laneige skincare review

Laneige Skincare Review

Did you know your skin is made up of 64% water? Well, Laneige knows and they have built their entire brand around it.

About Laneige Skincare

Laneige debuted in Korea in 1994 with an emphasis on hydration and moisturization. Today, Laneige boasts a collection of over 30 skincare and makeup products addressing a variety of skin types and concerns. Laneige has become a frontrunner in the K-beauty space and beyond with its Water Science technology. The brand’s aesthetic is youthful, as evidenced by its mascot Walter the Waterdrop and To All the Boys I Loved Before collab with Netflix. However, Laneige is pretty firmly positioned as a serious brand, holding shelf space at Sephora with pricing between $15 and $39 for individual products.

I was introduced to Laneige through Sephora’s Beauty Insider program – a trio of travel-sized products was one of the 2021 birthday gift options. I started using this in my Sunday and Wednesday night skincare routine to refresh my skin. I’ll give you a hint about how it’s been going – I purchased three full-sized products at full price (and a travel set).

Laneige Water Bank Hydroessence

laneige water bank hydro essence

$38, 2.3 fl oz. – laneige.com

The Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence is a lightweight serum-like complex that prevents water loss and boosts hydration. It boasts such ingredients as kale, watercress, and beets for extra hydrated skin. I apply the Hydro Essence to my skin after cleansing and/or exfoliating my skin.

The Hydro Essence comes in a nice glass pump bottle, which is good for product control and the environment. I like that this serum has a nice light texture with no heavy scent. It does leave my skin soothed and moist without residue and provides a nice base for the remaining stages of my routine.

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Average

Laneige Water Bank Sleeping Mask

laneige water bank sleeping mask

$25, 2.3 fl oz. – laneige.com

The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is one of the brand’s bestsellers. This gel mask draws upon Laneige’s Hydro Ionized Mineral Water with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and antioxidants to hydrate and refresh skin while you sleep. The mask comes in three varieties, including a lavender-scented mask and cica mask for sensitive skin.

laneige water sleeping mask gel
Water Sleeping Mask has a soothing gel-like texture.

I use this mask after my moisturizer to help plump my skin and ward off dullness. The mask has a cool, soothing jelly texutre that is non-greasy. I was pleasantly surprised at how this mask absorbs and dries on the skin. It stays on all night, but it’s doesn’t stay wet to the touch for very long, making it less messy than I expected. Also, Laneige calls out its Calming Sleepscent, featuring orange flower, rose, and sandalwood, but the scent is still very mild. I do wake up with glowing, juicy skin every time I use this product at night. One added bonus is that this mask comes with a small spatula to keep hands (and subsequent germs) out of the jar.

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Average

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

laneige lip sleeping mask

$22, 0.70 fl oz. – laneige.com

The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is another bestseller that works overnight for better skin in the morning. This balm adds moisture through antioxidants and hydrating ingredients and uses Laneige’s Moisture Wrap technology to seal the moisture in and protect lips. This product is available in 9 varieties, including seasonal scents.

laneige lip sleeping mask texture
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a great overnight treatment balm for dry lips.

This lip mask has a similar texture to a fancy lip balm you would wear out during the day, but richer and more emollient. It is comfortable to wear, not greasy, and not waxy-feeling. The mask is also not sticky. It does feel like it’s really absorbing into your lips instead of just sitting on top. I have the original Berry and Peach Iced Tea scents, and I was honestly a bit disappointed that they are scented, not flavored. However, this doesn’t take anything away from the quality of the product. I notice a difference in my lips in the morning, and I have noticed an improvement in the overall texture of my lips after consistent use. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask also comes with its own hygienic spatula for application.

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Average

A Note About the Laneige Moisturizing Cream Cleanser and Water Bank Moisturizer

I did not purchase a full-sized cleanser or moisturizer from Laneige because I already had other products (check out what I’m using here). However, I did purchase the Hydration-To-Go set that included travel-sized versions of the Laneige Moisturizing Cream Cleanser and Water Bank Moisturizer, in addition to the three products above ($29, laneige.com).

I travel quite a bit and I try my best to keep my routine as consistent as possible. Air travel in particular seems to do a number on my skin in terms of dryness and dullness. The Laneige Moisturizing Cream Cleanser has a silky, milky texture and does a great job of cleansing the skin without stripping it. The Laneige Water Bank Moisturizer is a happy medium between a gel and a cream, offering long-lasting hydration. It leaves my skin balanced and not oily, and serves as a great base for the Water Bank Sleeping Mask. Both of these products have little to no scent and are effective in small quantities.

Final Review

These Laneige products have not disappointed. Each of the products has produced reliable positive results for my skin, both immediately after use and over time. I have also experienced no irritation or sensitivity whatsoever. The thoughtfulness of including spatulas with the larger jars is great. In terms of price, Laneige is indeed a prestige-priced brand. The price per product is more than I normally spend on skincare, but in the grand scheme of things, a little goes a long way. For what I’ve invested in total, it will take me quite some time to finish each product.

Laneige has shaken out to be one the top favorite skincare brands I’ve ever used, and I foresee myself keeping them as a staple and perhaps trying more products as my budget allows. I highly recommend Laneige for your splurge skincare needs.

Final Verdict

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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