I’ve been featuring these products in my daily routine posts on IG a lottttt, and I wanted to share why! Wasting no time, let’s get into review.
These were provided courtesy Leegeeham. I provide honest reviews, and companies must agree to my policies before sending products.
Hyal B5 Information
This line from Leegeeham is supposed to be for dry/dehydrated, and rough skin types. All three of the products contain 5-Hyaluronic Complex- this includes hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate, and ascorbyl propyl hyaluronate . Leegeeham claims this formula provides deep moisturizing and long lasting hydration, for plump, glowing skin.
Hyal B5 Toner 120ml
So when I first started testing months ago, I began with the toner, and it became an instant favourite.
Purpose: “A light-weight toner for intensive water infusion for dehydrated skin.”
Ingredients: The ingredients lists on all of these products are reeeally long. Long ingredients lists aren’t particularly appealing, but I didn’t see any ingredients I was concerned about, and cosdna didn’t show any obvious problematic factors.
Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Propanediol, 1,2-hexanediol, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Dioscorea japonica root extract, Arctium lappa root extract, Phellinus linteus extract, Coceth-7, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, Centella asiatica extract, Panax ginseng berry extract, Vanilla planifolia fruit extract, Hydrogenated lecithin, Ppg-1-peg-9 lauryl glycol ether, Polyquaternium-51, Tromethamine, Glyceryl glucoside, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Glycosyl trehalose, Adenosine, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, Biosaccharide gum-1, Raffinose, Beta-glucan, Peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Xanthan gum, Sodium hyaluronate, Cellulose gum, Hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, Lecithin, Michelia alba leaf oil, Myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, Elettaria cardamomum seed oil, Michelia alba flower oil, Tagetes minuta flower oil, Butylene glycol, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Ascorbyl propyl hyaluronate
Performance: This has turned out to be exactly as it claimed- a lovely, lightweight toner that quenches dehydrated skin. The pump bottle is perfect for dispensing, and you get a really decent amount of product in the bottle.
The scent is herbal spicy, along with the other products in the line, and it’s a big appeal to me. I appreciate herbally scents and they increase my enjoyment of a product, although I’m aware this may put some off. It does dissipate within a few minutes of application. IMO, these are some of the best smelling products I own.
The texture is a runny liquid/gel. It’s smooth and easy to spread across skin. I spread and then pat. It literally takes about a minute for the application process- exactly what I want from a toner.
Ultimately I’m enjoying this product because it provides an easy hydration step. I apply it after a first essence/toner and before a thicker essence/serum. If I’m feeling more minimal or in a rush, I’ve just done a few layers of this (instead of the products either side) and gone straight to cream. Doing the 5 step skin method with this has been fabulous (patting 5 layers into skin) and definitely provides instant plumping and intense hydration effects.
Overall I really like it, but just to give you some context, I do slightly prefer my 107 Rose Vinegar Water Toner or Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. I have so many toners, it’s such a hard category to compete in! But this does come out near the top (I’m actually really annoyed at myself that I didn’t include it in my best of 2017…my mistake).
Hyal B5 Ampoule 30ml
Straight up, this is my least favourite of the three. At first I really liked it just like the rest of the line. I even included it in my best products for winter post (which I still stand by btw), but I’ve found I’ve gradually stopped reaching for it, and I’ll explain why.
Description: “A high concentration of 5-Hyaluronic Complex for deep and long lasting hydration.”
Ingredients: Again all the products showed up as safe and non-problematic on Cosdna, aside from castor oil.
Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-hexanediol, Niacinamide, Dioscorea japonica root extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Panthenol, Saccharomyces ferment filtrate, Octyldodeceth-16, Peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Polyquaternium-51, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, Centella asiatica extract, Panax ginseng berry extract, Vanilla planifolia fruit extract, Hydrogenated lecithin, Glycosyl trehalose, Glyceryl glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, Adenosine, Biosaccharide gum-1, Raffinose, Disodium edta, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Lecithin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Beta-glucan, Michelia alba leaf oil, Myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, Elettaria cardamomum seed oil, Michelia alba flower oil, Butylene glycol, Tagetes minuta flower oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, Ascorbyl propyl hyaluronate, Sodium acetylated hyaluronate
Performance: The scent is the same herbal scent- love. The texture is a much thicker consistency than the toner, which initially spreads smoothly, but then leaves a decidedly tacky finish. It takes quite a long time for my skin to absorb.
