The Face Shop - Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam - Review

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This week's review is about a type of product I never reviewed yet. You've seen me order this cleanser from this Testerkorea Haul and, since then, I've learned the importance of cleanser and their pH.

You've read me well. Business girl is talking about pH. I won't go into details here because, quite honestly this isn't my area of expertise, but fellow Asian beauty blogger Snow White And The Asian Pears explains Why the pH of your Cleanser matters better than I could ever do.

Here's the thing, taking into account the data from /r/AsianBeauty's Cleanser pH spreadsheet, The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam has a pH of 8 ! Which is far too high compared to the recommended pH of 5/5.5. 

I also want to mention that I didn't know any of this when I first tried this cleansing foam so the issue about its pH didn't cloud my opinion about this product. The thing with foam cleanser, is that you don't have to follow that testing phase of new products (depending on the ingredients). Of course, if you want to be careful or you have sensitive skin, you might want to test the cleanser (and any other product) on a part of your face first.

I didn't do that for this cleanser and I have to say that I only tried it twice on my face, let's see why :

What the brand says 

A moisturizing and brightening cleansing line using quality Rice Water, Moringa Oil and Soapwort. The texture is a soft, creamy lather which provides gentle cleansing that last during cleansing. 
Application : Get adequate amount for foam. Massage gently all over the face and rinse it off with lukewarm water.


The Face Shop highlights the use of Rice Water which is said to be moisturizing and brightening, as well as Moring Oil which is supposed to 'purify the skin and detoxify it". Last but not least, the last main ingredient TFS highlights is sopwort which provides moisture and prevent the skin from drying.

A few ingredients are red-flagged on Cosdna, you might want to check if you are sensitive to any of these ingredients.


The cleanser comes in a classic tube packaging with 150 ml of product for about 7-8 $ depending on where you buy it. The tube is made of a shiny plastic with a pretty soft pink packaging that would surely look good in your bathroom.

 The product

 As the name suggests it, the cleanser comes out in a foam texture and turns into a creamy consistency when rubbed in.

My thoughts

The reasons why I got this cleanser were simple : It's cheap and it contains Rice Water which is said to be brightening (I'm not too sure about the moisturizing claim TFS has about Rice Water though). For years, I used actual rice water as a cleansing agent, but I never really saw any difference in terms of brightening because I couldn't use Rice Water daily. See, you do need to collect rice water all the time for that. I didn't have time nor the will for that, so I thought this cleanser would be perfect.

The Face Shop markets this product as brightening but I must admit I doubt a cleanser ie something you wash off almost immediately can make a real difference in terms of brightening. Fair enough, the other claim is easy to check : Moisturizing.
I got my answer the first time I used it, after cleansing my face with TFS' Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam, my face was left dry and stripped from its moisture. No kidding ! 
I tried using it again a few days after, thinking as always, why not give it a chance again, but it just wouldn't work the way I wanted. I left it in my bathroom sink and used it as a rather fancy hand soap since then. My mother used it not knowing anything about it when I left it in the bathroom, she has normal skin and a few days later she told me : "What's that pink thing in the bathroom ? I think it dried my skin out". 

I wouldn't personally recommend this product, not only the pH is too high but it was definitely too drying for me which is pretty ironic for a product supposing to be moisturizing.

Have you ever tried drying moisturizing like this one ? Do you have a favorite cleanser ? 
 I'd love to read about it ! If you're looking for a new type of cleanser, you might want to check out my review about Banila Co's cleansing balm.

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2 commentaires

  1. Hey Dini, I used the rice water cleanser from The Face Shop few years ago & I found that it's drying on my skin although it claims to be moisturising too! However, i continued using the product for 2 reasons. One, it was pretty pricey but I used a toner & moisturiser to tone down the tightness+drying after cleansing & Two, I love the scent hehe & hence the reason why I continued using it ^^

    Hana | Bold-Expression

  2. I'm glad you liked it then ;) At least, mine didn't go to waste either, it's a nice hand soap and it does remove the stain of foundation and concealer. Thank you for your comment Hana !


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