Summer feels like it’s around the corner today as we have a spurt of lovely warm weather today. I hope it’ll be as nice for the weekend as I’m away for it.
As the weather starts to warm up you’ll start worrying about lighter coverage, more sun protection, a light wearing moisturizer, etc…. This is where play creams come into my beauty world. My skin is dry in the Winter but tends to get a bit oily in the Summer so I like a light wearing moisturizer preferably one that has a decent SPF if possible.
If you shop the Asian beauty world you’ll come across quite a good deal of “play” creams that offer lighter moisturizing effects, plus SPF, and act as a base for your makeup.
Recently, a reader e-mailed me and asked had I tried the Tony Moly “ice cream” range and I had to sit and scratch my head for a second….what she actually meant was the Ice Queen Collection. Easy mistake considering the products are all packaged up like a scoop of your favorite ice cream and topping!
And yes, I have. I got these when I first saw them pop up on Sasa a while back ago, believe it was before the Holidays. Sasa still has them in stock by the way and close to retail price too!
As per her request I’ll be reviewing these for you and starting off today with the Tony Moly Ice Queen Multi Play Cream SPF 30, one of the nicer play creams I’ve tried from Korea by the way and not only for the cute packaging either!
A moisturizer, SPF, and facial prime all in one wonder aka a “play” cream.
Cute isn’t it? It comes packaged and shaped like a single scoop sundae. Don’t let the cuteness fool you the actual product inside is an excellent multitasker.
This little cream offers a great way to prep skin for makeup while moisturizing your face with a very lightweight formula that absorbs easily and the added benefit of SPF 30. Pretty nifty having one product that performs three functions eh?
For example today I left behind my normally richer moisturizer and my regular primer plus my SPF and just used some of this. It absorbs super easily into my skin, leaves behind a nice hydrating finish, eases the way for my BB Cream (foundation), and proceeds to protect me from the sun. Simple, easy makeup!
If you’re a minimal product user and prefer your moisturizer to have SPF built in this is an ideal solution for you.
The formula has a whipped consistency and a berry ice cream-like scent which is very pleasant. The formula feels and looks like an SPF but it absorbs far easier into the skin than an SPF would and doesn’t leave behind a white cast. If you have oily skin it should work fine at offering moisture without making you more oily or greasy. Those with dry skin might need something a little stronger however on minimal or warmer days this is a perfect treat for skin.
Used as a base it won’t conceal larger pores or fine lines but it will however ease the way for foundation and allow for a smoother application.
It’s easy enough to track down online at Sasa and very reasonably priced however airmail shipping does take a while if you’re an instant gratification kinda girl you’ll have to learn a little patience.
- Anyone who wears minimal product (this acts as an all in one).
- Anyone who needs sun protection but doesn’t want a heavier, greasier product on top of their moisturizer (this will act as your SPF and your moisturizer making for a lighter experience).
- Anyone who’d rather deal with one product instead of two or three!
- Those who aren’t keen on online shopping, airmail costs, etc…(This is a Korean product not available in US shops).
Tony Moly Ice Queen Multi Play Cream is one of the best play creams I’ve had the pleasure of using. It’ll make an idea little pick for Summer wearing when I want to do away with many of the products I currently use on my face. After all who wants to use two or three different things on their face when they can use one?
Muse Approved for purchase and a mere $15 at www.sasa.com