Review: TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

26 August, 2014

Review: TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes

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I don't know why, but it seems like foot peeling treatments are all the rage at the moment. Are people's feet suddenly way more disgusting and calloused than before? In any case, I've had these Tony Moly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes (phew, what a mouthful) in my pile-o-things to try for ages and finally got around to using them last month. Want to know if they worked? And maybe see some gross pictures of my feet? Keep reading!

Tony Moly TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes

Note: I'm serious about the gross foot pictures. Don't say I didn't warn you.

For those unfamiliar, Tony Moly is an inexpensive Korean skincare and makeup brand. They have a few shops in the US (including a new-ish one in Manhattan!) and sell some of their products through Urban Outfitters, but I bought this online from TesterKorea for ₩3040 (approximately $3 USD) plus shipping.

What is the purpose of a foot peeling treatment, some of you may be wondering? Basically, they cause all of the excess dry skin on your feet to peel off, leaving smoother, softer feet. They also have the ability to soften and/or remove callouses somewhat. Just FYI, TonyMoly makes another popular foot peeling treatment called "Shiny Foot Peeling Liquid". This is a different product, but I'm not sure exactly how much they differ because I've never tried Shiny Foot.

The Magic Foot Peeling Shoes don't have an English ingredients list on the package, but thankfully they do have instructions:

Tony Moly TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes instructions

The short version: There are two booties for your feet filled with a chemical solution. Leave them on your feet for 60 to 90 minutes, then rinse your feet. A few days later, the shedding will begin. This is fairly typical of all foot peeling treatments.

This is what the booties look like:

Tony Moly TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes booties

Your garden-variety plastic baggie filled with chemicals. Fun. They also came with TonyMoly stickers to keep them sealed at the ankles, but they didn't stick for shit. So I used some decorative tape instead. I know how to have fun.

Thoughts/observations whilst wearing the treatment:

  • My feet feel gross and sweaty. Wearing plastic bags on your feet for 90 minutes kind of sucks, especially in the summer.
  • This reeks of chemicals. Sort of like bleach, but not as strong?
  • These are very hard to walk around in without slipping. (Note: I've seen some people on forums suggest wearing slipper socks over these, and that's a great idea! Your feet will feel kind of sweaty anyway.)

My feet felt a bit tingly after the treatment, but not painful or anything like that. And then about six days later this started to happen:

Tony Moly TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes results

YUMMMMMM. How about a close-up of my toes?

Super-delicious. The dead skin on my feet continued to peel gradually for a little over a week afterwards—I don't think it went any "deeper" into the layers of skin than what you see in that first pic, it just continued until the outer layer of skin had flaked off completely. Mm-mmm.

Afterwards, my feet looked pretty much the same as before, except they felt softer and smoother. Which is what I was hoping for. Mission accomplished?

General thoughts/observations:

  • As I said above I haven't tried Shiny Foot, but after seeing other bloggers' photos (see Sample Hime's review for an example) I wonder if these might be a bit gentler? It's hard to say without knowing all of the ingredients. It also may be that my feet weren't in horrible condition to begin with. Edit: Someone pointed out to me after I wrote his that there are actually two versions of the Shiny Foot peel: "Regular" and "Super". The review I linked to is for the "Super" version, and if I had to guess the Changing U booties are probably more similar to "Regular"?
  • I enjoyed the results, but considering that the treatment took over two weeks total from start to the end of the peeling, I know I wouldn't want to do one of these more often than once every two or three months. Your feet look GROSS during the peeling phase, making certain types of footwear inadvisable. I took my shoes off in the park one day in the midst of the peel-a-thon and I had to reassure my boyfriend that I was not suffering from a life-threatening skin disease.
  • I don't have especially sensitive skin, but if you do you might want to exercise caution because anything that causes your skin to peel off in chunks is probably pretty strong, right?

Overall I was satisfied with my Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes experience, though next time I will probably try a different brand. Variety is the spice of life ... or something.

Where to buy:
If you don't have a TonyMoly store nearby, you can purchase these online at TesterKorea or eBay.

Have you ever tried a foot peeling treatment? How were the results? If not, would you consider trying it?

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  1. I've never tried a foot peeling treatment before. Actually, I never even knew that such a thing existed! It's pretty strange what it does to your feet, but hey, if it works then it works!

  2. The peeling definitely looks way worse than it actually is! As long as you don't pick at it and peel away too much skin before it's "ready", it doesn't hurt at all.

  3. I love these foot peeling thingies. I've had my eye on the shiny foot ones for awhile. Those are on my list to try next!

  4. I tried a foot peeling from the face shop (there will be a short review but without images of my feet XD, I couldn't do it :'D) and I think that the review Tiffany posted was a more effective and stronger formula. I'm thinking about using the one she recommended in Winter eventually :D

  5. Haha, creepy is a good word for it. If your feet ever get really dry and crusty in the winter it's worth a try!

  6. Honestly, I couldn't resist. I just peeled VERY CAREFULLY so as not to cause skin tearing or injury.

  7. I am dying to try one of these. I don't know why- morbid curiosity? It reminds me of when I was young and would get awful sunburns. (My parents weren't into the whole 'apply every two hours' thing.) I never could resist peeling off the sheets of skin. So gross!

  8. Yes, it really is like sunburn peeling! Except not as painful, assuming you don't force the peeling before it's "ready".

  9. I have never tried a foot peeling treatment. It kinda sounds spooky! Your foot pictures were to die for.....LOL! I don't think I could resist peeling the skin off either, so I better pass....

  10. Haha! The foot peeling definitely isn't for the faint of heart. :)

  11. I'm kind of interested in this, but 2 weeks is a long time to have flaky feet. I don't know though, it is tempting to have an "attractive lady" foot and not just an average one, ha!

  12. Haha yes. Problem is, you have to go through two weeks of "lizard lady" foot before you get to "attractive lady" foot. These are probably best done in the winter when you're wearing socks most of the time.

  13. Haha I know what you mean. My feet weren't in super-rough shape before I used the peeling treatment, but I still couldn't resist. It's sort of fun in a very weird way!

  14. I think even once a year is good enough. I did once last year, and the callous/roughness didn't build as quickly as I thought it would. This year I did it again (simply to have daughter-mother bonding time), and the shedding wasn't as dramatic! But this could be the product difference, as I initially used TonyMoly and used Natural Republic this year.

  15. It's very possible that the Nature Republic treatment formula is just less peel-tastic. But yeah, no need to do these super-often! I don't want to be shedding constantly.