Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NoTS 28 Remedy Pore Deep Cleanser, Balancing Toner, Intensve Serum, and Repair Cream Review

Once you've been deeply obsessed with Korean beauty for a few years, you start to get comfortable with the multitude of brands that were seemingly impossible to remember back when you first started on your skincare journey. You end up knowing which ones work for your skin, which ones are all-around awful, which have great makeup- and of course, there are always those brands that you've seen here and there but haven't had a chance to try for yourself!
I was introduced to NoTS products a very long time ago through the very first Memebox I ever received, which also happened to be the very first global Memebox ever! It also happened to be a product that I will be reviewing below: the Acne Pore Deep Cleanser. I'm embarrassed to say I never actually got around to trying it back then because of the massive overflow of kbeauty products that were pouring into my lap all those years ago, and I'm pretty sure I gave it away. Since then, I have been seeing a lot more of the NoTS brand popping up lately, and while I've always been curious about their line of products, their prices are a usually to rich for my blood or they weren't available on any trustworthy sites. Luckily that's not a problem anymore now that QDepot carries the brand!

About QDepot:

Their Vision:
"To be the Internet's most secure and trusted platform offering top-quality, eco-friendly and branded beauty-related products at best prices, with ease, trust and quality, coupled with the best customer care."

    -Free shipping worldwide for orders above $69.00 and free 30 Days Returns
        -Any order below USD 69.00 will have a very low flat rate starting at $2.99
        -They stock over 15,000 products and 25+ brands (and growing!)
          -Genuine and fresh products directly shipped from their warehouse in Korea.

       They also carry Cruelty Free brands including: Etude House, Laneige, Mamonde, Sulwhasoo, IOPE, Hera, Innisfree, NoTS.

Q-Depot also donates 3% of their net profits to social causes, which is awesome!

To learn more about QDepot, Read their "About" page HERE.

As for NoTS, they're a relatively un-discussed brand in the kbeauty world, I've noticed. That doesn't mean they aren't great quality necessarily, but it takes a lot of buzz to get noticed in the Korean skincare market, and brands need to really set themselves apart from the rest to stand out. NoTS has one really unique thing about their products from what I've noticed- their ingredient lists are absolutely LOADED with natural extracts. From broccoli, to garlic, to random mystical-sounding flowers I've never heard of before- they're all packed into NoTS products!

About NoTS:
"Dignity of skincare. Natural Functional cosmetic brand NoTS. It's reliable since only the best and safe ingredients are used. It's a cosmetic company established in 2011. Created by beauty experts' consistent research and effort, while only using nature-friendly materials and scientific formula. These different technical skills will resolve your skin concerns. Formulated with high-quality, natural materials and skin scientific techniques, NoTS products will improve basic skin problems and promote skins protective ability."
While QDepot was kind enough to send me this little gift set for review purposes, I don't believe it is currently available for sale on their website. I will definitely update this review if that changes, though! For this brand review, I'm going to focus on each individual product and give you a review of what I thought of each, as well as prices and links to where you can buy them if you're interested!

I'm going to go in order of how you would use these products in a typical skincare routine. So, first we'll talk about the cleanser, then the toner, the serum, and finally the moisturizing cream.

Many of you know I'm pretty damn picky about cleansers. It's to the point where I occasionally skip them all together and use a combination of makeup remover, cleansing wipes and cleansing water. My skin can take pretty much any type of skincare product, but when it comes to cleansers, they absolutely have to have a low pH and few natural, safe ingredients in order to play nicely with my skin. While I'm always a bit weary to test out a new cleanser, I suck it up and do it anyway because I'm determined to find one that works well for me!

The NoTS Acne Pore Deep Cleanser didn't start off too well for me, as I tested it and the pH comes out to around an 8. I like to keep my cleansers at a 5.5 or so- no higher than 6, so I was a little weary off the bat. Even so, I have used cleansers in the past with a pH of 7-8 that had no negative effects on my skin, so I was willing to at least give this one a shot. 

