Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rice Force Skincare: Deep Moisture Deluxe Trial Kit Review!

Every now and then I will receive a message from a company asking me to review their products. Sometimes it can be something as ridiculous as an ice cube tray (because how is that relevant to my blog, I ask you??) but other times it's new or interesting skincare products that I am really curious about and think my readers would be too! I do my research on the brand and see if it's a company I'd feel comfortable working with or reviewing, and then usually get back to the company and make sure they're OK with possible negative reviews. Interestingly enough, there are companies that will say "never mind" and move on. However, if a company passes all my little tests, then I usually am more than happy to do a review!

In this case, I was contacted by a company called Rice Force to do a review on some of their products from the Deep Moisture line, more specifically their trial kit. I had never heard of this brand prior to them contacting me, however I have been very interested in familiarizing myself with Japanese skincare a bit more. They were more than OK with my stipulations (all honesty, even if it's brutal sometimes!) and sent me over a trial kit to test for you guys.

Rice Force is a very popular Japanese Skincare Company that began 15 years ago, who has won a variety of awards and the hearts of fans all over the world. You can find them featured in high end spas all over the place as well- even in the US in Hawaii!

Here's a Bit about The History of Rice in Skincare, the Fermentation Process and More from the Rice Force Website:

The beautifying power behind RICE FORCE skin care products lies with Rice Power Extract. Rice Power Extract was developed by a sake brewery that boasts a legacy of over 150 years. The perceptive owner of the brewery, who holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science, noticed something interesting about the tōji, the craftsmen who make sake. The tōji were in daily contact with malted rice, the main ingredient of sake, and all of them had beautiful hands regardless of old age.

Entrusting there were more uncovered benefits in a grain of rice, the brewery owner embarked on a research program with the support from the Japanese Government and medical institutions to discover a brand new category of skin care products.

The key raw ingredient is 100% Japanese white rice.
This is the same kind of rice consumed by the Japanese people on a daily basis.
Rice Power® Extract uses only whitened and polished rice produced
by removing the rice germ and rice hulls from unmilled rice.
In a process that takes as long as 90 days, rice is steamed and extracted, then aspergillus, yeast, and lactobacillus are added. The preparation is then fermented and aged.
Rice Power® Extract is diligently created by drawing on nature’s energy.
Extracts with differing capabilities can be produced by varying the fermentation method. At this time, 36 different types of extracts have been developed.
We make the best use of the various properties of these extracts across our product line.

For more details on the importance of Rice-based skincare, as well as the history of the Rice Force brand and a list of the variety of high end retailers and spas that carry this brand, click here!
I'll be giving you my first impressions of the Deep Moisture Deluxe Trial Kit which includes samples of the Lotion (japanese toner) Essence, Cream, Makeup remover, face wash and sunscreen. They are all housed in a quilted makeup bag.

UV Protect Milk SPF 25
Description: 
The gentle lotion completely blocks off the UV rays without any fragrances, or white residue on your skin. Because many customers love this smooth and comfortable sensation of the lotion, they keep coming back for more! 75% of our customers are repeaters who are very satisfied with this product.

I have yet to find a sunscreen that I like to the point of repurchasing it. I have lots and lots of them in my stash and whenever I open a new one, I have this weird thought of "let this be the one!" It never is, unfortunately. It's not that any of them are terrible, but there's always some issue with it whether it be consistency, residue, scent etc. This UV Protect Milk is probably as close to perfection as I'm going to get. It has no fragrance, there's no residue on my skin and it smooths onto my face like a moisturizing, yet liquidy lotion. It's heaven, honestly. My only isse: SPF 25 just isn't gunna cut it for me, personally. I need something a little stronger than that. Having said that, if that sounds like a good amount of SPF for you I could not recommend this more. It's absolutely amazing. It also works really well under makeup and didn't break me out at all!

