I’ve held off doing this post for too long. I’ve been waiting for the full collection to be released, to be honest – but that is taking a really long time and I know these products are starting to be sold online so some reviews would probably be of use to those in limbo over making a purchase. Although, let’s face it, as usual with these collabs, you’ll end up buying the product just because it is cute as all hell.
From what I can gather on Instagram, the full collection will consist of (in order of release):
- Foam cleansers
- Hand creams
- Pikachu sheet masks (only given as a freebie, not for sale)
- Face creams
- Nail varnishes
- Mini cushion cases
- Pressed powder
- Cushion blushes
- Lip tints
- Nail stickers
- Eyeshadow palettes
The collection has been released gradually, and to be honest at the beginning I wasn’t too keenly on the bandwagon. I bought some stuff for reviewing purposes only. The initial releases didn’t feel very well thought-out to me re: packaging. Tony Moly are absolutely fantastic at making really cute, fun packaging, so I felt they were missing a few tricks when the foam cleansers and the hand creams were released. It just felt like they slapped pictures of a few Pokemon on the front of some products.
As time went by, though, some of the designs got cuter and I got much more into the idea – when the mini cushions were released I was definitely hooked. A pokeball puff? Sign me up! I’ll take everything you’ve got, thanks. The only product I haven’t invested in is one of the creams – I don’t really use face/body creams enough to warrant me getting such a big tub, as those things are massive. Everything else though, I’ve bought at least one of, and am going to give you a brief run-down of my experience with the products. Let’s check them out.
The four foaming cleansers released are in the form of Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander. They have different formulas and claim to do different things.
Ingredients: Water, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sorbitan Olivate, Cocoamidopropyl Betain,Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA,Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.
Ingredients: Water, palmitic acid, stearic acid, myristic acid, glycerin,lLauric acid, potassium hydroxide, sorbitan olivate, cocoamidopropyl betain, sodium chloride, allantoin, panthenol, butylene glycol, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract, disodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, fragrance.
Ingredients: Water, palmitic acid, stearic acid, myristic acid, glycerin, lauric acid, potassium hydroxide, sorbitan olivate, cocoamidopropyl betain, sodium chloride, allantoin, panthenol, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, butylene glycol, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, disodium EDTA, 1,2-hexanediol, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, fragrance.
Ingredients: Water, palmitic acid, stearic acid, myristic acid, glycerin, lauric acid, potassium hydroxide, sorbitan olivate, cocoamidopropyl betain, sodium chloride, allantoin, panthenol, butylene glycol, portulaca oleracea extract, albumen extract, disodium EDTA, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.
The thing about cleansers is that if we look at the ingredients, we can easily spot ones that do a lot for your skin (hyaluronic acid, allantoin, olive leaf extract, and so on) but because they come in the form of a cleanser you have to realise that the product is not going to be on your face for a long enough time for any of these to really take effect. The important thing to look at with cleansers is pH (which I do not want to botch up an explanation of – instead I suggest you head over to Snow White and the Asian Pear’s wonderful article about why a low-pH cleanser is important). Let’s summarise with these two basic sentences:
Yes, the pH of your cleanser really does matter.
Your cleanser should be acidic, no more than pH 5.6; anything higher could compromise your skin and worsen acne.
-Snow White and the Asian Pear
So let’s check the pH of the Pokemon cleansers: the one I opened was Squirtle which is the hydrating cleanser. It comes out at a pH of 8, so if you are really bothered by cleansers being above 5.5pH, this isn’t for you.
This cleanser is quite shiny and is very light. It feels a little mousse-like, but a little more dense than that of course. Compared to other foam cleansers it feels rather smooth. It is similar to another Tony Moly cleanser I used, the peach one, which was alright. It also has a nice smell to it. Kind of like soap your grandma might have? Strange description but it’s that soapy floral scent.
But how effective are they in what they do? I tested the cleanser on some swatches to see how it got make-up off without an oil cleanser or any other type of product. It performs just like any old foam cleanser, to be honest. It didn’t foam much actually, and just turned into a more milky wash. Nothing special at all. This is the product I would be least likely to recommend buying out of the lot, just because it is nothing special and the design is so minimal. You can do better!
I have been using the Togepi but aside from smelling nice and being a little moisturising, it doesn’t really do a lot. The moisture doesn’t last and it’s not one where you can feel the effects long after. I will say that it isn’t greasy and there is nothing I don’t like about it, but there isn’t anything I really like about it either.
