Hada Labo is a pretty darn well-liked brand – they make amazing toners, milks, gels, and facial washes! Back when I first got my HGs, Hada Labo Goku-jyun Lotion and Shiro-jyun Milk, there was a buy two get one free! deal going on at Guardian. My mum chose the Goku-jyun Cream as the third product.
From the Hada Labo Singapore website:
Super HA Hydrating Cream
Nutritious hydrating cream that feeds nourishment to your skin while protecting your skin with continuous moisture
- Contains 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid that deeply penetrates into the skin to nourish and helps restore skin’s moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss.
- Helps to soften skin, leaving skin smooth and hydrated.
- Available in 2 formulas. Regular moisturizing cream helps soothes normal / dry skin, while Light moisturizing cream hydrates normal / combination skin with its lighter, fluffy texture.
- Fragrance Free • Alcohol Free • Mineral Oil Free • Colorant Free • Skin pH balanced • Low irritation • Dermatologically tested
So it looked like a pretty good product…. Until I applied it to my face.
This is what the cream looks like in the tub – it’s got this terribly thick and sticky consistency, completely unlike the typical cream texture. While it is scentless and supposedly suitable for sensitive skin, I can’t imagine anyone using this in the daytime in this Singapore weather.
Sticky fingers! I have tried this cream multiple times at night, and what set off this review was the last time I tried this out a few days ago. My skin was super dry, and I wanted a quick fix – oil-based balms, or thick and sticky creams were my top pick for the day. While my HL Lotion + Mizon Snail + Laneige Sleeping Pack combo is my usual dry-skin solution, I decided to give this cream one last shot, and it was just A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT 😐 It sat like a layer of glue on my face throughout the night, and when I woke up in the morning, my skin was still equally dry. Not even slightly more moisturized, no, it was just… dull.
I think the cream just never absorbed into my skin – it sat on top and smeared itself all over my pillow as I tossed and turned in the middle of the night 😐
Really now. Look at this picture below – they look like they have the same consistency right? Looks like cream and gel right?
YEAH NO the one on the right is just craft glue I really wanted to plaster on some white glue (but I couldn’t find any sigh so I had to pass off some normal glue as gel) to just give you guys an idea of how STICKY this cream is – IMO the glue spread almost as ‘well’ as the HL Cream.
I suppose if you wanted a ‘natural’ face glue for glueing glitter onto your face for a Halloween party this cream would work?? Sigh. I have noted that the Hada Labo products sold in Singapore are Made in China, unlike the ‘original’ Made in Japan ones – this might be a reason why the formulation is so different from what I’ve seen online.
I was going to consider my combination skin-type while writing this review, but my cheeks were so dry they’d pass as dry skin even – so why didn’t this work for me!? Sorry Hada Labo – as much as I love your lotion, this cream was an absolute disappointment – I definitely would not recommend this to anyone living in humid weather. Definitely go for the lotion though – that’s an actual skin-saver.