Monday, 21 April 2014

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Magic Whitening Cream Review

Hey hey lovelies! 

Do you remember when I posted about Tony Moly's new Panda's Dream range? I ended up buying the whitening cream, since I wanted to see if it would help fade my old acne scars. 


The selling point of this Panda Cream is most certainly the packaging! Tony Moly has some of the cutest packaging, which makes it so hard to resist! The panda looks so roly poly, lol. 




The bottom half holds 50 grams worth of cream, while the top half of the panda's body is just the lid. 

What exactly does this 'Magic' Cream do? 

1. Brighten dark and uneven skin tone
2. Its water drop texture allows moist application
3. Brightens and whitens skin tone


Tony Moly says it's low irritant and fine for sensitive skin, and it also contains bamboo shoot extract and bamboo sap for skin that's smooth to the touch. 


My first impression of the cream is that it's very similar in texture to cold cream - it's got that thick, but fluffy texture, that's cooling when applied on the skin. It also has a fresh, floral scent which is quite appealing, and not too strong. 

However instead of absorbing into the skin with a moisturised finish like cold cream, instead this Panda cream has a mattifying finish. If you have dry skin it won't apply very smoothly, and may even cause some harsh rubbing as you apply it. I apply a little at a time, with light, short strokes on freshly toned skin, which helps it apply smoother. 

Light swatch
Feels light and moist at first
Texture starts turning more matte
To get this to absorb more naturally, I like to pat my face with warm palms

It also doesn't absorb into the skin clear - leaving the skin visibly whiter, though it does settle into a brightening finish rather than a white mask finish after about 5 to 10 minutes. Beware that a little goes a long way - use too much and your face will look scarily white!

I think it's a good brightening base to use under makeup too - as it doesn't absorb colourlessly, the cream helps to conceal redness as well as brighten skin tone, which makes a good makeup base. 

To avoid tugging on the skin, I apply following the direction of my skin grain, blending outwards and without rubbing in circles. And then to help the stark whiteness disappear I finish by patting my face with warm palms. 

Afterwards my skin is brighter and my redness and blemishes are more toned down and slightly concealed. It also has helped to noticeably fade many of my acne scars, which I noticed after about 8 days of applying it once a day. 

However the downside is that the matte finish of the cream does not suit my dry-normal skin type. It tends to dry my skin a little, especially at my under eye area, so my bb creams apply patchy. I'm not saying the formula is drying - the fluffy texture actually does feel moist to the touch, it's just that the finish is matte.

Although it's shown promising results on fading my acne scars, I'm not finding the cream moisturising enough to use daily. And due to the matte finish of this cream, I can't layer it with other moisturisers because it makes my skin feel sticky since they don't mix. 

I'll finish the tub since even if I only use it a few times a week it still helps to brighten my skin tone, but I won't repurchase. I'd rather use something that is moisturising, and which absorbs colourlessly too. 


I think this may be more suitable with normal-oilier skin tones which don't mind a matte finish - or alternatively it may be suitable if you are looking for a brightening base with some concealing functions to go under bb creams or foundations(non-dewy ones). Those with dryer skin will want to skip this.

If you like the look of this, you can grab it off Beautynetkorea here, for around $13, or better yet you can grab samples from only $4 for 10 sachets here. The rest of the Panda's Dream range is also available. 

Have you tried any of Tony Moly's new Panda's Dream range yet? 

Thanks for reading lovelies, chat to you soon! 

xoxo Tulip

Also, I'm sure many of you have been shocked and saddened to hear of the Sewol ferry tragedy that currently has South Korea in mourning...it really is a horrible tragedy and I hope everyone keeps South Korea in our thoughts as they go through this difficult time xxx


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36 comments:

  1. i went to tony moly counter here and swatched the cc cream, and this kinda reminds me of that, well except the cc cream turned its color to beige and had grains in it. I'm very oily, even though this seems to be meant for oily skin, i just don't like applying anything underneath my bb cream tbh, even sunscreen makes my face feels like twice heavier :< good review though! thanks for the review hueheuehe

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  2. This probably isn't for me since I have dry skin, but omg the packaging *_* Tony Moly always has the cutest animal packaging for their products hehe.

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  3. Adorable packaging! From your description it does seem to be more suitable for oilier skin types, like mine. I'm always looking for something to help brighten my acne scars and this one seems like a good option and it should work for the summer since it's not oily at all.

    Thanks for the lovely review!

    Take care.

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  4. I do have a combination skin so this might work well on
    me c; and of course, great packaging ^__^ Xx

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  5. This is really cute! I always wondered if Tony Moly's animal balls were good. Though I wonder how this would look with darker skin tones.... probably strange.

