The concept of Skinfood is to use the most natural way, using food ingredients (fruits, plants and herbs) as beauty aids and to soothe skin ailments.
A bit overpriced compared to its competitors
Skinfood is another one Korean shop that sells all kinds of beauty products. I usually stop by to purchase their nail polishes as the colors are pretty and the quality is good. It does not dry up easily and goes onto the nail smoothly.
Their products are mostly based around natural ingredients like fruits - pineapple, blackberry, avocado, and other unique ingredients like salmon and gold caviar. Their toners, moisturizers, and cleansers cost about $25-$40. This is pretty pricey compared to other beauty products from Etude House or The Face Shop.
The staff are proactive and are eager to recommend products that best suit your type of skin. They are also willing to show you how to put on the makeup products. This made my shopping experience a good one.
However, I usually like to visit the outlet in Malaysia JB (City Square) to buy the products as its cheaper there.
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Good products, but pushy sales assistants
I like shopping at skin food because it saves me the hassle of having to check for harmful chemicals in the products contents because all the products are made out of natural ingredients. I own the entire golden kiwi line and it has been working pretty decently for me for a substantial amount of time.
That being said, it wasn’t necessarily my choice to buy the entire line. The sales assistants in skinfood can be awfully pushy and can coax you into buying nearly everything in their store. i wouldnt say that it’s good marketing, it’s more of just annoying. It’s almost impossible to walk in and buy one product without them piling a few more into your hands. I’ve been to approximately 3 branches and they’re pretty much the same every where i go.
I wouldn’t recommend walking in if you’re planning to just browse, because that doesn’t seem to be much of an option there.
Skin food strikes me as an expensive brand when I walk past the store years ago, so it really isn't part of shopping palette for beauty products. However, not long later, I started to hear so much rave about their products - how effective they are, how natural their ingredients are as oppose to their more chemical counterparts. So, I decided to give it a try.
I went into their store and their sales assistants are quite professional and would introduce their products accordingly to your skin condition and what you are looking for. I want to say how all the products I have tested smells so good and delicious, you just feel like eating them. Because they are made of natural ingredients, it gives you some kind of assurance that it is perhaps a healthier option. I bought their Rice Wash-off mask. I can't emphasize on just how good it is, it has tiny brans of rice that helps with the exfoliation(gentle) of the dead skin cells, along with the nutrients it can provide your skin. Because it is a wash-off mask, you can just massage it for 5 minutes or so to wash it off, or leave it on for 10 minutes (but I usually take lesser time but still awesome results). After you have wash off the mask, your skin just feel incredibly soft and smooth immediately, with the lingering smell of the mask that relaxes you instantly.
Although it is not very cheap, it is definitely worth the price for its what it does, and it does last quite a while. I actually bought only the rice mask and the sale assistants offered me 2 samples which was really kind of them. I would definitely repurchase from them again.
Black Sugar (Body) Scrub
Many beauty and cosmetic brands today emphasize on using natural ingredients in their products, which supposedly does not contain as much toxins as chemicals. To consumers, anything organic immediately sounds...good. Hailing from the renowned Korean beauty industry, Skinfood is one such brand that does just that.
I have read raving reviews about its Black Sugar Mask, which is essentially an exfoliating facial scrub. It claims to contain 'mineral-enriched Black sugar, and promote smooth, glowing skin'. I love the packaging, which reminds me of an mini ice-cream tub. (In fact, all the products in Skinfood are packaged in a way that looks yummy enough to be eaten.) I'm always excited to try new beauty products, especially Korean ones, famed for giving fair, dewy complexion. The Black Sugar Mask smells divine but it looks a tad intimidating due to it's dark, brown colour. I was very careful while massaging it on my face because the instructions seem to imply that the scrub may cause irritation. Indeed, the sugar bits felt harsh on my skin and I was afraid to scratch my face if I were to apply more force. Adding water helped but I would still prefer it to be gentler. I was rather disappointed that scrub failed to make my complexion any brighter or smoother, but I reckoned that it may be due to the fact that I was too cautious.
I decided to use it as body scrub instead. I'm not too sure about the glowing effect, but the skin definitely felt smoother with all the dead skin gone. Moreover, a scrub always has a cleansing effect on me that makes me feel refreshed all over!
A couple of years ago, I tried their masks such as Rice mask, Sesame mask and Black Sugar mask and all of them did nothing to my face. Since the rice mask was immensely popular, I bought two tubs of it because I believed that I should give it some time to work, but no, nothing happens.
I like the smell of the sesame mask and the fact that it becomes warm after some time. The black sugar smells like cheap soap which I don't like at all. I read soooooooo many reviews of the masks and all of them are super positive. I'm pretty sure those are placebo effects after trying the masks.
Salmon dark circle corrector
Rating is for the Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Corrector only.
I haven't really ventured into the brand of Korean skincare and make-up yet and was pleasantly surprised by a Caucasian friend's recommendation when I asked her for concealer recommendations. I thought she was going to recommend an international brand like M.A.C.
