IOPE Enzyme PowderMonday, 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.