Review: Make Pr:em – Safe me Relief moisture cleansing foam | A Cult Product for Most Everyone but Me. Plus, a Revelation regarding Fragrance in Skincare

If you have been following Korean beauty and skincare for a while, you may have heard of Make Pr:em’s much-celebrated foam cleanser. Everyone and their mother has blogged about this bad boy, and now it is my turn, some 3,000 years after everyone else has reviewed it. Haha!

The reason why it took me so long is a) I waited until I had actually finished both tubes, which was quite a feat in itself because a little goes a long way, b) it is my personal opinion that products you don’t like all that much take extra long to finish and c) I am so severely backlogged like you wouldn’t believe, a circumstance that clearly no one is interested in knowing but here I am, telling you anyway.

Let’s get started!

・What it is: ・

It’s a foam cleanser for your face. You can use it as a second cleanser in the PM or as a first step cleanser in the AM.

・TL;DR:・ 

Really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

・Price & Availability: ・

Honestly, it’s a little embarrassing how long ago I got this one – I bought this in August of 2019, which at the time of writing makes this more than a year ago! What I do remember is that I got this on special as a twin pack 행사 (special event) at Olive Young when my favourite face cleanser at the time (cosRX’s Low pH Good Morning Cleanser, reviewed here) was unavailable.

I paid less than ₩20,000 for both, that much I remember, which works out less than a manner (man won 만원 = ₩10,000) per each.

・Size/Quantity: ・

Each substantially sized tube came with 150ml of product, which is pretty standard for a foam cleanser in Korea.

・Ingredients:・

Apart from the addition of bergamot – which this cleanser really could have done without – the ingredients list checks out as relatively clean on Inci Decoder. Yay! Skincarisma however throws up some fungal acne triggers and also considers sage oil a potential irritant.

Sources: Inci Decoder, Skincarisma

・Packaging:・ 

We’re looking at squeezy tube material here. It’s an almost mattified plastic, I’d say. It is somewhat minimalist but the design does not speak to me, somehow. It might be the fonts or the colour combos. Due to the size, these babies are not travel friendly.

・What the company says:・ 

I cannot find any English language website, but here’s what I gleaned from their Korean site (not an affiliated link). Find my (slightly rough) translation underneath.

‘Fine dust, external pollutants, impurities and makeup are easily and thoroughly removed. Sebum, pollutants, traces of makeup are cleanly removed to help manage skin that’s healthy. This foam cleanses and soothes sensitive skin.’

・Consistency/Texture:・ 

The texture is reasonably creamy and lathers up substantially especially considering it is a pH balanced cleanser. In terms of texture, it reminded me a lot of Innisfree’s Blueberry balanced cleanser, as well as Round Lab’s Dokdo cleanser.

・Scent:・ 

The scent is not super strong but it did bother me. It’s a floral-herbal scent. Yes, cleansers don’t stay on your face too long, and yes, this probably did not cause irritation, but I wasn’t a fan either way.

What I will have to say is that I am a little more understanding (not forgiving) these days when it comes to fragrance. I read that apparently, you can reverse engineer skincare, and when you as a cosmetic company add fragrance into your product, it makes it harder for your competitors to break down and copy the formulation. If this is something you can confirm, do sound off in the comments! 🙂

・Application:・ 

I would use this as a second cleanser at night, and as a first step cleanser in the morning. I used just my hands and water. I would wet my face first, then froth it up between my palms and gently spread it around my face. Cannot be asked to fuff around with soap nets and/or bubble makers and/or sponges.

Can you? Genuinely curious!

・Efficacy:・

This cleanser did a decent job of removing, yes, traces of makeup and whatever the micellar water, eye makeup remover and oil cleanser didn’t get. I honestly cannot fault it in terms of efficacy. Skin was left smooth and not dried out, ready for the skincare steps that were to follow.

・Final Thoughts:・  

Honestly, I don’t know what it is. Everyone I’ve seen blogging about this gives this rave reviews. And to some extent, I have to give it its due. It does cleanse. Skin is not dried to a husk.

And yet.. I cannot bring myself to like or repurchase. I found the texture not cosmetically elegant, the bubbles felt somehow… stifling, I did not find this to be soothing, and the bloody fragrance bothered me. Unpopular opinion, this one!

I am currently using Uriage’s Xemose cleanser which I will hopefully review one day in full (briefly reviewed here) as my second step cleanser and love it so much, I have repurchased Uriage and cannot see myself switching to any other soon.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Make Pr:em – Safe me Relief moisture cleansing foam | A Cult Product for Most Everyone but Me. Plus, a Revelation regarding Fragrance in Skincare

  1. hhmm interesting, I haven’t tried this one yet but nice to see a different perspective as I’ve seen it’s loved by many too. I use a foaming net sometimes just because I love that fluffy cloud-like feeling 😀

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      1. Mine has a little loop on it so at the moment it’s hanging on my cleanser bottle. I can’t really guarantee there’s never any bacteria but I do wash it before each use and leave it to dry by the window.

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  2. I actually love the idea of using the entire product before reviewing it. Sometimes I think I love a new product, only for it to give me super oily skin or dryness a week later.

    I don’t use face sponges or brushes or anything, either 🙂 Sounds like an okay product overall, thanks for sharing!

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    1. It’s a good product, superior to many Western cleansing foams I have used when I wasn’t living in Korea, but somehow I just can’t bring myself to like it.

      Re reviewing used up products – so often, we impatiently wait for a product to do its magic overnight… when that’s just not a reasonable expectation. Hence why I’m reviewing empties only 😀

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  3. I haven’t tried this, but sometimes I definitely think it can be a let down to try a hyped up product since our expectations are so high. Even though fragrance in cleanser washes off, I try to avoid it as much as possible in skincare now so I think I would have to pass on this.

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  4. I have to say that this one surprised me with how gentle and “basic” the formulation was…but the essential oils were a point of concern. Luckily, rinse-off products don’t pose as much of an issue for me as those that need to sit on skin for a long time. Since using this however…it really isn’t super special. There are other cleansers from brands like Be Plain and Round A Round that I have in my stash that look very similar (at at a lower price). Hopefully they are winners for me as well without the essential oils. Time will tell haha!

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