So earlier this month I received my second Beauty Box from BNTNews International, which means for the next few days I'll be reviewing all the K-beauty products that I got for November! For this post, I'll be reviewing two items at once – this Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam* and Cloud Embo Masssage Brush*, both from MAXCLINIC.
MaxClinic is a Korean skincare brand created to bring back the natural glow of healthy skin based on the expertise of spa clinics. With the motto of "healing skincare optimized to fit the skin," esthetic spa experts and cosmetology experts came together to create this luxury spa clinic brand so you can experience professional spa care at the convenience of your home.
MAXCLINIC Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam
MAXCLINIC PURIFYING VITAMIN OIL FOAMWhat is it? "A moist vita-wash in an oil-to-foam formula, the Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam gently dissolves waste and makeup on your skin and creates non-irritating bubbles when it touches water for a smooth finish without oil residue. With this new formula, you can do double/triple cleansing all at once minus the annoying steps!"
I've heard of this type of formula before from Kim Dayeong's channel. When I saw her use it, I thought it was pretty convenient, since you can do both oil cleansing and foam cleansing at once. Great for when I'm too lazy to double-cleanse!
PACKAGINGThe Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam comes in a sturdy plastic bottle with a pump. The color of the bottle itself is such a pretty blue that it always catches my eye whenever I go into the bathroom!
INGREDIENTSPurified water, Potassium cocoate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Glycerin, Olive oil, Acrylate copolymers, Sodium cocoyl apple amino acid, Triethanolamine, Sodium chloride, Panthenol, Kakadu plum seed oil, Camu camu extract, Lime oil, Rye peel oil, Sentient geranium flower oil, Safflower seed oil, Green tea extract, Mung bean root extract, Sodium cocoyl glycinate, Tea seed extract, Sucrose, Sodium lauroyl oat amino acid, Jojoba seed oil, Soy sterol, Quillaia bark extract, Soap grass leaf extract, Butylene glycol, Stearic acid, Propylene glycol, Sorbitan stearate, Palmitic acid, Potassium cocoyl glycinate, Lemon peel oil, Butyl avocadate, 1,2-hexanediol, Carrageenan powder, Disodium iodide, Acrylate / C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), FAGE-5 rape seed sterol, Ceteth-4, Green tea seed oil, Saccharide hydrolyzate, Maltodextrin, Mung bean extract, Cholesterol, Enzyme treated red ginseng saponin, Tocopheryl acetate, Coconut oil, Argane tincture oil, Sanjay tree oil, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, Gellan gum, Pectin, Algin, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Pyridoxine HCI, Xylityl glucoside, Albumin extract, Retinyl palmitate, Caprylic glycol, Anhydrous xylitol, Sodium hydroxide, Linoleic acid, Linolenic Acid, Clofenesin, Damask rose flower oil, Orange flower oil, Bacillus / soybean fermented extract, Biotin, Niacinamide, Sunflower seed oil, Xylitol, Chromium oxide green, Red iron oxide (CI 77491), Yellow iron oxide (CI 77492), Ilright, Montmorillonite, Kaoline, Mopro extract, Ginseng fruit extract, Ethanol, Citric Acid, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Propyl gallate, Phenoxyethanol, Ylang Ylang flower oil, Orange oil, Balsam Amilis Peel Oil, Troponone, Ethylhexyl glycerin, Palmarosa oil, Rosemary oil, Lavandin oil
The Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam is made with natural ingredients, such as natural oils like Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Orange Blossom Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, and Damask Rose Oil. It also has Kakadu Plum Oil, Camu Camu extracts, and Sea Buckthorn Oil—a "super vitamin oil complex" for skin brightening—and french clay (found in the tiny beads inside the cleanser) for removing dead skin cells, blackheads and makeup residue for an intense cleanse while controlling sebum. It's also free of 8 harmful ingredients – Sulfate surfactants, 6 types of parabens, Benzophenone-3, Benzalkonium chloride, Mineral oil, artificial scents, tar color, and benzyl benzoate.
Now they claim that this product is chock–full of great ingredients, but because I couldn't find a full ingredients list ANYWHERE, I thought that it would be best if I looked for it myself. I managed to find it, but completely in Korean, just like on the box. I can't read Korean so I let Google Translate do the work LOL (that said, this list might not be 100% accurate), and then I ran the ingredients list through COSDNA. What I found was quite shocking – three of their ingredients had such high marks (4~5) as potential acne triggers! These are Carrageenan powder (comes from a seaweed plant), Coconut oil, and algin (comes from algae). While all three of these ingredients are natural materials, they've been known to cause acne in a lot of people. The last one, algin, also has a 4 out of 5 mark as a possible irritant! So scary ;____; Luckily, this didn't break me out or gave me allergies, but still, YMMV! (I made a COSDNA entry for it if you want to see the rest!)
