I discovered Huxley through Instagram. Who wouldn’t be captured by their clean lines, simplistic packaging and promise of glowing skin? It is a relatively new Korean brand that incorporates ingredients such as prickly seed pear oil into their skincare items.
Performing a simple google search, prickly seed pear oil is high in fatty acids, Vitamins A and E, all beneficial for the skin. It touts the items as good for skin that is suffering from harmful elements and stress in urban areas. Being a relatively new brand, there’s not much information online and their site in English is basic.
I purchased the Grab Water and Oil-Like Essence to try. (There’s a promo now on Qoo10 SG for buy 1 get 1. I picked these up for $64-ish for both).
The items came nicely packed in a dove greyish – blue box and had a sticker seal. Both felt like glass bottles with dropper dispensers.
The Grab Water did not come in a box but the Oil-Essence did. I have started trying both of them and happy to be adding them into my routine.
According to the Huxley website, it is a hydrating essence that locks in moisture. It contains prickly pear seed oil and has a natural cooling effect of peppermint. Prickly pear seed oil is found in the Sahara Desert and has a greater moisturizing effect than argan oil due to its high content of linoleic acid.
The Grab Water has a slight blue tinge (most likely colouring) and a pine fragrance. I read online that many did not like the pine fragrance. To me, it’s fine as it disappears quickly upon application. The Grab Water does not sting the dry side of my nose and absorbs very quickly. My face looks visibly plumped up after using it.
This is how the Grab Water looks like. Almost transparent but hint of blue.
Oil Like Essence
It is housed in a frosty bottle with a dropper. I’ve read complaints about the dropper and I find that it is difficult to fully ‘suck’ up the product into the dropper. However, as my bottle is new and full, it does not really seem to be a deal breaker.
Looking at Huxley’s website again, this is an optimal formulation of oil and essence that makes the skin feel fresh and smooth but not greasy. It also contains prickly pear seed oil
The Oil Like Essence is slightly cloudy and also has the pine fragrance. I find that this takes longer to absorb and slightly sits on top of my skin. I use this at night as I sleep in air-con and need the extra moisture. I also notice my skin becoming more moisturized after applying this.
Overall, I feel that both are pretty good products that perform decently. At the promo price, it makes for a good buy that does not break the bank. I definitely will repurchase the Grab Water!
Excited to be trying more skincare items! More K Beauty items to come!