Olah, I am loving the ease of access to Asian skincare/cosmetics in Korea! It’s a wonderful thing that I actually started liking Korean skincare pre-Korea.
Anyways, I was slowly running out of the Skinfood cleansing oil I got when I came to Korea, so I decided I wanted to try something else, since there are so many more choices now that I am in Korea. There’s a The Face Shop store near where I am so I decided to just go there and get what I need.
I walked into the store and of course the sales person starts blaring Korean, I decided since I know exactly what I wanted (did some pre-research) I am just going to pretend I understand what he was talking about, so I just kept saying “yes” in Korean. I think he said something along the lines of the cleanser has different types for different skin types, etc etc etc. In any case I immediately spotted what I want and got the cleanser.
The Face Shop has a few different facial cleanser, in the same line there were 4 different types. “Fresh” for oil and blackhead prone skin type. “Anti-Ageing” obviously for anti-ageing. “Enriched” for dry skin type. And lastly the one I got “Brightening” for whitening.
I question the ability of a cleansing oil to whiten my skin, but I just couldn’t resist the clam of it all. Since I’ve been in Korean, I feel that my skin has been more blotchy with uneven skin tone, I am not sure why. Perhaps due to the lack of quality sleep I haven’t been getting…
So like all skin care there are good and bad things about this, but the good and the bad of this product is so extreme that I am not sure if I would repurchase, not yet anyways.
The cleansing properties of this oily is pretty amazing. I haven’t had such an easy time removing my crazy hard to remove Kiss Me mascara. Even the cleansing oil the mascara came with didn’t do such a good job.
Can I just say The Face Shop has the nicest packaging ever! It’s not cute like most of Etude House’s stuff. It kind of has a Shu Uemura feel to it don’t you think? But with a much friendlier price tag. This 200ml bottle was about $12 Canadian (where as I believe Shu Uemura’s 150ml bottle is about $60). $12 is actually consider high price in Korea. The 170ml I got from Skinfood was $8.
And the bad:
So having read the instructions and the description on the website and the bottle, I thought it would be something like the Skinfood cleansing oil and my beloved DHC cleansing oil, that once water touches it, it turns into a lotiony liquid and washes off clean. I was wrong.
Here’s what it says on the instruction. Use ample amount of oil massage until make-up is removed then wash off with warm water, depending on skin type use a second step cleanser.
Although the oil does lotionfy (is that a word), it does not do this as well as the DHC or the Skinfood cleansing oils. The DHC cleanser washes off squeaky clean with just water, and that was one of the reasons I love it so much. The Skinfood cleansing oil still leaves a slight greasy feeling after I wash it off with water, but nothing uncomfortable. This particular cleansing oil, does not wash off at all. I can still feel a film of grease on my face after I wash with warm water, even worse with cold water (both the DHC and SF work fine with cold or warm). For myself I always wash my face again with a foam cleanser, so it doesn’t bother me THAT much. And the fragrance was pretty nice, it’s a flora scent, unlike Skinfood’s earthy scents. DHC has no smell, but after a while there’s a distinct oil smell that is not very pleasant.
Anyways, I will continue using it until I am done with this. Perhaps the next one I will try the “Fresh” one, maybe that will work better since it’s suppose to be for oil prone skin type…
Until next time! 🙂