Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream Review

laneige water bank moisture cream

This cream was the main reason that I bought the recent Target Her Holiday Beauty Box. I had seen this cream on many “best of” lists and at $32, I was hesitant to buy it without knowing how it performed and the deluxe sample that came in this Beauty Box was the perfect way to test out this cream. If you’re curious like I was about this cream, here’s my Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream review to give you a better idea on its performance.

It was only after I bought the Beauty Box that it came in that I discovered that this is a Korean beauty product. Now I haven’t been wowed by the K-beauty products I have tried so far so it was probably a good thing that I didn’t know that this was a K-beauty product before I bought the box that it came in. From the name, I thought it was French. Laneige means “the snow” in French.

The deluxe sample that I received was 20ml whereas the full-size is 50ml so I had a chance to really test it out and it lasted me about 3 to 4 weeks using it once a day. You can use it twice a day but because it doesn’t come with sunscreen and I don’t feel like adding an extra product layer (sunscreen) during the day, I kept this for use at night. I prefer that my daytime moisturizer contains sunscreen. Anyway, on with the review…


Richly-texturized moisturized cream with Hydro Ionized Mineral Water & Biogen Technology.

Strengthen and prolong skin’s moisture all day. Optimal Mineral Water restores and retains ideal hydration levels while nourishing mango butter extract repairs skin’s natural barrier, helping prevent moisture loss. Richly texturized and instantly absorbed, this luxurious cream relieves dryness instantly for the smoothest, most supple skin imaginable.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Squalane, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Beta-Glucan, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Citrulline, Alanine, Arginine, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Glyceryl Oleate, Lysine HCl, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Threonine, Trehalose, Magnesium Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Mannitol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Serine, Sucrose, Sucrose Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Behenate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Calcium Citrate, Cocamide Mipa, Polysorbate 20, Polysilicone-11, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, PCA, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-15 Pentaerythrityl Tetra (Laureth-6 Carboxylate), PEG-40 Stearate Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Histidine HCl, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream Review

It states that this cream is designed for normal to dry skin but although I have oily/combination skin, I still love to use moisturizing creams because while oil can moisturize to an extent, it doesn’t compare to a moisturizer.

In addition, with winter in full effect currently, my skin does tend to feel a little more dry than usual so I thought that this Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream would be perfect to test out during these drying colder months.

I applied this cream after cleansing to my face, neck and decolletage. It is absorbed into the skin very quickly.


laneige water bank moisture cream review

It is a very thick cream which I thought was great because I love thick creams. It’s white in color and applies very smoothly. Because it’s described as a “water bank”, I thought it would leave my skin dewy but it leaves it almost matte but moisturized looking and feeling.

It does have a slight fragrance which is pleasant and doesn’t linger for long after applying the cream.


Many creams claim to moisturize and I am currently testing out another product that claims to moisturize but none that I have ever tried compare to this cream.

My skin was completely moisturized and the moisturized feeling lasts a long time so if you struggle with dry skin, you should definitely give this Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream a try. It is definitely a “water bank” but a water bank that does not evaporate once it dries.

In addition to your skin feeling very moisturized, your skin will look amazingly healthy. I applied it at night and the next morning, my skin was still looking moisturized and healthy.

Any time that my skin felt dry, I would just slather this cream on and immediately my skin felt very hydrated. The look of fine lines was also softened once this cream was applied.


I have acne prone skin and I usually deal with one or two pimples every so often and using this Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream did not seem to worsen my break outs. My skin actually seemed quite calm while I was using this cream. I use a Retin-a cream two or three times a week night and it can cause my skin to feel irritated every now and then and using this cream just seemd to make the irritation go away.

Even better with oil

While I loved using this cream on its own and it more than fulfilled the task of keeping my skin well hydrated on its own, I love using oils on my face but during this winter, my favorite oils (emu, argan, apricot kernel) were just not up to the task of keeping dry skin away. When I added one or two drops of my favorite oils to this cream, the way my skin looked and felt was even better than using the cream by itself and definitely much better than using the oils by themselves.


laneige water bank moisture cream reviewAs mentioned earlier, the full-size Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream shown above costs $32 and while I was extremely sad when I used it up, I think this is a bit over priced despite fulfilling its mission of keeping skin amazingly hydrated.

This is why I definitely want to try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel to see how it compares to this Laneige cream in terms of hydration. I hope it performs just as well because it is a little cheaper than this Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream at $19.99.


Despite the price, I still highly recommend this Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream. If you struggle with dry skin, you should definitely give this cream a try and your results will be even better when you add a drop or two of a natural oil to this cream. While using this cream with or without the oils, my skin was looking so amazing and I was really sad when I run out of the cream which rarely happens with products I use. I was scraping the container for any bit of cream that may be left which is how much I loved this cream.

If the Neutrogena gel doesn’t perform just as well as this cream, I will definitely be repurchasing this cream. I was also going back and forth about whether to make this a product of the month or not but I just couldn’t wait to do this review for the end of the month but it is definitely a contender.

Rating: 9.5/10

Buy this for $32 at Target (with 2% ebates cashback).

The entire Laneige line is available at Target.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.