This will be part 1 of the sample "series" because if you read my What Should I Call This? - Another Haul post then you'll know that I went overboard at hoarding sample size products. First stop, Laneige essences.
Laneige is considered as a mid-range brand though for me, its price is already on the high end category. Price is justifiable though, basing on the Power Essential Skin Refiner and Water Sleeping Pack that I tried.
One of the known range from Laneige is the Water Bank and I got 3 15ml + 1 10ml essence, that's already like a full size amount of product. Water Bank Essence says that it's a long lasting hydration essence that provides clear and moist skin.
It's light, it makes the skin hydrated, smooth and moist and it has a nice refreshing smell so it hit all the things that is in the description (good job Laneige). This is also a friendly product to those with oily skin type because it's moisturizing without being too heavy, it's even lighter than emulsion.
Full size of this Water Bank Essence cost around $30 to $40, in this Amazon link it's $37.04 free shipping but if you wanted a cheaper alternative then go for Missha's Super Aqua Essence which is around $20 I got mine before at a discounted price.
And here's how the essence looks like, it seems that it melts when applied on skin. Next essence is a much more liquidy one, more like a very moisturizing lotion/toner and it's the Original Essence White Plus Renew which promises to mildly renew skin to be radiant and clear.
"in just 2 weeks, find solutions to 6 whitening concerns with gentle whitening that excludes 4 mild ingredients for a complexion 2 tones brighter." I don't want to have a lighter skin tone, I just wanted my blemishes like freckles and pimple scar to lighten. The brightening part is a bonus and this essence didn't deliver. Sorry Laneige but this essence didn't do any action that it promises and the only good thing that I can think about it is it's texture/consistency because its liquidy and can easily be spread to the skin so it is perfect for all skin types.
No brigtening, no lightening...just a mild kind of moisturization...boring... :)