- What is it
- This gel-cream is a moisturizer with a gel-type texture. As Klairs Fundamental Line, it provides the fulfills the ‘basics’ in your moisturizing skincare. It contains Jeju Green Tea Water and Panthenol to provide moisture and deep hydration with a light finish. Recommended for all skins and seasons.
- How I use it
- As my morning moisturizer, after serums and before sunscreen.
- Best suited for
- Those who prefer refreshing gel textures to rich creams. Normal/combo/oily skin types will enjoy how light it feels, but dry skin types might not find this moisturizing enough.
- This is fragrance/essential-oil/alcohol free. Includes Ethylhexyl Palmitate which can be comedogenic.
- A translucent plastic jar. Nothing fancy.
- No noticeable scent.
- A super watery gel that’s much easier to scoop out with a spatula. Feels extremely light and refreshing on the skin, almost like a serum
- Natural finish with some initial dewiness.
- Available For
- $31/70ml on Wishtrend, Amazon, and YesStyle
As someone with dry skin, I would’ve liked to see more emollients like plant based oils to help lock in the moisture. However for a daytime summer moisturizer or those with normal to combo skin, this humectant-heavy formula is a refreshing change from the usual oil-based cream or silicone-based gels.
There’s quite a bit of plant extracts featured, and personally I have mixed feelings about that. While some have been proven to soothe and protect (eg. green tea extract and centella asiatica extract) the skin, others have scant research. I would’ve preferred to see more proven ingredients like vitamin c or niacinamide instead.
For me the biggest selling point is its fascinating texture. I’ve never tried anything quite like it, and I ended up having a lot of fun just scooping up the cream to watch it drip back into the jar. Skintertainment amrite?
I also love how well this layers under sunscreen and makeup. Many gel moisturizers tend to pill on me, but this was not the case. Again, another win for the texture.
As with most moisturizers, I didn’t expect this to do anything skin changing. However I did expect it to sufficiently moisturize my skin, and sadly it was lacking in that aspect. It would work ok in the mornings during summer, but otherwise I’d need an oil afterwards.
I can see this being a great moisturizer for other skin types or in certain climates, but it definitely doesn’t live up to its claim of working for all skin types and environments. My dry skin in the winter would shrivel like a prune with just this!
Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream
As the description claims, this is meant to be your basic moisturizer, nothing more. With that expectation in mind, this can be a lovely (albeit slightly expensive) product for those without dry skin. You'll appreciate how light it feels and how well it layers under products while keeping your face hydrated.
For those with dry skin, I would suggest something with more emollients and occlusives to really lock in the moisture. As a result, this one is a pass for me.