Over the last little while, drinking matcha-everything has become a huge trend in North America, so it was only a matter of time before the beauty world caught on…

Confession: These two items are the first Milk Makeup products I’ve purchased. I never really caught on to the brand, as I thought it looked well, kind of gimmicky. Being that I am going through a skin care phase, I decided to take a risk and throw these into my Sephora basket. First impression when they arrived: holy *@&$ these are actually green!!

But before you start freaking out like I did, these sticks won’t turn you into the hulk as they both roll on clear. So much so, that I didn’t bother with a swatch. Both items are packaged in Milk’s signature clear push-pop dispenser with the product’s name written in bold, white letters – simple but so cool. My one pet peeve here – rolling the face wash on a dirty face, then recapping the product doesn’t seem incredibly hygienic… The toner I will cut some slack, as the idea is your face is clean when you roll it on.

So what’s the hype? Matcha green tea is known for boosting the immune system and general healing properties, making it a slam dunk when used in skin-care regimes.

The Matcha Cleanser boasts potent antioxidant properties (matcha green tea, algae extract, lavender and matcha essential water) and is said to return softness and smoothness to your skin. Seemed like a tall order for me, as I deal with uneven tone, dryness and redness. I was also intrigued to read that these bad boys do not contain parabens, sulfates, oil or gluten. Brands are really stepping it up ingredient-wise!

To use, you roll the stick over damp skin and then massage to lather. Mine didn’t foam up very much but I LOVED the exfoliating texture in the stick. It allowed me to get a really nice, squeaky clean face. But I will warn you, this is not a makeup remover! My overly-temperamental skin has felt soothed, balanced and hydrated, with no purging or breakouts. Milk recommends gliding the toner on your skin, following the cleanser.

Now, the Milk Makeup Matcha Toner has become my new favorite part in my daily skincare routine. The mint green stick is one shade lighter than its counterpart, the cleanser. The primary ingredients in the toner include witch hazel, kombucha, and organic cactus elixir which have worked wonders for my skin — tightening, hydrating and detoxifying without irritating. Praise. If your skin appears dull, dry, and uneven, the one-of-kind solid toner could be the answer for you.

These easy to use and carry products both benefit normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive skin types. Both products have a light matcha scent with some faint floral notes, but nothing that could be considered overpowering and let me tell you… I am picky about scents in skincare!

Both the Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser and Toner retail for $26USD / $31CAD (1oz/28g) and can be found at Sephora. Final thoughts from this gal: winner winner, matcha dinner. TSA approved, cruelty free, I’m sold. Now to get my hands on the cooling water…


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