Review: Korean Nose Strips

The Face Shop's Blackhead Out Aloe Nose Strip
The Face Shop’s Blackhead Out Aloe Nose Strip

It’s been ages since I last wrote a Korean cosmetics article but I have a few in the planning stage. This particular one I’ve been working on for almost two months. Why? Because it’s not like I can just try one patch after another and write the review. I wanted at least a week in between (it was usually two) to get an accurate reading… er, fair evaluation of the nose strips/patches.

I tried five different nose strips from Skin Food and The Face Shop and judged them on how well they worked (basically how many blackheads they removed), the scent and how they felt (while in use and afterwards). Keep reading to see which one I liked best and which one I’ll never use again.

Skin Food's Chlorella Nose Clear Patch
Skin Food’s Chlorella Nose Clear Patch

Skin Food Chlorella Nose Clear Patch

Does it work? It was okay. It wasn’t disappointing but neither was I overly impressed by how it worked.

Scent: Slightly unpleasant medicinal smell.

Colour: Interesting green colour.

Final Verdict: I might give it another go, the vaguely medicinal scent makes me think it was good for my skin (lol, i know that’s not necessarily the case but…).

Skin Food Black Bean Nose Pack
Skin Food Black Bean Nose Pack

Skin Food Black Bean Nose Pack

Does it work? Not well. It removed very few blackheads, not impressed.

Scent: There was a noticeable scent but it was hard to place what it was. The scent lingered though and made me want to wash my face again.

Colour: Black

Final Verdict: I wouldn’t buy it again as it was ineffective and I didn’t care for the scent or how it lingered.

The Face Shop New Zealand Volcanic Clay Black Head Charcoal Nose Strip
The Face Shop New Zealand Volcanic Clay Black Head Charcoal Nose Strip

The Face Shop New Zealand Volcanic Clay Black Head Charcoal Nose Strip

Does it work? It took a bunch of really fine stuff but nothing significant (basically I had to look at it sideways to see if it worked).

Scent: Actually, there wasn’t much of one. It smelled faintly like a nose strip but it’s pretty faint and not an issue

Colour: Dark gray

Final Verdict: Given that the scent was so slight I wished it worked better but I will say that my nose felt quite smooth afterwards and wasn’t dry or tight. I’d try it again given how my nose felt afterwards to see if it might work better the second time but if it doesn’t, I wouldn’t buy it a third.

The Face Shop Blackhead Out Dual Nose Strips
The Face Shop Blackhead Out Dual Nose Strips

The Face Shop Blackhead Out Dual Nose Strips

Does it work? No.

Scent: Medicinal, especially the “step 1” strip.

Colour: White

Final Verdict: This was a two-step process. Step 1 was a wet nose strip that really tingled, almost to the point of being uncomfortable, but didn’t do anything noticeable. I wondered if there was more instructions that weren’t translated as “After 10-15 minutes, remove the sheet and use cotton buds to softly remove blackheads” wasn’t effective. At. All. And yeah, I followed the instructions. Step 2 was a sticker strip that felt cooling but I still felt a mild burning on my nose from the first one. It was supposed to tighten my pores but I didn’t notice any difference. I ended up washing my face again to get rid of the unpleasant tingling/mild burning sensation. I would never use it again, ever.

The Face Shop's Blackhead Out Aloe Nose Strip
The Face Shop Blackhead Out Aloe Nose Strip

The Face Shop Blackhead Out Aloe Nose Strip

Does it work? Fairly well, it was the best of the bunch.

Scent: There is a faint scent similar to other nose strips, but it’s not an issue.

Colour: White

Final Verdict: This is one I would buy and use as it did what it was supposed to with no unpleasant scent, tingling or other problems. It removed a decent amount of blackheads and left my skin feeling normal if a bit tight.

Where do I buy Korean skincare?

While I often go shopping at The Face Shop‘s retail locations in Toronto (they have really friendly and helpful salespeople), if I’m looking to buy other Korean brands, I usually head on over to Momomango (an online Korean cosmetics and skincare shop which ships to Canada and the U.S.). I’ve always had great customer service from them and they carry a wide variety of products, including all the nose strips in this reviews. And since I love shopping there, I’d thought I’d share a great deal with you. To get $10 off your first order with Momomango, use the coupon code “CINDY2012″ at checkout! (Yep, I’ve been shopping with them for a while.)

Final Thoughts

As someone who thought all nose strips basically the same, this was an eye-opener. There is a lot of variation in the effectiveness of nose strips, at least of the ones I tried, and it was an interesting learning experience as now I know that if one product doesn’t work… try another brand.

For me, the best one was The Face Shop’s Blackhead Out Aloe Nose Strip, hands down. I have not only bought it again but I think I’ll make it a part of my regular skincare routine.

Have you tried any nose strips from The Face Shop or Skin Food? Which do you like best?

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival. Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher.

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