Review: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil, an “Oil” for Those Who Aren’t Ready for Oils

I love AB blogging because it gives me an excuse to jump from product to product instead of settling down like a normal person. I definitely have that itch for the new. So when I like a product enough to repurchase it instead of putting my hunting goggles on and skipping happily back out into the wilderness of Untested New Things That Might Be Great as soon as I get close to the bottom of the bottle, I take special notice. Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil is one of those products. I’ve repurchased it once already and will repurchase again.

Quick note: the Waterest Lasting Water Oil product that I’m reviewing is an update to the original product with the same name. The Waterest Lasting Water Oil that I’m referencing comes in the green bottle you see below. If you’re looking for information on the original formula in the clear bottle, check out this review from Tracy at Fanserviced-B.

Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil review
Awkward product name is awkward, but, as you’ll see, apt.

Purpose: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil is a booster serum (sigh–more on that below) that claims to deeply hydrate and moisturize, improve moisture retention, and brighten skin tone.

Best suited for: All skin types, but especially dry and dehydrated complexions.

Do not use if: You are sensitive to botanical extracts or oils, niacinamide, or anything else in the ingredients list.

Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil bottle
Oh look, Fiddy tried to get artsy. A lightbox, studio lights, and a camera does not a photographer make.

When and how to use: Apply after cleanser, actives if you use them, and hydrating toner. Pat in or let dry slightly before moving on to the rest of your skincare routine. Can be used both day and night.

Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil ingredients:  Water, butylene glycol, glycerin, niacinamide, bifida ferment lysate, raffinose, betaine, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, phellinus linteus extract, arctium lappa root extract, portulaca oleracea extract, pueraria thunbergiana root extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, paeonia lactiflora root extract, cnidium officinale root extract, monascus extract, soluble collagen, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium hyaluronate, citrus limon (lemon) fruit oil, ocimum basilicum (basil) oil, geranium maculatum oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) leaf oil, rosa damascena flower oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, camellia sinensis seed oil, camellia japonica seed oil, macadamia integrifolia seed oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, 1,2-hexanediol, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, cellulose gum, ethylhexylglycerin, carbomer, tromethamine, glyceryl polymethacrylate, xanthan gum, adenosine, disodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate, panthenol, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, folic acid, ceramide 3, cholesterol, acetic acid, lactic acid, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate

CosDNA analysis (Reminder: while the comedogenicity ratings in CosDNA are a good starting point for figuring out your individual sensitivities, skincare is YMMV and comedogenicity ratings themselves are seriously flawed–check out this post from Lab Muffin if you want to learn more)

Notable ingredients: That’s a hell of an ingredients list. You’ve got a metric buttload of extracts (which, these days, I generally lump together as “anti-inflammatory, lots of antioxidants, and possible but not proven other skin benefits such as brightening and anti-aging”) and Goodal’s signature blend of seven fermented moisturizing and antioxidant-rich botanical seed oils. The Waterest Lasting Water Oil also offers niacinamide and licorice root extract for brightening, plenty of humectants for hydration, the classic ceramide-cholesterol-free-fatty-acids trio to penetrate and strengthen the skin barrier, and even adenosine and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl) for potential anti-aging benefits. It kind of sounds like it could be a super-product. If, that is, all those ingredients can coexist happily in a pleasant and effective overall formulation.

It’s not all sunshine and fermented botanical rainbows, though. Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil contains lemon oil, which can be photosensitizing when not properly processed (and is the reason I only use the Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil at night). It also contains basil, clove, and rosemary oils, which, despite sounding like a great way to give your skin a delicious Italian flair, are known irritants for some people. While I totally blanked on the lemon oil when I started using this product and have had no trouble using it in the daytime, keep these possible problems in mind if you have particularly sensitive or sun-sensitive skin. Or if you don’t use sunscreen. Which, if you don’t, please start now.


I was pretty confused by this product at first. As I’ve mentioned here and there, I impulse bought my first bottle from someone detashing hers after only one or two uses. Tracy’s review of the original formula had made an impression on me, and I was curious–but I hadn’t done any other research. So when the time came to actually use the stuff on my face, I had a big UHHHHH Moment. In this case, “UHHHHH what is a ‘booster serum’?”

