Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher



We have all heard of pre-serums but post-moisturisers? I believe this is the 1st skincare product of its kind on the market, a product to be used as the last step in skincare, i.e. after moisturizer. You know how the Koreans place a lot of importance on fair, luminous skin and it’s the kind of skin most Asians aim for? Well this is all possible with the introduction of Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher.

According to Donguibogam or the “The Principles and Practices of Eastern Medicine” written by Heo Jun (1539-1615) in the early 17th century following an order from King Seonjo, having fair and radiant skin 10 steps away from someone is considered healthy skin. Donguibogam is the encyclopedia of Oriental Medicine that presents Korean medical theories of the time and medical theories from all over East Asia. Luminosity is intangible and includes the following elements : hydration, clarity, brightness and glow.



Why do we need Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher?

Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher maximizes the efficacies of skincare and achieves overall natural luminosity. First released in April 2013 in Korea, it attracted a lot of attention and sold more than 10 billion KRW (approximately RM31 million) in only 6 weeks – setting a record for the most successful product launch in Sulwhasoo’s 50 year history.

The product reflects the traditional know-how, sentimentality and wisdom of Korean ancestors. Sulwhasoo’s technology, coupled with the wisdom and history behind ‘Mi-an’ has produced Luminature Essential Finisher. ‘Mi-an’, literally translated as “beautifying finish” was introduced 1,500 years ago as a product to be used at the very last step of the skincare regimen for achieving luminous skin. It was formulated during the Age of Three Empires and recorded in Kyuhap-Chongseo, a historical encyclopedia for women written by Lady Bingheogak Yi of the 19th Century Joseon Dynasty.

Main ingredients in the Luminature Essential Finisher are Green Tea and Red Ginseng (that’s why the product smells mildly herbal especially of ginseng) and is produced with the Poje method to maximize the efficacy of the ginseng and eliminate any unnecessary substance. The ginseng is steamed and green tea leaves are wrapped around it. The next few steps are decoction, polysaccharide and bioconversion. An internal clinical test has shown that after the Poje processing, the amount of collagen produced is increased by 21%.

Red Ginseng helps to regenerate the skin and strengthen inner skin regeneration while Green Tea purifies and boosts the effect of other ingredients. Locsamhyo™, a proprietary blend of Green Tea and Korean Red Ginseng is the key ingredient, it enhances brightness, clarity, glow and moisture level to the skin.

Each bottle of Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher has an equivalent power to the concentrates of 5 roots of ginseng and 110 cups of green tea, now don’t you think this is potent? It’s not that thick although it may look thick in the image above. I could see a difference in my skin within a week of using this because there was an increase in luminosity, it enhanced the efficacy of the hydration skincare I was using and my skin felt a lot smoother. I think it helps to seal in the benefits of the skincare preceding it so this is a must-have product for anyone who wishes to maximize their skincare products and get that glow without using whitening skincare which may be drying on skin.

Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher works by gently embracing the skin to form a natural protective barrier and enhances the efficacy of preceding products by locking the active ingredients into the skin for glowing, luminous skin.

Best of all, this product isn’t as expensive as I expected as it’s RM280 for a whopping 80ml bottle! That’s a reasonable price for a Sulwhasoo product.

Product reviewed is a press sample.


  1. Is this in form of spray? I checked that other brands’ skin finisher are mostly in spray form.Finisher is the key to having luminous skin and it is the in ‘in thing’ for skincare but the rave haven’t comes into Malaysia yet.