The first time I passed by Too Cool For School, it wasn’t open yet. I thought it was another tea shop.

I saw several instagram posts last week and found out that Too Cool For School is a korean skin care and makeup brand. I don’t usually get excited by new. But it’s the first time that I saw a store that looks like it has products for a tomboy scatterbrain like me.

I paid their store a visit and bought several stuff to replace products I just finished. After paying for the items, they surprised me with a mini-box of samples of bb creams, facial cleansers, primers, and a highlighter. Here’s an instagram photo of the sample loot:

Sample of The Day: Too Cool For School - Rules of Pore Morocco Ghassoul Foam Cleanser Review

Usually, I dread going through samples. Since I hate throwing stuff away, I feel like it’s an obligation to use up all of them — like it’s a job I don’t like doing.

This time though, instead of working up a determination, I feel excited to try them all.

Let’s kick this Too Cool For School sample series off with the Rules of Pore Morocco Ghassoul Foam Cleanser.

Sample of The Day: Too Cool For School - Rules of Pore Morocco Ghassoul Foam Cleanser Review

The texture and consistency of this cleanser reminds me of Pond’s Facial Foam or the Garnier Multi-scrub cleanser without the scrubby bits. It’s almost pasty — similar to a face cream.

I expected a thick and difficult to rinse lather from it but was pleasantly surprised by how non-foamy it was. At first I thought it’s gonna work up a lather, but after a few minutes of massaging it onto my face, it felt almost like a cream cleanser for people with dry skin.

Sample of The Day: Too Cool For School - Rules of Pore Morocco Ghassoul Foam Cleanser Review

It was very easy to rinse off.

Typically, I would apply moisturizer as soon as I pat my skin dry, but for purposes of road testing, I left my skin be to find out if it would feel tight and overly-stripped off with oil. I’m happy to report that it didn’t. Add to that, it didn’t leave a soap-residue feeling that I hate from most cream cleansers.

On the website, it says it has fine-grinded ghassoul particles — those particles, I didn’t feel at all so it must be true that the particles were finely ground.

The particles were supposed to remove my corneous tissue without irritation, leaving my skin smooth and soft.

My skin did feel smooth. It also felt velvetty and baby’s-bottom-like.

As for makeup removal, I can’t tell how good it does because I usually use something else for that purpose. It did remove my Saturdate makeup but please note that I’m a very light makeup user. I was only wearing a tinted moisturizer and a cheek stain.

Overall, I like this cleanser. I didn’t experience irritation  after 7 consecutive morning and night uses.

For reference, I’m very oily. But I think this might also work for normal to dry skin types. The cleanser didn’t seem too harsh when I used it alongside my overly drying topical acne medication.

This costs Php 600+ which is somewhat too pricey for a cleanser. Should you decide to try it, they’re store is at SM Mall of Asia Level 2, across Etude House.

Ingredients, as listed on their website:
Water Myristic Acid Glycerin Stearic Acid Potassium Hydroxide Moroccan Lava Clay Lauric Acid Butylene Glycol Beeswax Cocamidopropyl Betaine Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract Trehalose Althaea Rosea Flower Extract & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Hedera Helix(Ivy) Leaf Extract Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract & Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract & Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract & Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract & Equisetum Giganteum Extract & Butylene Glycol PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Cetearyl Alcohol Disodium EDTA Methylparaben Fragrance


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. You might like it. It's a little pricey for a nail polish remover (Php 109 for a bottle). Pero fun sya gamitin kaya ok lang. Incidentally, parang hindi ko napansin kung may nail polish sila.

  2. serendipity0017 Reply

    It's my first time to come across this brand. Will definitely visit their store soon! Sooo generous of them to give out a mini-box of samples of bb creams, facial cleansers, primers, and a highlighter.

  3. Oooh I think I'll drop by SM MOA to visit too cool for school! What items did you purchase?


  4. I'm not sure if they have an acne skin care line, but they must have. I hope you find something that you like.

  5. Thanks, you have a cute blog. Do check out their store, I think they have a lot of stuff you'll be interested in. :)

  6. omg there's too cool for school in MOA? *O*
    I haven't tried the rules of pore cleanser but I've tried the afterschool bb foundation and I love it. :D
    btw, I have a cc cream giveaway on my blog, you might want to join? :D

    ♔ CC Cream Giveaway ♔

  7. What a cool brand name! I would love to try their products.

    What i'm currently using for my face is Tony Moly, been using Dr. AC Facial products for a year already.

  8. Glad to see a store that's generous with samples. I can't believe how greedy, judgmental and tight-fisted sales ladies and brands in the Philippines are about samples.

  9. Not moving :) But I am currently tweaking a blogger-converted wordpress theme.

    I really hope TCFS will open soon in Cebu. Funny that you mentioned Etude House. There was a time when they had this spiel when a customer enters a store: “Good day Princess!!!” I was stunned silent for a good few seconds, looked at myself, and checked if there's anything in me that day that screams princess — plus, I'm almost 30! I don't mean that in a bad way, and I'm not allergic to overly girly stuff, I'm just not used to being called 'princess'. But I understand how it might turn off some girls

  10. I'll definitely watch out for their store when they open in Cebu, just for the freebies! I like the name of this brand. Very catchy. Very memorable. Also, there are actually girls(like my sister) who are allergic to the whole girly concept of Etude House even if they also need all the skin care what-nots. They might find this brand suited to their taste.

    Btw. are you moving from blogger to wordpress? I noticed by the odd layout of this blog while I'm writing this comment.

  11. That's how they do it in Korea. I wish more stores were as generous with their samples.

  12. They seem to be giving all customers freebies.

    My workmate bought just a nail polish remover and they gave her a mini-box of samples too.

  13. Nakakaexcite! I really want to drop by TCFS but ang layo ng MOA :( Did you buy a certain amount of product to get the sample freebies?


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