Monday, November 1, 2010

TheFaceShop's Quick & Clean Oil Free Blemish Balm Review

I don't wear makeup but I am fascinated by them. So when the hype over the blemish balm kicked in, I kind of got interested in trying at least one. Seeing that my skin is very oily, I googled the internet to find a blemish balm that's best suited for oily skin and all searches pointed me to TheFaceShop's Quick & Clean Oil Free Blemish Balm. So, being a curious little shopaholic, I dutifully trotted to the TheFaceShop's outlet at Jusco Balakong and got myself a tube to try. I don't remember the price for it was quite a long time but I think it was around RM50ish.

I think everyone already knows what a blemish balm is. Basically it is a moisturizer, foundation and a concealer all packed into a tube of product. It is also said to be good for helping problematic skin heal and is most famous in Korea.

TheFaceShop's Quick & Clean Oile-Free Blemish Balm is described to be an oil-free protective moisturizer that soothes the skin while providing natural coverage to hide flaws. It is formulated with  TheFaceShop's own enhanced Quick'n Clear Complex and Malt extract.

A tube of TheFaceShop's Quick & Clean Oil-Free Blemish Balm.

The Blemish Balm comes in a green soft plastic tube with a screw-off cap. The product weighs 1.18 fl. oz. (35 ml). There is no label on the tube since the logo and words are printed directly onto the plastic tube. The size of the tube is conveniently small and can fit inside a handbag easily. The back of the tube is printed with product info and list of ingredients. The cap screws off revealing a small hole as an outlet for the product to be squeezed out of the tube.
Blemish balm comes out here.

The ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, PEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone, Methicone, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isohexadecane, Gkycosyl Trehalose/Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Dimethicone/Vynil Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Magnesium Sulfate, Squalane, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Iron Oxides, C12-14 Pareth-3, Phenynoxyethabol, PEG-8, Propylparaben, Piper Methysticum Extract, PEG-8/SMDI Copolymer, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Salix Nigra(Willow) Bark Extract, Melaleuca Alternifoli (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Backhousia Citriocora Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis Extract, Silica, Dimethiconol/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Malt Extract, Honey Extract, Propylene Glycol.
Ingredients listed at the back of the tube.

The texture of the blemish balm is the same as any liquid foundation. The colour of the liquid is more to milky chocolate and fresh out of the tube, it looked a bit intimidating to me. The liquid product can be easily blended onto the skin and it left a slight pinkish undertone. It did cover up some skin defect I have and my skin tone looked even. It did not leave an oily or sticky feeling on my skin. The blemish balm has a hint of tea tree giving it a clean and fresh scent.

The blemish balm on my hand:

Partially blended on skin:

Fully blended:

Here's a test I did to see how much the blemish balm can cover the mole on my arm:
The blemish balm did cover a bit of my mole making it less prominent but it is still visible.

My verdict: As great as the product is, unfortunately my face got oily after about an hour of wearing the blemish balm. And my skin did break out signaling that the product is not suited for my skin. It is a great product for those with problem-free skin. Boo hoo for me.. Would I repurchase? I guess not since it's not suited for my skin.

You can check out information about the product at TheFaceShop's website.

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