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Brand Overview: J. One Jelly Packs

As much as I am into anything and anyone South Korea gives to the world, I tried J. One first before finding out that it is the brainchild of Ha Ji Won, who I watched in the 2015 K-Drama The Time We Were Not In Love.

According to their site, J. One means “The one and only cosmetic solution proposed to women.” and they offer creative and admirable cosmetics to ideal for modern working women through our own know-how and skin science.

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Black Jelly Pack

The first one I tried is the Black Jelly Pack. There are a few overnight masks on the market and I was lucky to have all the products I’ve tried work on my skin. The Black Jelly Pack ($47) from J. One Cosmetic, for example, is very hydrating and moisturizing. It has black cumin seed, truffle, black currant, blackberry, black bee propolis, and black pearl extracts that aims to plump, lift, and, firm the skin.

Whenever I use this, I always have a healthier looking skin in the morning. Applied after your moisturizer, this has a faint, relaxing scent and a dark gray coloring that becomes invisible when applied. Although I still love my Water Sleeping Pack from Laneige, this is in my rotation for those days when I’m feeling like my skin needs more moisture. This might not be hydrating enough for those with dry skin, though. Oily skin types, however, will find this just enough and your face won’t feel greasy the morning after.

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Red Jelly Pack

Claiming to be a serum, an ampoule, and a primer, the recently launched Red Jelly Pack contains red algae to act as an antioxidant and give the skin a natural rosy glow. It has raspberry, hibiscus, and papaya extracts to nourish and soothe skin while the hyaluronic acid, moringa seed oil, and niacinamide to hydrate and brighten the skin.

The Red Jelly Pack ($42) has a runny texture but still has a jam-like texture. I have oily skin so I didn’t think this would work for me as a primer but it did for just a simple everyday makeup routine. It kept my face hydrated for about half a day before I had to mist my face. It provided an instant softness to the skin and gives my face a glow that doesn’t look greasy. It applies very tackily but it dries down after a few minutes and just leaves me with a soft, nice to touch skin. It also blends well with makeup, even the matte foundation I usually use. Because of the texture, I prefer to use this at night. It makes me feel like it seals in everything I use beforehand. It also provides my face a healthy-looking glow and makes my face plump and hydrated overnight.

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Jelly Pack

The Original Jelly Pack, the brand’s first product that got cult status, promises to be a skincare product and a primer in one. It claims to condense your morning routine. It’s a common story, oversleeping and rushing to make yourself look like a normal human being. The Jelly Pack ($42) claims to help with that. Meant to be used right after cleansing and before applying makeup, the pack aims to firm and hydrate the skin while it grips the makeup afterward. It contains fullerene to address free radicals and brighten the appearance of skin. It also has fragmented hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. The jelly pack is made without parabens, synthetic dyes, fragrances, and mineral oils.

Believe it or not, even though this is the first product I saw from J. One, this is the last product I tried. This product literally brings back memories of me playing with glue when I was a kid. That’s the exact texture and feel of the jelly pack. Thankfully it doesn’t smell like it and it liquifies a bit once it comes into contact with my skin. I wanted to try this for so long but I was hesitant because I have not read any reviews of this working for oily skin. So I took it upon myself to try.

I like using this at night because I feel that this binds all the products I put before this. I also like using this as recommended, in the morning when I don’t have much time to do a full routine. As a primer, I noticed that this has a lifting and cooling effect on the skin, which makes it easier to apply makeup. My foundation goes on smoother and stays put for longer. As a morning moisturizer, this hydrates the skin so I blot less than usual. This is my go-to when I know I will need my makeup to last more than usual and for when I do not have time to do a full morning routine.

Overall, I believe the Red Jelly Pack and Black Jelly Pack can work as a serum moisturizer combo for oily skin types at night. The Original Jelly Pack can be the only skincare product you use in the morning after cleansing and before applying makeup. Would it work for oily skin? Yes. However, this shouldn’t be considered as a mattifying primer that will magically absorb all the oil in your skin. This is more for those days when you are just going out for a weekend brunch and you want to look a bit dewy to show some semblance of health on your hungover face.

Where to buy

Online: Glow Recipe, Sephora, Cult Beauty, Memebox,

PH: BeautyMNL, KBeauty Cafe

*These products were provided by @jonecosmetic for review.

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