a month ago
Goddd I really wanted to love this balm cleanser, it's cheap, it's Korean and they got rid of microplastics in their reformulation! And I do like it! Compared to the famous Clinique Take Off The Day Balm, this one is more dry and powdery If that makes sense. The Clinique one is definitely more oilier and wetter and is easier to make a lather with less product needed but I prefer the dryer texture. It leaves less of a oily residue and doesn't make me want to get rid of it right away, as it feels less of an oil slip like the Clinique one.I hope what I'm saying is making sense and I'm not crazy so far. The packaging is superb too, the repackaging (along with reformulation) overhauled the old outdated design to this new fresh and young look and I'm 100% here for it. It feels super sturdy with a thick plastic, and it also comes with a bonus spatula to scoop it out, along with a plastic tray that holds the spatula that fits inside the thing and you can seal it with the spatula inside. A very thoughtful gesture but I prefer just scooping it out with my finger, just saves time and i don't want to clean the spatchula all the time. The only gripe I have is the scent, it's terrible and is the sole reason I'm not going to repurchase it. It's like a cheap-perfume grapefruit smell and while it's not super overpowering I just don't like it. I'm going to look into the Nourishing version, I've seen a Korean reviewer with combo skin say they've tried all versions and likes that one best, so that's where I'm headed when I've finished this one. I would recommend this to most people though, great value and great quality! EDIT: After some time of use, I found that this does a pretty good job of breaking down all makeup except for eyeliner (potentially mascara then), it takes a bit of effort to get it all off. It also definitely doesn't neutralise makeup as efficiently as Clinique's. They're harmful to the ocean, though it's probably why it makes it so good. It's also quite expensive too. Clinique also sadly has microplastics too (Polyethylene) and hasn't changed it, and it's probably the reason why it makes it so effective and emollient. But no holy grail product is worth enough to harm the ocean.
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SkinCombination, Fair-Medium, Warm
HairBlack, Straight, Medium