Review: Erborian Bamboo Skincare


During this very hot summer, I discovered my love for the Erborian Bamboo Skincare. I already wrote about the Erborian Matte Cream some days ago, and during the same period, I also tested the Bamboo Skincare Line, specifically, the Erborian Bamboo Shot Mask, The Erborian Bamboo Pore Minimizing Powder Effect Essence, and the Erborian Bamboo Moisturizing Matte Effect Eye Contour Gel. Thank you, Erborian & YBPN for the opportunity and for providing me with these products as PR sample.

Erborian Bamboo

“Achieve perfect skin with simple and unique products, that’s Erborian’s mission.”

Erborian is a Kbeauty brand based in France and Korea. Co-founder Katalin Berenyi discovered during a visit in South Korea that Korean Women had a very clear and good skin and she learned about Korean beauty rituals and brought them to Europe, founding the brand Erborian together with Hojung Lee, a Korean scientist with a passion for beauty. Erborian adapts Asian skincare expertise to beauty rituals around the world, creating a variety of unique and effective skincare and makeup products.

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Bamboo Waterlock Complex

The focus ingredient is bamboo. Here, Erborian combines bamboo sap and fiber to create its Bamboo Waterlock Complex. The sap contains amino acids for hydration, while the fiber contains proteins and lipids for maintaining the skin’s natural moisture retention.

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Erborian Bamboo Pore Minimizing Powder Effect Essence

The Erborian Bamboo Pore Minimizing Powder Effect Essence helps to reduce the appearance of pores. At the same time, it is also helping to plump, smooth and energize your skin. It provides continuous hydration and absorbs excess sebum throughout the day. This makes the skin look smooth and silky, with a matte finish.

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The Erborian Bamboo Pore Minimizing Powder Effect Essence comes in a glass bottle with a dropper for dispensing. In order to use the essence, it is recommended to apply three pearl-sized drops of the product on the face during morning and/or night. I only used the essence during my daytime routine, in order to switch to a richer skincare during the night.

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The key ingredients of the essence are:

Bamboo Waterlock Complex for moisturizing
Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract as an antioxidant
Japanese persimmon leaf extract (Diospyros kaki) as antioxidant and astringent
Pumpkin seed oil for moisturizing, preventing skin dehydration, helping to maintain natural hydration

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The full ingredients list is stated on the cardboard box, but you can also check for the ingredients on SkinCarisma, of course.

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Extract, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Zinc PCA, Allantoin, Panthenol, Propanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Isoceteth-10, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Beta-Glucan, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, CI 19140, CI 42090

The Erborian Bamboo Pore Minimizing Powder Effect Essence is free from paraben and sulfates, but it does contain alcohol and fragrance. It also contains silicones. Apart from the plant-based key ingredients stated above, there are some other great components here: Tocopherol (Vitamin E) for aids with skin regeneration and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid, Glycerin, and Panthenol are great for moisturizing. Allantoin has soothing properties.

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This essence has a milky consistency and a light green color. It has a fresh scent and emulsifies to a water-like texture, once rubbed in. The Erborian Bamboo Pore Minimizing Powder Effect Essence absorbs quickly and leaves the skin slightly tightened and smooth. The texture also feels refreshing on the skin and has a cooling effect. This, of course, helps to make the pores appear smaller and blurred out. There is no sticky or greasy feeling once the serum is absorbed, by the way!

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Erborian Bamboo Moisturizing Matte-Effect Eye Contour Gel

The Erborian Bamboo Moisturizing Matte-Effect Eye Contour Gel helps to visibly reduce the signs of fatigue: fine dehydration lines, under-eye bags, and skin dryness. The matte finish helps to soften the appearance of under-eye bags.

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This eye gel comes in a sleek pumping bottle. I used one full pump for both eyes (under eyes and lids). Then I tap slightly with my ring finger until it is partially absorbed. I usually continue with my other skincare steps and by the time I’m done the eye gel is absorbed.

