Saturday, August 27, 2016

K Beauty online shopping featuring Cremorlab haul from Brush and Powder

I don't normally do store reviews.

Why?

It's been proven time and again that I am a bitter and miserable human being. I love to complain. I live for complaining. No kvetchin', no life.

That makes me a nightmare of a customer.

I freely admit it.
When I go online to do some shopping, I usually tend to spend a fair amount of money. When I shop, I usually buy the entire line (as evidenced by some of the entries on this blog) instead of piddling piecemeal. I don't have the patience for "hauls" consisting of one product. When I go shopping, I mean it. I shop.

Because of that, and because I am a bitter and miserable human being, my customer service expectations are somewhat different. When shopping, I'm in my special snowflake mode and I expect to be treated as such.

My usual shopping place is W2Beauty (affiliate link, this is the ONLY affiliate link in this post), because Alice totally gets it. She treats me like a special princess that I am. I love Alice.
W2Beauty is more expensive than other online stores, but I am willing to pay more for the opportunity to be treated like a spoiled brat. Because I am one. Alice knows that too, and I love her for that.

Last year Alice went above and beyond her responsibilities of an internet store owner and got something for me that was sold only duty free at the airport. She was going on vacation. She lugged my shopping with her around Europe. She EMSed it to me when she returned to Korea. THAT'S why I love Alice.
When I had questions about plastic surgery clinics in Seoul, she actually asked her friends and associates for recommendations. THAT'S why I love Alice.


I never win any of her giveaways, I hardly ever post any reviews on her website. Apart from one W2Beauty sponsored review on this blog, everything is always paid with my own money. Because I love Alice. And I will continue buying from her for as long as she stays in business.

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Another place I shop at is TGI Wholesale, because despite the awful site design, they also get customer service. And just like Alice, they go mental with samples and freebies, as well.


When I needed a particular recommendation, they actually wrote back with a list of what was trending at that time in Korea. And guess what? On that list they included items they did not carry and did not sell. I appreciate such honesty.
Unfortunately, lately their selection seems to have shrunk. Pity. On the other hand, they are revamping their website. So maybe new and exciting things are going to happen soon. Good luck, TGI Wholesale!

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Everybody's favorite Jolse is not my preferred shopping destination. Yes, I do buy from them from time to time. But I never understood their high standing among foreign Asian beauty fans. Jolse used to be referred to as BAE by people who just got their first package full of CosRX something or the other. Because apparently a handful of cheap foil packets made them look so generous and special.
I have no use for low-end samples, I have no use for TonyMolys, or Skinfoods, or other Etude Houses. If I haul in triple digits and get Tony Moly Tomatox foils, I will not be shopping there again.


Sorry, that's just my thing. Your thing might be different. But I'm going to take my business elsewhere.

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I have hauled from RoseRoseShop in the past and it was a less than satisfying experience (see Jolse above) mainly due to looooong as all eternity shipping times.
I have hauled from Koreadepart and it was meh, too.

I am a semi-regular G-Market hauler and due to the nature of that site, it can be a very hit or miss experience. I had more hits than misses, but their point system sucks. For that reason, if I can, I tend to avoid G-Market altogether.

I have hauled from numerous Ebay sellers as well. Overall, it was a decent experience. With one exception. But more about it soon.

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(all links to Wishtrend are non-affiliate)

One place I refuse to shop at is Wishtrend.
Why? They allow, suggest even, to mask affiliate links, because they are well aware of the fact that some people (like me) choose not to click on a random affiliate link. That fact alone made me say "fuck you" to Wishtrend and avoid any link with "wishtrend" in it 100% of the time.


Pity, because I'd like to try their klairs brand. But I am not going to. Unless I can get it from somewhere else.

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However, despite my deep and undying love and devotion to Alice at W2Beauty, I am always on the lookout for new places to shop.
  • One, because I love to shop. 
  • And two, because Alice does not stock every single brand under the sun. She's trying, yes, that's true. 
  • And three, because whenever I want something that she doesn't sell, I feel bad for asking her to do me a favor and get it for me anyway. Even I know there are limits to my special snowflakeness.

(no affiliate links below)

It seems that the majority of new online vendors these days are located either in the US, or in Canada, or in Europe. That doesn't do me any good.

Though there is one store in the UK, named very appropriately K-cosmetics, that offers free worldwide shipping, has an interesting brand that I am lusting after (I'm From) and decent prices (considering their physical location).
It seems like a great choice for folks in Europe to try.


And they're also offering 40% off right now, if you sign up for their newsletter or something, something. Their website kinda sucks, but the prices are really reasonable, and that I'm From is calling my name (especially since I refuse to buy from Wishtrend, which is like the only other place that stocks this brand).

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(NO affiliate links below, this is NOT a sponsored review)

There is also a new player based in South Korea, one called Brush and Powder.
I mentioned them before in my Cremorlab review. They are notable for carrying a fuckton of Cremorlab and having periodic "buy one get one" offers on Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel (and hopefully on other Cremorlab, too, hear this B&P???). It was one of these offers that lured me in.


Don't know about you, but I hate the name. Sounds too much like a makeup store. True, they also carry a bunch of makeup, including some lesser known brands (Unpretty Rapper, you're next!), but that's not all they have. So why the stupid makeupy name? No idea.

