There were quite a few samples in my package from Cosmetic Love that I have been trying out slowly. Samples have to be my favorite way to get products, especially free samples! I get to try things out, without worrying about if they are worth the money. I have tried the Nesura Charcoal Strips before, they are a regular sample, but this one is unlisted on the website so I got to try it out as a random sample.
The Face Shop - Blackhead Remover Aloe Pore Strip
(3.5 out of 5)
I have used a lot of nose strips in my time, and I have also tried out Chin Strips before, so I am always looking for the next, best, brand. The great thing about these is that they don't tend to make anyone break out, since it's only on for a while and comes off, and doesn't sit on your skin like creams and masks. You also have to be careful though, since some may damage your skin if they are not done properly.
This version is loaded with different ingredients. It contains Aloe, Mugwort, and Black Bean. Aloe has soothing properties, it helps to calm your skin and sooth any redness. The mugwort plant is also known for in minerals and soothing properties (more on Mugwort Here). It makes sense to have these in a strip, because of the strain that the peeling can have on your skin, these help with any irritation that your skin may have while using a strip. The black bean had Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as Magnesium and Potassium. That, plus the Fiber and Omega 3 oils, makes black beans very good for skin care! These may seem like random things to put in a simple nose strip, but they each have their purpose. Why just rip out black heads, when you can nourish your skin at the same time?
I liked the shape of the strip in general, it seemed to fit my nose better than most strips do. Of course, strips can be hard for people with larger noses to use, especially if buying them from Korea, since their noses tend to be smaller than other countries. There are no little slits in it to help it fit better, but that also means more coverage.
It had a bit of a bell shape to it, or a Klingon Bird of Prey, depending on how incredibly nerdy you are. Once again, has to be my favorite part of the strip. Wash your nose off, pat it dry, then add more water the the area that the strip will go and apply it, making sure to smooth it over the whole nose. Don't re-wet the surface, that will make it work less. Now, lets get down to the dirt on the product, pun intended.
Once you put it on you will notice two things. One, the smell... Wow... I have used some pretty weird things, from Snail Slime to Charcoal things, and nothing has been this stinky! This has an almost unbearable smell to it. I'm not sure what ingredient it could be, but I think it's the Black Bean, since I've used Aloe and Mugwort before without a real problem. Or it could just be the combination of all three. All I know is that it smelled terrible, and it lingered for a long time.
The second thing that you will notice is the tightness! You feel it on your nose a few minutes after you apply it, more than any other strip I have used before. It gets really tight and hard, which is a pretty good thing, since it not getting tight on your pores would make in ineffective. Though that also had an effect that I didn't like on it. Taking this thing off hurt so much! I've used a lot of strips before, but nothing has ever hurt this much to peel off! It felt like my skin was being peeled off along with it! Owwwwww!!! It hurt so much that it made me concerned for the damage it may cause to my nose.
I didn't have skin missing, and luckily the Aloe and Mugwort made it so my nose wasn't red after, but it still stung for a while after taking it off, but it felt better after a short while. It wasn't that terrible though, or it would have a really low score. I looked at the strip after and a lot of blackheads were taken out, but it didn't really look that way on my nose... (no picture of the strip after, that's just too graphic!) This may be mainly because my blackheads are old and really deep, so most products can't get at them. If you have newer blackheads, this will probably work very well.
Overall, I thought that it worked alright. If you get this as a free sample it's worth a try. If you are a strip enthusiast, I would say to try this one out. But if you have a low tolerance for pain, you probably should avoid this one. You can find these on Ebay for about $4 for 7 of them. It's a pretty good deal for them, so they could be worth a try anyways. They seem to work better than normal strips, but they are harsher so I would say to use them less often than you would with others. Try them out and see for yourself!
See you next time you jump down the Rabbit hole,