Brand Review: Laneige

By Erica Weston 

Being a total beauty junkie, it’s hard to get completely amped up on all the new products that penetrate the market.  It can be overwhelming. And now with a surge of interest in Korean skincare brands, where do you even start?! I’ve spent some time with some products from Laneige, a popular Korean skincare brand that has actually has been around for quite some time.  And I can honestly say, these products make me so incredibly excited to share this post. This goes in order of what I tried first.

Laneige lip sleeping mask: $20

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Several months ago, I came across a YouTube video of Tati Westbrook (@glamlifeguru), and was totally obsessed with whatever she was wearing on her lips.  She had them lightly lined with a lip liner, and was wearing the Laneige lip sleeping mask as her gloss. Instantly, I was intrigued, and made my way to Sephora to investigate.  

Disclaimer: I’ve had an obsession with lip products since I was about 3-4 years old when my mom made me a lanyard to hold my lip smackers chapstick around my neck. The chapstick may or may not have been to keep me from licking my lips and giving me this gorgeous, chapped double-lip look (not cute)…but I digress.  I went to Sephora and sampled the lip mask. I put a thin layer of the mask over top whatever lipstick/liner I had on and oh man, I was hooked on the spot. This product is double duty: it’s meant to be worn at night (hence the name) but you can also wear during the day as a “gloss” (though it doesn’t really feel like a true lip gloss).  

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I ALWAYS struggle finding the perfect lip product to sleep in wether it is not moisturizing enough or too slippery etc.…the list goes on. But, this was the lip product to end all lip products. 

Laneige Multi-Cleanser: $23

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After my love affair with the lip sleeping mask, I wanted to dive into their cleansing products for my skin.  Honestly, it’s incredible to find luxury products that work, and don’t break the bank. Laneige products are all incredibly well priced.  I purchased their multi-cleanser (also a sucker for their beautiful, clean packaging).

I was a little nervous to try this one, as cleansers usually tend to break me out.  In the past, I stuck with the very gentle CeraVe, for the most part, which was recommended to me by my dermatologist years ago, because it’s so gentle. This cleanser has tiny particles in it to act as an exfoliator, but still suggests to use it once a day. I’ll take off all my makeup first with my first cleanse (usually micellar water) and rub this together between my palms to create a lather  before washing my face.  It smells very fresh and the lather really takes off any ounce of makeup left on your skin. I seriously get excited to wash my face with this!! No more, “Alexa, please wash my face”! 

Laneige Essential Power Skin Toner: $28

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This is the 3rd  product I tried that convinced me this brand is 100% worth it.  Toners will help balance the skins PH after cleansing and mine usually feels dry and tight.  

This is like a big glass of water for your face, while keeping oil on the skin to a minimum throughout the day.  I have noticed a huge decrease in oil production during the day when I put this on before my makeup.  

Tip: just put a few drops in the palm of your hand and press it in to your skin.  No need to waste a cotton pad.

For daytime, I’ll follow up with my Vitamin C serum and sunscreen. For nighttime, I’ll just follow with an eye cream. Laneige has a full line of amazing moisturizers, serums and masks (hello water sleeping mask!) as well.  I’m currently off moisturizers, except for the around the eye area…perhaps a post for another day to explain why

Have you tried and loved Laniege? Let me know!

*All photos are from Laneige.com 

 

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