Friday, 21 November 2014

ATRUE Starter Kit Review

 Many people when asked about their preferences for skincare and makeup will say that they want natural ingredients in their products. ATRUE is a relatively new brand with 'heritage from France' which uses the 'finest black tea' for their products. I was lucky enough to be chosen to test out this new brand and their starter kit.

Their Starter Kit includes:
12 samples + 3 deluxe samples

Sweet Song Black Tea One-step Cleansing Water (20ml)

Black Tea All Day Long Sun Cream (10g)

White Snow Tea Brilliant Essence (20ml)

Rose Petal Black Tea Enriching Toner (2ml)

Rose Petal Black Tea Enriching Moisturizer (2ml)

Violet Petal Black Tea Hydrating Toner (2ml)

Violet Petal Black Tea Hydrating Moisturizer (2ml)

White Snow Tea Brilliant Toner (2ml)

White Snow Tea Brilliant Essence (2ml)

White Snow Tea Brilliant Aurora Cream (2ml)

Darjeeling Black Tea First Anti-wrinkle Essence (2ml)

Darjeeling Black Tea First Anti-wrinkle Cream (2ml)

Real Black Tea True Active Essence (2ml)

Black Tea All Day Aqua Sun Gel (2g)

Himalaya Black Tea Moist Deep Cream (2g)

Earl Grey Black Tea Bag (2 each)

First impressions of this product are good. The sturdy red tin is decorated with floral patterns on the body and immaculately printed rose shapes on the sides of the lid. You'll need to be focusing on the lid to be able to see it, I really commend their diligence in making the appearance so detailed.

When you first open the kit you are hit with a strong black tea smell which I absolutely adore. I love tea, my substitute for coffee, and did not expect them to actually provide earl grey tea bags for your drinking of skincare pleasure. You can use the tea leaves as an exfoliant.

Two Earl Grey Black Tea bags are inside the beige pouch.

Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world? The benefits of black tea: 

Research dictates there are cancer reducing properties
Cardiovascular benefits
Elimites free radicals which cause cell damage
Boosts immune system
Combats digestive problems
Aids in weight loss
Can reduce skin puffiness
Accelerates rate of skin regeneration

Read more here

The tea is from Compagnie Coloniale, a company that started back in 1848 which selects tea from the greatest gardens and develops exclusive blends due to their steam-flavouring process! Read more from their website.

 With the Starter Kit, there are three deluxe samples. They are in very portable sizes and I'm actually thinking of bringing them with me to my trip to Seoul!

The Black Tea All Day Long Sun Cream in SPF 50+ feels more like a sunscreen than a sun cream because it is not thick and is rather runny. Very easy to apply and smells very floral, it can get overwhelming. Another thing I noticed was that it seems to have a pink tint when applied onto the skin. Having pink undertone products can help brighten and even the skin tone. Contains 39% Black Tea water.

My favourite of the three is the Sweet Song Black Tea One-Step Cleansing water. I use cleansing waters on a daily basis and have used quite a few. This cleansing water might even be better than my bioderma. I find that this cleansing water removes eye makeup more smoothly and quickly compared to Bioderma. There is a small hole opening, perfect for Q tips and applying on to cotton pads. Smells the most like black tea. Contains 87% Black tea water.

The White Snow Tea Brilliant Essence contains very delicate gold flecks that is only noticeable if you look really closely after applying. For this reason, I personally wouldn't use this at night. The essense reminds me very much of emulsions with its' light texture and white colour. Because it is extremely light, it won't be hydrating enough for Winter. Contains 83% black tea water

And here are the other 12 samples of ATRUE products present in the Starter Kit.

Where can you buy this from?
ATRUE is a newer brand that isn't as popular as Etude House or Innisfree. You can purchase the kit and products from the brand exclusively at JOLSE.

Do I recommend this?
It depends on what you are looking for. If you are deciding on whether you want to buy a full sized ATRUE product (the prices are pretty high end) then this might be a good choice for you. Plus if none of the samples are to your liking, the red tin is absolutely beautiful and can be utilised to hold your makeup brushes or whatever you want.

Until next time, annyeong~

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