Friday, October 11, 2013

[Review] Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream

Photo By: Elin Chow

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream - I swear this is my most favorite night cream of all time. 

I started using this product about a year ago after my faithful night moisturizer ran out. After having tried some of its samples previously, I decided to switch to this Aqua cream from Nature Republic instead. 

What Nature Republic says

The Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream is a high performance hydrating cream which infuses extra moisture and refreshment back to skin with an energizing complex of deep sea minerals from maritime plants while extract of chlorella, seaweed, plankton and water-soluble collagen and hyaluronic acid help to strengthen skin's ability to defend itself against external aggressors and dehydration. 

Types of Super Aqua Max Watery Cream

There are mainly 3 types of Aqua Creams, each differentiate by 3 different colors, targeted for 3 different skin types. 

1. Pink color suitable for dry skin type
2. Green color suitable for combination skin type
3. Blue color suitable for oily skin type

What I like about this product

1. Tailored to 3 different skin types

Firstly, it's good that Nature Republic has launched this product in 3 different colors, customized for users with different skin types. This means that this Aqua cream is suitable for everyone! "So... isn't it better for Nature Republic to launch one product that is suitable for all skin types? There are so many such products in the market now" I believe many users would have asked me this question.Well, my point of view is there is no one such perfect product in this world. To me, it is just an impossible thing to achieve. That is why I seldom purchase products that stated "suitable for all skin types" on the packaging. So, as someone who has combination skin like myself, I bought the green bottle.

2. Texture and smell

The  Aqua cream feels light and cooling on my face once its application. Due to its watery consistency, this cream can easily be spread and absorbed quickly by my skin once applied. I am also very pleased with the fact that the Aqua cream does not leave a sticky or oily feel on my face after application. 

The Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream comes with a really pleasant floral scent which I love very much. The scent is not very long-lasting, but it does linger on my skin for about a few hours before fading away. 

However, the effect of this Aqua cream is not very lasting and probably would require reapplication after a few hours. Although the moisturizing effect is not extreme, it is just works perfectly well for someone who live in such a hot and humid country like me. For people who live in extremely cold countries,  I believe the Aqua Cream alone is definitely not going to be sufficient to keep your skin moisturized in the cool and dry weather.

3. Packaging

The packaging for this product is great. It comes in a green container made of hard plastic glass. The reason I love this is because it makes the cream look expensive as compared to many other korean products. As Nature Republic is actively promoting themselves as an Eco-friendly company in order to attract more customers to buy their products, of course, the box of this Aqua cream is also made from recyclable paper as a selling point. In addition, a plastic spatula is provided when you purchase this product for hygienic purposes.

4. Price and availability

Price wise... Not too expensive I guess. I think it is pretty affordable for a 80ml cream. It costs me around SGD 15 to ship to Singapore. I have also purchased a few containers of this when I visited Seoul last month. The Aqua cream currently retails at 11000 won each in any Nature Republic stores. It will cost a bit more if you choose to purchase this in any of its retail stores you find in your home country.

As for accessibility, I personally feel that Nature Republic has fewer retail stores compared to other korean brand stores (eg. The Etudehouse, The Faceshop etc) in Singapore and Malaysia. I think it is easier to purchase Nature Republic online and ship them to my country than to visit their retail store here.

What I Dislike About This Product

There is nothing I actually disliked for this product. I will probably continue to use this as my most faithful product.

How Do I Use This Product

The method of applying the Aqua Cream is just like any other facial creams available in the market. 

1. Cleanse my face thoroughly with a facial cleanser to remove any grease or dirt from my skin. For this, I will usually reach out for my EverSoft Ginkgo with Grapefruit Facial Cleanser.

2. Pat my face dry with a clean towel

3. Using a cotton pad, I will proceed to pat in some toner on my face. For this, I will always reach out for my most favorite toner - the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion

4. After I am done with the toner, I will then massage the Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream onto my face. 

Final Thoughts

For people who are interested to try this product out, it is important for you to choose the one that is tailored to your skin types. However, please remember that what may be suitable and works well for people around you might not be the best for you.

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