I’m very happy and excited to introduce a new K-beauty brand to you named “Glimyu”. I will introduce you to the Glimyu GlimBase Set, a K-beauty skincare regimen cut down to three products to be more appalling to the western market. Yet, all the products are made in Korea and contain aspects of the typical Korean multistep skincare routine and provide you with daily skincare essentials.
Glimyu calls their skincare routine a SKIP care routine, meaning that you can use the multifunctional products to skip certain steps of an elaborate skincare routine, without feeling that you have missed them. The advantage is a simpler skincare routine that makes it even suitable for lazy people. Each of the products has several purposes. The Glimyu GlimBase Set I’m showing you here consists of three products as your daily skincare essentials: there is a Jelly Cleansing Balm, a Toning Essence Spray, and an All in 1 Cream. There is also another set called the Glimyu Glimroutine Set, where a Sun Shield Primer and a Sleeping Mask are included on top.
Glimyu GlimClean Jelly Cleansing Balm
Let’s start with the first step in everyone’s skincare routine, which is cleansing. The Glimyu GlimClean Jelly Cleansing Balm is the dedicated product for this skincare step. It combines Cleansing, Moisturizer, and Care in one step. This cleansing balm is what you expect if you have used a cleansing balm before. If you never have used a cleansing balm you might be skeptical first, but I assure you that it works great in removing makeup and dirt.
First of all, this orange/yellow colored jelly balm smells amazing! It has a citrus scent that doesn’t remind you of toilet or bathroom cleaning products, but of something to eat. You can scoop out some products and you will feel how smooth and melty it feels. Apply the balm on your dry face and remove all your eye makeup and facial makeup, or simply massage your skin with it. Since it melts easily upon touch it is also very easy to distribute. In a second step wet your hands and massage once again over your skin. This will emulsify the balm into a milky/soapy product. Afterward, using lukewarm water wash off the product. Your skin will be cleansed. Moreover, since it is an oil balm, your skin will not feel stripped or dried out.
The ingredients are listed below:
ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED POLY (C6-14 OLEFIN), PEG-20 GLYCERYL TRIISOSTEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, DEXTRIN PALMITATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, DEXTRIN PALMITATE/ETHYLHEXANOATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
The list is short and it’s a cocktail of ingredients like coconut, orange and almond oil. These oils will also help to keep your skin moisturized. Moreover, avocado and macadamia seed oil are added. And a Vitamin E derivate is included aswell. This will have anti-oxidative effects and protect your skin.
I definitely love cleansing balms in my skincare. This balm is very effective in removing my make-up, including my eyeliner and mascara. I also didn’t have a sight blurring effect on my vision, despite using it around and in my eyes. It didn’t sting either and was altogether a pleasant feeling to use. The scent is amazing and makes it a joy to use. My downside is, that it didn’t come with an included spatula to scoop out the product. The balm contains 120ml and retails for 22.95€ on the official brand page.
Glimyu GlimFresh Toning Essence Spray
The Glimyu GlimFresh Toning Essence Spray will be your second step in your skincare routine and is used after cleansing. This toning mist combines priming, balancing and care in one step. It comes in a convenient spray bottle, making it very easy to use. The mist combines toner and essence in one step using lotus flower extract, Centella Asiatica, rice extract ginseng extract and many more, and helps to balance out the skin’s pH after cleansing and provide it with moisture and vitamins.
The ingredients are listed below:
AQUA, GLYCERIN, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DICAPRATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CETETH-20, STEARETH-20, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER WATER, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CERAMIDE NP, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, FICUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT, RETINYL PALMITATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ASCORBIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL, BIOFLAVONOIDS, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HESPERIDIN, SODIUM CITRATE, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) EXTRACT, CARICA PAPAYA (PAPAYA) FRUIT EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, PARFUM, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL
I love all the plant-based ingredients here, combined with ceramides and vitamins.
The application is super easy, as said above. It comes in a spraying bottle with a super fine nozzle. Honestly, it is the finest mist I’ve ever used. It says to use it at 20 cm distance and spray it on your skin. It can be repeated several times, too. I especially love the scent here once again. It reminds me of a typical soap scent. Very refreshing and clean. And as said, it is such a fine a delicate mist, almost a fog, too!
The Glimyu GlimFresh Toning Essence Spray contains 150ml and retails for 18.95€ from the official brand page.
Glimyu GlimCare All in 1 Cream
The last step in your simple skincare routine with Glimyu is the Glimyu GlimCare All in 1 Cream. This daily moisturizer preps the skin, perfects it, provides moisture and nourishment. The cute pumping bottle contains the multi-purpose cream that can be used during day and night and for all skin types. It’s an allrounder when it comes to the daily moisturization of the skin.
The moisturizer comes in a pump bottle that dispenses a good amount of the product. One to two pumps are enough for me, for example. It’s a cream type moisturizer with a flowery scent. It absorbs very quickly and leaves a fresh feeling on the skin, but no stickiness or heavy feeling. The key ingredients are camelia oil for natural glow and elasticity, jojoba oil and sunflower oil.
The ingredients are listed below:
AQUA, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, NIACINAMIDE, CETYL ALCOHOL, PEG/PPG-17/6 COPOLYMER, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CERAMIDE NP, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, FICUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT, BETAINE, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE, TRIDECETH-6, CAMELLIA JAPONICA SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PARFUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ADENOSINE, POLYSORBATE 60, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER
The Glimyu GlimCare All in 1 Cream contains 50ml and retails for 24.95€ from the official brand site.
My impression of all three products of the Glimyu GlimBase Set is very positive and they definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m always a bit skeptical when Korean skincare tries to appeal to western consumers, but I think Glimyu did a great job here. I can imagine that people who never thought about their skincare will have a good starting point here. My favorite out of the three products is the Glimyu GlimClean Jelly Cleansing Balm. I have used a couple of cleansing balms before, but I really enjoyed the orange scent and that it was not irritating or stinging when used around the eyes. It even didn’t cause a blurred vision as most other cleansing oils or balms do. Moreover, I also love that all products by Glimyu are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The key ingredients used in the products are very typical for Asian skincare products, which I love a lot.
Would I change my more elaborate skincare regimen, now that I have tried this easier routine using the Glimyu GlimBase Set?
I must say, that I wouldn’t. While I like all the products on their own for their texture and ingredients, these three steps cannot replace my usual skincare routine, but they can be incorporated into it. I’m a double cleanser believer, that means, if I wear makeup, I do double cleansing using an oil/balm as first cleansing and a second gel or foam cleanser. I would never change or reduce that step. If I do not use any makeup oil/balm cleansers are unnecessary in my eyes. I stick to lighter cleansers like foam or cleansing water. When it comes to toners, I love the fine mist of the Glimyu GlimFresh Toning Essence Spray and it is great for lazy skincare in the mornings, but I love my rich toners and the moisture of a big splash of toner directly on my face. This mist is great for in-between to fresh-ups for me. For a daily moisturizer, the Glimyu GlimCare All in 1 Cream might be great and I can see this product liked especially by oily and combination skin types. I prefer to mix in a few drops of facial oil into the cream, especially now during winter. During the nighttime, this cream is not enough for my skin and I need a richer and heavier product. I recommend the larger skincare set that Glimyu provides (Glimyu GlimRoutine Set) because it also includes a sleeping cream and sun protection, which are both essential steps in my skincare, too. You can get all three products of the Glimyu GlimBase Set for a price of 59,95€ (it’s currently on sale), which is a good bargain comparing it to the single product prices.
What do you think about brand Glimyu? Let me know :)