Last year, Olive Young was having frequent sales, like pretty much any brand that is considered ‘non-essential’, I guess. Especially when it comes to more premium-priced brands like Dr Jart+, I am guessing that consumers are more sensitive to pricing nowadays.
In a way, it’s good for consumers I guess. We get to try more premium brands at less premium prices; plus, brands like The Inkey List and The Ordinary have probably helped alert the masses to the fact that high prices do not automatically equate efficacious products and vice versa.
So today, here are my thoughts on a selection of Dr Jart+’s lineup of their Vital Hydra Solution. Spoiler alert: I quite like the range, in spite of the disgusting scent and overall steep prices! All of these are empties at this point and I feel it appropriate to look at them in one go. Let’s get into it.
Vital Hydra Solution Biome Essence
I have previously written about my thoughts in more detail over here: Review: Dr Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution – Biome Essence | Microbiome Skincare – Hype or the Real Deal?, but just to reiterate my thoughts: This is a slightly viscous hydrating toner or essence that’s nice to have but not a must. There are better and cheaper hydrating toners out there, though I will have to say that this is a really nice one… as long as you can get over the fact that it ever so slightly smells of rotting meat or unfiltered period blood. If you have ever smelt one of those absorbent period panties you’ll know exactly what I mean.
By the way, do you want me to review reusable period products at some point in the future? I have tried menstrual cups as well as period panties and I Have Thoughts. You know I like my TMI rants!
Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mask
This, too, has been reviewed in the past, right over here: Review: Dr Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution (sheet mask) but to recap, I actually really liked this mask. It was deeply hydrating and soothing and made my skin look nice and fresh and clean throughout the next day. I tend not to like too many sheet masks, so the fact that I rate this highly is somewhat unusual for me.
It did not even have that disgusting smell, which I found weirdly out of line considering all products in the range have it but I am not complaining by any means. It does contain alcohol which I usually try to avoid like the plague but in this mask, it totally works for me.
In recent times, I have been ok with using some fragranced products and some products containing alcohol, and this is definitely one of them, surprisingly.
Vital Hydra Solution Biome Water Cream & Vital Hydra Solution Biome Moisture Cream
These are some really nice gelly creams that I think I would have loved using in my early 20s when my skin was super acneic and I did not use a proper moisturiser because I could not find a texture I liked then, prompting my skin to produce even more oil… ah, the sins of youth.
These would have been just perfect just then as they were very nicely hydrating. The water cream is more of a light gel cream, whereas the moisture cream is an opaque white cream that really is more of a light lotion. They absorb similarly quickly and the texture is remarkably similar as well, don’t let the colouring fool you. In terms of efficacy, they are the same. They are watery moisturisers that hydrate very well.
There are a couple of drawbacks though.
- I think you can easily find cheaper options, e.g. Illiyoon’s classic ato lotion: Review: Illiyoon – Ceramide Ato Lotion & Concentrate Cream (Gift Set) | Korean Skincare Products that Work
- They really are a bit pricey for what they are: Basic moisturisers.
- The SMELL. Ugh. Same as the Biome Essence – it smells of rotting meat scraps or menstrual juices.
Biome Vital Hydra Solution Biome Night Therapy Mask
I have yet to find a sleeping pack that impresses me.
This one basically acts like a very slightly thicker version of the aforementioned moisture cream, but not by much. I don’t find it more hydrating than the latter. As my skin is dehydrated, I do prefer much thicker products at night and this just didn’t do the trick. I always had to layer lots of moisturisers underneath it to get the desired effect and was happy when I finished it.
Until I find a sleeping pack to suitably impress me, I’ll be loyal to my beloved Uriage moisturiser to really lock in all those lotions and potions (mini size featured here First impressions: Uriage Xemose Cleanser & Cream | If your skin likes to Freak Out, do consider this Bland Duo. I know I will., lasts a long time – I got the full 400ml size a long time ago and it lasts and lasts, hubby loves using it too on itchy spots). Trilogy’s Rosehip Seed Oil is iconic too as seen in my Best of 2020 post. Nothing can beat those two!
I actually like all products that I talked about today however I do not see myself repurchasing any of them in the future. As mentioned, I find them far too overpriced, they are all nice but in a basic way – there are a lot of products out there that deliver comparable or better results at a fraction of the price, and last but not least, the omnipresent abominable smell that can be found in all of them but the sheet mask.
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