This Korean Skincare product is KFDA certified and it has completed clinical trials to give you an excellent and high quality skincare experience. It's a cleanser that deeply cleanses your pores to remove impurities, sebum and makeup residue, and leaves the face moisturized and bright like never before. It soothes damaged skin after use and works to balance the skin's moisture. It is free from harmful additives like color, scent and alcohol.

 Hmm. I find it interesting that the description of this products lists alcohol has a harmful additive, yet some of the other products in this line contain alcohol...not sure how to feel about that. Granted, my skin usually has no issues with alcohol in small amounts on my face, although that is not the case for everyone.

Regardless, there are a few acne irritants in the ingredients list, so feel free to check the CosDNA link I posted below to see what they are and if they might be acne triggers for you personally. Nothing in the ingredients list really screamed DANGER for my skin, so I went ahead and used this for a week so I could get some results for you guys!

This cleanser has no noticeable scent and is actually really thick and creamy-feeling, so I only needed a very small amount mixed with water to cover my face. The less time this stuff spent on my face, the better, so I was hoping that it would cleanse well in a short time. I left my makeup on and didn't remove it with an oil cleanser prior to using this one, just so I could see how well it was removing makeup, oil etc.
I think that this cleanser does an excellent job of removing makeup, although you might have some trouble with waterproof eye makeup. I would suggest using an oil cleanser before this one still, just to make sure you're really getting every speck of it off your face!

After a day or two of using this cleanser, I didn't notice any major issues in terms of my skin's behavior. No new breakouts or out of the ordinary irritation or redness. The one thing I did notice is that it claims to balance the skin's moisture, however I did find it to be a bit drying- which is interesting because I have oily/combo skin. I'm thinking this is a great cleanser for someone with severely oily skin or clogged pores because of that.

After about a week, I still did not see any acne or breakouts forming, which is a huge relief and actually saying a lot for this cleanser considering how many of them break me out at just the sight of them. I don't think that this necessarily works better than some my favorite cleansers, but I do think this would be a great option for someone with extremely oily skin. It will help get rid of that oil without stripping the skin- causing your body to create even more oil...yuck. Definitely much better than I expected!

Water, Water Glycerin, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Beeswax, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Licorice Root Extract, Carrot Root Extract, Garlic Bulb Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ivy Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Betula Alba Juice, Parsley Extract, Butyleen Glycol, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract
 Since this product is part of the NoTS Remedy Balancing line, as well as included in the set that I'm featuring, I've included it in the review, however I did a more extensive review on this product already that you can view here if you're interested: NoTS Remedy Balancing Toner Review. The ingredients list and analysis as well as my thoughts on the product can all be found there!

It's so hard to come by a good serum, isn't it? I mean, there are so many that are "fine" in that they don't do any real harm to the skin, but outside of moisturizing, it's rare that I find one that works absolute wonders. I do have a favorite (Missha's Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule) so I tend to judge every other serum based on how it works compared to that one. The NoTS Intensive Serum has a pretty high price tag, but hey- if it works, you can't put a price on magic, right?

The 28 Remedy Intensive Serum from NoTS is a must have item to add to our daily skincare routine because it offers excellent effects to the skin. You can say goodbye to your skin irritations and damage because this product will help you to heal and slowly remove it. This product provides rejuvenation effects to damaged skin and gives intensive care especially to sensitive skin, leaving the skin healthy and radiant. It strengthens the skin by giving elasticity and firmness, and it is also composed of 10 Times HF Complex- a patent ingredient that assure you of a high quality skincare experience, making your face soft, smooth and moisturized.