I bought this online on GMarket instead of Singapore's retail outlet because it costs about 40% more as compared to on GMarket. The seller from GMarket is from Korea and since this is a Korean drugstore brand, I don't think there would be fakes online.
I bought my corrector in Shade #2 which is already the darkest shade. However, I think Koreans are really fair and even after buying the second shade, it was still light on me. It did cover my purple-black under eye rings though but it was really too light and I did not want to go around with inversed raccoon eyes. I layered another darker concealer on top. Overall, this corrector is really effective and at the price, it is really a good choice for girls on a budget. Just wish for darker shades to be released.
Unreliable brand or just incompatible skin?
I have always had sensitive skin, but never once have I had an allergic reaction to any cosmetic or beauty product - that was until I tried Skin Food's emulsifier. To my horror, I developed eczema around my neck after three hours of using the emulsifier. I even had to make a trip to my family doctor to get my eczema treated.
I would like to say that my skin is simply not compatible with Skin Food's products, but I have always had my doubts about this brand. Perhaps it is their unprofessional looking packaging or the fact that their products are mostly scented, I can't trust the brand enough to put their products on my skin anymore.
Korean beauty products suddenly gained popularity in Singapore when I first bought the emulsifier and I didn't know better to buy more well-established brands such as The Face Shop and Laniege. In any case, Skin Food's products aren't cheap in their local retail outlets either.
Good enough to eat...?
The first time I actually saw Skinfood was in a mall in Bangkok and I loved how minimalist their product designs were. The staff who attended to me was very patient and willing to explain and recommend their different products.
What I really like about Skinfood is that most of their products are made up of well, food. No fancy chemicals that try to impress you with what it can do. Instead, the people at Skinfood bring us back to our roots. I bought an avocado wash off mask and was really satisfied! The mask had micro beads for the face that wasn’t too harsh and my face felt really soft and smooth after washing the mask off. Not only would I recommend this to you, I will also recommend this for your friends. Given their packaging, Skinfood’s products serve as great gifts as well!
All organic and natural~
Ever since the holidays, I've started focusing more on nail art and its related products. So I was pretty surprised when I heard that skinfood had nail related products as I initially thought all they sold was makeup and even healthcare products. How wrong I was.
I checked out their website before heading down to the actual store, and loved their website design. A country feel, with beautiful display of products and its ingredients. The same thing was reflected in their actual store. They have a good range of skin care products catered to various types of skin, such as oily or sensitive skin, and all their products are organic. Recommended for those with allergies. (: Products are also catered for all- from babies to women and men. They also stock nail polish as previously mentioned above, their Vitamin Nail Color Line with vibrant colours and nutritious for your nails. Prices for their nail line can range from $5.50-$10+, so rather on the pricey side.
Staff let you browse at your will, they don't really bother you or approach you voluntarily to enquire if you need help though. Hence I suggest checking out the appropriate product for you beforehand lest you be disappointed.
Skinfood is overpriced.
Having been to Korea once for a vacation, I was a little surprised to discover how cheap Skinfood products were in Korea as compared to Singapore.
That said, the make up products at Skinfood seem to be of good quality, as my mother has been using their products ever since our trip to Korea, and she's been going back to the store for more.
The interior of Skinfood is usually neat and tidy, with rows and shelves of make up products, body care products and even nail polish lined up neatly in different sections. The nail polish at Skinfood is probably worth a mention - the nail polish there comes in varying feminine shades, and there is even a glittered nail polish selection, so customers are certainly spoilt for choice. The polish applies smoothly, and is worth the price, which is relatively low as compared to other nail polish brands like China Glaze.
However, I do have a gripe against the service at Skinfood. The staff can be a little standoffish, and it was at Skinfood that I discovered the horrifying truth of testers at make up stores - they're usually used by the staff! I was certainly not impressed to be waiting for the staff to finish her make up with a tester product in the store before I could ask her a question.
The service doesn't do it for me, but the products are pretty good, though I would recommend purchasing them in Korea, where they're loads cheaper!
Good products, but expensive
At first glance, Skinfood looks very appealing from the outside as it has a soft, pastel interior decoration that is neither too girly nor intimidating. The shop is usually quite small but the shelves are chock full of interesting looking items that are also splendidly packed.
What I like about Skinfood is they do sell a range of good items that are definitely up to standards. I personally use the Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder and am absolutely in love with it. The product has a very subtle peach smell and is delicate on your skin. It is hardly visible once you apply it because the particles are so fine, but it gives good coverage nonetheless and makes your skin feel baby smooth.
However, I did not buy this product from the retail shop itself, but chanced upon it while making online purchases. I bought the product for slightly over $10 and was shocked to see it retailing in the shop for close to $40! I honestly feel that the retail shop overprices its items by far, no matter how good the products may be.
Overall, the products from skinfood are reliable, but perhaps you may wish to search for online purchase options rather than buying from the actual retail shop.