DON'T BE GEL-OUS: Naruko Job's Tears Night Gelly Review | Alexis Adrienne

23.1.18

DON'T BE GEL-OUS: Naruko Job's Tears Night Gelly Review

Hey, babes!

I have a product that I’m SUPER excited to talk to you about, which is the Naruko Job’s Tears Night Gelly. The Night Gelly was a range that I specifically wanted to try as I heard such great things about the different flavours as sleeping packs/final steps in PM routines.

I was torn between the Naruko Rose one and the Job’s Tears one, but the JT one won in the end. The packaging is simple - a plastic coloured jar that matches the rest of the line, with an inner lid to stop the product from drying out. The only thing that I wish was included with the packaging is a spatula - there’s nothing I hate more than dipping my fingers into a jar product! I just feel like I’m contaminating it and one day I’ll open it to find it’s gone rancid.

This stuff is just JAM PACKED with heaps of good shit for your skin. Let's take a look at the ingredients:

Purified Water (Aqua), Taiwan Jobs Tears (Coix Lacryma-Jobi) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Dimethicone, Tranexamic Acid, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Curcuma Kwangsiensis/Curcuma Wenyujin Rhizome, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Saccharide lsomerate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Arbutin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Creatine, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Faex Extract, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Aesculus Hippocastanum Extract, Phragmites Karka Extract, Fragrance (Based on Natural Origins), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Zinc Gluconate, Caffeine, Biotin, Poria Cocos Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Seed Extract, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract,  Polyoxyethylene-sorbitan-monooleate, Retinol Palmitate, lris Florentina Root Extract, Mulberry Bark Extract, Vitis Vinifera Leaf Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactobacillus/ Pear Juice Ferment Filtrate, O-CYMEN-5-OL, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Glycine Soya Protein, Oleanolic Acid
Job’s Tears Extract comes from the Job’s Tears plant, which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. It’s usually consumed as a porridge or tea with so many benefits for the body and skin. There’s a great breakdown of it on the Miiru Shop Blog.

Gluconolactone is a super gentle exfoliator that falls into the category of Polyhydroxy Acids, or PHAs. PHAs are preferable for most people as they are less irritating than AHAs such as Glycolic or Lactic Acid.

Tranexamic acid is an excellent brightener, which can act as effectively as hydroquinone.

At first, I was concerned when I realised that Retinol Palmitate (aka Retinyl Palmitate) appears on the ingredients list, but I knew that I had to do more research before coming to a conclusion about it. Despite falling into the retinoid family, which means that it makes your skin MORE sensitive to the sun leading to further sun damage, evidence has come forward that retinyl palmitate actually can have photo-protective properties. However, these negative or positive benefits are dependent completely on the product being formulated correctly and in the right packaging to deliver any kind of effect to the skin. Despite being an antioxidant, repeatedly exposing the product to light due to the jar packaging may result in retinyl palmitate having little to no effect at all. It’s also super low on the ingredients list, indicating that it might not even be at a high enough percentage to do much in the first place. Either way, I’m not super worried about it, but if you are - definitely wear SPF 50+ on your face every day! It’s something you really should be doing regardless.

There’s also my old favourite niacinamide (HOLLA), and I’m also excited to see two forms of vitamin c. Again, this type of packaging does reduce the efficacy of most vitamin c molecules so I wouldn’t rely on this for a vitamin c treatment - a dedicated, refrigerated is your best bet.

Another ingredient that I found super intriguing as it was so far up the list is the Curcuma Kwangsiensis/Curcuma Wenyujin Rhizome. These two plants are in the same family as common turmeric (Curcuma longa), which is well-known for its purported anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. However, it doesn’t appear that all Curcuma are made the same - this study found that both of these rhizomes had no effect on inflammation and swelling.

There are a lot of plant extracts in here that I definitely question the efficacy of, but then again I’m not a cosmetic chemist. I guess that’s the only thing I don’t like about this - the ingredients list is super long, and I think it’s hard to pinpoint what are the star ingredients in this gelly.

The gel itself is a light, tan milky gel. It’s satisfyingly jiggly in the jar and a little bit sticky at first when applied, but it eventually settles down into the skin.

So despite being described as a ‘night’ gelly, I saw a few suggestions on Reddit and Instagram to use this as a day moisturiser and it’s probably been one of the best decisions I ever made about my skin. It’s the perfect lightweight moisturiser for my oily skin - I’m always trying to find something that is hydrating enough during the day, without leaving me greasy. This gelly perfectly seals in my hydrating layers without adding too much extra moisture to my skin. It also makes my face SO FREAKING SOFT AND SMOOTH. Yes, that deserved all caps because my skin has literally never been this soft and smooth before in my life. I’m pretty sure my makeup is sitting on my face a LOT better because of this too, so ya know. You can’t say that skincare isn’t more important than makeup when it literally lays the base for how your makeup is going to look. My skin has also had the quickest change I think I've ever seen from a topical product - this little moisturiser definitely has a strong brightening and skin-tone evening effect.

My only caveat is that this will pill if you work and rub it too much, so when I get my little dollop out of the jar using a spatula, I try to get it everywhere I need it to go in one swipe so all I have to do is pat it in to absorb. It will also pill if I rub my face after applying sunscreen - it’s probably from the dimethicone in the formula.

I paid TWD 369 for this from Watson's, which is a non-promotional price, but a pricepoint that I'm happy to pay for this product.

In general, I'm EXTREMELY happy with this product - I'm fairly sure that I've found my new holy grail daytime moisturiser. I'm willing to look past literally every drawback (personally) because of how well it works for me and how amazing my skin looks afterwards. 5/5 from me!

Have you ever come across something that worked so amazingly well for you, that you overlooked something that otherwise would really annoy you about it?

A xx




rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy naruko
Amazon* | eBay*  
purchased / contains affiliate links*

Latest Instagrams

© Alexis Adrienne. Design by FCD.