The last few weeks have been incredibly busy for me at work. I had my first solo inspection last week and we passed with flying colors (no deficiencies wahoo!!!). When I accepted this job, I had no idea just how intensive it would be but I'm glad the holiday season is coming up because that means I'll finally have some days off to recover.
A few months ago I was approached by Q-Depot, a new Korean beauty store, to review a product for them. They have been really friendly to work with thus far, so I was happy to do the review for them. Shah--sorry it took me so long to write up this review! As with all my reviews, you can be assured the following post is my genuine opinion, as I do not take compensation for good reviews.
Before I review the product, here's a bit of info about Q-Depot for my readers:
- Products are shipped directly from Korea
- They currently stock 25 popular and upcoming brands and are always adding new stock
- Free shipping on orders over $69
- $2.99 flat rate shipping under $69
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Search by skin concern or skin type
- Cruelty-free conscious
- Q-Depot donates 3% of profits to charity (I assume this is related to Zakāt so you can be assured they keep their word!)
To read more about their mission click here.
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Also! They currently have a Halloween deal going on for 5% off orders, plus a free gift, and their regular free shipping deal on orders over $69. The code is
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Lastly, my best friend Rachel over at Harlot Beauty wrote a review for them about an upcoming Korean brand NoTS' new toner here. Check out her review for some info on this popular new toner in Korea.
This is the product description from Q-Depot:
Peach Sake Pore Serum is a product formulated by the renowned Korean cosmetics Skinfood with Rice drink and peach extract, which helps in moisturizing the skin, making it soft, smooth and resilient. This soft serum with sake, traditional Japanese wine brewed with strictly chosen rice and peach extract rich with vitamin A and C to remove greasiness due to enlarged pores and extreme serum. The SKINFOOD Peach Sake Pore Serum contains rice sake, peach extract rich in vitamins A and C, and silica powder, this soft essence minimizes shine and the facade of skin pores.
It currently retails for $15.47 on Q-Depot.
Oily or combination skin.
The Skinfood Peach Sake line is intended for pore cover/oil control.
Water, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogated Polyisobutene, Isohexadecane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Staryl Glycyrrhetinate, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Hydogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricara) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licroce) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract,Oleanolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Rice Ferment Filtrate (450mg), Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract (450mg), Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Extract, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Butylparaben, CI 17200, CI 19140, CI 15985, Fragnance
The bottle I received still has the "old style" packaging Skinfood used before they started revamping their lines. I haven't seen a new version of this Peach Sake line yet so I can't say if it has changed yet, but if you do see a different packaging just be aware that Skinfood has been overhauling their look in the last few months. This comes in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser and a faux wood style cap. In my opinion, Skinfood's old packaging style (this kind) looks nicer than their new plastic packaging.
I was surprised to find the texture of this is more similar to an emulsion, rather than a serum. Although it feels oily upon first application, the silica particles quickly dry oil out and leave a smooth finish. This does NOT have a white finish at all, unlike many oil control products, it's very transparent. Like all the other items from this line, it has a pleasant peach smell with a slightly tart sake smell to it. For the most part, it's just heavenly peach.
Added oil control
Sheer and SUPER silky finish
Hygenic and attractive packaging
May not be enough oil control for some or may be too drying for some (again all depends on skin type)
Glass packaging = increased shipping weight / fragility
Too much products can cause serum to ball up
I've tried this product in sample packet form before, but for some reason I totally forgot that the texture is more similar to an emulsion than a serum. What I mean by that is that it feels slightly oily upon application, but unlike emulsions it dries down to a completely silky smooth and dry finish almost like a primer. Personally, I am not a fan of emulsions so at first this was off-putting to me the first couple days until I got used to it. Other than the initial oiliness, this product does not sting at all and the (very yummy) smell dissipates quickly. I have not had any negative reactions to this product since I started using it.
I love that they made this product in pump packaging because the relatively air tight system prevents degradation versus an eye dropper type of packaging. Although it looks watery in my pictures, the serum comes out fairly thick and does not run at all if you turn your palm upside down.
As I used it, I noticed that it actually does have oil control like it claims, however it is not as strong as some of the other oil control products out there that I've previously reviewed. On a scale of 1-10 for oil control (1 being none, 10 being super drying) I would rate this around a 6 maybe? It is not the strongest oil control you can buy, but it is definitely there. During the summer, this product was not strong enough for the amount of hormonal oil I produced on hot, sticky days. However, now that we are moving into the cold months, I am finding this to be a pleasant alternative to the stronger products that are too drying in the winter months. I would recommend this product for people with normal oily or combo skin. If you have insanely oily skin like me caused by endocrine disorders (such as PCOS) this may not be strong enough, though I am having good luck with it now during our dry, cold weather fall.
As far as ingredients and claims, this product does contain licorice extract which is helpful in lightening scars. It also contains centella asiatica extract which, in my opinion, is one of the most powerful anti-scarring treatments I've discovered in kbeauty thus far. I have not had enough acne in the past couples months to notice a difference in this, so I can't comment on the effectiveness of these ingredients.
One negative thing I have to note is that this product does contain oil control powder (silica) which can ball up if you use too much of the product, or if you mix it with the wrong product by not waiting long enough after toner or other skincare steps. The silica will precipitate out and look like flakes of skin if you do not wait long enough between steps. If you believe this product is drying your skin, take a closer look and make sure it isn't the product itself that's flaking off. I always try to troubleshoot my routine before writing something off.
Overall my rating falls somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 out of 5 stars. On the one hand, I love that I've found an alternative for winter oiliness, but on the other hand I dislike having to be careful about the order of my products and the amount due to the fact that this product can ball up on itself if you use too much or in the wrong combo.
Would I buy it again? Ask me when I'm done with the bottle. Right now I am still on the fence about it. It's not the greatest, but I found its own purpose for it in my skincare routine and I am going to continue to use it to see how it affects the quality of my skin long-term. I think I'm pretty neutral about this one in general.
Thank you for letting me review this Q-Depot!