They are very active on Instagram and that's how I found them.
They are kind, friendly, and for the most part, well organized. For the most part, because as you will see, there was a little snafu with the discount code. However, overall, their customer service is second to none. They actually indulged my special snowflakedness and did so with a smile. Gotta love that.

When shortly after my Cremorlab post, they announced on Instagram they were running their BOGO offer on Fresh Water Gel, I immediately jumped on it. Cremorlab is good, but only if I can get it for less than the regular price.

And so I placed an order. I also added Cremorlab Skin Tone-Up CC Cream, which I've been wanting to try for a while now, and which turned out to be excellent.

Before I placed my order, I got this pop-up:


So you mean not only a BOGO offer on Cremorlab, but 10% off as well?
Just shut up and take my money already!

Of course I signed up.
I didn't get any email with an activation code, or a discount code, so I assumed it would be applied during checkout. I assumed wrong.

Now, my total wasn't that outrageous. It came out to 87 dollars. But 10% of 87 dollars that's 8 bucks. That's a fully customized Starbucks soy frappuccino in Japan. Nothing to sneeze at.

I wanted to know if perhaps I did something wrong and missed my 10% off, so I sent an email. Even though it was almost midnight here and in Korea, their lovely rep got back to me almost immediately. Seriously people, don't you ever sleep???

She explained that emails are sent at certain times, and that unfortunately, I missed my discount code for my first order. Yeah, I was bummed. But then she suggested that she could upgrade my shipment from normal registered air to K-packet to make up for the inconvenience of missing the discount.
Now, you see, I live in Japan. I always pick the cheapest shipping option when choices are available, because whether it's a K-packet, or a registered air package, they get here around the same time. It doesn't make any difference. EMS, if it's sent out first thing in the morning in Korea, gets to me the next day. We are close enough that extra shipping options don't really make much sense. Better to use that money towards an extra sheet mask, or two.

Of course if you live in a country with a less reliable postal system, by all means, go for the safest option.
In all my years of buying from Korea, I have lost only one package. With three su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Sticks. From an Ebay seller, who didn't send it with a tracking number. But I placed that order during the famous MRCS shortage, so it's anybody's guess whether the package was actually sent out at all. After a long wait for my sticks and a very brief Ebay dispute, I got my money back. I ended up ordering the sticks from W2Beauty, because by then they were back in stock and available.

Back to Brush and Powder...

While I appreciated the shipping upgrade gesture, I didn't really need it. I paid for the tracking number anyway. I would have preferred a couple of sheet masks instead. I said so to the Brush and Powder rep, and she basically replied "whatever makes you happy".

Time frame:
  • I placed my order on Monday at midnight, or very early Tuesday morning, we're talking like zero A.M. here.
  • It was shipped out on Friday.
  • It got to me a week later.


It was sent out as K-packet AND there were the masks I whined about. AND a packet of Cremorlab makeup cleansing sheets AND a bunch of samples and foils. AND a handwritten personal note.

People, that's how you do customer service.

Am I going to be shopping at Brush and Powder in the future? Hell yeah! Especially since after all that, I can STILL use my previously missing 10% discount code.

And that is WHY I am writing this post.

Too often I bitch about bad service (I refuse to shop at the flagship Shu Uemura store at Omotesando Hills), shady service (staff at SkinGarden in Shin Okubo in Tokyo diligently scratching off stamped expiration dates) or racist service (as detailed in this entry).
So to balance it out, today I am writing about excellent service. And unlike my shopping experiences in Japan, this excellent service is available worldwide with free shipping, no matter where you live.

But of course, I wouldn't be myself, if I didn't find something to point out.
Now, this stuff doesn't really matter to me, because Japan and Korea have some sort of offcial agreement and nobody cares what's written on customs slips.

However, if you live in a country with an anal retentive customs office, you might be in for a rude surprise.

The package was marked as a gift, but... the sender was listed as "Brush and Powder". That is an immediate red flag that the parcel is not a gift, but in fact, merchandise.


In contrast, W2Beauty and TGI Wholesale (don't remember about Jolse) write the name of an actual person as a sender, so the package has at least a semblance of being an actual, private gift. A tiny thing but one that customs officers look at when "randomly" selecting shipments for inspection.

Another thing that could be a red flag for bored customs staff was that the total value was listed as "0" on the customs form. Yep, zero dollars, zero won, zero yen, zero anything.  


 Yeah, we all play that lower-the-value-to-avoid-customs-fees game. I do it every time I send a package to Europe. But c'mon now. Keep it believable, please?

Anyway, that's just my two yen worth of bitching.


So...

What exactly did I buy?
This:


  • Cremorlab Skin Tone-Up CC Cream - single price US$36.00. This stuff is magnificent, perfect for hot and humid weather. If you have oily or combo skin, this is going to be ideal for you (according to my very oily friend). It has yellow undertones and is suitable for light and very light skintones up to NC20, maybe. I'll post a full review after testing it some more.

Here are the two sheet masks:



As you can see, the combined total of these masks is nearly double of what my 10% would have been. Thank so you much, Brush and Powder!!!

The hand written note recommended this mask:


I'm going to try it tonight and report back :-)

And in addition to all that, a generous stack of samples and foils was included in my shipment as well.


Miss N (the oily skinned friend) immediately grabbed the CC cream samples. She's the one who reported back that it worked like magic.

