Friday, 18 May 2012

Facial Serums I'm Currently Enjoying

A review of the Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Brightening (Night) Serum and ampm skin ecological complex.

My favourite serum Naruko has ever produced (that I have tried) is their Narcissus Fundamental Serum, which they have xxxxing discontinued.  I'm so desparate I went out and bought 3 backups, and now I'm on my 2nd bottle... Before I finish my stock, and until they repromote it (which may never happen), I am in need to find a replacement.

I have basically bought every single serums Naruko produces, even venturing into the ampm line they make...  And here I'm going to review and compare 2 serums to my fav. Narcissus Fundamental serums.

1 - Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Night Brightening Serum - for a short period of time, this co-existed with the Fundamental serum.  (Chinese homepage) (US homepage)

It has the new and better pump design.  It has the very adorable fresh narcissus scent - same as the others from the narcissus line.  However, despite the scent, it is nothing similar to the fundamental serum.  It is more creamy, instead of fluidy, in terms of a lotion.  It is semi-opague white, instead of clear lotion.  Definitely more firm and less runny than the 'Fundamental'.  I enjoy using this as a night time mositurise and brightening 2-in-1 purpose serum, which I apply after a 'Fundamental' kind of serum.

Is it good?  Yes, I will consider repurchasing this as I love the scent, the moistrising properties and probably the brightening effect (need to observe longer).

Can it replace the Fundamental Serum?  No.  I feel like they're totally different kind of things!

2 - Naruko Narcissus Total Defense Fundamental Serum - I have written a full review all on its own.  Bascially the best 1st-step serum to prep skin for anything else.  Smell and applies like a dream. 

3 - AMPM Indoor Ecological Complex - ampm is another line/sub-brand by the same Naruko company, also developed by Niu-er.  ampm targeted more at Office-Lady or skin that faces pollution/stress/city life.  (Chinese homepage) (there is no such item on the US website!?)

This serum comes in a lovely dropper bottle like eyedrops.  Not the best design either, as out of the two I bought, one bottle leaked in its paper box packaging.  :(

This product claims to do a lot of things, much like a miracle serum.  The website says it adds vitality, adds mositure, prevents wrinkles, stimulates collagen production, firms, strengthens, encourages absorption.  Wow.  My verdict is, it does help to keep my skin condition alright, but I don't see significant improvement.  The texture is kind of thin, hence slightly tricky to control the amount and application.  (I can understand why they use a dropper, this is smart for something as water-like!)

Is it good? Yes, I love its texture, layerability and mult-purpose.  It leaves skin 'sticky' afterwards, not an issue as I will follow up with other skincare, but may not be desired by some others.

Can it replace the Fundamental Serum?  Almost.  This is more runny itself, but leaves skin a slight sticky feel (fundamental does not).  It smells very faintly of something herbal, but definitely not the beautiful Narcissus line blend.


I enjoy using both right now, but neither is comparable to the Fundamental Serum.  HOW CAN THEY HAVE DISCONTINUED THAT!

From left to right: Narcissus Brightening Serum, Narcissus Fundamental Serum, AMPM Indoor Ecological Complex

Read More: 
My Review: Naruko Magnolia Night Cream
My Review: Naruko Magnolia Serum
My Review: Naruko Rose Serum
My Review: Naruko Raw Job's Tears Serum
My Review: Derma Pro Firming Serum

Beautiful wishes,

Lazy silly Jacq :")

– Disclosure –
The product(s) mentioned on this post was purchased by the editor for personal use and review purposes.  All reviews are expressed with complete honesty.  I don’t do paid or guaranteed reviews.


  1. I don't know if you've tried the Derma Pro line, but the Firming serum is worth a shot!

    1. Tried that in a sample with my order. That's okay but I prefer my skin care to smell good and more moisturizing. I write up a short review on that DP firming serum too ;)

      thx for ur recommendation~! what's your fav naruko product?

  2. oh man totally sucks when these companies discontinued our fav products!! Im really looking forward to trying some Naruko at some point! :-)

    1. yes - especially when they don't even bother to bring out something to replace it! but i'm not mad at naruko. their stuff is still generally amazing to me - hehe

  3. I have never heard of these. Would love to try them though. Summer is coming and my face needs extra moisture.

    1. if you're a fan of rose - I highly highly recommend their rose line. very good for adding moisture and smells amazing!

  4. Love this post, super helpful and informative!!!


    1. thx~ :P r u using any facial serums too, faye?

  5. im so sad to hear that the Narcissus Fundamental Serum is goen i still have 4 bottles left but I use it before any other serum and I Love it. so so sad

    1. yay - i stocked up with that too. glad to know you enjoy it too!

      I do hope they are just repackaging it instead of totally discontinuing it. but no info about that on their website :(



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