Huxley: The Korean Skincare Brand Minimalists Will Love
When you think of K-Beauty, you think of crazy cute packaging, ultra saturated with dessert themes or with excessive amounts of pastel colours. Its rare that you find a brand like Huxley which boasts both minimal aesthetics and formulas. The whole line is centred around one ingredient: prickly pear seed oil, which is a succulent that yields green, orange, and reddish pink-coloured fruit. Studies have shown that it not only contains high levels of Vitamin E, which is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant, it also helps heal wounds faster, reduce redness, and when paired with ceramides also slows the breakdown of collagen.
When I looked through the ingredients, it is not the most gentle, however poses low risk to irritation unless fragrance is something you are sensitive to. I'll link the CosDNA analyses in the product reviews below. That said, I'd have to say the scent of all their products are divine. It smells like clean freshly cut grass with a hint of rosewater that is not only unique, but very relaxing. It goes very well with its minimal aesthetics (you need to see their promo video, it is a work of art!).
The essence is part of their new additions centred around brightening with key ingredients like:
- Niacinamide: brightens and moisturises
- Odeetox: antioxidant and melanin inhibitor
- Glutathione: evens out skin tone and improves radiance
- Bisabolol: soothes and brightens
Due to the melanin inhibitor content, it is considered a skin lightening product. The brand also advises use of sunscreen due to potential increased photosensitivity (you should already be using sunscreen regardless).
The essence is a thick serum consistency that feels like mixture of serum and oil due to its prickly pear seed oil content. It applies quite smoothly with a thicker, more greasy feel compared to other water-based serums. I don’t think oily skin girls or even those with combo skin would like this unless it is used at night due to its consistency. The scent is the same Huxley scent. I personally love the richness of the serum to hydrate my drier skin, especially at nighttime.
I haven’t seen any drastic improvements in my skin tone or brightness but I have felt that my skin has felt considerably softer and more hydrated. I’ve used it for two months now and found that I can only use this at night as I feel that it can be a tad too rich for daytime, especially when paired together with the cream. I did however find out that I get tiny breakouts from using this. For a while I thought that it was a change in my diet, lack of sleep or increased use of makeup (because I work a 9-6 job now), but ever since omitting just this product my skin cleared up considerably (also with the help of Sunday Riley's UFO, review coming soon!). Would not be using this again.
The More Than Moist cream is made to cater to dry and more sensitive skin. I would disagree for the sensitive bit just because it does have fragrance in it that some people are sensitive to, but for dry skin it is a definite yes. The star ingredient of this cream is still their prickly pear seed oil as well as shea butter, squalane, and soybean extract. The texture of the cream is quite thick–almost like a velvet butter texture. It is a tad thicker than Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream. A little definitely goes a long way. Blended on the skin, it melts upon contact and spreads pretty easily and deeply hydrates as the day progresses. Just within a couple days of me using it, I have felt that my skin texture has greatly improved. If I’m wanting it to glide on easier, I also add 2 drops of Rosehip Oil and it works wonders at nighttime.
I have found however that you can definitely overload on the product and end up clogging your pores if you’re not careful. When I say a little goes a long way, I mean very little. Like how much ointment you put on a scab little—about half of what you see on the picture above. Otherwise, it makes a really great balmy moisturiser that really softens my skin like nothing else. I did not get any breakouts from using this one so I will keep using this.
The lotion was an impulse buy from me because I loved the Huxley scent so much. The lotion is very runny and minimally moisturising. The scent lingers for about an hour before taking a backstage and isn’t the most strongly scented. I would say this is a passable product unless you’re into the aesthetics and scent, which, I mean, is really beautiful. There’s not really much else to say about this lotion. Would still use it simply because of the scent but I wouldn’t repurchase it. It is now sitting comfortably on my office desk for those pick-me-up moments.
Huxley products are available in Indonesia through Marketplace sellers such as Shopee (though keep in mind these are individual sellers and you must always be critical to look at the shop’s reviews, response rates, and product authenticity), in BeautyHaul Indo, and YesStyle which ships internationally. I just recently bought their sun cream, sheet mask, and sleeping, healing & scrub mask samples so I will review that in part 2.