If you know me at all, you know that I love coffee. I usually drink one or two pots a day, and while I favor darker roasts, I’m not cool enough to drink it black – I like to dress up my lattes with flavored syrups, whipped cream, and sprinkles, both for the taste and also because it ends up looking really cute!
So it’s probably no surprise at all that, when I first discovered that Tony Moly’s Latte Art line was a thing, I immediately decided to try at least SOME of the products. After all, they’re not only based on delicious cafe beverages, some of them are even packaged to look like hot drinks!
Thus far I’ve had the pleasure of trying two products from Tony Moly’s Latte Art line: the Milk Tea primer (which I looove and will write a review about soon) and this Milk-Cacao Pore Pack. I really enjoy both products to the point that I’ve been recommending them to people online, but recently I was telling some people on Reddit about how cute and effective the mask is in particular. I honestly think that this mask is a perfect gift idea for anyone who likes cute cosmetics and coffee, so I figured that I should make a review of it to help anyone who was interested in snagging this item during their holiday shopping – whether it’s as a gift or just for yourself!
See, how cute is that?! It’s in the shape of a tiny mug of coffee and cream. The dark, “coffee” color is the deep-cleaning part, and the milky cream color is the moisturizing component. You’re meant to mix them together in whatever ration that you like – as you can see, I’ve mixed about a third of this container so far.
This might sound a little fussy, but it’s actually very easy because the little “stirring spoon” that you see sitting on top of the mug is actually your spatula slash mixing spoon!
As you see here, the lid has a little groove where your spatula can click into place, so it’s very easy to store. I’ve dropped and knocked over my mug and the spatula stayed in place, so it’s a relief for klutz-o-trons like myself! It’s for this reason and the sheer cuteness factor that I’m willing to give this product a pass about the jar packaging. Since the product rinses off so easily (more on that later), washing off the spatula when you’re done is a snap, and you don’t have to worry about storage… for jar packaging, this is about as good as it’s gonna get, I think.
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Here’s the spatula in the actual product – you can see that I’ve mixed together the two ribbons. To be honest, I don’t really get too worried about making sure I have an equal balance of milk and coffee portions, I just kinda swirl the stick and go with whatever comes out!
The mask itself has the exact texture and scent of chocolate pudding. Beware, if you’re easily suggestible with food cravings, you will definitely want to go buy a pack of chocolate pudding after using this mask!
Here’s my blended dollop on my hand. As you can see – and as anyone who has ever mixed colors together via paints or programs or whatever could guess – it just evens out into a grey color. I personally would have preferred if they had balanced the colors to make it come out more the light caramel shade of a really milky latte, but that’s just me being weirdly picky about my cosmetics not looking food-y enough, haha.
After you spread a smooth, even layer of this mask over your skin, you’re supposed to let it dry for about 15-20 minutes. You don’t need to let it dry all the way – due to the moisturizing aspect of the formula, you’d have to leave it on realllly long to get it to fully dry and go all crackly like other clay masks would – just let it sit and do its job for awhile.
Once you’re ready, the mask washes off VERY easily. I’m sure that those of you who have been using clay-based masks are familiar with what a pain some can be to remove – you end up with random little bits that just adhere and don’t want to come off, and heaven help you if you accidentally got any in your eyebrows or too close to your hairline! Thankfully, this is not an issue at all with this mask.
Just add a little bit of warm water and gently massage your face, and you’ll notice that the mask starts lathering up and rinses right off. I could even use my konjac sponge to remove this mask if I wanted to, it rinses so easily that I didn’t end up with any gunk or residue on the konjac the time that I tried using the two together.
Once you’ve washed off the mask, your skin feels clean but very soft and comfortable. If you’re wondering how well this removes dirt, I once used it to remove the most stubborn lip stain that ever existed after I’d swatched it on my hand. Oil cleansing, hand soap, and face wash all failed in the sight of this truly serious business lipgloss – it was only this mask that actually removed the darn thing!
The ingredients have already been uploaded to CosDNA here by some kind soul:
Water, Glycerin, Zea mays starch, Bentonite, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Titanium Dioxide, Theobroma Cacao Fruit Powder, Talc, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, PVP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Goat Milk, Althea Officinalis, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi Fruit Extract, Psidium guajava, Honey, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract, Fructan, Alumina, Calcium oxide, Magnesium oxide, Iron oxides, Cellulose gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium alginate, Tromethamine, Ammonium Acryloyldmethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexlyglycerin, CI 77491, CI 77499, Fragrance
This mask uses kaolin and bentonite for deep cleaning – two extremely common mask ingredients that you’ve likely used quite often if you’re oily-skinned and/or acne-prone. These ingredients are absorbents, known to be helpful for oily and clogged skin.
Marshmallow, goat’s milk, honey, hyaluronic acid and coconut all contribute to the emollient, hydrating effect of this mask. This is how it manages to give you a nice, deep clean without making your skin stripped or itchy (if you’ve ever used a sub-par bentonite mask, you probably experienced this – without a hydrating component to balance it out, bentonite can be quite drying).
Obviously, cocoa powder shows up in the ingredients, because how could it be a “milk-cacao” product without actual chocolate? Theobroma cacao is considered to be an antioxidant, and while it gets probably more hype than it might deserve, it is thought to be beneficial to your skin when used topically. It’s important to note sensual and therapeutic benefits, of course, particularly for spa-like treatments like masks – and there’s just something about knowing that you’ve got chocolate on your face that feels so luxurious! It also helps to create that delicious smell, which is a pretty big plus, in my opinion.
White willow is a famous anti-inflammatory – aspirin and salicylic acid are both derived from this kick-ass bark. Its presence here is icing on the cake, giving you a cocktail of deep-cleaning, moisture, and some skin-soothing properties to boot!
Unfortunately, there are a few flags: denatured alcohol, as I’ve mentioned before, is controversial in skincare – if you avoid it, you’ll want to pass on this mask. Talc and Butylene glycol are the only other two triggers that CosDNA notes as possibly problematic (both very low level – ranking 1 on the acne section), but I’m aware that some people react badly to peppermint leaf as well so it should be noted that it’s present here as well.
I personally don’t experience any irritation or breakouts from this product. Rather, I think using this when my skin is acting up seems to help out a bit – while it’s not a miracle product by any means, sometimes you just need some de-gunking paired with soothing and hydrating effects, you know?
The delicious smell and total cuteness of the packaging also help to make this a really pleasant, relaxing mask to use, which means it also has some mental and therapeutic benefits for days when you’re feeling blah and need a pick-me-up – even if it’s just a cute little mask.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, my Tony Moly Latte Art Milk-Cacao Pore Pack review can be summed up in one word: LOVE! I think that this is a really great mask for oily/combo skin types, though I think that normal-to-dry skins should be fine due to all the emollient ingredients. Dry skin types may find the presence of bentonite too much to handle, however, so proceed with caution and patch test if you have really dry skin!
Well, you should always patch test, technically… but I’m just having sympathy pangs at the thought of any super-dry types trying this and ending up with an itchy face because of the bentonite just being too much for them! However, if you’ve used bentonite masks before with no problem, this should be fine for you – it’s far more hydrating than pretty much any other bentonite-based mask that I’ve ever used, for sure!
This is a great product, and my good experience with both this pore pack and the primer in the Latte Art line makes me really excited to buy the Cappuccino Cream-In Scrub eventually! As far as I know, there are only three items in this line at the moment, but here’s hoping that Tony Moly decides to expand and keeps the product quality at its current state!
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