Double Cleansing | THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Mild Cleansing Water

It’s been over 5 years since I’ve started practicing double cleansing as part of my daily evening skincare routine where I’d be using oil-based makeup removers as the first step followed with a water-based facial cleanser hence double cleansing. In recent years, we are seeing lots of non-oil-based makeup removers like cleansing waters, micellar waters even cleansing tissues that don’t seem to have oily ingredient in it and often do not require rinsing. That’s quite convenient especially on those lazy nights where I’d be too exhausted to do proper cleansing but with most cleansing tissues or wipes often can be quite expensive for daily use, I’d most definitely recommend to go for huge bottles of cleansing water or micellar water.

When I first started using Korean skincare products years ago, I was all over THE FACE SHOP products and I’ve personally tried every single item from their Rice Water Bright cleansing line. Till today, I’ll at least stock several of the cleansers in my skincare stash as back up even using them in between trying other cleansers from other brands and this cleansing water is one of the products that’s recently launched; a new addition to the rest of its sisters that have been in the market for many years now but first, let’s go to some basic info about this product.

Product Description:

This brightening cleansing water is formulated with carefully selected ingredients to gently remove daily makeup, leaving skin feeling clean.

  • The cleansing water contains carefully selected ingredients for gentle use on skin. Micellar water easily removes makeup and draws out impurities in one simple step-no rinsing required.
  • Simply cleanse and go or rinse with water as a finishing step.
  • It also contains rice extract to brighten your complexion.

How to Use:

  1. Dispense product on cotton pad and wipe skin from centre outwards to remove makeup.
  2. To remove lip and eye makeup, place soaked cotton pad on lips or closed eyes and hold for a few seconds then wipe.
  3. Rinse with water if necessary.

Capacity: 500ml (Available in 320ml)


Water/Eau, Propanediol, C12-14 Pareth-12, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hexylene Glycol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Extract, Sodium Citrate.


As shown above, the 500ml bottle is actually quite big, heavy and it comes with a basic cap that if you look at it rather closely, you’d noticed that I broke the cap as I accidentally dropped it on the floor. There’s product full description at the back of the bottle in both English and French for your convenience. The expiry date is printed at the bottom of the bottle in YYYYMMDD (year-month-day) format.


If you’re not comfortable of having to dispense the product in regular way, I’d suggest for the product to be transferred into smaller bottle with reverse pump like that so all I need to do in order to dispense the cleansing water directly onto the cotton pad is to just push it down with.

I’d also prefer to use textured cotton pads as shown above to better trap the impurities and excess makeup.

As mentioned in the product description, this cleansing water is meant to remove daily makeup which to my understanding means tone-up sunscreens, cushion foundations and simple non-waterproof makeup products but I’m going to show you guys how this mild cleansing water works with some of the toughest waterproof makeup I have in my stash; mascara, matte liquid lipstick, liquid eyeshadow tint and cushion foundation.

I’ve dispensed some of the product on the cotton pad and I’ve placed it firmly onto the swatches of the makeup for a good 30 seconds before wiping it off in a single direction. Indeed, the cleansing water is mild, watery, has slight scent to it and definitely non-irritating to my skin.


As you can see in the above photo, the only makeup item that was completely removed is the trace of the cushion foundation with only some of  the mascara, the tint of the eyeshadow is still left on skin and as for the lipstick, not much of it removed by the cleansing water.

Therefore I’m going to say outright that I only use this mild cleansing water to remove non-waterproof makeup and daily sunscreens mostly for midday routine, sometimes as pre-cleanse in the evening or whenever I’m too tired to do my full routine, I’d be using the first round of cotton pad to remove all my makeup, the second round to ensure no trace makeup left on my face and then followed up with hydrating toner. I’d usually apply clay mask the next day so I don’t end up with severe blackhead situation.


Overall, I give this product 4/5. I do like this cleansing water as it works well with my skin, removes the sunscreens and simple, non-waterproof makeup products as intended. Although I don’t appreciate the cap, I do like the continuity in its packaging design yet this product comes with clear bottle showing the actual product.


THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Mild Cleansing Water 500ml

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