(Aside: K-beauty companies are pretty unrestrained about creating entirely new product categories every time they come up with something of a consistency that’s at all different from everything else they make. It’s seriously a problem. Nobody has the time to map out all those different product categories and where they go in a skincare routine. BOOSTER SERUM. Really.)

Generally, with the exception of my Curology and acids, I order my skincare routine by product consistency, going from thinnest (toner) to thickest (creams and sleeping packs). I had a feeling this BOOSTER SERUM might be another exception, though, so I asked Tracy, who told me to put it on after my toner, so that’s what I did. It didn’t feel right at first. Then it felt so very right. If you’ve been wanting to get some of the benefits of facial oils but are hesitant to use oils that feel like oil on your face, this may be the product for you.

Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil has the consistency of a light serum, substantially thicker and more viscous than water, with a smooth slip that makes it easy to spread over skin. It doesn’t feel like oil at all.

Consistency of Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil
It also has a “lovely mild herbal scent,” according to my notes, but unfortunately I went nose blind to it ages ago and no longer get to enjoy the smell.

Goodal claims that the oils in the Lasting Water Oil are “micronized,” making the particles smaller and therefore able to penetrate to deeper layers of skin. I don’t have Microscope Vision (or a microscope), so I can’t verify that. What I can verify is that the Lasting Water Oil does exactly what I would expect a product containing “micronized oils” to do. It vanishes completely into my skin without leaving any oiliness behind, and it seems to hydrate and moisturize my skin from more deeply within than other products I’ve tried.

And I’ve tried many, many other products with similar claims. Some of them sink in quickly, like the Lasting Water Oil, but all too often, the hydration or moisturization they provided vanishes quickly, too. Others stick around, but primarily on the surface of my skin, creating a layer of residue that doesn’t really seem to absorb. Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil sinks in quickly and completely while simultaneously delivering hydration and moisturization that really lasts.

To assess how well the Waterest Lasting Water Oil works, I put it through a few tests beyond just incorporating it into my skincare routine. One of those tests involved cleansing my face with the harshest foaming cleanser I had on hand at the time, using nothing but the Lasting Water Oil afterwards, and waiting several hours to see how my face felt. Doing this was a little dangerous to my commitment to a multi-step routine, because the Lasting Water Oil kept my skin feeling comfortable even hours after cleansing and even without any other moisturizing or occlusive products to hold it in. That was surprising, since I’ve inadvertently done single-step or very short routines before and have always regretted it not long after.

I also cut the Waterest Lasting Water Oil from my routine for a (very long) week. The difference in how my skin felt, especially during the daytime (when I don’t have sheet masks, oils, or layers of creams to keep my tretface happy), was striking. While I generally felt fine on more humid days, arid weather inevitably got to my skin by midday. Arid days outnumber humid ones by a lot where I live, and I strongly dislike feeling dried out for hours before I can start my evening routine, so I was very happy to come back to the Waterest Lasting Water Oil after that terrible week ended.

Speaking of tretface, I increased my Curology tretinoin dose from 0.02% to 0.05% soon after I started using the Waterest Lasting Water Oil, and I’m pretty sure the Water Oil was a major factor in minimizing the initial flaking and irritation I’d expected. In fact, I had so little flaking or irritation that I thought Curology had mixed my prescription up with someone else’s. I also went through the shortest eczema flare-up I’ve had all year while using the Lasting Water Oil. All the bumps and scaliness went away within a couple of days. Some of my earlier flare-ups had gone on for over a week. I’m guessing the anti-inflammatory and barrier-strengthening ingredients in the Lasting Water Oil helped immensely.

Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil review
And that is why I’ve stuck with this stuff through one and a half bottles so far.

I haven’t noticed any particular brightening or anti-aging effects from the Waterest Lasting Water Oil, but to be fair, I’m already using prescription-strength products to address pigmentation and The Ravages of Time. I don’t really expect an OTC product to be able to top those. Someone who doesn’t already have weapons-grade skincare actives in their routine may see more benefit in those areas.

