Dare to Bare with Althea Korea Bare Essentials

May 8, 2018

We've all seen the famous 10-step Korean skin care routines all over the internet. And most probably, we've had our own attempts to come up with an elaborate skin care regimen ourselves to achieve that perfect glassy skin or to get rid of those zits once and for all. But if you're not a fan of the extensive (and expensive) products, our favorite K-beauty source, Althea Korea, recently came up with a simplified answer to all your skincare needs: Althea Korea Bare Essentials.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials Review

Less is more. Bare Essentials aim to simplify every girls' skincare routine with three back-to-basic steps: cleanse, tone & moisturize. The key ingredients are all-natural, cruelty-free and hypoallergenic, promising our skin the best hydrating experience without the guilt.

Althea Korea was generous enough to send the whole package along with a free mirror, a couple of samples, and a piece of marble (probably for flatlay aesthetic purposes). It took me a month to finally come up with this review. Of course, I wanted to thoroughly test out the products for more accurate results, so I tried it out and after 3 weeks of using the products... *cue drumroll*... here's the verdict.

My skin type: Oily to Combination

Bare Essentials Contour Cleanser
Contour Cleanser, ₱300
Claims: A rich and refreshing foaming cleanser that removes impurities while improving blood circulation for that V-shaped look. It contains micro capsules to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling cool and refreshed too.

PROs:
  • I instantly loved the subtle lemon scent! Reminds me of spas and hotels (because the smell is THAT relaxing and calming).
  • The micro-capsules really do gently exfoliate the face, which is a plus, because I'm trying to stay away from harsh facial cleansers that tend to damage the skin even more. 
  • It does feel a little tight, which is a good indicator that it removed dirt and excess sebum from my face.
  • It has a good value for money since you get a 150-g product for 300php, not bad.
CONs:
  • Not entirely sure about the claims as a "Contour" Cleanser.
  • Although I'd still prefer my usual cleanser with Salicylic Acid since it targets my most common problems like acnes and comedones.
Rating: 3.9/5


STEP 2: PRIMER WATER
Bare Essentials Primer Water
Primer Water, ₱550
Claims: Smooth, hydrating and ever so slightly balm-like, this bottle of wonder penetrates into the layers of the skin to plump them up, prepping the skin and making it a smooth canvas for products to come.

PROs:
  • The product has a thick consistency, similar to the Rice & Ceramide Toner I used before from the Face Shop. Using cotton would just absorb most of the product, so it's best applied using your fingers to gently pat it in.
  • I love that it doubles as a toner and a primer, which really cuts the process of prepping up especially in the morning.
  • It moisturizes and plumps up my face without making my face extra oily. 
CONs:
  • It's a little tacky at first, but not so much of an issue because it'll eventually dry out/be absorbed after a couple of minutes. Best used during nighttime.
Rating: 4.2/5


STEP 3: FIXER CREAM
Bare Essentials Fixer Cream
Fixer Cream, ₱620
Claims: Contains powerful moisturizing properties to keep your face hydrated and moisturized. It is also packed with antioxidants and has a non-greasy moisturizing agent that helps promote collagen production (anti-aging).

PROs:
  • Love the all-natural components of this product and how it moisturizes, hydrates and aids in anti-aging at the same time.
  • The scent is very relaxing and not too overpowering. I think it smells like tea. 
  • It is non-greasy.*
CONS:
  • To be fair, my face is oily af that's why I've always sticked with gel-type moisturizers over creams. Although the Fixer Cream claims to be non-greasy*, we can't eliminate the fact that this is still a bit heavier than gel-type moisturizers which makes it not-too-wearable during daytime.
Rating: 3.2/5


Althea Korea Bare Essentials
Althea Korea Bare Essentials

OVERALL: 
The whole concept of the Althea Korea Bare Essentials being minimalist is very timely for millennials. The packaging looks very elegant making it look more expensive than it actually is. And of course, coming up with the simplified skincare routine is really perfect for on-the-go urban women who barely have the time to do steps 1 to 10 on a daily basis. The items are very promising. I've read a few reviews that they work just as great (or maybe better) with normal to dry skin types which makes the line versatile. Great for those who are just starting to invest on skincare staples.

You can get the whole Bare Essentials Set at 10% off or purchase them individually at Althea Korea.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All products were sent to me by Althea Korea in exchange of a review. However, all contents and opinions expressed are solely my own, and not, in any way, influenced by the company and the brand.

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