Joseon Dynasty Cream

People were going nuts over the Joseon Dynasty Cream a year or two ago and I found out about it quite late. I finally had a chance to buy it on Memebox after much outcry when they discontinued the cream and subsequently brought it back to the masses.

My skin type

Oily af

Acne scarring

Large pores on my cheeks

What it’s supposed to do

Provide moisture. I love how simple that is. Amazon is the only retailer that makes outrageous claims about clearing up wrinkles or shrinking pores, or other things brands claim I know just isn’t true. I watched the video on Memebox and the woman does not make any claims about fighting wrinkles. The cream itself has an interesting texture; it’s kind of gooey but not at all sticky. While it leaves my face feeling really soft, I would use this as a first moisturizer.


Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogenated Lecithin C14-28 Alkyl Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Adenosine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, EGF 2-Nano, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide 3, Trehalose, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Cucurbitaceae (Gourd) Extract, Orchid Extract, Honey Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phytosphingosine, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Parfum

How I use it

According to Memebox, it can be used as a regular moisturizer (massage cream), sleeping mask, or makeup base.

As a moisturizer: I use this cream as an am (and sometimes pm) moisturizer. In the mornings, I would use this right after my Hada Labo Alpha Milk and found that the Hada Labo, while thinner in texture, is a lot more moisturizing than this cream, so I started using it as a first moisturizer. It’s also great as a massage cream. I recently purchased a facial steamer so I can give myself luxurious, hour-long facials and I found that this worked great as a massage cream.

As a makeup base: I find that as a makeup base, depending on the tools you’re using, it pills. I’ve tried it with a blending sponge and a dense brush. I suppose using a foundation brush would not disturb the cream, but I only use those for concealer these days.

As a sleeping mask: As a sleeping pack, this will be a no-go, even for those with oily skin. While the cream appears rich in texture, it absorbs quickly. I don’t think this provides enough moisture to be used as a sleeping mask.

How long I used it

I’ve been using this since the beginning of December.


I don’t usually use this on its own unless I’m really, really sleepy, and I can’t even think of doing it then. This is a decent moisturizer, and very different from anything in my collection. Lately, I am thinking about simplifying my skincare routine. This would become a part of that routine, when I decide to do that. Would I repurchase? Likely not. For a Korean skincare cream that doesn’t provide superb moisture, it’s pricey.

Where to indulge

Amazon | BeautyboxKorea |




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