Alright so we're looking at a $75 serum, here. This should be like...top of the line level stuff, here. I admit I was expected a LOT from this product solely due to the price tag. The first things I noticed in the ingredients list were parabens and alcohol. Right at the top of the list. I found this interesting because as I mentioned earlier, NoTS described alcohol as a "harmful additive" in the description of the cleanser. So why exactly, is it included so high up on the ingredients list here in their serum? Hmm. Considering my skin doesn't react badly to alcohol, I still had no problem testing this out, but I just thought that was a little odd.
The good news is, this stuff is absolutely loaded with soothing, anti inflammatory, anti-aging extracts straight out of nature's back pocket. Soybean ferment, grape, walnut seed, tomato, oatmeal, aloe, willow bark, blueberry, and broccoli extract- and that's just to name a few! 

The consistency of this serum is similar to the toner in that it's gel-like, but it's much less watery. It's not at all sticky, and the good news is- you only need one small pump to cover your entire face. For a serum as pricey as this, I was happy to discover that. This glides on my skin super smoothly and absorbs quickly and evenly so you can move on to the next step without much wait time. There is no sticky residue, thankfully. It's also scent-free, at least to my nose. 
In terms of results, I have been using this serum for a week now, and while I'm not disappointed, I'm not adding it to my all-time favorites list, either. Here's where the difficulty come in: If this serum was priced at $20 instead of $75, I would be absolutely raving about it. If I didn't know the retail price of this product I would tell you to go out and get it asap. Here's why: Not only is it non-sticky, fast absorbing and loaded with all kinds of great antioxidants and extracts, but it definitely made my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth. I was pretty surprised that after just a week I was seeing some noticeable results with this. Not only could I actually feel a difference in that my skin was softer and less bumpy overall, but I could see a difference. There was less redness and unevenness to my skin, and using this in the morning and at night, I found that my skin stayed moisturized without getting oily- which is pretty rare for me!

Here's the only small issue: the price. My favorite Missha ampoule is around $40ish dollars depending on where you get it, sales etc, and it gives me very similar results. If this serum was around the same price, I definitely think I would repurchase it. However- if you're in the market for a new serum and don't care what the price is, or you maybe didn't have any luck with the Missha ampoule, I would seriously consider trying this one out!

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Diglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alcohol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Silica, Arginine, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Propylparaben, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Rose Centifolia Flower Water, Human Oligopeptide-1, Opuntia Ficus Indica Callus Culture Extract, Salix Alba, Willow Bark Extract, Soybean Ferment Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Chamaecyparis, Obtusa Leaf Extract, Garlic Bulb Extract, Broccoli Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Spinach Leaf Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Grape Fruit Extract, Walnut Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tomato Fruit Extract, Oatmeal Extract, Propylene Glycol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract

While I have an overabundance of creams and moisturizers, I am very picky with which ones I will actually use and enjoy. I have a selection of creams that work beautifully on my skin in the Summer, as well as a few that are a bit more "heavy duty" and keep my skin from drying out or becoming irritated in the cold Winter months. The beautiful creams are the very rare ones that work during either season, and I think that this Remedy Repair Cream from NoTS is one of those!

The 28 Remedy Repair cream from NoTS is a product that is specially made for people who have sensitive skin and acne prone skin. This is a nutritious cream that deeply nourishes, repairs and soothes pigmentation, acne scars and skin irritations. It is formulated with Adenosine and Niacinamide, which bring elasticity to maintain skin health and to provide a bright, glowing complexion. It also protects the skin from harmful external environmental factors that your face may come in contact with. You will not only love this product becuse of it's great benefits, but this Korean cosmetics product is also safe and high quality because it has completed clinical trials.
This cream takes the pricey cake when it comes to NoTS products with qdepot pricing it at $102. Wow. I know that there are definitely skincare products out there that reach this price, but I don't think I've ever spent that much money on a single product before- You know I usually only review products in the affordable/occasionally slightly on the pricey side categories but hey- we all need to splurge a little now and then, I think!
I used this cream for a little over a week now, and I had some positive results. What I will say before I discuss those, is that some of the ingredients in this product may be irritating to skin, so please check the ingredients list and CosDNA analysis below if you are interested in trying it.

