Dear, Klairs - A Powerhouse of Simple Skincare
I was contacted by dear, Klairs around August, and they asked me if I wanted to try out some of their products! Like the true skincare junkie I am, I obliged, but only under the agreement that all of my opinions would be authentic and there would be no financial obligation to provide a positive review, or a review at all.
However, after using the products for a few months, I can definitely say that I am a genuine fan of dear, Klairs and will definitely be repurchasing their products.
About dear, Klairs
Klairs is a Korean skincare company dedicated to the idea of simplicity in skincare. The brand’s parent company, Wishtrend, is responsible for other notable cosmetics companies such as CoxRX, and their namesake brand, byWishtrend. The products are manufactured in South Korea.
Klairs’ products aim to soothe irritated skin and improve your dermal quality over time. In the United States, they are available at Urban Outfitters, Amazon, SOKOGlam, Yesstyle, and Wishtrend’s website.
At $11-$30 USD, dear Klairs is definitely a mid-range cosmetics brand and is priced similarly to popular brands such as Clinique, Mario Badescu, and First Aid Beauty.
My Skin type
I have combination, acne-prone skin! Please note that what works for me may not work for you!
Moderately priced, and performs well. Great if you want a skincare regime that’s minimal, fragrance free, and no-frills. Only complaint is the lack of in-store accessibility within the United States.
Rich Moist Soothing Cream - $25 (60ml/20z)
When I initially tried this moisturizer, I was really put off by the richness of the cream during the incredibly hot and sweaty summer. Unfortunately, my skin lately has been very itchy and irritated - most likely due to the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (which is very depressing. I’m currently on the hunt for a new facial wash). I’ve been using this moisturizer primarily as an evening cream. However on the days when I need a little bit of extra hydration, I feel like the moisturizer is comfortable under makeup and soothes my skin of all of the irritation its been under lately. You know that instantly soothing feeling of a cool splash of water on a hot summer’s day? That similar euphoria is what this moisturizer has been providing my skin lately. The richness of the cream melts and absorbs into the skin very quickly and leaves a comfortable velvety finish on the skin. Although the product seems to have a few comedogenic ingredients (check out the cosDNA analysis here), it hasn’t irritated my skin or caused a breakout. The product is free from dyes, fragrances, and animal-based components, which makes it great for anyone with sensitive skin.
It performs similarly to First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer ($24, 1.7 oz); they do, after all, have similar goals of soothing and moisturizing the skin. Personally, I would purchase dear Klairs’ iteration of the product due to the slightly better value. However, First Aid Beauty is slightly more accessible to the American demographic.
Supple Preparation Facial Toner - $22 (180ml/6.08 floz)
Another moisturizing product, this watery toner aims to soothe and balance the skin after cleansing. It absorbed into the skin quickly and didn’t leave my skin feeling dried out like many popular toners I’ve tried. It claims to balance the skin’s pH level, cleanse and soothe, and be deeply moisturizing. Although I can’t attest to the toner’s pH balancing claims, it definitely supplemented the Rich Moist Soothing Cream in soothing and moisturizing my skin. It definitely isn’t a moisturizer replacement. This toner performed relatively well on cosDNA’s acne irritant indicator, with only one ingredient of mild concern. This product also doesn’t have any color or identifiable scent.
This is the first toner I’ve tried that aims to soothe the skin and don’t really have anything else to compare it to. It’s similarly priced to other K-Beauty brands, such as Mamonde and Skinfood. I would repurchase this product because I do really feel like it’s helped soothe and relax my irritated skin.
Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop - $23 (35mL/1.18floz)
The Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop gave me mixed feelings. It’s a vitamin C extract that’s supposedly been stabilized to live in a clear, plastic bottle. Also dye and fragrance free, this product has a slightly oily texture and warming sensation as it comes in contact with the skin. It’s honestly an incredibly strange sensation and not your typical watery serum. I can say that it’s definitely helped my dark spots and acne scars. It gets a perfect score on cosDNA’s acne irritant indicator, as well.
I’ve tried other vitamin C products, like The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension (which is a gritty cream product, $11.50, 30 mL), and Glossier’s Super Glow ($28, 0.5 floz/15 mL). I would repurchase dear Klairs’ vitamin C product over The Ordinary’s simply because I didn’t like the cream’s texture. However, between this product and Glossier’s Super Glow, it’s a toss up. Dear Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a significantly better value for over twice the product at a lesser cost. The texture of Glossier’s serum definitely requires less manipulation to absorb into the skin. At the end of the day, it’s a texture preference. Right now, I definitely prefer dear Klairs’ product due to the value.
I’ll definitely be doing an updated review when I finish the products and let you know how they’ve faired on my skin!