Conclusion: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil was one of my favorite products of 2015 and continues to be as we get deeper into 2016. I do think the lemon oil and some of the other botanical oils in the ingredients list are problematic and unnecessary (and are the reason I’m taking a couple of decimal points off of the final rating), but I haven’t experienced any problems with the product myself. Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil has earned as permanent a place in my routine as any product could, and I see no reason to look for a replacement–it’s been that good for me.

Rating: 4.8/5

Rating scale:

1 – This should be taken off the market, or this failed at its one primary job.
2 – Caused me some problems or doesn’t work very well; would not buy again.
3 – Meh. Neither great nor bad.
4 – Pretty good. Would buy again unless I find something better.
5 – I’ll never be in the market for a replacement unless this one is discontinued.

Where can I buy Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil?

What products have surprised you with how great they’ve turned out to be for your skin?


30 thoughts on “Review: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil, an “Oil” for Those Who Aren’t Ready for Oils

  1. I am trying cosrx centella blemish cream right now, which is so, so soothing, and smells herb-ey. I can layer it over my eczema-like blemishes, and/or apply a thinner layer all over my face, which sinks in beautifully, and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth in the morning. As far as oils I just started using Sunday Riley Luna sleeping night oil (retinoid oil, used on nights I skip tret). Last night I massaged in a whole bunch as recommended by the instructions and it was a thing of beauty!! Totally absorbed. But I do have the waterest oil on the way in the mail, and I can’t wait to compare to the SRL and the Nude skincare rescue oil, which is my other favorite:)

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  2. “Apply after cleanser and toner. Pat in or let dry slightly before moving on to the rest of your skincare routine.” So, just to be totally clear, because it would be just like me to inadvertently mess this up—this goes on before actives/acids? Or am I getting it twisted? (It’s in my Ulta shopping cart as we speak. Sold out at Jolse, alack.)

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    1. I interpreted the “after cleanser and toner” line as meaning after a cleaner and a moisturizing toner. Acids usually go between cleansing and a pH balancing toner, followed by a moisturizing toner. Fiddy, can you please clarify?

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    2. Hi,
      Is an acid toner something like Alpha H Liquid Gold and a moisturising toner Time Revolution First Treatmenr Essence?


  3. I believe I have the old formula and I cannot WAIT to bust this out when my serum(s) run out. My eye literally O__O when you wrote that you went out of your way to test with the harshest cleanser you had. The things you do in the name of science!

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    1. LOL well to be fair, the harshest cleanser I had at the time (Re:cipe Slowganic in Lemon) really wasn’t THAT harsh! Hmmm, now I’m thinking I should use my samples of terrible alkaline cleansers the next time I want to do that kind of testing.


  4. Hi, i was wondering how i can purchase holy snails shark sauce? I always check the store and its always sold out, i know she has blog posts on how to make it,however being a busy uni student doesn’t allow me to do that. Is there is any other way of purchasing it please let me know.

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    1. I believe Chel replenish her stocks every Saturday. For more details, please look up Holysnails on Facebook. Re-stocks, new products, snail mail….etc info can be found there. BTW, luv luv the shark sauce

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  5. This sounds like a great product which I might like to try aswell. The ingredients list sounds nice..and the name “water oil”, too. Is is similar to the Dear by Eprani Booskin?


  6. Can’t wait to try the Camellia version of this! And also YAY YOU GOT THE JOSEON CREAAAAMMM! I was gettin all anxious because it was supposed to get to you on the 14th of Jan at the latest. Sorry I couldn’t include a note and I hope you enjoy it! 💖


  7. Oh, I LOVE your blog, and I love that your skin is so much like my skin, and you understand EXACTLY what drives me crazy about my own skin…but I HATE that your skin seems to love, without fail, products with olive oil in them. (I can’t have them. This makes me cranky. Darn.) Keep being awesome. I’ll keep reading ingredient lists…

