Tag: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum review


I am literally obsessed with Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum since I started using it last year and reviewed it here a few months back. This is one of those products that I feel the difference in my skin if I stop using it. My skin behaves better and there is a healthy glow to the skin when I have this serum in my skincare routine. In time for spring when the skin needs the most help to recover from the winter and be ready for the beautiful weather coming in, Sulwhasoo has a beautiful new collection launched last month called Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing collection which has three products – Bloomstay Vitalizing Water, Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum, and Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream.

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water, Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum, and Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream, Essential Lip Serum stick

I was invited by the Sulwhasoo team to experience the Holistic Beauty from Asian Wisdom through the facial using a mixture of permanent and new launched products. I have to agree that it was one of the best facials I had, the massage and the techniques were all so relaxing to the senses and the skin. My skin felt amazing and fresh since then, it has been almost a month now and I am all impressed with the results. Apart from the facial, it was such a pleasant experience to know more about the history, background of the products and the brand. Also, how the combination of science and ancient wisdom works wonders for skin and senses for an overall rejuvenating experience. I have been using the newly launched products from Bloomstay Vitalizing Line since then into my skincare routine.

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water, Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum, and Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream, Essential Lip Serum stick

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing line is inspired by Sulwhasoo’s iconic flower – Plum Blossoms. These resilient flowers bloom even during severely cold weather and snow. Plum Blossoms lift spirits by signifying the coming of spring and end of winter, hence have become the symbol of overcoming adversities with integrity and faith. Plum Blossom contains a powerful antioxidant that encourages more vitalized and rejuvenated looking skin. For the packaging, if you see, it is so beautiful and delicate as flowers. The jars and bottles are heavy weight plastic which feels luxurious and pretty at the same time.

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water, Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum, and Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream, Essential Lip Serum stick

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water is hydrating, antioxidant-rich water which also provides lasting moisturizing benefits. It has to be applied after cleansing or ideally after cleansing and applying the first care activating serum. The lightweight watery consistency applies nicely with a cotton pad or by pressing onto the skin by palms of the hand. Then comes the Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum which provides rejuvenates skin with a fresh bright glow. The serum has a texture that is smooth honey like, it glides on easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly without feeling greasy or leaving any residue. After applying the serum, you already start feeling and seeing the glow and skin is comfortable and smooth. The last step for skin care routine is sealing all the goodness applied until now with the Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream which is a lightweight antioxidant-rich moisturizer formulated with Plum Blossom. It promotes youthfully radiant, resilient, and firmer-looking skin. This cream was already part of Allure best of beauty awards for the last year 2018. The cream helps relieve skin exhaustion, firms, smooths the skin while imparting a healthy and translucent glow. This line has definitely impressed me, even for my combination skin prone to acne, I am absolutely keeping the products in rotation.

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water, Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum, and Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream, Essential Lip Serum stick

Last but not least, not to forget the lips. Sulwhasoo Essential Lip Serum Stick was used on my lips during the facial and it got stuck into my mind until the facial was finished and I was able to see what this relieving, cooling thing was used on my lips. The packaging of this serum stick is so elegant and luxurious. Essential Lip Serum Stick is a moisture-boosting lip serum that brings dull lips back to life. It deeply hydrates and creates a naturally vibrant look with delicate shades of plum blossoms to bring out the natural vibrancy of the lips. It works perfectly under other lip products during the day and also a perfect night treatment for lips to wake up with soft, smooth, nourished and supple lips.

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing line and Essential Lip Serum Stick is available at Nordstrom Toronto, Nordstrom VancouverNordstrom.com,  and Holt Renfrew Vancouver.

*Press samples

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 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.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

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).

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

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 First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

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.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

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.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

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.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+

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.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50+ are available at Nordstrom Toronto, Nordstrom Vancouver, Nordstrom.com,  and Holt Renfrew Vancouver.

*Press samples