[REVIEW] PRELAB Toning Peeling Tap

Have you ever heard of a peeling tap? Me neither, that is – until I got it in my Sunday Funday Box that I bought from Memebox. But apparently it is similar to a chemical exfoliant since one of its main functions is peeling. Don’t worry though, it actually doesn’t even peel – Wait, What?! When I first got it in the box, I was pretty confused with what it did and used it in the wrong way. It’s a pretty interesting, and convenient product though! But yes, you will go through several degrees of frustration (or at least I did) to understand how the heck to use this product and how it works. Anyways, let’s go on with the review :)

Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, images, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)! 
Links: Affiliate links will be marked with an **. I currently do not have any affiliate accounts anywhere yet. 

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EVALUATION
PACKAGING 8.0
INGREDIENTS 7.0
APPLICATION 6.5
TEXTURE 9.0
EFFECTIVENESS 10.0
PRICE 6.0

Total rating out of 5: 3.9

Price (Subject to change)

$20USD on Memebox

Quickie (for people like me who look things up at the store)
The Good

– Super effective
– Travel friendly

The Bad

– Hard to apply
– One packet is way too much for one use (for me at least)
– EXPENSIVE

Will I buy it again

Maybe. But I’d probably look for an alternative – it’s so expensive.. for 15 packets which are supposed to be “one-time” use, it’s over $1USD per packet.. that’s close to what it costs to buy a sheet mask..

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Description of this product

The ultra-soft peeling tap is the first-step skincare product that takes care of dead skin cells without irritation, making skin moisturized and smooth.
Description from Memebox US

What this promises to do

These peeling taps are supposed to be the first-step essence of the skincare routine, and helps gently exfoliate skin without irritation, which will leave skin moisturised and smooth. This is apparently good for all sorts of skin, especially those who cannot handle the strength of standard chemical exf0liants (like me! – well I just haven’t tried those yet)

Packaging

The packaging is kind of … flimsy? The jar is a really thin layer of plastic, that is pretty bendable, but somehow keeps its shape no matter how many times I squeezed it (not with excessive force of course!

the-product

The lid is made of a metal material – you know the kind of lids you find in those Asian cookie jars? or like the ones in Hot Chocolate where it’s usually a pain in the butt to open. BUT, this one is pretty easy to open. I do think the packaging doesn’t exactly protect the little sponges – they can get a little dusty when you open and close, or if you accidentally drop a few then its eep completely hygienic sponge it is no more! Besides that, the essence (the meat of the product) is well sealed in its individual packaging.

Ingredients

Water, methylpropanediol, glycerin, glycereth-26, dipropylene glycol, butylene glycol, bromelain, maltodextrin, papain, sodium metabisulfite, sodium hyaluronate, melissa officinalis leaf extract, nelumbo nucifera flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, betaine, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf extract, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, actinidia chinensis (kiwi) fruit extract, origanum vulgare leaf extract, chamaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, portulaca oleracea extract, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit water, tuber magnatum extract, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, allantoin, carbomer, tromethamine, sodium benzoate, citric acid, hydroxyethyl urea, disodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, pentylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, ethyl hexanediol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

Whew, like almost all of the othe reviews I’ve done, I ran this through CosDNA. There were several ingredients such as Sodium Metabisulfite, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Ethyl Hexanediol that scored pretty high on CosDNA in terms of safety. There’s also a lot of fruit extracts, plant extracts to watch out for in case you’re allergic to any of them. On Memebox, it said that the key ingredients include Tea Tree Oil which helps clean out with the blemishes.

Since I don’t have a completely understand yet of how ingredients function (although I’m still learning!) I read on Fiddy’s Review of this product that Bromelain and Papain are two of the key exfoliators here, and they have a lower risk for overexfolation. Unlike other standard chemical exfoliants that I have seen, these don’t include an AHA or BHA percentage – which leads me to think that it would be more gentle because most of the ingredients that are actives are the fruity and plant extracts.

