How have you all been doing lately? Since the summer vacation time in Germany started, all hell broke loose at my workplace (which is at the main station of the German capital). We are currently understaffed, overworked, half of us is at vacation and the other half is sick. Guess which half I am. Today it's my day off luckily and I spend it with big mugs of tea and free oreo cookies from work. (there was a promo where people gave away free oreos and they gifted our store an amount that will probably last us a lifetime, a whole fridge is full with them!! Not that I am complaining.)
Putting work aside, I've been teasing you guys about a certain product that I fell in love with right away and today is the finally the day to spill all those detailed skincare beans! I am speaking of course of the absolutely graceful looking Banila Co It Radiant Brightening Essence.
Yes, the 10 White Flower Complex is already an incentive to buy this thing but honestly? I'd lie if I didn't say that the packaging had me on its side the first time I lay eyes on this beauty. Luckily, the peeps over at ibuybeauti were so nice to grant me some store credit so I could pick some items that were interesting me for quite a while and here we are! Not only does it look insanely pretty among my skincare stash but it also makes me feel like a queen whenever I reach for it (and that is a lot.)
From Banila Co:
Whitening functional essence for tidying up skin's tone, providing moisture and brightening effect. Fermented ingredients used for intensive moisturizing, decent melanin care to whiten up the skin. The whitening line for clean and bright skin enhances skin transparency with clean water, making sleek and soft skin texture.
*10 White Flower Complex: 10 different natural flower ingredients for brightening
*LipoLight Photograhic: Capsulized particles fill in wrinkles, pores and blemishes
First Things First.
I reached out to the seller that I got this from (ibuybeauti) prior to this review because the essence came in a different packaging than displayed on their website. In fact, what I received seems to be the perfect marriage of the It Radiant Brightening Essence inside the gorgeous packaging of the It Radiant Brightening Oil (I even checked multiple times if I really received the essence instead of the oil):
Now, I absolutely don't mind the gorgeous packaging at all. I am just not sure if this is a new design? Did Banila Co change their essence packaging to this from the oil? You can see that the container is similar to the oil but not the same; it is a lot taller and it also holds 20ml more product than the oil. Sadly, I didn't receive any answer from ibuybeauti in the past three days so I chose to post the review nonetheless and update this post when I hear back from them. Since I wasn't exactly sure which product I received I translated the Korean ingredients that came with the product and upon further research yes, it is indeed the essence and not the oil. However, it does seem as if they reformulated the product? Because the ingredients printed on my packaging was slightly different from what I found on the Hwahae app; Dimethicones for example were not on the original ingredients list. Very confusing stuff. I just thought it is very much relevant as it could lead to major confusion if any of you chose to buy this and receive different packaging than I did so I'd very much like a definite answer. Will keep you posted as soon as I hear back.
Possible irritants marked in red. Flower extracts marked in lilac.Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicones, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Iris Versicolor Extract, Ipomoea Purpurea Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Water, Convallaria Majalis Bulb/Root Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Jasminum Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactocococcus Ferment, Milk Protein, Sacchariomyces Ferment Filtrate, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Flower Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methyl Gluceth-20, Betaine, Arginine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Parfum.
Despite alcohol being very high on the ingredient list I am very pleased to see that this product does contain a good amount of flower and root extracts as they advertised. If you are sensitive to either alcohol, silicones or castor oil, I would advise to look elsewhere for a brightening essence. I personally fare well with these ingredients so I don't mind them too much - I would have preferred the (old?) formula without the silicones though. They do make the skin feel nice but despite that effect, I don't really need them in my skincare, but that would be the only thing I'd have to pick on.