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:
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.
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.
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