This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that there is an affiliate code advertised.
There are a couple of brands that I always trust and COSRX is easily one of them – they’re one of the best indie brands in kbeauty and are dominating the industry, especially for their anti-acne formulations. I recently got a bunch of their products to try out and, funnily enough, this first one isn’t target problem skin at all!
This is the Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream, which is something that I saw on Instagram before and was super curious about. The reason I found this so intriguing is because it claims to be both a toner and cream, so it can be used for either or both purposes. I love lightweight and easy to use products, especially for my morning routine (which isn’t so much as a routine but rather two rushed steps before I do make up).
The Toner to Cream is currently available for USD$16.45 from BB Cosmetic, or you can check out the rest of their COSRX offerings too. In general, this is a brand that I stand by and they’ve given me great results without fail, so I always recommend their stuff. You can also use my code on BB Cosmetic for 5% off – QAL3F6ZA8YZ – it isn’t much but it’s something.
Now, let’s get into this review!
As previously mentioned, the Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream claims to be a multi-purpose product that can be used as both a toner or moisturiser with hydrating and brightening properties. It has a relatively simple ingredients list though does have two that contain silicons (something to consider if you are sensitive to that).
Aside from that, star ingredients include:
- Sea Water
- Vitamin C & E (Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract)
The interesting part of this formulation is that it applies like a gel cream, with a light and soft texture. However, as it is gently worked over skin, the product actually melts to form a droplet texture. It maximises hydration as the ‘cream’ texture forms a mask-like layer, whilst the change into ‘water’ allows it to absorb easily into skin.
This product is actually very similar to the Elizavecca Water Drop Cream too (click there to go to my review way back in 2017 – what a throwback) so, if you liked that one but want something with more brightening benefits, then this is one to consider.
Similarly to a lot of other COSRX products, the packaging design for the Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream has a very modern and simple aesthetic – which I love. The product comes in a simple white unit carton, which is accented with silver foil lettering. The box is made of a gloss cardboard with a texture coating; the quality of the material isn’t out of the ordinary but the small details in the print gives it a high end feel.
Opening it up, you will see that the white and silver aesthetic is also reflected on the bottle design. The bottle is made of a very sturdy matte finish white plastic and the printing is produced so that it doesn’t easily scratch or fade. The decision to make the cap a translucent white also gives it an added something that feels more luxe.
I like the COSRX products have a very minimalist approach to their packaging and that the quality, in particular for the internal bottles, is great. You can tell from how smoothly the cap closes and the airless pump mechanism (or I think that it’s an airless pump) that they’ve put some extra money into the production.
Overall, I am very happy with this product from a packaging perspective. I think it looks great as a gift, has a nice high-end feel and is highly functional too. I like the simplicity of it and, whilst it is a bit too heavy for travel, I like how it looks on my vanity!
Application & Personal Experiences
When the product is dispensed, the first impression was of the Bergamot Fruit Oil, which gave it a refreshing fragrance. I personally love this and I really enjoy this cream because of it – I find Bergamot very soothing. However, you do need to keep note of this if you are sensitive to any fragrances. I think that this will really come down to personal preference and skin type.
As I smoothed the cream over my skin, I can feel that it immediately soothed and gave me a boost of hydration. However, it’s as you actually work and pat it in that you get the real benefits of this product. It makes skin super refreshed and baby soft, but also fully absorbs without leaving any residue. The Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream works so quickly and is so lightweight that there’s no issue with layering other products (whether it is more skincare or make up on top).
For me personally, I love to use this in the morning because it leaves my skin feeling great and doesn’t take too long to absorb. I have very little time so my skincare routine is very bare bones (essentially just this and my sunscreen before I move onto make up). This fits in perfectly to my routine.
After using this for a while, I can definitely see that my skin looks a bit brighter but the results are subtle. If anything, I prefer this cream for its hydration benefits and ease of use. For something this is specifically brightening, I would recommend a stronger serum to use at night instead,
Most of COSRX formulas are great for acne prone and sensitive skin. However, I’m a bit hesitant to recommend this for all skin types due to the presence of silicon and Bergamot fragrance. It works well for me (oily-combination skin) but I would recommend to consider your own skin type before purchasing too.
Here’s the verdict!
SO WHAT IS IT?
A hydrating and lightly brightening gel cream that turns into a liquid formula on application
- Beautiful minimalist packaging design
- High quality packaging and dispenser
- Refreshing scent
- Quick absorbing with no residue
- Instant boost of hydration
- Works great under make up
- Contains silicon and fragrance
- Minimal brightening benefit
- PRICE POINT | 4/5
- PACKAGING | 5/5
- SCENT | 4/5
- HYDRATION | 5/5
- BRIGHTENING | 1/5
- ABSORPTION | 5/5
OVERALL RATING? 8/10
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
This product works really well for my skin and my type of morning skincare routine so I would definitely recommend it if you are similar to me. The price is great, and both the packaging and formula have won me over. As usual though, please do consider your own skin type when using this as it does contain some ingredients that may irritate certain people.
WHERE TO GET IT FROM
The Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream was gifted to me by BB Cosmetic for review so check out their website, where it is currently available for USD$16.45. Remember that you can also use my code for 5% off – QAL3F6ZA8YZ.