REVIEW: Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Brightening Water

Not many people incorporate toners into their skincare routines, but for me, it’s an important part of restoring my skin’s balance after makeup removal/cleansing. Previously, I’ve written about a variety of toners, such as the AmorePacific Treatment Toner, the Clé de Peau Beauté Refreshing Balancing Lotion, the La Mer The Oil Absorbing Tonic, and the Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion. I’ve also reviewed the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence as well.

After using up those products, I’ve been using the Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Brightening Water, now that this Korean range is being sold on the Nordstrom website.

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The Sulwhasoo Snowise line is specifically catered to those who are interested in brightening/whitening effects. As this is a Korean line, it’s not surprising that the Snowise range is designed for these effects. While no product can really alter or truly “whiten” your skin drastically, I like the brightening effects that many Korean lines provide. The EX Brightening Water is a “gel-textured toner that delivers ultimate hydration to your skin, preparing it to receive the benefits of brightening treatments that follow. White ginseng polysaccharides help to achieve a clearer and more refreshed-looking complexion, mulberry root extract gently exfoliates and moisturizing properties enable the skin to improve brightness.”

Personally, I like toners that are soothing and not stripping. I like beneficial skincare ingredients to be a part of the ingredients, and I prefer toners that actually do something — such as soothe, treat, brighten, and hydrate. The Snowise toner balances and brightens my skin, while keeping it hydrated and supple. It’s the perfect first step before I apply my serum/moisturizer; and, I like to use this toner for both daytime and nighttime. I’m really liking the toner so I’m considering the Snowise EX Brightening Serum and the Snowise EX Brightening Cream as well. Additionally, I think the Snowise EX Brightening Mask and the Snowise Brightening Serum BB Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+ are also worth looking into.

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I apply the Snowise EX Brightening Water with a cotton pad after my skin has been cleansed. The gel-like texture eels thicker than water, but just as lightweight as water. It spreads onto the skin smoothly and there’s a slight cooling sensation. While my skin is slightly damp from the toner, I apply serum and night cream for the nighttime; or, if it’s during the day, I immediately follow the toner with my daytime moisturizer and sunblock. The toner is soothing and feels great on my skin. While this alone can’t color-correct and make spots disappear, it does a great job at overall brightening my skin and allowing that effect to help my skin look and feel healthy. Additionally, it preps my skin nicely for all the other steps that come after applying toner. I’m very happy with this toner and this line. Since it’s a Korean luxury skincare range it’s pricey, but I think the investment is worth it. :)

Made in Korea.
Retails for $63.00 USD.
Item contains 3.4 oz.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

While I love sheet masks as an added bonus to my night time skin care routine, another great option is an overnight mask that can multi-task. Currently, I’m using the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask, which is an herbal Korean skincare range. This line is available at Neiman Marcus as well as other various online retailers (including eBay). As a “luxury” range of products, the price points for this line is quite steep but works very well in my past experience. In regards to overnight/sleeping masks, I previously wrote about the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, which I really liked; and, also, another popular and well-reviewed item is the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX.

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The Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask is designed to “replenish your skin as you rest.” This “penetrating overnight mask…[is] formulated with Korean medicinal herbs to reawaken skin’s natural glow.” It contains “walnut extract [which] creates an essential moisture layer on the skin, promoting optimal absorption of nourishing ingredients.” Also, “purifying acute lobed angelica extract and antioxidant pomegranate extract” are included to work while you sleep to restore radiance, firmness, and hydration. “White mulberry extract minimizes redness and irritation as hyaluronic acid promotes long-term hydration, restoring and revitalizing skin overnight.”

This mask is ideal for deep hydration and skin-renewing. After my night time cleansing routine, I apply my usual skincare products and let everything sink in. As my last skincare step, I apply the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask thinly on top of my night cream and leave it on overnight. It absorbs quickly but leaves a light film on my skin — and to me, it feels like a gentle seal over my skincare products.

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The texture of this mask is creamy, just like a night cream or a rich moisturizer. It’s cooling and gentle and doesn’t feel like an additional step. I also like that it absorbs well so it’s not getting all over my hair or pillow. In the morning, I just rinse my face with warm water and use my trusty Cetaphil cleanser to give my skin a fresh start. My skin looks so radiant and bright in the morning, and this product restores my dehydrated/combo skin. Since my skin is re-balanced, my t-zone doesn’t get as oily during the day and my cheeks feel very comfortable. This tube is huge and a little goes a long way. For a luxury and expensive line, I feel like the mask is reasonably priced since you don’t use it every night.

I like this product as a treatment and it makes such a big difference in the condition of my skin in the mornings. It’s a staple item to have on hand in case your skin is feeling dry or dehydrated. It’s an extra step at the end of your usual routine, but I think it’s worth it for the results you get in the morning. I prefer this treatment mask over the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX and the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask.

Made in Korea.
Retails for $50.00 USD.