Ingredients
Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-14, Dimethicone Copolyol, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizatem Tocopherol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Titanium Dioxide, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Steareth-3, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Batyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta

Makeup Remover
Description: 
Make Up Remover is formulated with Rice Power Extract No.2. It easily dissolves and lifts away impurities and makeup yet is gentle to the skin. The gel-type Make Up Remover instantly binds to makeup and impurities for easy removal without dehydrating, for a refreshingly clean and supple finish.

I feel like I'm praising way too much right out of the gate, but seriously this is one of the best makeup removers I've ever used. This stuff is like a gel, but it still needs to warm up a bit on your hands similar to a sherbet cleanser. They're not lying when they claim this stuff "binds" to makeup. It took barely any effort to get my heavily applied eye makeup off myf ace, and the rest of my skin felt amazingly clean yet still moisturized after I rinsed this off. There was no tight/stripped feeling, and no residue. I absolutely loved this product!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodeceth-25, Sorbitol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-10, Triethylhexanoin, Water, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben

Mild Face Wash
Description: 
Mild Face Wash is a mild pH balanced cleanser that effectively cleans without damaging your skin, and without stripping away essential moisture. Moisture is preserved because Mild Face Wash is formulated with Rice Power Extract No.1. Uncomfortable pulling and tightness after washing is a thing of the past.

I'm always interested in trying new face washes because I rarely find one that I'm super in love with. I was a little concerned I wouldn't really know how I'd feel about this one considering they only include 2 foil packets, but you need so little that you could easily get 2-3 uses from each one! The pH is in the range I like (about 5.5) and feels like it cleans really well without stripping my skin. It has no obvious scent either, which I love. I'm actually really impressed with this product in particular, although I think the $37 price tag is a little out of my range- if I had the money to splurge I might just do it. You need such a small amount to cleanse the face that I can imagine the full size would last me a really long time.
Ingredients
Water, Potassium Myristoyl Glutamate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-400, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Sorbitol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil PCA Isostearate, Stearic Acid, Glycol Destearate, Lauric Acid, Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben

Deep Moisture Lotion
Description:
 Deep Moisture Lotion is a fast-absorbing nourishing formula that fortifies your skin and hydrates from the inside to produce softer, smoother, more youthful skin. 

I knew going into this from some of the Japanese products I've purchased or received in the past that "lotion" in Japan is almost always a toner. I have no idea why this is because it's confusing for my dumb western mind, but hey- if you see a facial "lotion" in Japan, it's probably a toner! This is really like a toner/booster combo as it feels like a thicker water and spreads smoothly over the face. Its supposed to supply and restore moisture to the skin and prep it to accept more products. I actually quite like this product as well, but I tend to have a soft spot for toners/boosters for some reason. This feels more soothing than clarifying in terms of toning, and while it hasn't broken me out and my skin seems to quite like the formula, I'm partial to clarifying toners that occasionally give me a bit of a "tingle." Since I have large pores an acne, I want my toners to feel like they're doing something to help those issues. I think this one would be amazing for normal to dry skin.

Ingredients
Water, Oryza Sativa (rice) Extract, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipotassium Grycyrrhizate, Sodium PCA, Lysolecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalene, Tocopherol, PEG-150, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-20, PEG/PPG-25/30 Copolymer, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Aminomethyl propanediol, Citric Acid

 Deep Moisture Essence
Description: 
Deep Moisture Essence is a highly concentrated moisturizing lotion enriched with Rice Power Extract No.11. Deep Moisture Essence is also an optimal extra care lotion for the age-revealing, delicate skin around the eyes and mouth.

Essences are like a lighter version of a serum, and they tend to be one of my favorite skincare ingredients because I can layer them on and get lots of different benefits. This particular essence is loaded with goodies like vitamin E, olive oil, squalane, licorice root extract etc. I was really impressed with how nicely this smooths on. It's a bit thick for an essence, but it goes onto the skin so nicely and isn't greasy or sticky at all. I think this is a really lovely product in terms of how it makes my skin feel, although I don't think I would buy a full size simply because of the cost. I have a lot of essences that feel amazing and do amazing things for my skin, and while this seems like it could be one of them, I would probably choose a less expensive essence in the future.
Ingredients
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Water, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Squalene, Tocopherol, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Batyl Alcohol, Laureth-7, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Steareth-3, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

Deep Moisture Cream
Description:
 Locks-in moisture provided by Deep Moisture Lotion and Deep Moisture Essence. Non-greasy and lightweight, Deep Moisture Cream is ideal for use anytime throughout the day.

