A while ago, I was sent a couple of items from 2 Korean brands to try out. We see many Korean brands available these days, but there are so many brands available in Korea that are not yet available overseas. When I was in Seoul, the choices were mind boggling and seriously. there’s no way to know what to buy at all! Add to that the fact that many Korean brands are for the most part, very affordable and the choices get harder.
The 2 brands I was sent were by Innisfree and Tony Moly
and are carried by online store IHeartKoreanBeauty which is based in Singapore but ships to Malaysia and worldwide (Edit: Website is defunct. Both brands are available in Malaysia at time of writing). I was sent two of their bestsellers – Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask and Tony Moly Simply Style Slim Mascara.
I’ll start off with the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask because I think this one’s a pretty nice clay mask. It comes in a small 100ml jar and is as the name implies, contains volcanic clay from Jeju island in Korea. Volcanic clay is supposed to have antibacterial properties and absorb sebum and purify the skin. The thing about clay masks is that they tend to be drying and if you have combination skin tending to dry, like mine, you might just throw your hands up in horror at the thought of using this mask.
But you know what? This is a clay mask that isn’t drying at all!
I apply quite a thick layer of this pale beige mask on my skin and then let it dry while I go about doing my thing (usually watch tv) and unlike other clay masks I use, I do not experience a dry tight tingling feeling. The mask doesn’t dry out and crack like many clay masks do, and washing off is very easy. It doesn’t stick to my skin.
As I have noted, my skin doesn’t feel very dry but it does feel very smooth and clean. That said, I do not use this one often. I’ve only used it three times since receiving it about 2 months ago, because I don’t have oily skin. So I use this mainly when I feel like my skin needs some purifying.
If you have oily skin you could use it more often and it might be more beneficial. For me, 100ml can last a while. Not having tried anything from Innisfree before, I think this was quite a good introduction to the brand.
In a nutshell
A clay mask that isn’t drying on the skin. It leaves skin feeling very smooth and clean and brighter after use but does not unclog pores or blackheads as well as other clay masks I’ve tried. It is comfortable on the skin and washes off easily and does not have a strong scent so it is very comfortable to use.
Pros: A non-drying clay mask that is very comfortable to use even on drier skin, Leaves skin feeling very smooth, clean and bright
Cons: If you have very congested skin I don’t know if it will help as it did not help unclog my pores, Unavailable in Malaysia at point of writing
The other Korean product I tried was the Tony Moly Simply Style Slim Mascara in Volume which I took to mean its a volumizing mascara. I was told that this is a very popular mascara. Priced at just S$8.50 I have no doubt of its affordability. Its probably even cheaper than many pharmacy brand mascaras in Singapore.
We don’t get Tony Moly in Malaysia yet at this point in time.We apparently get Tony Moly in JB and rumours are in KL too.
When you have skinny short lashes, the thought of a nice inexpensive volume mascara is very exciting. If it works that is. Unfortunately for me, the Tony Moly Simply Style Slim Mascara was a wash out.
Left: Curled, no mascara Right: Tony Moly Simply Style Slim Mascara
On my lashes, it offers no lengthening nor volume. It in fact weighs down my lashes so I lose my curl very quickly. The formula is very light however, and it washes out very easily with just warm water. It doesn’t clump and the brush is quite nice. It gets most of my lashes. But for whatever reason, I just cannot get my lashes to stay up when I have the Tony Moly mascara on 🙁
I also find that the formula takes a while to dry, so if I’m not careful, it smudges quite easily. Once it dries, its perfectly fine but not before. Fortunately, these days, ever since I learnt the tip to put on mascara first before eye makeup, I don’t botch up my eye makeup. I can clean off smudges before I apply colours. But it still irritates me when I’m in a hurry.
I hope its not just me having this issue. Since its a bestseller item I’m guessing there are other ladies out there who find it good enough to purchase and repurchase. I however do not number among them, sorry!
In a nutshell
A very affordable mascara that is very easy to apply. The brush gets to each lash very easily and the formula is quite light. However it causes my lashes to droop and takes a while to dry. Once dried it does not smudge but washes out very easily with warm water. A good mascara for a natural day look. Not one I’d suggest for a dramatic eye.
Pros: Affordable, Brush is very good and coats lashes very well, Washes out very easily with warm water, Does not smudge on me once dried
Cons: Causes my lashes to droop, Takes a while to dry
Both Innisfree and Tony Moly are now
not available in Malaysia Other than the Tony Moly Snail Cream I tried before this, these are the only items I’ve tried from both brands so far.
Have you tried anything from Innisfree and Tony Moly you like? Or have you tried either of these products here? Always good to know if others agree or disagree with my experience 🙂
Both products featured were provided by a now defunct web store.