Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Review: Isa Knox X2D2 Original Recovery Emulsion

*Listening to: Shores of California by The Dresden Dolls*

Hey everyone! I recently finished a sample of Isa Knox X2D2 Original Recovery Emulsion so I decided to review it before I move onto the next product! Read below to hear my thoughts on it!
Brand: Isa Knox
Name: X2D2 Original Recovery Emulsion
Price: £20-£25
Where to buy: Koreadepart, TesterKorea

Taken from Koreadepart's website:
'Relaxes skin and creates elastic and healthy face.'
'Nutritious and soft texture.'
'For dry skin.'

From's website, this emulsion promises to 'recapture the lost moisture, suppleness and healthy glow due to accumulated sun exposure and the natural course of aging. Recovering the lost youthfullness of your skin is not impossible...Trust this Recovery Emulsion to do its job. Formulated with Cambium Stem Cell that nourishes damaged skin due to aging and in the process, recovers the health and beauty of your skin.'

Pretty good promises! I couldn't wait to try this emulsion since it said it was for dry skin so I had high hopes for it.
This is the packaging of the sample - I've never really had a sample of serum before, especially not enough for two or more applications so this little bottle was pretty novel. It's packaged similar to the full sized product, with the gold and red colour scheme and scientific look.

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This is the full sized product packaging, which usually holds 130ml of the emulsion; I think that's pretty good compared to some other serums and emulsions. The packaging is neat looking but it's not cute or ugly. Due to the packaging of both the sample and full sized product, you can't scrape out absolutely all the product so it's inevitable that some goes to waste. I've been scraping out the sample product with a cotton bud but I can still tell there's some right at the bottle I can't reach.
The emulsion is rather creamy and is inbetween a serum and cream/lotion...which makes sense, since it's the step inbetween. >_> It has a pleasant scent, I can't quite place it but it's kind of floral yet sweet. It smells a bit like hair conditioner to me haha, but not in a bad way. It absorbs and spreads easily with no greasy feel or residue.
Partially rubbed in.

It definitely feels moisturising and creamy, which I really liked. Some emulsions are lightweight, which is a good thing, but they just get sucked up into my skin and it says 'More! I want more!' haha. I felt that this emulsion was sufficiently hydrating for its purpose, but I of course put an eye cream and face cream on top like I always do. After applying all my products, the emulsion feels hydrating but not sticky, greasy or too rich. After it absorbs, my face feels supple, plump and soft but it's nothing to make me say 'Wow! I need this emulsion!'. It's just a nice addition to my skincare routine.
I was looking forward to trying an emulsion specifically for dry skin and I was pretty happy with the results. The emulsion made my skin hydrated, soft and supple and slotted in nicely with my current skincare routine. However, it's nothing to shout about, I feel another emulsion could do the job too. It doesn't make me want to rush out and buy it but I'd certainly consider it if I'd exhausted all my emulsion options. I can't comment on its 'recovery' benefits but I hope it prevents the visible signs of aging regardless. XD I give it 4 stars out of 5, taking one star off due to the fact it's nothing special and the price is a little hefty for a Korean emulsion. However, it is Isa Knox, which is more high-end than brands like The Face Shop, Innisfree, Skinfood, etc.

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