[REVIEW] Suisai Beauty Clear Powder

I hate to admit this, but when I first heard about the hype over this cleanser, I was really puzzled. I’ve never been particularly excited about my cleansers, and I also couldn’t really understand why people were so crazy over this.

That’s also probably because I don’t expect much from my cleanser – all it has to do is wash my face well without causing me to break out, and I think I’m pretty much satisfied already.


Product Description

suisai Beauty Clear Powder face wash is catching the eye of the worldwide audience with an enzyme-activated formula that whisks away impurities and unclogs pores as it protects the skin’s natural moisture. A popular choice for tourists who desire the Japanese secret to even, finely textured skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27 (pack of 32) or SGD 14 (pack of 15)


Ingredient ListR

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.


Packaging: This is probably one of the most convenient packaging I’ve ever seen for cleansers (samples not included). I was so tempted to buy lots of them to bring on all my travels because I just have to pack a few, and throw them away once I finish washing my face! It’s seriously so convenient to use as well, I don’t have to worry about squeezing out too much product or anything because there is already a fixed amount of product in each capsule.

Texture: As the main ingredient is talc, it’s not surprising that this comes in a powder form. All you need to do is add some water and rub, and you will get lots of foam. I really like that it lathers ‘normally’, because I feel very insecure when my cleansers don’t produce enough foam (weird but true).

Effectiveness: The first time I tried, I did kind of get why this is so popular. Don’t belittle the small amount of powder in this capsule, because it’s super effective in making sure there’s no grime, dirt, or excess sebum left on your face. My face probably has never felt so smooth and clean before – it’s miraculous!

However, I don’t mean to say that it completely strips your face so that it’s squeaky clean and feels really tight (that’s terrible btw, if your cleansers do that). That being said, it is not recommended that you use this cleanser on the daily, and definitely not in the morning AND night. Why? Because it actually exfoliates your skin as well, and you know exfoliators aren’t to be used everyday, so best to use this maybe 2 or 3 times a week.


Final Verdict

I’ll be frank: this is one pricey cleanser, and do we really need pricey cleansers? Well.

I do like this product, but I’m also the kind who can settle for cleansers that cost less and just do its job of making sure my face is as clean as it can get.

This cleanser is also probably not suitable if you have very dry or acne-prone skin, because some of the ingredients are potential irritants (see link in Ingredient List), and it may dry your skin out even more.

I’m also a little disappointed that this isn’t a cleanser that I can use everyday, morning and night. I think it’s a bit wasted, considering that it comes in such a convenient packaging.

Must-buy? Nah. Can-buy? Sure.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮

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[REVIEW] Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

I heard a lot of great stuff about Neogen’s skincare products, and finally managed to buy it in Korea’s Olive Young last year. If you have seen a lot of beauty blogs, you would have seen this brand name floating around quite often. Many people seem to love Neogen because the products are so effective – kind of like COSRX, and I absolutely love COSRX, so I decided that this I definitely have to try this out for myself as well.


Product Description

This unique foam cleanser is a must try for oily, combination, or acne-prone skin.
The star ingredient in this cleanser is fermented green tea extract, which brightens, calms, and hydrates skin. The gentle foam effectively removes impurities such as sweat and dirt from the skin without stripping your skin’s natural oils.
Lightweight and hydrating, this is the perfect water-based cleanser to use in your double-cleansing routine. 
The pH of this product is 8.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16.90 (Lazada)


Ingredient ListR

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.


Packaging: I’m so used to the unconventional tube packaging (like this kind you get from Althea) that I was a bit surprised by this. Firstly, it’s pretty bulky, and I had to admit that I didn’t have the easiest time bringing this back from Korea because it’s not the most travel-friendly thing you can get.

What makes this quite unique, however, is that the product is pumped out, which I absolutely LOVE because I find that it’s a lot easier + less messy. What’s also interesting is that you can actually see the green tea leaves fermenting at the bottom of the cleanser itself – so you know that you are really getting the real deal here!

Texture: It looks like just liquid inside, which is already quite different from most other gel cleansers you get on the market. However, when you pump it out, it comes out as foam bubbles instead. I definitely enjoy cleansing with as much foam as possible – I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel a bit strange if there’s no foam in my cleanser.

Effectiveness: This green tea cleanser is said to thoroughly cleanse your face without irritating it, hence making it suitable for all skin types. I can’t say for sure if it really does a very good job out of cleansing – how do you know for sure, right? I can see, however, that my makeup residue is usually washed off quite well, and my skin doesn’t look too dried out from the cleansing.

I do also notice that my acne problem is better managed after I started using this cleanser, so there’s definitely less dirt clogging my pores!

Some beauty reviewers have warned that this cleanser can potentially dry your skin out. While I personally don’t feel that it has happened to me, I have no problems using this in the morning when my skin tends to be more dry, so I think it may not pose too big an issue, unless you really have super dry skin (like, say, in winter).


Final Verdict

I can see why so many people love this cleanser. It certainly looks like it does a good job of washing your face, but more importantly, I actually enjoy the process of cleansing when I am using this. It feels very relaxing and, dare I say, luxurious, to have this substantial green tea foam cleaning your face.

Another thing that really sets it apart from most other cleansers is the ingredient that ferments at the bottom of the bottle. As the years passed, I’ve grown more wary of what I am putting and using on my face, so I am pretty comforted when I can see exactly what goes into my skincare products.

I haven’t gotten around to trying the other ingredient variations of this cleanser (cranberry, cereal etc.), but I’ll certainly let you guys know how they fare compared to this green tea variant!


