Product Review: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX 80ml
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX 80ml

I bought this for less than US$20.00 from kgoodshop back in Spring. My skin is a little oilier in Spring/Summer but still dehydrated, so I thought I would go back to a trusted product even though its formula has been upgraded for quite some time now.

The product claims to have brightening, hydrating and vitalizing benefits. I have used the original version years ago when I first started selling Laneige on Joseibi.com. It was one of my favourite products to use. I loved Laneige’s raspberry/sweet berry scents generally, and even though I am generally quite sensitive to fragrances, I never had any reaction using Laneige products.

At the time when they upgraded it to the EX version we have now, my business partner, who worked as a distributor for Charmzone, Amore and Enprani in Korea for a year, told me that the upgraded version somehow wasn’t as popular in Korea. I will make some comparisons with that.

The blue color didn’t change, the scent is very similar (it may be the same as the original), but the texture is different from the original version. I found the original version a lot thicker, which I prefer, because it is more like a leave-on gel-mask when you sleep. In fact, I can vividly recall how much thicker the gel was, because I had used it when I flew to California on a five-hour flight, and by the end of the flight, the mask was still on, keeping a highly protective layer on my very dry and dehydrated skin; when I got off the plane, my skin did not suffer like it usually did in the air.

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX

The texture of the EX version is runnier. It’s not thick like the original version. It was almost like a semi-liquid gel, and if you use a spatula to take it out, it might slide right off. I had done that several times, because it is too runny. To me, this feels more like a regular runny gel moisturizer than a leave-on mask. The adhesion was not as good as the original version also because of the runny texture. With the EX version, if you use a little bit more than instructed, it doesn’t absorb. It’s very watery and doesn’t stick to the skin too well. But if I don’t use a little more, a thin layer of this product will dry up on my skin in less than an hour!

As for results, I also prefer the original one. With this version, it’s so runny and thin, it dries up quickly without leaving any protective moisture barrier on my skin. I had used this since Spring/Summer when my skin wasn’t too dry, but compared to using it now, in the Fall in lower humidity, this didn’t behave any differently on my skin. It isn’t thick or moisturizing enough like the original version was. I used more than 5 jars of the original version before in the span of a few years, so I know it like the back of my hand. This just doesn’t measure up.

However, I can see very young, oilier skin loving this EX version, since it is much lighter and thinner. I am 36 and shouldn’t be using Laneige anymore anyway, but still, I had loved the original version a lot more.

By the way, apart from a minor, immediate hydrating effect, I did not experience any brightening or vitalizing effect. I did with the original version but not this one. This EX upgrade reminds me of the IOPE Aquain Mask Pack – the texture, the viscosity almost identical, except Aquain’s left somewhat of a thin protective layer on. I didn’t like Aquain Mask Pack because it did next to nothing. Between the two, Laneige’s is still better, but I wish they didn’t touch the original formula.

Here are the ingredients: (click to enlarge any photo)

Ingredient List for Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX
Ingredient List for Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX

Animal Testing Status:

Amore tests on animals. I bought this before I found out, and will not be purchasing Amore brands again. I have since given up even Sulwhasoo!

4 comments on Product Review: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

  1. BT
    November 2, 2011 at 9:53 am (5 years ago)

    Since one of my favorite Hyaluronic Acid essence changed its formula and becomes more lightweight, I found the hydrating effect had been compromised too. I wish they didn’t change the formula too.

    BTW, I had tried a sample sachet of this sleeping pack EX before and also found it too light for my skin in dry season. (“v)

    Reply
    • Joseibi
      November 7, 2011 at 10:17 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, BT!

      From my experience with a lot of the Asian bestsellers, they were usually better before the ‘upgrade’…a real shame because when it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Too bad…

      Reply
  2. Vivian
    January 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I am curious – why shouldn’t you be using Laneige at 36? Incidentally I am 36 and just discovered Laneige! Am super psyched. Ahem.

    Reply
    • Joseibi
      June 4, 2015 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

      You can use it, but Laneige is really designed for the early 20s group. The Korean salesladies always stress that but if you are in Asia, the climate is much more humid, the Laneige products can still work even for slightly older. Over here in Canada, the ladies at the store will not hesitate to tell you Laneige is not for you…also, Sulwhasoo and IOPE are of better quality for the 30+ group as well. (I am in my late 30s)

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