Essence/ Serum/ Ampoule

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum Review


OOhh!! I am feeling so bad for this!! Is it just the me??? That’s what I was thinking while using it! 😩 I really couldn’t find the reason behind it, until I decided to write a review!! Yes! that’s why reviews are needed!! Not necessarily the positive one, but the honest one!! 😑You must be thinking!! What is this all about? I am talking about The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum. Yeah! Here it goes!! I really didn’t like the product!! Why? Read along!! 😡

But before that a little disclaimer here, I am not trying to bash the product, it’s just it didn’t work out for me! It might be a favourite one for few of you out there (but I honestly doubt that! Why? Read on!!)! I am only sharing my opinion.The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum is the result of my foolish purchases that I had made during my initial excitement of K-Beauty. We all make those mistakes. 😣

 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum claims to brighten skin and reduce the dullness on skin ( I have never understood, the necessity to mention terms like skin “brightening” and “reducing dullness” at a time in a product description, it literally means the same thing!!). Trust me it’s all the marketing trick!! So always look into the ingredient list before getting mesmerised by those alluring words!!  Yeah I was!! That’s why I am writing this!! ✍️

 

 

Skin Type: 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum is suitable to all skin types! (I doubt it!!). 😕

Not Suitable for:

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum is not suitable to anyone allergic to its ingredients or anyone with sensitive skin or with acne issues.

 

 

Ingredients List and CosDNA Analysis: 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum

The ingredient list looks fine, actually an awesome one!! But I am not happy with the fact that:

  • skin brightening marketed ingredient like “Daisy Flower Extract” and “White Lupin Seed” are at bottom of the list.
  • The first ingredient at the top of a serum is “Water”. Why? This is a serum not a lotion or a toner!
  • “Ethylhexyl Palmitate” is used in oil cleanser (which is washed off) is again at the top, this one can irritate skin in few cases.
  • Salix Alba Bark Extract aka natural salicylic acid, the prime culprit in my case. Again this is a very famously liked ingredient by many, especially those with oily skin. But I am the unfortunate one. 😔

The only good thing is that “Niacinamide” which is an active ingredient for skin brightening is at top. Rest looks good! Yeah I kinda summarized this based on Cosdna Analysis and my personal experience.

 

 

How to use:

Since, The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum is a serum, use it after a toner. The right order should be (It’s just my suggestion):

Toner (with no Exfoliating ingredient) > Cosrx Snail 96 Essence > Eye CreamThe Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum > Moisturizer.

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum is suitable for day and night use, but I would recommend to use it at night time only as it does contain salicylic acid (in a very low percentage), which has a mild exfoliating effect on skin.

 

 

 

Packaging: 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum comes in a classic opaque very stiff plastic cylindrical container with a pump type dispenser. A small cap is also provided to secure the dispenser. The packaging is really sturdy and does have an attractive appeal to it.

 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum
It actually looks and feel like a ceramic container but it is not!!

 

 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum
The dispenser

 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum
The regular serum cap

 

Expiry Period: The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum has a shelf life of 36 months and an after opening expiry period of 12 months.

Quantity: The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum comes in 50 ml quantity.

Price: I bought The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum from Amazon (India) for $23. Surprisingly from white seed line this is not available on many korean website. I have only found it on Missbeautykorea.com

It is also available on Nykaa (India only) and Amazon.com 

😱

 

Consistency/Texture/Fragrance: 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum has a lotion like consistency and runs smoothly. The serum is white and has a pearl like sheen and it has a floral scent.

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum

 

Absorbability: 

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum absorbs moderately and keep skin hydrated.

The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

Honestly! The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum has been a regrettable purchase. I did finish it somehow and I didn’t see any  brightening effect. It actually felt uncomfortable on skin and caused mild itching. There was no redness but the skin felt itchy. I am not sure, if the itching was because of the salicylic acid (willow bark extract) used in the product. I finished it by using on neck over a time of 6 months or so…!! So, accordingly is my review and is a final one.

Pros:

  1. Paraben Free.
  2. Vegan friendly.
  3. No mineral Oil

Cons:

  1. Irritated my sensitive skin.
  2. Availability is an issue.
  3. I didn’t see any result.
  4. Better products are available for lower or similar price.

Do I recommend it? No!! Not at all!! Better products are available for skin brightening.

Will I repurchase? No! Never!

 

Rating: 1/5

I am not saying that the product is really a bad one, few of the users might have found it good. I think it’s just that my skin sensitivity towards salicylic acid has resulted in skin irritation. 😞 Most importantly, the price, the availability, the misleading description and my experience has made me come to this conclusion.

If you have used The Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum or any other product from same line, do share your experience in the comment section below.

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