Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials

Monday, May 21, 2018

     Yes, you've read that right! Our favorite one-stop all K-beauty shop now has a skincare line. The Althea Bare Essentials skincare line was launched last April and many beauty enthusiasts gave their thumbs up in this simplified Korean skincare regimen.

     Are you a fan of the 8 or 10 step Korean skincare? I know it's very tasking and expensive to complete the products especially if you have a tight budget but Althea made this tedious skincare process easy by bringing Bare Essentials - your skin’s simply perfect savior. Althea strips down to the bare essentials with this new skincare line. Riding on today’s current minimalism movement, Althea’s Bare Essentials focuses on skincare fundamentals and drops all the non-essentials. 

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials

Althea Bare Essentials
  • Made of 3 essential steps - cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. 
  • These products will nourish the skin while leaving it looking bright, glowing, and beautiful. 
  • With clean, minimal, yet effective formulas, these straightforward products epitomize simple perfection and deliver maximum results with minimum effort.
  • Hypoallergenic products that will suit any skin type.
  • These 3 products are available for purchase under Php 1500.

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials
Contour Cleanser, Prime Water, and Fixer Cream

The Contour Cleanser 
  • Packed with soothing Ice Plant and detoxifying Lemon Myrtle extracts, this cleanser is densely filled with microcapsules that burst upon contact with water to gently cleanse, exfoliate, and detoxify skin.
  • The Contour Cleanser helps to promote blood circulation and reduces bloating and swelling for a defined, enviably slim face shape. 

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials
Contour Cleanser

size: 150g

price: 300 php (Around $5.74+)

instructions for use: Dampen the skin, then squeeze out a small amount and lather onto the face, massaging in circular motions. Rinse off with water after.

ingredients: Glycerin,Water, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Lauric Acid, PEG-32, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Lactose, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Polyquaternium-67, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-7,Fructooligosaccharides,Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials

The Primer Water 
  • Both a hydrating toner and a primer in one, the Primer Water contains patented dewdrop technology (Macro Fluidic Dispersion technology) that gently fills the gaps between pores and allows hydration to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin.
  • Made with Snow Lotus extracts, this skincare heavy hitter has an incredibly smooth and silky texture that enhances the skin’s natural glow, leaving you with the perfect canvas. 

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials
Primer Water

size: 200 ml

price: 550 php (Around $10.52+)

instructions for use: Pour out a small amount and apply evenly onto the face, gently patting in for better absorption.

ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Betaine, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pullulan, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Agar, Polysorbate 20, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials

The Fixer Cream 
  • This non-oily, quick-absorbing formula harnesses the power of Trehalose, an ingredient found in the cactus plant that prevents its moisture loss, to provide the skin with 24-hour hydration.
  • This ultra-nourishing wonder cream is also rich in antioxidants derived from Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil and helps to promote collagen regeneration using Baobab Tree extracts. 

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials
Fixer Cream

50 g

price: 640 php (Around $12.24+)

instructions for use: Apply evenly onto the face and gently pat in till absorbed

ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Dimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol,Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Polyacrylate-13, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Polyisobutene, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pullulan, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Trehalose,Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Fragrance

Product Review: Althea Bare Essentials

What I like:
  • The packaging is simple and neat. I like that the cleanser is in a tube for easy dispensing while the toner and cream are housed in an opaque bottle and jar.
  • The price is affordable.
  • A little amount of the product goes a long way.
  • These are made of natural ingredients that are hypoallergenic and suits all skin types.
  • I've tried and tested the entire line for almost three weeks now. I super love the contour cleanser because of the consistency and texture. It's thick and there are beads that also acts as an exfoliator. It has a great lather and smells nice too. It leaves my face squeaky clean after use. Yay!
  • My second fave is the toner. The texture is thick, semi-runny, and a little goes a long way. It mattifies my face upon absorption. It also gives that natural glow on my face that I seldom see with other toners available in the market.
  • Batch, manufacturing, and expiry date printed in their respective packagings.
  • Easily available at

What I don't like:
  • I find the moisturizer a bit heavy for my combination skin.

Will I repurchase? Yes, but for the individual products that will run out first. I think the number one on the list is the contour cleanser.

     I give this a 4.25/5 rating. Yay for making the Korean skincare regimen simple and easy to do day and night. I know it's hard to achieve that flawless Korean skin because of factors like genes, climate, lifestyle, and skincare but now with the help of Althea Korea and using the products religiously, Korean skin is now right at your fingertips.

   Have you tried Althea Bare Essentials?

For more information about Althea Bare Essentials
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  1. Hindi ko pa yan na-try pero gusto ko ma-try yang contour cleanser and primer water nila. Ang dami ko na kasi nabasa na maganda daw talaga.

    1. Hi Arselyn,

      Yes, maganda itong 3 products ng Althea. If you're into skin care and anti-aging, maganda itong pang boost ng moisture sa skin.


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