I have a fun K-pop Related Skincare Youtube Video for you today!
Shinee’s Key released a Collaborative Cleansing Duo Set with the K-Beauty Brand Youlief!
The Collaboration Involves both a Cleansing Oil and a Cleansing Foam, to help remove makeup and also dissolve SPF. The Set is aimed at Sensitive Skins so I really wanted to try these two products out and give my thoughts and opinions with swatches!
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Hey Guys and welcome back to the Channel! In this Video we’ll be Swatching + Reviewing a K-pop Collaborative Cleansing Duo Set Between Youlief and Shinee’s Key! Both these products are fragrance and essential oil Free.
A little bit about the Collaboration:
This is a Cleansing Set: so it’s based on the Double-Cleansing Method where you use a Cleansing oil to initially dissolve superficial makeup on the skin: melt away mascara and foundation etc; you wash off, and then go in with a Cleansing Gel or Foam to cleanse the skin on a deeper level clean out the makeup that’s seeped a bit more into the pores and remove that too.
Key seems to have been quite involved in the production of these products as he stated he has sensitive skin so really wanted to make an effective cleansing duo that could remove makeup adequately, while not stripping the skin of moisture, and would be suitable enough for sensitive skins! It does also state that both of these products have been tested for skin sensitivity so it shouldn’t be irritating, it’s tear-free i.e. they shouldn’t sting the eyes and of course both of these products are fragrance and essential oil free, also removing any potential irritation.
Let’s see if his statements hold up! I’ll be doing swatches and makeup removal tests so let’s get on with the video!
As you can see; the packaging is lovely for both of these products; it’s got that Key Limited edition design on them which is pretty cool!
So first up is: the youlief Key: Face Cleansing Oil (200ml for £29.23)
In terms of the packaging: This has a nice big pump you twist to open and close but I wouldn’t travel with it in case of spillage.
This daily use cleanser can be used both in the AM and PM and works to dissolve makeup and waterproof makeup and can be used in the first step of a cleansing routine. 2 full pumps should be enough to cover the face.
A Key Ingredient included is Centella Asiatica which I just did a Review and discussion on in my previous video, link down below. Centella Asiatica or Cica is a soothing antioxidant which helps soothe the skin, it can help reduce inflammation and irritation so I can see why it was included in a cleanser for sensitive skins. It can also help stabilise excessive oil production which should help with the reduction in the formation of blackheads and congestion.
Another Key Ingredient is Fig Extract which is also another soothing ingredient included in the I’m From Fig Cleansing Balm and it’s meant to calm down inflammation.
Ceramide NP is also included which is an emollient; it helps keep the skin soft when cleansing, and other emollients are listen on the screen now which help reduce the chance of this cleansing oil stripping the skin when cleansing.
I was expecting this product to be Plant Oil based such as Sunflower or Olive oil like the DHC Cleansing Oil, but perhaps it was to avoid the chance of potential skin-flare ups and irritation for those who have allergies towards plant oils. So it just adds to the fact that this is a cleanser for sensitive skins.
I don’t get a scent from this and in terms of the texture; it has a really nice lightweight oil feel to it; it doesn’t have a thick or gloopy base and it also doesn’t feel like a dry oil, it’s somewhere in between.
When Water is added, this emulsifies or turns milky; which makes this oil easier to wash off without leaving an oily residue.
So Overall: I would recommend this Oil to all skin types, I agree it would suit sensitive skins. And Cleansing oils usually don’t strip the skin, so it’s the same here with this one.
Now let’s get onto the Cleansing Foam which is the Youlief Key: Face Cleansing Foam (£18 for 150ml).
This daily use Fragrance and Essential Oil Free, Foaming Cleanser is meant to cleanse the skin delicately without over stripping it.
The Surfactants for this foam are listed on the screen now; this is what helps remove dirt and oil from the skin.
