Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

As some of you know, I’m a huge fan of gel moisturizers. I love the lightweight feel as well as the fact that they don’t clog my pores or create blackheads like traditional, creamy moisturizers can.

A new one came my way almost two months ago. Since I can sometimes be fickle about new products — loving them at first and then changing my mind, I decided to give this one a real, long test drive. Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream.

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I love this moisturizer. It has completely replaced the other moisturizers that I was using before (although every now and then, I use them for old times’ sake.) It’s very gentle, and I find it soothing to my sensitive skin. Recently, my skin felt almost burnt from using a beauty sponge that was too rough for me. Hada Labo gel was one of the few things I could put on my face. Also, the not-quite-clear, slightly milky gel is fragrance-free which is a plus. I have two other gel cream brands that I used, but they both had a scent, and I definitely prefer fragrance-free moisturizer.

In addition to the rather unique gel form, Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Cream contains super hyaluronic acid: three versions actually. HA is a humectant that encourages moisture to go into the skin, and it creates a moisture locking shield to help preserve skin’s optimum moisture balance. I also use Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-aging Hydrator, a Hyaluronic Acid serum that I reviewed a while back here, so I’m getting lots of HA.

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I apply moisturizer before using BB or CC cream, even though you technically don’t have to. Hado Labo Skin Plumping Cream is perfect for under foundation products because it’s so lightweight. I don’t feel like I’m wearing tons of stuff on my face. All it takes is a pea-sized amount to moisturize my face and neck. And the dimethicone helps make my skin feel very smooth.

The packaging is lovely. It comes in a box with the pretty cherry blossom motif that is Hada Labo’s signature. And the product itself comes in a modern looking clear cube with a silver top. I guess the only downside is that it comes in a jar, rather than a pump.

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Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream is sold at Ulta, walgreens.com, drugstore.com, and Amazon. The price is $24.99 for 1.76 oz. I use it twice a day, I’ve had it for two months, and I’ve still got lots more left in the jar. I stopped in at Ulta today, and I discovered that Hada Labo Tokyo products are buy one, get one 50% off till January 25, 2014. So if you’re thinking about trying, say the Anti-aging Hydrator Serum and the Gel Cream, you’d get half of the serum that’s $17.99. A good deal!

If you’re looking to try something new, check out Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream. Here’s a link to the website for more details. If you try it, let me know what you think! Have you tried gel moisturizers? Have you tried anything from Hada Labo Tokyo?


Water, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutene Glycol 8/5/3 Glycerin, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Agar, Alpha-Glucan, Arginine, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA , Glucosyl Ceramide, Hydrolyzed Collagen (Marine), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethyl Citrate


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17 thoughts on “Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream

    • Me, too, Sybille! When I received these products, I thought they were sold at Nordstrom or Sephora because they are such lovely looking products. Very high-end look. I really love them both. I like that the Hada Labo Tokyo gel is fragrance-free. I’m afraid this one has replaced my former fave, Lierac, because I prefer fragrance-free on my face!

    • OMG, I hope you do like it, Melanie! For me, gels are lightweight but still moisturizing for my dry skin. And they are great under foundation or BB/CC cream. And the best thing is they don’t create blackheads or milia like heavy creams can on me. Definitely let me know what you think 🙂

    • I was shocked when I learned how affordable Hada Labo Tokyo’s products are. The packaging is so high-end, so well done. And I love the products 🙂

    • That’s great, Monica! I’m glad you found it. I also reviewed the Anti-aging Hydrator Serum at the end of November. It’s a triple hyaluronic acid serum and it has some other goodies in it too.

  1. hi i will like to try a sample & see if this works on my normal to dry skin. Can you please ship me a sample of the Plumping gel & Serum.

    • Ivette, I don’t work for or represent Hada Labo Tokyo. You will have to contact the company and ask them if they send out samples. You should follow them on Facebook because they sometimes ask if followers on FB would like to try a sample. That’s how I got mine.

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