IOPE Enzyme Powder

Monday, November 28, 2016


IOPE is a high-end brand in Korea famous for their cushion foundation. Its the brand's best-seller. I haven't read about their skincare products but I was curious because it seemed good.

As I'm on a self-imposed beauty no-buy, I've been going through my stash of products a lot slower than I used to. Excited as I was 18 months ago to try out the IOPE products I purchased, I had to restrain myself. It's only recently that I was able to get the IOPE set out since I ran out of other products. The Enzyme Powder is the first one up for review.

If you're familiar with Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant, this is a similar product. Similar but not identical. Similar in that it contains rice powder (enzyme) and in the way it is applied to the skin.


This product dispenses as a powder. The opening in the bottle was quite wide and I was afraid of taking too much but somehow, that never happens. All is good!

The instructions say it should be a quarter-sized amount but I use less, like nickel-sized to be exact. Then I add three drops of water to make it into a watery paste.

It doesn't look like much but when you start to wash your face with this, it lathers. And you only need a little to get your entire face clean.


Is it a cleanser or exfoliant?

The answer is both. I use this after removing my makeup with cleansing oil. This is so effective in removing the dirt in my skin - it feels really clean but not squeaky dry. You know what I mean? Its a tad gentler than Dermalogica's version and it makes my skin a bit smoother too.

The only thing I am not a fan of is the fragrance. It has an aquatic and pine-y scent. It's not a deal breaker though, because its not cloying.

The verdict: this is my favorite exfoliant to date. I love how my skin feels after & it works well with the other products in the IOPE skincare range. 

I purchased this at Amore, a beauty store inside the building of this huge Korean grocery in TX. They have other Amorepacific brands in there like Sulwhasoo & Laniege. Good stuff.

A question for you ladies (and gents) who are on beauty no-buys... How do you cope? My heart breaks when I see something beautiful that I can't buy. But I've been good at keeping myself away from temptation! And fellow beauty bloggers, any suggestions on how to keep my blog alive inspite of this no-buy? I'm terribly shy about showing my face.


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26 comments

  1. I should be on a no-buy. I have washing grains for Tatcha, and though I like them, I must admit that I don't reach for them nearly as much as my premixed cleansers. But I agree they are a combo cleanser exfoliant.

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  2. I've never seen this brand but this looks really interesting.

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  3. What a cool product, i may have to swing by my local Amore shop and check it out.
    I'm going on a no (or at least very low) buy soon, I'm gonna have to shop my current collections every time I'm tempted to buy something new. Usually i already have a dupe or reasonable substitute for what I'm wanting to buy 🙈

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  4. We have some really good Korean shops in the Dallas area for beauty products. I try to stay away so I don't buy too much. LOL!

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  5. That's an interesting product. I've never tried anything like it.

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  6. I have a similar product to this made by Oz Naturals and I really like it.

    A no buy doesn't have to slow you down. You could do features like favorite palettes, shadow singles, found rations... Fave drugstore blushes, favorite pricey ones. Mix and match. Monthly favorites, empties, how you clean your brushes, how you organize your makeup, skin care... There are lots of things to do that don't require new stuff and you can stay behind the camera. (Fellow camera shy being.) 😀

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  7. This is a product I would love! I prefer cleansers and exfoliants in one, but find most are too abrasive for my skin!

    As for the no buy, I went on one for 14 months a few years ago and the first 3 months were the roughest. After that it got easier to pass through areas with beauty products and eventually it didn't phase me much and I got in the mind set of already having something similar so I didn't need it anyway.

    As for blog posts, I brought back products I love, holy grail items, necessities that break the no buy (anything from hair care to beauty stuff I consider essential like foundation/powder to deodorant) and go from there

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  8. I have never heard of a product like this!! It sounds super cool - I think my skin would love it.

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  9. I have the Biore version of this and enjoy it.

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  10. This is so cool, I love the aspect of mixing it with water to activate it :-)

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  11. I love how innovative Korean skincare is - reams ahead of mainstream brands. I've tried similar powder enzyme cleansers from other Korean brands, but not Iope.

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  12. I am so in love with Korean skin care stuff.

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  13. I think Enzyme Powders are so good for switching up your skin care, especially during winter. This one sounds like a winner for sure.

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  14. This product looks really interesting!!

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  15. Ooh, I want to try this!

    I've been on a strict no-buy since the beginning of the year, only buying things I run out of. It's been tough, but I get a satisfaction now out of shopping my stash and actually using things up.

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  16. I need to be on a no-buy!!!!!!!!! This sounds like a perfect fit for me– I love powder cleanser/exfoliants. SO far my favorites are from TATCHA, but this definitely sounds well worth trying.

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  17. This looks intriguing but I'm concerned with the scent...not a fan of pine anything!!!! Does the scent linger?

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  18. Now this looks pretty awesome!

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  19. I've never used a powder cleanser/exfoliant, I'm convinced I'd just make a mess lol! x

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  20. Ooh, I don't know this brand but I am very interested in trying this!

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  21. I love powdered exfoliants! I'll have to try this brand out next.

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  22. I love rice powder exfoliants and this one sounds great (minus the scent!)

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  23. This looks like a really lovely product x

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