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Althea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before on my blog, but I was super happy when I was informed about being selected to be an Althea Angel, so I’m now part of an amazing beauty ambassador community 🙂 About 3 months ago, Althea kindly sent over these amazing products from their in-house brand, and after using them for some time, I’m now ready to give a review ~


Product Description

The hustle and bustle of the urban life mean non-stop hectic schedules, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give your skin the lovin’ it needs! Althea’s Real Fresh Skin Detoxer is a 10-second, 2-in-1 cleanser pack that showcases real, fresh ingredients and incorporates them into a system that allows a deep, clarifying cleanse while boosting the skin with nutrients and goodness. You’ll get both editions in this set: Rose (made with French rose petals + extract to refine the skin) and Green Tea (contains Jeju green tea leaves + extracts to purify). This product leaves the skin feeling fresh and looking smooth for a healthy, happy complexion!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 25

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Ingredient List

Rose

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol

Green Tea

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol

Butylene Glycol is actually a human irritant and can be bad for people with extremely sensitive skin, so do take note!


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Packaging: I like this squeeze tub packaging better than a tub that I have to scoop out of, because it’s definitely a lot more convenient and hygienic. It’s also very easy to squeeze an appropriate amount on my fingers. I can see that it’ll potentially be very good to bring in your luggage when you’re travelling, although it’s always good to have a smaller, travel-sized version (Althea, please? :D)

Texture: My first thought when I tried this was that it’s a little gooey, and has a gel-like consistency. It’s a bit different from the cleansers I normally use, but it didn’t feel uncomfortably thick or anything. In fact, you won’t really feel like your face is getting clogged or anything, partly due to the fact that you only need to leave this on your face for 10 seconds!

Effectiveness: If I had to pick favourites, I would probably choose the Green Tea version. According to the description, the Rose one is supposed to refine your skin (read: exfoliate?), and the Green Tea one to soothe and nourish. I personally prefer using products that are gentler on the skin, because my skin is as sensitive as I am  and using anything too harsh will cause my skin to go into redness overdrive. I definitely do agree that using the Rose one has caused my skin to feel a little tight and dry sometimes, but the Green Tea one has always left my face feeling refreshed, which I really like

I don’t think the effects are super ‘wow’, but they definitely do good stuff for your skin.


Final Verdict

At SGD 25, I think it’s a little pricey for a cleanser, but I can see why they priced it so when you see how many great ingredients they formulated this with.

If you have sensitive skin, I definitely recommend that you try using the Green Tea Detoxer first (though I have to admit that I love the Rose one because it’s so pretty haha).


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] banila co. Clean It Zero

Another star product that’s been hailed as a holy grail by many beauty bloggers, banila co,’s Clean It Zero is definitely one of the steps in many people’s Korean skincare routine.


Product Description

This award-winning cleanser goes on as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil on the skin. Its sorbet-soft, lightweight texture effortlessly dissolves stubborn makeup without stripping your own natural oils. Papaya extract works to naturally exfoliate the skin and acerola extact is rich in vitamin C which helps to brighten.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27 (Althea)


Ingredient List

Mineral oil, cetyl ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, PEG-10 isostearate, polyethylene, butylene glycol, water, rubus suavissimus (raspberry) leaf extract, bambusa arundinacea stem extract, aspalathus linearis leaf extract, viscum album (mistletoe) leaf extract, angelica polymorpha sinesis root extract, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, malpighia glabra (acerola) fruit extract, epilobium angustifolium leaf extract, BHT, butylparaben, Cl 16255, Cl 15985, fragrance.

They weren’t joking about the papaya extracts – just look at the ingredient list! It’s also interesting how they contain other plant extracts (raspberry leaf, mistletoe, acerola). According to Soko Glam, ‘papaya extract works to naturally exfoliate the skin and acerola extract is rich in vitamin C which helps to brighten’.


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Packaging: I once read somewhere that banila co.’s packaging is very similar to Benefit Cosmetics. I guess it is kind of true, but I do think that it’s pretty unique – in the K-beauty world, at least. This product’s packaging is very clean and sufficiently luxurious.

Texture: Soko Glam describes this product’s texture as ‘sorbet-soft, lightweight’, and they aren’t exaggerating. It goes on as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil on the skin when you rub it. I love how this product looks, smells and feels exactly like sorbet. The melted ‘sorbet’ also doesn’t feel overly oily, sticky or gross on the skin.

Effectiveness: When it comes to cleaning power, this cleanser is faultless. With this cleanser, I could wipe off any stubborn makeup on my face almost instantaneously. Waterproof eyeliner? Long-lasting BB cream set by primer and powder? Nothing is too difficult to remove with Clean It Zero, and this truly amazes me.

My issue with this cleanser, however, is that I experienced mild breakouts on the days immediately after I used it. I didn’t quite believe it was the cleanser giving me breakouts on my first try, so I waited for one more month before I got around to using it, with the same result. Frankly, the breakouts weren’t too bad or unsightly, but it is a sure sign that my skin does not react very well to the product.


Final Verdict

I’ve always had some doubts about products hailed as ‘holy grail’, but I’m glad to say that banila co.’s Clean It Zero has dispelled my thoughts on this issue.

If I hadn’t faced any breakout problems on the 2 occasions that I used this, I would definitely use it every day in place of my current water-based makeup remover. However, reality is cruel, and it appears that my skin doesn’t take this product as well as I would have liked. My only salvation would probably be its Purity counterpart for sensitive skin. Anyhow, I digress – the main point here is: take note of this potential breakout problem if you have sensitive skin like me. However, most reviews I’ve read online have only sung praises, with no mention of breakouts, so it’s likely that it’s not so much a product issue.

I personally also think that SGD27 is pretty expensive for a cleanser/makeup remover, and if you’re on a budget, it’s probably better for you to stick to something more affordable, like Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