Brighten Up with THE PLANT BASE’s White Truffle Line

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The YesStyle Beauty Lab

Korean brand THE PLANT BASE has always prided itself on using only naturally derived ingredients. The White Truffle Line, one of its latest, harnesses the power of this white-hot ingredient to give tired, dull skin a brightening, hydrating and firming boost.

As I age, I’m beginning to notice that too many late nights in my early youth have certainly taken a toll. My skin is now regularly exhibiting patches of darkness, roughness and dullness. What’s more, it’s losing that old bounce. Never a firm believer in a multiple-step skin care routine, I’m finally realizing that what all experts (and my mother) say is true: good skin is the foundation of all beauty.

With this in mind, I’m redoubling my skin care efforts. Curious as to how a truffle-and-ginseng regimen would compare to the other plant-based lines I’ve tried in the past (from parsley seed to pomegranate), I put three products from the line to the test: the White Truffle Ginseng Tone up Emulsion , the White Truffle Crystal Clear Serum and the White Truffle Aura Cream-Gel. All three are packaged in white and silver tones, as befitting a brand promoting clean, organic beauty.

Step No. 1:
White Truffle Ginseng Tone up Emulsion

Skin Care Routine: After cleansing and toning my face and before applying serum, I massaged a few dollops of the emulsion into my skin. It smells faintly but not unpleasantly of ginseng – not a surprise as it contains 57.55% Korean ginseng water, in addition to white truffle extract (a treasure trove of Vitamin C) and niacinamide. Advertised as a “toner-type” product but essentially more of a lightweight moisturizer, it comes in a milky lotion that is thicker than expected but absorbs easily into skin, leaving no sticky residue behind.

First Impressions: I didn’t have sky-high expectations for this product, but after using it in conjunction with the serum and cream-gel for a week, I did notice a more pronounced glow to my face and plumpness to my skin, although some hyperpigmentation remains. Ultimately, I see this more as a standalone moisturizing agent rather than as one of many steps in my night-time skin care ritual. It’s a bit light for a day cream though, so it remains to be seen how this could best be incorporated into my beauty routine.

Step No. 2:
White Truffle Crystal Clear Serum

Skin Care Routine: Conveniently packaged in a skinny squeeze tube, this mildly scented serum comes in a clear gel that’s chock-full of ginseng water (84.34%) and white truffle extracts to brighten the face, especially the undereye area. Again, I usually used it together with the emulsion and the gel-cream. Just a smidgen will go a long way – in fact, I sometimes found myself squeezing too much out of the tiny tube.

First Impressions: Gentle on the skin, this caused no redness, itchiness or breakouts. While it was only semi-successful in banishing a couple of blemishes on my face, it did result in a brighter, clearer and smoother complexion overall. While I can’t pinpoint the serum as the most effective agent since I’m using all three products together, I feel that at the very least it contributed to these promising results.

Step No. 3:
White Truffle Aura Cream-Gel

Skin Care Routine: With ginseng water as base and packed with infusions of white truffle, licorice and persimmon tree leaf extracts, this cross between a cream and a gel glides easily onto skin to give a fresh, cooling finish. I usually use it as a final step in my night-time skin care regimen to amp up moisture and to soothe skin, but I’ve also dabbed it on at other hours to give my dry winter skin a brightening and hydrating boost.

First Impressions: Lightweight and effective, this worked wonderfully when used together with the emulsion and the serum, giving a natural, fully hydrated glow that was all the more apparent when layered under sheer foundation. However, it also left a slight stickiness and tightness that persisted for a couple of hours after application – especially noticeable when I used the product alone. While this isn’t a fatal flaw, it’s a big enough concern to give me pause as to whether I should ditch my regular moisturizing cream for this one.

Final Verdict:

These three products from THE PLANT BASE do not lie. Especially when used together, they do brighten and tighten, up to a point. Out of the three, I am pleasantly surprised by the White Truffle Ginseng Tone up Emulsion, appreciative of the White Truffle Crystal Clear Serum, and a little disappointed in the White Truffle Aura Cream-Gel. These aren’t miracle products – they can’t turn back the clock – but they do give tired skin showing the early signs of aging a certain glow, enough that I am now interested in trying out the other products in the line: a peeling agent, an exfoliating towel and a tone-up water.

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