I can feel it: 2017 is my Year of Essence. In 2015, I was confused by all the many different kinds of Asian skincare layers out there. In 2016, I started using more types of moisturizers. And now, essence has become an integral part of my regimen. It gives a touch of moisture without feeling too thick to go under makeup or other skincare products. Where has it been all my life?!
Here’s an interesting take on essence: Cathy Doll Milky Splash Essence with Heot Gae Na Mu (PHP 649).
Quick Specs: 50 g / 1.76 oz ; made in Korea
The packaging is in a cutesy baby blue color with light-colored polka dots. It is designed in a practical, no-fuss manner with a tip that dispenses just the right amount of the product. Instructions and illustrations can be found on both the tube and the box. They are as follows:
1. Apply milky essence in circular motion all over the face.
2. Gently rub until the milky drop is fully absorbed to the skin.
3. Show off your instant white, soft and radiant skin!!
The special ingredients are goat milk extract and heot gae na mu (a.k.a. Japanese raisin) that are supposed to improve moisture and elasticity, respectively. There are also bee venom and L-glutathione variants, but this particular essence smells sweet and milky, like yogurt-flavored jelly.
What sets the Milky Splash Essence apart from other products in that category is the very unique texture of the product. Out of the tube, it looks like any gel-cream formula (with little yellow specks suspended). Once blended, however, it takes on a waxy feel. Then milky white droplets emerge (like magic!), and you keep patting/massaging until it fully dries. Perhaps spreading the milky essence separates the liquid component from the rest of the formula. Once dried, the skin feels lightly coated and non-slick. It feels like there’s nothing on in but is velvety-smooth to the touch. (My guess? The dimethicone in the ingredients that makes it feel like primer!)
Noticeably, there is an instant brightening effect on the skin. Even the fingers I used to apply it had a white cast over it. But on the skin, that brightening isn’t too stark. It looks dewy and plump, instead of the usual layer-of-powder appearance. (I can see this as an instant solution to uneven tanning.
Verdict: Because Milky Splash has a primer-like feeling after it dries, I think this product works well in layering skincare products. It doesn’t give the impression that you are just piling on the slick, sticky stuff. It also goes smoothly under makeup, making it a versatile day-to-night essence.
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*I received this product free-of-charge from Cathy Doll after attending their launch event for Project Vanity. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own.*