Mineral Treatment Essence, Shadow-off Cream and Essence Tonic are new to me. While one foil is not enough to get an idea about a product, I'm still looking forward to trying them all.
Incidentally, September is my "use up all the samples" months, because I am trying to reorganize my stash.

So there you have it.
A totally honest, non-sponsored store review.

What are you waiting for?
Go, do some shopping!

And now, if you excuse me, I have to start preparing for yet another typhoon. Meh...




Sunday, August 14, 2016

Best and worst of Tatcha - Indigo cream and Silken sunscreen

I mean productwise, not PR or marketing stories. I already wrote about what I think about Tatcha's nonsensical claims of ancient geisha beauty secrets and mystical lost books full of Japanese skincare magic, which can be easily found on Amazon.
Here's the link to my Tatcha - first impressions blog post from last year.

Nah... Today we'll talk about products. One Tatcha product that actually shines in the brand's otherwise quite medicore lineup, and one Tatcha product that was met with total disbelief from my Japanese friends when they tried it, and which then inspired a ROTFL episode when they heard the story behind it.


The rest of the stuff I bought and tried was either just OK, not worth the money, or simply meh.

Yeah, I might not be a fan of the brand's PR mythology, but that doesn't mean that I am going to automatically wave off the entire product lineup. No. If something is good and if it's working for me, I will tell you about it. I will tell you about the other stuff too, just to keep it nicely balanced, you know?


But before we begin, we need a little refresher lesson in botany.

  • 1. Latin. It's used by scientists and in INCI listings for a reason.

Exhibit A:


See this?
Two plants, right? Don't even look alike, right?
So what the hell do they have in common, apart from the "tinctoria" bit in their names?

Both of them are sources of blue dye used to dye clothes since the beginning of time. Incidentally, that's what "tinctoria" means - it's a Latin word meaning "used for dyeing or staining".
Both of them are commonly known as "indigo".
Both of them have anti-bacterial and analgesic qualities and have been in used in traditional folk medicine.

WTF, right?

Same, same but different. Very different, in fact.

The one on the left is known as Chinese indigo (or Japanese indigo), genus Persicaria, family Polygonaceae.
The one on the right is the regular Indian indigo, genus Indigofera, family Fabaceae.

Their origin is completely different. They are completely different species.

We are interested in the one on the left - Japanese indigo.

Exhibit B:


My pretty, pretty indigo blue purse. I got it in Kiryu, Gunma prefecture. Kiryu is a famous local indigo dyeing center. But there is also a famous indigo dyeing place in Tochigi, right down the street from me, in Moka (I love this town, btw!). They still do it the traditional way using locally grown indigo.


But, but...
Back to indigo plants.

That's not the end of it, because there are actually five other different species of plants that are referred to as "indigo" in Japan, and that are also used for dyeing fabric: Indigofera suffruticosa, Isatis tinctoria, Strobilanthes cusia, Marsdenia tinctoria and Mercurialis leiocarpa. And all of those fuckers are called "ai (藍) something or the other" (ai meaning "indigo" in Japanese). Not to be confused with a different "ai" meaning "love".

You still with me?


  • 2. That is why, when talking about plants, Latin is so important.
Otherwise you're gonna end up looking like an idiot.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because I've seen a few reviews of Tatcha's indigo cream that got the plants wrong, that got the words wrong (ai and ai, I know, I know, kanji can be very cruel like that), that got the story wrong.

It's like saying that AHA and BHA are the same. I mean both are acids, right? Both are used in skincare, right? Both exfoliate, right? Ergo, same!

So while a rose is still a rose is still a rose by any other name, it's not so simple with indigo.


  • 3. Today we want Persicaria tinctoria
a.k.a. (because this fucker has not one but TWO Latin names, mutually interchangeable) Polygonum tinctoria, a.k.a. Japanese Indigo, a.k.a. Chinese Indigo (because that's where it came from).

So Latin, folks, Latin...

Tatcha's indigo cream contains extracts from both indigos - Polygonum tinctoria and Indigofera tinctoria, but it's only the first one that is the Japanese indigo of Tatcha's pretty story of Japanese tradition, Tokushima prefecture, banks of the Yoshino river, blah blah blah...

Here you can read more about Japanese indigo from a source that is not Tatcha, meaning it's not going to make you gag. (You're welcome).

Because Tatcha, as we all know, tends to have a very elastic relationship with facts, Japanese history and Japanese culture.
Anyway.

Now that we know what we are talking about, we can finally start talking about it.

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Best of Tatcha:
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream - 50 ml - link.



Full disclosure:

When I placed my massive Tatcha order last year, I ordered the travel size of this indigo cream. When the package arrived, there was a full size jar in it along with the small one I ordered. I was using that full size jar and loving the cream and then one day at some shitty hotel in a third world country, my precious Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream was rudely stolen from my room (they also stole Ettusais Amino CC cream in pink, WTF, in a country where no one is pink? Maybe they took it for a hemorrhoid ointment, or something, I don't know).



So when Miss Y (my dear friend who should be nominated for sainthood) was going to the US earlier this year, I asked her to bring me another Indigo cream. She did. She also brought a Tatcha lipstick, which, incidentally (#1), is also amazing. Miss Y compared the lipstick to Pola lipsticks, applied it onto my lips, and even though the color was totally not me, everything else about that lipstick was amazing. If Tatcha ever does colors other than hooker geisha red, I'll totally get them. The comparison to Pola made me go out and buy a Pola lipstick. And I don't even wear lipsticks! LOL!