Erborian Bamboo

Here the key ingredients are:

Bamboo Waterlock Complex for moisturizing
Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract as an antioxidant
Japanese persimmon leaf extract (Diospyros kaki) as an antioxidant and astringent
Sodium Hyaluronate for moisturizing
Arginine for neutralizing irritating sensation

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The full ingredients list of the product is stated on the cardboard box again:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Silica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Isoceteth-25, Isoceteth-10

The Erborian Bamboo Moisturizing Matte-Effect Eye Contour Gel is free from paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol, and EU-allergens, according to SkinCarisma. It has panthenol and Sodium Hyaluronate for moisturizing and wound-healing, too, apart from the key ingredients stated above.

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This eye gel was so lovely to use during the summer. It really had this cooling effect and thereby was perfect for refreshing your eyes and make you look less tired. You almost can see the moist and jelly consistency below in the pics!

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Erborian Bamboo Shot Mask

Last, but not least, the Erboian Bamboo Shot Mask: Since I only have one piece of the mask, this will be more a description, rather than a full review. This sheet mask gives a burst of freshness thanks to a structure made from smooth cellulose fibers, which helps to diffuse its active ingredients. The Bamboo Waterlock complex, which was stated for the other products already is used here as well. It is supposed to deliver the skin with freshness, moisture, and soothing effect. The sheet mask is soaked in a highly concentrated liquid, and according to the description, the result should be like if you apply a serum. Below, you see the full ingredients list:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Extract, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Polyglutamic Acid, Fragrance, Linalool, Geraniol

The sheet mask is free from paraben, silicones, and sulfates. It contains alcohol and fragrances. You can check the ingredients via SkinCarisma, too. The mask has a thin texture and is fully soaked. Despite the thin material, it is a bit “stiffer” and not easy to tear. I used my mask for 20 minutes and it wasn’t dried out yet. Even the sachet had some serum remained to use on your neck and arms, etc. Once the essence is absorbed the skin feels a bit tacky, but it feels moisturized and refreshed.

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My favorite of these three products is definitely the eye gel! I used it up super quickly (yeah, it’s empty already…:(…), but the refreshing effect was so perfect for the season, that I couldn’t stop using it. What I also like about the eye gel is its ingredients. It is the only one out of the three products which is free from parabens, sulfates, silicones, alcohol and EU allergens. Especially, since the area around the eyes is so delicate and can be easily irritated. I still like the matte essence second best and use it very often. I can recommend it, especially for day-time use, because of the tightening feeling and the mattifying effect it has. The sheet mask gives a good moisturizing boost, but regarding the high price for one sheet, I personally would not repurchase it. Since sheet masks are a one-time useable product it is not very profitable, especially if you want to use a sheet mask 2 or 3 times a week…

Erborian Bamboo Shot Mask: US 7.50 US$EU 6.90 € (per piece)

Erborian Bamboo Eye Gel : US 34 US$ / EU 29 € (15 ml)

Erborian Bamboo Matte Essence: 45 US$ / EU 39 € (30 ml)

Which one do you like best?

Have you heard of the Erborian Bamboo Skincare Products? Do you agree that gel type formulations are the best for summer?

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Just as a short reminder: All products mentioned and reviewed on this blog are of my personal opinions. This product here was provided to me for reviewing purpose by and which doesn’t influence me in providing my honest opinion on the products.

6 thoughts on “Review: Erborian Bamboo Skincare”

  1. Omg the eye gel looks so nice! I need to start using eye products, I’ve been slacking so hard on skincare these days.

    But I missed you and your blog, boo! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Glad to see that you’re still blogging and doing amazing! <3

  2. Ich mag die Produkte von Erborian wirklich sehr – ich durfte die Marke vor einiger Zeit kennenlernen & benutze die BB Cream seitdem auf täglicher Basis. Hautpflege von Erborian habe ich leider noch nicht getestet, die Serie klingt aber wirklich sehr vielversprechend. xxx

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