This is the moisture line, so I was a little concerned at first that it wouldn't work very well for my oily/combo skin. This cream was especially concerning for me because ones made for dry skin tend to be very rich and dense, which can sometimes cause my skin to break out. This one isn't like that at all, though! I'd say it's right in the middle in terms of consistency- not too liquidy, not too rich. I felt like this did a great job moisturizing my skin without overdoing it. I didn't feel that it left a sticky or greasy residue either, so I was able to top this with my regular sleeping pack and spot treatments easily. I did find that when I used this moisturizer in the morning before applying my makeup, that by the end of the day my face was slightly more oily than usual, so I think it might be ever-so-slightly too moisturizing for daytime. However, that's one my combo/oily skin. I used this nightly until it was empty and simply avoided using it during my morning routine and I had great results. I love loading my face with moisture before bed and combining this product with my regular sleeping pack gave my skin consistent moisture throughout the night.

Ingredients
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Squalene, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanediol
Overall Thoughts
I was actually way more impressed with Rice Force than I originally expected. I thought I might enjoy the products and that they'd be on par with Korean products of a similar type, but I absolutely can tell why these products are raved about so much and why people spend the money on them. I also noticed that while the full sizes of these products are expensive, You really need such a small amount of them to really cover your entire face. Each small bottle lasted me about two weeks, and the larger foil packets were 2-3 uses. I can imagine the full sizes would last an incredibly long time. I was worried that since this was  "deep moisture" line, that it would have a negative effect on my oily/combo skin. I didn't find that to be the case at all. Not only does my skin look and feel more plumped and moisturized, but there is no excess oil nor has there been any breakouts since I began testing this line. I'm really just thrilled with this brand! I am super tempted to buy the trial kit for oily skin as well because I would love to see how those products work for me!

Where to Buy and Awesome Deal!
The Deluxe Trial Kit has a $56 retail value and sells for $29.80 on the Rice Force Website. However, using my referral link, you can get the kit for only $19.80 with free shipping!

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12 comments:

  1. They seem to ship to everywhere except the U.K., bummer!

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    1. Ugh what?? :( How is that possible? I just reached out to the company to see if they could clarify why that is because that makes no sense at all!

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    2. www.riceforce.co.uk
      You can pay in GBP. I found easily using google....

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    3. Haha who feels like an idiot now! To be honest I didn't do that much research as I just clicked through Rachel's referral link and when it came to checking out it looked like they shipped everywhere except here! I've bookmarked the European site for future reference! Thanks for emailing the company too Rachel, I'm assuming the referral link won't work on the European website?

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    4. hahah don't feel like an idiot! I didn't know if there was a EU site either! haha :) I don't think my referral link will work on the European Site, unfortunately but I would maybe shoot Rice Force a message on facebook about getting that lower price on the trial kit!

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  2. They need to change their packaging for the essence lol!

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  3. I tried this line out too and I agree with you, that makeup remover was INCREDIBLE. I was also impressed with the entire line in general, but goodness if they could only lower their prices a bit, it'd be perfect!
    Jenny // www.geekyposh.com

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    1. It really is a fantastic makeup remover, I was shocked! I was just expecting your typical, everyday remover but it really works beautifully! And I agree- I am definitely not rich enough to buy their products regularly, although I think if someone gets the trial kit and finds a particular product that they absolutely love, investing in it would be a good idea because you need SO little of these products to get the job done! :)

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  4. You can order RICE FORCE products in Europe on www.riceforce.eu

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  5. I would love to try the deep moisture lotion as my skin is very dry. For moisturising my skin I have been using cream by lifecell and the results are amazing.

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