Incidentally (#2), this is the second time when Tatcha and Pola meet in my narratives. Something's going on here...

End disclosure.


Every time I read Tatcha's PR bullshit, I roll my eyes so hard, I can literally see my brain. That two hundred year old text? I got mine on Amazon. For 12 bucks.


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Anyway, where was I?

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream.



I did not expect much from this cream. Because Tatcha, you know?
So one day last year when my hands and wrists were being eaten alive by dryness and eczema, I was ready to try anything. I cracked open the Indigo Cream and smeared it on my red splotches. It said in the promo blurbs that it's supposed to help with eczema and irritated skin. Right? I wasn't holding my breath. I went to bed.

I woke up to soothed and calmed skin.

Holymotherofbatman!!!
Tatcha Indigo Triple something something actually worked.

And grudgingly I had to admit that this cream was slowly moving into my must-have territory.
Guess what?

Nearly a year later, it firmly is in the must-have territory.

I don't know what I am going to do when I run out. Ordering just this cream from the US is not very cost effective. But I'll worry about it when the time comes. Right now I still have some left in the second jar that Miss Y brought back from the US for me.


So what about this cream?

What is responsible for the results it brings?
Is it indigo? Or is it plain, old oatmeal? The cream has both. I don't know, and frankly I am not interested. As long as it keeps soothing and calming my red face, I'm happy. As long as it keeps moisturizing and nourishing my aged, wrinkled skin, I'm happy.

If you look at the box, you will notice that only the oatmeal is listed as the active ingredient. I supposed calling it "Oatmeal Soothing Triple Recovery Cream" doesn't sound as sexy as "Indigo". And that's fine, I don't mind. As long as the formulation works for my skin, it's all good.


Can you see it?
This cream was not made in Japan. It was made in the US. It says "formulated in Japan", but knowing Tatcha's propensity for bullshit, I'm going to take it with a spoonful of salt.



Make no mistake, this is a rich cream. For dry skin, it works both as a night and day cream. For any other skin, it's strictly an evening moisturizer.

It has a very faint smell. Very faint. Reminds me of oatmeal and basil. An odd combo, I know, but that was my very first though when I sniffed it.


Indigo is blue, and so is this cream. Its light blue hue dissipates upon application and does not transfer to clothing. Don't worry, you will not end up looking like a Smurf.


The jar looks very small. Hard to believe it contains 50ml. I did not see a spatula in my box. Doesn't bother me, because I prefer to use my fingers.


Yep. Blue.
This is what Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream looks like on the skin:



It takes time to absorb. It will feel slightly tacky and sticky right after application. But if you are patient, or have dry skin, you will see an incredible glow. Not greasy shine. Not oily mess. Just beautifully moisturized, calm, glowing skin.

And you know why I love it so much?

Take a look at the ingredient list (below).
See what's in the second place, right after "water"?
Squalane.

My holiest of holy skincare grails. My skin loves squalane. No wonder it loves Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream.


 Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Colloidal Oatmeal 3%
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Squalane (Olive origin), Glycerin, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diisostearyl Malate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Xylitol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polygonum Tinctorium (Japanese Indigo) Leaf/stem Extract, Indigofera Tinctoria Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat Kernel) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract, Prunus Lannesiana Flower Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Sericin (Silk Extract), Tetrasodium Tetracarboxymethyl Naringeninchalcone, Chondrus Crispus (Red Algae) Extract, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dextrin, Sorbitan Tristearate, Trihydroxystearin, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Beheneth­‐20, Bis-­Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-­2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Acrylate/acryloyldimethyltaurate/dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Carbonate, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Mica.

Tatcha has other products in the Indigo line. Am I going to try them? No, they are too expensive for me. If they were available locally, then maybe. But as it is now, getting them from the US is just too pricey.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream is breathtakingly expensive as well. 50 ml for US$135.00.
Yes, that's one hundred thirty five dollars, no typos here.

Final verdict:

It's in the SK-II price category, it's not available in Japan, but my skin seems to like it.
I will weep and eat nothing but rice and nori for a few weeks, but yes, I will be repurchasing.



Final notes:

I was reading an interview with Ms Tsai (the founder of Tatcha) in which she claimed that Japanese indigo is not commonly used in cosmetics. Of course that is the usual Tatcha nonsense.
A quick search reveals that Japanese indigo is an ingredient in (for example):

  • Kose Sekkisei Supreme Powder Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Cream 
  • Kose Sekkisei Supreme Liquid Foundation 
  • Kose Sekkisei Supreme Whitening Eye Cream 
  • LuLuLun  Face Mask (white)
  • Dr. Ci:Labo Photo-White-C Whitening Lotion
  • Kose Sekkisei Supreme Revitalizing Cream
  • Kose Sekkisei Supreme Moisturizer II 
  • Naruko Raw Job's Tears CO2 Brightening Mask

And I'm sure it's used in many other products by many other companies. I'm just too lazy to search more.



And that concludes our Best of Tatcha segment.


EDITED to add:

Yes, I know, blue creams and blue skincare in general seems to be in now. It's the new snail, if you will. May Lindstrom, Sunday Riley, klairs and a bunch of others all have something blue in their lineup. But as far as I can tell, none of the products contains indigo of any kind.

