Product Review: Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA Cleansing Foam

Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA Cleansing Foam, 130g, HK$75/US$9.6
Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA Cleansing Foam, 130g, HK$75/US$9.6

Part of my recent haul is this Hada Labo cleanser,  a foam cleanser. I have already been using the make-off cleanser from this tamagohada series, and it was not bad for the price.

This one is the second step of the double cleansing, to be used after you remove makeup. The texture of this is a thick paste, which creates a dense foam than the make-off cleanser. Even a smaller amount will yield a richer lather though it doesn’t really foam.

At first, I really liked it. It felt thick and rich and after cleansing, my face wasn’t squeaky clean or greasy, just normal. I didn’t find it super moisturizing but this series is more about skin renewal through AHA and BHA. It’s very mild and doesn’t hurt my sensitive skin.

The true test of its cleansing power came this morning, when I attempted to use the Hada Labo BB Moist Cream on my bare face after cleansing. The BB cream sunk into my pores and looked streaky. I only applied a very tiny amount, and being so mad at its lousy performance, I immediately went to the sink to wash it off. Because the Make-Off Cleanser and this Cleansing Foam had identity packaging, I mistook the cleansing foam for the make-off cleanser. I washed my face, but then I noticed that I still had streaks on. I used a cotton pad, poured some toner on, and was dismayed that none of the BB cream, which is a non-waterproof, regular cream, was washed off at all. Even though this foam cleanser isn’t meant to remove makeup, most foam cleansers can remove non-waterproof makeup, especially when it’s freshly applied.

One thing is certain: you cannot rely on this cleanser to remove the last trace of your makeup missed by your first step of double cleansing. It’s ok to use first thing in the morning to wash off some sebum and what not, but don’t expect this to complete the job of double cleansing…a bit disappointing, no?

Though the price isn’t bad (under US$10), the Biore, Kanebo Kracie or any of the affordable brands from big manufacturers can do the job a lot better (though they may be animal tested – Hada Labo isn’t).

Will I repurchase? No way. There are much better cleansers everywhere, east and west.

This product is alcohol, fragrance and colorant free, weak pH (good for skin) and not tested on animals.

2 comments on Product Review: Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA Cleansing Foam

  1. Kevin J.
    January 9, 2013 at 2:14 am (4 years ago)

    Some of the reviews I read about this gave a good review of the exfoliating effects of the cleanser, but it appears from your review that it cannot wash off BB cream or water-resistant makeup easily. It’s disappointing considering that its retail price is only around 798 yen (slightly under USD $10) too. I have never used it, but reading this review has forewarned me enough about it. Thanks for the review!

    • Joseibi
      January 9, 2013 at 9:34 am (4 years ago)

      I was disappointed too…considering cheaper products like Biore (Japanese version, not the one sold in North America) do a better job of removing makeup and are less drying on the skin too. 😉


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