REVIEW | Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream

As someone with an oily combination skin, I have always loved the idea of water creams and gel creams especially for day use. I wear sunscreens a lot and I reapply every two to three hours so I would love to have a moisturizer that hydrates and moisturizes my skin well but not leaving a feeling like there is something sitting on top of the skin. I love water creams concept as most water creams I’ve tried (Krave Beauty, Antipodes, and more) hydrate from within, which means they go deeply into the skin and hydrate it from within and the hydration and moisture are retained but still feels so light and “breathable”.

I have been using Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream for months and am truly in love with it.


Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Panthenol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, HibiscusEsculentus Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Phytosphingosine, Caproyl Sphingosine, Tocopherol, Glyceryl glucoside, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Trehalose, Jojoba Esters, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane

First ingredient is Jeju green tea water yay! Green tea has a great track record with my skin and I love it so much as it is so soothing and reduces redness and irritation on my skin. Having this as their first ingredient makes me so happy as green tea is rich with antioxidants and nutrients so it is not only good nutritionally but also topically. Green tea is a super popular ingredient among oily and acne prone skin and here is why:

Acne is the result of excess sebum clogging pores and stimulating bacterial growth. EGCG is anti-androgenic and lowers lipid levels. This makes it effective at reducing sebum excretions in the skin. By reducing sebum, EGCG can slow or stop the development of acne.

Sebum is an oily substance that your sebaceous glands secrete to moisturize your skin and hair.

Androgens are hormones that your body produces. If you have high or fluctuating levels of androgen, it can cause your sebaceous glands to produce greater amounts of sebum.

A 2012 Source of 20 studies indicated that green tea extract has been shown to be potentially effective when applied to the skin and taken as a supplement for:


androgenetic alopecia

atopic dermatitis


genital warts



Consider green tea extract as part of your acne regimen.

In a 2016 study, participants took 1,500 mg of green tea extract for 4 weeks. At the conclusion of the study, participants showed a significant reduction in the red skin bumps acne causes.


Other key ingredients which are among the top on the list are panthenol (a great humectant), centella asiatica extract which is also famous for its healing property, rice extract, hibiscus extract, and vitamin E. This product is vegan and cruelty-free. It’s also free from alcohol, fragrance, and essential oils in case any of these is your concern. I don’t mind fragrance as long as it is not strong but I appreciate that this has no alcohol and essential oils. I know that some alcohols are only drying if they are in high concentration and not all essential oils are bad but I think I can do without them.


Texture and Smell

This cream really is watery. It’s so fluid.

The water gel texture has a viscosity that is just slightly thicker than water. It glides on smoothly with a surge of hydration felt as I apply it on the skin.

This water gel cream definitely takes some time to sink in but as it absorbs, it does so completely. It also feels so cooling and refreshing on the skin.

I love how it feels so wonderfully lightweight on the skin but it leaves quite a tacky residue on my combination skin in this hot and humid tropical country (not sure if it doesn’t feel like this in colder climate countries).


I expect this water cream to feel like most water creams out there but this cream is different in the sense that it is not like the usual water gel creams out there as it sure feels more occlusive to me. I understand that the purpose is to lock in moisture and everything that has been put on before while also hydrating it from deep within. I’m not sure how this feels to people with dry skin or people living in colder climate but for me I can totally feel the tacky finish that can turn greasy on the nose on a hot afternoon. But having said that, this cream feels super light to the skin so the tacky/greasy residue doesn’t really bother me. Besides it makes a great canvas for my Innisfree tone up no sebum sunscreen that is super matte.

Skin feels supple as if it’s been ‘watered’ by the cream. The hydration also feels long-lasting. Other than that, I feel nourished and soothed. I am also happy that this cream gives an instant dewy look that makes my skin looks healthy. Great at sealing off and retaining moisture, this one!

On the other hand, I think the jar packaging makes it quite a hassle. I wish Klairs could have packaged this in a tube packaging because of its runny texture.

All in all, I experienced no bad reactions such as breakouts or itching or irritation whatsoever. I am deeply in love with this Fundamnetal Water Gel Cream not only because of the ingredients but also because of the feel and the good feeling it gives me every time I use it. I find that this is wonderful for my combination skin, and perhaps dry skin would love this more.

My rate: 5/5

Would I repurchase? I have already did hehe.



Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream


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