Ah, CVS. The mecca of going in for one thing and leaving $80 in the hole. The ultimate in drugstore makeup, and now the ultimate in easily-accessible K-Beauty. Peach & Lily’s collab with my convenience store ult bias has had me beyond excited.
In my opinion, Peach and Lily was one of the first brands that truly penetrated the U.S. market with K-Beauty. My personal favorite aspect of the brand is how – rather than selling the typical TonyMoly/Laneige-type brands that so many American retailers do – they are constantly bring new brands into visibility, introducing me to May Coop, Saturday Skin, and tons others with solid ingredients and beautiful packaging.
With my love and adoration for all things cute and corny, Peach Slices is right on par with what attracts me. From packaging to formulas, everything in the Peach Slices line is playful and fun – basically everything that attracts many to the Korean beauty space – and mega-affordable.
Obviously, this collab has been featured in nearly every beauty publication, and for good reason! There are so many questions surrounding the still-emerging K-Beauty space in America – Peach Slices has given the mass market a taste of what it has to offer, as well as smart, comprehendible education on the ingredients listed in their products.
Fitting in perfectly with their adorable-yet-affordable brand story, Peach Slices has released their own line of skincare. I’ve now tried everything from the house brand and have absolutely fallen in love with one product in particular.
Today, I will be singing the praises of the Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow Hydrating Moisture Gel:
I’ve been struggling so much with my skin lately. I’ve grown up suffering from terrible cystic acne due to PCOS, so the state of my complexion is more than unpredictable when uncared for. Due to this, I put a lot of faith into my skincare products. If they work, they’re automatically good in my eyes. If they work overnight? It’s a literal miracle.
First off – I love the packaging! As a member of the Church of Nail Extensions, anything in a pot is literally a mission to keep un-infected. I also hate those little spatulas that companies provide – I have enough tools, and the last thing I need are 5,000 mini-spoons. The squeeze-tube is such a gift from the heavens, I can’t believe it. Call me dramatic, but can we please stop putting things in expensive pots? WHAT’S THE POINT? PLEASE!
Anyways. The orange slices are also crazy adorable, but the squeeze tube is what got me excited.
This is marketed as a lightweight, glow-promoting product that can be used as moisturizer or a serum+moisturizer hybrid. It can be worn as the very last step of skincare, or below a thicker, more moisturizing product.
For mythbusting purposes, I’m going to let the brand’s claims guide my review, and see if they truly fit.
The product page describes this gel as:
The ingredients are as follows:
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Honey Extract, Ceramide NP, Sorbitan Stearate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Tromethamine, Hydroxyacetophenone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Butylene Glycol, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Tocopherol
Basically, some really, really good stuff. I am particularly happy about honey extract and ceramides being within the first 10 ingredients, along with some oily goodness from grapefruit and lemon – ooookay, Vitamin C! Come through with the brightness!
The texture is wildly lightweight, with a watery-type consistency. It reminded me a bit of Belif’s Aqua Bomb, but lighter, less fragranced, and much more moisturizing.
I applied this over my typical nighttime skincare routine. My routine is great at keeping my cystic acne at bay, nearly eliminating all of them year-round. However, I wake up a little bit flaky on the chin area, no matter how nourishing the products are. Per my esthetician’s knowledge, that’s just what I have to deal with when I have dehydrated skin. As previously mentioned, I have been seriously suffering from some skin issues, mainly cystic breakouts under my chin. They’re painful, they’re massive, and they’re fugly.
I’m absolutely in awe at how good this moisturizer treated my skin from my first use. My cysts? TINY! My dry patches in the AM? MOISTURIZED! My skin overall? JUICY! I’m beyond happy at the result of this, and really haven’t had such amazing results from a moisturizer before. Is this real life? Did I really just find something that’s cute AND super effective for not just everyday, but my troubled, breakout days too? I’m so impressed!
The final verdict:
- Absolutely! Because it has no added fragrance, it’s way more subtle, but still has that yummy citrus scent I adore. The smell is enhanced when it’s rubbed in, which I assume is from the oil activation.
- Yes! Considering the fact that I love a good, heavy cream to wear at nighttime, I’m super surprised at the effectiveness of this despite the light consistency.
- HELL YEAH. My cysts diminished significantly, which was the ultimate test. They also don’t hurt nearly as much!
- Yes. My troubled, flaky chin was smooth and glowy when I woke up, and remained that way after washing my face.
I’m definitely using this again, and again, and again. For the wildly low price of *$11.99* (I AM SHOCKED!!!), I can see myself repurchasing + gifting this multiple times. The ingredients are fabulous and the results even better.
You can buy your own lil’ bottle of magic here. Happy glowin’!