9 out of 10 readers would choose these skin-strengthening creams over their previous moisturiser – here’s why
Putting together an effective skincare routine is challenging enough, but for those with sensitive skin, the task is made even more daunting. Despite the potential hassle, a good moisturiser is an absolute must for all skin types, perhaps even more so for sensitive complexions.
This is why we want to introduce you to the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Creams – one for normal to oily skin and one for dry skin. It’s made to effectively moisturise the skin better than regular moisturisers on the market, all without leaving your skin feeling sticky or greasy.
To find out just how well these two moisturisers work, Daily Vanity has invited 10 readers to give us their honest opinions about them. You’ll be pleased to know that its average verdict for the moisturisers was a 4.5-star rating out of 5!
Before we get into the reviews for the two creams, let’s learn a little more about the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv series.
About Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv series
For those who are new to the brand, Cute Press formulates products for Singapore’s tropical climate. Known for their tone-up sunscreens, their products are tested to make sure your skin looks great despite battling heat, humidity, and city pollution on a daily basis, so you can go about your day feeling comfortable and even more confident.
Best of all, their products are cost-effective, so they won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The brand’s Ci-Lab Sensitiv range is dermatologically tested and promises zero irritation, which is why they’re suitable for all skin types, especially skin that’s easily sensitised. This range is also great for acne-prone skin.
They’re also free of fragrance, alcohol, parabens, mineral oil, oil, colourants, retinol, beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), triethanolamine (TEA), and petrolatum, so sensitive skin can breathe easy.
The products work to soften and smooth the skin for a healthier-looking glow. That’s all thanks to the brand’s Sub-Micron Barrier Rescue Complex, a unique blend of active ingredients that work to deeply moisturise your skin.
Besides the two moisturisers in the range, you’ll find the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Repair First Serum – a great first step to prep your skin before following up with moisturiser.
There’s also the Cute Press Ci-Lab Ultra Mild Tone Up Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++, an ultra-gentle tone-up sunscreen that features AquaProtect Technology to provide you with superior broad-spectrum UVA1, UVA2, and UVB protection even when your skin is drenched in water.
About Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Creams
The Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Normal to Oily) and Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Dry to Very Dry) are both powered by Sub-Micron Barrier Rescue Complex, which combines Ceramides, Phytosphingosine, Aloe Vera, and D-Panthenol.
The nourishing sub-micron (particles smaller than microns) active ingredients deeply penetrate into your skin and effectively moisturise your skin, so it’s not only good for oily and dry skin, but also acne-prone skin.
To bolster your skin’s reparative process, the Sub-Micron Barrier Rescue Complex is formulated with several powerhouse ingredients:
- Ceramides: They are fats or lipids that are found in skin cells which help rejuvenate and replenish your skin’s moisture.
- Phytosphingosine: A type of fat that naturally occurs in skin cells to strengthen a weakened skin barrier, reduce irritation, and moisturise the skin.
- Aloe Vera: This soothing ingredient reduces skin irritation and redness as well as hydrates dry skin.
- D-Panthenol: It helps to restore lost moisture and has a soothing effect on itchy, irritated skin.
Together, this blend of ingredients nourishes the skin and provides lasting hydrating for healthier, softer, smoother skin.
Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Normal to Oily)
Perfect for normal to oily skin types, this moisturiser locks in moisture, reduces dry patches, and smooths out flakiness as it instantly hydrates and soothes the skin.
The gel-like texture spreads easily and sinks into the skin fast, so that star ingredients like Sub-Micron Barrier Rescue Complex can get to work and rejuvenate your skin.
It also contains Tocopheryl Acetate (a.k.a. natural vitamin E oil), an antioxidant that relieves the skin from sunburn and rejuvenates it, thereby reducing wrinkles as it moisturises and increases skin elasticity.
The two moisturisers are also formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, another superstar ingredient that holds 1,000 times its weight in water to plump, nourish, and hydrate the skin.
Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Dry to Very Dry)
If you have drier skin, opt for this moisturiser instead. Besides the aforementioned ingredients, this cream is infused with Shea Butter, which seals in moisture to keep your skin smooth and comfortable all day. It also helps to smooth rough skin and shield it from heat and the sun’s rays.
What’s more, it contains Hydrasensyl® Glucan Green, an ingredient that has the same structure as hyaluronic and collagen, so it works to deeply hydrate the skin.
Just like the variant for normal to oily skin, this richer moisturiser spreads easily and absorbs into the skin fast.
Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Series is available at Cute Press’ Shopee Mall and Lazada Mall only. Prices are as follows:
- Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Normal to Oily) retails for S$28.90
- Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Dry to Very Dry) retails for S$28.90
- Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Repair First Serum retails for S$32.90
- Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Ultra Mild Tone Up Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ retails for S$24.90
Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Creams review: 10 readers give their honest opinions
Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Creams
Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Normal – Oily)
Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream (Dry – Dryness)
Most of our readers enjoyed the textures of both Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Creams. Those who tried the variant for normal to oily skin liked how lightweight and watery it was, and how it was able to sink into their skin fast without leaving behind a greasy or tacky residue.
Meanwhile, most of our reviewers who tried the variant for dry skin noted that the moisturiser had a richer texture, but it still felt lightweight and non-greasy on their skin. All of our readers agreed that both moisturisers were able to hydrate their skin well, so they could wake up with skin that didn’t feel dry.
Those who tried the variant for normal to oily skin loved how the moisturiser came in a convenient and hygienic pump tube, which allowed them to dispense the right amount of gel-cream each time.
Most of our readers also appreciated how the moisturisers created the perfect base for makeup. It even helped their makeup last longer throughout the day.
Pei Ling, 32
Skin type: Combination-oily
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin (e.g. small, rough bumps), visible/enlarged pores, clogged pores, blackheads/whiteheads, acne, acne scars
The previous moisturiser I was using made my face feel very oily and it even clogged my pores. However, the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream is lightweight, moisturising, and doesn’t feel sticky on my skin. It almost felt like it was able to absorb oil too.
After trying it for the first time, my skin felt moisturised and not greasy. My complexion looked really nice on camera too!
I like how quickly the product absorbs into my skin. It worked better for me than other moisturisers I’ve used previously. What’s more, it helps my makeup last longer throughout the day.
After five days, I saw a reduction in breakouts and flaky, dry skin. My skin definitely feels stronger now. 10 days later, my skin felt softer, smoother, and more hydrated. Family and friends even complimented my skin and it’s thanks to this moisturiser.
Skin type: Combination-oily, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Dull skin, textured skin (e.g. small, rough bumps), dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, acne scars
I really appreciate the design of the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream – a tube that comes with a pump is very convenient and hygienic!
The moisturiser doesn’t bear much of a scent too, which I appreciate. The texture is lightweight and upon application, it almost transforms into a more watery consistency that is very quickly absorbed by the skin.
After the first use, my skin immediately looked and felt hydrated. It also left a nice sheen on my skin – not overly dewy, but rather, a subtle glow! The dry patches around my nose have smoothened out as well.
A little goes a long way too, due to the watery texture. A pea-sized amount is enough for my whole face, and I use the same amount on my neck.
After 10 days, my skin felt softer and more hydrated. Flaky patches have been smoothed out, and because my skin feels more moisturised, my makeup is able to stay on longer throughout the day.
I’ve even received compliments from my family and friends on my skin after I started using this moisturiser. It keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day and while I’m asleep, so my skin doesn’t feel dry in the mornings.
Best of all, it doesn’t clog my pores, which is great news for my oily, acne-prone skin. I even saw a reduction in hormonal breakouts after one to two days.
Skin type: Combination-oily
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin (e.g. small, rough bumps), dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads
I like the tube packaging of the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream as it’s more hygienic to dispense the cream. Plus, one to two pumps give me just the right amount of moisturiser.
This cream has a lightweight, gel-cream texture that spreads easily and absorbs well into my skin without leaving a sticky residue. I like how it provides the hydration I need for my sensitive, oily-combination skin! It has no noticeable scent and doesn’t have any added fragrances, which I like!
My skin felt hydrated after without feeling too heavy. It gives my skin a nice glow from hydration! My skin felt softer and stronger almost instantly. And after seven days, my rough skin texture became much smoother.
Now, my skin texture feels more refined, and my face feels soft to the touch. It also helped to soothe my skin and reduce redness. It truly worked better for me than other moisturisers that I’ve used in the past.
Skin type: Combination-oily, sensitive, acne-prone
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation/dark spots, textured skin (e.g. small, rough bumps), dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, blackheads/whiteheads, acne
I really like the hygienic packaging of the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream and it’s super travel-friendly too. The pump gives me exactly the right amount that I need for my face.
The texture of the moisturiser was also just right for my sensitive skin and it absorbed very quickly. It didn’t leave my hands feeling sticky after application, which some moisturisers tend to do.
My skin felt smoother right away and red areas looked calmer. Its hydrating effects even gave my skin a slight glow, which helped my concealer glide on smoother and my makeup last longer too.
