Review: Laneige Water Bank Essence_Ex

Like with any other beauty company, Laneige have their signature products which also happen to lớn be their bestsellers. In terms of skincare, this would be their Water Sleeping Mask, Water Bank Essence and their more recently released Lip Sleeping Mask. I’m going to complete the trio by reviewing their well established Water Bank Essence_EX.

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Water Bank Line

Laneige have different lines of skincare products that distinguish what skin concern they are targeting & the Water Bank Essence_EX is just one product in their Water Bank line.

Products include: 3 types of moisturisers khổng lồ fit different skin types (gel cream – combination/oily, moisture cream – normal/dry, intense cream – very dry), an eye cream, face mask, mineral skin mist và this essence.

Laneige Water Bank Line

This line is extremely popular aý muốn young women across Asia and focuses on deep hydration và moisture for the skin. Asian women in particular have a weaker skin barrier than other ethnicities which means skin losing moisture more easily and becoming dry. Laneige have sầu attempted khổng lồ find a solution to lớn this problem through their Water Bank products that feature Hydro-ion mineral water.

Natural Ion Mineral is extracted from the superfood quinoa. This mineral complex is small enough lớn restore moisture by penetrating deep inkhổng lồ the skin và strengthening the skin barrier khổng lồ protect against more moisture loss.

What is an essence:

In Asian skincare, an essence is like a serum but it is typically of a lighter consistency and has less concentrated ingredients. It is normally used after toner và before serums to add another layer of hydration.

Product Info:

The ‘EX’ is the most recent, upgraded version from the old ‘Water Bank Essence’.

This essence claims to awaken natural moisturising agents in the skin to lớn give sầu a smoother skin texture, relieve dry skin và provide moisturise for 24 hours.

In Korea I bought this for about 32,000 won equivalent khổng lồ £18/$27 but I think that might have sầu been the discounted deal price since I bought so much in the store. The original is probably closer to £22 & the cheapest place I’ve sầu found it online is about £25 on Ebay.

All the products in the Water Bank line are identifiable through their bright blue glass packaging. It’s beautiful và luxurious looking even if it’s not the most travel friendly. This essence comes in a glass bottle with cap, containing 60ml of sản phẩm dispensed through a very convenient pump. I like that the pump hole is quite small as it’s very easy lớn control the amount of product you need. The bottle is not fully opaque so you can see just how much hàng hóa you have sầu left.

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60ml glass bottle



Cap clicks on securely so you don’t have sầu lớn worry about it falling off

Push down on pump to release hàng hóa. Good small nozzle khổng lồ control the amount.

Ingredients list:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Dimethicone, Limnanthes Albố (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Tribehenin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinch Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Salix Albố (Willow) Bark Extract, Tillandsia Usneoides Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract, Dimethiconol, Betaine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP.. Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Carrageenan, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propylene Glycol, PCA Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Standout ingredients:

Hydro-ion mineral water – able to lớn penetrate deep inkhổng lồ the skin lớn restore moisture and improve the health & texture of the skin.

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Tillandsia extract – rich in betaine, a moisturising agent that optimizes the moisture balance of the skin.Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract – moisturises skin leaving it soft and supple.Quinoa Extract – rich in Vitamin A, C và E & amino acids. Skin softening, hydrating, emollient properties & protects skin from damage.


I think this is a very basic hàng hóa in that its main function is khổng lồ provide moisture & hydration so you won’t necessarily see such obvious physical results like you might with other skincare products. (I personally haven’t seen any difference in my skin while using this). I’m already over halfway through the bottle having used it twice a day for most of the winter, and while it’s a nice hàng hóa, it’s not something I would miss if I didn’t have sầu it in my routine.

Semi-transparent bottle so you can see how much is left.

2 pumps exactly to cover my face & neông xã.

Thicker than most essences but still quite lightweight and watery when you spread it.

Absorbs completely in a few minutes leaving a dewy moisturised finish

I actually find this has a consistency more like a serum than an essence. It is certainly thicker than my Inniskhông lấy phí Green Tea Seed serum. I tover khổng lồ apply from lighthử nghiệm khổng lồ heaviest consistency so it’s used at different stages of my routine depending on what other products I’m using.

I use 2 full pumps of this lớn cover my entire face và neck. It smells fresh & lovely like most other Laneige products but might seem too heavily perfumed for some people. It has a milky, creamy texture that goes clear as you mát xa it in your skin. It spreads smoothly và leaves your face feeling soft & hydrated. While it has a fairly thin consistency, it takes a couple minutes khổng lồ fully absorb, but creates a velvety-smooth moisture layer on top of your skin. It doesn’t feel thichồng or heavy và you only notice it when you touch your face. When you look at your skin it does have sầu a more moist and dewy appearance.

I have sầu an oily prone t-zone so I vì chưng have to lớn ensure its fully absorbed before applying my final moisturiser otherwise my skin can start to feel clogged. I’m hoping khổng lồ finish this by spring because it just about works for me in winter. Since I lượt thích to layer up products, I feel this is a bit too moisturising and thick for an essence và wouldn’t be suitable for the summertime. I generally prefer to lớn apply this at night because in the morning I have sầu less time to wait for it to absorb before I move on lớn my moisturiser và makeup.

I think this is suitable for all skin types as Laneige says. If you have sầu a very minimal skincare routine, oily/combination people could definitely use this both morning và night. I think it provides enough hydration lớn work alone without a moisturiser over it. (I sometimes apply makeup straight on top of this). Those with dry skin would definitely also benefit from this in conjunction with other moisturising products like the Water Bank Moisture Cream. It wouldn’t be enough alone because it absorbs fairly quichồng and isn’t occlusive sầu.

Overall, it’s a nice simple product if you’re looking to lớn add moisture bachồng inlớn your skin. I probably won’t repurchase this only because I like my products to have sầu more multi-functional purposes and dry skin isn’t a concern for me right now but perhaps somewhere down the line when my skin matures I may find myself more in need of the Water Bank line.