Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream

Written by: Swati on:

Finding a good moisturizer can be tougher than finding your soulmate....I know that it has taken me years to find a few that work well for me. Was it easier to find my soulmate? Probably :D 

What I want my moisturizer to be like? 
Well, mostly a basic one but with some oomph to it. Most year-round I want one which isn't super rich or heavy, yet not be too light that it feels like nothing on the skin. It should be able to moisturize and lock in the hydration I have built up in the previous steps so that my skin doesn't feel dehydrated as I go about my day. And it should not break me out. I don't expect usually expect it to do any other miracles. Is it too much to ask? I don't think so.

In 2019, thanks to Smriti, I found my favourite one - the Klairs Midnight Calming Cream. I fell in love with it so hard, that I needed to explore the brand more and shortly after I added products from their Fundamental Range in my stash. I have spoken about all the others already - here. Rounding it up with the Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream today. 

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My Skin Type : Combination-Sensitive-Slightly Dehydrated-Acne Prone 

What the brand says : This gel-cream is a moisturizer with a gel-type texture. As Klairs Fundamental Line, it provides and fulfills the 'basics' in your moisturizing skincare. It contains Jeju Green Tea Water and Panthenol to provide moisture and deep hydration with a light finish. Recommended for all skins and seasons.
Fragrance-free ; Alcohol-free ; Essential oil free ; Cruelty-free ; ph 6.5 - 8.5 ; Vegan friendly

Ingredients : Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Panthenol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Phytosphingosine, Caproyl Sphingosine, Tocopherol, Glyceryl glucoside, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Trehalose, Jojoba Esters, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane

The formula is full of soothing ingredients, antioxidants, humectants & emollients and focuses on taking care of the overall health of the skin barrier. 

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The water gel cream comes in a simple looking sturdy transparent plastic tub. I actually love the minimalistic design of the Fundamental Line. However, considering the texture of the cream, the tub packaging isn't very convenient. There is a lid inside to prevent spilling, but I find that some product tends to spill out and accumulate on the sides making the tub messy. A small spatula is provided, but I tend to use my (clean) finger instead. 

The texture is exactly what you would picture from the name - a water gel cream that almost looks like a runny pudding & will spill out of the tub if you tilt the tub, so be careful. It spreads incredibly well and you only need a small amount. If I get carried away & use more, it can feel a little heavy on my combination skin.

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It gives a good dose of deep hydration immediately, something I see from all the products in the Fundamental range. Once you work & pat it in, it also gives moisture, but not the heavy, greasy or oily kind. It leaves a slightly dewy glow. 

It feels so good once it absorbs into the skin and my skin feels plump & bouncy with the right balance of hydration & moisture whenever I use it. There is enough occlusivity in the formula which helps protect my skin from dehydration. While I can use this all year round by controlling the amount I use, I especially like using it in fall-winter, when the weather starts getting drier. 

Price : 2350 INR for 70ml ( available on Beautybarn)

Who I think it will work for?
Most skin types will enjoy this except people with very oily or very dry skin -  Extremely oily skin will find it to be very moisturizing & it won't be moisturizing enough for very dry skins. So if you lie anywhere in the middle of the spectrum, the Fundamental Water Gel Cream should work for you. 
I think it is a great pick especially for combination skin which tends to lean on the dehydrated-dry side. And it will work well for those with sensitive skin.

Do I like it? Absolutely! The formula is beautiful, the ingredients are fantastic and it does all the things I want a moisturizer to do. Will I repurchase it? Not immediately, but hopefully I will sometime. Being a premium line product it is on the expensive side, and if I have to choose one, I love their Midnight Calming Cream a little bit more. So that's the one I repurchase over & over again. Having said that, if I want a change especially in the colder season, I will definitely consider the Fundamental Water Gel Cream. 


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  1. We have the exact skin type and condition Swati. I’ll definitely keep this in mind when making my next purchase for a moisturizer.

    1. I hope you like it too. Let me know how it works for you ☺️