[REVIEW] Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Emulsion

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Price: 38 000 Won / 125 ml

Skincare products continue to one of the most challenging things for me to review. The effects of skincare product varies from person to person. How it affects your skin when you first use it and when you finish the entire product may also be different. After trying many products, it became really hard to say which product contributed to what effect and this is why I've waited until I finished the entire product before I tell you guys what I think. 

Although I know a Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Emulsion review was requested a while ago, it really took me a while to think about how I feel towards this product. Let me start off by giving you an introduction to Hanyul.

Hanyul is a brand which is part of AmorePacific. Their vision and mission is to provide skincare products that embodies the wisdom that older generations have and pass it onto younger generations.   It focuses on natural and traditional Korean ingredients. For example, the use of rice water for skin softening and brightening purposes has been known for a long time.

"Rice, Koreans' staple food, has been used as moisturizing skincare ingredient for women for a long time now" - source: Hanyul information paper. 

I believe the target market for Hanyul are people between the ages of 20 + , as much of their skincare range focuses on whitening and anti-ageing. I would say their prices are definitely on the higher end, similar to Iope's and Hera's.  You can purchase Hanyul products at Aritaum.

Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Emulsion focuses on anti-wrinkle and whitening

"Rice Essential Skin Emulsion makes rough skin soft as moisture and nourishment are delivered deep into skin. The fermented extract of Yeoju rice -- grown by clean water from Namhangang River and in rich, sandy red soil full of organic matter -- strengthens the oil and moisture balance in skin and makes skin firm by providing rich nourishment to dry, chapped skin. "

It comes in a study glass bottle with a metal pump and a plastic lid. I am glad to say that even after handling this bottle for half a year now, none of the words have rubbed off. It's definitely high quality packaging.

Directions: "After using our essence in the morning and at nighttime, evenly apply on the face and neck and gently tap to enhance the absorption of ingredients. (Approximate amount per use 2 - 3 pumps)."

I find that 1- 2 pumps was enough for me.

Steps on How to Apply your skincare. 

Like all the other Hanyul products that I have tried, this does have a herbally scent. It does not smell synthetic at all. Although you definitely can notice the scent right away, it disappears after application. Personally, I find it to be very therapeutic and relaxing.

You can see the light, almost watery consistency the emulsion has when it's spread out.

I have been using this product for a while now twice a day. In the morning and at night, I use it after my toner and serum.  I find that 2 pumps was usually the ideal amount for my skin. It has a really light consistency and despite being really moisturizing, it doesn't feel heavy or greasy at all. I find that this product absorbs incredibly well and my skin just drinks it up.  After tapping the product as instructed by the pamphlet into my skin, it leaves a very very slight tackiness which disappears after a few minutes. In the summer, the emulsion is moisturizing enough to be use on its own while in the winter, I like to add a drop of argan oil into a pump of emulsion and I find that the oil absorbs into my skin faster and leave less of an oily residue.

In terms of its anti-aging focus, that is a tricky thing to define because like whitening, there are so many other factors that can contribute to it. Your diet, sleep, and environment probably plays a bigger role in how your skin looks and feels than what a single product can do for you and expecting a single product to fix everything would be unfair. However, what I do know is that this product has kept my skin really hydrated and plump.

Despite using the entire bottle now, it's really hard to say whether or not it truly whitens or brightens my face. I think it truly did brighten my skin a little but it's a gradual brightening effect and that is good enough for me. After using so many products now, I find that the most effective ones in the long run are the ones that help your skin gradually.

Overall, I feel that Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Emulsion was a good investment for my skin. It's light, highly moisturizing, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave any residue. I would definitely repurchase it.


  1. Sounds like an amazing products) I really want to try this brand, they seem to have great products, have you tried any other ?

    Xx Maya

    1. Hi Maya :) I've tried and reviewed their cleansing foam ->


      and I'm also using their Optimizing Serum at the moment. Once I've finished that I'll be reviewing it as well :) Hanyul is a great brand and so far I'm really liking everything I've tried from them.


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