The APRILSKIN Real Calendula skincare series is yet another k-beauty product line that we cannot wait to get our hands on.
This cult-like beauty brand is ready to take centre-stage in sunny Singapore with its newest release. Word on the street is the Seoul-based beauty brand is quick to run out of stock due to popularity and high demand. That caught our attention, and we are here to find out if their latest series launch is really worth the hype.
Most female Instagram users would have paid attention to APRILSKIN’s social media ads that featured real people with skin problems testing out the APRILSKIN products. We love the organically-produced video ads – and they seem to create authentic conversations and social buzz amongst the k-beauty fan base. Curiosity piqued, we were eager to be the first to test out the Real Calendula Skincare line.
Commonly used in essential oils, it is no wonder that APRILSKIN positions Calendula as the hero component of this skincare series. The aroma and compounds of the flower are both easy on the nose and soothing on the skin.
The skincare line has a range of three main products: Real Calendula Peel Off Pack, Real Calendula Peeling Pad, and Real Calendula Deep Moisture Essence. Here is our verdict on each product.
APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel Off Pack, 100g, $23.00
The APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel Off Pack is a refreshing peel off mask fortified with real calendula petals, extract and oil. The thickness and colour of the mask are akin to honey – infused with the blooming scent of Calendula extract, one may casually mistake the product to be edible. No, we did not attempt at a taste-test despite the allure!
Unlike most peel off masks, APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel Off Pack is one of the easiest to apply and peel off. Many a time, we struggle with peeling off masks where they flake and disintegrate into pieces. Not for this product. The fuss-free peel-off reveals a visibly matte, brightened skin tone just after half an hour. Possibly our favourite product of the series.
APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peeling Pad, 60 pieces (120g), $29.90
The APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peeling Pad is a deeply hydrating alcohol-free toner pad that is gentle to even the most sensitive skin – thanks to the hero ingredients of the product: Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) and Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA). We’re about to get scientific here, but trust us, these are information you wish you’d know.
LHA and PHA specifically address sensitive skin problems with its ultra-light treatments more ideal for everyday use. A lesser-known fact: LHA is found in higher-end beauty products and prescribed skincare by dermatologists. At only pH 5.5, LHA possesses properties that can unclog pores and exfoliate dead cells. The liquids on the pad seem to effervesce as soon as we pat the toner pads on our skin. The overall soothing, calming effect was pampering on the skin.
APRILSKIN Real Calendula Deep Moisture Essence, 100g, $32.90
The last product of the skincare line is the APRILSKIN Real Calendula Deep Moisture Essence. Armed with pore-tightening and moisture-charging properties, your skin – literally – laps up and locks in the essence upon application. The layer is so lightweight that it feels as though you are not wearing anything on your skin – this is due to the 80% Calendula water that makes up the essence. The perfect finish to the Calendula skincare regime.
Perhaps we could not get enough of the Real Calendula Skincare line, but one thing we’d hope from APRILSKIN is to release a Calendula facewash-type on top of the nourishing and exfoliating skincare line to complete the series.
The Real Calendula Skincare line is now retailing exclusively at all Guardian stores.