Product Review: The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:Mi Essential Base

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Mi Essential Base
The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang:Mi Essential Base, 40ml

This is the first time I tried The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:Mi makeup line. First of all, I love that Whoo doesn’tjust  give you the typical option of color-correcting bases like green or lavender shades the way Sulwhasoo, Iope or Laneige do – this one is pink toned and it is what attracted me to this base. I don’t need coverage, especially after Gongjinhyang:Seol products dramatically faded away some of the most persistent freckles I had, and evened out my skin tone so much so that I don’t even need much tint to do that. What I need is just a nice finish to give my skin a healthy glow.

This product reminds me of Benefit’s That Gal primer – it is pink hued but goes on pretty much clear, leaving a nice subtle glow on the skin. I find this to be more moisturizing than That Gal though – a plus for my dry and dehydrated skin – and of course, instead of That Gal’s bubblegum scent you get the Korean herbal scent with this one. It’s not overpowering and the scent goes away pretty quickly. The finish is dewy with very subtle shimmer. I believe That Gal is slightly more brightening over time than this one though – Gongjinhyang:Mi Essential Base is more hydrating on the long run, but the glow does not last too long.

The texture is like a moisturizing emulsion, richer than That Gal, and on oilier skin this can actually feel a little sticky, whereas That Gal is not. For drier skin types this is pretty good. I wear this alone as the very last step (on top of my sunscreen). It does not look oily at least.

Is it worth the money (about US$65 for 40ml)? Personally, I think not. I find That Gal by Benefit already quite expensive for what it is, and this one is twice the price. Because there is virtually no pigment in this, and no coverage either, you are basically just buying a lotion with a tiny bit of shimmer (which you can do for a lot less – just mix a little bit of luminizer like Stila’s in your sunscreen or emulsion). Finish wise, I prefer That Gal, because the shimmer and brightening effects visibly last  longer on the face. It’s not a bad product by any means, but for that amount of money, I would rather spend it on Gongjinhyang:Seol Brightening Peel-Off Pack!!!


2 comments on Product Review: The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang:Mi Essential Base

    January 9, 2011 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the review Josiebi i was thinking about buying this one but now i won’t! 😉

  2. Kristina Marchenko
    January 25, 2017 at 9:43 pm (2 months ago)

    I saw this product in a skincare boutique in Vancouver, CA and it was selling for $40CAD. Compared to the $65 it is much less and with the exchange rate it will be even cheaper.


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