Review: Korean Foaming Cleansers (Missha, Tony Moly, The Face Shop)

Hello humans!

Today I’ll be doing a review of foaming cleansers from three of the major Korean drugstore chains in North America: Missha, Tony Moly, and The Face Shop. The ones which I’ll be reviewing are: Tony Moly’s Clean Dew Olive Seed Foam Cleanser, Missha’s Super Aqua Refreshing Cleanser, and The Face Shop’s Herb Day 365 Aloe Cleaning Foam.

If you live in the GTA, you can find The Face Shop at some major malls (Fairview, Eatons, STC, Markville, Pacific Mall). Missha stores are in Koreatown, Pacific Mall, and Bestco (Scarborough). Lastly, Tony Moly can be found in Pacific Mall. If you’re going to make a trip to all three, just head over to “Pmall” during the weekdays when it’s not crowded. Yes, that’s what us locals call it.

Now, I’m gonna’ be really honest. All three of these cleansers are so similar in terms of formula, packaging, and efficacy that I swear they’re probably all made by the same manufacturer. o_O

Korean Skincare Ingredients:

Tony Moly cleanser ingredients
Tony Moly cleanser ingredients
The Face Shop cleanser ingredients
The Face Shop cleanser ingredients

Missha Ingredients: 
Water (Aqua), Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Ceteth -20, PEG -40 Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Lauramide DEA, Sea Water, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Amethyst Powder, Pearl Powder, Tourmaline, Acorus Gramineus Root/Stem Extract, Fragance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Blue 1 (CI 42090)

What I love about Korean skincare products is that there are more natural ingredients than your typical North American ones. Not only that but they are the majority of the ingredients list. This is great because it shows that the companies actually care about consumer demands. Unfortunately these cleansers do contain parabens but the brands themselves, do carry paraben-free lines (or 3-free/ 5-free lines).

As you can see above, other than the natural extracts, the ingredients are pretty similar.


Missha cleanser
Missha cleanser
From left to right: Face Shop, Tony Moly
From left to right: Face Shop, Tony Moly

A little goes a long way. Squeeze a small amount of product on your palm and lather with both palms to create a foamy texture. All three of them lather up similarly- not too foamy. They’re all okay at removing makeup, but you will still find traces of your foundation left behind. So I suggest that you use a makeup remover prior to using the cleanser. Lastly, I find that these cleansers don’t dry out my skin as much as some North American ones. Despite that, don’t neglect the moisturization step!


The Tony Moly and Face Shop cleansers are around $5-6 CAD at regular price. The Missha one is priced around $12 CAD.


They all come in plastic squeeze bottles. The end.

Overall: 3.5/ 5

They’re pretty decent at removing dirt, oil, and makeup and the Face Shop/Tony Moly ones are inexpensive. They’re actually cheaper and gentler than most drugstore cleansers in Canada. I say just get the one that is conveniently closer to you.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed it. What other foaming cleansers have you tried? Tell us all below! I’d love to check them out!


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