Oil-based cleansers have been one of the biggest skincare game-changers for me. Prior to using them, I felt like I could never get all of my makeup off... wipes and foaming washes always left residue behind. Blech. The latest craze seems to be oil cleanser in balm or "sherbet" form—more akin to cold cream, but harder initially and more melty at the end. I picked up a jar of TonyMoly's Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser last month and have already used up most of it, so I think it's probably about time I share my thoughts!
TonyMoly AquaPorin Sherbet Cleanser comes in two sizes: 90g and 150g, which cost 9,500원 (US ~$8.73) and 14,000원 (US ~$12.87) respectively at full Korean retail prices. It's currently possible to get this product off the internet for around $12 shipped if you're in the US—I'll include some shopping links at the end of this post. I'm sure the few physical TonyMoly retail outlets in the US carry this too (though probably at a markup).
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Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-8 Isostearate, Babassu Oil, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Spirulina Extract, Chlorella Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Glycolic Acid, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Chamomile Flower Oil, Benzoin Tree Gum, Myrrh Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1)
(Note: I translated some of the ingredients using this list, so if you spot any errors please let me know.)
"Sherbet cleanser" basically means a semi-solid oily balm that liquefies when rubbed into the skin. This is what it looks like in the tub:
Mmm, creamy. To use, scoop out a little hunk with your fingers:
Maybe not quite that much. I went a little overboard while taking the photos. Anyway, the instructions say to massage it into dry skin, then tissue or rinse off. Pretty standard business for an oily cleanser. Here's what it looks like after it's been rubbed in a bit:
It's worth noting that this cleanser takes a bit of rubbing to completely liquefy (at normal room temperature, anyway). Personally I consider that a plus, because it means the stuff won't be running down your arms the second you try to apply it to your face.
So how does it perform? I thought that it removed foundation extremely well and quickly, and even stubborn eye makeup came off with a bit of massaging. It does leave behind a teensy bit of residue on the skin, which isn't a dealbreaker for me because I always follow up with a foaming cleanser, but it's something to keep in mind if you're considering using it solo.
Other thoughts... the scent isn't too overpowering. It smells a little like lemon candy and generic "aqua" candle scent, for lack of a better explanation. I feel neither love or hate for this smell, and find it easy to ignore.
Overall I would say that TonyMoly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser is a decent buy for the price. Innisfree Apple Juicy is still my favorite budget-friendly cleansing oil because it smells better and rinses away cleaner, but this stuff exceeded my expectations in terms of its makeup removal abilities, so I give it a solid "Not Bad!"
- eBay: Available from various sellers from $11+ shipped
9,500원6,650원 + 5,770원 shipping (log in to see the sale price)
- Amazon: Available from $11.50 + $4.40 shipping
$8.59$8.16 + $8.62 shipping
What do you think of TonyMoly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser? What's your favorite oil-based cleanser?
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