Sometime around the beginning of April, on the 11th to be exact, I published a blog post on the A. True mist and cream and thought to myself, “Gosh! I feel so accomplished and motivated! I’m going to totally write 2 blog posts a week and keep up on reviewing all these amazing products!” Well. It is now 55 days later and I’ve clearly not done a damn thing here.
I can argue that I was busy with kids, and the end of the school year, and Instagram (seriously though, I’ve been obsessed with improving my photography and learning how to use Photoshop). Which is all partially true. But really when it comes time for me to actually sit down and write I think, “You know what sounds like fun? Not doing a damn thing. Where’s my book?”
That’s exactly what almost happened tonight, but then in trying to plan my IG content for tomorrow I realized I need to actually write a damn post instead of trying to fit in a brief review with a fancy picture. I mean, I’ll still have the fancy picture, but I’ll have more of them. And a full ingredients lists. So there’s that.
On to the reviews! Both serums were sent to me by the company for purposes of review.
Whal Myung WM5 Anti-Oxidant Rejuvenating serum
(From their site) The gel matrix, infused with ginger and five herbal ingredients, glides and absorbs into skin at the moment of application, leaving the skin highly nourished. The 11 multi-vitamins provide vitality and antioxidant protection while leaving the skin with a healthy, radiant glow.
Full ingredients list: Water/Eau, Propanediol, Methylpro- panediol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, 1,2- Hexanediol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Sucrose, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Extract, Mannitol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Panax Ginseng Root Powder, Cellulose Gum, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pullulan, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pyridoxine, Tocopherol, Cyanocobalamin, Linoleic Acid, Thiamine HCl, Beta-Carotene, Riboflavin, Inositol.
Packaging and Price
This is listed on the Whal Myung site for $53 for 30ml/1.0 fl oz (all links are unaffiliated) . This is housed in an airless pump with a gold-toned lid, pump, and band around the bottom. The airless pump on my bottle didn’t work so I’ve been having to flip it upside down to pump each time.
Usage and Results
I’ve been using one pump of this serum for a little over a month now, every morning after my toners but before my heavier serums. This has a light gel texture that, for me at least, absorbs rather quickly. The little beads contain ginger as well as the five herbal ingredients, in addition to the 11 multi-vitamins claimed in the little insert that came with the box.
The ingredients list really has a lot of great additions. Niacinamide, folic acid, ginseng, centella, and unshiu peel extract among a lot of others. This is really full of a lot of anti-oxidant rich and soothing ingredients. The fragrance of this is similar to the Whal Myung skin elixir. It has a mild yeasty scent that has a light herbal undertone. I only smell this upon application, it’s very mild and disappears almost immediately.
This is a very hydrating serum, the gel leans more towards a liquid as you apply it. The gel beads mostly burst by the action of pumping it out of the bottle, but what remain mix in with the formula completely. I’ve never experienced any irritation with this, even when I’ve dermarolled the night before. On those mornings my skin tends to be extra sensitive and many of my usual products can sting a bit. This serum has always felt soothing and I feel that it could be good for sensitive skin, though there is fragrance added further down the ingredient list.
While this serum is hydrating and non-irritating I don’t feel like it’s doing much more than adding hydration. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy using this, but it doesn’t stand out to me among several other similar products I’ve tried. It’s one of those products I would consider continuing to use because of the potential long-term effects of things like niacinamide and such, but isn’t something I would desperately miss in my rotation. I will absolutely use this up, but I’m not sure if I would purchase a replacement.
I would recommend this for all but the most sensitive of skin due to the addition of fragrance. I think all skin types could benefit from the light texture and hydrating factors of this.
Whal Myung WM5 Inner Glow Moisturizing Serum
(From the site) Whal Myung WM5 Inner Glow Moisturizing Serum is formulated with five natural herbs (Citrus Peel, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Corydalis) that have been fortified with transparent beads packed with a high concentrate of hyaluronic acid. The moment the capsules burst on the face, they create a remarkably unique gliding and silky texture, preventing dryness while offering nourishment, therefore leaving the complexion clear and full of vitality all day long.
Full ingredients list: Water/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methyl Gluceth-20, Propanediol, Glycereth-26, 1,2-Hexanediol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Tromethamine, Agar, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Pullulan, Fragrance (Parfum), Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA.
Packaging and Price
This is similar to the anti-oxidant serum. It comes in an airless pump with the gold accents. This is a bit pricier at $65 for 30 ml/1.0 full oz The pump on this bottle worked perfectly, so I know the other one was just a fluke.
Usage and results
Oh now here is a serum that I can love! I’ve been using this one for around 3 weeks now, but I feel I can safely say it’s fantastic. I’ve been using this each evening after toners and before heavier serums. Much like it’s sister it is a lighter gel formula, though of a slightly thicker consistency. This also has the same mild yeasty and herbal fragrance that disappears after application.
Now let’s get into why I like this so much. To start that fun little formula is full of plump beads of hyaluronic acid that not only burst, but turn into a fantastically creamy texture. It’s light and glides on like a dream, I love a product with good slip. This hydrates like crazy, but with a more nourishing feel to it. My skin is left soft, plump, and soothed. To me this feels like a slightly more gentle formula and I LOVE using it after a dermarolling session.
This is one of those products I look forward to using. It’s fun to watch it change from a clear serum to a milky and fluffy gel, it feels amazing, smells comforting, and really gives my skin a healthy boost. While $65 is on the higher end of what I would normally pay for a serum, I would (and most likely will) part with that money to keep this in my stash.
I would recommend this for combo, dry, dehydrated, and some sensitive skin. I think people with oily skin could use this but I’m not sure how well this would absorb, though it does lean towards being a lighter texture.
Whal Myung WM5 Anti-Oxidant Rejuvinating serum: Nicely hydrating, absorbs quickly, does have added fragrance that is barely notable, I wish the airless pump on my bottle actually worked.
Whalt Myung WM5 Inner Glow Moisturizing Serum: Can I keep this forever and ever? Hyaluronic acid beads that burst and turn into a creamy texture, great slip, lovely to use.