Packaging: Sturdy frosted plastic bottle which is minimalistic and quite aesthetically pleasing. Has a pump-type dispenser which I truly appreciate, which is covered by a transparent plastic cap.
Claims: "Contains Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice 70% (Birch Sap) and exclusive ultra-moisturizing ingredients to help maintain water deeply on and under the skin." // Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin. hydrates, protects and comforts the skin with an oil-free, lightweight formula.
Scent: Smells extremely similar to the One Step Pimple Clear Pad. Strong citrus-tea tree scent, which is probs due to the lemon and tea tree oils. In my opinion, as it is in a more "liquid" form, I felt it was too strong for my nose and I didn't really enjoy it every time I used it, especially because the scent takes A LONG TIME to dissipate and I just (psychologically) felt my skin reacting to the essential oils negatively. Also note that it's kind of deceiving to be named "oil free" when it does, in fact, contain oils...
Texture/colour: A mix between lotion and gel, imo. Has a "slip" to it which might be bc of the Dimethicone. Spreads easily. Not watery at all as when first applied to the skin, it does not have the tendency to drip off the hand (during swatch)/face so dotting it on the face and spreading it onto the skin would probs be the best method of application. White in colour when first pumped out of the bottle, and turns colourless when spread and patted into the skin. Does take awhile to absorb tho, and tends to make my face look dull and shiny.. And I'm guessing the shininess was mostly bc the moisturiser just DID NOT ABSORB.. Like at all. It felt like it was just sitting on top of my skin, resisting its demise of absorbing into my skin to leave me as well hydrated as it promised smh. Hence, I dont feel that it moisturises my dehydrated skin that well (due to it being unable to absorb well), esp during my PM routine where I usually bombard my skin with hydration.
Rambly review/how I use it:
As it is on the more heavy side of moisturisers (heavier than emulsions, but lighter than creams by a small margin) I usually used this after my toner/s before sunscreen (AM) or as the last step (PM). And honestly... I found that in the best case scenario, it did nothing for me. And in the worst case, it caused small pimples (mostly whiteheads near cheek area) and caused my face to flush (sometimes it felt like there was a "heaty" feeling where my skin couldnt breathe, so to say). The strong scent also turned me off immensely.
So, really, I always ended up testing it for the 2-3 days before stopping and going back to my baseline gentle routine, before forgetting about it on my shelf... Then remembering and testing it again... Only to be disappointed... And the cycle continued for awhile before I gave up and decided to give it away to a better home before it ends up sadly expiring without much use.
tl;dr: Um, a no for me lol. On good days, it did nothing for me, and on bad days, it caused allergic reactions or "heaty" sensations. Also feels too heavy for my skin, so.
Verdict: 1/5 (nope. WNRP ever. I honestly don't get what the hype is about and how people actually like it. however, I do think it may just be my skin being a bit too reactive again I guess. sucks that I didn't like it at all.)