July 16, 2017

[Review] Son&Park - Beauty Water + Beauty Gel

Hello everyone! :)

It really took me a long time to write this review. Precisely, 5 months. :')

First off, a little background on the brand founder. Son&Park is the combination of the founders' surname - Son Dae Sik and Park Tae Yun. Not only the duo are Korea’s top makeup artists, but also they pioneered the invention of the BB Cream in almost a decade ago.


Review; Son&Park's Beauty Water & Beauty Gel
SON&PARK's Beauty Water (right) + Beauty Gel (left) | 손앤박 뷰티 워터 + 뷰티 젤 | 340 ml + 330 ml

Rewind back to the first time I bumped into Son&Park's brand section in Olive Young (Korean local drugstore), the minimalistic concept definitely caught my attention. During that time, people are all raving about the Beauty Water to which I was seriously wondering "what's so special about this Beauty Water?" o.o

But looking at the price, I pulled a step back with doubt.

It so happened that Althea started to have this Monthly Sharing promotion (i.e. JANSHARE, FEBSHARE, MARSHARE, etc.). The promotion allows customer to buy 1 and get 1 free from a selection of products.

That's when I bought Beauty Water + Beauty Gel at only RM112 (original price RM112 each). I was absolutely happy and excited about the deal!


Review; Son&Park's Beauty WaterReview; Son&Park's Beauty Gel


Let's tackle one by one.

Starting off with Beauty Water. No doubt, the design of box and container is also in a very minimalistic style. The bottle is made out of sturdy opaque plastic (not made of glass) with a black turning cap.


Review; Son&Park's Beauty Water
Review; Son&Park's Beauty Water

According to the product description, Beauty Water:-
  • is the smart cleansing liquid based on a natural plant therapy that exfoliates and moisturizes skin at once;
  • can be used daily, morning and evening;
  • is recommended as the first step for the perfect makeup;
  • cleans any old dead skin cells to make skin feel sleek and soft;
  • contains an array of skin-loving ingredients to boost skin's moisture immediately; also
  • is an ideal way to refresh skin anytime you want, mid-day or when washing with a cleanser isn't an option.
It sounds like a toner with lots of credits.


"94% NATURAL ORIGIN with Paraben Free! Pure prescription by excluding 10 harmful ingredients to make your skin looks lively and energetic." - Son&Park

"CLEANSE and EXFOLIATE obtained ingredients from coconut, corn, potato, and wheat gently remove the dirt from the skin, while willow bark and papaya extracts perfect sweep away impurities and dead skin cells at gentle PH5 effectively and revealing brighter skin tone without irritation." - Son&Park

"SUBTLE HYDRATE TO PREP SKIN begins from rose water couple with lavender and orange fruit extracts gives a subtle hydration to prep skin for better absorption of the next skin care steps. It is good for all skin types." - Son&Park 


The thing is, they don't call it a toner, nor a cleanser. Instead they claimed it to be "more than that", which is a smart toning, cleansing and moisturizing liquid which they named after "Beauty Water".

94% of the content is made up of natural ingredients, such as coconut, maize, potato, orange, papaya and etc. (almost every plant you can think of, heh) in order to create a mild and natural(?) formula with less irritation to the skin. However, extract form means not really natural form anymore, right? (hmm a big question mark there)

The texture itself is almost like water, only that it feels a little bit slippery. That's because it contains nano oil particles which helps in cleansing and moisturizing.


Review; Son&Park's Beauty Water
Review; Son&Park's Beauty Water


Since it contains a bunch of flower and fruit extracts, it created its very own unique fragrance, to which I would describe as "garden citrus punch" (sounds good?) or whatever you want to call it.

To use, simply dampen cotton pad with the Beauty Water and swipe across the face and neck. Or you can put it into a spray bottle and use it as a mist? Personally I didn't try this method. Share with me if you've tried this before ;)

The question is, does it deliver?


Review; Son&Park's Beauty Water


I would say, yes (YAY). In fact, I've been using this Beauty Water for 5 months now, and I really enjoy using it as a prep before makeup and after cleansing. It leaves my skin clean and soft, a very refreshing sensation.

p/s: I've tried using this Beauty Water as a makeup remover. Surprisingly, it removes most of the face makeup (not so much on waterproof makeup) without leaving the skin feels oily nor sticky. Apart from using it as a toner, I do prefer more as a makeup remover nowadays. Updated on 10 Dec 2017. 


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Moving on to Beauty Gel a.k.a. the neglected sibling of Beauty Water.


Review; Son&Park's Beauty Gel


It says in the product description, Beauty Gel:-
  • is clinically approved to improve pores as reducing the temperature of the skin;
  • cools down the temperature of your skin and makes it flow as minimizing the pores;
  • perfect option if you want to do basic skin care and makeup base at the same time; and
  • every time when you pump it, the gleaming capsules pop out which would give you time for the makeup base benefits with the capsules emulsified with the Beauty Gel. (<- srsly don't get what it is trying to say ><).
I would like to sum it into 2 highlights:-
(1) Cooling effect;
(2) Tiny hydrolyzed collagen capsules that will break open upon application (as you can see in photo above, which are often mistaken as air bubble).


Review; Son&Park's Beauty Gel


Very much similar to Beauty Water, the bottle is made out of sturdy, clear plastic with a white push-down dispenser. Turn the push-down dispenser to the left to release the safety lock (to prevent spill).


Review; Son&Park's Beauty Gel
Review; Son&Park's Beauty Gel


Actually one full pump dispenses enough portion for the entire face, but usually I take less than that. Similar texture to anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. It spreads out like normal gel, and it gets runny as soon as you work it into your skin for absorption.

It also has the "citrus punch" scent as Beauty Water since they are in fact siblings (similarity is expected, right? With all that flower and fruit extracts etc.).

In terms of moisturizing power, I would say it is less than average. Recommended for normal to oily skin. Let's say you're looking for a lightweight and fast absorbing moisturizer, you may consider this Beauty Gel over here.

In terms of pore minimizing, I don't observe any significant difference nor improvement thou. :/

TBH I haven't try to mix the Beauty Gel bb cream or foundation as it claims to provide a smoother, flake-free canvas. If you've tried it, would you leave a comment below and share with us your experience? :)

The "best" part (drumroll)? It is recommended as one of the summer season must have items because of its amazing cooling effect, thanks to alcohol! XD (believe it or not, ethanol is ranked as the 2nd highest in the ingredient list).

If you have sensitive skin, please take extra note as alcohol can be irritating for certain people. Just want to put it out there for you to know.


Check out a video on Beauty Gel usage below:




I strongly believe there is a reason behind all these raves and critiques.

The reason why people love Beauty Water so much is because of its practicality. On the other hand, Beauty Gel seems to be a little overrated because people don't feel any difference after using it. Simple as that. What do you think? :)


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Rating: Beauty Water - 3.5/5 ; Beauty Gel - 2.5/5

Recommend: Between these two, I would recommend Beauty Water.

Repurchase: If I have to choose, I would pick Beauty Water because of its multi-functionality. As there are much more affordable choices available in the market, they can be easily replaced by other products.

For your reference.

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Do lemme know your thoughts about this product review or share yours experience with me in the comment box below.


Cheers!^^

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