Review | Dr. Jart Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer Literally Covers You in Dew
I’m always intrigued by minor technological gimmicks. For example, a few years ago, Samsung released a phone that paused video content when you looked away from the screen! The Beats Pill allows you to connect to it by tapping your phone against it. There is a setting I can toggle on or off on my iPhone that allows it to answer menial requests if I shout “Hey Siri” at it with a slow deliberate timbre, in a perfectly silent room, if it is plugged in, 60% of the time. I even bought an Apple Watch because I was so charmed by the idea of speaking into my wrist like a superhero, or agent of the KGB. (I returned it a week later.)
Such tech and psuedo-scientific shtick often appears in the beauty and grooming world. They often take the form of tools you’re used to, except now they vibrate. Electric toothbrushes do the bulk of the labor for you! Electric hair brushes straighten and detangle and the same time! Electric face brushes clean your face six times more effectively than hands alone! Electric razor handles pulse your whiskers into an erect posture! Vibration aside, innovation is a commodity in the personal care realm because it is constantly trying to outdo itself. But, where is the line drawn? When is a Shake Weight just a heavy object that’s really hard to keep still? Somewhere between hair fibers in a jar and pH-adjusting lip color is the line between useful and useless. Dr. Jart’s Water Drop ($36) manages to make the cut. A candidly named facial moisturizer with micro-capsules of water that form dew drops on your skin?? Sounds advanced as hell.
It comes in a metallic chrome tube that dispenses a viscous milky gel. If you squint, you can pretend it is a cyborg secreting a youth elixir that smells faintly of (but exactly like) Froot Loops cereal. It is a puzzling, but welcome, addition.
When you begin to rub it onto your face you can pause after you’ve spread it into a thin layer. This is where the wonders of modern science take place. Within a few seconds, you’ll see small beads of water form on your skin! (You can continue to rub the product in after this. If you decide not to, you will remain covered in condensation like a blade of grass or Rocky.)
The results of the Water Drop strike a harmonious balance between “hydrated” and “zero residue.” After the product is rubbed in, it disappears and just leaves behind covetable bouncy skin with no oily finish. No tricks here.