Have you ever tried a product and didn't like it at first, but then tried it again a few weeks later and liked it a lot more? To be totally honest with you guys---and I've mentioned this before on IG---but it wasn't love at first sight with this Evenprime duo. However, I've given them another try (mainly because I forgot about some Palm pick requirements... Sorry Amanda!!) and here are my thoughts.
There is always something about minimalistic skincare that intrigues me even though it's pretty contradicting for a beauty blogger. On top of that, I wanted to give k-beauty another go. So there was my rationale for purchasing this Palm pick. The Evenprime Core Set came with a cleanser, a moisturizer and a really cute gray makeup bag that is surprisingly spacious (I use it all the time when I travel now).
However, I remembered why I was not a big fan of k-beauty products. Just scanning the ingredient lists, I noticed that the cleanser had synthetic fragrance and the moisturizer contained alcohol. Two things that don't always bode well with my sensitive skin. Luckily though, I did not get any adverse reactions. If you have highly reactive skin, I would not recommend.
So let's talk more in depth about each product.
My first impression of this cleanser is that it has an interesting texture. It foams up into a really dense cream-like texture that can take a bit of effort to wash off. I have to rinse a few times to get off the slippery texture when the foam dissolves. What's left is a squeaky clean feel that I've mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of. BUT, strange enough as it is, I can't stop using this cleanser in my nightly routine. It gives me a really deep clean that I need towards the end of the night when my skin feels gross and oily. I've also found that it keeps my skin texture pretty refined because of the extra cleanliness.
I don't use this moisturizer alone as the last step to my routine. I find that it's not hydrating enough for my skin. I know that many people preach oil-free lightweight moisturizers for oily skin types but that just doesn't work for me. I find that face oils really help balance my skin. However, this moisturizer is great as a hydrating essence/gel serum. It rather soothing and makes my skin feel plump after it has fully absorbed. I appreciate that it does not have a tacky finish. For now, I'll stick to my cream and oil moisturizers. I think I'll incorporate this moisturizer into my routine more in the summertime.
It's safe to say that I definitely can't be a product minimalist, but if you're interested in minimalistic skincare or are a k-beauty enthusiast, I would recommend giving this Evenprime Core Set a try. The products are priced at a really great price point. The set is $45. You can shop the products at here.
Until next time, Megan