5 Products You Have To Try From Hera This Year

Hera is a Korean brand that I absolutely, completely and wholeheartedly adore. I’ve been religiously using their products for the past three years, and I can confidently say that they have played a huge part in the very much needed rescuing of my dry skin and dull complexion. If you’ve never tried anything from Hera before, here’s my top recommendations which are well worth checking out.

Cell Essence – Immensely popular among celebrities, makeup artists and bloggers, this carefully crafted skincare product is like magic in a bottle. This multi-benefits essence revives dull skintone, smooths rough skin and exfoliates dead skin cells, moisturizes and soothes irritated skin, reduces skin’s sensitivity & redness, strengthen skin’s barrier, plumps & firm tired saggy skin, and balances sebum production. Like I said, magic in a bottle. Using this product for the first time is certainly a new experience if you’re not used to essences, but the results it provides are just as described! Some may argue that essences aren’t needed in a skincare routine, but if you suffer from tired and dehydrated skin like I do I can tell you this is exactly the kind of product your skin may be crying out for. Knowing as well as I do Hera’s extraordinary abilities to create truly outstanding products, I can’t recommend this essence enough despite the eye-watering price tag.

Hera Cell Essence | Available here, here and here (special set).

Aquabolic Moisturizing Emulsion – I have a couple of excellent moisturisers in my skincare cabinet, but this emulsion is by far one of the best hands down! It’s a tad lighter than your usual moisturizer or emulsion, but very hydrating and easily absorbed into the skin. Housed in a frosted glass pump-style bottle, this gorgeous emulsion is truly a God send for all skin types, including oily and acne prone skin, which is perfect if you’re on a market for a lightweight non-greasy moisturizer. The best part? It doesn’t clog pores and gives your skin the right amount of moisturise it needs. I’ve been using it underneath my daily moisturizer for the past two years and my skin absolutely adores it.

Hera Aquabolic Moisturizing Emulsion | Available here and here.

White Program Biogenic Effector – I recently shared a full, in-depth review of this little gem yet I can’t help but give it another mention. Me and my skin have a never-ending love for this serum, it’s just one of those products that we both wouldn’t like to be without. I’m not going too much into the details since I published a post about it, but it basically brighten your skin like crazy, minimizes dark spots and gives you a baby-smooth skin in no time. I know it’s a little bit pricey, but 100% worth the splurge. One of the questions I get asked a lot is “does this remove freckles?” and the answer is yes, partially. However, Hera have a stronger serum specially formulated to minimize freckles, the White Program Powder Ampoule.

Hera White Program Biogenic Effector | Available here and here.
Hera White Program Powder Ampoule | Available here.

Oil Serum Magic Formula – It is safe to say that in the recent months, I have fallen head over heels in love with this highly moisturizing and firming serum. The brand contacted me upon release, and as soon as I knew exactly what this product was I knew immediately that I had to have it and that I was going to love it. There’s nothing that excites me as much as a new Hera product, but this serum is on another level! From the moment I started using this serum I became seriously hooked as the lightweight gel-like texture that turns into a nourishing oil that quenches skin’s thirst – and without clogging pores. The Hera Oil Serum Magic Formula is truly magic in a bottle for dry, dehydrated skin in search of intense hydration as it moisturizes even the driest skin from the very first application.

Hera Oil Serum Magic Formula | Available here. Special set (best value) available here.

Hera Generlash Mascara – This mascara is an eternal repurchase, and my all-time favorite mascara. It’s the kind of mascara where one coat already makes a huge difference and is perfect for both a beautiful day-time look and full-on evening look. It’s brush is perfect at separating even the tiniest lashes, while the formula does an incredible job at elongating them and giving them plenty of volume. The formula also contains nourishing, lengthening and strengthening ingredients. Another thing I love about it is that it doesn’t clump, flake or smudge at all even after several coats. Have I mentioned how it holds the curl all day long, even without an eyelash curler? [INFO: This mascara was discontinued as of January 2017 #worstdecisionever ]

Eye Designer Pencil – This eyeliner is a recent purchase of mine but I haven’t stopped wearing it since getting my hands on it! Truth be told, I’m absolutely not into this kind of pencil liner as I very much prefer gel liners and liquid liners, but this one is truly outstanding, and that’s coming from an eyeliner addict. The formula is creamy, like most pencils, but it is so thin that you can easily create the most flawless sharp wing. The formula is also budge-proof and smudge-proof, and the color is truly jet black. Oh, and there’s a sharpener inside!

Hera Eye Designer Pencil – Available here and here.

