Next week I’ll be posting about the huge array of Korean skincare I’ve acquired and have been using over the last six months (there are of course pros and cons) but either way – Korean beauty is incredible. The technology, the creativity, the presentation – I can’t think of another beauty market than can keep up.
I used this set from lesser heard of Korean brand NoTs (Noble Through Skin) a good few months ago. The sell of this brand is that it is focused on more “natural” ingredients and is mid to high end in terms of the pricing (so dearer than Innisfree, Etude House etc.). It’s packaging is also simple and more elegant than the previously mentioned brands which makes it look more Japanese than Korean!
Inside this box is a deluxe travel sized kit, great if you are going away for a few weeks. The range is the NoTS 28 Remedy which is designed for acne prone skin times that also have sensitivity.
Whilst I do not suffer from lots of acne (I get the occasional hormonal break out, and if I don’t wash my face properly – voila, spots) I do have sensitive skin. My mother also tested this as she has oilier skin than me but also no acne.
There are 4 products in the box which I will discuss…
The four products included like a mini skincare routine.
Acne Pore Deep Cleanser – this is a foaming cleanser and I don’t really use these any more. Whilst I like that there is no real scent and it lathers in to a creamy foam, my skin does feel tight after using it. Perhaps oilier skins could tolerate it better but I prefer to stick to my oils and balms.
NoTS 28 Remedy Balancing Toner – has the feel of a rich water and contains alcohol which is something I avoid where I can. It does feel very refreshing but again, I felt it irritated my cheeks somewhat. My mum found this removed the shininess from her skin which she likes…but I’m not sure stripping the skin is a good thing. This also contains Triclosan which is not an ingredient many people use and I certainly would not apply it to my face on a daily basis.
NoTS 28 Remedy Intensive Serum is a light gel texture and again it contains alcohol. It’s very lightweight and refreshing and I did find it quite soothing on the skin. Again I have no reason to apply alcohol to my face though as a serum….there was a time when every single Asian skincare product always had alcohol in it but you know it’s not really my thing.
Finally NoTS 28 Remedy Repair Cream is a full sized cream which is relatively rich. It has a strong herby smell which I don’t mind which is just as well as it lingers. On a bad day it could trigger my migraine, to be totally blunt. It contains UV protection and some other plant based ingredients. Mother didn’t like the tacky feel of this cream I didn’t mind it but I have drier skin.
So….this is why samples exist. As the range is quite pricey I would recommend samples wherever possible to make sure the range suits you first. I liked the cream the most, the other three did not suit my skin although it might suit someone with less sensitive and dry skin. I tolerate alcohol in a product if I adore it, otherwise I don’t apply it for no reason and I wouldn’t use the toner because of the ingredients so it really just leaves the cream.
I was sent this set by Q-Depot where you can peruse the NoTS range. I do think in general the range looks promising but I would have to do more research if spending money on pricey products whereas a £5 punt on an Etude House face mask is not the end of the world if I don’t like it.