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Let's move on to:

Worst of Tatcha
Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 (60ml) - link.


Full disclosure:
I didn't buy it. It was included as a present with my order.

Let's keep it short and sweet, because this sunscreen is not worth more than 5 minutes of my time. And definitely not worth the 68 dollars that Tatcha wants for it.


Seriously???
US$68 for this thing?

Only an idiot would willingly spend that much money on this mediocre approximation of a cheap Japanese sunscreen makeup base.

Tatcha claims this sunscreen was formulated in Japan and manufactured in the US.

Personally, I don't think this sunscreen got anywhere near Japan.


Don't get me wrong. I understand the limitations of producing an SPF product for the American market. The US is still in the middle ages when it comes to approved UV blockers.


Japan, on the other hand, is THE sunscreen capital of the world. Sunscreens here are cosmetically elegant (for the most part), plentiful, come in a dazzling variety of formulations and in every price point - from rock bottom cheapos for the equivalent of 5 dollars to high end skincare miracles that can cost upwards of a hundred bucks.


Japan knows sunscreen.

And Tatcha?
Tatcha doesn't know the first thing about Japanese sunscreens. Their product is not even in the same category as Japanese sunscreens. They are trying to pass off an American sunblock as a Japanese-formulated product.

First of all, the SPF.
35? Really? Really, really?



Standard for Japanese sunscreens is SPF50 and PA++++ (which, I suppose would be the equivalent of a very broad spectrum).

Lower SPF is usually found in base makeup and makeup primers.

This is exactly what Tatcha Silken Sunscreen is - an SPF enhanced makeup base. Tatcha even admits as much on their website.

Unfortunately, Japan also happens to be the leading power in makeup bases. We love our primers here and we sure know our bases.



So how does Tatcha's Silken compare to an average Japanese pore perfecting makeup base? Not very well, unfortunately.

  • Tatcha says it's "weightless" - it's not.
  • Tatcha says it's "pore perfecting" - sure, in the same way that wall spackle is.
  • Tatcha says it's "brightening" - if a horrid white cast is your idea of "bright", then sure, yeah, it is.
  • Tatcha says that it has skincare benefits from all the wonderful extracts in the formulation - personally, my skin was screaming for air when I applied it to my face. 

I was expecting sunscreen. I got something that felt like a wash off mask.

But then again, I am spoiled. I live in Japan and use Japanese sunscreens daily.



I thought I was being unnecessarily harsh on Tatcha Silken Sunscreen, so I invited a couple of my friends to try it. Miss I and Miss Y both politely said that this sunscreen was nowhere near Japanese standards in this price range. It was nowhere near Japanese makeup primer standards in this price range, either.

They were a lot less polite when they found out about the nonsensical geisha story used to peddle this product. Let's just say that good LOLs were had by all.



Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen ingredients:

Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Hdi/trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Extract), Glycyrrhiza Inflata (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sericin (Silk Extract), Algae Extract, Lecithin, Inositol (Rice Extract), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Tristearate, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Beheneth-20, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Methicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Iron Oxides (Ci77491), Tin Oxide, Mica, Fragrance (Natural), Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol


Final thoughts:

From all the Tatcha products that I have tried, this is hands down the worst ever. The exfoliating rice powder is a close second runner up, but this sunscreen gets the honors of being total shite. At least the rice powder I can use to wash my feet.


So there you have it.
One Tatcha winner and one Tatcha loser:


And did you notice that both of them were "formulated in Japan" and "made in USA"? Interesting, isn't it?

Now, if ever this Plum Blossm Lipstick comes back in stock, it shall be mine...



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cremorlab - second impressions

(Wersja polska na dole wpisu).

This is going to be a long mega-post, so go grab a sandwich, or a coffee. Yes, you may need some caffeine just to stay awake.
Go on, I'll wait.

I'm going to get a drink myself.

This review has been simmering here since last fall. Yep. Nine months. If it were a baby, it would be screaming for some breast milk now.

Anyway, where was I?
Ah, yes... Cremorlab.


Actually, it's good I waited out the Cremorlab hype with these products. It gave me enough time to get to know them and to form an opinion of sorts about the brand in general.
And what a huge difference a year makes!
It seems that Peach and Lily stopped pushing Cremorlab in every single advertorial, the hype is done and over now. So what did Cremorlab do to fall from the K-beauty pedestal? Nothing really, apart from being boring and expensive.

Yes, expensive...

I bought all of today's products myself, and the only reason I could afford them was a huge discount at SkinGarden in Shin Okubo in Tokyo.


I've been getting quite frequent emails from people asking me if I could buy them Cremorlab this and Cremorlab that in Shin Okubo and unfortunately, I can't. One, because I am not a buying service, and two, because this is not how sales in Shin Okubo work.

You see, the huge discounts you can find at places like SkinGarden come with a trade off of short expiration dates, usually a year or less. Some products at 90% markdown are waaaay past their prime, I have seen SanDaWha and ElishaCoy that were so expired I'd be afraid to handle them without a hazmat suit.

Such are the risks of buying discounted Korean cosmetics in Shin Okubo. Those stores buy less than fresh overstock for super cheap and try to unload it as fast as possible. Once a brand is gone, it's gone for good.

That was the case with Cremorlab. Maybe some day it will appear in Shin Okubo again. If that happens, I will carefully check the dates on every single product and buy like there is no tomorrow. But until that happens, I will pass on Cremorlab. There is no way in hell I am paying the standard online prices.


