Have you heard of the brand 23 Years Old? It is a Korean brand that believes that we are at our most youthful and attractive when we are in our twenties. Guided by this philosophy, the brand offers an extensive product range designed to keep skin revitalized and healthy. 23 years old makes use of carbonated spring water to minimize irritation and detoxify skin of impurities, and all its products are proudly made in Korea. Its bestselling products are the Rose Gold 24 Mask, Aqua Bab Modeling Mask, Cocoon Willow Silky Mask, Badecasil Original, and the product that I would like to review now which is the Black Paint Rubar
The Black Paint Rubar is a multi-stick designed with an eco-friendly gentle formula, effective in deep cleansing with pore treatment. It can be used every day for a daily exfoliation and deep cleanse in just 30 seconds.
Sodium Miristate, Sodium Ureate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Dipropyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Charcoal Powder (2%), Lemon, Fragrance
I love how the ingredients list is super short because it focuses on key ingredients with less filler ingredients. The surfactants used in this stick are Sodium Myristate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Palmitate, and Sodium Stearate. The key ingredient is charcoal powder which is for blackhead and whitehead removal as well as buffing off dead skin cells. It is also for sebum control which is beneficial for oily skin.
Texture and Smell
This stick-type charcoal formula comes in a concave surface instead of a flat one so you might need to cut it off or flatten it by running at the back of your hand if the concave surface bothers you but for me, it is not a problem.
The texture feels gentle, smooth, and nothing abrasive to me.
This stick is a lot gentler than the liquid form physical exfoliator such as scrub or peeling gel. This has no coarse texture whatsoever. I use this wet and it gets foamy as I massage it in a rolling motion. It smells like soap with lemony scent?
How To Use
For me I use this in between my double cleansing which is first cleanser first (cleansing oil, cleansing water, or micellar water), Black Paint Rubar, and then my second cleanser (weater-based cleanser) and then proceed with the rest of my routine – toner, essence, serum, moisturiser etc. How to use the stick:
- open the lid and twist the bottom to the right
- apply the black paint rubar directly onto wet skin and gently massage in a rolling motion
- rinse well with lukewarm water
- after using, rinse off the excess serum on the stick with running water
I have used this for almost a month, usually in my midday or PM routine. I don’t really use it in the morning because for morning use, I prefer gentle cleansers. Besides, I love it during midday or in the PM because using this in between my double cleansing feels so satisfying. I love the deep cleansing feeling this gives. In the description it says that this can be used everyday but I tried that and my dry areas (I have a combination skin type) which are the cheeks and the area around the nose can feel a bit dry.
This is a perfect choice for days when my skin feels extra oily, my pores feel congested, or when my blackhead on the nose is getting worse. Well it doesn’t promise to make your blackhead or whitehead magically disappear all at once because my blackheads on the nose are still there but it definitely pulls out gunks in the pores. It clears out dirt and oil immediately and skin feels deeply cleansed, visibly softer, and less less less oily. I think this would also be great for makeup prep as it can help smoothen skin texture so makeup will not only apply better but also adheres better.
Besides, I also love this for travelling because this stick feature is low-maintenance and easy to pack as in it won’t leak and the container is made of plastic.
My rate: 4/5, will definitely repurchase