Application

The first time I tried this, it took me 3 minutes?? maybe a little less than 3 minutes – but it took me a heck of a time to try to squeeze the product out of the tube to get onto the sponge. The instrutions says to apply the product onto the face in a wiping motion, then lightly pat to help with absorption. So that is what I did, and I discovered that well.. when you wipe it it’s hard because the thing holding the product itself is so flimsy so when you wipe it it bends all over the place. I found it slightly easier to tap the sponge on my face, but if I use a little too much force it the packaging over-bends and then the corner of the package kind of pokes your face. I like the concept that they’re trying to get at, but the application was and is still a little bit frustrating.

where-to-squeeze

I also realised that one package is ALOT, and way more than what I would normally need for my face. And I read as well on Fiddy’s blog that a way to “preserve” and save the contents for the next use is to remove the sponge from the packaging and apply it with the hand instead. I love her idea, and I tried it out myself. As she mentioned, the sponge has a lot of sticky sticky glue on it. I was curious and want to see if I could try to apply it via the sponge when the sponge isn’t connected to the tube – stupid idea, way too sticky to be able to apply it normally. In the end I applied it with my fingers instead and “sealed: the package back up with the sponge.

sponge-split-up

Don’t know if it’s necessary, but I waited until the product was fully absorbed/dried plus a couple minutes after it dried before I proceeded with my next step of the routine.

Texture

The essence itself is a gel-like texture and is pretty runny but has some viscosity to it. The sponge itself has a funny texture, and not what you would expect a sponge to feel like when you think of “sponge”. It’s furrry, and fluffy so when you use it to apply it feels really nice hehe. The finish was quite sticky. Even though I waited 15 minutes or so after applying, my skin was still a bit sticky.

Fragrance

There is a certain scent to it, can’t quite put my finger on it but it doesn’t bother me

Effectiveness

Was it effective? HECK yea. I used one packet, two days in a row (both times at night). Even though I didn’t use it twice a day, you can notice how my clogged pores and blemish decreased/minimised.

results

My chin was an area where these blemishes usually don’t appear, but for some reason recently there were TONS of bumps there which made me upset.. but after using this it actually helped smooth out the blemishes and made my skin there moisturised and soft. -gasp-

In Summary

The results of this product and how effective it is really surprised me. Aside from it being a pain to apply and figure out how to use the sponge separately from the package itself.. it’s a pretty darn good product. I only used it consecutively for those two days because I was so bothered by the blemishes, but I would probably use this once a week or when I need it. Before that, I did try it several times, and I noticed that each time after using it my face would be super smoooooth – because the dead skin cells were “peeled” away. Luckily??! For this review, I had blemishes to try this on.. ! Personally, I’m scared to use chemical exfoliants just because it does to an extent thin your skin, but that’s me being paranoid. If this ever goes on sale (like how it is right now on Beauteque) then I would go buy myself a tub. Otherwise, it is waay too expensive for me to want to repurchase it.

Thanks for reading!
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4 thoughts on “[REVIEW] PRELAB Toning Peeling Tap

    • Thanks! It’s pretty different from what you’d normal expect from an essence-type exfoliant, I think.. haha but so expensive :(

  1. Thanks for the detailed review! I found a canister on sale, so I gave it a go. I agree with everything you noted, including the price per use. I am even less patient with the packaging – LOL. I took one of the plastic take-out sauce cups, washed it well in hot soapy water, and store the opened tap in it for the next morning’s use. For a span of a few hours from night use to morning, I’ll take my chances. Has worked very well with no ill effects.

    I’m not sure if I will repurchase, simply due to the price and the (somewhat) hassle. I may go on a hunt to see if I can find a product with similar ingredients that is packaged differently.

    • Haha, yes that packaging is quite the hassle! I agree, I might buy it if I can get it for a cheaper price, but right now I’m also on the hunt for a similar product :) If you happen to find one let me know!

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