But let's get started, shall we?

Last year, nearly exactly to the day (can you believe it?), I was writing about Cremorlab sunblock.
Today I will tell you about the rest of the Cremorlab goodies:
  • Cremorlab Enriched Moisture
  • Cremorlab Smooth Pudding
  • Cremorlab Aqua Essence Water Fluid
  • Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel
and
  • Cremorlab Body Lotion.
I have finished all of them a long time ago. Some were multiples (Aqua Essence and Fresh Water Gel), and some were not.

 My overall impression of the products?

I liked them. I really did.
They were simple, functional, basic, boring skincare. They did not irritate, they played well with each other and with others and they left my skin looking supple, smooth and ... ran out of ideas for more s words here... Anyway, you know what I mean.

They gave me nothing to complain about. Except the price, that is.
And maybe the fact that apart from moisture and plumpness, they didn't do much else. For that kind of money I expected bells and whistles and skingasmic experiences to live up to the Peach and Lily hype.


Instead, it turned out that the hype was just that. Hype. A year later there are new K-beauty darlings and Cremorlab is no longer the cool kid on the blog. You'd think that it would translate into lower prices, but noooo...

A new Korean beauty online shop selling Cremorlab - Brush and Powder, keeps the prices firmly in the Peach and Lily territory.
But unlike Peach and Lily, it runs frequent "buy one get one" Cremorlab promotions. And guess who will be dropping some change on a BOGO Cremorlab next time it happens? Yours very truly, that's who. Because despite all my bitching and moaning, and Cremorlab's ridiculous magical water mythology, it IS a good brand with decent products.

Wait, what? Magical water?

Yep.

I took this screenshot last year. It seemed to have mysteriously vanished from the Cremorlab website. Or they buried it so deep, I can't find it now.

Pity, because this blurb is pure PR drivel gold.

I have enlisted the help of a Korean speaking friend and we've been trying to contact Cremorlab to find out the exact location of this magical hot spring in Geumjin where the water used in Cremorlab products reportedly comes from. No luck. The company simply ignored us.
In other PR blurbs, now no longer appearing on Cremorlab's website (at least not in English), it stated that their water had unique red wine color. 

We have emailed the tourist board in Gangwon Province and asked them for help in locating this mysterious hot spring. They had no clue either. Gangwon IS famous for hot springs, but this particular one proved hard to find. Red wine color and all. Nobody knows...

Not sure about you, but this kind of stuff always pushes my BS alert into overdrive.

Yes, miracle blending indeed...

Here is another blurb of the same, but this time from Lotte Duty Free website:


Anyway, what does T.E.N. stand for?


Apparently, for this:
  • T = Thermal water therapy
  • E = Eco-energy
  • N = Natural nourishment

Exciting stuff, right?


So let's get this party started, shall we?

  • Cremorlab Enriched Moisture T.E.N. Cremor for Face (45ml)



The bar is set pretty high with claims of highly effective hydration, brightening and nourishment.
No, this photo was not taken in black and white, the box really is that simple and spartan.

Until you turn it over and see this:


Yep, it's printed in Japanese and in English. How very fancy. Here we have the blurb about the red wine color.

Why is the box in Japanese if Cremorlab is a niche Korean brand?

You see, apparently, Cremorlab is one of those arrogant Korean brands who think that having Japanese packaging is the key to success in the Japanese market. Whamisa is another such brand. Idiots. They should have learned from the flagship Amore Pacific failure. It takes a lot more than Japanese writing on the box to succeed in Japan.


Cremorlab touts its eco-friendly cred, but as you see above, it's just lip service. The amount of waste that goes into preparing country specific packaging for every product is mind boggling. And very, very eco-unfriendly. Japanese language stickers satisfy all legal requirements for imported products, are much cheaper to produce and have a much lower carbon footprint. But noooo... Cremorlab is so green and eco-friendly, they had to produce individual boxes for the Japanese market. Idiots.
Let me repeat it one more time. Idiots.


K-beauty fans used to fawn over Cremorlab's minimalistic design. I don't find it particularly worth of fawning over. Maybe because many Japanese products in the comparable price range follow similar esthetics.


Now, whoever at Cremorlab thought it would be a good idea to have white print on a very pale whitish-gray background needs to be fired. It looks clean but is impossible to read. Hello Cremorlab, ever heard of visually impaired people? If it was the US of A, you'd get your ass sued by someone who's legally blind and can't read the blurbs on your containers.

All creams came with spatulas. Personally, I didn't bother with them and just used my fingers. I think I tossed them as soon as I opened a box, that's why you can't see any in most of the photos.

Cremorlab Enriched Moisture had a light, fluffy texture. A nice surprise for a quite rich cream.

It hydrated and moisturized like a champ. I didn't notice any brightening. Nourishing can be debatable, but my skin did feel more plump and smooth.

Cremorlab Enriched Moisture swatches:


You can see that initially it looks very rich, and then - magic! it absorbs completely and fully. There is no shiny cast, there is no residue. There is no sticky film. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just happy, plump skin.


As you can see above, the ingredient list is printed in Japanese as well. There was no Korean and no English version.

