You may have seen me post on Instagram about testing out an acne-based skincare kit. The brand of the kit is Nots, which I've actually tried in the past, but only one product. After trying that one product I was very interested in trying more from the brand, but alas, it was not so easily obtainable in the States, so I moved on. I was thrilled when Q-Depot, a Korean cosmetics online shop, reached out and offered to send me more of their products for review!
This Nots 28 Remedy beauty box features deluxe samples of a four-piece line geared towards acne-prone skin, which I just happen to have. Included in this box is the:
>Acne Pore Deep Cleanser
The Acne Pore Deep Cleanser is the Nots product I had tried before. It actually came in an early Memebox, when they were still shipping out amazing boxes direct from Korea to the US. This is a higher pH foaming cleanser, but when used after an oil cleanser I find it doesn't strip my skin, and actually leaves it feeling soft and looking brighter. It contains salicylic acid to help fight acne, and contains a few calming and hydrating ingredients as well like beeswax, aloe, licorice, and camellia oil.
It's creamy with a pearlescent sheen to it, and a bit of a fresh clean scent.
It spreads onto skin easily on its own, and feels very smooth.
But it's really great if you're looking for a cleanser to build up foam with. Just a short time in my bubble net got me a handful of foam, and it felt so light and fluffy against my skin.
The Balancing Toner is thicker than a western toner, and is designed to prep the skin for the coming steps in the routine. It contains a few calming ingredients that are beneficial like centella, camellia and many food-based extracts, and also contains niacinamide which helps brighten the skin.
It has a watery gel-like texture which is very easy to spread onto the skin and absorbs quickly. However, it smells strongly of alcohol, which I'm very sensitive to, and it does sting my skin when I apply it. I think someone with not-so-sensitive skin wouldn't be bothered by it.
The Intensive Serum brings more acne fighting ingredients to your skin with willow bark and several plant based extracts, and again contains niacinamide to help brighten up your skin and any acne spots on your face.
It has a thick gel texture that is very smooth and feels watery once you start to rub it in. This serum also smells like alcohol, but it does not seem to irritate my skin. After application, I do notice my skin usually looks brighter at this point in using this system.
The final step is the Repair Cream which also contains niacinamide for brightening and lightening uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. It also contains tea tree oil and salicylic acid for combatting acne, and many extracts to help soothe and hydrate the skin.
I found this cream to be thick and creamy, while maybe a bit waxy. It has a refreshing scent due to the tea tree, which makes it almost minty. It gives a sense of calming and cooling down my irritated skin.
It spreads very thinly, and absorbs into the skin easily. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated, and looking bright and calm. It doesn't leave my skin greasy and if I use it during the day I am able to wear sunscreen over the top without any pilling or streaking.
While I am sensitive to alcohol and prefer low pH cleansers - I do think this could be a good option for anyone with acne who has less sensitive skin than I do. I really did love the cream in this kit, and found it was beneficial to my skin while I used it.
You can find these Nots products, and other Korean skin care on Q-Depot.
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