Oh, pandas. Man, are they cute!
Probably Tony Moly’s most known product is the Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream. Even Urban Outfitters sells it and it’s been cropping up on beauty lists all over the internet. Besides his cute factor, this chubby panda claims to brighten, whiten, and fade hyper-pigmentation.
I received a couple samples of this, which was great because I had been interested in buying it, but was concerned about exactly how “bright” and “white” I would become.
The full size package is just too cute for words. It’s in the shape of a round panda and the top twists off to reveal the bottom half containing the cream (much like the Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream I reviewed before).
The ingredients list isn’t anything too fancy. The star ingredient is niacinamide which helps even skin tone, reduce redness, and zap PIH (post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation). Niacinamide also helps reduce signs of aging. Added to the list is bamboo shoot extract which, supposedly, helps moisturize and hydrate skin. There’s also titanium dioxide, which is a sunscreen, and denatured alcohol which might be an irritant for some.
The texture is a cream consistency and is a stark, almost unnerving white. I actually quite like the smell. It’s hard to describe, but it’s almost a floral smell. Some reviewers online comment that it smells like “old lady makeup”, which I disagree with, but to each his own.
Application is tricky. The formula turns matte pretty quickly, causing tugging and pulling at your skin. This could speed up the formation of wrinkles. Instead, I like to apply my serums and, while my skin is still slightly damp, apply this cream in short, quick strokes and finish by gently patting my skin. Yes, you will be a little white, but after five minutes or so (if you didn’t apply way too much), it will absorb and you will look good as new!
This says “cream”, but I wouldn’t use it as a moisturizer. It just doesn’t really seem to hydrate. Some people use this as a makeup base, which I suppose you could, but I didn’t. I’m already a pretty pale person, but with this cream, I would be a ghostly figure. While reading reviews, I came across someone who uses it where you would highlight your face and that sounds like a great idea, but I settled for using this during my night time routine. I used this after my serums and other treatments and before my night moisturizer.
So what do I think? I love this little panda! After only about a week of use, I could already see acne scars and PIH fading! I don’t feel like it really “brightened” my skin overall, but if it helps me fade some scars and even my skin tone I’m all for it. Add to that that the full size is only about ten bucks, well then this is a winner!
I give the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream 4.5 pomegranates. Application is tricky, but if you time it right (while serums are still damp), then it’s… well… a dream! In theory you could use this as a makeup base, but I prefer to use it at night so that I don’t go out looking like I have white makeup on.
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