8 Apr 2018

Review: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (2016 Version)

I have so many facial creams that I want to try out, so despite its popularity, I keep my Laneige until the very last because I know it won't disappoint. I want to see how will I like it after trying out so many other creams in the past few years! And here it is, my review for the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream (2016 Version)! I didn't know Laneige reformulates its Gel Cream because the packaging still looks the same. Only that the newer formula doesn't have that "EX" in the title. The sales lady at the counter told me that this reformulation is a lot lighter and more hydrating than the 2014 formula. I noticed that the 2012 version is also called "Water Bank Gel Cream" with the "EX" so does that mean the coming version will be "Water Bank Gel Cream EX" again?? Lols!

Alright, let's see how I feel about this Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream after using it for a good 6 months now!

To be honest, I like the older packaging (2012 version) a lot better. That one looks more like water drops. The 2014 and 2016 versions are too sturdy for something so hydrating and refreshing!

Like all other creams, Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream is packed in a nice blue colour glass. It feels nice to hold in your hand every time you apply the cream. It also comes in a spatula and lid for better hygiene and quality assurance.

According to the official website, Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream has this unique "activate moisturizing genes" to increase the production of skin's natural moisturizing factors to “supply thorough moisturizing care for deeper layers of your skin”. Sounds great for dehydrated skin, doesn't it? It also has this mini hyaluronic acid and air-wetting formula to enhance its moisturizing ability. I think this is what the sales lady told me, about this cream's ability to pull moisture and oxygen from your surrounding into your skin to keep it moisturized for longer.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Acetyl Glucosamine, Copper Tripeptide-1, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclomethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearic Acid, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisiloxane, Palmitic Acid, Phenyl Methicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Polysilicone-11, Polyacrylate-13, Polyethylene, Polyisobutene, Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Phytosphingosine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance


CosDNA analysis looks quite clean, but I think those with sensitive and acne-prone should seriously get a few samples before buying it, as there is still alcohol, dimethicone, stearic acid, and several irritants in here. I am doing fine with alcohol personally, and I like the refreshing properties of alcohol, but some people might have an issue with it.

The Water Bank Gel Cream retains most things that are uniquely Laneige like quinoa seed extract, mineral components, sodium hyaluronate, meadowfoam seed oil, and so on. Major revolution is the technology part, which is not really reflected in the ingredients list. I like Laneige Water Bank series due to the rich mineral components inside. For some reasons, they tend to plump up and hydrate my skin a lot better than non-mineral skincare. Innisfree Jeju Sparkling captures my heart because of the same reason - mineral ingredients too!

In short, a cream formulated with a lot of emulsifiers, viscosity controls, PEGs, emollients and solvents to make it what it is. Key ingredients remain niacinamide (skin-elasticity improving and anti-dark spots), quinoa seed extract (anti-oxidizing), sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing), mineral components (anti-oxidizing, moisturizing and brightening), Japanese cypress water (anti-aging) and meadowfoam seed oil (moisture retention). But since it contains so many ingredients, sensitive skin should really patch test to avoid any one of these irritate your skin out! The more isn't always the better!


I love this cream. I love it even more than my holy grail Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb, especially during summer and day time. Belif feels greasy when your skin is hydrated enough, so you may not enjoy Belif all the time, only when you are in an air-conditioned room or cold season. But Laneige one supplies loads of lightweight hydration that my skin loves for a summer-country like Malaysia!

I use this mostly after other Laneige products. I just bought the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence and both products, when applied together, feels amazing on my skin! My skin is supple, plump and bouncier without any stickiness or heaviness whatsoever!


I am sincerely impressed by the reformulation. I tried a trial sample of the older formula before, which I thought was quite greasy. But this reformulation is totally different! It feels airy and lightweight enough. Most importantly, it is so hydrating for my skin that my skin stays oil-free (it only gets oily when my body isn't feeling well or my skin is too dehydrated) and supple for a few hours!

I will probably repurchase, but given the amount of creams I have as spares, I think the next time when I repurchase, Laneige has already reformulated this one. So... I'll see how it goes!

- airy, lightweight texture
- super hydrating and can lock in moisture without any greasy finish
- smells great

- some ingredients may be irritating for sensitive skin

Extended Reading:

Of Water Science and Dewy Skin: A Brand Overview and Reviews of 25 Laneige Products Part 1

Of Water Science and Dewy Skin: A Brand Overview and Reviews of 25 Laneige Products Part 2

Comparison Review: Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb vs. Moisturizing Bomb

Overall impression: ★★★★☆
Repurchasing: ★★★★☆
You can get this from: Laneige Malaysia | Hermo | major K-beauty retailers
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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