Cremorlab Enriched Moisture T.E.N. Cremor for Face ingredients (in English):
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Triethylhexanoin, Polyacrylamide, Panthenol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (broccoli) Extract, Orchid Extract, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) Oil, Yeast Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tribehenin, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-40 Stearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sorbitan Stearate, Laureth-7, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Bisabolol, Adenosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, 1,2-hexanediol, Algin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Myristyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

As you can see, the ingredient list in English has a very different order from what's printed in Japanese on the box. Let's just say, some of the extracts dropped to the very bottom in the Japanese version. Which leads me to believe that despite Peach and Lily's assurances that their ingredient lists were reshuffled to comply with the American regulations, they are not.

Later, when I have a moment, I will add the Japanese listing in English. Japan is very strict about the ingredient order in cosmetic products. Korea, on the other hand, tends to fudge things somewhat so the products appear "better" ingredient-wise than they really are.

Here is a nice write up about the differences between Korean and American ingredient lists: link.

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Time for contestant number 2.

  • Cremorlab Smooth Pudding T.E.N. Cremor for Face (60ml)



Cremorlab Smooth Pudding was my favorite from the whole lineup. I would pile it on after my Hanyul White Chrysanthemum Radiance Serum and let my skin drink it all up.

I didn't notice any anti-wrinkle results. I did notice, however, that my skin was amazingly hydrated, moist, supple, plump and glowing.



Last fall while waiting in a waiting room somewhere I grabbed a women's magazine and started paging through it absentmindedly. An article about skincare caught my eye. It advocated something, which I dubbed "force feeding". The basic principle was that you are supposed to force your skin to drink as much moisture as possible. Winters in Japan are notoriously dry, my dry skin tends to crack, flake and peel. I went home, pulled out my Cremorlab lineup and started force feeding my skin. Turned out my skin was a bottomless pit when it came to moisture. It would immediately eat up whatever I gave it. And it wanted more. And more.


The texture was indeed very smooth and very puddingy. The name didn't lie.

Cremorlab Smooth Pudding swatch:


Again, initially it looks very rich, and then - magic. It's all absorbed into satiny nothing. There is no sticky film, no filmy residue. Nothing. Just moist, fluffy skin.


No surprise to anyone that we run into the same ingredient order problem as with Enriched Moisture.

The Japanese and English language versions don't match up.

Cremorlab Smooth Pudding T.E.N. Cremor for Face ingredients (in English):
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Poly (c6-14olefin), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Water, Orchid Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Yeast Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, , Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arachidyl Glucoside, Silica, Sodium Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Hydroxide, Isohexadecane, Adenosine, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Algin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol Denat., Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance (parfum)
Again, the differences in the ingredient order between the Japanese version on the box and the English listing provided by Peach and Lily are quite shocking. I was under the impression that Peach and Lily had the reshuffled American ingredient order. But apparently no.

I guess I'll have to get my stuff together and post the Japanese translation as well.


OK, moving on.

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Next up is:

  • Cremorlab Aqua Essence Water Fluid T.E.N. Cremor (50ml)


The name of this essence is very misleading.
It's neither "water" nor "fluid". And yes, I do think that "aqua" and "water" in the same name is a bit of an overkill. Especially if your product is neither.

Here you have a review of Cremor Aqua Essence Water Fluid by the lovely adoredee - link. She wasn't particularly pleased with this product.
I, on the other hand, loved it.


Make no mistake, despite what you can read about it on the internet, this is not an essence in the traditional sense. Not a "booster serum" either.

It's just a plain, old moisturizer.

It claims to do three main things: anti-wrinkle, whitening and super mega hydration.

I have gone through 2 bottles of it, and while I loved it for the super mega hydration (no lie here), I noticed zero whitening and zero anti-wrinkling. If anything, whatever superficial anti-wrinkle results it did offer were due to superior hydration. Plump skin looks visually less wrinkly than dry skin.

Cremorlab Aqua Essence Water Fluid comes in an airless pump bottle. Yay!

The "essence" looks like that:


See what I mean? Not very "aqua" and not very "water". "Fluid"? Hahaha! Nice joke, Cremorlab!

Cremorlab Aqua Essence Water Fluid swatch:


See? This is why I loved Cremorlab. It absorbed to nothing on my dry, dry skin. Initially I used it after my toner and before the Hanyul serum. I found that it wasn't the best order for me (despite what other websites claim) and started using it after the serum. The results were immediate. Soft, hydrated, plump skin. Happy, happy, yay, yay!


Ingredients in Japanese:



Cremorlab Aqua Essence Water Fluid T.E.N. Cremor ingredients (in English, from Peach and Lily):

Water, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Water, Orchid Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomillarecutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Yeast Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycerin, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyldodeceth-20, Peg-5 Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, 1,2-hexanediol, Algin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Alcohol Denat., Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid

And no surprise to anyone at this point, the order is completely different. Shockingly different.


Hang on, this is the final stretch. Only two more products to go!

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  • Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel T.E.N. Cremor for Face (100ml)


Yes, it's really THAT big. It's not a typo. 100 ml. For real.
The jar is huge (relatively speaking) and it almost justifies the non-sale price of US$48.00


I used it as a sleeping pack. Yes, on top of all the other Cremors. I kept it by the futon and just smeared it on when it was time to go to bed.
If this goes on a "buy one get one" sale at Brush and Powder, I am totally buying it.



Oh yes, the design. Here you can see the details. Alien doodles, as my friend called them.

