Beauty Review: Primera Super Sprout Serum

I’ve always been quite obsessed with skincare, but now with an upcoming wedding I’m even more obsessed than ever because hey – every woman wants to look their best at their wedding! If you love skincare, korean skincare is definitely one area to check out. I’ve read tons about Primera but it’s not easily accessible from outside of Korea, so I went crazy when I finally went on holiday there. One of the products I picked up was the Primera Super Sprout Serum.

A little bit about Primera – the name comes from two words: prime and era; together, it signals the most important period. It is an eco-oriented cosmetic brand that focuses on germination – when a plant releases its critical energy and collecting and delivering the energy directly to the skin. The brand is part of AmorePacific, a huge korean skincare company.

Claims on the box:
This is reparative anti-aging serum, which is based on germination technology. It will help to restore damaged and aged skin, bring radiance and liveliness. The ingredient Phyto-Sproum is an activated germination substance with Super Black Seed’s efficacies.

Water, Propanediol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Extract, Glycerin, Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Sprout Extract, Dicaprylyl Ether, Rheum Undulatum Root/Stalk/Stem Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, C14- 22 Alcohols, Sucrose Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Phytate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dextrin, Mannan, Sucrose, Fragrance

I don’t think that I have aging skin – I don’t have fine lines, no wrinkles and no white or dark spots; but I am 30 years old this year so I’ve been using more and more anti-aging products. I do have very dry skin, and some blemish marks because I’m not very good at not picking at spots.

The Super Sprout Serum is Primera’s best selling serum. It has a 4-Free System: Free of artificial fragrance, synthetic colorants, animal ingredients, and mineral oil. The product is a light brownish colour and has a slightly weird plant smell (though it could totally be my own wild imagination). The bottle is glass, and comes with a press-pump, which is my preferred packaging style for serums. It’s pretty light in texture.

What I liked:
Natural ingredients, no artificial fragrance added so it’s less likely to irritate the skin, and contains no mineral oil. I also like the texture, which sinks into the skin very quickly and doesn’t leave behind a heavy or oily feel. My face feels slightly more moisturised after using it consistently for a few weeks. The fiance also purchased a bottle and he loves it – he has oily skin and he said that this did not make his skin feel too oily or clogged; I thought his skin looked better after using this product but he was not consistent with skincare prior to using this so I don’t know if it’s the effect of this particular product or if his skin was just in bad shape before – but the good part is he likes the texture so much that he was finally consistent with his skincare!

What was just meh:
I honestly think it smells a little weird. And besides making my skin feel more moisturised, I’m not sure what else it did – it’s supposed to repair damaged skin but I don’t see any difference to all my blemish marks.

I think it is lovely but not impressive; I got this at KRW45,000, which translate to roughly SGD45 for 50g of product. It’s not cheap, but also not outrageously expensive. The best part is that it got my fiance to start using skincare products consistently – because it feels comfortable on; so for anyone starting to focus on their skincare, or have very oily skin such that a lot of products feels too heavy on, this is probably something to look at. But for someone who has pretty good skin already or very dry skin, this might not do much for you.

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