April 20, 2018

Review: Althea Korea Bare Essentials

Althea Korea Bare Essentials Review

The 10-step Korean skincare routine made a wild buzz in the world of beauty enthusiasts. Different kinds of products popped like mushrooms to cater to every one's skincare needs. But here's the catch. Sometimes, complicated skincare routines can be too hassle, confusing, and can hurt your skin instead of making it better. So if you're new to the skincare game, it's best that you start with the basics first. And this is what Althea's Bare Essentials range is all about — getting back to the fundamentals.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials Review

I saw the hype this Bare Essentials line made on social media. I have seen a lot of influencers and bloggers raving about it and I was curious. Being a skincare fanatic, I have always wanted to try new products because I'm still searching for products that I can call my HG. And alas! A blessing came in the form of a blogger friend. Elisha of LoveElisha.net gave me an extra box of the Althea Bare Essentials products and I was so excited to try them.

Althea's Bare Essentials line features three products only — the Contour Cleanser, Primer Water, and the Fixer Cream. To test them out thoroughly, I ditched my original routine and used only these three for two weeks straight. This review won't be as detailed as what you may have seen or read from other blogs but I will try my best to share my experience well.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials Review

Step 1: Contour Cleanser

Product Description: The Contour Cleanser has micro capsules that pop with water to gently and effectively exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin. It detoxifies your skin and creates a defined, slim face shape. Its key ingredients are Ice Plant and Lemon Verbena Leaf.

What I can say about the Contour Cleanser: I love that it has micro-capsules but since these capsules gently exfoliate the skin, I'm not sure if it's really advisable to use this everyday. Also, after washing off the cleanser, it feels that my face wasn't thoroughly cleaned. Though I don't actually approve of cleansers that are too drying to the skin, but my "original" cleanser makes me feel like my face is really clean and moisturized at the same time. Also, I don't quite like the "contour" thing because I don't really believe that a simple cleanser can really help you achieve the most coveted V-shaped face.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials Review

Step 2: Primer Water

Product Description: The Primer Water keeps your steps to a minimum with a 2-in-1 toner and primer. It is made with patented dewdrop technology that smoothens and evens out the skin, prepping it for the next steps and leaving the skin in a youthful glow. Key ingredients are Snow Lotus and Patented Dedrop Technology.

What I can say about the Primer Water: I actually had high hopes in this 2-in-1 primer and toner. Although it really does moisturize my skin and makes it feel soft but there was something missing that I really can't figure out. It was just... meh.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials Review

Step 3: Fixer Cream

Product Description: The Fixer Cream gives your skin the hydration that it truly needs.

What I can say about the Fixer Cream: I've been jumping from one moisturizer to another because I still can't seem to find the one that suits my skin perfectly. So I was hoping that this Fixer Cream would be it. I actually liked that this cream was really lightweight and non-sticky. It gets absorbed by my skin fast and what I don't like is my skin feels dry after it gets absorbed. I feel like I need to put another layer but I'm not sure if that will fix it either. I'm not sure if this caused the dry patches on my face to worsen or the combination of all three products.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials Review

Also, included in the box are these samples which are actually perfect when traveling or when you simply want to try them out. That's what I initially planned to do, but my mom and my aunt wanted to try it too so I gave it to them. Haha!


On the first few days of using the Bare Essentials, I quite liked the whole range (or I made myself believe that I liked it). All three products had a gentle fragrance which I actually liked. But they just didn't suit my skin well. I have oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin. Though Althea said that their Bare Essentials line suits all skin types, I broke out in the middle of my two-week trial. I continued using it to really test if they're really causing the breakouts or just the hormones. And indeed, my breakouts worsened. My mom, my sister, and my aunt noticed it too. They asked me what happened to my face. It was that bad.

I immediately stopped using it after the two-week trial was up and resumed my usual routine. My breakouts are still not completely gone as of this writing but my skin is slowly going back to its original state. Also, during the two-week period, I noticed that I had worse and much more visible dry patches on my face with the Bare Essentials line. I think it simply depends if these products will suit your skin, no matter what type you have.

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  1. Oh I'm sorry about the breakouts. I had the same experience too when I tried new/other skin care items. Now I only use products that are already tried and tested na sa akong skin.

    Btw, this is a meaningful comment. Hahaha

    1. I have permanent products naman te nga di najud nako ilisan like ang toner, serum, og sunblock. Pero nangita pajud kog moisturizer nga makaingon kog wow. Sayang, nindot baya jud unta ang products, wa lang gyud sya muangay. Pero agree jud ko nimo te, kung makauyon gyud, di najud angay ilisan. Haha. Mao najud na ako mantra ron kay sauna mura kog amaw magsigeg ilis2x. hahahaha.

      P.S. This is my meaningful response to your meaningful comment.