Firstly, this cream has a light medicinal scent. It's not overwhelming or off-putting at all- in fact I actually really enjoyed it. The consistency is truly the main selling point for me, personally. It's creamy and smooth; Not too thick and not too thin. It really could be used during any season. It smooths over my skin with ease and absorbs nicely, while still leaving your skin with that plumped up, moisturized feel. I love that it didn't leave a sticky or thick-feeling residue on my face, but also didn't completely absorb and leave me feeling like my skin wasn't moisturized enough.
I felt that even after a short time, I was able to see a visible improvement with the appearance of my skin. It definitely looked more bright and even-toned. I found that it also seemed to soothe irritated breakouts, which I think was my favorite result from this product. After doing my routine, this is one of the last steps I will apply. I find that sometimes if I have a bad breakout or a big ol' zit, I will apply this and in the morning my skin looks so much more calm and less inflamed on the irritated area.

Would I pay over $100 for this product? Not likely. If I had the disposable income to do so, I might consider it. It's actually extremely difficult for me to find a cream that has the consistency and absorption level that I prefer, and even more difficult to find a cream that works during any season of the year. Even though it is expensive, it seems that a little goes a long way. I have a small sample-sized jar that I've been testing from and even after a week it's not even half empty. So while the price may raise my eyebrows a bit, there are plenty of inexpensive creams that I have to glob on my face to get the to work the way I like.

Just like the other products in the NoTS line, this cream is absolutely loaded with herbal and fruit extracts like broccoli, tomato, blueberry, garlic, walnut seed, spinach, oatmeal, grape, tea tree leaf, and so many more. It does also contain stearyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol though, so keep that in mind if those are ingredients you tend to avoid.

 Water, Melia Azadirachta Extract, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Beeswax, Niacinamide, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Betaine, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Emu Oil, Dimethicone, Colloidal Sulfur, Broccoli Extract, Tomato Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract, Garlic Bulb Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Walnut Seed Extract, Spinach Leaf Extract, Oatmeal  Extract, Grape Fruit Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Callus Culture Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Shea Butter, Zeolite, Hydroxyapatite, Zirconium Silicate, Silver, Zinc Oxide, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Salicylic Acid, Propagermanium, Human Ogliopeptide-1, Retinyl Palmitate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylparaben, Hydrolyzed Algin, Zinc Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Adenosine, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

Overall Thoughts
Now that I'm a bit more familiar with the NoTS brand, I find that I really like their formulas and how they perform on my skin. I didn't find that they caused irritation or any sort of breakout which is super important for me. The one thing I dislike is their iffy marketing in terms of their ingredients. They do claim to have natural and face-loving ingredients, however they vary in quality depending on what product you're looking at. Even so, the list of natural extracts and oils they include in every product is extremely impressive. One small issue I can see is that since there are so many different natural and botanical ingredients, there's more of a chance that a consumer could be allergic to the product. Luckily, I didn't have a problem at all with any of the products I've tried so far.
I think my favorite, stand out product in the bunch is definitely the repair cream. I found this product to out-perform the rest in terms of it's luxurious consistency, how well it smoothed onto my skin and how quickly it absorbed. My skin felt very moisturized, but not at all oily or greasy. There was no negative reaction to the product, and if anything, my skin appeared vibrant and more healthy during the testing process.

Overall, I think NoTS has a great line of products here that I would highly recommend if and only if, you can find them on sale. The prices I have found for these products don't necessarily match the performance quality in my opinion, although I do think that if you have the disposable income, the repair cream might be one you'd want to try out!

These are not the only products from the NoTS line, so if you're interested in learning more about the brand, or checking out other great Korean brands, you can do so over at QDepot!
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1 comment:

  1. Great review.I am gonna try this product once .Right now I am using Revitol acnezine cream for acne and it give me satisfactory results.It is made up of natural ingredients to provide your skin with all the necessary healing abilities to help you get rid of the ugly looking acne and have a clear, flawless skin.