I probably shouldn’t try new skin care products, my skin tends to react to things and when I get a proper routine I should probably stick to it, but I’m always tempted by new cleansers when I see them. In a recent Korean Beauty haul I found one of the Pokémon and TonyMoly collaboration foaming cleansers. There’s a range of four different types for different skin concerns and each has a different Pokémon on the front.
This is the Isanghessi (Bulbasaur) version (£4.94) which contains egg white and Portulaca oleracea extract. I used google to see what this actually is and apparently it’s a plant that’s used in traditional Chinese medicine for a lot of things but it’s supposed to sooth skin and help with irritation so it’s a calming ingredient. I’ve been using it for over a month now so I think I’ve seen what it does so time for a proper review of this as it’s definitely one of the cutest cleansers I’ve ever owned.
I will admit that I get pulled into buying products because of packaging at times and these Pokémon and TonyMoly collaboration products felt like they may have fallen into the cute but not great quality group. However, having tried the Diglett peel off sheet mask and Pikachu eyeshadow palette I was pretty confident in thinking that this would be worth giving it a go.
The tube is a nice soft plastic so it actually comes out easily and you get every last bit out with folding it over easier than a lot of tubes. The tube is a green colour to go with the Bulbasaur theme, the others each have a colour that matches the Pokémon, and it does stand out amongst my products in the bathroom cupboard. It would also look good out on the side, especially amongst other Pokémon products, as a sort of display. The lid clicks in place and stays well, I’d definitely trust it for travelling though I’d recommend keeping it in a sealed bag as it is so easy to squeeze.
There is information on the product and how to use it on the back in both Korean and English. There are ingredients but they’re in Korean so I’m not 100% sure what’s in it. I did find on Google the list of ingredients in English, hopefully they’re right.
Ingredients: Water, palmitic acid, stearic acid, myristic acid, glycerin, lauric acid, potassium hydroxide, sorbitan olivate, cocoamidopropyl betain, sodium chloride, allantoin, panthenol, butylene glycol, portulaca oleracea extract, albumen extract, disodium EDTA, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.
The cleanser itself is almost part way between a cleanser and a thick cream when you get it on your hand. It has a slightly pearly finish, which I found unusual, and it doesn’t melt onto the skin at all without water. Maybe it’s the egg white extract, a bit like whipped up meringue. It feels amazing when you add water, it doesn’t take much to foam up and the foam itself is so soft feeling. The amount on my hand is enough to wash my face but if you use more you do get more foam, not sure if that has any benefits though.
It has a bit of an odd feeling when you rinse the cleanser off. It has that squeaky clean kind of feeling and also maybe like there’s some kind of layer of something left on the skin. I have found this with a couple of other products that contained egg white as an ingredient so I have a feeling that may be the culprit. I normally hate the feeling of something on my skin after cleansing but this doesn’t feel like it unless you actually touch your skin, rather than feeling like there’s a constant layer of something on the surface.
I can’t say that it’s had any affect on my pores, though they aren’t anything that’s really an issue for me and I mainly picked this because none of the others seemed to fit what I wanted and the soothing aspect. I will say that, even though I have dry skin, it didn’t dry my skin out any more. It’s not one of those that will leave you feeling like you need to reach for a moisturiser immediately.
I think it’s probably a good cleanser for all skin types, it leaves my skin feeling nice and clean and slightly moisturised without feeling greasy or like there’s a heavy amount of moisturiser in there. It’s more that it locks any moisture that’s in your skin in there rather than adding to it. It hasn’t caused any acne flare ups or a reaction for my skin which is always a good thing, I normally go through a few problems in the first two to four weeks and there was nothing with this.
I can’t say that this has become an instant favourite but I do like it. If you’re looking for a cleanser that will keep your skin nice and possibly calm it down but without doing too much to it then this is worth checking out if you can find it. I have to use a mix of three cleansers, my skin has different needs at different times, and this is one I’d say is the one I use more regularly at the moment to maintain my skin and then use another if a problem creeps up.
If you’re a fan of Pokémon and beauty products I’d say that the TonyMoly and Pokémon collaboration are definitely worth considering. So far the three products I’ve tried have all been good quality and they are so cute. They’d also make good gifts if you know someone who’s a fan of the franchise that’s a bit different.
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