Swanicoco Swan Cream Review

Opening new products can be exciting in a lot of different ways. With some brands (Blossom Jeju, Papa Recipe), I eagerly anticipate the delicious scents the product is sure to reveal. With cushion foundations, the joy lies in dipping a finger (or rubycell puff if you’re good) into an untouched sponge. With Swanicoco products, particularly creams, I get excited about what the product feels like because they are one of the few brands I’ve come across that don’t seem to default to usual and customary textures with their products.

I’ve previously raved about the soft, silky texture of their Fermentation Snail Care Emulsion. Today, we’re going to talk about two of their moisturizers instead. Neither really look or feel like moisturizers I’m used to, and as someone with a lot of skincare products, that’s very exciting in itself.
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Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were both provided to me at no cost, one as a gift and one for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. This post contains an affiliate links. Purchasing an item through an affiliate link does not add any cost to the customer but does help support this site’s upkeep.


Product Name
Swanicoco Highest Moisturizing Butter Edition Swan Cream

Where does it fit in your routine?
Before sunscreen or sleeping pack (if you use one) but otherwise after all other skincare items

Size and Price
This jar contains 50ml of product and costs $28 on Koreadepart. The jar I have was a gift from Swanicoco with no obligation to review, but I wanted to review it anyways.

Packaging
Translucent white, glass jar with an illustration of tubes, flasks, and other science-y things on it. It feels nice and hefty, which I like.

Fragrance
Per the product description, this is supposed to smell like lavender but I don’t smell lavender at all. It just smells like shea butter. I mostly prefer moisturizers to be no or low scent, so I’m ok with this.

Color and texture
This is a very dense cream. Like if your typical moisturizer is Yoplait, this is Icelandic skyr. It’s also very dry and not sticky to the touch.

What’s In It?

-Primary ingredients—————————

-Noteworthy but in lower concentrations————-

  • BOTANICAL EXTRACTS – Green tea leaf, honey, white mulberry bark, spider lily, pursley, camellia japonica leaf
  • SKIN FRIENDLY OILS – Argan, jojoba, tocopherol
  • HUMECTANTS – Betaine, hyaluronic acid
  • OTHER – Lavender oil, allantoin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, arginine

Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1), jojoba oil (2), and tocopherol (2) as acne triggers and jojoba oil (0-2), tocopherol (2), sorbitan stearate (1), and carbomer (1) as potential irritants.

Full Ingredients: Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (20%), Butylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract/Water/Glycerin/PEG-8/Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Honey Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Crinum Asiaticum Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Betaine, Hyaluronic Acid, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Cetearyl Olivate/Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate/PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Olivoyl Hydrolized Wheat Protein/Cetearyl Alcohol/Glyceryl Oleate/Glyceryl Stearate/Potassium Hydroxide/Sodium Benzoate/Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Olibanum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arginine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid/Propanediol

PERFORMANCE

This cream is like a heavy blanket for your skin, which is good and bad. On one hand, it’s very dense and this density creates limitations to its use. When my skin is dehydrated, this cream won’t do a damn thing to make it less so, although you really shouldn’t be relying on creams for hydration anyways (get yourself a hydrating toner). The density might also be too much for oily and combo skin types.

Luckily, I have dry skin and find that this cream is very useful in addressing my skin’s needs. I use as the last step of my routine at night or just before sunscreen in the AM, and find that it functions well as an occlusive layer without adding any grease or heaviness to my skin. I usually layer it on top of another moisturizer and it forms a barrier between my skin and the world, which is particularly helpful on windy or dry days.

A little bit goes a long way. I apply by scooping a small amount, press between my palms to warm up, and then pat onto my face. Given the density, I find this to be the least disruptive (rubbing creates a bit more tug than I like) way to apply. Once absorbed, there is no stickiness to this cream at all and makeup sits beautifully on top. Adding a few drops of face oil to this cream makes the texture much more pliable and is a really good way of adding emollience on days when my skin feels extra dry.

This cream is also quite soothing, which isn’t something I expected. When my skin is irritated, a lot of other products, including a lot of other moisturizing creams I have, further irritate, sting, or redden my skin. This doesn’t. It actually feels quite protective when applied (again, by patting) over irritated skin.

