Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Battle of the Cleansing Creams: Skinfood vs. Etude House

Since I'm a bit of an old school when it comes to removing my makeup, I'd prefer using cleansing creams a.k.a cold creams or Olive oil (yep, olive oil and it works like a dream!).

It's not that I don't want to try cleansing oils...I do, but it's more expensive than cleansing creams and for the price and the amount of cleansing oil in one bottle...honestly, it's not practical for me...for something just to remove makeup on your face.

Here's my review on cleansing creams that I've tried, so far.

Skinfood Seaweed Cleansing Cream

Where I bought it: SM North Edsa (when they had a secret sale)
When: Dec. 2010
Sale Price: P347.50 (not bad!)

here's the description of the product and direction on how to use this
(click on photos to enlarge)

I actually finished this product early March this year. As you can see, the cream has a subtle green "seaweed" color to it.


simple...quite boring compared to the usual skinfood packaging.
smells like the old school Pond's cold cream. It's not overpowering and it really doesn't bother me.
 it has a thick consistency and rich texture which I prefer.

- did not cause breakouts which is great!
- doesn't sting my eyes and skin. Actually, the SA told me that this cleansing cream is good for acne prone, sensitive skin...I guess she's right!
- after you massage the thick cream for a few mins. the cream will turn a bit slippery, you can feel that it really melts your makeup off your face. I use a muslin cloth ("lampin" in Filipino) to wipe my face and I can really see all the gunk that the cleansing cream has "melted" off my face.
- the price is reasonable for the amount of product. The packaging itself is huge and when I opened it for the first time, the amount of product inside was full to the brim!

-This product is not for lazy people. If you worry about sanitary things like digging the product out with your finger, you can use a plastic spoon to get a small amount of product then just wash the spoon afterwards. This is not a con for me.

After I've finished the Skinfood Seaweed Cleansing Cream, I decided to try the...

Etude House Happy Teatime Milktea Cleansing Cream

Where: SM North Edsa The Block
When: March 2011
Current Price: P198.00

description of the product and directions on how to use this.
(click on photos to enlarge...all of my photos are "clickable" to enlarge, anyway)


top view of the plastic casing...even from the plastic covering, Asian cosmetic companies really know how to make cute packaging.

design of the lid

honestly, I only bought this because it says "MILKTEA" on the packaging. I'm a milktea monster...I LOVE milktea!!!!! not the ones in sachets...for me, that's a fake milktea taste, it doesn't even comes close to the milktea family!!! I go to Binondo for that genuine milktea experience!! (here in the Philippines, at least) like what I used to drink when I was little...I miss the Taiwanese who makes and sells milktea in the afternoon...ok, I'm way off topic, but...I can't wait to try the milkteas in Singapore, Japan and Hongkong!!! I know it's gonna be goooood!!!

when you open it, you see a plastic covering on top of the tub

just a plain white cream


- cute packaging!

- smells like milky, baby powder acc. to Mr. Panda Eyes (hubby) and Mrs. Panda Eyes (I) agree.

- it looks like a fluffy white cream in the tub and it feels like a light lotion than a heavy cream like the skinfood's.


- nice, subtle smell
- more affordable than the skinfood one.
- did not cause breakouts. 

- stings my eyes and my skin. I can't wait to be done with this product.
- in my current experience with this product, I feel that it doesn't really take off all the makeup on my face. I only do light makeup especially this summer and I always double cleanse, but every time I use a toner (just to make sure) I always see makeup residue on my face. I'm very disappointed with this product.

The packaging might be cute, but I need a product that works.

Who won? it's obvious!

Skinfood Seaweed Cleansing Cream WINS!


  1. thank you for the review, i am a skinfood fan, too :>

  2. welcome! hope my reviews help beauty consumers (^_^)v

  3. nice..
    i am a fan of skin food too, currently i am using skin food milk mania cleansing emulsion&grape seed cleansing oil. i want to try their cleansing cream too, but it seems like you have to wash it again with water and your soap/foam right? how do you clean with cleansing cream? just with cotton pad or with water?

  4. First, I massage a small amount of cleansing cream on dry skin, then after massaging it for a few minutes, the cleansing cream will become slippery in texture. For me, that means that the cleansing cream has already melted off my face makeup, then I wet a muslin cloth and take off the cleansing cream off my face. You'll see all the melted makeup in the muslin cloth. After that, I use my facial wash.

    For me, this is the most effective way to take off makeup using a cleansing cream.

  5. Does the skinfood seaweed cleansing cream leave an oily residue feeling after you wash it away with water? I dont like to double cleanse as i have sensitive skin on both cheeks. Im still looking for a perfect cleansing cream (currently using nature republic's milk cleansing cream and realized that it contains mineral oil, gosh.) so i cant wait to change out of it.

  6. I'm sorry for the very late reply. I haven't opened my blog for months now.

    Anyway, unfortunately, yes, both cleansing creams still leave a slightly oily residue on the face after you wipe it off. You really need to follow up with a cleanser, but a gentle cleanser will do to remove the cleansing cream residue. Hope this helps. (^_^)v