Review: son & park beauty water toner review : son & park beauty water


SON & PARK Beauty Water is aesthetics. Really, I don’t know what the creators were thinking, but this product would look nice in any photo with a white background. It’s so simple. Anyways! This is the highly raved Beauty Water that many beauty gurus love. Of course there was that whole debacle with the original creators of SON & PARK and the company, so a lot of people boycotted the brand. Still, I wanted to give it a try and see why so many people loved it and if it was really as great as people claimed.

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BrandSon & Park
Size/weight 340m
Lifespan when opened 1 year
Best Before October 23, 2019
Fragrance Mild (Fruity + something else scent)
Purchased from Sephora (USA)


$30.00 USD for 340m
L ($0.09/m
L) purchased from Sephora


The Good
Gentle enough to use daily (morning + night), does not irritate skin
Removes leftover dirt and residue that the first cleanse couldn’t get rid of
Works well as a quick and easy cleanser in the morning (better than using just water)Refreshing on skin
Mild fragrance
The Bad
Contains a lot of plant and fruit extracts (some people may be allergic/sensitive to certain ingredients)Works more like a cleansing water as opposed to a toner
Not available for sale in the Sephora in Canada
Pricey compared to some other cleansing water/toners out there (since it’s $30USD)

Will I buy this again?

I’m leaning towards a yes. Although I do have other cleansing waters that I would like to see and compare to this one – if I can’t find a better one, I will most likely resort back to this.


5210 15 3

Overall: 4.0/5


A smart cleansing liquid that gently cleansexfoliates, and moisturizes to deliver smooth, revitalized and hydrated skin


Clear plastic bottle, simple design. Typical design for some toners where there’s a hole that acts as a filter so the product drips out in small amounts when you flip it over.


Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Xylitol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustfolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Eucalytus Globulus Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Steam Extract, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate Citric Acid, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol, Malic Acid, Sucrose, Urea, Tartaric Acid, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Dehydroacetic Acid

Here is Skincarisma’s analysis on the ingredients for this product. This product contains a lot of fruit, flower extracts and oils – which may not be the greatest choice for those with sensitive skin. I would take a look through this list before purchasing! I’ve highlighted the ingredients that were flagged by Skincarisma as “Moderate” and “High” risk.

On the box, there are few notable ingredients that Son & Park has mentioned.

Lavender water, rose flower water and orange fruit extractdeliver intense hydrationWillow bark extract and papaya fruit water/extractlightly exfoliating Fragrance related ingredients: Bergamot fruit oil, Olive fruit oil, Orange oil, Grapefruit peel oil, Lavender oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower oil, Balsam Copaiba resin, Jasmine oil, Anise fruit/seed oil, Artemisia Absinthium extract, Rose Flower oil, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf extract, Galbanum resin oil

I find it interesting how a ton of ingredients are dedicated towards giving this product it’s “Natural Fragrance.” While the scent is mild, it definitely does smell like a blend of fruit + something else (that something else being plants and herbs).


Consistency: watery.


To be honest, I think of the Beauty Water more as a cleansing water as opposed to a ‘toner’ even though they say you can use this as toner. It is important to note that this is not a toner that you can apply without using a cotton pad. I always follow-up with a hydrating toner/viscous toner after using this product simply because it has exfoliating properties to it.

The packaging recommends the follow method of application: Moisten a cotton pad and gently sweep across the face.

They also note different situations that you can use this product in:

Cleansing face during a long flight
As a toner before the rest of the skincare routine (questionable)Wiping off residue after massage cream or sheet mask
To freshen up during the day


Ah. Now for the most important part. Is this product worth the price, the hype based on its performance? First, I want to showcase how well this product does in removing residue, dirt and a bit of makeup.

Effectiveness of product for wiping away dirt/residue

At the end of my routine in the morning, I usually apply sunscreen and nothing else. I wanted to demonstrate how this can pick up some pretty nasty things from your face. Before using this, I did not use a cleanser.

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I will say, even when I use my cleansers, there is still a good amount of yellow-ish gunk that gets picked up by this product anyways. Maybe my face is just that dirty after a long day? Yikes.

Effectiveness of product for wiping away makeup

If you were wondering if this could remove makeup – yes it can. Although I would not solely rely on this to be my primary makeup remover.

To test this, I simply applied products that I would normally use on my face, such as the Play 101 Sticks (which I use for contouring).

Not sure if it’s noticeable, but after using the Beauty Water, there is still a light remnant of the Play 101 Stick. So even though it can remove most of the makeup, it can’t remove all of it. Especially if the makeup is on the side of high coverage.

Also, this might be a bit harsh on the skin if this is being used for the sole purpose of removing makeup because we, more often then not, tend to rub a little harder to make sure that everything is removed. Don’t do that, this will not remove everything.

Personally, I don’t find this to be super moisturizing on my skin but it is definitely refreshing and hydrating. A good thing is that this Beauty Water does not have a heavy finish (sometimes my skin feels a bit congested after using certain cleansing waters – it’s a bit weird but I don’t like that feeling). I can’t rely on this as the sole toner in my routine, I need to supplement it with a toner that is more hydrating.

Definitely a great way to refresh the skin during a long day, but be sure to bring other parts of your routine as well. I wouldn’t want to just leave my skin after using this product because of some of the active fruity ingredients. This doesn’t make any difference in how my makeup looks throughout the day (oh, silly claims).

