This is my first indulgence into Sulwhasoo, I am pretty sure it is not the last after using the products for over a month. The first thing that attracts me to a brand is their ideology and their beliefs. Sulwhasoo believes that natural beauty starts from the good state of inside and out by addressing skin conditions at a fundamental level. Sulwhasoo is the first luxury brand to combine ancient Asian wisdom and legendary Asian medical herbs with advanced modern science to offer holistic beauty solutions that restore the delicate equilibrium between body and mind, bringing harmony and balance to the skin. I am so excited to share with the two products from the brand I have been really enjoying, Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum (CAD $105/60ml) is known as Korea's No. 1 selling serum consecutively for the last 20 years. As an essential first-step serum applied immediately after cleansing, the First Care Activating Serum boosts a glowing and healthier look by replenishing dehydrated skin which is the root cause of all skin troubles. The serum prepares the skin and boosts the absorption and efficiencies of subsequent skincare products. It is suitable for all skin types including delicate and sensitive skin types.
The major ingredients and technology include:
Jaum Balancing Complex – Peony (for soothing effects), Lotus (boosts mental vitality and energy, adds radiance by stimulating moisture and circulation), Rehmannia (moisturizes and addresses aging-related changes), Solomon's Seal (replenishes tin energy, relieves dryness, and stimulates circulation, adds elasticity), White lily (stimulates circulation to deliver mind-calming and skin nourishing effects). The technologies include POJE Optimizing Process (a special method that awakens the efficacies of each herbal plant), 18-hour Secret (it is the processing time for the efficacious formula), PREXtract Process (an innovative technology that deepens the efficacies of the formula by providing a higher concentration and a richly hydrated glow).
I have been using the First Care Activating Serum since last month and really amazed with the results. First I will start with the packing, it is a heavy bottle, looks and feels so smooth and lush, the shape and color as such give a beautiful holistic vibe by just looking at it. The serum is lightweight and absorbs pretty fast into the skin. The skin feels nourished, balanced, and radiant after using it. I could see the radiance even after applying it for the first time, with passing time and using it continuously, I see my skin looks and feels more balanced, hydrated, smooth, clear, and glowy. The products I use after this serum seem to work better with it and the makeup stays on pretty well over it, no issues of makeup rolling off. I apply this serum after cleansing my face, the brand has a defined Balancing Beauty Ritual focussed on how to apply the First Care Activating Serum. First, cleanse the face, rub both hands together to generate warmth. Then apply 2-3 pumps of First Care Activating Serum onto the palms, place the palms together, inhaling and exhaling gently to soothe the senses. the press the hands firmly, cupping the cheeks, then cup the forehead, and then the chin. Finally, the delicate eye area to help absorption, following with the Emulsion, Serum, Eye Cream, and Moisturizer from Sulwhasoo or your regular products like I mix and match depending upon my skin's needs.
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+ (CAD $110 per unit) is described as a luxurious rejuvenating cushion foundation that spreads seamlessly onto the skin, creating a smooth perfect finish that delicately reflects light for remarkable, youthful luminosity. With SPF 50+ and PA+++, the Sulwhasoo formula not only protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays, but it also delivers anti-aging benefits.
The major ingredients in this cushion foundation include:
Red Pine Extract – delivers radiance, resilience to the skin, boosts skin's look of firmness and density, smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Plum Blossom Extract – delivers anti-oxidants and clarity to skin
Radiance Pearl Powder Complex – provides silky, seamless yet perfected complexion with a healthy, natural looking glow.
As you see in the pictures, the packaging of the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+ is so elegant and gorgeous, the details are taken care of in a beautiful design and packaging. The packaging is heavy and feels luxurious. I press the puff onto the cushion and gently spread the product across the face. Starting from the center of the face and working outwards, I blend in with either of my brush, puff, beauty blender or even my fingers. I apply more on the areas that need more coverage like where my pigmentation or dark spots are. The coverage is medium and is buildable to full.
Top – 21 Medium Pink, Bottom – 23 Medium Beige
The formula is creamy smooth and blends in easily into the skin to give a seamless finish. The finish looks very natural, radiant, luminous, and long-lasting. It stays on well for over 7-8 hours and it seems good even at the end of the day. 23 Medium Beige suits my medium tan skin tone , I would say it would be perfect match for my skin in winters. This is a great addition to my cushion foundations that I have tried this year. The packaging does include a filling plus one refill with it.