Especially if it’s K Beauty from It’s Skin…
When I discover a new skincare or cosmetic brand, it’s like Christmas, my birthday and a particularly good Halloween rolled into one happy day. I can spend hours reading all about different products and making a prioritized wish list. When it’s a brand like It’s Skin USA, which offers dozens and dozens of inexpensive, fun products in every conceivable beauty category…let’s just say I’m tempted to buy it all!
If you’re already a Korean Beauty aficionado, you’re no doubt familiar with the line. But for K Beauty newbies, a quick introduction; developed by dermatologists from Seoul University, It’s Skin is a leading cosmetic brand in Korea. The brand is known for its blend of science, natural ingredients and fun packaging. Based on the quartet of products I sampled, I’m so happy that It’s Skin is now widely available on our shores.
The products range from serious skincare to seriously whimsical treats. First, let’s talk skincare…
The famed scientific know-how and natural ingredients are on display in the first product I tested, It’s Skin Tiger Cica Moisturizing Balm ($30, 50 ml). This lightweight moisturizing balm is infused with an extract of Centella Asiatica (also known as gotu kola and Indian pennywort). This plant is a perennial near the Indian Ocean, where locals know all about its anti-aging properties.
Scientific studies back up the folklore; applied to the skin, the plant does indeed increase collagen synthesis. Tiger Cica balm is designed to soothe the skin and protect against environmental aggressors, making it perfect for sensitive to dry skin. The silky balm sinks right in and makes my skin feel supple and soft. Even the packaging makes me so happy– I love the debossed tiger on the lid!
Oily gals, they’ve got you covered too. Though the Moisturizing Balm has a light texture, It’s Skin Tiger Cica Gel Cream ($29, 50 ml) has an even lighter gel texture (as the name would imply!) and an even higher concentration of the soothing Centella Asiatica; 68% to the Balm’s 55%.
If the rest of the skincare line is anything like the Tiger Cica products, it holds its own with luxury lines but with a much lower price point. You’ll have plenty of cash left over to splurge on a not-so-serious treat or two– like this fun stuff…
It’s Skin Macaron Cream Filling Cheek ($12) comes in six beautiful shades in adorable twist-off cookie packaging.
Cherry Blossom – warm pink with golden shimmer
Coral Chou – bright coral cream
Apricot Jam – bright peach cream
Rose Caramel – rosy nude cream
Apple Cinnamon – cherry red wash
Cassis Berry – pale cool pink cream
My two favorites are Cherry Blossom and Rose Caramel. Just a dab of the peach-scented, cream to powder formula blends easily into to my skin for a natural flush. A little layering gives more dramatic color. The light scent is fruity, good enough to eat, and works on lips too.
Speaking of delicious scents, this too-cute cookie-shaped lip balm It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm ($9) comes in five flavors, all formulated with shea and cocoa butter; Love Choco, Pineapple, Grape, Greenapple and Strawberry.
Strawberry is my favorite, but I’ll be honest, I’m craving the other four flavors just as much. They are smooth and non-greasy, and let’s be honest; pulling them out of my purse for a touch up makes me oh-so happy. I would love them just for the adorable packaging, but the product inside lives up to the pastel cookie that holds it.
Last by certainly not least is It’s Skin Cookie & Hand Cream ($10 80ml) which comes in three scents; original (a sweet cookie scent), strawberry and mint. I have flipped for mint which is formulated with peppermint extract. It looks and smells exactly like Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, right down to the take out-looking packaging. You’ll get the feeling you had this freshly scooped at your favorite indie ice cream shop! There are even “cookie chips” in the cream. Not only do my hands feel super-soft, I can’t stop sniffing them. Mint chocolate chip hand cream, girls…life is good!
If you already know your way around the world of K Beauty, you’ll find plenty of It’s Skin products to tempt you. If you’re brand new to the realm, treat yourself to a Macaron or two. You’ll end up making a lengthy wish list just like I did.
we heartsters, who has tried this line? Share your favorite products in the comments!
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skin tone: NC20
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare