First Impressions with Laneige Hydration Trial Kit

Hi Everyone!

Last month, I decided to get into the Korean skincare game, so I started my research into which brands and products to try. Since everyone’s skin is different and it’s hard to go by what other people like and dislike, I decided to just look at some of the products on Sephora and buy a trial kit from the best sellers list. I didn’t want to pay $50 for a bottle of serum that I may not like, so I thought a trial kit with travel size bottles was the best option. I decided to go with the Laneige Hydration Kit that comes with six different products (pictured below- taken from google). It was $38 CAD ($75 value according to Sephora) for:

– 1 oz Multi Cleanser
– 1.6 oz Power Essential Skin Toner
– 1.6 oz Balancing Emulsion for Normal to Dry Skin
– 1 oz Water Bank Serum
– 0.6 oz Water Bank Moisture Cream
– 0.6 oz Water Sleeping Mask

UPDATE: They now sell the Hydrating Trial Kit that comes with a slightly different combo of products.

– 1 oz/ 30 mL Moisturizing Foam Cleanser
– 1.6 oz/ 50 mL Essential Power Skin Toner for Normal to Dry Skin
– 0.3 oz/ 10 mL Water Bank Essence
– 0.3 oz/ 10 mL Water Bank Moisture Cream
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Water Sleeping Mask

My nose is very sensitive to smell, a strong smelling moisturizer can give me a headache or make me feel sick. The Laneige products in this kit have a very light scent, and it’s one of the few moisturizers I actually like the smell. Some ones I’ve tried have been too floral or too strong.

I’ve been using these products for about a month now and I have to say that my face does look brighter and feel more hydrated. It definitely takes longer to do my nightly skincare routine now, I was previously only using cleanser and putting on moisturizer. Adding the extra steps has definitely helped my skin feel softer and hydrated.

I like the Multi Cleanser, it has a light scent like the other products. There are micro-cellular beads that gently exfoliate, it makes your skin feel clean (like my other faves from The Face Shop). I know that the beads are very gentle, but I only use it once a week so that it’s not too abrasive on my skin. My skin is very sensitive, so I don’t want to use an exfoliating cleanser with beads too often, especially not on my face.

The skin toner smells great and doesn’t feel sticky after applying (like some other ones I’ve tried).

The balancing emulsion and water bank serum are my faves. The only thing I don’t love about the emulsion is that there’s no pump for the travel size bottle and it’s like getting ketchup out of a glass bottle (the full size version comes with a pump).

The water bank moisture cream is a bit thicker than I’m used to, I think I will only use it on the areas of my face that tend to get dry.

The water sleeping mask is meant to be used once or twice a week and washed off in the morning. I’ve only used it a few times, I don’t mind it, but I’m not sure I would buy the full sized-version.


I give it a 4/5 because I didn’t like all the products in the kit, but liked the majority of them.

Thoughts: Out of the six products, I would definitely buy the full-size versions of the toner, emulsion and serum. Since I already have other cleansers that I use and I think the emulsion and serum hydrate my face enough that I don’t need the moisture cream or the sleeping mask.

What products are in your daily skincare routine?