About the product

What Is It:

Ready to get plumped up for the day? Then you need the Banila Co V-V Vitalizing Essence in your life, a hydrating essence that offers serious plumping and insta-firming effects for perfect pre-makeup skin. The viscous gel breaks into a watery liquid on contact, melting into skin without any stickiness and imparting a dewy luster to skin. Formulated with 5 different types of collagen, this essence is loaded with antioxidant ingredients, including bifida ferment lysate, to restore skin’s energy and to give skin a youthful bounce. Part of the brand’s “skincare for makeup” V-V line, the V-V essence is your first step to a smoother, sleeker, more volumized facial silhouette.

Our insight:

When Director of Marketing Jude Chao first saw the Banila Co V-V line on Instagram, she knew she had to check it out. Get a behind-the-scenes peek into how we source the next big thing in K-beauty and read about Jude’s journey to get the Banila Co V-V line on Beautytap’s shelves here.
Curious to see what she thinks about the line in her own skincare routine? Read her full review here.
And see what Michele of Unboxing Beauty has to say about the V-V Vitalizing Essence:

“I think I know what everyone is talking about when they mention that “chok chok glow”.  This product does temporarily firm and plump up my skin, while giving it a healthy radiance.  It is all temporary, but my skin seems to really like this V-V Vitalizing Essence a lot.  It doesn’t cause me to have greasy skin or breakouts, so this is a rare collagen-centric product that I can use!!   This increased by moisture levels by 33% and decreased my oils by 38%, which is a damn miracle for a collagen product!”
Read Michele’s full review here.

How to use:

After cleansing and toning, dispense a dropper-full onto fingers and pat in all over the face. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.
Confused about when to use what in your skincare routine? Follow our easy step-by-step guide here.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Bifida Ferment Lysate,  Dipropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carrageenan Extract, Saccharum Officinarum, Tomato Extract, Pomegranate Tree Extract, Cacao Extract, Grape Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Lactobacillus/Soybean Extract Ferment Filtrate, Tremella Fuciformis, Dimethicone, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  Carbomer, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyquaternium-51, Adenosine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Dextrin, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane,  Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid, Natto Gum Sorbitan Laurate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Silk Amino Acids, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Polysorbate 20,  Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance

Brand info:

Banila Co is a beauty brand that started with the mission of embracing modern Korean beauty, rather than following Western beauty trends. Inspired by the stylish women in Seoul, Banila Co promotes a beauty lifestyle that is unique to each individual and transcends the makeup you put on your face. They know that the Banila Co woman is savvy and creative, so rather than offering the same old thing, the brand looks for interesting and innovative twists to their beauty offerings, like the global favorite Clean It Zero cleansing balm, the It Radiant collection, and their most recent launch, the V-V Vitalizing “skincare for makeup” collection.

Reviews & Comments 1


I love how the gel comes out really thick and then when you apply it to your face, it totally melts into a liquid and just sinks in like butter. It's so smooth and light, it always makes my skin feel so prepped for makeup.


What is the fragrance like in this product?


It does smell slightly perfume-y to me, which I'm not a fan of, but unless the fragrance is strong, they don't usually bother me too much. The fragrance in this one dissipates quickly so I'm fine with it.


That's good to know, I don't mind fragrance if it doesn't hang around on my face too long. I've gotten headaches from certain products before so I've become really cautious about that now. Thank you!