The gel is really gelly and kind of watery:


I loved this Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel. No matter how many layers were on my face before I got to put it on, it always managed to somehow sink in and keep it all together. Important when you consider the pillow mess that some sleeping packs can create.

Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel swatches:


The gel claims to be soothing and smoothing in addition to highly effective hydration. This one actually did all three. The skin looked fresh and rested in the morning.

Japanese ingredients:


Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel T.E.N. Cremor for Face ingredients (in English from Peach and Lily):

The first ingredient should be "water" but it's not included in their listing. Oh well...
Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Sodium Glutamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Orchid Extract, Yeast Extract, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Water, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Glycine Soja (soybean) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Water, Rose Flower Oil, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Algin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 60, Silica, Cetyl Peg/ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Hamamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol Denat.

And of course the ingredient order is very different than the Japanese language version. I also think there is a typo in the listing provided by Peach and Lily, because "water" is not listed at all, yet it clearly is the first ingredient.

EDITED to add:

this is the ingredient list from the package intended for international markets:



It does not match the Japanese version.
So Cremorlab is full of it.
And fuck only knows what's REALLY in their products. This is a perfect example of how unregulated the Korean market is when it comes to ingredient listing rules.

And Peach and Lily is full of it too for putting imaginary INCI on their website.



Sadly, Brush and Powder just copied and pasted the Peach and Lily version on their website, instead of checking what's on the actual package.
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And we are almost, almost done.
This is the last item for today:

  • Cremorlab Body Lotion T.E.N. Cremor (250ml)


Comes in a standard pump bottle.


The texture was very similar to the smooth pudding but more sticky.

It was OK as a body lotion. Unlike Cremorlab's facial products, this one left a filmy layer. It wasn't uncomfortable, but it was there. It moisturized, it did its job. But for that kind of money, I expected, I dunno... more... I guess. I'm glad I got it for really cheap in Shin Okubo, otherwise I'd be might pissed it I had paid full price for it.

This one's totally not worth it. Skip it.



Cremorlab Body Lotion T.E.N. Cremor ingredients (in English via Peach and Lily):

Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, ceetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Cyclopentasiloxane, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (soybean) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extrat, Hamamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Water, Orchid Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Yeast Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sorbitan Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Peg-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Allantoin Polysorbate 80, Tocopheryl Acetate, 1,2-hexandediol, Algin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Stearyl Aclohol, Xanthan Gum, Caffeine, Alcohol Denat., Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Yellow 5 (c1 19140) 

Of course they are arranged differently than the Japanese version printed on the box. Of course.


Final thoughts:

So there you have it.

Of all the products presented today, I'd repurchase all (except the body lotion) if I could get them on sale.
There are other Cremorlab products I'd like to try, so you bet I'll be waiting for a "buy one get one" sale over at Brush and Powder.

Folks in Europe can get Cremorlab from Honeysu.

These are NOT affiliate links. I'm just putting them here for your convenience.


When I translate the ingredient lists from the Japanese boxes, I will add them here for comparison purposes. Somehow, I am more inclined to believe the Japanese language version ingredient order, because it simply makes more sense. They make Cremorlab look less of a formulation darling that it's been advertised to be for the western audience.

Still, even despite that, Cremorlab is solid, basic skincare and if you can find it somewhere on sale, jump on it. Chances are you'll like it.

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Streszczenie po polsku:


Cremorlab to koreanska marka kosmetykow opartych na wodzie termicznej (termalnej, czy jak jej tam), cos jak koreanskie Avene. Lansowana byla az do bolu przez oficjalna dystrybutorke w USA, ktora jest wlascicielka sklepu internetowego Peach and Lily

To bylo w zeszlym roku. Zachodnie wielbicielki azjatyckiej pielegnacji dostawaly zbiorowego orgazmu jak tylko marka Cremorlab byla wspominana. Pani od Peach and Lily twierdzila, ze to super hiper popularna marka w Korei, ekskluzywna, cudotworcza, jedyna w swoim rodzaju. Jak latwo sobie wyobrazic, nie, nie, nie i jeszcze raz nie.

Ale ja tez padlam ofiara Cremorlabowej histerii, wiec jak tylko wypatrzylam ja w koreanskim sklepie SkinGarden w Shin Okubo w Tokio (nie mylic z polskim sklepem internetowym Skingarden, ktory, co za niesamowity zbieg okolicznosci, rowniez sprzedaje koreanskie kosmetyki), to wzielam co bylo do wziecia. Sklepy w Shin Okubo maja to do siebie, ze potrafia miec niesamowite znizki, i tak tez bylo w przypadku Cremorlab. Za pelna cene w zyciu bym tego nie kupila.

Za pol ceny bylam bardzo zadowolona. Za pol ceny kupilabym znowu.

Moja sucha i wrazliwa cera polubila sie z kazdym produktem opisywanym powyzej. Fajerwerkow nie bylo, ale za to bylo mega nawilzenie i ukojenie cery. Zero wypryskow, zero podraznienia. Ale rowniez zero dzialania przeciwstarzeniowego, czy przeciwzmarszczkowego, czy ujednolicania kolorytu. Tego nie zauwazylam. Zauwazylam tylko wspaniale, dlugotrwale nawilzenie. 

Jesli znajde gdzies Cremorlab za pol ceny, to z pewnoscia znowu kupie. 
Za pelna cene uwazam, ze nie warto.
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