Saturday Skin: A 4-Product Review. Is It The Best Of Millenial Pink Branding?

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The first words I heard about Saturday Skin were: “It’s Saturday. You’ve slept in, had brunch with friends, worked out, and still have the whole rest of the day to unwind. You’re happy and it shows on your skin, too. You’ve got #saturdayskin.” I must admit, when I was looking to purchase Saturday Skin products, these are the words that drew me in.

To say the brand is hyped up among the millennials is a bit of an understatement. Yes, sometimes I’m a sucker for sweet marketing words and that magical millennial pink packaging, but who can blame me? I’m always looking for that product that will make me glow like I just had a facial done with unicorn tears. Crazy? Maybe. But Saturday Skin claim to be able to help my skin glow all week long, so sign me up!

I purchased the NO BAD DAYS SET from Sephora for $39 which contains 4 travel-sized versions of the brand’s products. You can also buy Saturday Skin products from the brand’s website or from Soko Glam.

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Product Image via Saturday Skin
So, who is Saturday Skin?

Saturday Skin is an award winning skincare brand that is creating “weekend in a bottle” products. They are designed to give you that weekend glow everyday revealing your clearest, dewiest, most radiant and refreshed complexion yet.

Created by the scientists at the iconic wellness center, CHAUM, in Seoul, known for it’s effective and innovative skin-care treatments, this brand has a lot going for it.

The formulas are developed with cutting-edge science and high-performing natural ingredients. The signature patented ingredient, Cha-7 es Complex™ is engineered through a fermentation technology from 7 recombinant peptides that powerfully combat skin aging by promoting the skin’s natural regeneration process.

(In short, a complex of powerful peptides with nourishing plant and fruit extracts.)

The brand claims that the products are dermatologist tested, vegan and with no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or synthetic color.


Image showing Saturday Skin No Bad Days Set
Image via Sephora
Saturday Skin Rub-a-Dub Refining Peel Gel.

Claims: Start over by gently rubbing dullness away. 100% Eco-Certified natural cellulose lifts impurities from skin for a bright and smooth, not sensitized, complexion. Packed with natural enzymes from papaya (papain) and pineapple (bromelain) to help remove impurities and aloe extract to soothe skin. As you gently rub the gel into skin, you can actually see the impurities clump up before sweeping them away. It is ideal for:

  • Dullness and uneven texture
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Smoothing skin while boosting suppleness
  • Pore control

The science:

Key ingredients:

  • Papain: Helps to fight free radicals and boost skin renewal.
  • Bromelain: Assists to gently exfoliate impurities from skin .
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Polysaccharides: Help to calm and nourish skin.
  • Date Seed: Boosts overall skin vitality.

The full ingredient list:

Water, Glycerin, Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Ceteareth-12, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Polysaccharides, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Licithin, Mannitol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol, Peg-800, Bromelain, Papain, Ascorbic Acid, Sh-Oligopeptide-1, Sh-Polypeptide-1, Sh-Oligopeptide-2, Sh-Polypeptide-22, Sh-Polypeptide-45, Sh-Polypeptide-8, Sh-Polypeptide-9, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

Thoughts | Experience:

The first time I heard about this type of product, called gommage, it was through the cult-favorite holy grail Curel. I, like many of you, have lusted after it for a while but have not yet been able to get my hands on it. So, when I saw this peel in the Saturday skin set, I was excited. I’m very glad that this lived up to my expectations.

The Rub-a-Dub peel comes in a soft, pink squeeze tube with a white twist on cap. The texture is a soft, pale white gel-like paste with very fine, soft granules. It is meant to be used on dry, clean skin.

I use this on a dry, double-cleansed, fresh face and used pea-sized amounts on both my cheeks and forehead. I evenly distribute the product and gently rub the peel into my skin. “Stuff” as I call it, a combination of the product, dead skin cells and oils and debris from my skin, start forming on my skin the more I rub. There is no irritation, warm sensation or tugging on my skin. After a minute or so, I rinse my skin and I’m left with smooth, baby soft skin.

It’s like I just had the most refreshing but gentlest facial ever. When I say this is the best yet gentle exfoliation my sensitive skin has ever had, I’m not kidding. I love it that much and it has become a must have part of my skincare routine. If you want instant, smooth, supple skin, I highly recommend it!

The Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel retails for $28USD for 75 ml/2.53 Fl. Oz.

Sample size in the set is 20 ml/0.67 fl.oz.

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist.
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Claims: Hit refresh. Daily Dew contains concentrated extracts of kiwi and grape to quench and nourish, drenching skin in a veil of moisture. This is a 2-in-1 toner and essence mist that refines and quenches your skin with natural antioxidants and a dose of our signature 7 peptide complex. Refresh and rejuvenate in one spritz all day long. It can be used over or under makeup. It is ideal for:

  • Replenishing lost moisture
  • Refreshing moisture over or under makeup throughout the day
  • Prepping the skin for treatment
  • Minimizing the appearance of pores
  • Streamlining your routine with an essence and toner in one

The science:

Key ingredients include:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Boosts hydration and suppleness.
  • Kiwi Fruit Extract: Visibly improves skin radiance and firmness.
  • Grape Fruit Extract: Hydrates and supports skin’s elasticity.
  • Cha-7 es Complex: Supports skin’s natural regeneration process.