The Key Ingredients in here include Rosemary Leaf extract and houttuynia cordata extract which are both Soothing Antioxidants; they help reduce irritation and calm down the skin additionally; Rosemary Leaf Extract is also antimicrobial which is good to reduce the growth of acne-causing bacteria on the skin.
Other Antioxidants include: Chamomile Flower Extract, Fennel Fruit Extract and Beta-Glucan (which is derived from Oats and is explained in my Hero Cosmetics Cleanser, Link Below) and Saccharomyces Ferment is included which is both soothing and moisturising. Beta-Glucan is also included which is moisturising as well as Hydrolyzed hyaluronic Acid and Fructooligosaccharides which are humectants; they draw water into the skin and help with hydration.
The emollient ingredients which help soften the skin and keep is smooth are also listed on the screen now; Fennel Fruit Extract is an included emollient which also helps soothe the skin.
So as you can see these ingredients all work to help preserve a healthy skin barrier while cleansing and not disrupt the skin’s barrier while working.
Surfactants: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate
In terms of the Texture: This has a smooth almost cream-like feel on the skin. It also has reflective particles in it which reminds me of the COSRX Green Tea Cleanser, but I still prefer the texture of this overall.
In Terms of the Scent: the smell is a bit more potent than the oil, but it’s nothing offensive, it simply smells of the ingredients.
So, does this foam up? Yes. Does this foam up a lot? No it’s not like dish-soap level of foaming but this definitely foams up. The bubbles and the emulsification process when water is added, thins out this product. You don’t need a lot of product to wash the face so it should last a while.
Makeup Removal Test:
I wanted to show you how these products can be used in a double cleansing routine and how well makeup is dissolved in the process:
I used 1 regular lipstick from Espoir and 2 Liquid Lipsticks with dark colours so you can really see the difference.
So first off I’m starting with the Cleansing Oil and as you can see, when water is added, it emulsifies; making this very easy to wash off and it doesn’t leave an oily residue on the skin. As for the Lipstick removal; only the Espoir Lipstick managed to leave a stain. So then you can go in with the cleansing foam; I re-added the lipsticks just so you can see how it fares totally on its own without the oil cleanser: It’s like a cleansing cream when water isn’t added and dissolves the lipstick. It turns milky when water is added and doesn’t leave a greasy or oily residue, it’s easy to wash off. This doesn’t seem to sting the eyes either. So you can definitely use either product individually or use them together as a cleansing combo; it really depends on how much makeup you use, if you’re wearing thick foundation then a double cleanse might be useful but if it’s just SPF then you can simply use the oil to wash it off or the foam; it’s up to you!
So Overall: I do think these products are pretty decent! Of course there are dupes available but I did want to try this fragrance and essential oil duo out! I like to use the Foam to clean my makeup brushes and sponges as it’s gentle on the bristles, you can also use it for facial shaving or use the oil when shaving if you want to.
B.Lab PHA Oil Cleanser: LINK (A Good dupe for the Oil and also includes PHA)
(Another Cleansing Foam Dupe is the B.Lab Matcha Foam Cleanser: LINK)
Geek & Gorgeous Jelly Joker: LINK (A Gentle Gel Cleanser that also turns milky and foams up)
I’m From Fig Cleanser: LINK (In case Fig Extract as an ingredient interests you!)
Centella Asiatica Video (Skin1004 Brand Review + Swatches):
- As I mentioned Cica; this video goes a bit deeper into Centella Asiatica and its perks.
Hero Cosmetics PHA Cleanser:
- I discuss PHA and its benefits as well as how it works.
Geek & Gorgeous Jelly Joker (Cleansers Swatches + Review) Video:
- As I recommended the Jelly Joker as a dupe for the Cleansing Foam, here is the video where I swatch and test it out so you can see its effectiveness.
I’m From Fig Cleansing Balm Review + Swatches:
- I mentioned the Fig Cleansing Balm as the Oil + Foam also contain Fig Extract. In this Video I also do a makeup removal test.
- Key : Face Youlief Oil Cleanser: Olive Young: LINK
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My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.