In Summary

Is this product overhyped? Just slightly. This product has a lot more positives than negatives. But I don’t think it’s AMAZING besides for being an incredibly convenient way to cut down your skincare routine. Whenever I’m lazy and not down to use a gel cleanser as my second cleansing step, I’d reach for the Son & Park Beauty Water. Frankly, I feel like I could be reaching for any cleansing water – but it doesn’t leave as heavy of a finish as some cleansing waters do. Price would probably play more into my decision factor when choose whether or not to buy this. If you have any cleansing water to recommend, please let me know!

Introducing your new favorite daytime moisturizer: the
Son and Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow!*Please note that we added a reflector to the after photos to accurately capture the glow visible in person yet not visible on camera. To watch a video of swatches, please click here.

One of my biggest skin care learnings from last year has been that my habits have a direct impact on my skin. Even if I stick to my multi-step routine religiously, if I get little sleep or forget to properly hydrate, I’ll wake up with dull, irritated skin that flakes with the slightest touch of concealer. On days my skin isn’t cooperating, I’m all for something that helps me fake that subtle, healthy glow Korean celebrities have. So when I found out that Son & Park is coming out with a special moisturizer that does just that, I was curious to see if it would live up to its promise.

The ingredients

A key ingredient in this moisturizer is vitamin C, which is one of the most effective ways to brighten skin. Even if you’re not dealing with intense hyperpigmentation or acne scars, using a brightening agent like vitamin C on a daily basis can give you an even and smoother complexion.There’s also an impressive mix of eight different white flower extracts: freesia, lilium candidum, edelweiss, iris, lotus, daffodil, and white rose. These create an herbal scent and a subtle tone up effect to instantly make your skin look brighter.For those concerned with acne, there’s also a hint of tea tree oil to help keep those breakouts under control. Lastly, there’s also vitamin E, another antioxidant besides vitamin C, to deeply hydrate the skin.

How it feels

In terms of consistency, this is far from being a typical moisturizer. It’s thicker than what I’m used tothink somewhere between yogurt and marshmallow fluff. It’s very satisfying to scoop it up because it’s so thick and creamy without being heavy and oily. It’s pearly white with tiny sparkles, which you can see only if you look very closely.

Though you might think that this will weigh down on your skin, once you apply it, the consistency lightens a bit and becomes more like a typical moisturizer. Because it has tone up benefits, I like to dot it first and lightly tap it in instead of rubbing it around. I also work in light layers, instead of putting a large dollop on my skin.

The results

One note about my skin type: I have combination skin that’s not particularly acne-prone aside from hormonal breakouts. My main concern is redness around my nose and cheeks, and my forehead and chin tend to be dull compared to other parts of my face.

This is how my skin looks with Filter Cream:
As you can see, it has no coverage. But there is a noticeable brightening effect, and not in a way that my face looks ghastly white compared to my neck. In person, you can see that it leaves me with an iridescent glow and makes me look more awake.

How it looks with makeup

Strictly speaking, this isn’t a primer. Consider it a moisturizer that preps your skin for makeup, similar to how Beauty Water from the same brand preps your skin for makeup by toning and exfoliating your skin. Given that I would likely be using this moisturizer during the daytime, I wanted to put it to the test and see how it changes my skin underneath the same BB cream I always wear. Here’s how my skin normally looks with the BB cream, compared to with one light layer of Filter Cream underneath:

The BB cream I like to wear is the Erborian BB Creme Au Ginseng in Dore, which has a matte velvety finish. I skipped powder in both pictures. As you can see, adding the Filter Cream brightens and adds a natural glow to my face. It’s Photoshop in a jar, no highlighter needed.

Who is it for?

My favorite part about this moisturizer is that it works on all skin types. Of course, if your skin tends to be dry, consider layering another moisturizer or serum underneath, just to add a bit more hydration. If your skin is oily, you won’t need another moisturizer for the daytime. Here’s how it looks on Renee, our digital content editor, who has a dry skin type and normally wears the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion in No. 21:

And here’s how it looks on Sabrina, the supply chain operations manager, who has an oily skin type and normally wears the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in Golden Beige:
Finally, here’s how it looks on Mickey, our customer experience manager. She has a normal to dry skin type and wears the Erborian CC Creme in Regular:

A couple tips to maximize the benefits:

From testing the Filter Cream every day for a whole week, I picked up a couple tricks that help me get the most out of this moisturizer. The first trick is to add another layer on areas where I would normally highlight, like my C-zone, nose bridge, and the inner corners of my eyes, after I put on BB cream or foundation. Afterwards, I skip the powder just on those areas. This makes my skin even more glowing without turning me into a cyborg. Another hack is to mix it in with my BB cream. This allows me to apply both products at once, saving precious time in the morning, and it leaves me with a more natural finish. This is the perfect weekend daytime look, when I want to look fresh and glowing without being too made up.


Bottom Line:

The Son & Park Filter Cream Glow is a versatile moisturizer that helps you fake an all-around glow, as if you’ve been sheet masking every day for the past two weeks. It makes your face brighter and more awake. Given that it has no coverage, you can’t expect your skin to be flawless with just this product. But if you want your skin to look healthy and youthful in an instant, layering this moisturizer underneath your makeup will do the trick.