Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Korean Make Up Trash, Treat or Stash: Etude House's Real Art Cleansing Oil

Trash, Treat or Stash. The products I've discovered are better off in the bin, the ones you should treat yourself to every now and again, and the ones that are so good that you should definitely make sure you have a stash of them.
Real Art

Many months ago I finally ran out of my stock of face wipes that I used to use to take off my make up. I don't know if anyone else feels the same, but sometimes with face wipes it feels like I'm just pushing the old make up around my face, rather than taking it off, so I used this face wipe drought as a way to sort out my skincare. I went to the tried and trusted Etude House, and asked one of the girls for some advice. I wanted something that could easily remove my make up, including waterproof mascara whilst at the same time moisturising my skin. I used to hate washing my face as it would always leave it feeling dry and tight. This luminous yellow potion bottle is what she recommended to me.

Cost: A bottle of this costs ₩13,000. This is about £7.50 at home. I think that's pretty reasonable considering how long it lasts, and compared to the amount I would spend on face wipes at home. I've recently started my second bottle, so it must last me about 6 or 7 months at a time.
Prettiness: In general I find the bottle really unappealing. I wouldn't have gone for this myself with the freaky version of the Mona Lisa on the front. BUT I had a long conversation with the girl in the shop about what I wanted and what my skin was like and she very strongly recommended this over the other products, so I trusted her and I'm glad that I did. I also really like the smell of it. The only way I can describe the scent is if you took a good long whiff of a bottle of old Sprite. It sounds weird, but it's quite sweet, but citrusy and fresh at the same time!
Usability: I use this about once a day, and always when I go in the shower. All you have to do is apply it to your dry skin with your hand, massage in with a little water until it turns milky and then rinse off again. Easy peasy. I take special care around my eyes, to get the tough make up off, but also I've had a bad experience with blurred vision after being a little over zealous with it and rubbing it into my eyes.

Overall: If this runs out before I leave Korea, then I would definitely replace it. Even though I hate the look of the bottle, I do like that it comes in a pump rather than a bottle, and sits easily on my sink. I think that it removes make up from your face really easily and quickly, and smells great too! Another good product from Etude House!

See the previous Trash, Treat or Stash edition here.

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