The reason I’m not grabbing this ampoule is just for that reason- it’s a bit too sticky and heavy for me most of the time. I don’t mind a little tackiness (as I also experience with the Cosrx Propolis Light Ampoule), but this is a little much for my liking. Perhaps drier skin types would absorb it quicker? I just think it’s not quite right for my skin type apart from when I’m experiencing extreme dry patches (which I was back in December for example).
Also the dropper on my particular bottle is quite difficult to squeeze and collect product which is kind of a pain- I don’t know if it’s the same on all bottles.
Hyal B5 Cream 50g
Okay, I really like this cream. It’s grown on me considerably.
Description: “A silky yet water-filled cream for retaining the optimal hydration level, preventing future water loss.”
Ingredients: This list might be less appealing to some of you, with the inclusion of cyclopentasiloxane and alcohol. Always check for your own personal sensitivities.
Water, Glycerin, Panthenol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, 1,2-hexanediol, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Niacinamide, Dioscorea japonica root extract, Squalane, Saccharomyces ferment filtrate, Phytosteryl/behenyl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, Polyglyceryl-2 stearate, Arctium lappa root extract, Cetyl alcohol, Phellinus linteus extract, Glyceryl stearate, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Behenyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Methylpropanediol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Cetearyl alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Polyquaternium-51, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Sodium hyaluronate, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl stearate se, Piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, Centella asiatica extract, Panax ginseng berry extract, Vanilla planifolia fruit extract, Glycosyl trehalose, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Isononyl isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 stearate, Glyceryl glucoside, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, Xanthan gum, Raffinose, Cholesterol, Adenosine, Biosaccharide gum-1, Polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, Stearic acid, Beta-glucan, Lecithin, Trisodium edta, Michelia alba leaf oil, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Polyacrylate-13, Ceramide np, Butylene glycol, Inulin lauryl carbamate, Myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, Elettaria cardamomum seed oil, Michelia alba flower oil, Tagetes minuta flower oil, Folic acid, Disodium stearoyl glutamate, Tromethamine, Hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Ascorbyl propyl hyaluronate, Sodium acetylated hyaluronate
Performance: Again yada yada I love the scent. The texture is a gorgeously smooth, reasonably thick cream, that turns to a kind of gel on application.
It spreads well, although I will stress it definitely is heavy weight. It’s 100% for drier skin types, or those like me who live in extremely cold winter climates. Even for me, I haven’t been reaching every night. It’s a choice when my skin is feeling very weather beaten, I’ve got dry patches, and there’s roughness. With temperatures reaching -17 Celsius in Seoul recently, lord help me, I have been reaching for it fairly frequently, although as the weather warms up I’m sure my frequency of use will drop. I should also mention that it’s a night cream for me, even during this winter time. I have tried using during the day but it just takes too long to absorb for my morning routine.
Although I think all three of these are good products, I’d probably only repurchase the toner, because it’s most suited to my normal/combo skin type. Using a product like this toner is what helps me achieve glowy, healthy looking skin, and I’m always down to purchase a good one (yes, I do have a mild addiction to toners). It definitely achieves its claims.
The cream is great, but just not really suitable for me the majority of the time, therefore not worth a repurchase. I have dehydrated skin year-round, which the toner can really help with, whilst I only have truly dry skin in Korean winters. And lastly, I’m not a huge fan of the dry down time for the ampoule. Like I said though, that’s just related to my skin and personal preferences, rather than a reflection of what I think of the product. I think dry skin types would appreciate it.
Overall, I think this line is fantastic! If you do have dry skin (and aren’t sensitive to the ingredients), I would suggest trying these for sure. If you’re like me with normal/combo or even oily skin, but need hydration, then stick with the toner.
And lastly, did I mention I’m obsessed with the scent?!
Where To Buy & Price
So far the only place I can see to buy these products is Glow Recipe, although they’re not selling the cream. The toner is $30 and the ampoule $33. As you’d probably guess, I wouldn’t pay that for the ampoule. I would however pay $30 for the toner. You get a lot of product and it performs very well.
This is a relatively new line, so I will update the post when the products become more widely available.
Let me know if you try these products!