31 Days of Reviews, Day 24: Laneige Water Bank Serum

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Hello everyone! Today I am breaking the rules and switching the item that I am supposed to review. Today’s review was supposed to be of a liquid lipstick, however I wanted it to be a first impressions of a lipstick that I am waiting to receive in the mail. It should have been here yesterday, but here we are, still with no package. So instead I will be reviewing a face serum today, and that liquid lipstick tomorrow (it better get here tonight!!!). Can any of you guess what new liquid lipstick it might be? It has been getting a lot of hype over the last week and I am so excited to receive it!!! Hint: 👄➡️👄✨

Anyways for now, here is a review of the Laneige Water Bank Serum, a serum that I have been using for over 8 months, and have repurchased at least once (Twice?? Can’t remember).

Packaging and First Impressions

The packaging of this serum is the epitome of beauty and luxury. The serum comes in a glass bottle that has a clear gradient of dark blue to lighter blue. Just the weight of the bottle alone makes this product feel bougie. The bottle has a pump that does a good job of dispensing an appropriate amount of serum. You can usually get pretty close to using every last drop!

My only problem with the packaging is something that everyone may not struggle with. The lid doesn’t go on as securely as I would like it. Within my skincare set up, I have to pick up this bottle out of my container unit by the lid. Because the glass bottle is so heavy, sometimes the bottle will attempt to fall out of the lid. This has happened to me many times, and once where it actually did fall and crash on the floor. Luckily the bottle didn’t break!! Very scary.

The serum itself is not watery, but thinner than a cream. Probably a normal serum consistency, however this is the only serum I have ever used! The serum is white, and has no obvious smell.

As you can see, I am almost completely out of this product! There is the tiniest layer of serum at the bottom of the bottle.

Price and Quantity

This serum is priced at $46 CAD and has 60 mL (2 oz) of product. Serums are typically a very pricey item. Why? It may be hype, not sure. But this item is at a really great price in my opinion.

Some other popular serums include the Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum ($114 CAD for 1.7 oz), Ole Henrikson Truth Serum ($156 CAD for 3.4 oz), and the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($100 for 1 oz). For some more “inexpensive” (still expensive) options for the sake of comparison, let’s also use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum ($45 CAD for 1 oz) and the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum ($68 CAD for 1 oz). I haven’t heard any chatter about those last two items, but at least the initial purchase price isn’t as crazy expensive as the other above mentioned items. Also, if there were multiple sizes of the serums available on Sephora, I just used the largest size since that is usually the best deal, in terms of pricing. In general, I don’t hear about a lot of serums on Youtube etc, so I wasn’t totally sure what to include in this list. But this will do! Here is the cost comparison, organized from best deal to worst deal:

Rank Company’s Product Mentioned Above Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Laneige $46 2 $23/oz
2 First Aid Beauty $45 1 $45/oz
3 Ole Henrikson $156 3.4 $46/oz
4 Kate Somerville $114 1.7 $67/oz
5 Fresh $68 1 $68/oz
6 Drunk Elephant $100 1 $100/oz

Ok small victory guys, for once I am using the product that is the best deal!! And it is the best deal by a long shot. However, it’s nice to see that the larger size of the Ole Henrikson Truth Serum isn’t too overpriced.


Here are the claims from the Sephora website:

“What it is:
A must-have serum for the smoothest, rehydrated skin. 

What it is formulated to do:
Formulated with exclusive biogen technology, hydro ionized mineral water delivers six moisture-maximizing minerals—zinc, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and sodium—deep within where toned, re-texturized skin begins. The luxurious formula delivers 24-hour hydration, protection, and revitalization for skin that looks supple and silky. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is dermatologist tested, noncomedogenic, and recommended for all skin types. LANEIGE does not test ingredients or products on animals.”

Here are some additional claims from the Laneige website:

“1. Hydrates and Softens with Hydro Ionized Mineral Water and Biogen technology, this serum delivers six hydrating minerals deep into skin.

2. Circulates and Retains Moisture. Contains Tillandsia and quinoa extracts to circulate long-lasting moisture while strengthening skin’s natural barrier to seal in hydration.

Water Bank’s Secret Moisturizing Recipe

Hydro Ionized Mineral Water Infuses six moisturizing minerals to deeply hydrate and circulate essential moisture while improving moisture retention.

Quinoa Extract Widely known to be rich in vitamins A, C and E, quinoa extract nourishes and hydrates skin.

Olive Squalane Micro-sized botanical oil particles absorb quickly into skin to strengthen the moisture barrier, helping to lock in moisture.

Tillandsia Extract Rich in betaine, which helps to draw and retain moisture, Tillandsia extract replenishes moisture.”

The website also included two figures that are apparently from “clinical studies”.

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Let me tell you why I am extremely skeptical of these figures and do not trust them:

  1. There are no units for the moisture content axis in the first figure. For the “before application” bar the moisture content looks to be around ~25 on the scale. 25 what?? This literally gives you no accurate information that they can be held accountable to.
  2. For the first figure, they do not tell you where or how they got this data. How many participants were there? Did they volunteer? What were the ages of these participants? etc etc. Not all of this information is vital, however there should be some information detailing the studies. Again, nothing to hold Laneige accountable to what they claim in these figures.
  3. The “resurfaces dead surface skin” picture. What is there to actually prove that these are the differences before and after using the product? It this the difference that they saw in all of their participants in their clinical studies.

What I’m trying to get at here is that you should always start out skeptical and critical of the claims companies make. Especially when they don’t actually include information that would hold them accountable to their claims. This makes the company less trustworthy overall.


If you don’t know, serums are to be used after cleanser and toner, and before your moisturizer. They can be used day and night, unless they make a specific claim to only be for one or the other. Some serums come with anti-aging ingredients like retinol, whereas others are just for extra hydration. If you don’t already know, you don’t just have one layer of skin, you have up to 7 layers. Serums are supposed to help reach those deeper layers of skin to provide extra hydration that moisturizers may not. All skin types should use serums, although it is not a mandatory step in a skin care routine.


Despite my rant about their “clinical data” claims, I really love this product. When applied to the skin, it feels very smooth and is the perfect balance between liquidy and creamy. A small amount of product (about one pump) will cover your entire face. After I apply the product to my face, I then press down to help make the product absorb and reach the deeper layers of my skin.

This product does a good job of absorbing into your skin, although your skin doesn’t become matte/natural to the touch afterwards. You can still feel some of the hydration afterwards. Of course, I use my actual moisturizer after letting the serum absorb for a couple of minutes. This serum is only supposed to provide extra hydration. It has no anti-aging ingredients like retinol, and they make no claims that it is anti-aging. However, when you moisturize your skin properly through time, it prevents signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

The resulting effect of using this serum is perfectly balanced and hydrated skin!

Final Thoughts

This is a great affordable option for a face serum. This is potentially a step in a skin care routine that can be bypassed, however I really enjoy using a serum. Yes, I have oily/combo skin, but making sure that it is properly moisturized helps prevent acne and excess oil production. I have used this product on and off for close to a year now, and I continue to enjoy it. Seeing those claims that they made about “clinical data” definitely made me pause a bit and put a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, however, it’s just something that some companies do. It is important that you are aware of these things and don’t take the information that companies shove at you without question. Take a minute to be critical, because so much of it is hype and advertising. However, this product does work for me, so I continue to use it, and that’s what counts.

Have you tried this product or other products from Laneige?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

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