I love my Japanese skincare and beauty products, but they are harder to source than Korean products. What usually happens is when I visit Japan I end up re-stocking enough product to last a year! Check out my hauls, here, here and here! So when Japanese Taste, a new Japanese brand online store got in touch I was delighted to hear there was a place I could source products while in England!
On Japanese Taste you can find beauty products, skincare and food! Among other delights, and there is a pretty good selection, in my opinion at least. What I liked the most though was that the worldwide shipping fee is just $2.99, and free if you spend over $49. Shipping is usually the highest hidden cost when buying from overseas, so I was pleased to see this low cost, and prominently featured so I didn’t have to dig through their pages to try and find it.
They asked if there were any products from Japan that I would like to try and the Rosette Ceramide Gel instantly sprung to mind. I had heard a lot about this lightweight gel, but had not tried it out yet. They sent this back in January, and have been very patient with waiting for this review. So my thanks to them for that. It did also give me more time to test out the product! So you my readers can take faith that this is more than just a first impression.
Onto the important part, my thoughts on the product!
Rosette Ceramide Gel Review
Aqua, Glycerin, Betaine, Macadamia Nut Oil, PEG -400, Ceramide 1, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Cogan Grass, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthane Gum, PEG -8, Carbomer, Parabens
Cosdna link here.
Lots of ceramide goodness in this pot, as you would imagine from the name!
It does contain parabens, so for people concerned with that this would not be the product for you.
Similar to a lot of Japanese products, this brand goes for simple over cute. It’s a simple white twist top jar, and when you open it there’s a ringpull seal with a little spatula. The ring pull seal for me was a win, as I usually find those secondary seals difficult to get open. That might just be me, but any extra way to make my life easier can only be a positive.
Product & Scent
This has a strange chemical scent to it. I don’t think everyone would be a fan, so if you’re sensitive to scents this is something to be aware of. It does dissipate and does not linger on the skin which is a positive. I have oily skin, so my top priority with gels/creams is that they sink in and don’t sit on top of my skin. I found that this product did sink in, and there was not a sticky sensation after using. Having said that, a little goes a long way, so I would advocate applying sparingly rather than dolloping it on. It’s a lightweight gel, suited for the warmer months and with all the ceramides in works for winter as well.
Directions of Use
I used this as the last step in my routine. As already mentioned, I applied sparingly, using one spatula amount and dotting on my forehead and cheeks before massaging in. It’s a good partner product in that it did not pill with other products I used with it. Or cause a reaction. As always YMMV, so do test it out for yourself before incorporating it fully into your routine.
I like this product, as simple as it is it does what it says on the tin. There’s no fancy gimmick to it, or pretty packaging, it’s functional and delivers. I did find it hydrating, and with all the ceramide ingredients it would have been locking in the previous products I used in my routine. As functional as it is, a part of me does wish it was a little fancier in it’s packaging, so it would look prettier on my bathroom shelf. However that’s my own aesthetic bias coming through, and I’m sure others actually prefer it’s simple packaging. It’s also a very affordable product. One little tub is sure to last 4-6 months depending on usage, and with it’s pricepoint of $16 that’s a beauty budget win. You won’t get glow or anti-aging, but you will get hydration.
It takes about 10 minutes to fully sink in after a full routine, so keep that in mind before hitting your pillow. Otherwise you might find that the product transfers and ends up hydrating your pillow instead of your skin!
All in all though I can understand why it hits so many fans Top Beauty Picks. It’s a simple functional product, and keeps my skin happy and hydrated.
Where to Buy
You can buy this for $16 at Japanese Taste
Non-affiliate link, but Japanese Taste did send me the product to review.