I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say that I don’t really shop in Nature Republic any more. At all. I have, occasionally, gone in to get their Argan Oil hair mask since my hair really used to get on well with it, but I’ve been finding that coconut oil and single use hair packs have been doing a lot more for me lately.
I’m not entirely sure why Nature Republic has fallen into this no-mans-land of brand indifference for me (it’s a space it shares with Holika Holika and TonyMoly), I just don’t find myself all that inclined to check out what’s in store, or see what the kbeauty world is saying about their products. So it’s turned into this unintentional avoidance. Until I actually stepped inside recently, and was totally drawn in by their ‘super sale’ section.
Seriously, they had products that retailed at over 20000W reduced to under 3000W. My total should have been 57800W for 3 items. I spent 8900W. Less. Than. Ten. Thousand. Won. Yes, yes please.
The two items I was super interested in were both originally priced over 20000W, and both were reduced to under 4000W. Considering I don’t really buy from Nature Republic, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out some of their skin care without spending too much money. I guess the rationale there is that if I don’t get on with it, feel like it did nothing, or, worst case scenario, have an allergic reaction to, then I didn’t spend a significant amount of money. So, thank you, 70% off section that suckered me in, for giving me this opportunity.
The first is the Greentinol Eye Serum, originally priced at 20900W ad bought for 3600W. It claims that it’s high performance anti-wrinkle skin care, and even though I’m not suffering from anything particularly prominent in the wrinkle department, I thought I’d give it a go. It contains Rock Samphire extract (???) which is supposed to nourish the skin, and the overall effect is to improve elasticity and the overall appearance of the under-eye area. I’ve mentioned before how I really struggle with under eye bags (will I ever sleep at a decent time) so maybe this will help?
The second item is the Collagen Dream 70 Essence which was originally priced at 24900W, and I picked it up for a sweet, sweet 2300W. I’ve been looking for an essence to add to my skincare routine – I don’t do the full 11 step korean routine, but I am looking to add way more moisture in the colder months – and thought that I might as well try this one. It claims to contain 70% marine-collagen, which is supposed to help inner and outer skin retain higher levels of collagen (ok sign me up). It also aims to keep the skin moisturised, elastic, and healthy, which I am all for. It also contains acai palm. So we’ll see how this goes.
Finally, I was tempted by the Fresh Vegetable Wash-Free Cleansing Water. I haven’t got on brilliantly with cleansing waters in the past (looking at you, Garnier Micellar) but I do like how convenient they are for removing the last traces of makeup from the day, and also removing excess moisturising agents in the morning. I do currently use The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Cleansing Water, and I really like it as it doesn’t dry my skin out at all, so I thought I’d try my luck with this one. I was swayed by both the price and the fact it comes with a load of cotton pads – this pack originally retails at 12000W, and I paid 3000W for a 300ml bottle with a pump action top.
So, I’ll see how I get on with these, and leave you with the knowledge that Nature Republic have added braille to their packaging to improve accessibility for their blind or visually impaired consumers. Which is lovely, considering how the general Korean response to disability is staunchly ignoring that it even exists. Yay.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, or things that you think I should try from Nature Republic!