After two to three days, my face felt softer and smoother. A week later, my skin barrier definitely felt stronger and my breakouts were reduced. This moisturiser has worked very well for my skin type. In fact, it’s much more lightweight and worked better for me compared to other moisturisers I’ve tried.
I would recommend Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream to anyone who has been on the lookout for an affordable and effective moisturiser!
Skin type: Combination-oily
Skin concerns: Dull skin, clogged pores, blackheads/whiteheads
The Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream feels watery and lightweight, and it absorbed really quickly without leaving a residue on my skin. I like its user-friendly packaging too.
My skin felt instantly refreshed after the first use, and it felt softer and more supple. I wanted to continue using it after my first try! It provided plenty of moisture to my skin, which helped my makeup glide on smoothly after.
In seven days, my skin barrier felt stronger and I saw a reduction in breakouts. After 10 days, my skin felt softer and more hydrated. The cream kept my skin moisturised but not greasy, which I appreciate.
This moisturiser works well for sensitive skin and is better than some moisturisers I’ve tried in the past. I thoroughly enjoyed using the product. Initially, I was a little apprehensive as I’d never heard of this brand before. However, I was really impressed by it from the first use and I continue to enjoy using it!
Skin type: Dry
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, textured skin (e.g. small, rough bumps), dehydration, clogged pores, blackheads/whiteheads
Though the texture of the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream is thicker and heavier, it spreads easily and provides a slight cooling effect on my skin. It also works best when you apply it in thin layers.
My skin felt softer, smoother, and more supple after trying it out for the first time, and I didn’t experience any irritation at all. My skin didn’t feel dry in the morning after applying it on at night too.
In about four days, my skin barrier felt stronger and my skin texture felt smoother and more refined. My flaky, dry patches were reduced as well. After using Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream for 10 days, I noticed that my skin doesn’t feel as sensitive now and it feels more protected against the sun.
Overall, it’s a good moisturiser that I prefer to use at night.
Skin type: Normal, dry
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, dehydration, visible/enlarged pores, clogged pores
From the first use, I could feel that the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream really hydrated my skin. It sank quickly into my skin to moisturise it without leaving behind a sticky residue.
My skin felt hydrated, smooth, and radiant right away! It also kept my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day, and my face doesn’t feel dry in the mornings.
After three days, my skin barrier felt stronger and I noticed a reduction in rough skin texture as well as dry and flaky skin. The moisturiser helps my makeup last longer too.
My skin was dehydrated before using the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream. It felt sensitive on the first day of my trial, and my skin was desperately trying to drink up the moisture!
The only thing I’d like is a change in packaging. Hopefully, it could come in a bottle that reduces the exposure of the product to the environment.
Skin type: Dry, combination-dry
Skin concerns: Dull skin, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation/dark spots, dehydration
Most of the moisturisers I tried in the past were either not hydrating enough or too oily for my dry skin. When it comes to the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream, however, it absorbed quite fast and left my skin feeling moisturised.
My skin looked nice and glowy, and felt soft to the touch. After 10 days of consistent use, my skin felt softer and more hydrated but never greasy. It kept my skin hydrated throughout the day too, and the formula didn’t clog my pores.
My makeup doesn’t look patchy anymore too. I love that it’s lightweight, doesn’t cause breakouts, and that it makes my face feel very soft.
Skin type: Dry
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation/dark spots, dehydration
I like that the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream has no fragrance and it applies rather smoothly on the skin. My skin felt smooth, well-hydrated, and looked brighter after applying the moisturiser. It’s quite cooling on the skin too.
In two to three days, my skin felt softer, stronger, and more hydrated. My face doesn’t feel as dry or tight, and dry, flaky patches have been smoothed out. This moisturiser replenished my dry skin and kept it hydrated throughout the day.
Compared to other moisturisers I’ve tried, Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream is really affordable. Plus, it’s become a holy grail product in my routine. Highly recommend this if you’re looking for an effective moisturiser.
Yun Ru, 30
Skin type: Dry
Skin concerns: Uneven skin tone, dehydration, clogged pores, blackheads/whiteheads
Moisturisers I’ve tried in the past don’t seem to hydrate my skin well, but the Cute Press Ci-Lab Sensitiv Moisture Barrier Cream kept my skin moisturised during the night so it doesn’t feel dry in the morning.
The lightweight texture takes a while to absorb into my skin, but it does a good job at moisturising my skin. my skin looks glowy after, and it helps my makeup last longer too.
After 10 days, my skin doesn’t feel dry or tight, and I didn’t experience any clogged pores or irritation from the moisturiser. Overall, it has worked very well for my skin type.
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