Tony Moly - Tomatox Magic Massage Pack - Review

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If you can recall, I got this Tomatox Magic Massage Pack in my Tony Moly special Memebox, and well, it has been a while since I got it and I should have reviewed earlier but, there's a reason for everything ! 

Ps : I'm also entering Final weeks, so I might not be able to post in the next coming 3-4 weeks, it depends if I'll have time to write and edit a proper review ! Anyways, let's get back to Tony Moly : 

What the brand says

Enriched with fresh tomatoes and pearl powders, Tomatox Magic Massage Pack brings you a multi-functional facial care, providing double effects of both a massage cream and a wash-off pack. Its soft, creamy texture will gently remove any residues on your skin, leaving it deeply energized and brightened.

This product is basically marketed as a brightening pack.


There's one thing you can't say anything against this product, it's the packaging. How cool is it ? People who are familiarized with Asian Beauty won't be impressed by this packaging, but this Tomatox pack has been in my bathroom for a while and everytime a guest come it goes like this "Why do you have a Tomato in your bathroom ? Oh, it's a cream ? That's so interesting !". 

Letting that aside, it also comes with a spatula for hygiene purposes, I have pictures of that in the unboxing article, but they are so terrible (newbie's fault !) that I didn't want to add them to this article.

The product

You get 80g of product in a thick white creamy form. After cleansing your face, use it on your face and massage it in (as recommended by the brand), it spreads easily and dries white. Let it dry, and rinse it off with water.

My thoughts

Here comes the fun part. I'll say it right off the bat, I didn't like this product. 
First thing first, the application process wasn't that bad but as I was starting to dry it was giving me a bit of tingling sensation, it almost stung. I let that pass, and let it dry before removing the pack with lukewarm water. Now keep in mind that this is supposed to be a brightening product, it does have niacinamide in the ingredient list on Cosdna, pretty high up in the list, but what this product actually does is leaving you a white cast all over your face. It's pretty noticeable on darker skin tone, I'm an NC42 (my hands above are almost 5 times darker than my face) and that white cast was pretty apparent. It translates into a gray washed out looking complexion. To further my little experiment, I tried this on someone who has a much fairer complexion, NC30-35, and it gave that same gray cast all over the face of that person. I was pretty apologetic, the packaging was appealing to that person but the result were a joke.
A quick look on that same ingredient list on Cosdna, shows Titanium Dioxide as the fourth ingredient. Titanium Dioxide is (with Zinc Oxide) the primary ingredient contained in Physical sunscreen. It's a key ingredient to block UVB and UVA in physical sunscreen, but why would they include Titanium Dioxide in a face pack ? Here's the thing, physical suncreens are well known to leave white casts, and my guess in our case, is that Titanium Dioxide is used to give that fake temporary "brightness" in Tony Moly's Tomatox.

Final Conclusion

As you may have guessed by now, I wouldn't recommend this product. The packaging is stellar but the product is terrible. I'm going to throw the remaining product and keep the jar and put some of those samples I get in my hauls. Although I didn't like this product, I did a more positive review of their Floria Nutra-Energy cream.

Until next time ! 

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