Overall, I like this cream. It’s not the most versatile cream and if I were the kind of person who only wanted one do-it-all moisturizing product, I wouldn’t choose this cream, but as someone who wants my skincare wardrobe to be specifically adaptable in various different scenarios, this cream has an established purpose. It’s occlusive and very nonreactive, which kind kind of feels like it’s made for my dry but not dehydrated, sensitive skin.

Overall Rating: 3.8/5


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Product Name
Intensive Vital Swan Cream

Where does it fit in your routine?
Before sunscreen or sleeping pack (if you use one) but otherwise after all other skincare items

Size and Price
This jar contains 50ml of product and costs $30 on Koreadepart or $29.80 on Yesstyle. I received this product at no cost for review purposes.

Packaging
The packaging of this cream has been updated since the time I received the product. It now has the same, sciency packaging of the highest moisturizing butter edition swan cream. The jar I have is made of a white, opaque plastic.

Fragrance
This has a powdery, semi-floral scent that reminds me of summer. It’s of medium intensity and does fade over time, but I would prefer for this to be scent-less.

Color and texture
White in color. Texture is a light and airy, kind of like whipped cream or meringue just as it starts to develop stiff peaks. A complete 180 from the highest moisturizing butter edition swan cream.

What’s In It?

-Primary ingredients—————————

-Noteworthy but in lower concentrations————-

  • HUMECTANTS – Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate
  • FERMENTS – Soybean, Imperata Cylindrica Root, Mistletoe, Various Mushrooms
  • OTHER – Ceramide 1, Argan Oil, Pearl Powder

Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) as an acne triggers and carbomer (1) as a potential irritant.

Full Ingredients: Poria Cocos Extract, Angelica Dahurica Root Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hyacinthus Orientalis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceramide 1, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Carbomer, Allantoin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Polysorbate 60, Pearl Powder, Arginine, Bacillus/Cordyceps Sinensis/Ganoderma Lucidum/Inonotus Obliquus/Lentinus Edodes/Phellinus Linteus/Schizophyllum Commune/Tricholoma Matsutake Extract Ferment Filtrate, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil

PERFORMANCE

This cream works extremely well under makeup. It has a really lovely, airy, whipped texture and also has subtle skin brightening, redness blurring effects, likely due to the inclusion of pearl powder. This blurring effect has been useful for when my skin needs a bit of help but I don’t want to wear full foundation. It’s also a much more elegant blurring/brightening effect than what you get from titanium-dioxide “whitening” creams, which leave my skin looking rather ghastly. Lastly, the finish is slightly tacky, which isn’t ideal on its own, but when I do want to wear full base makeup, this finish seems to help grip onto makeup applied over it.

That said, even though the blurring effect here is a lot more sophisticated and subtle than your traditional TiO2 creams, I’m not sure how I feel about my skincare products having blurring effects. I would rather have my skincare products be the best skincare products they can be, and leave the blurring, and tone-correcting to makeup. As a moisturizer, this cream isn’t sufficient for my dry skin on most days and I find myself frequently needing to apply another cream over it, which isn’t the end of the world but rather annoying. It’s kind of like the other day, I was at a store trying on a white sweater t-shirt that ended up being too sheer. I handed it back to the sales associate, telling her it was see through.
          Sales associate: “Well you could wear a cami under it.”
          Me: “Yeah, but I probably won’t.”
That’s pretty much how I feel about this cream. I could make it work, but it’s not worth the effort, when there are so many other moisturizers better suited for my skin type.

Overall Rating: 3/5


The Takeaway

Of the two swan creams, I’m more fond of the highest moisturizing butter edition. I like the density and the dryness of it and speaking as someone who usually doesn’t like a lot of shea butter in my skin care products, I even feel like they used shea butter appropriately. The intense vital cream just isn’t hefty enough for my dry skin, but the whipped consistency is very nice. Moisturizers are one of the least inspiring categories out there and even though I find limitations with both of these creams, I’m glad I got to try them and I’m glad they exist.

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