23 May 2016

Review: Etude House Real Art No-Wash Cleansing Water [Hydra]

Honestly, I don't really use a lot of Etude House products especially their skincare, mostly because of it less-than-impressive qualities. I do use some Etude House makeup though, but for skincare, I think I am too old to see any effects they bring for my skin.

But, this product is an exception. I spotted it when I was shopping at Etude House outlet and was attracted to its unique packaging (it has Mona Lisa on it!) and lovely scent. Besides, my cleansing water was almost finished around that time too that I decided to bring this home.

A bit of research revealed that it has a sister as well, a green bottle "mild & refreshing" version, and it is an award winner item in cleansing water category for Allure Korea Beauty Award 2015! So I am assuming that this will be equally good as well!

it has neat cap top!

For those of you who are not familiar with cleansing water, cleansing water is basically a milder and lighter approach to double cleanse. You remove your makeup (I would suggest that you do that only for light makeup; cushion foundation is considered heavy) and sunscreen with this on a cotton pad and be ready to move on to your skincare steps.

With this, you can skip your foam cleanser as this is a "no-wash" cleansing water. But personally, I prefer to start off my skincare with a freshly rinsed face, so I will always use a foam cleanser after any sort of cleansing water.

ingredients and information at the back


The list is pretty short and sweet. Nothing particularly harmful here, except for the cleansing agent (aka the surfactant) PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate made of glycerin and coconut oil and PEG-6. Concern with organ system toxicity may occur if the PEGs are not properly manufactured or processed. If properly formulated, this surfactant is also capable of leaving the skin soft and smooth.

This cleansing water also contains edelweiss extract, a research-backed anti-aging and skin soothing miraculous plant that survives off the cliffs and in harsh climate. And then there is this beautiful jasmine flower extract to hydrate, soften, promote would healing and soothe skin.

Alcohol is also present here, but in small amount to accelerate the evaporation of those chemicals on your skin after cleansing, to add to its "no-wash" properties. I personally don't find this cleansing water irritating at all, not a single tingling is observed even with the alcohol and strong fragrance in it. All it does is giving me a refreshing and light cleansing experience.

For those who are unsure about which to choose - this or the award-winning green bottle one, let me tell you the differences here. The green one has more extracts like green tea, bitter orange, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine in addition to edelweiss and jasmine flower. This green "mild & refreshing" one also does not contain any alcohol, the more irritating PEG-7, and the preservative phenoxyethanol. I am guessing that they are using all these citruses to function as natural preservatives, but records about them causing skin irritation also exist. In addition, the green one also has sodium hyaluronate missing from the list. 

So, if you are okay with alcohol, phenoxyethanol and anything in the list, and prefer something that cleanses well and is light-weighted, then I think the blue "hydration & clean" is a much preferred option. However, if you have sensitive skin and only wear sunscreen during the day, then you should definitely go for the green bottle.


So, let's start off with all makeup (especially tints) settled and tattooed onto my skin

this is achieved through multiple wiping, and some waterproof makeup and tint is left


In conclusion, I like this cleansing water, although not as much as my beloved Nature Republic Real Jeju H2O Cleansing Water with more product per price and a more hydrating cleansing experience. This Etude House one looks super adorable, smells heavenly (slightly perfumy but really breezy and refreshing!), super light-weighted, non-irritating, removes non-waterproof makeup really well, and is pretty affordable too.

This costs around KRW 11,000 for 300ml whereas the Nature Republic one is KRW 15,000 for 510ml, although you can probably get the Nature Republic one at about the same price with the Etude House one in Malaysia (~around RM 50-59). 

This Etude House Real Art No-Wash Cleansing Water is definitely a good cleansing water. I can't decide if I like it better than my previously reviewed Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water, because both smells equally amazing and although this one is incredibly light-weighted and refreshing, the Innisfree one comes with a convenient pump top. As such, it really boils down to your personal preferences and what you look for in a cleansing water to decide which one you want to take home.

Guess that's all I want to say about this Etude House cleansing water. There'll be more to come so stay tuned!

packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★☆
texture: ★★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★★★
overall impression: ★★★★☆

You can get this from: Etude House | Althea Korea | Koreadepart | Testerkorea
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review.  Product is bought with my own money. All copy right of all contents and images in this post is strictly mine. 
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