Skincaretainment (or skintertainment) is a term you may see on Asian Beauty blogs, thanks yet again to the awesome Tracy at Fanserviced-b. According to Tracy, (click the link to read more) this was a term actually used by a panelist in Korea talking about Korean beauty products. Basically, they’re talking about skincare that is also fun and exciting. It’s the idea that a product can help your skin while also being fun or interesting to use.
Now, some people dislike this aspect of Asian beauty; much like Tracy, I love it. That is, as long as the products still do what they advertise.
All of this is to say that it’s been very sunshine and roses around the blog lately with lots of positive reviews. I think it’s time I balance with a skincaretainment product that actually makes me angry in its ineffectiveness: the Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack.
But before I get to the review, I want to explain that I bought this product in part because I really like the Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask and the Egg Mellow Cream. These products work really well on my skin to soften and sooth. So, the idea of buying a “fun” product in this line was doubly appealing to me, and in a moment of weakness standing in a physical k-beauty shop (!) a few months ago, I bought it.
Too Cool for School is exactly the brand you might imagine based on the name: they’re like the cool, unique art kids who never show up to class (I mean, did you not read their brand name?). The packaging is fun and they even have a whole “Dinoplatz” line of makeup. It’s adorable and trendy and not at all me. Still. I totally got sucked into the packaging and skincaretainment of it all.
The Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack
“This whipped, meringue-like mousse facial mask enriched with egg white and egg yolk extracts instantly transforms rough, dull skin into a smooth, radiant complexion in as little as five minutes. Egg white extract purifies and brightens, while egg yolk extract leaves skin hydrated and silky smooth. This unique, frothy facial mask deeply moisturizes and enhances the use of other skin care products for beautifully luminous skin.” (Sephora.com)
Wow! Brightens, smooths, and hydrates in as little as five minutes! Why am I purchasing any other products?!
Truthfully, when I bought this, I thought it was a wash off mask that you leave on for 15-20 minutes. I own some pretty great wash off masks, so I’m not always so skeptical of their claims.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients:
Water, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl Phosphate, Isopentane, Trehalose, Carbon Dioxide, Arginine, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Laureth-1 Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Egg Yolk Extract/Extrait De Jaune D’oeuf, Albumen Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ppg-3 Caprylyl Ether, Acrylates /C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance
- Arginine is an amino acid that has antioxidant properties
- Albumen Extract is the name for egg white extract, which, along with the Egg Yolk Extract, is supposed to help clean out pores and potentially remove dead skin cells
And that’s pretty much it for any real notable ingredients.
Fragrance might be last, but it is definitely the most overwhelming ingredient. If you are averse to smells, avoid the entire Too Cool for School line. The scents are heavy and can be incredibly overwhelming. Plus, they don’t really seem to dissipate. I used the Egg Mellow Cream as a hand cream and I smelled it for hours after, even after washing my hands several times.
The (Personal) Evidence
I wasn’t sure what to expect the first time I used this. It comes out like shaving foam, which I didn’t realize and pumped out way too much. I think that is supposed to be the fun part (FOAM!), but I was more just confused.
I spread it around my face and just sort of stood there.The mask felt heavy and gross on my face, which was probably because I used too much. Like all Too Cool for School products I’ve tried, there’s a very heavy, cloying fragrance to it. It doesn’t smell like eggs, but more like that generic “flower/girly” scent they add to bathing products. I think it smells like one of those girly shaving foams. I was happy to wash it off after 5 minutes.
The results the first time weren’t notable because there was literally nothing to note. My skin looked and felt pretty much the same. I suppose it might have felt a little softer, but realized I would be expecting a lot of change after just 5 minutes of sitting on my skin. I felt silly and a few days later tried it again, this time doing a bit more massaging and rubbing the mask around on my face. Nope. Nada.
Not completely undeterred (I spent money on this!), I tried it a third time, this time looking for any kind of extra hydration or smoothness. I wanted to give the Too Cool for School people the benefit of the doubt. I even reread the directions to make sure I was using it correctly. This last time, I left it on for about 10 minutes, which was really all I could stand. (Imagine putting a bunch of shaving foam on your face.)
To compare, I use the Skinfood Egg White Pore wash off mask, which is awesome. That mask leaves my face super soft and actually makes my pores appear less noticeable. So, egg whites can actually do things for your skin, just not in the Too Cool for School Mousse Egg Mask formulation. I can’t be sure if it’s the medium (FOAM!) or the formulation. Either way, this was a really big dud.
And I ended up with egg yolk on my face.
Ba dum tiss.
So, will I buy these products again?
Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!
Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
Meh. Maybe. I mean, I bet there are other, better things out there. I’d use it if someone gave it to me.
No. I won’t use this again and will probably bad-mouth it to others.
Hahahahaha. Nope. Noooooooope. Not even if you paid me.
The Verdict: No. I won’t use this again and will probably bad-mouth it to others.
This mask won’t be going near my face anymore, so I have decided its natural repurpose is as shaving foam for my legs. I just couldn’t let it sit in my medicine cabinet anymore: I would actually get angry when I saw it.
I feel like there’s an obvious joke in there somewhere about them failing because they didn’t come to class or something, but I can’t quite make it happen.
If you want to try this (and I can’t recommend it), you can buy it at the following places: