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COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid ReviewProduct review of COSRX's latest, most anticipated (as of this writing) new product release...With good reason too. Shrinking pores/"poreless" skin...that is hard to achieve without the use of strong and potentially irritating/drying actives. I already use actives, but because of their irritating nature, I can't use them everyday. It would be nice to have a good "in between" product to fill in for the days I don't use actives, as well as keep my minor acne/closed commodones in check. This product sounded just like what I was looking for.
This product was given to me by a friend who purchased it with her own money from Cupidrop. I was not given anything in exchange for this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I also do not work for COSRX or Cupidrop.
Table of Contents- About Company & Product Description
- Product Claims & How To Use
- The Ingredients
- Packaging, Scent & Texture
- Product Review & Final Impressions
- Similar Products & Shop This Post
Meet The COSRX Two in One Poreless Power LiquidAbout COSRX:
Just in case you're one of the few that's not familiar with COSRX, COSRX stands for COSmetics + RX. They are a South-Korean brand that earned a cult following due to their AHA/BHA products that were (at the time) hard to find in the Korean market. Here in the U.S. AHA/BHA are everywhere, but what probably sets COSRX’s AHA/BHA products apart is that they are affordable, high performance products with safe ingredients and no known side-effects. That is not to say that the AHA/BHA products here don’t work, but I found that a lot of the AHA/BHA products here can be a bit more on the harsh side especially for someone with semi-sensitive skin such as myself. I’m always up for having more options for all the different skin types out there, as well as all the different skin issues that we may have.
The Two in One Poreless Power Liquid is a product designed to improve the appearance of enlarged and clogged pores with two key ingredients: willow bark water & BHA (hence the "two in one" part). Basically it's not meant to be used as or take the place of any existing BHA you may already have in your routine (it's only 0.1%). However, for those of us having any kind of issues with pores, this is designed to compliment your existing routine (you won't overexfoliate from this product).
The Sold-Out COSRX Two in One Poreless Power LiquidProduct Claims:
The product claims to gently lift stubborn blackheads, as well as prevent excess sebum production. One of the ingredients, Tannin, is a natural astringent which can help your skin look more clear and even (aka: "glass skin"). I can see why this product sold out so quickly during its first launch. Many of us do strive for clean and even skin (which helps if you don't have any acne and/or clogged pores).
How To Use:
Official directions off the box say, "Pump the liquid and gently pat on your face for absorption. To form a better synergy, use with cotton pad and wipe off face avoiding lip and eye area." I think this works best using your hands (you also waste less product). I always used this with my hands only (no cotton pads), and I was still able to see good results with the product. Of course, if you did want to concentrate on a specific area (or breakout), you can use cotton pads with it (even leave the cotton pad on that area for a few minutes).
I would use this product after cleansing and a watery toner/essence. If you're using a hydrating toner that tends to be more viscous than water, you might want to use that after this product so that this can better absorb into your skin.
COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid is Like Glass Skin in a BottleIf you haven't been informed of the Korean "glass skin" trend, it's basically skin that looks so clear, poreless, translucent, and luminous, that it looks like glass. Here I'll break down the ingredients in this product to see what types of things might help one to achieve such a look.
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Water, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Arginine, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Cassia Obtusifolia (Chinese Senna) Seed Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Mentha Haplocalix (Mint) Extract
Packaging, Scent & TexturePackaging:
In typical Cosrx fashion, it comes in a very simple no-frills kind of packaging. It comes in the usual unisex pump bottle that a lot of their liquid products come in. This time, this one has a teal-colored box for the product name. It doesn’t look fancy, but that just means that Cosrx probably puts more care into the simplicity and effectiveness of their product. I also appreciate that I can purchase this product for both my bf and myself, and he wouldn't have to worry about using some feminine-looking product, haha.
Scent & Texture:
I didn’t really notice much of a scent with this product. There might be faint traces of a chemical-like smell (similar to other BHA-type of products), but nothing specific that comes to mind. If you’re sensitive to strong fragrances (like floral/perfume-type scents for example), you won’t experience that with this product. As for the texture,despite this product having the word "liquid" in its name, there is some weight/thickness to it, and it's not completely watery. Due to the conditioning agents in this product, it feels like a light (almost watery) essence.
Does The COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid Actually Work?Performance:
I think that if you have more serious issues with your pores and/or your acne, you should find products more specifically geared towards those issues, and use this Two in One Poreless Power Liquid as a supplement to keep your skin clean in between your acne treatments. When I first used this product, I was experiencing some minor breakouts on my nose and some closed commodones on my forehead. I was surprised to see my closed commodones shrinking within a few minutes of using this product. My minor breakouts also started to subside a bit, and I can see some of the larger pores on my nose tighten as well, giving me an overall more poreless look. If you think you have more "monstrous" pores, you would probably have to use this product day and night, and for a much longer time to see any kind of results. However, I will repeat, I don't think this does much for someone with more serious issues especially since this only has 0.1% BHA.
COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid for Dry SkinFinal Impressions:
Despite the fact I don't think this will make much of a dent if you have more serious pore issues, I think this is a great product to try for all skin types (including dry skin).
While I can definitely see this product not working out for some in the "poreless" aspect, I still think this is a product worth trying for everyone. I like to think that most of us don't have perfect skin (especially 100% of the time). At least for me, this product helps keep things in check. I have issues with closed commodones and occassionally clogged pores. I also have sensitive skin and can't use actives everyday, nor do I like using harsh acne products. I totally love this product and my final rating reflects that (though I think it could be better with "shrinking" pores for others). Also finally, whenever I apply my anti-aging serum right after, it seems to sink in faster (at least to me it does).
Final Rating = 4/5
Other Products for Pore CareSimilar Products:
I offer you some suggestions for similar products if you are still interested in general for a pore minimizing/refining serum.
Any questions and/or comments about my COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid review? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please let me know in the comments below!
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