Review: Nature Republic AQUA Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nature Republic's Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream has been a recipient of the Allure's 2011 award. Based on this award, I decided this must be a cream worth considering. I bought this about two months ago and have used it for everyday since. I love this cream.

Claims: "Super Aqua Max' Aqua Moisturizing cream contains rich minerals rom deep sea water and 30 kinds of pure mineral plants, delivering immediate hydrated purification. It works on the silicone gel network system, to create a thin protective film that prevents environmental damage. The natural moisturizing factors provide continuous hydration to your combination skin."

- This is from the english prints on the side of the box that housed the jar of cream. I am glad that they have english on the box as I can't read Korean. They also have some words in Chinese and Japanese.

Performance: This cream spreads easily and provides a nice cool sensation (not minty). It's fresh floral scent is relaxing and not overbearing. It has made my skin look healthy and glowy for the last two months. I currently reside in Seoul, and the weather here is becoming dryer as the winter season begins. This cream has kept my skin hydrated.

I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of having 30 mineral plants in the ingredients nor the goodness of other sea water, I just know that this cream has performed really well this past two months and did everything I expected a good cream to do.

What I love about it: It has a light fresh and floral fragrance that I can't really describe and it absorbs easily into the skin as if you had pat it with water. Some other cream will leave you with an oily sheen, but this is not like them.  I love the smell of it so much that I look forward to applying this.  It gives me a temporarily cooling feel, as if I am receiving a facial in a spa. The smell along with the feel makes application of this cream very relaxing.

What I don't love about it: Almost nothing, other than it not lasting very long which is not the cream's fault. I tend to apply this cream very liberally on my face and neck. One jar of this cream lasts me two months. If you apply just a careful amount, it may last you longer. 

* Update * Although I still love this cream for the fall and winter, I find it too heavy for Korea's humid summer. In fact, Nature Republic actually came out with two new ICE creams for the summer to replace this product.

Price: 10950 Won for 80 ml. (Around $10 US.)

Texture: As you can see from the picture above, the cream is slightly minty tinted. Fear not, the colour does not transfer onto your face (even if it did, it would probably just minimize redness - as green counters red). It applies clear and spreads easily. The more you spread and massage the cream into your skin, the more watery it becomes. 

Availability: Nature Republic is a Korean brand and is not easily available for the world outside of Korea. However, I think you can purchase it on eBay (although, like with all products purchased on eBay  you should be careful). If you are in Seoul Korea, Nature Republic is everywhere, from subway stations to subway exits. They often have 30-50% off "Nature Day" sales as well so you should look out for that. So far I have never seen this cream go on sale, probably due to its popularity.

Rating: A+

This is definitely one of my favourite purchases. It is an amazing product. I highly recommend this to people who love fast absorbing- non oily film - fresh floral scent creams.

Holika Holika My Dark Stealer Eye Cream Review

This was my first eye cream. I purchased this with the expectation that it would do as its name suggests - which was to get rid of my dark under eye circles. After experimenting with some other eye creams (Innisfree Eco Science Eye Cream, Nature Republic) I realized that this is quite a decent eye cream. Because of the moisture that it provides, I can see how this could help reduce the appearance of lines. It keeps my under eyes supple and hydrated.

Although this product did not reduce my dark under eye circles despite its name, I must point out that all products perform differently on each person. It is unreasonable to depend on one product to reduce darkness. How dark your under eyes are depends on your sleeping pattern, genetics, and eating habits.

It smells really nice and fresh. The colour of it is ever-so-slightly pinkish but applies on clear. It gives a slight pleasant cooling sensation at first and absorbs quickly.

It is a little bit like gel-cream. It isn't sticky and spreads easily.

It comes in a glass jar which is quite heavy for its size. Most people dislike packaging which requires you to put your fingers directly on the product but since this is an eye cream, the hygienic factor can be excused. You kind of have to apply any eye cream with your fingers. However, what I really dislike about class jar packaging is that it is hard to reach certain areas to get products and sometimes the product gets under my nails which is a no-no. I suppose this is easily remedied through the use of a Q-tip to getting the products out.

15 000 Won (about $14 USD) at Holika Holika stores in South Korea. Occasionally, Holika Holika has 30% off sales days and 1+1 days.



It smells nice
Provides hydration and suppleness to the under eyes really well.
Absorbs quickly


Did not make my under eyes any brighter
Heavy jar packaging
Having to dip fingers into the jar for the product

Although it did not banish my dark circles (high expectations due to its name), it was still a really nice eye cream. It hydrated well, smelled really fresh, absorbed quickly, and gave a cooling sensation which is really nice for tired eyes. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for a nice eye cream but is not expecting dramatic results.

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