Some Korean brands are always top on my virtual wish list to acquire and try. Besides Sulwhasoo, Hera and Amore Pacific (all owned by same company Amore Pacific), The History of Whoo is one of them. Whoo means Queen, and it is a form of the Chinese letter 后 (which also means queen for my non-Chinese readers). As someone who doesn't spend time watching Korean TV and chasing after Korean celebrity, I still recognise Whoo as the brand of Lee Young-ae 李英愛.
Whoo vs Sulwhasoo
Some articles call Whoo the LG company's answer to the very successful Sulwhasoo brand. This I cannot argue, but my first impression with these products is very positive. They are packaged in an extraordinarily neat manner and the scent and texture feel lovely. Both brands claim to have complex (ancient?) formulae of rare Chinese herbs and medicine that work miracles for the skin. Sulwhasoo reminds me of straight-up ginseng, while Whoo is a bit obscure to me. Research has to be done on their ingredients and pricing but I'm pretty confident that Whoo is some promising competitor of Sulwhasoo. ;)
Whoo x crossover x Glamabox
This box set is a collaboration of Glamabox and Whoo. I believe Whoo is not officially represented in HK yet, hence the description of this set comes in simplified Chinese (from the Shanghai distributor).
For Glamabox subscribers like me, this box costs 138HKD only. Even if you're not subscribed, you can get it for 208HKD, which is a great deal when any beauty store outside can charge you 50-60HKD for one little sample pot.
Now that I'm typing out the how much the individual item in this sampler kit, I totally want to go back to the site and order more sets... (I most probably would!) Let's see how they perform, I'll be starting with the whitening line~
Things in the whitening set
Step 1: Gongjinhyang:Seol Brightening Cleansing Foam 13ml 雪珍白潔面膏 (worth 23HKD)
Retail Price: HK$285/160ml
- probably the least exciting thing in the box, but cleansing can be the most crucial step in a routine!
Step 2: Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Skin Balancer 20ml 雪珍白液 (worth 59HKD)
- I am a sucker for toners and my skin will drink this up in no time!
Step 3: Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Essence 8ml 雪珍白精華液 (worth 174HKD!!)
Retail Price: HK$980/45ml
- serum for all over the face
Step 4: Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Intensive 4ml 雪珍白顏膏 (this itself worths 182HKD!!)
Retail Price: HK$910/20ml
- intensive whitening care for spots and discolouration
Step 5: Gongjinhyang:Seol Whitening Lotion 20ml 雪珍白乳 (worth 89HKD)
Retail Price: HK$490/110ml
- last step mosituriser
Ja Saeng Essence 4ml 秘貼煥然新生精華液 (worth 99HKD)
Retail Price: HK$1,120/45ml
- watch model Lisa's video
Qi & Jin Cream 4ml 拱辰享:氣韻生滋養霜 (worth 84HKD)
Retail Price: HK$1,050/50ml
- this smells of sophisticated ginseng
In Yang Sleeping Pack 1ml x5 拱辰享氣韻生睡眠面膜 (worth 33HKD)
Retail Price: HK$490/75ml
- I love this convenient packaging, I can use one at a time without contamination and struggling with the quantity!
For readers in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Macau or HK: If you want to give the June box a try and get the Whoo box for cheaper, click here. (reference id: 24963)