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Today I tried out what was probably my first Tony Moly skincare product (from recent memory); the “Egg pore nose pack” strip. The packaging is simple and functional, focussing on a brownish-yellow colour scheme with a happy lil’ slice of egg on the front! Considering the name of the brand means something along the lines of “putting style into packaging”, I think that counts as a success. For those of you who haven’t heard of Tony Moly before, let me briefly introduce the brand.
Tony Moly is a South Korean cosmetics brand that was established in 2006 and has since been described as “the world’s leading brand” within the realms of K beauty and beyond. It has quickly become a reputable household brand in South Korea. They are also ethically focussed and hold the ideology of perfecting skincare through continuous research. If you fancy checking them out, go ahead and click here
On the left above is the happy little nose pack out of its packaging, and on the right it has been crookedly placed on my nose. After just over 10 minutes, I removed the nose strip and the image below shows what happened…
Gross! But it worked really well! The application process was very simple but removal was a little eye-watering, a sensation I would liken to removing a plaster… off of your face! On the plus side, it took with it a few sneaky nose hairs and some big bad blackheads (I know the latter is kinda the point but I’ve tried other nose strips before with disappointing results). Additionally I’ve felt no irritation and no drying from the product itself so I’m a very happy, metaphorical bunny. But how long will this bunny be happy? Let’s check the ingredients.
Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Water, Silica, PEG 12 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butylene Glycol, Vinegar, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Egg Shell Powder, 1,2-Hexanediol,Alantoin, Camellia Flower Extract, Charcoal Powder.
*Internal screaming ensues* I really am not a fan of Phenoxyethanol. I know I’ve only had a mild irritation from it in the Faith in Face Eye Mask review but still, I’m not a fan. I’ll admit, it’s MUCH better than the parabens and I didn’t react to it this time (probably because the nose area tends to be less sensitive than the delicate under eye skin) and it seems to be kind of unavoidable so all in all I can be loosely acquainted with it!
Besides, this product has HUGE advantages! Its Paraben free, Silicone free, Sulphate free, EU allergy and Fungal Acne Safe! Amazing! Let’s Check out what the other ingredients have in store:
- Allantoin: We’ve met this guy before and he’s a good’un! Protects skin, provides moisturisation and soothing relief from reactions. Great for oily and sensitive skin.
- Butylene Glycol & Glycerin: Two more friends of mine because of their fabulous moisturising properties. Great for dry skin!
- Titanium Oxide: provides UV protection that is suitable for sensitive skin. However, when present in pigmented products it is likely unsafe since these molecules are smaller and are thought to increase cancer risks.
Overall, I’m extremely impressed with this product, and at just over £3 for 7pcs (at the time of writing), a great bargain! Definitely something I will happily repurchase in the future. If you’d like to try this product, it can be purchased here
Over and out ❤