Have you got any Hera favourites?

29 comments on 5 Products You Have To Try From Hera This Year

  • Leanne

    I really want to try the Aquabolic emulsion and the White Biogenic serum, can’t decide!

    x Leanne

  • Millie


    I have very oily skin, do you think I can use the cell essence too?

    x Millie

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Hello Millie!

      The Cell-Essence is formulated for all skintypes, oily and acne-prone included. 🙂

      Have a nice day,


  • Katherine

    Ah I love Hera too! Loved reading about your picks, it’s about time I tested the Cell Essence. My favourite product is their cover cushion- it’s definitely one of the best cushions I’ve tried.

  • Trishna

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this brand before, but after reading this, I think I need to get my hands on a few products! Have a great week 🙂

    Trishna xx


  • Emma

    I really want to try the Cell Essence and compare it to the SK-II! It seems like the perfect essence, it’s now on my wishlist.

    Emma xx

  • Heather Taylor

    Such a helpful post! Korean beauty products can be pretty confusing and I’d have no idea where to start without your blog. I always struggle with my dry skin and sun spots so I’m definitely going to purchase the Biogenic Effector and Aquabolic emulsion! Thanks for the recommendations love.

    Heather x

  • Melanie

    I definitely need to try the Cell Essence, it sounds like a great rescue for sensitive skin. The packaging is truly dreamy, I loooove frosted glass bottles <3

  • Alice

    I finished my Cell Essence a while back but I still remember really liking it, I might have to bite the bullet and get a new bottle.
    I’ve actually used the Generlash before and I agree, it’s truly an outstanding mascara. So disappointed to hear it’s discontinued!

  • Erin

    I suffer from really dry skin and for some reason it’s extremely hard for me to find a moisturizer rich enough that suits me without clogging my pores!
    I just ordered the aquabolic, I’m really looking forward to incorporating this into my skincare routine! 🙂

    Erin xoxo

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Hi Erin,

      Let me know if the Aquabolic works for you too! 🙂

  • Jodie

    This is so interesting, I’m so glad you shared this! I have hyperpigmentation spots and you just sold me on the Biogenic Effector. 🙂

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Glad to hear that Jodie, let me know how if you like it just as much as I do!

  • Gemma

    I don’t use serums much but I’m definitely going to try the White Program Effector, it sounds like a good starter. x

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      It’s an excellent serum Gemma, I hope you’ll like it. And welcome to the serum-bandwagon! 🙂

  • Laura

    I bought generous amount of samples according to your previous recommendations from Hera, I think it was the The White Program Effector. I still haven’t tried the samples yet but now I’m dying to get the Essence as well as I love essences in general, always hunting for the best. Thank you so much for the recommendations!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Nice to hear that Laura, let me know how you like the White Program once you try it! You should see results within a month with it (if you use it everyday, of course). 😉
      I can’t recommend the Cell-Essence enough, it’s the perfect essence.

  • Destiny

    Oh crap for the Generlash, I bought it a few months ago based on your recommendations and it’s the best mascara I have ever tried! I hope you’ll find another holy grail soon. 🙁
    I’m gonna join the request-bandwagon and ask too : could you share with us your eyeliners and mascaras collections with makeup looks? Please!

    Love ♥


    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Hi Destiny,

      I know right?! This mascara was the best mascara ever, I don’t know why they decided to discontinue it. I’ll keep the eyeliner/mascara collection post in mind. 🙂

  • Nicole

    I’d like to try the Cell Essence, it sounds amazing and the packaging is just ooh <3

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      I agree, Hera’s packagings are always so chic and classy!

  • Cindy

    Gorgeous products, I have been wanting to try Hera for so long! Such a lovely detailed post, thank you.

  • Jenn

    Oooh that aquabolic emulsion sounds dreamy! My dehydrated skin definitely needs some TLC and it’s hard to find a good moisturiser, I’ll check it out. Thanks for your recommendations!

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Hi Jenn, it’s the perfect moisturizer in my opinion. 🙂

  • Allyson

    Those products have some beautiful packaging!

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Hello Allyson,

      I totally agree with you, Hera know what they are doing when it comes to chic and effortless packaging! 🙂

  • Erina

    I need to check out that ampoule powder, I have so many freckles it’s annoying. x


  • Claudia

    The Biogenic Effector has been on my wishlist for so long, based on your description the formula seems perfect!
    I actually got the Cell Essence out of curiosity thanks to you, and now I’m converted.

    • Amy Hayden (author)

      Hello Claudia,

      I’m glad to hear that you love the Cell Essence as much as I do!

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