KOSE Softymo Honey Whip Cleansing Foam – Review by Starlet Abigail

Extract from our Starlet’s review:

“I’ve been using the Softymo Honey Whip Cleansing Foam in the evenings, to get rid of trace makeup. Formulated with five different types of honey (Lavender Honey, Damask Rose Honey, Wolfberry Honey, Orange Blossom Honey and Lychee Honey), it has a naturally sweet scent that reminds me of a fruit parfait. Made by the beauty giant Kose under their Cosmeport umbrella, it comes under the Softymo line of cleansers, which have a reputation of being effective, but not unnecessarily harsh.

The bottle is designed to dispense a nice fluffy blob of foaming cleanser, and I have to say that the texture is absolutely amazing: surprisingly lush and luxurious for such an affordable product. Sometimes when you look at clouds, do you ever forget everything you know about science and think to yourself “That would feel so nice to touch”? I do, and the Honey Whip Foam feels exactly how I imagine clouds ought to: soft and yielding, spreading across your face with ease. There’s also a pleasing denseness to it when you first pump it out, unlike some other brands that get a little bubbly and runny from the get-go.

Most Japanese beauty publications recommend that you do a double-cleanse at the end of the day, with actual makeup remover, and then a dedicated cleanser. Products like Shu Uemura’s range of Cleansing Oils and the Softymo Foam Cleanser purportedly help you cut out a step by getting both things done at once. I’ve actually bought into the wisdom of a double cleanse, mainly due to the fact that I have ridiculously oily skin, and like to use makeup that’s fairly stubborn. You can clean it off, yes, but it won’t go gentle into that good night.

Here’s a little experiment to show you how the Honey Whip Cleanser stacks up against some of the products I use regularly. I layered some of Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation (Currently a shade I’m a little too tanned for), with a dab of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. On top of that, I sketched on a few strokes of the Flow Fushi Mote Liner in Black-Brown, MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Lipstick (Super pigmented and lasts forever), Illamasqua’s Long Lasting Matte Powder Blusher in Hussy, Za’s Gel Liner, and Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Forest Green.

As you can see, a few seconds after initial contact, the cleanser was already working away at some of the pigment. Wonect suggests 3 to 5 pumps for your whole face, so to the initial three pumps I added two more halfway through. After a thorough scrubbing, some traces of colour still remained. For heavy-duty makeup, the Honey Whip isn’t going to cut it alone. Used as a complement to make-up remover however, it’s a really nice cleanser. Free from colourants, parabens, mineral oils, silicones and ethyl alcohols, you won’t get that overly tight feeling you might experience with harsher cleansers here. Instead, my skin always feels surprisingly soft and hydrated after using it. There’s something to be said for honey cleansing – this is just a much less messy alternative.”

Starlet Abigail

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