I went to New York in October with a few major, clear objectives: See BIGBANG live (mission accomplished, G-Dragon’s face in person is that of a chiseled god), and go to every k-beauty shop I could get my hands on, specifically Tony Moly and Club Clio.
While the Tony Moly store was very cute in person, I actually found that I didn’t buy much — nothing like what I was expecting. I took home a few lip glosses (because leaving there without the bunny sticks is basically pure insanity). And Club Clio was pretty out of the way from Koreatown, where Tony Moly was, but my dear friend and I decided it would be worth the journey.
Was it ever.
I blew HUNDREDS of dollars in Club Clio. Their products are well-made, adorably packaged, and really reasonably priced. And not only do they carry the fabulous Peripera, they also had a nice selection of a brand I had never seen in person before that trip: Goodal.
I later learned that Goodal had little to no traction in the k-beauty scene (although that’s surely about to change now that Ulta carries them),which I found odd. My experience in store with the products was that they smelled and felt wonderful. They have a clean presentation. And best of all, they focus on fermented beauty, favoring a philosophy that champions products found in nature.
So I came away with three things: The liquid and eye cream from the Moisture Barrier line, and the Waterest Vital Sleeping Pack. I have already done a deep dive review on the Moisture Barrier Liquid and highly recommend it for those who do not have alcohol sensitivity. But I was recently asked to review the other items by some Asian Beauty members over on Reddit, and since there still isn’t enough love for Goodal out there in my opinion, I agreed that would be a fine idea!
I don’t know how the rest of you feel about eye cream. For me, it’s always been a conundrum for a variety of reasons, the top being that my undereye area is not a huge issue for me (at least, not yet). Everyone says you should use it. A tiny vial of it can cost hundreds of dollars. They all have fancy-sounding things in them. How in the hell am I supposed to know what to buy?
I was attracted to the Moisture Barrier Cream instantly for two reasons: One, $30 buys you a container that is easily twice the size of your average eye cream, and two, the consistency. As you may know from reading this blog, I am a dry/aging skin type, and have often fought the issue of skin being dry or feeling tight no matter what I slapped on it (before Asian beauty turned my skincare life into a magical wonderland, that is).
This eye cream is not listed on Cosdna, which raised my eyebrow. Luckily Ulta has the ingredients list in English, which follows.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Alcohol Denat.,Pentylene Glycol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyldodeceth-16, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance(Parfum), Tromethamine, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Onsen-Sui, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Allantoin, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Squalane, Urea, Sodium PCA, Propolis Extract, Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Fruit Extract, Ceramide 3.
Fresh on the hand….
and gently massaged in!
Much like the Moisture Barrier Liquid, if alcohol denat triggers you or dries you out, this product is already out of the running. However, if you are ok with it, and you like the idea of Niacinamide, Squalane, Urea, Ceramides, and Propolis extract going under your eyes, you might be in business.
This line champions the inclusion of mistletoe extract, which they claim enhances the strength of the moisture barrier. The question is, is there any truth to that? Well, the answer is not exactly proven just yet. Mistletoe has been proven to kill cancer cells and stimulate the immune system. However, most of the focused research around this plant is in that arena (guess cancer is more imperative than glowy skin, what do you know). If you have ever seen a clinical study on mistletoe’s effects in skincare, please advise — I was unable to find one.
However, the research behind the better-known ingredients is already out there, and those do their job in this product. A little goes a very long way. The cream has a rich, non-sticky consistency, a gentle, pleasant scent, and goes on well, absorbing quickly. Would I call it a holy grail product? Not quite. But would I call it a perfectly pleasant product worth using, especially for those that are interested in getting a good portion of product for the price? I would.
Remember how I just said that the Moisture Barrier Eye Cream was not quite a holy grail product for me? Well, the Waterest Vital Sleeping Pack is just the opposite — it really IS. I should have ranted about how lovely this jar is a long time ago, but since I haven’t, and it’s winter and our skin likely needs extra love, it seems like the ideal time.
I started to notice a theme with Goodal after getting to my third product from the NYC shopping trip: Generous sizing. I’m only halfway through the Moisture Barrier Liquid, and the Eye Cream is probably 25% used. Same with this Vital Sleeping Pack. All of these products are so rich and moisturizing that you only need a little, which means the reasonable prices become even MORE reasonable when you see how much life you can get out of them.
I had a few sleeping packs on hand when I decided to try this. I had recently used the much-praised Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
which I thought was okay. Putting a final layer over all the others at night always feels terrific to me, butI felt the richest experience I’ve had so far with the Waterest Pack.
Ingredients are as follows:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 80, Betaine, Carbomer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Tromethamine, Mannitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Sodium Starch octenylsuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid.
SO MANY LONG WORDS. Let’s simplify. Goodal boasts that one of this Sleeping Mask’s big guns is twice-fermented lotus flower, which there are exactly zero English language studies about regarding its effectiveness in the realm of skin. If we’re talking ayurvedic medicine, however, lotus flowers are considered downright spiritual. These lovely blooms are packed with iron, protein, linoleic acid, vitamins B and C. However, I have to stress the word “considered” — there is NO science to back this up. NO SCIENCE TO SEE HERE!
You’ve also got Sage Leaf Extract and Fermented Pumpkin Extract in this product, which claim to soothe skin and remove dead skin cells respectively. Sage, much like mistletoe, is renowned for a whole host of healing properties for everything from depression and memory loss to aiding digestive issues. Sadly, no science for skin though. Just hopes and dreams.
Now, pumpkin is one of the few special ingredients here that has some real research behind it. According to the International Dermal Institute, pumpkin has natural AHAs in it! It’s also got vitamins A and C, and its seeds contains Zinc, fatty acids, and vitamin E. It’s been proven to brighten skin and remove pigmentation. Maybe next Halloween we should should just smear the guts on our faces when we finish carving the pumpkin!
You will also notice that this sleeping mask has tiny little microbeads that Goodal calls “Vitality Capsules.” I have no idea what’s in them, I’m sorry to say. Could be unicorn semen. We’ll never know.
Only mildly related: Every time I look at the Goodal official page for this product it makes me laugh when I read the part that describes it as “wobbly jelly.” Sort of accurate, but makes you laugh when you think to yourself, ‘It’s 9 pm! Got to go put on the wobbly jelly!”
So is it time to fork out money for these yet? Well, that’s up to you. If you’re the type of person that prefers to use products 100% proven by science, you would likely not want to get into Goodal’s products because some of what they use is not proven in a lab to be effective (well, except pumpkin). But there are also other ingredients that we know work well from our other beauty adventures: hyaluronic acid, for instance, Niacinamide, Ceramides, etc.
Personally, I will buy all these products a second time. They fit my needs, the portions are generous, and I really enjoy the scent and texture. Also, I love that Goodal makes a travel set of these products, which I have seen in the NYC store but had a tough time finding online. If you happen to be in the area, it’s a great way to give these products a try!
Until next time…happy masking!
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