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  8. Hello Fiddy! I’m suffering with acne since I stop taking the birth control pills year ago and nothing was helping me. I just recently fell down the rabbit hole into Korean cosmetics world (also thanks to your blog) and I received and started to use my first products last week – Low ph cleanser, both A-Sol (love the propolis there) and Natural BHA skin returning emulsion (thought it will be nice for my AM routine), BHA and Sun Cream all from CosRx and Pure Vitamin C21.5 from Wishtrend. I also ordered the Snail 96 Power Essence, AHA 7 and Hyaluronic Acid Intensive cream (kinda impulsive purchase but hopefully it will work for me). And I use my fave La Roche Posay CICAPLAST BAUME B5 in the end of my routine. So far it seems it’s all working well. However I feel like I’m still missing a good hydrating / toning product (after cleansing and exfoliating). Do you think this Goodal Water Oil could be something for me considering the all the products that I have or will have in my routine? I was also thinking about Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner and Rich Moist Soothing serum and I also read your reviews of Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (which looks interesting to me too). But still not sure which direction should I go. It would be great if you could help me. (Sorry for such a long comment.)

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    1. Hi Alice! It seems like you’ve added a lot of products in a pretty short amount of time; I’m glad it’s working well for you, but at this point I would consider sticking with what you have for now for maybe a few weeks before really evaluating what kind of steps you need to add, if any! As far as the products you mentioned, I think the Klairs would be better for sensitive or easily irritated skin, the Goodal great if you’re suffering from deeper dehydration or dryness, and Hada Labo is kind of reliable and universal (though YMMV). I’m getting the new Hada Labo Premium Lotion in soon so I’ll be reviewing that before long, too.


      1. Thank you for your reply! Yes, I know it seems crazy. And the truth is that I’m kind of obsessive shopper (considering that I own about 550 nail polishes LOL) but I recently run out of almost all my skincare products. And after one year when nothing really helped to cure my acne, not even my dermatologist (who prescribed me too high tretinoin and my face literally peeled off) and now as I jumped on the Korean routine I saw results after two days 🙂 That’s why I’m hoarding products… I think I needed someone to tell me that what I have now is enough and I should wait and see what I should get next. So thanks once again 🙂

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  9. I love.. love.. love.. this water oil! I never thought I would ever fall in love oil but this proved me wrong. I wish it came in a Costco sized bottle because I would totally buy 5 bottles and just lather it all over my face and body. Lol.

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    1. I know! I’m down to the last third of my second bottle and I’m looking at it every day and night like “I should try something new…but I just want more of this.”


  10. This title is total truth. I have CRAZY OILY SKIN and hormonal acne, plus the occasional flare of “regular” acne (as differentiated between whether I am getting tiny whiteheads somewhere or “ZOMG WERE YOU STUNG BY A BEE ON YOUR FACE” looking cysts in the “Where I would have a beard, if I had one” area). Face oils and I are not a thing, but I can use this product (and it’s associated first essence) and it doesn’t break me out at all, and it helps me tolerate the actives that are starting to batter my acne back into something resembling submission.

    I am also using the “new” version, and not the old one, and I like it a ton.

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  11. Hey Fiddy! Did this product sub out with COSRX’s snail essence for you, or did you layer the snails on top?


  12. Hi Fiddy! I’m new to AB products, and your blog has been really helpful! After reading yours and Tracy’s review on the water oil, I decided to buy it, to arrive today. My skin is combination, but much oiler in the summer.

    My summer routine right now, which I’ve been using for the last month in SoCal is: Dear by Moistfull Booskin -> Cosrx A-Sol -> Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum (hah, I guess it’s not just K-Beauty companies) which I’m switching over to the Scinic Snail AIO Ampoule in September -> It’s Skin Prestige Lotion Ginseng D’Escargot

    Do you recommend using the Goodal Water Oil before or after the Cosrx A-Sol?


  13. Hi Fiddy! I’m coming out of lurking mode – your blog is amazing and so informative! I also tried commenting earlier today, but for some reason, I don’t see it so I’m re-commenting. Sorry if you’re seeing the same question twice.

    I currently use the Cosrx A-Sol. Do you recommend layering the water oil before or after the A-Sol?


  14. Hi, im very excited for this particular product since i have a normal/ dry skin. But i still have a young skin as i am only 19 years old and some said peptide could be too simulating for young skins. So i would very happy if you could tell me your opinion. Thank you very much!


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