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  6. So cute, and I'll definitely check it out ^^

    恵美より ♥

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  7. Aw so adorable! I really want to fade my acne scars too, but like you, I have slightly dry skin so this might dry me out too. It certainly is brightening though!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  8. oh my god, i thought it was an eye cream XD
    i was interested to try it when I read about whitening or brightening property on top of this post but I don't think i will try it since i don't really like the matte finish >.<

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  9. The brightening effect (and the cute packaging, of course) was calling out my name but unfortunately I have dry skin so.. I guess I'll pass this one..
    Thank you for sharing this, Tulip! :)

    Lova // clovers and carousel blog

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  10. I thought it's a hand cream haha cute packaging!! I'd buy the cream just to make my desk cuter haha

    xx
    vina
    pinapina.net

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  11. Just love the packaging Tulip :-) My skin tends to be oily and I'm forever looking for something mattifying, so this might suit me just fine - great review hon xxx

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  12. QAQ Why is the packaging so cute~ I can't get over it >w< It's too bad it finishes so matte : P I totally understand your pain ;~; I hate having dry skin.

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  13. This sounds perfect for me. I gotta try this (when I get a job...lol...)
    The ferry news has still been going on. :/ I do hope they find more people.

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  14. Ohh, I thought the cc cream was quite popular, but it doesn't sound really good if it's grainy!
    Layering too many things under bb creams can be a pain! I use a brightening base when I want to dress up a little more of for blog pics ^^
    Thanks for reading!

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  15. Agreed, Tony Moly has some real cute animal and food packaging ^^

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  16. Yep the packaging is definitely a highlight ^^
    It looks thick but is quite light...but yeah I don't really like how it feels on my skin as there's not enough moisture for me >.<

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  17. The packaging's a highlight! Yes, the matte finish should be more comfortable for oilier skin types I think. And since it can be used as skincare or makeup base, it's quite good for the price.
    Thanks for reading ^^

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  18. The packaging is too cute, too bad it doesn't suit my skin type >.<
    Thanks for reading Mei ^^

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  19. I got really excited but then I realised it won't work for me because I have normal-dry skin :( I just tried the Etude House baby choux cream and it worked in a similar way for under makeup but it sounds like it was way more moisturising than the Tony Moly cream! x

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  20. I'm thinking it may look a little more ashy on darker skin tones, unfortunately! Even on my fairer skintone it can be a little too white if I don't apply it thoroughly >.<

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  21. It's perfect for displaying on the dressing table ^^

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  22. Another brightening product I've been using is the Indeed Labs pepta-bright serum from Priceline - I definitely recommend that for fading acne scars! Thanks for reading ^^

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  23. Hehe, this would be cute packaging for an eye cream!
    I would've liked this so much better without the matte like finish T_T
    Thanks for reading Rini - and thanks again for nominating me the award! <3

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  24. Hehe, I fell for the packaging! But sadly it didn't suit my skin type T_T
    Thanks for reading!

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  25. It looks similar to Etude's Panda hand cream ^.^
    Yeah, that was one of the reasons I bought it too - because it's cute to display, lol
    Thanks for reading!

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  26. I must say the packaging was too cute for me to resist! Yep, I'd say this is more suitable for oily type skin tones. Thanks for reading kats :)

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  27. Haha, Tony Moly's great at tempting me with cute packaging! Yes, I was slightly disappointed too! Having dry skin can be such a pain >.<

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  28. I have the baby choux cream too, and they are quite similar in function, and yes the baby choux is less matte in finish, and adds a bit of dewy glow to skin too.

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  29. Definitely give it a try when you can ^^

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  30. What a cute packaging xD But im a little confused about buying this product or Etude Face conditioning. I want to find a product that can brighten my face so can you give me some suggestions, thanks a lot :D

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  31. It's a shame that it doesn't really suit dry skin because my skin is dry. :(

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  32. Hmm, the Etude conditioning cream is a makeup primer I think, but it doesn't claim to brighten skin as far as I know. The Tony Moly cream definitely brightens and whitens - though you need to be careful how much you apply, especially if you don't want to wear bb cream or foundation on top.
    For brightening skincare products I would recommend this Tony Moly cream, or even Skinfood's Black Sugar Perfect Serum.
    For brightening makeup products I would recommend Etude's Choux bases (I use the Peach one since I have yellow undertone) or mix a little bit of liquid illuminator into my bb cream. Hope this helps!

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  33. Oh thank you so much for the information xD

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  34. How long does the cream last??

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  35. Although it's smaller than expected a little goes a long way. With regular use I think it'd last two months but that's a guess as I don't use this often since it doesn't really suit my skin type.

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  36. i'm slightly disappointed because i thought this would be more like a whitening cream, rather than a base. i have combination skin and my dry parts are really dry, especially during winter. ): but i use the tonymoly bcdation and that's a bit oily for me, so maybe they'll cancel each other out and work okay. ^^

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