Are you familiar with AmorePacific?
Although it is a luxury skincare brand, AmorePacific is also the number one brand of cosmetics in Korea! I wrote about it last year when I tested out their lovely Age Correcting Cushion Foundation SPF 25 (here). AmorePacific’s founder built the company based on the antioxidant benefits found in green tea from the world’s most potent anti-oxidant, polyphenol EGCG. The plants are harvested by hand from the rich volcanic soil at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island in the Pacific. Their products are famously effective.
For a limited time, AmorePacific has curated several exclusive travel size collections of the brand’s most popular products. I received the Future Response Age Defense Kit to try out.
The Future Response collection was curated to provide “daily defense against environmental and lifestyle aggressors responsible for collagen breakdown, loss of firmness, and wrinkles.” The collection is elegantly designed with a rose gold metallic storage box and products mostly with beigey-taupe exteriors with rose gold metallic tops.
The kit contains deluxe travel sizes of :
- daytime and nighttime eye creams: Age Defense Dual Eye Creme – one for daytime with SPF 25 to protect against UV and infrared rays, and one for nighttime to firm and soften
- daytime and nighttime moisturizers: Age Defense Creme SPF 30 and Age Defense Creme
- Treatment Enzyme Peel
- 2 different shade samples of the Color Control Cushion Compact Foundation with broad spectrum SPF 50+, shades 104 (light) and 106 (medium) with pink undertones.
Age Defense Dual Eye Creme is a smaller version of the full size. I absolutely adore the concept. You get a “console” with the daytime and nighttime eye creme in separate but connected pots along with a plastic applicator for applying the product. It is so cute, and so perfect. The caps of the two pots have either a sun or a moon to make it easy to know which one to reach for. I love the two-for-one idea here. So handy.
Daytime SPF 25: Active Ingredients
ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE 7%, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE 4.5%, OCTOCRYLENE 8.0%, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 4.4%
CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, ALCOHOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, DISODIUM EDTA, PRUNUS MUME FRUIT EXTRACT, METHOXY PEG-114/POLYEPSILON CAPROLACTONE, TRICHOLOMA MATSUTAKE EXTRACT, STEARIC ACID, ALUMINA, ALUMINUM STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, WATER, CARBOMER, KAOLIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYISOBUTENE, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PEG-100 STEARATE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, FRAGRANCE
CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), ALCOHOL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, WATER, TRIOCTYLDODECYL CITRATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE, PHYTOSTERYL/BEHENYL/OCTYLDODECYL LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, DIPALMITOYL HYDROXYPROLINE, THEANINE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, TRICHOLOMA MATSUTAKE EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF POWDER, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CAFFEINE, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE, KAOLIN, TRISILOXANE, PEG-100 STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYISOBUTENE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POLYSORBATE 20, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE
Age Defense Creme Moisturizers come in two separate little jars. One jar is for daytime with SPF 30, and one is for nighttime. The deluxe travel size jars look sophisticated with the jar tops on the bottom. The ingredients include:
- “Hand-cultivated green tea, pine mushroom and Future Response Complex™ provides powerful antioxidant benefits and helps to alleviate signs of skin irritation, while protecting the skin against external pollution.
- AB-12 Complex™, a fusion of 12 Asian Botanicals, helps to reduce visible signs of aging for a healthy, youthful appearance.”
Daytime Moisturizer Ingredients: WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, OCTOCRYLENE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, TRICHOLOMA MATSUTAKE EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF POWDER, METHOXY PEG-114/POLYEPSILON CAPROLACTONE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, ALUMINUM STEARATE, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, ALUMINA, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, POLYISOBUTENE, STEARIC ACID, CARBOMER, POLYSORBATE 20, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, THEANINE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)
Nighttime Moisturizer Ingredients: CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERETH-26, ALCOHOL, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL-8/5/3 GLYCERIN, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED OIL, HYDROGENATED C6-14 OLEFIN POLYMERS, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, PEG/PPG-17/6 COPOLYMER, TRICHOLOMA MATSUTAKE EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS SEED OIL/PALM OIL AMINOPROPANEDIOL ESTERS, SODIUM HYALURONATE, XYLITYLGLUCOSIDE, ANHYDROXYLITOL, XYLITOL, PUNICA GRANATUM EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA, IRIS FLORENTINA ROOT EXTRACT, LAGERSTROEMIA INDICA FLOWER EXTRACT, GOSSYPIUM HERBACEUM (COTTON) EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, MAGNOLIA OBOVATA BARK EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, CURCUMIN, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYISOBUTENE, NIACINAMIDE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CARBOMER, TRIETHANOLAMINE, POLYSORBATE 20, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, YELLOW 5 (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 (CI 15985), FRAGRANCE
The Eye Cremes and Moisturizers contain AmorePacific’s FUTURE RESPONSE Complex™, a potent blend of Green Tea and Pine Mushroom that protects throughout the day and nourishes during the night. The daytime Eye Creme and Moisturizer contain titanium dioxide as sunscreen, and as a result, they leave a bit of a whitish cast that fades after a couple of minutes.
I love the rich formulas of both the eye cremes and moisturizers.
They feel nourishing and perfect for my dry skin. I also like the fact that AmorePacific recommends using the eye cremes as I do: on the orbital bone as well as under eye. The Age Defense Eye Creme stays put and doesn’t migrate into my eyes – yes!
Treatment Enzyme Peel is a very cool exfoliator. It’s a white powder that you mix with a little water and then apply to moistened skin. It’s a botanical enzyme treatment that gently removes dead surface skin cells improving skin texture and tone and makes other skincare products able to penetrate skin more effectively. I actually love this product. It’s water-activated, and surprisingly gentle, gentle, gentle! Adding water creates a nice lather that I massage onto my face and neck for a little less than a minute, and then rinse off. My skin feels so clean but not stripped. It feels benign enough to use every night. BTW, the first ingredient in the list is lactose, so if you’re lactose intolerant I’d pass on this.
LACTOSE, MANNITOL, SODIUM COCOYL GLYCINATE, SODIUM LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, ZEOLITE, WATER, SILICA, ALLANTOIN, BETAINE, PAPAIN, CARICA PAPAYA (PAPAYA) FRUIT EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ZIZYPHUS JUJUBA FRUIT EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, PEG-75, GREEN 3 (CI 42053), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140), FRAGRANCE
The samples come with a little sponge to try them out.
Unfortunately, both times, the two sample shades are too dark for me: 104 is Tan Blush, a light/medium suntan shade with yellow undertones and 106 is Almond Blush, a medium shade.
Here are the swatches. They seem to provide medium coverage and they feel oh-so-lightweight on my skin.
But boo hoo, the one I want to try is 102, Light Pink!! I’ve gotta go to Nordstrom where AmorePacific is sold and see if I can swatch shade 102!
I am enjoying the Future Response Age Defense Kit that helps protect against and repair environmental damage. I think these collections are a fabulous idea. The deluxe travel sizes are big enough to last for a few weeks. In fact, I’ve been using this kit for 3 weeks, and I’m not near finished yet. Though pricey at $150, the retail value of all of these deluxe samples is $225. While I wish I could buy an entire full size collection of AmorePacific skincare, I can’t. But I think it’s a great idea to try them out for about a month or more and discover which one or ones are worth the investment. Right now, my favorites are Age Defense Dual Eye Creme and the Treatment Enzyme Peel. I also love the moisturizers, and in the colder weather, the richness of the Age Defense Creme moisturizer would be ever so welcome!
The AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Kit and the individual products can be purchased on the AmorePacific website and at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.
Have you tried any skincare from AmorePacific yet?