Review: Mediheal – Peelosoft Bubbl Eraser Pads | Not for the Faint of Heart, nor for the Dry of Skin

One of my favourite guilty pleasures is going into a chemist (Lalavla, Olive Young, LOHBs) and prowl down the aisles. Time and again, I will fall prey for gimmicky products, cutesy packaging or interesting colour palettes. Today’s Bubbl Eraser Pads fall square into the gimmicky product trap category!

I originally got these as I figured that they’d be great for taking on trips where waterless products would be preferable. You might be able to tell that I got these prior to the ‘rona, and now that it has been a good year since I purchased them, I guess it is time to write up a quick little review.

・What it is: ・

These are dry, double sided pads that you are meant to wet and lather up; you can then use them in place of a cleanser, makeup remover or peel.

・TL;DR:・ 

Much too drying.

・Price & Availability: ・

I have seen these at both Lalavla and Olive Young. They go on sale frequently, the RRP is ₩9,800 though on sale they tend to go for around ₩7,000-8,000.

・Size/Quantity: ・

The pads themselves are a little on the small side. I have small palms to begin with and one pad comfortably fits into the palm of my hand. I am not sure if it mentions on the packaging how many pads are supposed to be contained therein, but when I counted them, I saw that one container holds 20 pads. So roughly speaking, we’re talking ₩500 per pad (some 50p or 50 cents or thereabouts) per application, which, when you think about it, is not that cheap, actually.

Due to their small size, these do not fit comfortably over my digits and the pads have a tendency to fall off my hands if I am not careful. I can put the tops of three fingers into one, and it tends to reach just about until my second knuckle.

・Ingredients:・

So here’s the first thing that struck me. How can they list water as the first ingredient… in a waterless product??

정제수, 코카미도프로필베타인, 포타슘코코일글리시네이트, 1,2-헥산다이올, 소듐클로라이드, 파파인, 에틸헥실글리세린, 카프릴릴글라이콜

purified water, cocamidopropylbetine, potassium-coil glycine, 1,2-hexane diol, sodium chloride, papain, ethylhexyl glycerin, capricyl glycerin, and caffryyl glycole
Not much to say from Skincarisma.
As there was no entry over at cosDNA, I decided to add ingredients data. Not much to see here.

・Packaging:・ 

Not much to say on the packaging front, either. It comes in a simple cardboard box with a little paper cutout on top to symbolise the foam that you’re supposed to get from these pads (spoiler alert: they do not bubble up like that). The pads are housed in a simple plastic cup with a lid on top, though I do appreciate the peel-off foil lid that keeps them hygienically packaged.

・What the company says:・ 

I gleaned and translated the below from Mediheal’s Korean site (not an affiliated link). It appears that the Peelosoft pads are not distributed globally but rather, are Korea exclusive.

Basically, the site promises that these pads will take care of enlarged pores, dull skin, imperfections, dead skin, congestion and so forth. Here’s their recommendations for how to use the pads, which might be the most interesting aspect of the pads.

** 메이크업 클렌징 시
얼굴을 물로 적신 후 버블레이저 패드 한 매를 물로 적셔 충분한 거품을 낸 후 순면 패드(엠보면)를 이용하여 얼굴 전체를 가볍게 문질러 닦아준 다음 실 패드(거친면)로 다시 한번 닦아내고 미온수로 깨끗하게 헹구어 줍니다.

** 딥클렌징 시
일주일에 2-3회 세안 단계에서 얼굴을 물로 적신 후 버블레이저 패드 한 매를 물로 적셔 충분히 거품을 낸 후 순면 패드(엠보면)로 각질이 많은 코 옆, 미간, 입가 등을 세심하게 문질러 각질을 제거해주고 양볼, 이마 순으로 마사지하듯 롤링한 후 실 패드(거친면)로 한번 더 반복한 후 미온수로 깨끗하게 헹구어 줍니다.

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** Makeup Removal
After wetting your face with water, wet a bubble pad with water to make enough foam, wipe your entire face lightly with the rough side of the pad and then wipe your face with the silky side of the pad; rinse clean with lukewarm water.

** Deep Cleansing
Dampen your face with water 2-3 times a week, dampen a bubble pad with water, lather it up, scrub the dead skin cells next to your nose, brow, and mouth with the rough side to remove dead skin cells, massage your cheeks and forehead, rinse, then go over your face with the silky side.

・Consistency/Texture:・ 

The pads themselves, as you might have seen and guessed, are dual sided. There is a soft side and one that has a sort of pink nylon/plastic string overlay (what they call embossing). If you want your face to live, do NOT use the pink side. I found it super scratchy and irritating, and have refrained from using it after one or two uses. The silky side feels nice and soft, though.

・Scent:・ 

The scent is not very nice and truth be told, kind of off-putting, when dry. Sweet in a rotting-flowers-sort-of-way. I attribute it to the fact that there is no artificial fragrance contained, so the unpleasant scent is not something that bothers me in the slightest.

However, once these babies get wet, any type of scent disappears, thankfully, and they smell of literally nothing. Hurray!

・Application:・ 

It took me a while to figure out how the pads are meant to be used in order for them to create dense, fluffy cloud like foam as advertised on the front. I would recommend that you drip water little by little from your tap, and agitate the pad as you do so until you reach the desired amount of foam.

If the pad is too wet, it just won’t lather up at all. If there is not enough water, you just get a little very dense foam which is no good either. I would advise you to go very slow with these finicky rounds until you have enough foam that spreads around your face easily, and then gently glide the silky side around your mug.

・Efficacy:・

If you get your foam just right as described above, you are able to have enough product to cut through base makeup and/or sunscreen. Once you rinse your skin, though, it feels tight and taut, and I always rush to get some hydrators on asap.

The exfoliating claim might be true as skin does feel smoother after use but then again, it could be just the mechanical action of gliding a cotton pad across your face. It is a little hard to tell.

I will have to admit that the pads cleanse very thoroughly, though. Skin is very smooth and shiny, squeaky clean after use. I am assuming a high pH, kind of like a traditional Korean or Japanese foam cleanser.

・Final Thoughts:・  

This has not caused me to break out yet, which I attribute to the fact that it doesn’t stay on my skin for too long. I also only use a pad a month (I still have a couple left over at the time of writing). I would imagine that if I were not to throw hydration at my skin post cleansing, or if I were to use it more than once a week, that I would suffer negative consequences.

I cannot recommend these pads to any skin type. Finicky lather, meaning it doesn’t easily work on a mechanical level, and drying, meaning it doesn’t work on a chemical/functional level. Expensive for what it is. Embossed side makes your face fall off. Two thumbs down 👎👎

Rating: 1 out of 5.

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