The Face Shop Herb Day Green Tea Cleansing Cream Review:
I purchased this product because I noticed my balm cleanser was about to finish. Of course, I don’t have just one cleanser lying around, but at the time I got this it was on discount! It’s an affordable product by itself, and on discount it’s amazingly cheap. So, I got my hands on two of them, but there were no testers on the store. Still, a cream cleanser in theory will not irritate nor dry your skin, and this specific one claims to remove makeup, so how bad can it be really? If anything it would not remove makeup but still clean!
So, now the time came for me to use this cleansing cream. It’s my first time using a cream instead of a balm, but I was very curious! I’ll tell you everything about it below.
Free your skin of impurities, make-up, and pollutants in a snap with The Face Shop Herb Day Green Tea Cleansing Cream. This cleansing cream is full of flavonoid rich green tea extracts that are known to rejuvinate and restore your skin’s natural beauty. The unique cream mix dissolves away all kinds of grime, oil build-up, and make-up leaving your face feeling clean, fresh, and beautiful.
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Lauric Acid, Carbomer, Sucrose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mannitol, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Blue 1 (Ci 42090)
How to use:
Apply ample amount of cleanser to wet face. Massage in for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Towel pat dry.
My Skin Type: Oily T, dry U, sensitive, blemishes easily, and allergic.
The Face Shop Herb Day Green Tea Cleansing Cream Review:
First I’ll explain the situation on which I decided to open this. I finished my Banila Co cleansing balm (eternal love) but I wanted something even less aggressive for my skin. Although the Banila one is basically perfect, it requires a little bit of massaging, and my eyes are very sensitive to that (not the rest of my sensitive face – my eyes just have very thin skin on the eyelid).
So once I finished it I wanted to look for something more gentle. I can use cleansing water (and still do) but there’s a moisturizing factor in balm and cream cleansers which are a must sometimes.
I tried an also-amazing balm cleanser by Femmue (Reviewed), and I love it – to cleanse. That beautiful baby can’t remove waterproof mascara, which I don’t always use but in the sticky humid Korean summer weather I have to use waterproof mascara or it’ll make me look… You know how melted mascara looks!
I also tried the cleansing water by Bifesta, which has an oil factor (the one from Nature Republic doesn’t, and it removes makeup beautifully, but sometimes my thin eyelids really need moisture), but it also didn’t remove waterproof mascara.
This was a very long explanation, but I wanted you to know all I’ve been through in the past month while “on the verge” of finishing my Banila Co cleansing balm. I started using this cream on the last day of the Banila one, and so let’s call it a “last hope” before I have to start using makeup removers (I hate those things, they’re ghastly on my eyes).
To start there’s a seal. As usual, but at least it lets me know the product wasn’t opened before (good, since it only lasts 12 months after opening).
On the back there’s a sticker with a small amount of information. To remove it I chipped my nails, and that made me sad because I never paint my nails. It was literally the most difficult sticker to remove ever in my life. Ever.
It has the most important information – the ingredient list. However it still doesn’t tell me how to use it! Although it’s pretty intuitive for anyone who used a cream or balm cleanser before, but what if I didn’t? There’s the internet to rely on, but what if it failed me?
So I’ll repeat the usage method in short: apply a sufficient amount of product on your face, scrub gently, remove with lukewarm water.
Once you open the box, there’s a protective lid. Honestly I have to say this is the most boring package I’ve ever set my eyes on, but for the price I won’t care as long as the product works.
On the lid there’s a lot of cream. You might want to use it before the big pot, or at least transfer it to the pot since it might dry after opened. Anyway, I don’t know if you can see it in the photo but the cream isn’t completely white! It’s a little yellow, or an off-white color.
I’m showing this because it’s a first for me (and I laughed when I noticed). The protective lid is soft and it bends! Nothing good nor bad, just different from usual so I wanted to show it.
Here, a proper photo where you can see the color of the cream. You can also see the small green balls which they don’t mention what they’re for but anyway, they exist.
Close up of one of those balls.
I will talk about the product a little now. The scent is of a body lotion (maybe with a herb or leaf in it). It looks exactly like a normal cream.
The makeup I used for this test is the same I usually use for these things (different colors but same in the end). They are eye shadows of shimmer or glitter since they are more difficult to remove, matte eye shadows, an eyeliner, and waterproof mascara (my necessary enemy).
When I started massaging the cream on my skin it started melting and “multiplying”. But I can tell you, after using it a few times I guarantee that you can’t use a less amount of it if you have sensitive eyelids. Because, as a cream, the moisture will start to absorb and you might need to keep massaging so you want to make sure you have enough on your skin.
On the first image you can see the comparison of “removing simple makeup” and “removing waterproof mascara”. It still removed quite a bit of the mascara though. So I continued massaging, and on the second photo is how much scrubbing it would take me with the Banila Co balm cleanser.
So, we can see this is a little weaker than that one. However, because it’s a cream and not a balm, my massaging keeps flowing easily and without hurting my skin. On the third photo you can see it completely removed. It does take about 2 minutes of massaging in my case.
But where did the makeup go to? My arm looks normal colored right now??
I don’t know how they do that but regardless, here you can see all the dirt coming out after I washed it off with water, and my very clean arm afterwards.
Here is the same process on my face. So, now this is a very important part! You can even skip everything else before but not this part!
This product on my face even removed most of the lip tint! It didn’t remove the tint that had settled on my lips’ dead skin (the only way to remove that is to remove the skin itself). But this tint doesn’t wash off from my arm skin for days, which is why I can never use it for the arm test. In my lips it also takes a couple of days to disappear completely, but with this cream it was mainly removed.
Now the bad part of it. It’s difficult to wash off even with lukewarm water, and it really needs a second cleansing because there’s a lot (I mean, a lot) of residue. But after the second cleansing my skin was so moisturized!
I have to add, this cream feels like rubbing normal cream on your face, 100%. Also, if I just want to remove makeup and not moisturize my whole face, it’s easier to just scrub a big amount on the makeup part and remove it after a short rest using a wet tissue (doesn’t have to be a makeup removing wet tissue).
And very importantly, it’s softer on my eyes than the Banila Co balm, even though it takes longer.
So, for short:
Pros – moisturizes, soft on the eyes, removes all makeup, it’s cheap.
Cons – takes time, lots of residue, definitely needs second cleansing.
Overall, I will keep using it! I would say it’s tied with the Banila Co one. The Banila one is definitely better for makeup removing, but as I said my eyelids are very thin and sensitive. In my case, it’s tied. I can guarantee if you don’t have any problem with the Banila one (for example, being a little aggressive on parts of your skin) this cream cleanser will only be second best.
Also, the cream texture might not be for every taste!
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