Treatment Cleansing Foam
4.1 fl. oz. for $50
Last Updated:11.19.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This foaming cleanser includes soap-like potassium-based cleansing agents that are too drying for all skin types. Potassium stearate is alkaline, and that’s not what skin needs for gentle effective cleansing. Even without the problematic soap base, this cleanser isn’t a treatment for skin, and it’s incredibly overpriced for what you get. Nothing about this cleanser will minimize the appearance or formation of acne. The claims about the botanical extracts it contains having any benefit is just silly, and the irritation from the cleansing agents will overwhelm any potential soothing benefits. Triclosan was included for its antibacterial action, but the amount is very likely too low to have an effect, not to mention this cleanser's other drawbacks.


A hydrating and purifying facial cleanser that effectively removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural protective barrier. It is ideal for normal, oily, and acne-prone skin, minimizing the appearance and severity of blemishes. Botanical extract add gentle stimulation and energy for a refreshing effect. Also works brilliantly as a shaving foam.


Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, PEG-8, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-32, PEG/PPG-25/30 Copolymer, Sorbitol, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Lactose, Disodium Edta, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose, Alcohol, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Olive Oil PEG-8 Esters, Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, Triclosan, Phosphatidylcholine, Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Peg-14m, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance

Brand Overview

AmorePacific At-A-Glance

Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.

Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.

AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about “beauty secrets found in nature.” Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don’t have solid research backing their benefits for skin—but at least they’re not hurting it.

Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a “superstar” ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that can’t make good on their anti-aging claims.

Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they’re part of your daily skincare routine.

Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That’s disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that’s a major waste of money.

Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren’t justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you’ll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.

For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.

Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isn’t there—likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn’t mean better products or better results!

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Get a sample and see for yourself!

Love the cleanser! Yes, it's expensive, but it lasts forever! I use a little bit more than a pea sized amount on my clarisonic and i love it. It does not dry my skin, just makes it look great. I use the enzyme peel also.

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I have super dry skin and almost every cleanser always leaves my skin feeling and tight and even more dry. I got this cleanser in a set and really was just super excited over the moisturizer and peel but figured, why not? This is the *best* cleanser I've ever tried. It leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft, which is what I've always wanted. I've already purchased the full size and I cannot stress how much it's worth it. If you're doubtful, hit up a Sephora or Nordstrom for a sample!

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Don't judge till you've tried it for yourself

I have been suffering from very angry painful acne covering much of my face for the past 4 yrs. I tried EVERYTHING. Even Clinique and proactive acne lines were no help. At the suggestion of my husband I tried this as a last result. I have only been using this face wash for a couple of days for twice a day and my face already looks better than it has in years. *knock on wood*. My face feels so soft and squeaky clean after using it, and it removes ALL my makeup. So yeah, try it for yourself!

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