Product Review: Dr. Jart Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer

Since it’s getting into the warmer and more humid months here in the Midwest, it may be time to reconsider your beauty routine.  You may need to go from incredibly emollient and heavy moisturizers that protected your skin from the harsh cold and wind into something more suitable for the changing climate that won’t weigh you down or give you a case of the makeup melty face.

I am a fan of K-beauty (which stands for Korean beauty) products and Dr. Jart is high on my list.  My skin seems to love just about everything they put out in the moisturizer category.  What I like about their products is that they are true skincare, not just moisturizers or foundations.

With dehydrated/oily yet reactive skin prone to clogging, the Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer is a great solution for those of you with my skin type.   This gem came as part of a freebie package from Sephora and has remained a staple in my closet (it’s way beyond a cabinet) since.   AND it’s super fun to use – more later in the application category of the review.


While a much shorter list of ingredients than many moisturizers you’ll see, this is often times a good thing.  This formulation includes extracts and peptides to promote healthy skin, Dr. Jart’s signature arbutin for skin lightening, and humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to give you that moisture surge.  It does have fragrance as part of the list which smells exactly like Fruit Loops.  The good news is that it’s at the end of the list, meaning there is the least of it, and…well…I love a good bowl of Fruit Loops.

From Birch Box’s Website: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Arbutin, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance


The Water Drop Moisturizer comes out in a white translucent gel-like consistency.  I squeezed the tube and was easily able to control the appropriate amount – a little less than a dime-sized mound – onto my finger.  Given the name “water drop” it wasn’t runny whatsoever which is nice.  Dealing with runny formulations that run down your hands is just not a fun thing.

Now on to the fun part.  As soon as I started putting the gel onto my face it “burst” into a water-like consistency.  There’s no sound or bubbling of this, but you can tell that it immediately starts to liquefy. I put it on my face and immediately felt the smooth, soothing and refreshing sensation they are talking about…and whiffed those Fruit Loops.  What a fun treat!  I’ve never experienced anything like it before.


The packaging is a silver plastic tube with a screw top.  Praise goodness that it’s not a pot, not a dropper, or some other crazy contraption.  It looks nice and worthy of Korean skincare, is easy to use and leaves the frills to the product itself.


Moisturizing has always been a challenge for me, and my skin continues to change with skincare products I use, age and climate.  I appreciated the fun of using this product, and because it’s a gel vs. a heavy cream, it gave me proper moisture without causing an oil slick or break-out city.  At $36 is not cheap, but it’s a good formulation with skin-benefitting ingredients, and oily-skinned, acne prone people like myself may see that this helps improve issues heavier moisturizers or those with 100 filler ingredients you can’t pronounce may cause.  Those with very dehydrated or dry skin may not get enough moisture from this alone. It’s also not a multi-tasker as it does not include SPF.  You’ll need a separate sunscreen for day. I’m deducting one point off for that.

Pro-tip: Sephora has this on their 100 point products fairly often considering and at a great trial size.  Did I mention it’s just fun to use?

Overall: 4/5

Packaging: 5/5

Price: $$$$$

Have you tried the Water Drop Moisturizer or have a K-beauty brand you love? Drop us a line in the comments.

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