The full ingredient list:

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oi,l Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lecithin, Octyldodeceth-16, Tromethamine 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cholesterol, PEG-800, Maltodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Oligopeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-22, sh-Polypeptide-45, sh-Polypeptide-8, sh-Polypeptide-9, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.F13

Thoughts | Experience:

Not all hydrating mists are created equally. This product is a living testament to that statement.

This mist comes in a cute millenial pink bottle with a spray nozzle that gives a fine but substantial mist when you spray it. The mist itself is clear and has a very light, fruity scent. In one word, refereshing.

A couple of sprays of this beautiful hydrating essence mist will leave your skin refreshed, quenched and glowy all day. I love the light, almost fruity scent. I mist my face with this in the morning to wake up my skin; whenever my skin needs a pick me up throughout the day; and even in-between my skincare routine in the evening as layers of hydration. It can also be used as a toner and is the perfect refresher especially in those hot, summer days or when you’re on the plane and your skin is feeling parched.

While it’s a shame it is not alcohol-free (I really wish it was!), my dehydrated skin loves this and I’m sure most skin types can benefit from this cute mist. This needs to come in a bigger bottle for the price though. Other than that, I can definitely see why this was a Blink Beauty Winner of 2018!

The Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist retails for for $34USD for 130 ml/4.39 Fl. Oz.

Sample size in the set is 30 ml/1.01 fl.oz.

Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream.
Image showing Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream

Claims: Brighten up. It contains date seed extract to illuminate and refresh the area around the eyes. It improves the looks of skin’s moisture level, texture and firmness. Avocado extract and hyaluronic acid nourish and maximise hydration for the delicate under-eye area. It is ideal for:

  • Minimizing dark circles.
  • Reducing puffiness
  • Smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

The science:

Key ingredients include:

  • Date Seed Extract: Promotes the appearance of vitality.
  • Avocodo Protein Extract: Helps strengthen skin’s moisture barrier.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Boosts feel of hydration and suppleness.
  • Cha-7 es complex: Supports natural skin regeneration.

The full ingredient list:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trehalose, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglycerin-3, Pyrus Malus (Apple ) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed, Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Tromethamine, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Cholesterol, PEG-800, Polysorbate 20, Maltodextrin, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Oligopeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-22, sh-Polypeptide-45, sh-Polypeptide-8, sh-Polypeptide-9, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA.

Thoughts | Experience:

Eye creams for me have always been a hit-and-miss. I struggle with finding a good eye product that can hydrate, soothe and not irritate my dry, sensitive under eyes; while at the same time tackle the dark circles that have been the bane of my existence. (Forgive my morbid humor but when you are constantly asked if you’re sick, suffering from lack of sleep or consistently likened to a zombie, you tend to want to find a solution for those pesky dark circles.)

This eye cream comes in a slender, long tube with a tiny nozzle for dispensing perfect dots of eye cream if you’re inclined to apply this directly to your under-eye. The full size actually comes in a bottle. (Yes, it’s the largest eyecream I’ve ever seen!)

It has a lightweight, gel texture; cloudy in colour with a very light, pleasant citrus scent (leaning towards tangerines, in my opinion, but it’s hard to detect unless you actually intentionally sniff it.)

Unfortunately, this was not the solution I had hoped it would be. While it did hydrate and smooth out my under eyes, the “bright” and “wide-awake” claims were sadly lacking in this eye-cream. I did not see any improvement in the appearance of my dark circles over the 2 months I was using this consistently. The puffiness was somewhat reduced but not by a significant amount. Maybe my dark circles are the stubborn kind but I was hoping for even a tiny bit of improvement which sadly, I did not get. This may be better suited for those with very mild dark circles.

Also, the presence of essential oils like rosemary, lavender and lemon peel in an eye cream meant for the sensitive, delicate, under-eye area was a bit unnerving to say the least. I did not have an overt reaction to the product but there were some days the area around my eyes had an uncomfortable warm sensation.

If you’re looking for a generous, hydrating, lightweight, gel-like eye cream (and the presence of essential oils does not bother or irritate your skin) then this may be for you but if you have stubborn dark circles like mine, chances are that this may not live up to your expectations.

Maybe Saturday Skin should look into making a stronger eye-cream for extremely dark circles or think about renaming this one. Your thoughts?

The Wide Awake Brightening Eye cream retails for $46USD for 30 ml/1.01 Fl. Oz.

Sample size in the set is 15 ml/0.51 fl.oz.

