Korean nose and chin strips: REVIEW

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By now we’ve all read about how great Korean cosmetics are.  And let me tell you: as an indecisive person, I both hate and love the cosmetics scene here!  I hate it because there are just too many choices.  I want my 3 choices at Target back!!  But (and here is where the love comes in) almost everything that I’ve tried has surpassed my expectations.  With that in mind, I’ve decided to review some of the strips I’ve used in the past year.  Now, I’m not a beauty blogger; I didn’t buy these all at once and I don’t have all of the packages anymore, so in those cases I’ve found stock pictures from beauty websites.

For a point of reference, these strips are being compared against Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, which I give a 7 points out of  10 (3 for application, 3 for results, 1 for price) with no bonus points for packaging.  I did not add the bonus 5 into the overall scores because packaging doesn’t matter to everyone.

ImageEtude House Green Tea Nose Pack, about $.75 for each strip | 12/15

This was the first nose pack that I tried here, and I was wowed: first with the packaging and then with the results.  I used this pack after I had used my last Biore…like, seconds after.  I just wasn’t pleased with the Biore results and I decided to give Etude House a try.  So imagine my surprise when this strip was (TMI) loaded, and right after I’d used the Biore one!

The verdict ~ application: 4, results: 4, price: 4, and bonus 5 for packaging! 12/15 + bonus 5.

Etude-House-Black-Charcoal-Chin-Pack-500x500Etude House Black Charcoal Chin Pack, about $1 for each strip | 15/15

Can I just sing the praises of these?  Like, forever?  I don’t have a bad thing to say about these chin packs.  In fact, they’re magic.  They go on easy, they dry quickly, they come off without too much pain, they get everything out…and they are super cute.

The verdict ~ application: 5, results: 5, price: 5!  15/15!  With a bonus 5 for packaging.

claystrips The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Blackhead Charcoal Nose Strip, about $3 for 7 sheets | 13/15

First off, the packaging!  Can this get any cuter?  And the strips themselves are charcoal-colored, so it makes it really easy to see what you’ve gotten out.  The size of the strips was really good for me and they don’t have to be very wet to work, which means that they dry quicker.  My only complaint is that sometimes bits of black are left on my nose from the strips themselves, and they can hurt a bit to tear off.  Nonetheless, I always keep these in the house.

The verdict ~ application: 4, results: 5, price: 4.  13/15 points and a bonus 4 for packaging.

the face shop volcanic clay black head aloe nose strip3-1The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Blackhead Aloe Nose Strip, about $3 for 7 sheets | 14/15

What can I even say about these sheets?  They go on easy and didn’t leave residue.  They come off easy and almost painlessly.  And wow do they WORK.  I didn’t know it was possible to be so grossed out from a nose strip!  These are my new favorites.

The verdict ~ application: 5, results: 5, price: 4.  14/15 with a bonus 4 for packaging!!

volcanicclayThe Face Shop Volcanic Clay Blackhead Clay Nose Pack, about $5 | 5/15

I should start by saying that I got this to use for my chin, hoping that it would surpass the Etude House chin pack that I’d been using.  I’ve never used this for my nose and I don’t know that I will.  The application itself was messy and I wasn’t quite sure when enough was enough – despite applying it as evenly as possible, it took a very long time to dry because it didn’t dry uniformly.  The smell itself is not bad – it definitely smells like there are chemicals in it, but with a tangy, almost beachy smell underneath.  I quite liked it.  However, the results were profoundly disappointing.  I don’t think that it pulled one thing from my chin and I had to go after it with an Etude House strip.

The verdict ~ application: 1, results: 1, price: 3.  5/15 for the lowest score of this page.  Bonus 2 for packaging.

elizabethElizabeth Baby Skin Pore Clear Nose Strips, about $4.50 for 20 sheets | 8/15

I wanted to love these.  I really, really did.  For one, the price can’t be beat.  And the packaging is quirky and cute, although kinda disgusting – I don’t need to see pictures of actual blackheads on my products!  I even brought these over to my friends’ house, and the three of us put them on and watched movies.  But from the second that we put them on, it was downhill.  They didn’t want to stay put, they were a bit smaller than the other strips, and they took forever to dry.  When we pulled them off (after close to 20 minutes) they were not as dry as we had thought and they left behind not only plenty of residue, but plenty of blocked pores!  I’ll not be repurchasing these.

The verdict ~ application: 1, results: 2, price: 5.  8/15 with a bonus 2 for packaging.

Questions?  Products you want me to try and review?  Let me know and I’ll do my best!

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