asian cosmetics beauty review

Review: Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum

4. October 2013
When discovered that my latest order from Keautystore contained a sample of Skinfood’s Black Sugar Perfect First Serum I was really excited. I’ve been using the Black Sugar Scrub foam for some time now and it is really a product I like a lot. Let’s see what my first impression based on Skinfood’s Black Sugar Perfect First Serum Sample is:

My review is based on a sample, that’s why I cannot say anything about the bottle the serum is provided in full size. But it comes with special cotton pads with two sides. These two sides are necessary for the suggested application of the product. One side of these pads is rougher, and the other side is smooth. With the rough side you have to wipe your skin, in order to remove dirt and dead cells, with the second and smoother side you pat the skin in order that it absorbs the remaining serum.  The pads provided by Skinfood here, are supposed to be robust. You can use any other robust cotton pad with two different sides, that’s at least what I did.

Here is the description taken from Keautystore:
A first serum that provides exfoliating, brightening, wrinkle-smoothing and hydrating benefits in a single formula. Use daily for soft, smooth skin.
Hoe to use:
Immediately after cleansing put a generous amount onto a cotton pad and wipe over the face.
Shake well before use.
As much as I know, black sugar is a dark brown sugar with high molasses favour. It is rich in potassium, iron, calcium and other minerals. Brown and black sugar are often used as skin exfoliator, as in the Black sugar Foam Scrub. Also here they help to remove the dead cells in the wiping step. Also, molasses contains vitamin B, which is an antioxidant that prevents and reverses signs of photo-aging of the skin. Another positive fact of this product is that it doesn’t contain benzophenone, mineral oil, silicon, acrylamide, talc, or sulfate.

This picture belongs to Skinfood
The serum itself is a clear liquid. I applied it on a cotton pad and wiped it over my skin, after using a cleanser before. Looking at the cotton pad there was still a visible amount of dirt and dead cells which were removed. Afterwards I did the pat-movement with the other side of the cotton pad until the serum was absorbed. I felt a slight remain of stickiness. Since you should continue with the rest of your skincare routine after using the serum I added a moisturizer on my face. After this step the stickiness was no problem anymore.


The skin feels clean and clear afterwards, but I didn’t see an immediate brightening effect. The sample sachet contains enough serum for 3-4 times use, but I don’t know if this is enough to observe any long term effects like brightening. Thinking about it’s anti-aging properties, I’d say that the benefits of antioxidants on preventing photo-damaging are known. Since this products contains vitamin B through the black sugar I hope that this will do its job ;)All in all, this serum is quite promising and worth a try. I’d be curious to try the full size product, especially the cotton pads provided extra for the product.

You can buy the full size product containing 120 ml at Keautystore. If you decide to buy something at Keautystore I can offer you a 5 % coupon code that they provided me. So if you plan to order at their store you can put my email address in the “referred email” box (which would make me very happy ^_^) and use coupon code listed below:

5 % coupon code: blog115 


Here is the banner and Link to their store:
(Also, if you order there, you can write reviews for the products and the samples you got and earn reward points. This is really a nice idea for review junkies. You can get 1 $ per review and additional credit for images.)
Here are a couple of shops were you can buy the serum:
Keautystore:  US$ 42.00 (shipping is not included)
W2Beauty: US$ 30.09 (free shipping option)
KollectionK: US$ 33.99 (shipping depends on country)
Mootta: US$ 21.00 (free shipping for orders from US$ 50 onwards)
Testerkorea: around US$ 21 (shipping depends on weight)

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  • Erica D 4. October 2013 at 21:07

    I have heard of this but never tried it, I don’t know if I can find it where I live.

    • Fräulein Schnee 7. October 2013 at 12:34

      If you are not lucky to have a skinfood store near you, you only can get it via ordering through web stores…I’d have to do the same unfortunately :/

  • 美美 4. October 2013 at 22:22

    I never heard of this lol but it seems to remove dirt really well :3 Thank you for the review, Laven~ c:
    I also heard of the promotional thingy keautystore does too, I will definitely add your email and use your code if I will ever order there :>


    • Fräulein Schnee 7. October 2013 at 12:36

      Yes, it seems very effectlve in removing dirt :D Thank you, you’re always so sweet Mindy :D ♥

  • Joyce 7. October 2013 at 9:08

    Hi dear :D I have this in full size but I haven’t started using it. Thanks for the review ^_^

    • Fräulein Schnee 7. October 2013 at 12:37

      Oh, I hope you’ll do a review for it!:D

  • Isabel 9. October 2013 at 16:59

    I saw them launching this but the name just sounded like… it would be sticky xD

    • Fräulein Schnee 10. October 2013 at 10:40

      I had serums more sticky than that. After you continue with your normal skincare routine, like putting moisturizer you don’t feel any stickiness anymore. :D Thanks for the comment!

  • Mizu chan 10. December 2013 at 10:23

    I decided to purchase this today because of the crazy sales! the price is incredibly low that the original. Would love to see how this works on me :D