Saturday Skin Featherweight Daily Moisturising Cream.
Image showing Saturdayskin Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream

Claims: This lightweight formula packs a punch. Featherweight is a patented concentration of the CHA-7 es complex™ with nutrient fruit extracts that targets seven signs of early aging by supporting your skin’s moisture level, texture, and tone. Avocado protein extracts help support your barrier, sealing in hydration and softening skin while antioxidants like peach extract support suppleness and skin vitality. It is ideal for:

  • Improving skin’s moisture barrier
  • Enhancing skin’s texture and tone
  • Promoting maximum hydration

The science:

Key ingredients include:

  • Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein: Full of vitamin C and E to help strengthen moisture barrier.
  • Apple Fruit Extract: Hydrates and brightens appearance.
  • Peach Fruit Extract: Smooths skin and helps boost looks of skin vitality.
  • Cha-7 es Complex™: Promotes natural skin regeneration.

The full ingredient list:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glyco,l Octyldodecyl Myristate, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tromethamine, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ceteareth-20, Maltodextrin, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Cholesterol, PEG-800, Ascorbic Acid, Polysorbate 20, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Oligopeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-22, sh-Polypeptide-45, sh-Polypeptide-8, sh-Polypeptide-9, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Thoughts | Experience:

I have oily but dehydrated skin and a good moisturizer for me is one that is lightweight yet will properly hydrates my skin without leaving it greasy.

This moisturizer comes in a millenial pink jar with a silver matte lid. In the skincare circles, jar packaging can be very polarizing due to issues like hygiene or exposing the ingredients like antioxidants to air whenever you open the jar, thus degrading them over time.

Texture-wise, I would describe it as a gel-cream, although at first glance, it almost looks like a whipped balm. It is somewhat thick, white in colour with a soft, bouncy consistency that glides onto the skin easily. It’s sinks into the skin forming a nice, occlusive barrier that almost looks like a satin finish. It is not oily or sticky to the touch nor does it disappear completely like a pure gel moisturizer would.

As the name suggests, this Saturday Skin moisturizer is feather-weight. It is very lightweight yet it does a very good job of hydrating dry or dehydrated skin. It is the perfect hybrid of a gel and cream moisturizer and a little goes a long way. My skin feels soft and supple throughout the day when I use it in the morning; and when I use it at night, I wake up with plump, hydrated skin. It is emmollient enough while also doing a good job of hydrating the skin.

I also adore the light, citrus, barely-there scent which dissipates almost immediately. While the packaging is good, the silver on the lid tends to peel off a bit after a while.

I also love the fact that this did not break me out or clog my pores. It also did not irritate my eczema or my overall skin, which was a surprise due to the ingredient list.

I did not like that there were so many essential oils in this product which would be highly irritating or sensitizing to many with extremely sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin and I tolerated this but I know that if I had a sunburn or my face was irritated for any reason whatsoever, I wouldn’t be able to use this moisturizer. So, for this reason, this can’t be my go-to, all-weather moisturizer.

This is a good moisturizer for most skin types (except extremely sensitive skin) although I feel this would suit combination skin the best. If you have very dry skin, they have the Waterfall Glacier Water Cream that may be more suitable.

The Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream retails for $49USD for 50 ml/1.69 Fl. Oz.

Sample size in the set is 30 ml/1.01 fl.oz.

Overall Thoughts

While I was very wary about the ingredient list, I’m quite glad that these products did not irritate my slightly sensitive skin. The all fit in well with my current minimalistic skincare routine.

Some of the products contain some potentially sensitizing ingredients like essential oils and a bit of alcohol like the mist. Therefore, some people with very sensitive skin or who may be allergic to such ingredients may not be able to use these products.

For me, the stand out product in this Saturday Skin No Bad Days Set, has to be the Rub-a Dub Refining Peel Gel. I will repurchase it. I also highly recommend the Daily Dew Hydrating essence Mist and the Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream if you’re willing to splurge. The Wide Awake Brightening Eye-cream did not really help my stubborn dark circles and I was not so keen on essential oils in an eyecream. But remember, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) so it may work for you.

I think the Saturday Sets are the perfect way to try out this brand because these are some of the more generous travel-sized products I’ve seen so far. They will last you a long time and if you end up not liking any of the products, they make pretty cute re-gifts.

Currently available 2019 holiday season is The Everyday Glow Set.

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2 Comments

  1. October 21, 2019 / 9:04 pm

    My initial concerns were the ingredients list as well, but I’m happy you didn’t experience any irritation! The packaging is definitely beautiful, but I’m still wary on whether I’d ever try this brand! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts & experience!

    -madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

    • Amne
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      October 21, 2019 / 10:20 pm

      Yes, personally, most of the products could be so much better if some of the potentially irritating ingredients, including essential oils, were eliminated. There is definitely room for improvement. Hopefully the brand will think of this in their future formulations. I’m glad you enjoyed reading.

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