginkgo biloba and so on. I think if you are looking for ginseng goodies then the ginseng serum is great, but the snowise is not bad either since we also have some white ginseng extracts and other herbs with brightening properties. Choose according to your skin needs and preferences.



Ginseng Cream EX

Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Trehalose, Glyceryl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-40 Stearate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Enzyme- Treated Red Ginseng Saponins), Panax Ginseng Flower Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Retinol, Beta-Glucan, Caffeic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-51, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Linolenate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Dextrin, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Cyclodextrin, Salicylic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Sodium Polyaspartate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearic Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Acetyl Glucosamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Pantethine, Palmitic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phytosphingosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hexyl Laurate, Jojoba Esters, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Snowise Brightening Cream 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Oldenlandia Diffusa Extract, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Honey, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins(Hydrolyzed White Ginseng Saponin), Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, C14-22 Alcohols, Glyceryl Stearate, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Palmitic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Tromethamine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium Edta, Glyceryl Caprylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

The snowise cream has the ingredients you can get from other snowise products. The ginseng cream, on the other hand, is rich in ginseng and other herbal ingredients as discussed in the previous ginseng cream review. I think the choice is pretty clear. If you discount the price factor, I would go for the ginseng cream since it has a lot of beneficial ingredients. Oily skin can go for the EX Light. However, if you prefer a velvety cream with whitening properties and ginseng extracts, then the snowise cream is a decent choice too.

CONCLUSION


In short, if I were to purchase, I would go for the Essential Balancing Water EX, Snowise Brightening Water, Ginseng Serum, Snowise Brightening Serum, and Ginseng Cream EX Light. I think it is really a personal choice whether or not you think these are worth your money, as not many people are a devoted fan of ginseng ingredients. And I personally haven't seen any amazing results using ginseng products. But, that is also probably due to the fact that I didn't use these regularly enough to really see a difference, as they are as you know, not cheap.

I hope that this review will help you to make a better choice regarding which Sulwhasoo products to choose in the future, and perhaps save your headaches and times finding the right ones for you.

See you in my next review!


[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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