Yuri Pibu Cucu Maronza (Black Truffle) Serum Review

Following the success I had with the Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence, I wanted to try more things from the brand so I did some research and zeroed in on this truffle serum. Like the artichoke essence, the truffle serum contains a cool mix of ceramides and cholesterol. Unlike the artichoke essence, it comes in packaging that isn’t frustratingly stupid. Unfortunately, the packaging was the only thing about this serum that I liked better than the Artichoke essence. Let’s take a closer look.

Product Name
Yuri Pibu Cucu Maronza Serum

The Claim
Wrap your skin with a luxurious, comforting anti-wrinkle serum concentrated with 60% Black Diamond Truffle extract to nourish, strengthen, lift, and deeply hydrate skin. Ultra light-weight and perfect for dry, dull, or sagging skin.

Where does it fit in your routine?
I use this in the emulsion step (ie after toners and serums, before cream). If you have less dry skin than me, this might work in the moisturizer step.

Size and Price
The bottle contains 40ml of product. I purchased this through a shopping service. It is also available on Testerkorea for ₩33,600 ($28.91 USD) or Glow Recipe* for $38.
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The essence is contained in a slim, transparent, glass bottle with a pump. Very functional. HUGE improvement over the artichoke essence.

This does not smell like truffles. Instead, it kind of smells like the beauty aisle at Whole Foods – generic nature-y, essential-oil scent. The scent also lingers. I don’t really like the scent of 90% of essential oils so I don’t like this.

Color and texture
This serum is a soft, fluid cream. Warm white in color.

What’s in it? 

The star ingredient here is tuber melanosporum, or black truffle extract, which this cream contains a 60% concentration of. In addition, it also contains extract of sarcodon aspratus, which is another edible fungus. I couldn’t find any research on what these do on skin, but nutritionally both fungi  contain a lot of proteins, amino acids, and vitamins that may carry over skincare benefits. Sarcodon aspratus also contain ceramide constituents.

Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies glycine soja oil (3), tocopherol (2), and squalane (1) as acne triggers and tocopherol (2) as a potential irritant.

Full Ingredients: Tuber Melanosporum Extract, Sarcodon Aspratus Extract, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isoamyl Laurate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) seed oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Dimethyl Sulfone, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Arachidyl glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Polyglyceryl-3, Methylglucose Distearate, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, BIXA ORELLANA SEED OIL, GLYCINE SOJA(SOYBEAN)OIL, TOCOPHEROL, Helianthus Annuus, (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glucosyl Ceramide, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lysolecithin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ceramide 3, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Squalane, Sclerotium Gum, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Keratin Amino Acids, Cholesterol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Phytosphingosine, Yeast Polysaccharides, Adenosine, Algae Extract, Hericium Erinaceum (Mushroom) Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum, Fruit Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/ Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Extract, Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment Extract, Xylitol, Pearl Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Caffeine, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Grape Ferment Extracts


First of all, this is a cream , not a serum. It’s got a lot of mushroom extract in it but so far as I can tell, it does not brighten, sooth, plump, smooth, tighten or do any of the things I use a serum for.

At first pump, this cream feels really nice. It’s soft, fluid, and almost silky. However, as I begin to work this across my skin I notice it doesn’t spread in a very luxurious way. This is one of those creams that fares better being patted into the skin because rubbing causes it to get a little streaky (see third hand picture above). Once patted onto the skin, it also takes a minute longer to sink in than I like and leaves my skin tacky for a few more minutes.

I suppose there’s nothing drastically flawed with this product, but there are enough little annoyances that make me not want to use it, especially when I have so many other moisturizers in my stash. If you’re sensitive to butylene glycol, this might be a good option to explore because it’s one of the few creams I’ve come across without it, but if not there are just better things on the market. The Aromatica Calendula Juicy cream, for example, has a much better texture, costs $1 less, and contains almost 4X as much product.

The Takeaway

Despite the promising ingredient list, this is a pretty basic light-medium weight moisturizer. I don’t enjoy the scent or the way it applies to the skin and for the price there are better creams to be used.

Overall Rating: 2.9/5

Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me. This post does not contain affiliate links.

One thought on “Yuri Pibu Cucu Maronza (Black Truffle) Serum Review

  1. Maggi says:

    I’ve tried a couple of serums that seem more like creams or ‘lotions'(in the
    Western sense or lotions). The History of Whoo Whitening Essence is noticeablely thicker and creamier than the emulsion in the same line. Also the Hanyul White Chrysanthemum serum. The thinner-to-thicker ‘rule’ doesn’t always apply which can make things a bit confusing.

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