If you live in Taipei, Cosmed’s 12% sale on Dr Wu products continues until September 4th. The moisturizer set me back 1056NTD or about 35USD. It is normally priced as 1200NTD (40USD)
It started with a free sample and it ended with a purchase…at a rival drugstore.
Taipei’s humidity has left me feeling perpetually greasy and gross. My usual mainstay, Cetaphil lotion, feels thick, almost as if I was smearing my face with mayonnaise or cream cheese. I received a few samples from Watsons, a popular makeup and drugstore chain, and tried the Dr. Wu Soothing System Anti-Redness Soothing Moisturizer (what a mouthful). The sample size lasted a few days, and then I moved onto a few samples of Etude House Pearl Aura Brightening Essence Lotion. Dr Wu stood a head and shoulders above Cetaphil and Etude House so I prepared myself to drop more money than I have ever spent on a moisturizer.
I did a price check at Cosmed (1056 NTD) and Watsons (1200 NTD).
It is a light yet creamy formula that absorbs into the skin fast. I’ve been using it for a few days and I do feel like it reduces redness and makes my skin more plump and smooth. I also tried Dr. Wu Hydrating System Extra Hydrating Lotion with Aqua-Collagen (50ml) which was somewhere in the 700 range (it’s 30ntd to 1 usd). It has an even more watery/ lighter formula and a more neutral smell. I was tempted to go with “regular” lotion, but there was a 2-for-1 deal. And it’s still the most expensive moisturizer I’ve ever purchased! 60ml for $35. My 118ml of Cetaphil was like $8.
I did notice some illuminating benefits from the week or so on the Etude samples, but it kind of made me feel like a vampire as in subtly sparkly. It’s not a bad product, but it’s slightly thicker than DR WU (Dr Wu?) and a little sticky.
I usually don’t go for “sensitive” skin products, because I see my skin as a tough old broad that has withstood an apocalypse worth of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retin-a, differin, lemon juice, egg whites, etc. I don’t want to be seen “going soft” or “girly,” but boy-oh-boy having non-irritated skin is a beautiful thing.
I find the packaging dumb, and viewed it as a waste of money. The actual white plastic canister is well-made, and one pump is all I need. The fault likes in sturdy pink plastic case, which not only creates the illusion that there is more product than there actually is, but also is a waste of materials.
Cosmed Vs Watsons
Due to my purchase of the super expensive moisturizer, I am now a proud member of the Cosmed Club. Right off the bat, I still like Watsons’ better because they’re a lot more generous with their samples. I got an entire package when I signed up at Watson’s, what did I get when I joined Cosmed? A packet of tea.
Two Month Update
After an initial week of using DR Wu, I started looking for another moisturizer as this one felt too heavy for day use. However, I switched back when I moved back to the US and to a drier environment. I’m now using the Hado Lado toner (I saw some Hado Lado products at Walmart?!), followed by Nature Republic First Essence, and then depending on how dry my skin feels, Laneige Perfect Renew Emulsion (available at Target!) or Dr Wu moisturizer. At night, I sometimes smear on Laneige sleep pack or water mask.