When I was in Japan, one of the skincare bits I picked up was this little set from Dr.Ci:Labo that includes samples and minis of five different products. This has given me a chance to try out the Cleansing Cream EX, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel EX, UV & White SPF 50+, and the BB Perfect Cream SPF 40, all from the Enrich-Lift product line. This is a doctor-developed brand focused on product efficacy and simplicity, formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and the products exclude fragrance, coloring, mineral oil, and parabens.
After trying the products for a couple of days, I tried to do some research on availability in the US and that sort of thing, and found some interesting information. First off, there’s a good amount of information about the brand in English on their Singaporean site (just remember that the pricing is not in $USD). Additionally, I found this article on Cosmetics Design from July 2016 reporting that Johnson & Johnson had bought a nearly 20% stake in the company and may eventually expand Dr.Ci:Labo’s reach into China, Taiwan, Europe, and the US. That’d be nice. At the moment some of the products are certainly available in a few places online, though.
Enrich-Lift Cleansing Cream EX: This is a nice cleanser that seems to do the job and leaves my skin feeling soft. I love a good cleansing cream and, well, this is nice. The most interesting thing about it is that the texture is ultra light, and it turns into a milk when water is introduced. The website says that there are 7 different oils in it, and that the floral fragrance, which I find to be pleasant but quite subtle, comes from the natural ingredients (no added fragrance). I will say that it does not remove makeup so you should thoroughly pre-cleanse before using this.
Enrich-Lift Up Lotion: This is a “lotion” in the Asian sense, which is to say it’s more of a watery toner than any sort of milk or cream. I pat it in with my hands and it has a slightly sticky moisturizing feel to it. My guess is that “up” refers to lifting and tightening benefits. I really like this a lot and would buy it in a bigger bottle. I love layering these thinner hydrating products on my skin, which I think really help lock in moisture.
Aqua-Collagen-Gel Enrich-Lift-EX: It looks like the Aqua-Collagen-Gel is a hero product for Dr.Ci:Labo, and I believe there is a basic version and then the Enrich-Lift version. I’m pretty much sold on this, as I think it’s really impressive and has a neat runny gel texture that’s very different from the heavier creams I’ve been using recently, and I’ve been using it both morning and evening. It’s lightweight, though it remains a bit sticky on the skin so people who want their moisturizer to feel undetectable might be bothered. The website says that it has 8 functions: that of a toner, emulsion, serum, eye treatment, massage cream, facial pack, and makeup base.
UV & White Enrich-Lift SPF 50+: This is a thick cream with a pinkish color, rather than a stark white, which the website indicates is meant to color-correct skin. Initially placing it on my skin I can see some sort of illuminating quality in it, but once it is massaged in it has a more natural/satin type of finish and has a smoothing effect over skin texture. It feels nice and moisturizing on skin without being obviously luminous, and I don’t notice any added shininess on my face throughout the day when I wear it under makeup. It’s advertised to be waterproof, as well. I enjoy this one a lot.
BB Perfect Cream SPF 40 Enrich-Lift: The set came with two sample packets of the BB cream. I don’t think they offer different shades of this, but it seems to work incredibly well on my skin tone, which surprised me because it initially seemed a bit gray and a bit dark. The consistency is a thick cream and it provides surprisingly high coverage and a natural matte finish. I also feel that it is extremely smoothing and flattering on my skin. It feels a little heavy right after application, but once it completely dries it is soft on the skin and seems to be somewhat transfer-resistant. It’s pretty balanced in terms of hydration vs. oil absorption and wears really well throughout the day on my combination skin. I found it easy to apply with my fingers.
Online it says the BB cream includes ingredients to help with skin tone, texture, fine lines, lift, and hydration – you can read more about the formulation here. It also claims to be waterproof, and is listed at SPF 40++++.
My skin has been looking a little rough over the past couple of weeks, but I think that lets the BB cream’s coverage, smoothing qualities, and natural finish shine in the before and after shots.
Here, I’ve finished my face with a tiny amount of the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer and the NARS Translucent Crystal loose setting powder. I’m also wearing the Etude House Oh My Lash! curling mascara, the ELF brow kit topped with L’Oreal’s Brow Stylist Plumper brow gel, and the blush and lip color from the Cosme Decorte makeup coffret that I also bought in Japan (more on that soon).
And here are some shots natural light. I often feel like taking photos outside on my deck aren’t that flattering because the light is a little harsh and a lot of skin texture can be highlighted, but I think my skin looks so smooth and even with the BB cream on.
Overall, the Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, and UV & White products were my favorite but I think the whole range is quite nice. I’d be curious to hear if you’ve tried anything from this brand before. Let me know!