This product was provided for review by 08liter.com. This review reflects my honest opinion.
I couldn’t decide whether to include the Vant 36.5 Advanced Moisture Cream in my roundup of my favorite light summer moisturizers. I decided to make a separate post for this cream because it’s really an interesting product due to its formulation, and I really enjoyed it, but not necessarily because the ingredients are amazing.
08liter.com is a review site similar to Influenster, where “social editors” can apply for products to review. I received the Vant 36.5 Advanced Moisture Cream, which is apparently an insanely popular product in Korea. I wrote a mini review on Instagram, as per my agreement with 08liter.com, which fulfills my obligations to them, but I also wanted to write a more in-depth review on this fascinating “water-drop” cream.
Vant 36.5 Advanced Moisture Cream. All right, honest talk about the packaging. The plastic jar feels very cheap and the printing on it isn’t the greatest quality. The lid does that annoying thing where instead of tightening all the way, it slips loose again. Not super great for a cream that retails for $40. BUT, the cream inside makes it worthwhile. It’s a really silky cream that feels very hydrating and watery. It does the water-drop thing where the emulsion breaks as you rub it into your skin and you get watery droplets on the surface of your skin, which is really fun and feels SO refreshing. With the hot weather, I’ve been really enjoying this watery cream. It is very light, but unlike say a regular gel cream, the Vant 36.5 cream provides a lot of moisture for my dehydrated skin. The 100g jar is generous so I’ve been using it on the backs of my hands and my hands have been plumped up and younger looking too! I love this lightweight but effective cream and just wish the packaging was a little nicer. Thanks @0.8l_usa for giving me the opportunity to review this cream! #vant365 #08l #moisturize #cream #kbeauty #koreanskincare #koreanbeauty
What is a “water-drop cream” exactly?
These products have become increasingly popular in the last decade. They are silicone-based creams that leave water droplets on your skin as you rub them in, making them feel incredibly refreshing. I found this phenomenon so fascinating that I kind of fell into a rabbit hole of research into what these creams are, exactly. I’m not a science person, so forgive me if I’m not completely accurate in explaining this, but I believe this is the gist of it.
Water drop creams combine a water-based solution with silicone emulsifiers, usually cyclopentasilaxane and PEG-10 Dimethicone crosspolymer. These silicones are highly stable and can hold a high amount of water in a cream, while having high penetrability into the skin and a light, silky feel. There’s actually a fascinating Youtube video that shows you how to make a water drop cream out of water, cyclopentasilaxane, and PEG10 Dimethicone, as well as a small amount of salt and preservatives, in only about 15 minutes (fast forward the slow bits, it’s not edited).
These creams are also inexpensive to make, as they do not require heat to formulate and can be made up mostly of water.
The water drops occur as the cream starts to absorb into your skin, the emulsion breaks, leaving water drops on the surface of the skin.
Vant 36.5 Advanced Moisture Cream Ingredients
(transcribed from Hwahae app)
water, cyclopentasilaxane, PEG-10 dimethicone, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, chamomile extract, beta-glucan, cucumber fruit extract, momordia charantia fruit extract, vitis vinifera fruit extract, orange fruit extract, apple fruit extract, pear fruit extract, banana fruit extract, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, fragrance
Sure enough, the top 3 ingredients for the Vant 36.5 Advanced Moisture Cream are water, cyclopentasilaxane, and PEG-10 dimethicone, the three of which I would guess form the bulk of this cream. In addition there’s glycerin, aloe, beta-glucan, and some fruit extracts. There really isn’t anything in this ingredient list that’s terribly impressive or will have a significant effect on skin condition. Based on the ingredients list, this cream is designed to do one thing — moisturize.
I have never used a cream that has the same consistency as the Vant 36.5 Advanced Moisture Cream. It almost looks buttery in the jar, but when you spread it onto your skin, it melts into a very watery, silky cream. As you rub it in, the water droplets occur, and the cream feels very humid, like you’re rubbing silky water into your skin. Once fully rubbed in and absorbed, skin feels hydrated and there’s a very light smooth siliconey film over your skin to seal the moisture in. My skin feels extremely smooth and soft. Considering that there’s no hyaluronic acid, oils, or emollients in this cream, it hydrates and softens skin very well. Astonishingly well, in fact.
What I like about it, is the complete lack of stickiness or greasiness in this cream. It’s purely watery and hydrating and won’t weigh your skin down. I have combination skin and I love it for the summer, but I probably won’t be able to use it in the winter when my skin gets drier and I need more oils.
However, I do wish that there were some more hard-hitting ingredients in this cream, like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, or other proven ingredients. You can, of course, get those ingredients in your serums. I also think that for the $40 price tag, it’s a bit pricey for a cream that really doesn’t contain any impressive ingredients and is most likely very cheap to make. Even the packaging looks and feels cheap. It’s made of lightweight plastic and the printing isn’t the best quality.
This cream seems to moisturize about as well as, or a little better than, a very hydrating gel cream, but feels silkier and smoother than any gel cream I’ve tried. Although Vant 36.5 claims that this cream is suitable for dry skin, I would imagine that dry-skinned folks would want more moisturizing oils, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and other nourishing ingredients in there.
My concern, also, is that a cream high in silicones will temporarily smooth and soften skin, but probably won’t impart any lasting skin improvements once washed off. Personally, I’d prefer for my cream to support and strengthen my skin’s natural defenses.
The Vant 36.5 Advanced Moisture Cream is a very enjoyable light hydrating cream, with a very silky texture, that will make skin soft and moisturized. However, the ingredients are just okay, with no highly effective proven ingredients that will have long-term effects.
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