The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam Review

The Face Shop Bright Rice Cleansing Foam


Hiya! My name is Shaleen- I am a 22 year old from the bottom of the world with a skincare obsession. 

I'm all about the cleanser life- I think they are one of the most exciting parts of my skincare routine based on the fact that I have quite the collection. They're just so easy to collect (sigh), nevertheless my wallet doesn't approve. Because I am a poor uni student who spends more money than she should, I make sure that I keep using my products until they are empty. This becomes a little difficult with cleansers (In the last two months I've acquired 5) but I never stop using a cleanser unless I have a genuine reaction to it. With that being said, let's get into the review!


  • Affordable.
  • Smells a bit like feet after a while.
  • Doesn't strip your skin.
  • Gentle.
  • Generic.
  • Has a pH of 7.0, 8.5 mixed with water.


The Product:

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam is a foam cleanser that claims to use the powerful brightening properties of rice to brighten and clear your complexion. I'm always a little skeptical about products that claim to brighten your skin- most the time it only 'brightens' it for a few hours. I love rice though, so I bought it.

 According to The Face Shop website "this gently cleansing foam offers your skin a clear and even complexion. Enriched with a natural rice water solution with brightening properties, it cleanses skin without irritation, thanks to its creamy texture." Sounds like a good time to me. It's also cheap- ridiculously so.

It comes in a pretty massive 150ml squeezable bottle in a beautiful shade of pink. The liquid itself is a pearlescent cream that works itself into a foam with a little bit of water. The cream is beautiful, it is so sparkly and rich- the best part is how it feels on your skin. It is very soft and creamy, making it ideal for sensitive skin types. It rinses off very easily, but in my opinion it starts to smell after a rubbing it into your pores for while. I'm not gonna lie, there isn't anything special about this cleanser.

  • I would recommend this foaming cleanser to oily skin types. It is a good balance of cleansing and retaining moisture for oily skin types. Whilst it does not dry out my skin, this particular cleanser might be a little too drying for the dry skin type. 

How to use:

  • Can be used in your morning or night routines. Or maybe even both if that's how you swing.
  • Pat warm water onto your face (this will help with the foaming).
  • Squeeze a dime-size amount into your palm and lather it up in your slightly wet hands.
  • Massage onto your face in a circular motion.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water.


The Review:

I have to say form the beginning that I was slightly biased in my opinion on this product but not in the way you think. I bought The Face Shop Rice Cleansing Foam in conjunction with my NEOGEN Green Tea Foaming Cleanser. The NEOGEN cleanser cost me 30NZD and I didn't want use up the product too quickly so I bought a cheap alternative that I could use every other night. That cheap other alternative being The Face Shops Rice Cleanser. From the get-go I haven't seen this product as anything else but an in between cleanser. Unfortunately I have not witnessed anything particularly magical about this cleanser that may have caused me to change my mind.

As a cleanser, I have found it to be pretty generic. It cleans my face well enough, doesn't strip my face of any moisture and cleanses away the dirt but it hasn't made much of a difference in my skincare routine. The one thing I do really like about this cleanser, is the texture and consistency of the liquid. When it comes out of the bottle it is a beautiful pearlescent white colour cream. The cream is so so so thick and creamy which makes massaging it into your skin a pleasant experience. I find that I can continue massaging this into my skin a lot longer than other products because it doesn't dry up or lose substance. As it is a foam cleanser, a little goes a very long way so this bottle will last you for months.

However, after a minute or so of massaging it into your face, it seems to mix with your sweat and oils in a bad way. It doesn't smell very nice. When you first squeeze it into your palm, it smells a little like vanilla- a smell that I don't love but is pleasant enough. The only way I can describe the smell is that it smells like feet. Some reviews have said that the smell is fairly nondescript and non-existent- but I feel very differently.

 Texture and consistency.

Texture and consistency.

I also haven't noticed any significant brightening effect. Considering this is meant to be the main feature of the cleanser, I would have thought that The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam would have brightened my complexion a little longer than 10 minutes. I find that my Klairs Vitamin Drop Serum (review here) does a much better job of brightening and evening out my skin-tone, so if we are strictly speaking brightening, I would rather use my serum.


One of the saving graces of this cleanser is that it is baseline cheap. It retails for 12NZD and 13USD which isn't bad considering the prices of most cleansers are upward of 20NZD. However, it is the same price as the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (review here) which I adore and is 10x better.


I have to say I don't love the ingredients in this cleanser. I have come to expect an abundance of natural ingredients from my products, which this cleanser doesn't have much of. Interestingly enough, the advertised ingredient: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (and Rice Bran Oil) doesn't even make the first 10 ingredients in the list. Rice as a skincare ingredient is amazing and has been used for centuries in Asia for good reason. This is because of its brightening and whitening abilities, the fact that it is rich in antioxidants which help to keep your skin clean and healthy and is an excellent source of Vitamin E (uber moisturising).  I love rice in every form but I was a little disappointed in how low it was on the list- this will explain why it isn't as potent as it could be.

 Ingredients list for The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam.

Ingredients list for The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam.

  • I bought this product very early on in my foray into Korean Skincare and Beauty. Nowadays I always check the ingredient list before I purchase a product. Had I looked into this product now, I would not have bought it primarily due to the low placement of rice in the ingredient list.

A powerful ingredient that is on the ingredient list is Stearic Acid. This type of acid is particularly good in cleansing products because of its ability to really clean your skin. It is a surfactant, meaning that "is a compound that helps reduce water's surface tension, allowing it to mix with oils and dirt on the surface of your skin" (Cosmetics Info). Whilst this is great for those of use with oily skin, I wonder if this is the reason why dry skin types find it to be too stripping.

Something to take note of is that the first ingredient on the list is Potassium Hydroxide. From what I have researched, KOH is generally used in low quantities in skincare to balance our the pH. Used alone, KOH is a huge irritant to the skin. As with with everything, toxicity is dependant on dose- I'm not sure how much Potassium Hydroxide is in this cleanser but considering it is the first ingredient I'm a little cautious about it now. I have found this product to be very gentle though, so it has proved to be okay on my skin. 

As always, if you wish to look into the ingredients yourself, here is the COSDNA link.


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1/5: Negative, nada, no.

2/5: Definitely not enough magic- I am going to continue using it until I have finished the bottle but will not repurchase.

3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better for my skin type.

4/5: Going great! Going to keep using until I find something more effective.


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