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12 January, 2015

Review | TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack

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Not sure if it's because of the temperature or because a bunch of tenants complained, but our landlord has been putting the heat on FULL BLAST for the past couple of weeks. Like wear shorts and a tank top indoors with the windows open levels of heat. Sort of ridiculous in near-freezing temperatures, but what can you do. All of this extra heat is making my skin pretty dry, which drives me totally crazy... thankfully I have a few moisturizers and treatments to take the edge off! Today I thought I'd review a new-to-me sleeping pack I picked up last month: TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack.

TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack review ingredients

Ingredients (transcribed from the tube):
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alchohol Denat, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris 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, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Sodium Chloride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, CI 42090 (color), Fragrance

I plugged the ingredients list into CosDNA, and unsurprisingly it rated the alcohol denat highly (5) as a possible irritant. Tocopherol was also flagged as a more minor possible acne trigger and irritant (2), and both Butylene Glycol and Dimethicone were marked with humble 1s as possible acne triggers. While the rest of the ingredients didn't set off any flags on CosDNA, I do recommend giving them a careful read, as there are a number of natural extracts that could be potential allergy triggers, if you suffer from such things. None for me thankfully, but itchy and angry skin is bad. Just saying.

The TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack is housed in a standard-issue squeezy tube containing 120ml of product. Nothing fancy, but it works fine with this pack as it has a very light, gel-like texture. Easy squeezy!

TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack consistency texture

The pack looks white when first squeezed out of the tube, but turns into a thin, clear gel as soon as you rub it into the skin. Even more interestingly, water-like drops start to form on the surface of your skin where the pack has been rubbed in:

TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack water droplets

An interesting sensation for sure. This makes your face feel sort of damp, but not overwhelmingly wet or sticky. Rubbing or patting the pack in a bit will make the droplets dissipate, if you don't want to go to bed with an overly moist-feeling face.

I don't think that this pack is amazingly hydrating, but it does provide some moisture, and the water droplet sensation is super-refreshing. I think this would actually be better suited as a sleeping pack to use in the summer—between the light texture and watery sensation, I think it would be a great thing to pop in the fridge and use to cool down at the end of a hot day. But for super-dehydrated, angry winter skin... this probably isn't the one to get. Or if you have extremely oily skin, the light texture might be ideal!

Other thoughts: This product smells faintly of lemons with a little kick of alcohol. A tasty cocktail for your face? Maybe not. It certainly doesn't smell bad, but the alcohol keeps me from wanting to huff the tube constantly. This didn't seem to irritate my skin in any way, but I would be careful if you have sensitive skin due to the high alcohol content and various natural extracts. If you must try it, test patch on your arm first!

Bottom line: If you need deep hydration, choose something else. But if you want something refreshing to use in hot weather, TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack may be worth picking up!

Where to buy: The best price I found for this product was on eBay, where you can get it for just under $10 shipped. TesterKorea and KoreaDepart also have it for under $10 (plus shipping).

What do you think of the TonyMoly Aquaporin Water Bomb Sleeping Pack? Would you enjoy using something like this more in the summer or the winter?

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  1. Isn't it supposed to give hydration if it is a sleeping mask (also the name "water bomb")? I think I will pass on this one, not only the fact that it is not hydrating, but also the alcohol and the lemon scent puts me off :( Thanks for the review :)

  2. Haha yes! It does provide *some* moisture, but not nearly as much as the name "water bomb" would suggest! Oh well.

  3. Hey! Are all sleeping pack suppose to be this watery? I've only tried the Etude House Play Therapy Moist Up with a review coming up on how light it is for a sleeping pack as a complaint. But if most sleeping packs are going to be so light, then I guess it won't be a complaint and just a type of product I bought.

  4. No, some are definitely thicker and less watery. TonyMoly actually makes another sleeping pack I like a lot called "Intense Care Dual Effect", and that one is definitely much thicker:

    Some watery packs are better at hydrating though. The Laneige Water Sleeping pack has kind of a watery texture too, but I think it moisturizes better (just as an example).

  5. Thanks for the insight! I'll check out the TM one. And I've heard good things about Laneige's products, so I'll try them out, too!

  6. I don't understand why this is called a "pack" also, I know you mention it feels almost watery but it kind of looks like vaseline. Is it sticky or just wet-ish?

  7. "Pack" is just a Korean-ism. Masks are often called packs, and in the case of "sleeping packs" they're basically moisture-rich creams or gels that you apply as the final stage of your skincare at night.... the idea is that your skin absorbs the benefits overnight, sort of like you would from a mask, except you don't wash these off. Hope that makes sense. But basically, sleeping packs = rich moisturizers. Sometimes they can be sticky, but I didn't find this one to be particularly so. It's more slick (think silicone texture) and slightly wet-feeling.

  8. Ahh ok gotcha. Thanks for the clarification!

  9. Ok those water droplets are just plain WEIRD. But also confusing as to how science allows them to form despite the presence of alcohol?? I would be worried about weird marks on my pillow....

  10. Yeah I was wondering the same thing RE: the alcohol! Are they not pure water? Are they made of MAGIC? Science is scary. But anyway, I haven't noticed any pillow-staining after using this. I think the droplets kind of dissipate after a while, even if you don't rub them in right away.

  11. Science is the freakiest. And yet I am completely addicted to The Beauty Brains.

  12. This sounds like something I could use right now. I tend to like a little moisture without going overboard with being heavy. I love the name too!

  13. Me too! This might not be the richest mask, but it definitely delivers on the "water" part of the name!