I didn’t try out all the nail varnishes so I can’t really put them up on this review – I only tried out the clear one with bits in, which is a cute idea (it has yellow, red, and black dots in, along with lightning bolts) and looks fine enough as a top coat over your varnish. The nail decals are really easy to use, but they’re a bit on the large side for me. All you need to do is cut out the one you want, then put it onto your nail after peeling off the clear film, then wet the back. In a matter of seconds it transfers, and without leaving anything behind. They’re good decals, and at a cheap price here in Korea I can see I will repurchase.
The mini cushion comes in two designs, different regarding the colour of the product. It comes in shade 01 and 02, 01 being lighter, and as I have light skin (NW15 at MAC FYI), I chose the 01 shade. It contains argan oil and aloe vera, so is hydrating and should give your skin a radiant look. It costs 12,800 won, so as it’s a mini cushion it’s cheaper than a regular one.
In my opinion, it’s difficult to apply because of the mini cushion concept. You have to dip in more frequently, as of course you’re not pulling out as much product on the puff, and the extra-super-duper-mega-cute pokeball cushion puff gets dirty really easily. Mine is vile already and I have only used this a few times. Expect to dip in and out a fair bit.
What better way to show coverage than with swatching stains?
The coverage is okay, it is just too sticky for my liking. I like the shade of it and it actually fits really well with my skin tone, but when applied my face just feels a little greasy and unpleasant. I have to cover with powder or my hair just gets stuck to my face constantly. It claims to be ‘long-lasting’ – which it is, as it doesn’t clump up, and is still on my skin after hours’ worth of wear. However, it’s just too sticky and shiny for my taste, and I bet in summer I’d have an awful time with it. It’s cute, but not really anything else but that. I won’t be switching from my other cushions to this!
Jigglypuff Powder Pact
Again, this pact comes in two colours – 01 and 02, so I bought the lighter of the two again. First off, this powder pact is terrible quality. The powder comes in a little metal casing, which is wobbly already and I have seen a few pictures on IG where the same has happened to other customers. It feels like something you could get from the local pound shop, with a Jigglypuff picture whacked on the case. I’ve used it for about two weeks and it already looks like this:
So you don’t get too much use out of the product. Maybe you use less powder than I do, but as the puff is so small I feel like I have to apply it several times before I get the powder coverage I want.
That said, the product itself is not half bad. It’s a little pale for me but it leaves my skin smooth and sets my make-up well, while lasting a decent amount of time and not coming off easily. For the price (8900 won), it’s not a bad product at all – I like how small it is, so you can touch up quickly, and I also like that it’s not a loose powder as God only knows how much powder I’ve managed to tip over myself or got all over black clothes when I buy loose.
This is one of the only products I haven’t used yet, but swatched in the shop. This costs the same as the mini cushion – 12,800 won. They come out sparkly and quite pigmented, but I imagine the same will happen with the puff and it will get insanely dirty after just one use. I do think this is the cutest product though, so it might be worth the dirty look – just get another mini cushion puff to use instead as those pokéball puffs are not sold separately!
This is by far the best thing I’ve tried from the collection. It’s 8,500 won, so a good price for a good lip tint. I bought the redder shade, which is called 02 Red Hot. The colour is really nice, and vibrant. It’s really pigmented and I love that it doesn’t go on too shiny. I again don’t like shiny lip tints too much as my hair sticks to my mouth all the time – I never ever wear my hair up so this can be a big problem with me and make-up if it’s not the right product! It dries quite matte and as it’s a lip tint, you can pat off the excess when you apply, and you are left with beautifully red lips that last rather a long time. They survived drinks, such as going out for coffee and so on, but they didn’t pass the ramen test. There was still a bit left and they were tinged red, but not fully covered as before. Still, I have yet to find any product that passes the ramen test!
All in all, this is a regular Tony Moly collection. Mostly duds and a little bit disappointing, but with a stellar find or a good product buried in there somewhere. The lip tint is the best of the bunch, and if you were to go for a product from this collection, I’d recommend that one. Sadly it doesn’t boast the best packaging, but on performance it’s worth the money.
I’ll keep you updated on the status of the mysterious eyeshadow palette.
What do you want to try most?