TEXTUREThe texture is so strange! It's a gel, but the label clearly says 'oil foam'. Is it a gel? Oil? Foam? On my hand, it's a gel (with oil-cleansing properties, maybe?) with little french clay beads inside. When you mix with water, it turns into a foam.
SCENTI don't notice the scent when it's applied on the face, but after I've massaged it for a bit, it smells a lot like ordinary bath soap..
MAXCLINIC Cloud Embo Masssage Brush
MAXCLINIC CLOUD EMBO MASSAGE BRUSHMaxClinic claims: "Create whipped cream-like foam as soft as clouds! When reversed, the fitness V-Pad can be used to lift up skin from the jaw line! Double care inside and outside the skin with both sides of the brush!"
Rather than the cleanser, what piqued my interest was this brush! I'd been considering getting something similar to the Clarisonic before, but because the price point for that isn't within my budget, I've been looking at other options. So when I saw this in the Beauty Box, I was so excited to try it! And the fact that it has a V-pad for face massages is a plus for me!
HOW TO USE
To see the Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam and Cloud Embo Masssage Brush in action, follow this link for a demo video!
PERFORMANCETo test if this product really has the properties of an oil cleanser, I wrote on the back of my hand with waterproof eyeliner and liquid lipstick. I spread the gel all over the back of my hand, then massaged. I don't know the eyeliner was just that crazy-waterproof, but I massaged for a whole two minutes, with my fingers and with the V-pad, and it wouldn't come off completely! Boo! I only managed to take off all the makeup when I added water and used the Cloud Embo Massage Brush.
Also, according to the how-to image from MAXCLINIC, you're supposed to apply 3-4 pumps of the oil foam on your face. Because I thought that 3-4 pumps was way too much product, I only used 2 the first time.. not a good idea. You have to use a lot of product, or else it becomes quite thick (?) and sticky easily, and it gets harder to massage on your face.
If there's one thing that I was impressed by during this test, it was the Cloud Embo Brush. I've seen some Korean skin experts talk about how using a brush, manual or mechanical, do a much better job of cleansing as compared to using just your hands, because the bristles can really get to all the oil and dirt in your pores. I've used Etude's cleansing brush before and it didn't leave a particularly good impression, so I was curious how this one would be different. Because the bristles of the Cloud Embo Brush are so dense, it does a much better job at cleansing. Also, the handle makes using it much more convenient. Plus, I can use the V-pad when I feel like doing a face massage in the shower. Love!
PRICE & AVAILABILITYFor a cleanser that can't take off my makeup all that well, the Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam is super expensive at ₩55,000 a bottle (~$46 / ~P2,300). The combined price of my HG cleanser, the Clean It Zero, plus my current foam cleanser isn't anywhere near that amount. The Cloud Embo Massage Brush is also expensive at (~$35 / ~P1,800), but it does its job well.
MaxClinic isn't available locally in the Philippines, but you can purchase these products on their official store here and here. Also available on YesStyle here and here.
+ Lots of good natural ingredients
+ Convenient to use if you're feeling lazy
+ Didn't break me out
+ THE CLOUD BRUSH. That's all
- Gets thick easily and hard to massage on the face
- Doesn't take off waterproof makeup well on its own
- Contains three !!! acne triggers
- Smells like generic bath soap
- Not locally available in the Philippines
FINAL THOUGHTSAs a cleanser, the Purifying Vitamin Oil Foam doesn't do much for me. It doesn't remove waterproof makeup completely, plus it hurt my eyes once when I was taking my eye makeup off! ;___; But when I add water to turn it into foam and used the Cloud Embo Massage Brush, it works quite well. I'm a bit on the fence with this, as I use a lot of waterproof, long-wear makeup. The Vitamin Oil Foam would probably work well if you're the type to only wear light makeup. But for full makeup with waterproof everything, I still prefer the standard double-cleansing method. I'll probably just use the Oil Foam on days I only need to take off sunscreen and cushion makeup. But the Cloud Embo Brush, I will be using a lot from now on ♥
DISCLOSURE: This product was sent to me by BNTNews for review, but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.