June 12, 2014

Product Review: Naruko Narcissus Night Gelly (Naruko Mini Series)

      It's time for the second product review in the Naruko Mini Series! Today I'll be reviewing the Naruko Narcissus DNA Repairing Night Gelly. For those of you who are new to Naruko, it's a Taiwanese skincare brand created by Niu Er who is one of Taiwan's foremost beauty experts. All of the products are natural, paraben, and preservative free. Niu Er was donned the nickname of "gelly king" since the most famous products from Naruko are their gel moisturizers.




      The entire Narcissus flower line is targeted towards those with "young skin that is just starting to see the effects of aging." It's supposed to prevent, repair, and moisturize young skin as to further delay aging. Subsequently, I personally think it's targeted for women in their mid twenties to late thirties.

Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Night Gelly, 2.1 oz
Price: $25 (but $19 on the official Naruko USA boutique website)

Ingredients
Purified Water (Aqua), Snow Fungus (Tremella Fuciformis) Extract, Phytoferulin® Extract [Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Alpine Skullcap (Scutellaria Alpina) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Masterword (Peucedanum Ostruthium) Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Alps Wormwood (Artemisia Umbelliformis) Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Alpine Willowherb (Epilobium Fleischeri) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamolmilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract], Narcissus Tazetta L. Var. Chinensis Roem (Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract), Baicalin, Kojic Acid, Lecithin, Ceramide, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerine, Propanediol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Polysaccharide, Polyquaternium-51, Acrylates C10-31 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Essential Oils of Mandarin, Tangerine, Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinesis) and Ylang-Ylang (Cananga Odorata)

Description
This new formulated night gelly works ideally as an overnight mask. Using the Narcissus Bulb Extract and the patented Phytoferulin complex provides the skin with hydration and anti-oxidants and enhances the skin's natural self-defense and self-repairing system.

Directions
After cleansing and going through your normal nightly skincare routine, apply an even amount (about the size of two soybeans) over your face. Do not wash off after applying.
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Color of the gelly is milky opaque & has a thick viscosity.

On the skin - it doesn't melt right away like other gels but rather feels very hydrating after a couple rubs.

Moderately rubbed in, you can still seen a bit of the sheen from the gel.

Review

      The product is housed in a heavy purple tinted glass bottle. The scent of the gel reminds me of Ramune soda. For those of you who know what Ramune soda is and have smelled it, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. For those of you who do not know what Ramune is, it basically smells like a fizzy carbonated fruity sweet soda. It probably doesn't sound too appealing to put something scented like a Japanese soda onto your skin, and although I don't prefer it either, I can tolerate it enough as it dissappates fairly quickly. 
      Although it's a gel moisturizer, it is highly moisturizing. The texture of the gel is really viscous. It does move when you turn the jar to the side, but it takes a few seconds for it to do so. On the skin however, it feels so nice because the gel easily melts into the skin after a few rubs. It's the heaviest gel I've ever used and it leaves my skin significantly more moisturized. I definitely wouldn't use this in the daytime during the warmer months because it leaves a sheen on your skin. Since the gelly is supposed to act as a sealant to "seal in" all the products you used prior, your skin is also a tad sticky afterwards. For that reason I think it would be an amazing day moisturizer in the harsher windier winter months.
      Lastly, has it done anything for my face besides keep it moisturized? Not really. The only fine lines I have are smile lines but they're not that noticeable unless you magnify my skin. Thus, I can't really vouch whether the gelly helped reduce the visibility of my fine lines.

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TL;DR Version

You should buy this product if;
  • You like moisturizers in a gel formula.
  • You want to try an overnight moisturizer.
  • You like natural or preservative free skincare products. (no parabens, preservatives, or dyes)
  • You want a gel moisturizer that actually heavily moisturizes your skin.

You should not buy this product if;
  • You dislike moisturizers that leave your skin a little sticky.
  • You're fairly sensitive to fragrances in your moisturizer.
  • You want to target your fine lines.
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Concluding Remarks

      As mentioned before, you can purchase Naruko from their online ecommerce site, Amazon, and Sasa. Since I'm reviewing this product at the start of summer, it's definitely the wrong season to be using this product to its fullest potential. I'm confident that fall and winter is where the Narcissus night gelly will shine. Lastly, as for the price of the product, it retails at $25, but many online websites sell it for less than that. I've seen it as low as $18. Best of all, the official US Naruko site always has a BOGO free promotion going on. I have seen a BOGO free night gelly before! The special changes frequently, so check the website often!

Already reviewed

Still to be reviewed....
1. Naruko Tea Tree Night Gelly
2. Naruko Narcissus Fundamental Serum
3. Naruko Narcissus Eye Cream

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